Archives for October 2013

Are you scared to Buy a home in the Cedar Rapids Area?

CBS MoneyWatch recently ranked on of Iowa’s homes as one of the Six MOST Haunted homes in the United States - Villisca Ax Murder House, Villisca, Iowa. If you haven’t heard about this home in Western Iowa, a family was brutally murdered in 1912 and never was solved. Visitors have seen, heard and felt terrifying things while in the house. So, if you are buying a home and it’s “believed” to be haunted, does it have to be disclosed to prospective buyers? In the State of Iowa, a real estate licensee does not have to disclose if a home is “haunted” or that someone died on the property. Would … [Read more...]

Home Sales and Prices in Iowa Rose Again in September

Press Release posted by Mark Gavin | Oct 21, 2013 CLIVE, IOWA (Oct. 21, 2013) – According to the latest housing report from the Iowa Association of Realtors® (IAR), home sales and prices continued to follow the upward trend again in September. The September 2013 Housing Trends Report showed that sales rose 7.1 percent from this time last year. A total of 3,020 homes sold/closed this September, while only 2,819 homes sold/closed in September 2012. The median sale price increased by 6.4 percent, rising from $125,000 in September 2012 to $133,000 this year. The average sale price also … [Read more...]

Mortgage Credit Certificate

From The Iowa Finance Authority is offering a new Mortgage Credit Certificate Program that allows eligible home buyers to reduce their household’s federal tax liability every year for the life of their mortgage. The tax credit may be up to 50% of the homeowners annual interest paid on the mortgage - up to $2,000 per year. To Be Eligible: Applicants must meet Iowa Finance Authority income limits, which vary by county. The purchase price of the home may not exceed $305,000 if located in a Targeted Area or $250,000 if located in a Non-Targeted Area. The … [Read more...]

Local Pumpkin Patch List

Print Your Pumpkin Patch List! Benton County Bloomsbury Farm - 3260 69th Street, Atkins, IA 52206.  Phone: 319-446-7667.  Fax: 319-446-7667. Email: [email protected] Frazier Nursery - 2725 61st St. Lane, Vinton, Iowa 52349. Phone: 319-472-2649. 2-jo's Farm & Western Town - 2253 73rd St Hwy 30, Van Horne, IA 52346. Phone: 319-551-3660. Email: [email protected] Iowa County Genoa Bluffs Pumpkin Farm - 2168 H Avenue, Marengo, IA 52301. Phone: 319-668-8447.   Email: [email protected] Hillcrest Garden Market - Pumpkin Patch, 1580 P … [Read more...]

Money available for private-well plugging, rehab in Linn County

Linn County residents who own a well may be able to receive up to $400 for well plugging and up to $600 for well rehabilitation. Homeowners and well contractors should contact Linn County Public Health at (319) 892-6038 to learn more and to see if they qualify. Contact Linn County Public Health before performing any work to ensure funds are still available. These funds are provided by the state of Iowa to assist well owners in properly abandoning wells that are not in use or to rehabilitate wells that need repair. Well work must be completed by an Iowa Department of Natural Resources … [Read more...]

Changes to Linn County’s Treasurer’s Website

Linn County transitions to new real estate system The Linn County Treasurer's Office portion of the website will be unavailable from 9 p.m. Oct. 3 through approximately Oct. 24 for property tax payments while Linn County transitions to a new real estate system. The public will still be able to pay for their vehicle registrations online. During this timeframe, this is the message that will be displayed on the Linn County property tax page of the website: "Online property tax payments are not being accepted while Linn County transitions to a new real estate system. … [Read more...]