Real Estate Blog

Please join us in welcoming David Whitaker to the CENTURY 21 Signature Team!  David will be based out of our Ames office and has extensive experience in Farm Sales and Auctions. 

Auctioneering and real estate courses over the years have given David the ability to work as a contract auctioneer in all types of auctions state-wide. While selling farm machinery, antiques, livestock, estate benefit, and real estate auctions, David gained the experience needed to start his personal auction company.  We are glad to have him on our team!

 

 

 Meet the rest of our team!

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Ankeny, Iowa offers much for its residents. As part of the Des Moines metro area, Ankeny provides easy access to major retailers as well as city attractions in a relaxed atmosphere. This growing town has also been recognized by several national lists for its high level of livability. These designations include being a great town to raise a family, according to Family Circle magazine, as well as a top place to live as ranked by CNN Money. In 2014, the Kaboom! Foundation recognized Ankeny as one of the Most Playful in the United States for the eighth year in a row.

Ankeny Art Center

In celebration of their rich multicultural community, the Ankeny Art Center is the town's primary venue for vibrant and diverse displays of artistic talent. With a

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Interested in the Market Stats for August in the Greater Des Moines region?  Check out our short video and get up to speed.  For stats on your local market, visit our market update page

 

 

 

Curious about the Market in AMES?  Click here for an update. 

Interesting in the average listing price in ANKENY?  Find out here

Search for homes in WEST DES MOINES- click here

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If you're ready to put your home on the market, it is time to prepare it for potential buyers. While homes do sell if you don't make any preparations, they sell much faster with prep and staging. In most cases, customers want to sell their homes as quickly as possible to reduce the time it takes to process the sale, pay on utilities that are not being used and alleviate the stress of selling. So, how to get your home ready to sell?

Cleaning and De-Cluttering

Okay, so no one wants to buy a dirty house. Even if your home is messy, it can look dirty to a buyer. Start by paring down extraneous papers, accessories and those piles of newspapers that you haven't gotten to yet. Box up recyclables to take to the recycling center, donate anything that is in

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We are thrilled to announce that CENTURY 21® Real Estate has been named highest in customer satisfaction by JD Power in the 2014 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction survey. CENTURY 21 swept all four awards by receiving the highest ranking among national real estate companies across all four segments in the study, including: First-Time Home-Buyer Satisfaction, Repeat Home-Buyer Satisfaction, First-Time Home-Seller Satisfaction and Repeat Home-Seller Satisfaction.

“CENTURY 21 sales professionals understand that real estate is about developing relationships and building trust with their customers. Customer satisfaction is at the core of everything that they do each and every day,” said Rick Davidson, president and chief executive officer, Century 21

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Interested in the Market Stats for July in the Greater Des Moines region?  Check out our short video and get up to speed.  For stats on your local market, visit our market update page

 

 

 

Curious about the Market in AMES?  Click here for an update. 

Interesting in the average listing price in ANKENY?  Find out here

Search for homes in WEST DES MOINES- click here

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real estate agentSo you've completed your real estate search and you have finally found your dream home. Do you seal the deal on your own, or do you hire a real estate agent? Nowadays, most would say hire an agent.

A realtor will provide you with accurate evaluative information about all of the real estate listings you are interested in, as well as help you negotiate a deal when it comes time to purchasing a home. It is more common for a seller to have a real estate agent, but with the housing market being so unpredictable, it couldn't hurt for a buyer to use an agent as well. These buyer agents will generally collect around 5% to 7%, while a selling agent will take about half of the total commission.

Realtors are expected to be familiar with the area you live in.

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Buying a house can be one of the most exciting processes. You get to look at real estate listings in your area and determine what kind of home you want to look for. There are usually thousands of options, from old country homes for sale, to new houses, or waterfront properties for sale. The possibilities are virtually endless, as long as your budget is forgiving.

But it may be best to work with a real estate agent to give yourself the best chance at securing the house that you want.

Here are a few reasons why going through a real estate company is a smart choice.

  • Access. When you are searching real estate listings online, you will likely come across thousands of homes, and you may not be sure how to narrow this list down. When you work with
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The market is really hot now with homes selling faster and for more money than one year ago. This is because there are way fewer homes for buyers to choose from.

  • Active Listings down 18% from this time last year
  • Median listing price up $11,000 from last April
  • Average number of days on the Market down 10%
  • Median sale price up $10,000 over this time last year
  • Homes sold up 5% over last April

    Check out this video for more real estate stats on Greater Des Moines! 



     All real estate is local, please click for Market Stats in Your Neighborhood

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