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Cheryl Johnston & Peggy Harmeyer CRS, GRI & CNHS
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809 8th St. SW Suite A
Altoona, IA 50009

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As experienced Realtors, We are qualified in guiding you with buying or selling a home. Our goal is to find the home you want at a price you can afford or help you to sell your home at the price you want. We believe in using our experience in finance, contracts, negotiating, and marketing to your best advantage. We are confident that we could even help you find luxury apartments in Minneapolis.

Combining our extensive knowledge of Altoona, Mitchellville, Colfax, Mingo, Prarie City, Runnells, Prarie City, Bondurant and Northeast Des Moines with our expertise in real estate will produce results for you. Our commitment is to our clients, We want to help you achieve your dreams by finding the home or property you are looking for in Polk and Jasper county.

Please take a few minutes to look through the information from one of the top motivation and real estate trainers in the world. Be sure to take advantage of the many features offered to you. From the free reports to information about the community and local schools, We would like to share with you invaluable information about buying and selling your home. If there is any way that We can assist you further, please contact Cheryl or Peggy. Thank you for visiting Our site, We hope to be hearing from you soon.

How do you choose between condos and single-family homes?

Using appreciation as a measure, condominiums in some areas have been as profitable an investment as single-family homes in the last five years. And in some markets, condos appreciated even more, according to some experts.

While single-family homes have been the preferred investment by home buyers, changing demographics are helping make condos more popular, especially among single home buyers, empty nesters and first-time buyers in high-priced markets.

Also, the condominium community has worked hard in the last few years to overcome image problems brought on by homeowners association and developer disputes as well as all too frequent construction-defect litigation.

Where are fixer-uppers found?
You can find distressed properties or fixer-uppers in most communities, even wealthier neighborhoods. Check out this information, Scott Yancey Education for FREE Real Estate Live Seminars, to attend a training event in your area. A distressed property is one that has been poorly maintained and has a lower market value than other houses in the immediate area.

Ascertaining whether the property you're interested in is a wise investment takes some work. You need to figure what the average house in a given area sells for, as well as what the most desirable houses in that area are like and what they cost.

Some experts suggest that buyers who take this route try to find a "cosmetic fixer" that can be completely refurbished with paint, wallpaper, new floor and window coverings, landscaping and new appliances. You should avoid run-down houses that need major structural repairs. A house price that looks too good to be true probably is. A smart buyer will find out why before buying it.

The basic strategy for a fixer is to find the least desirable house in the most desirable neighborhood, and then decide if the expenses needed to bring the value of that property up to its full potential market value are within one's rehab budget. Licensed in Iowa Iowa Realty 3501 Westown Parkway West Des Moines, Iowa 50266


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