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

  • 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

    19 hours ago

  • 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

  • Did you know donating to Habitat for Humanity this year can get you a Wizard of Oz t-shirt or snow globe? More details here:

    “There’s no place like home,” she told them. “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.”

Now Warner Bros. has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to launch a campaign that takes its name from that famous line.

    “There’s no place like home,” she told them. “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” Now Warner Bros. has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to launch a campaign that takes its name from that famous line.

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    July 17, 2014

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  • Anita and I just listed this great townhome on the South side, Address is 2811 SE 22nd #320. Superb shape! Just installed new carpet and all the walls were professionally painted. 1400 sq' of finish plus this one has a basement! Price to sell at $118,000! See more pictures at the link and call for your private showing. http://www.obeo.com/911088

    Anita and I just listed this great townhome on the South side, Address is 2811 SE 22nd #320. Superb shape! Just installed new carpet and all the walls were professionally painted. 1400 sq' of finish plus this one has a basement! Price to sell at $118,000! See more pictures at the link and call for your private showing.

http://www.obeo.com/911088

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    July 16, 2014

    7 likes
  • Finally, we can say goodbye to the aches and pains of arthritis. From achieving an ideal body weight to eliminating nightshade-family vegetables in our diet, here are several things we can do to help reduce the symptoms and stop it before it attacks. Would you like relief?

    Finally, we can say goodbye to the aches and pains of arthritis. From achieving an ideal body weight to eliminating nightshade-family vegetables in our diet, here are several things we can do to help reduce the symptoms and stop it before it attacks. Would you like relief?

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    July 13, 2014

  • Given that entire homes can now be assembled with only a screwdriver, it was only a matter of time before even tree houses went prefab. Would you like one of these cute cubes in a tree in your backyard for your kids (or yourself!)?

    Given that entire homes can now be assembled with only a screwdriver, it was only a matter of time before even tree houses went prefab. Would you like one of these cute cubes in a tree in your backyard for your kids (or yourself!)?

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    July 10, 2014