The cost of waiting to buy!

This is a very good example of what happens when you “Wait to Buy”, credit for this article goes to one of the lenders  in our Iowa Realty Valley West office, James Bakkie.

The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time.

 Let’s say you are potential home buyer, you are 30 years old and your dream house costs $250,000 today. Right now mortgage interest rates are at or about 4%. Continue Reading

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    Pinball is dying; there’s a whole documentary about it. Or maybe it’s not. Either way, we’re feeling a little guilty about coveting these coffee tables made out of old machines from Budapest company Altar Furniture.

    Pinball is dying; there’s a whole documentary about it. Or maybe it’s not. Either way, we’re feeling a little guilty about coveting these coffee tables made out of old machines from Budapest company Altar Furniture.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

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    Home prices are rising at a fast clip, and for-sale listings are still very low. That makes flipping a house more competitive than ever today, but it also mean potentially record returns for investors.

    Home prices are rising at a fast clip, and for-sale listings are still very low. That makes flipping a house more competitive than ever today, but it also mean potentially record returns for investors.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

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    Iowa home sales increased nearly 10 percent in June from a year ago and the number of days houses were on the market reached a three-year low, the Iowa Association of Realtors said.

    Iowa home sales increased nearly 10 percent in June from a year ago and the number of days houses were on the market reached a three-year low, the Iowa Association of Realtors said.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    August 31, 2015

  • Whoa stop the car! Just listed this great family home in Urbandale. Very nice two story with parcel finish in the basement. Home features 3 br 3 bath areas, updates in the kitchen, fenced yard, cement board siding &amp; a two car garage, and it's priced to sell! 7000 Northview Dr $199,900 SEE MORE: <a href="http://www.obeo.com/1057277&quot; rel="nofollow">http://www.obeo.com/1057277</a&gt;

    Whoa stop the car! Just listed this great family home in Urbandale. Very nice two story with parcel finish in the basement. Home features 3 br 3 bath areas, updates in the kitchen, fenced yard, cement board siding & a two car garage, and it's priced to sell! 7000 Northview Dr $199,900

SEE MORE: <a href="http://www.obeo.com/1057277" rel="nofollow">http://www.obeo.com/1057277</a>

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    August 31, 2015

    14 likes 1 comment
    • Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty says: Looks like I need spelling lessons! That is partial finish in the basement!

      August 31st

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    Pablo Jendretzki sure lucked out when he met a couple with a 6,000-square-foot loft on Sixth Avenue in Soho.

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    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

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    While most bus conversions cover up the existing windows to make the most of the space, architecture student Hank Butitta took a different approach, leaving them open while installing multi-purpose, transforming built-ins for a bright and highly functional interior.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

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