Archives for February 2014

Preventing Ice Dams in Iowa

You’d think we wouldn’t have to talk about snow , sub-zero temps, school closings or freezing pipes right now in the Cedar Rapids area, but the reality is, we still do. And one of the most damaging things going on in many homes right now are ice dams – you’ve seen them  …. homes with lots of icicles hanging off the roof. Ice dams are typically caused by uneven heat loss from your home in wintry conditions such as snow, heat melting the snow, and cold temperatures re-freezing melted snow. The heat is typically caused by inadequate attic insulation or from warm air seeping into the attic from … [Read more...]

Iowa Home Sale Prices Continue to Rise

Previously posted by Amy Lucht | Feb 13, 2014 NEWS RELEASE - CLIVE, IOWA (Feb. 13, 2014)-According to the Iowa Association of Realtors® (IAR) home sales dipped slightly in January, however home prices continued to rise. In the January 2014 Housing Trends Report, IAR reports that the average sale price increased by another 6 percent and the median sale price was up 3.4 percent.  The average sale price was $136,489 in January 2013 and $144,724 in January 2014.  The median went from $116,000 in January 2013 to $120,000 in January 2014.  Twenty-nine of the 44 local Realtor® boards in the … [Read more...]

Do you know what the Iowa 2014 Take Credit Mortgage Credit Certificate Program is?

Released Monday, February 10, 2014 by the Governor’s Office 515-281-5211 and Ashley Jared, Iowa Finance Authority 515-725-4934 Branstad, Reynolds Partner with Iowa Finance Authority and Iowa Association of REALTORS to Announce Opportunity for Iowans to Buy a Home, Realize Federal Tax Credit Mortgage Credit Certificates to provide Iowa home buyers with up to $2,000 in annual federal income tax credits (DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds partnered with the Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Association of REALTORS to announce an opportunity for new Iowa home buyers to … [Read more...]

Local Iowa Home & Garden Shows

Our recent bout with snow and cold makes spring seem far far away – but it’s not, really. But what better way to help the winter doldrums that attending a Home & Garden Show?? Here are several that will sure put the spring in your step even if it’s not outside!! Eastern Iowa Home Improvement and Landscaping Show Waterloo http://www.iowashows.com February 7 to 9th Since 1952. Premier home and garden show with designer showrooms, landscaped gardens, home remodelers, new home contractors, extensive seminar schedule. Five Sullivan's Convention Center West 4th and Commercial … [Read more...]