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Tom Randall Real Estate Team home buyer wins $5,000

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Amanda Blair is the statewide winner!

The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) and the Iowa Association of Realtors® sponsored the statewide Iowa House Hunt, a promotion to create awareness of the assistance the IFA has to offer home buyers. House hunters viewed informational videos to enter the drawing. Amanda Blair, the client of K’Lynn Lynn, Buyer Specialist for the Tom Randall Real Estate Team, won the grand prize of $5,000.

Blair was presented with the check November 4, 2015 at the Tom Randall Real Estate Team office in Ames by Dave Jamison, Executive Director of the IFA and Dave Bert, CEO of the Iowa Association of Realtors®.

The Tom Randall Real Estate Team always looks out for our clients and provides information and opportunities that may benefit them. The Iowa Finance Authority offers affordable mortgage and entry cost assistance programs for both first-time home buyers and those who have owned a home previously, in partnership with local participating lenders. IFA has touched the lives of countless Iowans through a wide variety of affordable financing programs throughout its 40 year history. Learn more about the IFA’s programs at

Iowa House Hunt winner is presented with a $5,000 check. Left to right: Dave Jamison, Executive Director of Iowa finance Authority; Tom Randall, broker/owner of the Tom Randall Real Estate Team; Amanda Blair, new homeowner and winner; K’Lynn Lynn, Buyer Specialist for the Tom Randall Real Estate Team; Dave Bert, CEO Iowa Association of Realtors®.

Shredding Event 2015

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Our Shredding Event, held Saturday, April 18, 2015, was a great success! We helped a lot of people securely destroy their sensitive documents and clean out their files. We hope to see everyone next year!

Time to Vote for the Best of Story County!

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Every year, the Ames Tribune holds a contest to determine which area businesses are participants' favorites. Anyone can cast their vote by going to the Tribune's website: After the votes are tallied, the Tribune publishes a tabloid section listing all of the winners. The Tom Randall Real Estate Team has been voted the Best Realtor four years in a row and we would appreciate your vote to make it five as both Best Real Estate Company and Best Individual Realtor! Online ballot must be received by May 10, 11:59 p.m.

Document Shredding Event

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Protect yourself from identity theft!

Stop by the Tom Randall Real Estate Team office parking lot
207 S. 3rd Street, Ames
Saturday, April 18
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce your risk of identity theft. If you've got old tax documents, bank statements, credit card applications, confidential records, etc., this is your chance to securely dispose of them - paper clips, staples, rubber bands, file folders and all! We've hired a professional and certified company to handle the job.

Free and open to the public!

Buyer Seminar - February 26, 6:00-7:30 pm

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Prepare yourself to buy a home!

Are you currently in the market for or thinking about buying a new home? This home buying class is designed for home buyers looking to learn about today's real estate market conditions, the home buying process and details on obtaining a mortgage. This class is free with absolutely no obligation.

Call 515-232-5700 or email to register.

The seminar will be presented by K'Lynn Lynn and Janeen Driscoll, Buyer Specialists for the Tom Randall Real Estate Team at their office located at 207 South 3rd Street (up the hill behind Panera Bread). Mortgage specialist, Lisa Severseike of Global State Mortgage, will be on hand to answer mortgage questions.

Topics will include:

  • What to expect- current market conditions and trends in our local market.
  • What can you afford? Getting pre-qualified and understanding today's mortgage options.
  • The process of finding the right home.
  • How to select an agent.
  • Defining your search criteria and tips on searching online.
  • Home touring process.
  • Making an offer.
  • The inspection process.

Thank you for voting us "Best Realtor in Story County"!

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Wow! 4th year in a row -        

Voted "Best Realtor in Story County"!  

"We are very humbled and thankful to all the folks that made this possible!"

Tom, Michelle, K'Lynn, Janeen & Ann

Ames' ACT scores above state, national averages

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

The Ames Tribune published that Ames high school students scored higher on the ACT than the Iowa and national averages. Iowa tied for second in the nation for the highest average ACT composite scores. The ACT is intended to measure students ability to succeed in a college course. Click the link for more information and actual scores.’-act-scores-above-state-national-averages.html

Tips on staging your home during the holidays in Ames, Iowa

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Nowadays, any time of year is good for selling your home. You don’t need to wait until spring or before school starts as long as your property is clean, in good condition and priced correctly.

Many sellers question if December bodes well considering how busy people are and because so many home owners like to personally decorate their homes during this time. Holiday decorations can distract buyers and make it hard to focus on a home’s important features.

No need to forgo your favorite traditions but keep these tips in mind. And don’t forget, if the weather brings snow and ice, make sure the home is safe to enter by clearing all walks, steps, and the driveway and put down some salt if needed.

  1. Should we take our house off the market or not list it until after the holidays?
  2. Absolutely keep it on the market. While sales may go down this time of year, people who brave the weather and take time out of busy schedules, are the most serious about buying. Some buyers also like the idea of purchasing before the end of the year for tax reasons. This is also a good time to sell due to low inventory and low loan rates.
  3. What are appropriate outdoor decorations?
  4. Simple and classic. Some lights on the trees and bushes, potted plants and a wreath on the front door. Light colors should be kept to white or discrete seasonal pairings such as green and red or silver and gold. Keep in mind that during the day, the wires from lights can actually be an eyesore. A festive, warm holiday mood is all that is needed.
  5. What’s best for the inside?
  6. Avoid clutter and try to stay neutral. Be subtle with your personality, now as well as throughout the year. Good ideas would be one tree with a few ornaments and wrapped presents, one wreath, a simple garland up a staircase, a few stockings, some candles and a holiday inspired dining room table runner. Tons of holiday cards, miles of tinsel and every decoration you own may get too personal and messy. The goal is to let the buyers imagine their own holidays in the home.
  7. What about religious decorations?
  8. If these objects are very meaningful to you no one wants to ask you to change your traditions but the key is to not have too much.
  9. Music?
  10. Soft music is fine but remember, some buyers may be tired of hearing holiday music.
  11. Do cookies and candles smells entice buyers?
  12. Baked goods and fragrant candles always bring a nice welcome. It’s an emotional touch that lets buyers make a connection with the home. But of course, don’t overwhelm.
  13. Is it okay to say no to showings when having visitors or parties during the holidays?
  14. Of course you can say no but not repeatedly. If you are planning to have a lot of overnight guests and parties, it might be better to list in January. If you have a party, be sure to thoroughly clean up right away.
  15. By what time should be decorations be taken down?
  16. By the week after New Years.

And remember, seasonal good cheer is always in style!

Tom and K'Lynn Ring for Salvation Army

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Tom Randall and K'Lynn Lynn participated in the REALTOR ring day for the Salvation Army.

Your Lifestyle

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

If you are looking for a new home, it is important to communicate with your real estate agent about any special aspects of your lifestyle that will influence your choice. This information will help your agent to locate the perfect home for you and your family.

Are you a gourmet cook who loves giving lots of parties? Do you want space to accommodate hobbies such as painting, photography, or woodworking? Will your decision be influenced by the accessibility of a gym, a golf course or how close to work? Do you need a home office or an media room? Are you planning to enlarge your family?

Knowing important factors that will influence your housing decision helps the agent to narrow the selection of homes on the market.  They can show you specific parts of town or just certain types of home.  Communication is key-find an agent that is easy to talk to and is a great listener. 

Here at the Tom Randall Real Estate Team we have a great buyer specialist that will focus solely on your needs and wants. 

Click on the link below to read about our buyer specialist: K'Lynn Lynn.

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