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Common Questions of First-Time Buyers - Part 1

Jul 8, 2014

Purchasing a home can feel like an incredibly complex process. From finding the right fit to navigating the offer, negotiation and closing, it's understandable that many first-time buyers are overwhelmed. This is the very reason it's important for first-time buyers to work with a licensed agent that can address all of their questions and concerns while doing a lot of the heavy lifting in getting a first-time buyers purchase done and done right. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently provided an exhaustive list of common questions from the first-time buyer's pe...
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What National Numbers Tell Us About the Local Market

May 8, 2014

It's been said that for the vast majority of us, the most interesting news story each day is "What's for dinner?" What that means is that the most important things that happen in our lives happen within our homes. While national news may be intriguing, we are conditioned to be much more interested in where our bread is buttered (with apologies for the shameless pun). The same follows when it comes to national trends in the housing market. Sure we push them out on Facebook and Twitter and occasionally make mention of them here on the GreatIowaHomes.com blog. But when it really com...
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Am I Better Off Building?

Mar 13, 2014

Should you buy or should you build? Honestly, it depends on what you're looking for. To help you determine which is best for you, we've developed this short quiz: 1. How soon do you want to be in a new home? If you want/need to be in within a tight time frame, your best bet is to buy and existing home. While you can build on a tight timeframe, when you speed up the process, you often ratchet up the stress level. A good rule of thumb is that if you want to be in a new home in under six months it's best to buy. A timeframe longer than that lends itself to building. 2. How important is l...
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Agents Earning CRS Designation Offer Experience, Knowledge and More

Jan 29, 2014

The process of buying or selling a home represents the biggest financial transaction many of us will make in our lifetime. With that much on the line it is vital you get advice and assistance from someone who has gone the extra mile to stand out in their profession. Friedrich Iowa Realty is proud to have a number of agents who have earned the top designation available: Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). The specialization is so prestigious that less than 3% of REALTORS nationwide are a CRS Designee. Today, Friedrich Iowa Realty has 12 agents who have earned CRS designation. They are...
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Friedrich Iowa Realty: Wednesday's Best

Nov 6, 2013

Friedrich Iowa Realty Wednesday's Best November 6, 2013 Is it Wednesday already? You know that's our favorite day of the week! This Wednesday we share a variety of articles from across the internet that will help you get the most out of your home... and life. Enjoy! Home Improvement Easy Home Improvements to Improve Value: As opposed to expensive and time-consuming remodeling projects, home updates are simple homeowner tasks that can quickly increase a home’s marketability and value – especially helpful if you’re thinking about selling your home and you want to b...
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Friedrich Iowa Realty: Wednesday's Best

Oct 30, 2013

Friedrich Iowa Realty Wednesday's Best October 30, 2013 Each Wednesday, Friedrich Iowa Realty brings you the internet's best links on home-related topics. From quick do-it-yourself projects to what's happening in the housing market nationally, regionally and locally, these links are designed to help you get the most out of your home and life! Enjoy! Home Improvement 20 Weekend Projects Under $20: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/budget-remodels/weekend-projects-under-20-dollars/ Room by Room 30 Modern Bedroom Ideas: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organiz...
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