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

  • This 300 square foot interior space brings new meaning to "living in a bubble". Originally designed as a theater room, this playroom gives a private space for the kids as well as visual interest to the 6,000 square foot space:

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

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

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    18 hours ago

  • This bus conversion into a tiny home of 225 square feet shows how you can make the most of a small space with clever storage design!

    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.

    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

    August 27, 2015

  • The stylish Awair keeps tabs on the air quality of your home, then sends signals to your wi-fi connected appliances to adjust their output. How smart is that for an air monitor?

    With its perforated front face and small footprint, the Awair looks the part of a retro wireless audio device of some sort (the “speaker” is actually a 19 x 5 pixel 1-RGB matrix display).

    With its perforated front face and small footprint, the Awair looks the part of a retro wireless audio device of some sort (the “speaker” is actually a 19 x 5 pixel 1-RGB matrix display).

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    August 25, 2015

  • What sets the atmosphere better than lighting and music? That's what Sony thought when it combined an LED lightbulb with a Bluetooth speaker:

    Sony’s new LED bulb with an integrated Bluetooth speaker isn’t a new idea.

    Sony’s new LED bulb with an integrated Bluetooth speaker isn’t a new idea.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    August 24, 2015

  • Having trouble deciding between an adjustable rate and fixed rate mortgage? Here's when you should opt for an ARM:

    Some homeowners are choosing adjustable rate mortgages instead of the traditional 30-year mortgages to take advantage of lower interest rates for several years.

    Some homeowners are choosing adjustable rate mortgages instead of the traditional 30-year mortgages to take advantage of lower interest rates for several years.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    August 21, 2015

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  • ARE YOU STILL RENTING? If so check out this town home and start building equity. The average rent for a property on the west side is roughly $1,000 plus per month that's $12 grand a year you are throwing away. Payments on this home are cheaper than rent. This spotless 2 bedroom 2 bath town home can be yours for $115,750. Located at 382 NE Sandalwood in Waukee. See more here: http://tours.obeo.com/default?tourid=1042994&refurl=http://highres.obeo.com/?TourId=1042994&ver=0.0.010

    ARE YOU STILL RENTING? If so check out this town home and start building equity. The average rent for a property on the west side is roughly $1,000 plus per month that's $12 grand a year you are throwing away. Payments on this home are cheaper than rent. This spotless 2 bedroom 2 bath town home can be yours for $115,750. Located at 382 NE Sandalwood in Waukee. See more here: http://tours.obeo.com/default?tourid=1042994&refurl=http://highres.obeo.com/?TourId=1042994&ver=0.0.010

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    August 21, 2015

    15 likes 5 comments
    • Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty says: Jamie pm me I have lenders that can deal with lower scores.

      August 26th

      1 person likes this.

    • Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty says: This home is now vacant and very easy to show, just drop me a note if you know someone that would like to take a look.

      August 24th

    • Jamie Bell says: Pm sent

      August 26th

    • Jamie Bell says: Wld love to own, however even with the income credit score isn't high enough :(

      August 26th

    • Laura Eslinger says: Katie Hope

      August 24th