Friday Finds: Iowa Food Cooperative

Posted at 7:49 am on January 4, 2019

Friday Find – Iowa Food Cooperative You will always hear me promoting buying local and supporting local business.  This month’s Friday Find is the Iowa Food Cooperative and it is the perfect way to help support Iowa’s local food economy.   The Iowa Food Coop is a community of producers (farmers, growers, etc.) and consumers (those […]


Winter Home Buying 101: Why Winter may be the Perfect Season to Buy

Posted at 3:59 pm on January 2, 2019

Yes, the spring house hunting season may have more inventory, but don’t discount winter as a perfect season to find your next home!  Here are a few of the perks of pursuing your new home as the temperatures drop. Motivated to Move When home sellers list their place in the winter, it usually means their […]


Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal this Winter

Posted at 12:14 pm on November 28, 2018

Just because its cold and snowy outside doesn’t mean you can’t up your game and make your home an eye-catcher on the street.  Also, a great idea if you are listing your home this winter – it is sure to warm buyers’ hearts when they visit your home. Here are a few tips to help […]


Sellers: It’s Risky Pricing High to ‘See What Happens’

Posted at 12:11 pm on

Every seller wants to get the best deal for their house. So why not just price your house to the moon? After all, you can just bring it down if you need to, right? There can be a few problems with that. If you price high and then slowly start bringing it down…and down…and down…buyers […]


Exciting improvements coming to Water Works Park!

Posted at 3:05 pm on November 7, 2018

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Des Moines has some of the most AMAZING parks!  And one of my favorites is on its way to becoming even better. Think Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York…ok, maybe not quite as big, but equally as awesome!! Water Works Park is […]


Seven Reasons Your Home Might Not Be Selling

Posted at 12:49 pm on October 19, 2018

Selling your house should not be a frustrating process.  But sometimes – it can take longer than expected to get an offer.  Part of my job as your Realtor® is to collect feedback from agents of potential buyers as to why your home wasn’t the right fit for them. This feedback helps me and the sellers […]


Ask an Expert: Planning for Spring Flowers

Posted at 3:22 pm on September 19, 2018

Many of you may not know this but I have a plant and gardening expert on my team!  My assistant, Whitney Bouma, was transitioning away from full-time work after she became a mom and I was lucky enough to snag her to be my part-time assistant.  Whitney is a botanist by training, the former Director […]


Friday Finds – Lola’s Fine Kitchen

Posted at 8:41 am on September 14, 2018

I always get excited about new restaurants! Especially family-owned and inspired restaurants that feature an amazing menu from fresh ingredients.  Lola’s Fine Kitchen opened earlier this year in Ankeny’s Prairie Trail District.  The food is inspired from the family’s roots – Asian cuisine with Pakistani and Filipino flavors combined to make amazing, mouthwatering dishes.   Lola’s is also known […]


Your September Local Guide

Posted at 1:04 pm on September 11, 2018

Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer, but there are hopefully a few weeks left to soak in the good weather before the cold creeps in! This list will show you how to treat yourself to all my local favorites while you enjoy the final weeks of summer.  For a little beautification pick up a bouquet […]


Friday Finds – The Potager

Posted at 9:05 am on September 7, 2018

I’ve always loved plants and flowers and I know they have a lot of benefits to people.  But I didn’t realize to what a great extent until I stumbled across The Potager!  Founded by local bioregional clinical herbalist, Rachel Berndt, the Potager truly harnesses the power of plants through a variety of different services.  Rachel offers herbal workshops and […]


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