Archives for November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from Shannon!!

I Am Thankful For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes– Because that means he is at home not on the streets. For the taxes that I pay– Because it means I am employed. For the mess to clean after a party– Because it means that I have been surrounded by friends. For the clothes that fit a little too snug– Because it means I have enough to eat. For my shadow that watches me work– Because it means I am out in the sunshine. For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing– Because it means I have a … [Read more...]

Iowa landlords encouraged to list rental properties on new web site

Do you have rental property in the Cedar Rapids area, but don’t have a really good way of showing availability? Have you thought about purchasing rental property, but have heard it’s expensive to advertise? Help will soon be available ….. Recent Press Release by IowaHousingSearch.org: A new rental housing locator service, IowaHousingSearch.org is now available for Iowa landlords to list units at no cost. The web site is supported by a toll-free call center and is designed to give renters, landlords, housing professionals and social service providers access to detailed information about … [Read more...]

Happy Veterans Day to all the Veterans in the Cedar Rapids and Surrounding Area!

In Honor of Veterans Day, there are many local celebrations honoring those who served and are serving in our military. Here are only a few …. Vinton/Shellsburg School plans annual Veterans Day assembly Nov. 11 Monday Nov 11th starting at 9:30 am. Community wide assembly will be held at Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School in the gymnasium. A breakfast will be served in the middle school cafeteria starting at 8:15 am, for any veteran and their family who are attending the assembly. Iowa Valley School plans annual Veterans Day assembly Nov. 11 Veterans Day programs observed by the Marengo … [Read more...]

Fun stuff to know about who’s buying and selling real estate ….

And the Survey Says ….. Recently the National Association of REALTORS® conducted their annual homebuyers and sellers survey. This survey gives insight to what is going on in the world of real estate. Though not every buying or selling experience will mirror what is in the survey, but it does give a good idea of the trends in general.  REALTOR.com survey on Home Buying: Sixty-six  percent of recent home buyers were married couples—the highest share since 2001. The median age of first-time buyers was 31, unchanged from 2012, and the median income was $67,400. The typical first-time … [Read more...]

Sunday – Fall Back & Check those alarms!!

It’s time to turn back those clocks - November 3rd we “Fall Back” an hour. It’s also recommended we change our fire and carbon monoxide alarm batteries. For the best protection, are the alarms in the safest areas of your Cedar Rapids area home and up to code? This is for new or replacement smoke alarms ….. According to the Iowa State Fire Marshall, “A dual sensor detector means a smoke detector which contains both an ionization sensor and a photoelectric sensor and which is designed to detect and trigger an alarm in response to smoke detected through either sensing device, or a smoke … [Read more...]