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

  • Do you wonder what the future holds for home technology? From fridges that warn you when food is running out to dining tables that lower from the ceiling, Samsung President Boo-Keun Yoon told IFA 2014 attendees about his smart home vision.

    Samsung CEO and President Boo-Keun Yoon has been on stage in Berlin at IFA 2014, using his keynote speech to push his company’s vision of our smart home future.

    Samsung CEO and President Boo-Keun Yoon has been on stage in Berlin at IFA 2014, using his keynote speech to push his company’s vision of our smart home future.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    September 13, 2014

  • Tired of wasting money on rent? Here's how to start planning for a home purchase with saving strategies.

    Whether you’ve got house envy about your best friend’s new place or just want to start building equity instead of renting, the first time you think about becoming a homeowner is the moment you should start financial planning.

    Whether you’ve got house envy about your best friend’s new place or just want to start building equity instead of renting, the first time you think about becoming a homeowner is the moment you should start financial planning.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    September 11, 2014

  • You found the perfect new place and want to sign on all those dotted lines, but are you sure that there aren't any hidden issues? Here are the pros and cons of doing it yourself or leaving it for the professionals:

    You found the perfect new place and want to sign on all those dotted lines, but are you sure that there aren't any hidden issues? Here are the pros and cons of doing it yourself or leaving it for the professionals:

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    September 09, 2014

  • Want a flat stomach? Don't even think about sucking it in so you'll fit into those jeans! Here are the surprising foods, tricks, and moves to get a toned stomach:

    Despite the late night infomercials, there is no "secret fix" for a slim, sculpted midsection.

    Despite the late night infomercials, there is no "secret fix" for a slim, sculpted midsection.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    September 07, 2014

  • Want to live in Glen Oaks? Do not want to spend $1MM to do it? Drastic price reduction on this super two story home, almost 4000 square foot of finish, 4br 4bath, shows like new! $100,000 LOWER THAN FIRST LISTED NOW $450,000!

    Want to live in Glen Oaks? Do not want to spend $1MM to do it?
Drastic price reduction on this super two story home, almost 4000 square foot of finish, 4br 4bath, shows like new!
$100,000 LOWER THAN FIRST LISTED NOW $450,000!

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    September 04, 2014

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  • Check out our new listing! Anita and I just listed this new home at 3215 Stanton on the south side. What a great area! Trees surround this new development and there is a 5 year tax abatement! This is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath two story with tons of upgrades at no extra cost. The home is listed at $319,850 and has over 2500 sq' of finish. Open house scheduled from 1-4 this weekend, stop out!

    Check out our new listing! Anita and I just listed this new home at 3215 Stanton on the south side. What a great area! Trees surround this new development and there is a 5 year tax abatement! This is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath two story with tons of upgrades at no extra cost. The home is listed at $319,850 and has over 2500 sq' of finish. Open house scheduled from 1-4 this weekend, stop out!

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    September 04, 2014

    25 likes