Archives for September 2013


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 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...]