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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 18 – Dornink

Posted at 9:57 pm on May 11, 2020

Today’s Friday Find features one of my absolute favorite places in Des Moines’ East Village, Dornink Couture. Dornink Couture is an incredible boutique owned by my good friend, Sarah, and her mom, Faythe, that has been around for almost 15 years. The shop specializes in custom bridal, evening and cocktail gowns but also in amazing […]


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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 17 – Red Door Press

Posted at 9:41 pm on May 4, 2020

This Friday Find episode features a magical shop located in Mainframe Studios, The Red Door Press. The Red Door Press is a letterpress print and design shop that’s been around since 2012. One of the things I love most is that this shop is bringing back an art form you just don’t see everywhere anymore. […]


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Recession? Yes. Housing Crash? No.

Posted at 7:00 am on April 28, 2020

Market Conditions Show A Strong Housing Market, Not a Housing Crash I’ve had many people ask me since the Covid-19 crisis started “is now really a good time to buy?” My answer. Yes, it really is. Below I will outline in depth why this is my answer. The short reason – market conditions here in […]


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Friday Find, episode 16 – Wildflower

Posted at 3:17 pm on April 27, 2020

For this Friday Find, I want to highlight the coolest floral and event styling studio, Wildflower. Wildflower is not your average floral shop. Its unique and trendy selection plus its uber-talented team make it one of those shops you can’t help but love. Whether you need beautiful, boho floral arrangements or event styling and planning, […]


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Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are Saying about Economic Impact of Coronavirus

Posted at 2:10 pm on April 16, 2020

The Economic Impact of Coronavirus As our lives, our businesses, and the world we live in change day by day, we cannot help but wonder how long this will last. How deep will the impact of Coronavirus go? While the human toll may forever change families, the economic impact will rebound with a cycle of […]


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Friday Finds, episode 15 – By Degrees

Posted at 1:33 pm on March 31, 2020

I filmed this special Friday Find a few weeks ago, before schools and everything else had shut down. I’m sharing it today because it highlights a really important program that provides support for students, families and schools in our neighborhoods. And even though school’s not in session now, the By Degrees team is working hard […]


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Creative ways to support local!

Posted at 6:48 pm on March 19, 2020

As you know, I love supporting local businesses. They are the heart of our community and what makes Des Moines such an amazing place to live. I feature local businesses on my Friday Finds series and choose to shop local as much as possible. I have so many friends and fellow entrepeneurs I respect and […]


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Social distancing – things to do while you’re stuck at home.

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For me and my family, we are taking social distancing very seriously.  That means a lot of time together indoors and out, but not interacting with our friends or neighbors. If you are like me, you are juggling working from home but also keeping your kids from going stir crazy while schools are closed down.  […]


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How is COVID-19 affecting the Des Moines real estate market

Posted at 10:41 am on March 18, 2020

As the world nervously watches the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the pandemic has begun prompting responses from every industry, and nearly every level of organization in the country. So, how has COVID-19 affected the real estate market, especially as we enter what was primed to be an especially hot spring?   Lawrence Yu, chief economist […]


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Tuesday Tip – What to do if your home appraises low

Posted at 12:42 pm on March 5, 2020

What should you do if your home appraises low? This is something that can happen to you whether you are the buyer or the seller since almost all home sales are subject to an appraisal.   There are a lot of different factors that go into a decision if your home appraises low and you aren’t […]


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