Archives for September 2013

BUY NOW? NOT NOW? THEN WHEN?????

Generally this time of year, many sources are urging you to purchase your home now rather than after the 1st of the year – and it sounds like a ploy to sell more homes in the Cedar Rapids area. Well, as much as I hate to say it, you may really want to consider buying a home before the clock strikes midnight on January 31st. Interest Rates Mortgage costs have gone up 14% in just 3 months! Just last May, interest rates were around 3.3% on a 30 year mortgage and currently they are hovering over 4.5% which increases your monthly mortgage payment almost $200. That’s almost $200 more you’re … [Read more...]

Home prices and sales still on the rise in August

Press Releases Iowa Home Sales and Prices Continued to Climb in July originally posted by Josh Hibben | Aug 14, 2013 CLIVE, IOWA (Aug. 14, 2013) – Home sales and prices continued to increase substantially in July, according to the Iowa Association of Realtors®. IAR's July 2013 Housing Trends Report shows that sales were up 18.3 percent from a year ago, and year-to-date (YTD) sales were also up by more than 8 percent. Throughout Iowa 4,074 homes sold/closed in July 2013, and 3,444 homes sold/closed in July of last year. Listing activity increased in July compared to July 2012 and 2011. … [Read more...]

Bloomsbury Farm open for fall season

Press release from Bloomsbury Farm. Bloomsbury Farm, near Atkins, is open for the fall season, featuring a 10-acre and 4-acre corn maze, 1200-foot round-trip dual zip lines and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Bloomsbury Farm is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays throughout September and October. Admission is $11.50 per person age 3 and older. Visit www.BloomsburyFarm.com for an admission coupon. In addition to corn mazes, zip lines, and pumpkins, Bloomsbury Farm also offers a range of activities for out-of-the-office excursions, including a … [Read more...]