5 Rookie Mistakes by First-Time Homebuyers

Posted at 10:58 am on February 20, 2019

Buying your first home is a big deal.  There is no doubt about that. There is a lot to consider before even beginning to search for your home like neighborhood, price range, what style of home, and so much more.  And then once you find a home there is another set of considerations and checklist […]


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I Want to Move…but I Don’t Want to be Homeless!

Posted at 3:18 pm on February 6, 2019

One of the most common concerns I hear from my clients is “Sara, I really want to sell my house. We’re ready to move but there’s nowhere for me to go.” I get it. I really truly do. Nobody wants to be homeless and moving is stressful enough that adding in the unknown of having nowhere to […]


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How much of a down payment do you really need to buy a home?  

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The only way to avoid PMI (private mortgage insurance) is to have at least 20% for a down payment. For a long time buyers thought they needed this to move forward on a home. But in reality, when interest rates are as low as they are, sometimes it makes more sense to put less money […]


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Home Sellers May Have you on Camera

Posted at 2:26 pm on January 29, 2019

More and more sellers with their homes on the market are using surveillance cameras when it is being shown by agents to potential buyers.  Home surveillance cameras are allowing owners to monitor the activity inside and outside their home. While some agents have reported seeing them around homes, to date, multiple listing systems don’t require […]


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Declutter CRAZE!

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I am not one to make resolutions but I did make one for 2019 – and that is to declutter my life.  I know I am not alone in this new craze of tidying up – thanks to the new Netflix series, Tidying Up, by Japanese cleaning guru Marie Kondo.  And thanks to everyone jumping […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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

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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 […]


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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 […]


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