Friday, September 30, 2016

909 NE Barrington CT Ankeny, IA 50021

Property Site:
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.00
Square feet: 2,620
Price: $295,000

For more information about this property, please contact Lois Lundgren at or You can also text 3915881 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 526346

5216 NW 10th ST Ankeny, IA 50023

Property Site:
Stunning two story built by Wicks Construction!The quality of a Wicks Home is second to none!The beautiful custom woodwork is luxurious & flows throughout.First fl features an office w/custom barn doors,great room w/custom cabinetry open to the gorgeous kitchen featuring frameless cabinets,quartz counters,center island, subway tile,high end appliances & walk in pantry!Mud room w/custom cabinetry!Large 13x14 covered, composite deck.Upstairs is 4 spacious bedrooms & full ba w/double vanities.Master features tray ceilings, large bath w/double vanities,tiled shower & large walk in closet.Second floor laundry.Finished walkout LL has 5th br & bath,lighted tray ceilings & gorgeous stone pillars & bar.The perfect seat to watch the big game on the ceiling mount projector.Wet bar w/glass fridge,shelving & LED lighting.Hardie plank siding,Gerkin windows,full irrigation,zoned heating/cooling.Third stall is 24 deep & main garage door is 18 wide.Come see why a Wicks home should be YOUR next home.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.00
Square feet: 2,511
Price: $469,900

For more information about this property, please contact Stephanie VanDerKamp at 515-210-3210 or You can also text 3915879 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 521264

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

How to maximize the flavor and nutrition of snack mixes

When deciding between your favorite snacks, there's no need to sacrifice flavors and seasonings often reserved for main course dishes. Instead, look to combine different food groups to create unique, delicious snack mixes. A mix can not only pack a lot of flavor but also can be full of nutrient-rich vitamins and whole grains.

The perfect snack mix combines flavors, textures, seasonings and tastes.

* Whole grain crackers add heartiness to your snack leaving you deliciously satisfied.

* Adding vegetables such as leafy greens adds vitamins and minerals - a perfect low-calorie addition.

* For extra crunch, popcorn or nuts are flavorful ingredients to add to your mix for a wholesome, appetizing snack.

Chef Rocco DiSpirito, known for his best-selling healthy comfort foods series Now Eat This!, created Brown Rice Triscuit Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crumbled Snack Mix, a tasty mix of popcorn, kale and the new Brown Rice Triscuit, which is baked with 100 percent whole grain brown rice. This snack mix is one great way to reap the benefits of whole grains in a distinctive new way.

Brown Rice Triscuit Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crumbled Snack Mix

Yield: 9 servings, about 1 cup each

Prep time: about 10 minutes

Processing time: about 10 minutes


Olive oil cooking spray

3 tablespoons popping corn kernels

1/8 teaspoon each salt and crushed red pepper flakes

1 bunch of Tuscan kale (about 15 leaves), or 4 loosely packed cups of leaves only (remove tough center stem with knife or kitchen shears)

20 Brown Rice Triscuit Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crackers, quartered


1. Spray a medium-sized saucepot with 1 second of cooking spray; add the popcorn kernels and place over medium high heat. Cook, covered, shaking occasionally until the kernels have popped, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat; place popcorn in large bowl and season with salt and crushed red pepper flakes.

2. Lay the kale out in batches in single layer on microwave-safe plates. Spray each plate with 1 second of cooking spray and microwave on high for 1 minute. Flip the leaves, then microwave on high until the leaves are dried and crisp, about 1 minute. Continue microwaving, if needed, turning every minute until crisp. Repeat with remaining kale.

3. Break the kale crisps into bite-size pieces. Toss with the crackers and popcorn and serve.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 80 calories, 2g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 0g sugars, 2g protein

Motivational Quote of the day by Carol Burnett

When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go.

-Carol Burnett

Saturday, September 24, 2016

1413 NW Maple ST Ankeny, IA 50023

Property Site:
Prime location!5 bedrooms & 3.5 Baths.Beautiful 2-story home located on a corner lot in Parkview Campus. Great landscaping & a 3 car garage.One block from Prairie Ridge Sports Complex,jump on the High Trestle Bike Trail or within walking distance to all schools.This home has over 3200 sq. ft. finished living area.A two story entry w/open main level floor plan including kitchen & comfortable living room w/gas fireplace.Great for entertaining!An additional room w/French doors on the main that can be utilized as a formal dining,sitting or office area.Main level laundry room & 1/2 bath for guests.The upstairs has a large master suite w/tray ceiling, walk in closet and private bath that features a jacuzzi tub, tile shower,his/her vanity areas.3 additional large bedrooms upstairs w/full bath & double vanity.Private commode/shower room.Builder finished basement w/family room,5th bedroom,full bath & another gas fireplace.All appliances & blinds included.Lots of storage space.Great location!
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4.00
Square feet: 2,196
Price: $324,000

For more information about this property, please contact Sue Sutton at 515-250-3126 or You can also text 3904782 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 526089

Friday, September 23, 2016

208 SW Stonegate DR Ankeny, IA 50023

Property Site:
Wow! New construction custom built by Strahan Construction is located in beautiful Camden Woods Development where every home is unique. Featuring stone and stucco front elevation, open floor plan and beautiful woodwork. Spacious kitchen has granite counter tops, window display area and walk-in pantry. Dining room/office. Four upstairs bedrooms all with bath access, laundry, master with walk-in tile shower and large closet. Finished basement has family room with 5th bedroom and bath. Total 3,263 finished square feet! The yard is landscaped with lawn irrigation and home front elevation has beautiful soft night lightscaping. I love this house!
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5.00
Square feet: 2,493
Price: $449,900

For more information about this property, please contact Cindy Strahan at 515-238-2698 or You can also text 3902189 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 526017

Thursday, September 22, 2016

33063 Fox Creek DR Waukee, IA 50263

Property Site:
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.00
Square feet: 1,591
Price: $269,900

For more information about this property, please contact Sue Todavich at 515-238-4905 or You can also text 3899935 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 525990

213 Main ST Norwalk, IA 50211

Property Site:
This home is move in ready! The owners just put new carpet in the two bedrooms and living room that are located on the main floor. Hardwood floors are under the new carpet. There is also new floor covering in the lower level. All the windows (except the one in the bathroom) have newer Pella windows. The lower level has a nonconforming bedroom if needed and a good size family room. The backyard includes a back patio which is a large area surrounded by a privacy fence. You will have plenty of storage in the over size garage. Norwalk schools!
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.00
Square feet: 768
Price: $124,900

For more information about this property, please contact Marlene Thatcher at (515) 770-9331 or You can also text 3899934 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 525988

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

10 tips to help you save home energy

Before you spend money on the latest energy-efficient gizmo that's supposed to save you money let's look at some energy saving ideas that will really help you save home energy. The strategies that we will look at maximize the effort you put in and help reduce your home energy consumption.

First sit down and think about all the different ways your family uses energy around the house. Now put an approximate type and cost of energy used. You may have trouble breaking down the cost but try to do it. Now all you have to do is find ways to save on your resources at the same time cut your costs. You may have to think creatively but it can be done.

So here are some tips to get you started:

- Turn the lights off when you're not using them. This is really simple and easy to do. Do you really need your bedroom light on when you're in the living room? Do you leave lights on when you leave the house? Do you even need more than one light on in a room for what you are doing? Believe it or not it makes a big difference.

- Turn all electronics and other appliances off when you're not using them. No one can do everything at the same time. Can you really listen to a radio watch television and use your computer all at the same time?

- Set your thermostat down a couple of degrees in winter or up in summer, to conserve energy. And dress appropriately indoors for the time of year it is. For instance in winter, put on a sweater or some extra clothing, or may snuggle under a blanket to stay warm. In the summer, wear less and stay cooler naturally.

- Only turn an appliance on when you have a full load. This is true especially for the washing machine, dryer and even the dishwasher. It is amazing how much extra energy is used doing multiple small loads in comparison to one full load.

- Do regular maintenance on your appliances. Keeping them clean means they don't have to work as hard. Changing filters reduces the energy needed to accomplish a task. Regular care will also mean any maintenance bills that you might come up against may well be cheaper.

- Be careful how you use your water. Like when brushing your teeth or washing your hands, use only the water you need. Don't let the water run the entire time. Also, try and use less water if you take a bath, or control your shower times.

- Simply let your hair air dry, instead of using a blow drier every day.

- Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees F.

Don't forget the bigger projects as well.

- Seal the cracks around your doors and windows. You are paying for your hot air that escapes through cracks all around your house. You need to make sure you are doing all you can to keep the warm air you're paying for inside your house.

- You also need to check your house's insulation. Though this has been done by many homeowners nevertheless you still need to do it before you pass it over. It is probably the biggest thing in reducing heating costs.

Now some of these things may seem trivial to you but let me assure you that even the small things add up over time. And really most of them you won't even notice the difference to your life except your bills.

These tips and suggestions will make your home more affordable, and take some strain off of our world's resources. Just think if all of us would just made a few of these changes to how we do things on a daily basis it would make a huge difference.

By: Dave McIntosh

Saturday, September 17, 2016

1238 57th ST Des Moines, IA 50311

Property Site:
Charming Craftsman Style 3 bedroom, story and a half home in quiet neighborhood. This restored home has the original woodwork and hardwood floors and is complete with brick fireplace. The upper level features a huge 3rd bedroom with a convenient half bath. The living room has cove molding and built in cabinets around the fireplace and fresh paint. Off the living room is a formal dinning room that has plenty of room for your family gatherings, it also has fresh paint. The galley kitchen has plenty of cabinets, dishwasher and gas range. Down the hall you will find 2 nice size bedrooms with ceiling fans and a full bath.. The lower level is clean and dry and comes complete with washer & dryer.. Outside there is a nice wooden deck for BBQs or sitting and enjoying a summer evening. This is a great home at a great price, dont miss out.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.00
Square feet: 1,269
Price: $147,500

For more information about this property, please contact Terry Sesker at or You can also text 3891231 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 525589

Friday, September 16, 2016

2506 NE Oak DR # 4 Ankeny, IA 50021

Property Site:
This amazing loft is located in the heart of Briarwood, located in the Village at Briarwood. The home is very unique and you will not experience any of these upgrades in the development. The home features granite counter tops, amazing built-ins, hardwood flooring, glass tile shower, large Jacuzzi tub, and gorgeous custom dcor. Enjoy the upper level of this 8 unit complex. This home is new build quality. Come and enjoy.
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.00
Square feet: 1,168
Price: $152,000

For more information about this property, please contact Sue Sutton at 515-250-3126 or You can also text 3888517 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 525490

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

5 upgrades for under $5,000 to put your home at the top of every buyer's list

(BPT) - It's a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home could use some TLC and updating, spending as little as $5,000 on key upgrades could improve its appeal for buyers - and ensure a speedier sale at a better price.

Here are five upgrades you can make for under $5,000 to help put your home at the top of every buyer's must-see list.

1. Upgrade your entryway - Replacing an old, dated or worn entry door can be a cost-effective way to ensure buyers get a good first impression when they walk in your house. Whether you choose a fiberglass, wooden or steel model, installing a new entry door can cost a few thousand dollars, yet the return on investment at the time of resale can be significant. A fiberglass entry door returns about 72 percent of its investment, while a steel door recoups more than 100 percent of its value, according to Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value report.

Enhance your new door with attractive plantings, fresh paint and clean windows around the entryway to create a memorable, attractive entry for just a few thousand dollars.

2. Increase natural light - More buyers are becoming aware of the mood- and productivity-enhancing benefits of natural light, and homes with big, bright windows have always been in demand. Adding windows to a room can be a costly, time-consuming affair. Not so with adding a skylight. For well under $5,000 and in just a day or two, a professional can install an Energy Star qualified, solar powered no-leak fresh-air skylight, like those from Velux America. Professional installation costs nationally ranges from around $900 to $2,325, with an average of $1,400, according to

The low installation cost will leave you plenty of budget to enhance the skylight upgrade even further with energy efficiency-boosting solar-powered blinds. The skylight and blinds are operated by remote control and the blinds are available in designer colors and patterns to enhance your d├ęcor. The products, as well as installation costs, are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit to further reduce the cost of the improvement.

The most popular rooms in the home for fresh air skylights are baths, where they provide privacy in addition to natural light, and kitchens, where they vent cooking odors and humidity naturally while brightening this much-used workspace. Visit to learn more.

3. Beautify a master bathroom - Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. Making a few cosmetic upgrades to even a small master bath can help increase a home's appeal and value. For less than $5,000 you can easily repaint, upgrade faucets, replace old cabinet hardware and add decorative touches like designer towels.

If you've already done all that, take a look at the floor or countertops - two cost-effective upgrades that can wow buyers. Since counters don't make up that much square footage in most bathrooms, replacing them with granite can cost just a couple thousand dollars. Tile flooring is also a relatively inexpensive way to improve a bathroom's look and usability.

4. Heat things up in the kitchen - Kitchen remodels can offer high ROI for sellers, but a full remodel may be outside your budget. If you've already done the obvious - like repainting and decluttering - it's time to look for a few more cost-effective improvements that will appeal to buyers.

Just as in the bathroom, swapping old faucets and cabinet hardware with new designer options can enhance the appeal of a kitchen. Shabby, outdated appliances can hinder a speedy sale, so consider replacing them with new ones. You don't necessarily need to install top-of-the-line, high-priced appliances to make a good impression, either. Newer, Energy Star qualified appliances represent savings for buyers down the road.

5. Lavish landscaping - No single aspect of your home has a greater impact on a buyer's first impression than the landscaping. A great front yard sets the tone for the rest of the home, appealing to buyers on a number of levels, including beauty, practicality and savings.

With $5,000, you can accomplish a lot in terms of landscaping. You can sod a small front yard, add decorative planting beds to a lush lawn, or even install shade trees that will both beautify the yard and enhance the home's energy efficiency in summer. Decorative concrete stamping of walkways and driveways is another cost-effective way to improve a home's curb appeal.

Whether it's a buyer's market or a seller's market, no one wants to see their home linger long before selling. A few simple upgrades can help ensure your home gets plenty of attention this season.

Motivational Quote of the day By John Muir

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

-John Muir

421 Broad ST Maxwell, IA 50161

Property Site:
Attention Investors!!! Fixer upper with tons of potential! Previous fire damage to kitchen and entry way, rest of the house just needs a little TLC. Huge double lot right in the heart of Maxwell! Check it out before its gone!
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.00
Square feet: 966
Price: $39,900

For more information about this property, please contact Angie Robinson at 515-230-3683 or You can also text 3881576 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 525327

Saturday, September 10, 2016

113 35th ST SE Altoona, IA 50009

Property Site:
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.00
Square feet: 1,688
Price: $330,000

For more information about this property, please contact Eric Vanderploeg at 515-729-4989 or You can also text 3877394 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 525189

Friday, September 9, 2016

5428 Longview CT # 3 Johnston, IA 50131

Property Site:
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 3.00
Square feet: 1,407
Price: $157,000

For more information about this property, please contact Lois Lundgren at or You can also text 3874696 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 525122

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

​5 tips for creating fall curb appeal

(BPT) - Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don't have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales - below are tips and projects for sprucing up your home's view from the curb this season.

Front door, first impressions

Your front door is one of the first things people notice about your home. Give your door a fresh face with a coat of paint in a bold fall color to draw the eye to this focal point of your home.

Another project is to replace the door entirely. Consider options with decorative glass accents, and stunning sidelights (windows on either side of the door) to add more natural light while maintaining a sense of style and privacy. Plus, as temperatures start to drop, Energy Star -qualified entry doors will help maintain your home's energy efficiency. For entry door inspiration check out Pinterest, your resident showroom or your local home improvement store.

Accessorize with new hardware

Replace your front door hardware for a quick, easy facelift. Choose hardware finishes that compliment light fixtures, mailbox and house numbers for a polished, cohesive look. You'll be delightfully surprised what a difference new hardware can make in creating an updated look to your home.

Refresh exterior body and trim colors

For a dramatic change, repaint your home's exterior. It's bold and can make your home stand out from other homes on the block. Not up for the bold change? To make an impact with a smaller change, add new trim colors. When updating trim, choose color schemes that match your home's primary exterior color, or complement it with a fresh twist.

Create points of interest with plants

You don't have to stop enjoying beautiful plants and flowers simply because summer is over. Add pops of color by arranging pots filled with hearty fall flowers like mums, sedum or asters around your front door, or on a porch or deck. Incorporate planters or container gardens of varied sizes, shapes and colors to add visual interest.

Accent with lighting

As summer light fades into shorter, darker days, add exterior accent lighting to the front of your home. Illuminate a walking path with ground-insert solar lights. Or consider solar spotlights to bring out landscaping or to shine on your updated front door. Install matching light fixtures outside your front door, garage door or patio door to provide well-lit entrances that are stylish and inviting to neighbors and guests.

1210 SE Lowell DR Ankeny, IA 50021

Property Site:
Welcome to this well-maintained home in nice neighborhood close to schools & shopping. Nice curb appeal with brick accents & wonderful landscaping. The entryway features hardwood floors and opens into a front living room with a vaulted ceiling. The kitchen features oak cabinetry, ample counter space, dining area with hardwood floors and a sliding door out to the newer 14X14 low maintenance deck. Family room has newer carpet with built-ins, fireplace plus an additional slider out to the patio. Off the family room is a half bath/laundry room w/ storage and newer flooring. Upstairs is a huge master suite with a full master bathroom, two additional bedrooms and full bathroom. The lower level is finished with an office/flex space. Extras include a 14x16 insulated shed with electric, a 3rd driveway stall that is 90 feet long, water softener and a reverse osmosis drinking system. Newer roof, windows, vinyl siding, 2 sliding glass doors, high-efficiency Lennox furnace, AC, paint and flooring.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3.00
Square feet: 1,684
Price: $219,900

For more information about this property, please contact Stephanie VanDerKamp at 515-210-3210 or You can also text 3869037 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 524988

Thursday, September 1, 2016

808 NW Rockcrest RD Ankeny, IA 50023

Property Site:
You will enjoy this custom 2 story built home located in the heart of Boulder Brook Development. The home has a rustic flare to it with custom cabinets, granite counter tops, walnut stained floor and great layout out. The main level features kitchen, living room and formal dining room. The upper level has 3 bedroom, 2 bath and laundry. The lower level features bar, living room, full bath area and bedroom. Fun features are barn doors, barn pillar post and custom cement bar counter tops. The home features over 1967 on the main levels and then 835 in the lower level.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.00
Square feet: 1,967
Price: $300,000

For more information about this property, please contact Sue Sutton at 515-250-3126 or You can also text 3858441 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 524692