How to Choose a Builder

When you decide to purchase a new home, you have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to selecting a homebuilder. You can buy a home that is completed and in the builder’s inventory (speculative homes) or you can custom build a home. Even with the fallout of builders in the last few years, there are still a number of very good builders in the Des Moines area. In the current financial environment it seems only the larger builders are carrying inventory. Most of the builders that are doing 5 -10 homes a Continue Reading

  • Sunlight is well-known to provide us vitamin D, but did you know that it kills pain, keeps us alert at night, burns fat and more?

    Our biological connection and dependence to the sun is so profound, that the very variation in human skin color from African, melanin-saturated dark skin, to the relatively melanin de-pigmented, Caucasian lighter-skin, is a byproduct of the offspring of our last common ancestor from Africa (as determined by mitochondrial DNA) migrating towards sunlight-impoverished higher latitudes, which began approximately 60,000 years ago.

    Our biological connection and dependence to the sun is so profound, that the very variation in human skin color from African, melanin-saturated dark skin, to the relatively melanin de-pigmented, Caucasian lighter-skin, is a byproduct of the offspring of our last common ancestor from Africa (as determined by mitochondrial DNA) migrating towards sunlight-impoverished higher latitudes, which began approximately 60,000 years ago.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    July 28, 2014

  • Would you like to simplify your home's upkeep? Here are some great smartphone tools:

    With the help of a few common digital tools, you can transform your wireless device into a household control center that simplifies home upkeep.

    With the help of a few common digital tools, you can transform your wireless device into a household control center that simplifies home upkeep.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    July 26, 2014

  • Are you currently sharing a room with your newborn baby? Wondering how you should decorate? From room barriers to decor that will absorb sound, here are 8 tips for peaceful bedroom sharing with the baby. Which tips will you use?

    Are you currently sharing a room with your newborn baby? Wondering how you should decorate? From room barriers to decor that will absorb sound, here are 8 tips for peaceful bedroom sharing with the baby. Which tips will you use?

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    July 24, 2014

  • Don't miss this home! 3305 Melanie Drive Urbandale, just reduced to $300,000, over 3600 feet of finish! Call for your private showing today. Check out the pictures with the water feature! http://www.obeo.com/u.aspx?ID=888827

    Don't miss this home! 3305 Melanie Drive Urbandale, just reduced to $300,000, over 3600 feet of finish! Call for your private showing today. Check out the pictures with the water feature!

http://www.obeo.com/u.aspx?ID=888827

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    July 22, 2014

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  • Most people love pets — unless the animals are somebody else's. Which of these pets at a showing horror stories would you not want to find yourself in?

    Most people love pets — unless the animals are somebody else's. Which of these pets at a showing horror stories would you not want to find yourself in?

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    July 21, 2014

  • This harmonious interior was designed to exhibit objects the owner had collected on her travels. What would you like to showcase?

    Kelly is a colorful person, vibrant in personality and exuberant in spirit. Her home, which she affectionately calls the "tree house," captures the poise and grace with which she approaches the world, but it does so with an understated elegance.

    Kelly is a colorful person, vibrant in personality and exuberant in spirit. Her home, which she affectionately calls the "tree house," captures the poise and grace with which she approaches the world, but it does so with an understated elegance.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    July 19, 2014