Top 5 reasons to buy a home!

1.) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available.

“Few households are interested in borrowing money to buy stocks and bonds and few lenders are willing to lend them the money. As a result, homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. Even a hefty 20 percent down payment results in a leverage factor of five so that every percentage point rise in the value of the home is a 5 percent return on their equity. With many buyers putting 10 percent or less down, their Continue Reading

  • Are you seeking a new home? Which of the following is most important to you? a. Close to work b. Close to recreation c. Close to a school d. Close to family members Leave a comment with your answer!

    Are you seeking a new home? Which of the following is most important to you? 

a.	Close to work
b.	Close to recreation
c.	Close to a school
d.	Close to family members

Leave a comment with your answer!

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    October 19, 2014

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  • Check out this one of a kind English Tudor Anita & I just listed! Tucked back in the woods on over 2 acres, this unique home is the year round get a way you have been looking for. Enjoy nature out of every room in the home! Call for your private showing today! 33728 Mill Creek Drive, Adel $749,000 See more here: http://www.obeo.com/943267

    Check out this one of a kind English Tudor Anita & I just listed! Tucked back in the woods on over 2 acres, this unique home is the year round get a way you have been looking for. Enjoy nature out of every room in the home! Call for your private showing today!
33728 Mill Creek Drive, Adel $749,000

See more here: http://www.obeo.com/943267

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    October 18, 2014

    25 likes 12 comments
    • Lee Griebel says: Beautiful house but why put the dishes right in front of the windows?

      October 19th

      5 people like this.

    • Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty says: Lee that is actually the back of the house where the dishes are. The windows are so big I do not remember seeing them from inside the house. I think they had to get a clear shot through the trees.

      October 19th

    • Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty says: Not sure if we will hold it open but would be happy to show it to you.

      October 18th

    • Kathy Green Sanders says: That's what I thought, too, Bryan Mullen. There was still a lot of construction going on at the time but I do think it's the same house.

      1 hour ago

      1 person likes this.

    • Bryan Mullen says: Kathy Green Sanders, isn't this the place shay moved in to a long time back?

      1 hour ago

      1 person likes this.

    • Mindy Bergie says: Interested! Native from WDM.. looking to move back here home. Please email me with more pics and info at minburgess@yahoo.com. Thanks!

      October 19th

      1 person likes this.

    • William Schumacher says: Love it, would love to see it! Open house when?

      October 18th

      1 person likes this.

    • Karen Backstrom-Steward says: Yes it is the same house.

      51 minutes ago

    • Amy Linn McMullen says: Eric Wing buy me this for Christmas

      23 hours ago

    • Shane Ralph Larkin says: Holly Crow Happy Birthday

      October 19th

    • Merri Lenz says: Beautiful!!

      October 19th

    • Cassandra Haller says: Love it!

      October 18th

  • Ever type in part of a search term in Google and get faced with multiple autocompletes that had nothing to do with what you were looking for? Here are 15 of the most off-the-wall examples for real estate-related searches:

    Remember when search engines like Google and Bing started integrating the “autocomplete” function into their search bars a few years ago?

    Remember when search engines like Google and Bing started integrating the “autocomplete” function into their search bars a few years ago?

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    October 15, 2014

  • Our state was one of nine to hit a new all-time high in the median home price peak in August, according to CoreLogic. Wondering which other states set a new record? Find out here:

    Nine states established new price peaks in August CoreLogic said today.  The company's August Home Price Index which includes distressed sales was up 0.3 percent nationally during the month and was 6.4 percent

    Nine states established new price peaks in August CoreLogic said today. The company's August Home Price Index which includes distressed sales was up 0.3 percent nationally during the month and was 6.4 percent

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    October 12, 2014