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It's the 80th North Iowa Band Festival in Mason City IA!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Memorial Day Weekend is here.....which means the return of one of the area's most beloved community events.....the 2018 North Iowa Band Festival!!! For the 80th year, the streets of Mason City will be filled with music from the Midwest’s largest FREE marching band competition! This time honored, beloved community festival features incredible live musical performances, a spectacular community parade, fun carnival, unique marketplace, and SO much more! The festival takes place throughout all of Memorial Day weekend. Do not miss out on any of the fun at the 2018 North Iowa Band Festival!

Thursday, May 24th

6:00 pm | Middle School Band | Downtown Plaza

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Carnival Open | Downtown

6:45 pm | Mason City Municipal Band | Downtown Plaza


Friday, May 25th

5:00 pm | Carnival, Marketplace, and Concessions Open | Downtown

5:00 pm | MCHS Mohawk Danzers | Downtown Main Stage

5:15 pm | Mason City High School Orchestra | Downtown Plaza

6:00 pm | Betty and the Gents | Downtown Main Stage

8:00 pm | The Dweebs | Downtown Main Stage

Saturday, May 26th

8:00 am | 29th Annual Stu Nevermann Memorial Run | Aquatic Center

10:00 am | 80th North Iowa Band Festival Parade | North Penn and East State Street

12:00 pm | Carnival, Marketplace, and Concessions Open | Downtown

1:15 pm | Mason City High School Jazz Band | Downtown Plaza

2:00 pm | NIACC Extreme Makeover Announcement | Downtown Main Stage

2:00 pm | Awards Ceremony | Downtown Main Stage

5:00 pm | Brad+Kate | Downtown Main Stage

7:30 pm | Decoy | Downtown Main Stage

Sunday, May 27th

9:00 am | Outdoor Worship Service | Trinity Lutheran Church

11:00 am - 5:00 pm | Marketplace Open | Downtown

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Carnival Open (Wristband Day) | Downtown

Monday, May 28th

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Carnival (Wristband Day) and Concessions Open | Downtown

Although Memorial Day weekend will be filled with festive fun in Mason City, it is very important to take the time to remember the real reason why we have this long holiday weekend and can enjoy events such as the North Iowa Band Festival. Memorial Day is a holiday for us to honor and remember those brave men and women of the United States armed services who have sacrificed so much to protect us and our freedoms. Please show your appreciation to veterans and active service members this holiday weekend and beyond.

Jane Fischer & Associates extends the sincerest THANK YOU to all current and retired United States military members for your service! We wish everyone in North Iowa a very happy & safe Memorial Day weekend!

Image Credit: Mason City Chamber of Commerce

 

The North Iowa Farmers Market is Back!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

One of our favorite summertime traditions is back......the North Iowa Farmers Market!!! This Friday, May 18th, is the opening day of one of the best farmers markets in the state! Find the highest quality produce, artisan goods, baked goods, eggs, and so much more from incredible local vendors every Tuesday and Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm from now until October 30th. The market is located on the corner of 1st Street and Delaware in Mason City. Click HERE for an updated list of vendors who will be selling their goods, as well as a map of the market. Put fresh, healthy food on your kitchen table every week this summer and help support the local farmers in our area.


Be sure to check out all of the market's Special Events occurring throughout the summer!

Summer Reading Sign Up with Mason City Public Library

 

  • Tuesday, May 22nd

 

Cooking Demonstration with Sally Pressly (Decker House)

 

  • Friday, June 8th
  • Friday, July 13th
  • Friday, August 10th
  • Friday, September 14th

 

Kids Cooking Classes

 

  • Tuesday, June 12th
  • Tuesday, July 10th
  • Tuesday, August 14th
  • Register for these classes HERE

 

Kids Activities

 

  • Tuesday, June 5th – Cerro Gordo County ISU Extension and Outreach Activity 
  • Tuesday, June 12th – Lime Creek Nature Center Activity 
  • Tuesday, July 3rd – Cerro Gordo County ISU Extension and Outreach Activity 
  • Tuesday August 7th – Cerro Gordo County ISU Extension and Outreach Activity 
  • Tuesday, August 14th – Lime Creek Nature Center Activity
  • Tuesday, September 4th – Cerro Gordo County ISU Extension and Outreach Activity 
  • Tuesday, October 9th – Cerro Gordo County ISU Extension and Outreach Activity 

 


Jane Fischer & Associates Team cannot wait to see you this Summer at the North Iowa Farmers Market in Mason City!

Image Credit: North Iowa Farmers Market

 

The Legend of St. Joseph and Home Selling Success!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

You are ready to Sell your Mason City IA! The best way to ensure home selling success is to work with the Top Realtor Mason City IA! But, what else can you do to help get a quick, winning offer from buyers?

 

Whether or not you are religious, you have probably heard about the legend of St. Joseph. Realtors and home sellers across the country swear by this time honored tradition for home selling success. St. Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus. He become a patron saint because he taught his son the craftsman’s trade and always ensured that Jesus had a home. The tradition of burying devotionals to him began in the 16th century when European nuns buried medals for him at their convent in order to expand their lands. It has evolved over history to the present custom of burying statues of St. Joseph when families are looking to sell their home (Source: St-Josephstatue). No matter the religious affiliations of the home sellers, the burying of St. Joseph statues has become a common practice and has often brought success to the people who utilize it.


Guidelines for Using St. Joseph for a Successful Home Sale

1. Bury St. Joseph in Your Yard!

Once you have purchased your St. Joseph home sale kit (which can be found at religious stores or online), it is time to bury him in the yard of the home you are selling. The most common method is to place him in a protective covering (i.e. cloth or bag) and bury him upside down in your front yard. He should be facing your home. This placement is believed to have the most assurance that St. Joseph will work hard to help sell your home. If you live in a condo or do not have a large front yard, you can bury St. Joseph in a flower pot near your front door.


2. Say A Prayer to St. Joseph!

Whether or not you are a practicing Catholic, part of the St. Joseph tradition is saying a prayer for his help with your home sale. The majority of St. Joseph home sale kits include a prayer card so you will know exactly what to say.


3. Thank St. Joseph When You Get an Offer!

Congrats! You have closed on your home. Now is the time to show your graditude to St. Joseph. Dig him up from your yard (or flower pot) and bring him with you to your new home. Put him somewhere in a place of honor in the new space to remind you of this new chapter in your life.


We would like to thank St. Joseph for his assistance in helping home sellers throughout the years! Ensure home selling success by working with the Top Realtor Mason City IA and St. Joseph! We will help you sell your home for top dollar and quickly this spring! Give our experienced Team a call today at 641-425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

Sealing the Deal During the Closing Process

by Jane Fischer and Associates

MAY: The Best Month to Sell Your North Iowa Home!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

 

Looking for the best time to sell your North Iowa home? Well the time is now! This study by ATTOM Data Solutions found that May and June are the optimal times nationwide to sell you home. These two months see a net average of 5.9% and 5.8% above market value, respectivally, for sellers! Although the data was for homes nationwide, the breakdown by states showed that May is the best month for sellers within Iowa. Set yourself up for getting the best price on your home and selling it within an average of 30 days (according to the National Association of Realtors) when you list in May!

 

 

Work with the Top Realtor Mason City IA to learn about the market conditions in North Iowa and help you find buyers that would love your home! We will help sell your home quickly and for top dollar this May! Give our experienced Team a call today at 641-425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.


Make A Difference With Your "Empty Bowl"

by Jane Fischer and Associates

 

Here in North Iowa we know that our communities can only get stronger when we help others in need. Luckily, there are lots of opportunities for us to lend a hand or support those neighbors that our less fortunate than us. One of the great annual community support events is back for another year.....the Empty Bowl Project!


 

Head to one of the two new CENT Credit Union locations (25 West State Street and 3124 4th Street Southwest) from Monday, May 7th through Friday, May 18th, to pick up your very own "Empty Bowl". All proceeds from the bowls supports the important work of the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank (122 South Adams Avenue, Mason City). This fantastic organization provides emergency food assistance to the most in need in our community. Help those most in need through purchasing a bowl....and, as an added bonus, you will be supporting the creative talents of our local artists!

 

 

There will be 60+ Empty Bowls for sale. The Empty Bowls were designed by professional artists, local community members, and art students from Central Springs High School. Bowls created by professional artists are priced at $25. Bowls created by students are available for a $15. Each bowl purchase also includes a ticket to the Empty Bowl Luncheon, presented by Hy-vee, which will be held Friday, May 18th.

 

 

Come find a beautiful bowl for your North Iowa home at this year's Empty Bowl Project and help make a difference in someon'e life.



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Image Credit: CENT Credit Union

Iowa: A Top State for Millennials

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Millennials, those individuals born between 1981 and 1997, are one of the largest generations in this country. They make up 21 percent of all discretionary consumer spending and are quickly making up the fast share of homebuyers throughout the United States. Despite their enormous economic and social influence, life for millennials is not the same across the country. Some states offer a more livable environment to this important generation than others. After ranking the 50 states and Washington DC to see where this generation has thrived, Iowa claimed the #5 spot as Best State for Millennials!

 

 To determine their rankings, WalletHub compared all the states using 5 key dimensions: Affordability, Education & Health, Quality of Life, Economic Health, and Civic Engagement. There were 30 relevant metrics within these 5 key dimensions and each was given a particular weight in order to calculate the overall score and ranking for each state.


So, how did #5 Iowa stack up?

Not only was Iowa ranked #5 overall but it also received these high marks:

#1 Lowest Housing Costs for Millennials

#4 Lowest Millennial Unemployment Rate

#5 Lowest Percentage of Millennials Living with Parents

Iowa is the perfect place for millennials to call home! And, where better to live within the state than Mason City and the North Iowa region. With great recreational facilities, fun community events, a multitude of entertainment, shopping, and dining options, strong economic market, and so much more, this area has much to offer millennials looking for a place to call home.


If you are interested in Buying your first home in the Mason City IA area, check out our current Homes for Sale. Give Jane Fischer and Associates a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

10 Reasons to Work with a Real Estate Agent!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss the top reasons why you should hire a real estate agent. Buying a home is an important financial decision. You want to make sure that you are making the best choices throughout the process and are well informed. While some buyers choose to forego using a realtor when buying a new home, it is in your best interest to work with a professional in the field. They are there to help you in every way that they can. Here are 10 reasons why you should work with the Top Realtor Mason City IA to buy your dream home in Mason City IA!


1. Knowledge & Experience. Buying a home is a lot more than just finding the right property and signing the contract. There are a lot of technical aspects involved. Although you could try to make yourself more knowledagable about the process (which is still not a bad idea), why not hire some one you has dedicated their education and experience to understanding the industry and specifics of the field.

 

2. Filter. There is a lot of information out there. Some of it is valid and some of it is spam. An agent will work with you to help understand your wants and needs and can filter out all of those properties that do not fit within them. This saves you time and frustration.

 

3. Local Knowledge. Realtors are especially knowledgable about the specifics of a local area. They understand the market in ways that individuals not working in the field cannot. They can help you determine what neighborhoods are best for you, what asking prices make sense, and so much more.

 

4. Guidance. An agent is truly there to put your best interests first. They will always help guide you towards choices, particularly those related to pricing, that make sense for you and will help you with negotiations.

 

5. Market Conditions. Realtors understand sale prices, days on market, square footage, and all of the aspects that go into how to craft a winning offer for a home.

 

6. Networking. Realtors have an extensive network of professionals that work in services related to buying a home. They can help give you recommendations for providers to work with that they know you can trust.

 

7. Negotiation. Realtors are top negotiators. They have honed the craft over many years. Since they are able to remove themselves emotionally from the transaction in ways that a buyer personally cannot, you are more likely to have a negotiation that truly works for you.

 

8. Paperwork. There is a lot of paperwork that goes into purchasing a home. It will cost you a lot of time to manage yourself and the technicalities within those documents can easily be lost to the untrained eye. It is part of the realtor's job to handle this paperwork and eliminate the hassle for you.

 

9. Questions. A realtor is always there to answer any questions who have, regardless of which step you are in during the process. Even after you close on a house, your realtor will be there to help you deal with any confusion you might have moving forward.

 

10. Mutually Beneficial. Realtors garner business through positive referrals. Due to this, it is always beneficial for them to ensure that you are satisfied and happy with the outcome of your dealings with them. They will help keep you informed and will be there for you in the future should you enter the market again.

 


We hope this blog gave you a some helpful information on why you should work with a realtor! If you are ready to buy your dream home in North Iowa, search our Homes for Sale. Give our experienced Team a call today at 641-425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

 

Steps to Crafting an Winning Offer!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss the steps in crafting an offer. The most important part of the home Buying process is crafting your offer. Being prepared for this process and well informed can help ensure that the dream home you find will be yours. Since this is the most technical part of buying, working with the Top Realtor Mason City IA can help ease your stress and help you get the best deal possible. Here is our step to step guide to offers for you to make a successful bid on your future home in Mason City IA!


1. Determine your limits. This includes your financial and lifestyle limits (i.e. your must haves). Once you know your limits, you can work with your agent on crafting an offer that is best for you.


2. Understand the documentation. Do some research ahead of time on offer forms so that you can understand the terminology. Ask your realtor to see some of the forms and ask any questions that you might have.


3. Set your price. The listing price is what the seller is opening the negotiation with. It is now your turn to provide an offer price. Work with your realtor to determine whether the asking price is fair based on comparable properties, how long it has been on the market, and other related factors. You want to make sure that you provide an offer price that is comfortably within your range and will also be attractive to the seller.


4. Prepare for your down payment. You should have a clear understanding of your finances before putting in an offer for the home. In order to get your mortgage, you will need to put in a down payment. While 20% is the standard for conventional loans, there are other options out there. Work with your lender to determine the option that work best with your finances.

 

5. Make an EMD. Consider making an earnest money deposit to show the seller you are serious about buying the home. Doing this can help you stand apart if the seller has received other offers. If the deal goes through, the money from the EMD will be applied to your down payment during closing.

 

6. Review contingencies. As a buyer, contingencies are especially important in protecting your investment. There are several contingencies that you might find within an offer, including home inspection, financing, appraisal, clear title, and home sale. Talk to your realtor about which ones need to be included. If there is a lot of competition for the home you are interested in, you might want to only include those contingencies you must have as to not scare the seller away.

 

7. Read all the details. It is important that you read every single detail, including the fine print, of a sales contract to avoid any surprises. Along with the obvious information included in these contracts, there is a property description section where the seller will specificy what items are being left behind with the house.

 

8. Set your settlement date. When you submit your sales contract, you will provide the seller with a proposed settlement date. This is how much time you have to obtain mortgage approval and complete a title search. It also gives the seller time to find their next property and move. Be flexible when you set the closing date to keep both you and the seller happy.

 

9. Write a letter. Along with the legal documentation, consider including a personal letter to the seller. You can com[;oment them on their property and tell them why you personally have fallen in love with it. Adding a personal, emotional touch to your offer can really help set you apart.

 

10. Be ready for a counter offer. Most real estate deals require some negotiation so do not be surprised or discouraged if the seller counters your offer. The preparation you did ahead of time and your relationship with your realtor can help you navigate this process with confidence.



We hope this blog gave you a some helpful information on the steps of making an offer! If you are ready to buy your dream home in North Iowa, search our Homes for Sale. Give our experienced Team a call today at 641-425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

Clear Lake Earth Day!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Clear Lake IA has one of the most beautiful settings in the Midwest. The approximately 3,600 acres of clear, blue waters on the lake and the stunning natural landscapes along its shores offer endless recreational opportunities. Residents in Clear Lake know that having such a rich natural environment right outside their front doors is one of the greatest things about living here. And, this community loves to celebrate every year at Clear Lake Earth Day!!!! Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd. For over 20 years, the city of Clear Lake has put together amazing, family fun events to celebrate our natural home and help protect/conserve it for ourselves and future generations to come. Come join in the fun and make a difference at these fantastic Clear Lake Earth Day events!

 


Trash Bash

Time to get down and dirty. Make a difference by helping with trash pick-up in public, highly-visible spot throughout the Clear Lake area. All ages are welcome to participate! Teams can choose from a list of spots or add their personal favorite. Register your team online HERE! The official Cleanup Day is on Saturday, April 21st, but teams can participate any day during the week of April 15th through April 22nd. Trash bags are available prior to Cleanup Day at the Chamber (205 Main Avenue) or Clear Lake Parks and Recreation Office (800 1st Avenue South) and at the Lakeview Room on Saturday. Please bring your own work gloves and dress appropriately. Enter for your chance to win fantastic prizes for participating by taking a selfie with your team and tagging it with #cltrashbash!


Green Expo

Head to Surf Ballroom on Thursday, April 19th, for an evening (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm) for an evening of educational and environmental fun! This FREE event is filled with great information. Dine on delicious fresh, local food. Visit with 50+ vendors, including businesses, non-profit organizations, and city departments, to learn incredible eco-friendly tips for your home, body, and more!


OutdoorFest

Do not miss the ultimate Earth Day bash! On Saturday, April 21st, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, head to Clear Lake City Park for a day packed full with fun. Participate in or cheer on the runners in the 10K / 5K Run (9:00 am), Kwik Kwikkel Walk/Run Fundraiser (9:15 am), and Fun Run (10:30 am at the Sea Wall). Bring in your old batteries, plastic planting pots, and expired medicines for recycling and safe disposal. Have fun with the

Hungry Hippo Games, Tiger Bounce House, and Giant Eagle’s Nest Display. Test your strength in Tug of War (10:15 am at City Beach). Watch the Go Wild! Kids & Family Parade (10:45 am). Learn about majestic birds during the International Crane Foundation Program (11:00 am). AND, SO MUCH MORE!


10K / 5K Run

Enjoy the fresh air and get active during the Clear Lake Earth Days 5K and 10K. This chip-timed race will take place on Saturday, April 21st, at

9:00 am. Check out the Race Maps to see the routes in and around Clear Lake City Park. The cost is $30 per participant (through April 19th).

Click HERE to register! Packet pickups are availabe at the Green Expo on Thursday, the Chamber Office on Friday (8:00 am - 5:00 pm), or on race morning (7:00 am - 8:45 am). Awards will be given to the overall winners in the men's and women's competitions, as well as to the top 3 males and top 3 females in each of the age brackets.

 

Backyard Treasures Hunt

Explore the best natural sites in our area during this fun treasure hunt. Visit one or more of the 16 Backyard Treasures Sites located throughout the area. While enjoying your time there, take a selfie with a recognizable feature of the site and tag it with #cltreasures. Winners will be chosen randomly from the posted selfies after 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 22nd.


The natural setting in Clear Lake IA truly makes it one of the best places to call home! We can help you find the perfect property to fit your needs within the Clear Lake IA Homes for Sale. Give our experienced Team a call today at (641) 425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

 

 

Image Credit: Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce



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