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Tuesday Tip – How to begin the process of building a new home

Posted at 1:48 pm on February 18, 2020

So what is it like to build a home from the ground up?  This is my favorite type of build to do because you get to customize everything the way you want it.  But how does it work?  And what is the process?  This of course depends on the builder and since I work with […]


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Friday Finds, episode 12 – Gerri’s Bar and Grill

Posted at 9:23 am on

If you’re looking for the perfect wings that are crispy but not too crispy and spicy but not too spicy, look no further. 😉 Gerri’s Bar and Grill across the street from the fairgrounds have, what I would argue are, the best wings in Des Moines. Come for the wings, grab a beer and stay […]


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Friday Finds, episode 11 – Hiland Bakery

Posted at 1:52 pm on February 7, 2020

Des Moines natives, rejoice! THE Hiland Bakery is back and better than ever! A new family has reopened this beloved bakery, which closed last summer after more than 70 years in business. All the fabulous recipes we’ve come to know and love – including my FAVORITE cake of all time – are back too. Stop […]


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Tuesday Tip – 3 important things to consider if you want to buy a home

Posted at 2:01 pm on February 4, 2020

If you are considering buying a house I have three important things to focus onto considering before becoming a homeowner. 1) Know your “why” – why do you want to buy a home. Is it rent vs. mortgage costs?  Need more space? Or maybe you want the freedom that comes with owning your own home. […]


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Friday Finds, episode 10 – Fairmont Park

Posted at 1:23 pm on January 31, 2020

Looking for a new place to take the kids sledding? Des Moines has no shortage of awesome hills, but this is one of my favorites! Be prepared for steep hills and going super fast! So fast that in 5th grade my best friend Meghan Lacquement and I ran into a tree while sledding on saucers. […]


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Friday Finds episode 9, Crème Cupcake

Posted at 11:31 am on January 24, 2020

Have a sweet tooth or a love of signature cocktails? (Yes and yes! 😉) Then a visit to Crème Cupcake is a must. What started as a cupcake shop in 2010 has transformed into a destination for custom cakes, cookies and other treats… Not to mention the evening dessert lounge, which features specialty desserts and […]


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Friday Finds episode 8, Toads Tavern

Posted at 11:45 am on January 23, 2020

I love a good glass of bubbly and a nice restaurant…but the real way to my heart is a good dive bar and a Coors Light! This week’s Friday Finds video is for those who appreciate a great dive bar as much as I do! Not only was Toads Tavern voted Best East Side Bar, […]


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Friday Finds episode 7, Tesoro Casegoods and Oddities

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Today’s Friday Find is in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Highland Park/Oak Park Neighborhood. I grew up around here and love all the growth happening now! This amazing shop features some of the coolest furniture I’ve ever seen, and it’s a must-see for those who love Mid-Century and Danish Modern styles. The owner, Rudy, travels […]


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Tuesday Tip – How much below asking price should you offer?

Posted at 3:02 pm on January 21, 2020

One of the most common questions I get when working with clients is “how much below asking price should we offer?” when writing on a house.  Don’t listen to everything on the internet because a lot of the advice out there isn’t very good.  You need to take it on a case by case basis. […]


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Tuesday Tip – What you need to do if you want to sell in the next year

Posted at 8:45 pm on January 14, 2020

If you are considering moving in the next year or two, the best advice I can give you, to make sure your home sells as fast as possible, is to start doing things now to get it ready to sell. If an inspection reveals a bunch of deferred maintenance, there is a good chance that […]


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