12 Tips for Hiring a Contractor

 If you own your home long enough and you want to keep your home current and up to date sooner or later you are going to need to hire a contractor. Most of us are not handy enough to do remodeling work and to do it right. There are all kinds of contractors, from general contractors that handle large  jobs to a roofing, electrical, or plumbing contractors that specialize in just one type of work. I have heard horror stories about jobs not getting completed, bad workmanship, or worse…… paying upfront and no one shows Continue Reading

  • If you could move tomorrow, where would you move and why? A. a city B. a town C. the country Leave a comment with your answer!

    If you could move tomorrow, where would you move and why?

A. a city

B. a town

C. the country

Leave a comment with your answer!

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    November 13, 2014

  • Considering the patriarchal societies of centuries past, it's easy to forget there are monuments around the world that were dedicated to important women. Have you been lucky enough to have seen any of these in person?

    There are an innumerable amount of ancient structures still standing to this day, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza or Stonehenge. However, many of these are dedicated to gods or men, with very few built for the glory of the female gender. Here are ten example of ancient buildings constructed for women.

    There are an innumerable amount of ancient structures still standing to this day, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza or Stonehenge. However, many of these are dedicated to gods or men, with very few built for the glory of the female gender. Here are ten example of ancient buildings constructed for women.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    November 11, 2014

  • Got an Android or iOS smartphone you're not using? Bemo allows you to repurpose it as a network-connected thermostat in just a few minutes:

    If recent happenings in the crowdfunding scene are any indication, gizmos for repurposing your old smartphone might just be the next hot trend in tech.

    If recent happenings in the crowdfunding scene are any indication, gizmos for repurposing your old smartphone might just be the next hot trend in tech.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    November 07, 2014

  • Budgeting for your property taxes? Here's how you may qualify for property tax relief and how to be properly prepared:

    Knowing what to expect from property taxes, and what tax relief you can use, is an essential part of budgeting for home buying.

    Knowing what to expect from property taxes, and what tax relief you can use, is an essential part of budgeting for home buying.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    November 04, 2014

  • There are many bases of power other than financial leverage. What techniques can you use to better situate yourself for a good deal in real estate investment? Find out here:

    Shared By: Rick Bratrud, Iowa Realty

    Shared By: Rick Bratrud, Iowa Realty

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    November 01, 2014

  • Want to sell your home as quickly as possible? Many of today’s buyers make judgments about homes within moments of seeing a listing online. Here are some design trends to avoid:

    You want your home to look its best, and maybe you’ve been inspired by the interior design trends you’ve seen in magazines, on TV or on design websites.

    You want your home to look its best, and maybe you’ve been inspired by the interior design trends you’ve seen in magazines, on TV or on design websites.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    October 30, 2014

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