Ken Clark Named 2017 REALTOR® of the YEAR

The Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR) recently announced Ken Clark of West Des Moines as the 2017 REALTOR® of the Year. The IAR presented the honor and other special awards at its Inaugural Gala held recently in Coralville.

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Join us in November to hear national speaker, Terry Watson! Earn your ABR and e-Pro certification November 8-10th.

Iowa REALTORS® Annual Convention Recap

If you attended convention this year, you know it was one for the books! With great education from national speakers, dodgeball, charity events, and everything in between, all attendees made a difference in their business and life.

2017 Land Trends and Values Survey

The fall report of the 2017 Land Trends and Values Survey shows an average increase of cropland values of 2.0 percent from March to September.

Iowa Home Sales Remained Steady, Lowest Days on Market in Two Years

The average days on market for last month came in at 66 days. That is the lowest since August of 2015. Home sales remain steady and were almost identical to sales from August 2016. Home prices continued the rising trend when compared to last year. Median sale price climbed 6.0 percent as compared to August of last year.

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Home Prices Climb Higher, Sales Drop In July

Home prices continued their climb in July. Median sale price rose 3.9 percent as compared to July of last year. Home sales dipped by 5.7 percent from July 2016.

Broker Summit Recap: Katie Johnson, NAR Legal Counsel

NAR's Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel - Katie Johnson presented the Top 4 Legal Risks in Real Estate.

Broker Summit Recap: Steve Murray from REALTrends

Over 70 brokers and leaders enjoyed the Broker Summit recently in Des Moines. The event was very well received and tons of valuable information was shared by Steve Murray and Katie Johnson. This is the first of two articles covering the recent Broker Summit. The second article will highlight the Top 4 Legal Risks in Real Estate as presented by NAR Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel, Katie Johnson.

Home Sales Rise Over 5 Percent In June, Record Number Sold in 1 Month

Home sales rose 5.3 percent in June compared to June of 2016. The median price was 5.8 percent higher last month compared to June of last year. According to our data, this is a record number of sales sold in Iowa in one month.

Highlights of Summer Meetings

The Summer Meetings was a great event with just the right amount of fun and business. Thank you to Quad City Area REALTOR® Association for hosting the event.

Home Sales Steady, Prices up 5.4 percent in May

The median sale price rose 5.4 percent in May when compared to May of 2016. $155,000 was the median price last month compared to $147,000 last year in May. The Housing Trends Report from the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR) shows home sales were almost identical last month versus May of last year. 4,398 properties sold in May 2017 when compared to 4,403 properties last year in May.

Convention: The Voice of Real Estate

Are you ready to do more for your clients, and your profession? Convention could be your first step!

Get Involved with 20 by 2025

2016 IAR President Ken Clark has created a workgroup utilizing the past state presidents to locate dedicated, talented, and driven individuals to serve in non-political and political capacities such as state and local committees, mayors, council people, state congressional seats, etc.

Legislative Meetings Recap - Iowa Realtors go to D.C.

This year's trip to NAR's Legislative Meetings and Conference was a success. Over 75 Iowans attended this national conference in Washington D.C during the week of May 15. Our contingent of leaders across the state were able to meet with each of our congressmen and senators.

Is it Safe to Say ANYTHING to an Appraiser Anymore?

Recently an Iowa REALTOR® member settled a hearing set against him brought by the Iowa Real Estate Appraisal Examining Board.

Iowa Home Prices Continue to Climb, Sales Dip Slightly in April

The median sale price rose 4.8 percent in April when compared to April of 2016. $149,900 was the median price last month compared to $143,000. The Housing Trends Report from the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR) show home sales dipped 3.5 percent last month versus April of last year. 3,481 properties sold in April 2017 when compared to 3,607 properties last year in April.

Why the First-Time Home Buyer Program is Important

It has been 4 years in the works. Blood, sweat, and tears (so many tears) have gone into putting a program in place to help first-time home buyers in the state of Iowa.

David P. Wilson 2018 CCIM Institute President

The Northeast Iowa Regional Board of REALTORS® is so very proud to have David Wilson, CCIM as the incoming international CCIM Institute President.

Code Cleanup Bill Effective July 1

A bill was passed to clean up various part of the code as it pertains to real estate.

REALTORS® the Key in Real Estate

The Iowa Association of REALTORS® has announced and released images for a new logo representing members of the Association coming in 2017.

Should You Move or Improve

Whether to move or improve is a harder question to answer than it was a few years ago, but a few cost-benefit calculations can help you make the right decision.

Fence Feuds: A Two-Sided Story

Property boundary disputes are a common occurrence for landowners in Iowa. As such, many landowners turn to partition fences to separate adjacent land which, ironically, can inflame those boundary disputes.

To Disclose or Not to Disclose? Required Real Estate Disclosures: The History and the Basics

Required disclosures are a fairly recent development in the world of Real Estate. In fact, some of you reading this may remember a simpler time before the onset of required disclosures in Iowa in the mid-1990s.

Season-by-Season Lawn Maintenance Calendar

Lawn Maintenance can be daunting especially if you haven't had to take care of a lawn before. Read this for a schedule of things to do to make your lawn look its best!

Rent or Buy

If you are considering buying a house, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether buying a house instead of renting one is the right direction for you. Since owning a home is the "American Dream", many people simply assume that it's always to their advantage to buy a home, and for most people, it is.

Should You Move Or Remodel

When your house no longer suits you, you can move or remodel. Find out which big change is the right investment of your housing dollars.

What You Must Know About Home Appraisals

When you refinance or sell your home, the lender will insist that you get an appraisal-an opinion of the value of your home based on what similar homes in your area have sold for in recent months. Here are five tips about the appraised value of your home.

6 Reasons To Reduce Your Home Price

If you don't receive any offers for a few weeks, check out other comparable houses on the market and what they're going for. Home not selling? That could happen for a number of reasons you can't control, like a unique home layout or having one of the few homes in the neighborhood without a garage. There is one factor you can control: your home price.

6 Tips For Choosing The Best Offer For Your Home

Selling your home will go a lot smoother if you think of it as a business transaction and don't let emotions get in the way. You've worked hard to get your home ready for sale and to price it properly. With any luck, offers will come quickly. You'll need to review each carefully to determine its strengths and drawbacks and pick one to accept. Here's a plan for evaluating offers.

Find The Home Loan That Fits Your Needs

Understand which mortgage loan is best for you so your budget isn't stretched too thin.

Improve Curb Appeal

Curb appeal - how your house looks to people driving by or as they walk up to the front door - can be critical to getting your house sold. A good first impression can encourage a potential buyer to take a closer look and be more willing to overlook other negatives the property may have.

Keep Your Home Purchase On Track

A home purchase isn't complete until you make it to the closing. Until then, the transaction can fall apart for many reasons. Here are five tips for avoiding mistakes that cause a home sale to crater.

Open House Timeline: Countdown To A Successful Sale

After you've done everything you can to make your home appealing to buyers, get out of there and let your REALTOR® sell it. Get ready for your open house-stress-free-by starting early and breaking down your to-do list into manageable chunks. Use this timeline of 35 tips and your house will stand out from the competition on open house day.

Pet Odor Can Chase Away Buyers

Open the windows while you're cleaning to help air circulate and eliminate bad odors. Having pet odors inside your home can turn off potential home buyers and keep your home from selling. Ask your real estate agent for an honest opinion about whether your home has a pet smell.

7 Homeowner Tax Advantages

When you're evaluating how much home you can afford, make sure you factor in the tax advantages of homeownership.

7 Steps To Take Before You Buy A Home

The best way to relieve the anxiety of buying a home is to be confident you're purchasing the best home at a price you can afford with the most favorable financing. These seven steps will help you make smart decisions about your biggest purchase.

7 Tips For Improving Your Credit

Getting the loan that suits your situation at the best possible price and terms makes homebuying easier and more affordable. Here are seven ways to boost your credit score so you can do just that.

8 Tips For Finding Your New Home

House hunting is just like any other shopping expedition. If you identify exactly what you want and do some research, you'll zoom in on the home you want at the best price. These eight tips will guide you through a smart homebuying process.

After The Contract Is Signed

Finding that perfect home can be an exhausting but very gratifying process. Having a signed contract in hand may seem like the end of the journey but there are a number of important steps still to come.


The purchase of a home is often the largest single investment a person typically makes. It would be reassuring to know that the price you are planning to pay for your next house is a fair price.

Home Inspections

Buying a home without a professional inspection is a major mistake. Doing so can have costly consequences. Although sellers and real estate brokers are required to disclose known defects, no one can provide the defect disclosure of a professional, full-time faultfinder.

Negotiate Your Best House Buy

When negotiating a house sale, for every concession you make, ask for something in return. Buying a home can be emotional, but negotiating the price shouldn't be. The key to saving money when purchasing a home is sticking to a plan during the turbulence of high-stakes negotiations.

Why Use A Realtor When Selling Your Home

Selling your home is one of your largest financial transactions in your life. There are a lot of variables including advertising, setting the right price, handling multiple offers, managing on all the disclosures and required paperwork and much more. It is important to have a professional to guide you through the process.

5 Tips To Prepare Your Home For Sale

Here are five ways to get your house ready to sell. Many buyers today want move-in-ready homes and will quickly eliminate an otherwise great home by focusing on a few visible flaws. Unless your home shines, you may endure showing after showing and open house after open house-and end up with a lower sales price. Before the first prospect walks through your door, consider some smart options for casting your home in its best light.

7 Steps To A Stress-Free Home Closing

You've already cleared several hurdles by finding the right home, negotiating the best price, and getting approved for a mortgage. The last obstacle on your homebuying track is the closing, which can be both tedious and tense. By knowing what to expect and doing some legwork, you can smoothly put your closing behind you. These seven steps will guide you.

7 Tips For A Profitable Home Closing

Make sure to check the math on all documents before closing. Anyone can make a mistake. When you're ready to close on the sale of your home and move to your new home, you may be so close to the finish line that you coast, thinking there's nothing left for you to do. Not so fast. It's easy to waste a few dollars here and for mistakes to creep into your closing documents there, all adding up to a bundle of lost profit. Spot money-losing problems with these seven tips.

Buying Insurance

If you are planning to buy a home, you will want to protect what is probably your largest single investment. When we think about insuring our home we usually mean the structure and the contents. Fire, theft and natural disasters immediately come to mind as reasons to insure your home. How would you replace whatever was damaged, destroyed or stolen?

Fielding A Lowball Purchase Offer On Your Home

You just received a purchase offer from someone who wants to buy your home. You're excited and relieved, until you realize the purchase offer is much lower than your asking price. How should you respond? Set aside your emotions, focus on the facts, and prepare a counteroffer that keeps the buyers involved in the deal.

Find The Best Agent To Sell Your House

Working with the right real estate agent can mean the difference between getting prompt, expert representation and feeling like you're going it alone when selling your home. Here are 10 questions to ask when you're interviewing agents.

Keep Your Home Sale From Falling Apart

Finding a buyer for your home is just the first step on the homeselling path. Tread carefully in the weeks ahead because if you make one of these common seller mistakes, your deal may not close.

Mortgage Interest Deduction

Most home buyers must borrow money to purchase a home. Having housing-related tax provisions like the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) can help home buyers begin building their future through homeownership. While this has been a long-standing federal government tax incentive to encourage home ownership, not all homeowners qualify.


Moving can be one of the most stressful events in your life, which is where a strong and trusting partnership can make a big difference. Here are a few helpful moving tips to share with your clients.

The Basics Of Selling A Home

Many people think there's nothing to selling their home. In some cases this might be true, but for the average homeowner it usually isn't the case. Most homeowners are not tuned into the trends and fluctuations of the real estate market or aware of the steps necessary to maximize profits on the sale of their home.

Why Use a Realtor When Searching for Your Home

All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on their business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate.

Trouble with Trees

While the Iowa case law on trees on private property is not definitive in Iowa, there are some basic rules to follow regarding trimming and care of trees on private property.

What is a Bedroom?

The definition of a bedroom has not been defined on either the national or state level.

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