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Ames 5th fastest growing small town in America.

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

An interesting article by 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!

Pricing your Home is Key, great article!

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team


I ran across this article in Yahoo Finance today(written by  What a great article to sum up the market not only in Ames but across the nation.  Good news is they agree the market will turn around.  Bad news is they do not know when. 

They have a great quote in this article that I use everyday when I am working with someone to sell thier home.  "Wherever you are, pricing your home right is key." 

Through my 30 years of selling real estate that has never been so true. 

Please click here to see the whole article!


Kitchen, Does it really help sell your house?

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

There's no doubt about it!

--the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the whole house for many prospective buyers. Smart sellers will take a close look at how they can make their kitchen a real asset when it is time to sell.

Your kitchen doesn't need to be state-of-the-art to be attractive. The first step toward enhancing your kitchen's appeal is a thorough cleaning. This includes the walls, cabinets (inside and out), floors, and appliances. Keep the counter tops as clear as possible of small appliances and gadgets. Consider low-cost improvements which can make a big difference, such as a coat of paint, fresh wallpaper, or new floor covering. Be sure to keep the kitchen sparkling when the house is being shown. This means no dirty dishes in the sink or moldy cucumbers in the refrigerator. This extra effort will pay great dividends!

For more great tips call the Tom Randall Real Estate Team today!

A Good Agent is Important

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Real estate sales are complex transactions in which snags can occur. Professional real estate agents are trained to handle the many facets of buying a home. A good real estate agent is an invaluable asset to you in largest purchase you might ever make.

When you find a real estate agent with whom you feel confident, it is important to enter into a committed working relationship with that person. Concentrating your search with one real estate professional will allow the agent to become totally familiar with your housing needs, desires, and financial capacities.

Here at the Tom Randall Real Estate Team we have great agents that can focus on you and your specific needs and find you a home of your dreams.  Call today! 515-232-5700.

Inspection Repairs

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

When you sell a house, the buyers will probably have a home inspection before they sign a contract to purchase the home. The inspector may turn up something that needs attention or repair, and after the inspection, the buyers may produce a list of items they want repaired as a condition for moving forward on the sale.

When you get the buyers' list, remember that some of the items may be negotiable. Sales contracts usually require that all the systems be in working condition. Some buyers may make requests that go beyond the normal obligations of the seller. They may ask for a new roof or certain structural repairs that you may not want to make. I can help you to assess the risks of just saying "no" to buyers who are making demands you consider to be unreasonable. You may decide to decline the requests, but the buyers may also decide to back out of the deal as a result.

When you agree to make repairs, hire licensed professionals who will guarantee their work, and give copies of the reports to the buyers. Arrange to have the repairs made as far ahead of time to avoid last-minute complications which could compromise the transaction.

Curb Appeal

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Reminders and hints to keeping your home attractive to grab a potential buyer’s attention to your home and set it apart from all the rest!


  • Mow regularly
  • Weed
  • Put away unused hoses, yard equipment, children’s toys, bikes, etc.
  • Rake leaves, pine needles, etc.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed
  • Colored plants & shrubs are a plus!
  • Keep sidewalks and outside entryway swept
  • Try to find a place for boats/campers/extra vehicles not being used
  • If you have a backyard patio with furniture, you could put a nice plant on the table & stage it with a table cover or placemats, magazines, coffee cup, etc.


  • Keep entryway, sidewalks & driveway clear of snow and ice.
  • Again, you will want to keep the yard free of unused yard equipment and children’s toys, etc.
  • To show what the backyard or patio offers in the spring and summer seasons, you may want to keep the patio and deck clear of snow and ice.  You could also have photos available of how it looks in the spring/summer.

Ames Make 100 Best Places to Live in America

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Ames Makes the 100 Best Places to Live in America.  Check out the link below and see why you would should buy a home in Ames, Iowa.  Our agents are always available to show!!!

Tom Randall Real Estate Team Buyer Specialist has strong real estate education

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Our Buyer Specialist, K'Lynn Lynn, has earned the GRI & CRS designations to better serve her clients here in Ames Iowa.

CRS stands for Certified Residential Specialist, which is the highest designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field.  The CRS designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education.

GRI stands for the Graduate REALTOR Institute, which is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation.  REALTORS with the GRI designation are highly trained in many area of real estate to better serve and protect their clients.

Ames - Live The Simple Life

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

AARP has ranked Ames, Iowa as one of the top 5 cities to "Live The Simple Life".

Ames Iowa Real Estate - Our Pledge to Our Customers

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Here at the Tom Randall Real Estate Team in Ames Iowa we are committed to providing our clients with the necessary information they need to get them their new home in the time frame and price range they desire with the fewest hassles. 


To provide unsurpassed service to help you buy your home in the shortest time, with the least inconvenience to you, we will...

  • Explain real estate agency relationships
  • Initiate and maintain constant and continuous communication with you
  • Carefully analyze your needs, being sensitive to your special requirements
  • Orient you to current market conditions
  • Provide helpful community data
  • Explain local real estate practices and procedures
  • Provide information on lenders and financing alternatives
  • Thoroughly analyze the entire inventory of homes on the market
  • Coordinate appointments & professionally show all properties of interest that meet your needs
  • Provide relevant market data as to fair market value of homes
  • Disclose all material defects of the property that are known
  • Carefully explain and prepare offer to purchase forms
  • Arrange to present all offers to seller in a timely manner
  • Conscientiously facilitate the negotiations for the best possible price and terms
  • Explain post-purchase activities and responsibilities
  • Follow up on post-purchase activities
  • Keep in touch with you after moving day

If this sounds like the kind of service you're interested in don't hesitate to contact our Buyer Specialist below.

K'Lynn Lynn


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