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FREE Paper Shredding Event!

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Saturday, April 26, 2014   1:00-3:00 p.m.

At the Tom Randall Real Estate Team Office- 207 S. 3rd St. Ames, IA

It's a good time of year to clear out confidential papers you no longer need to hang on to. Reduce your identity theft risk by securely destroying old tax documents, bank statements, credit card applications, confidential records or any sensitive papers. This is your chance to dispose of them- paper clips, staples, rubber bands, file folders, hanging folders, and all! Just stop by our parking lot Saturday between 1:00 and 3:00. You are welcome to stay and watch the process if you like. We have scheduled an accredited document destruction company to come with their mobile truck and also provide an unbroken chain of custody until the material is destroyed. Take advantage of this opportunity and tell your friends and neighbors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUYER SEMINAR Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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 tom@tomrandall.com 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). A local lender representative 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.

 

 

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. http://amestrib.com/sections/news/ames-and-story-county/ames’-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.

Way to go Converse! from the Tom Randall Real Estate Team

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Congratulations to Converse Conditioned Air Inc. for your three construction awards from Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Tom Randall Real Estate Team!

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Thanksgiving imageThe Tom Randall Real Estate Team would like to send our warmest Thanksgiving wishes to all of you and your families and express our gratitude for the opportunity to serve as your real estate partners.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."   ~Melody Beattie

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.

http://www.tomrandallrealestateteam.com/About

Sold

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Sold
Some things are hard to measure, and others are easy. Success in a real estate sale is easy. It occurs when the "SOLD" sign is in your front yard. And having that occur as quickly as possible is the goal of every seller and The Tom Randall Real Estate Team.

You have undoubtedly heard that old saying about the "hard way" and the "easy way" to do something. The hard way to get the "SOLD" sign up is to try and sell it yourself. The easy way is to use the services or our Team that has proven ways to get your home sold for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time.

Remember, our team doesn't get paid until your home is "SOLD". And the amount we earn in commission is dependent upon the amount of the sale. That's a lot of genuine motivation to do the job right. Save yourself headaches and frustration and call the Tom Randall Real Estate Team today!!!

We also have a great page of Radon in Iowa.  Please click the link below to find out more...

http://www.tomrandallrealestateteam.com/Radon-a-Health-Risk

 

Ames 5th fastest growing small town in America.

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

An interesting article by Forbes.com came out last week naming the top 5 fastest growing small towns in America.  Ames, Iowa came in at #5.  We're holding our own and looking forward to an even better 2011.  Check it out!

http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/fastest-growing-small-towns.html

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