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Clear Lake's Color the Wind Kite Festival!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

It's time to bundle up in your warmest cold weather gear and head out on the ice for the 2019 Color the Wind Kite Festival in beautiful Clear Lake! This Saturday, February 16th, marks the return of one of North Iowa's favorite winter traditions! Come to the Downtown Seawall (10 North Lakeview Drive) from 11 am to 4 pm to see the sky filled with incredibly, colorful kites! It is fun for the whole family!

 

This event is the midwest's largest winter kite festival! It features giant inflatable kites with participants from all around the country! And, admission is FREE!

 

Pick up your own beautiful kite for sale from Route 66 Kite Shop (located in the Lakeview Room) to join in on the high flying fun!

 

Enjoy delicious hot food from Smokey Heights and delicious sweets from a local Relay of Life team.

 

Check out incredible performances throughout the day by two talented, professional stunt kite teams: Team 180GO and Fire & Ice Alchemy.

 

Take the little ones over to the Clear Lake Arts Center (17 South 4th Street) that morning to make their very own kite. This free Kids' Kitemaking Workshop will begin at 10 am and continue until the kite kits are gone.


Please note there will be limited parking close to the flying field. Luckily for all of us, the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce is offering a free trolley service from 10 am until 4:30 pm. The trolley will pick up from Clear Lake High School (125 North 20th Street), where parking will be available, and will drop riders off in the vicinity of the festival.

 

Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for information on more great North Iowa events throughout the year! Jane Fischer & Associates wishes everyone a warm and fun time at Color the Wind 2019!



Image Credit: Color the Wind 2019

 

Top Valentine's Day Dining Spots in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Valentine’s Day is almost here! What better way to show your sweetheart how much you love them than with a romantic dinner for two! Luckily for you, there are many incredible dining options for you in beautiful North Iowa! We compiled a list of our top choices for Valentine's Day dinner in Mason City and Clear Lake to make planning your romantic evening even easier!


1910 Grille’ | 7 West State Street, Mason City | (641) 422-0015

--Enjoy a fine dining experience with upscale cuisine and tasty cocktails at this beautiful restaurant located within the last hotel that Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built.


GeJo's By The Lake | 12 North 3rd Street, Clear Lake | (641) 357-8288

--Look out over beautiful Clear Lake as you enjoy delicious, hearty Italian fare.


Prime N Wine | 3000 4th Street Southwest, Mason City | (641) 424-8153

--This spot might not offer the most intimate setting, but the large wine list, prime cuts of

meat, and delicious food make it a great spot for a special dinner.


The Anchor Inn | 468 North Shore Drive, Clear Lake | (641) 357-8688

--This Clear Lake staple might seem casual for a romantic dinner but the food never disappoints and the small town feel cannot be beat.


The Quarry & Tapas Bar | 10 South Federal Avenue, Mason City | (641) 421-0075

--This restaurant has incredible service and delicious menu offerings. While it’s full meals are equally delicious, it is a good spot for those that like to try a wide variety of items to share throughout their meal.



Jane Fischer & Associates wishes everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Follow us on Facebook for more holiday ideas and community information throughout the year.

Craft A Winning Offer Like A Real Estate Pro!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

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 comment 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.



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/.

Get Your Dancing Shoes Ready For Clear Lake's Winter Dance Party!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Mark your calendars for the biggest party of the year in Clear Lake! It’s time to celebrate three of rock n’ roll’s greatest legends [Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson] at the 2019 WINTER DANCE PARTY in the beautiful, historic Surf Ballroom. The town will be filled with fun, rock n' roll activity from Wednesday, January 30th, through Saturday, February 2nd! Check out the Schedule of Events to find information about recurring events, such as the “Rave On” Art Exhibit, Rockin’ Boppin’ Record Show, Movie: The Real Buddy Holly Story Rockumentary, and Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody, AND SO MUCH MORE!!!! Purchase tickets in advance HERE so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

Wednesday, January 30th

Family Sock Hop

6:30 pm | Surf Ballroom & Museum

Performances by: Johnny Rogers History of Rock Show

Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door | FREE for youth 5 and under

*Please note that this is a separate ticket from the Thursday-Saturday festival pass!

 

Thursday, January 31st

Winter Dance Party: Thursday Night

6:30 pm | Surf Ballroom & Museum

Performances by: Good Clean Fun Band, Jay and The Americans, Little Anthony and The Imperials, and Robin Luke

Tickets: $150 in advance, $200 at the door (Package ticket valid for Thursday-Saturday evenings)

 

Friday, February 1st

Winter Dance Party: Friday Night

6:30 pm | Surf Ballroom & Museum

Performances by: Austin Allsup, Bobby Cochran, Craig Westover with James Popenhagen, Edan Everly, Frank Avalon, Linda Gail Lewis with Danny & Annie, Mario Ramirez, The Killer Vees, and Wendy & Carnie Nelson

Tickets: $150 in advance, $200 at the door (Package ticket valid for Thursday-Saturday evenings)

 

Saturday, February 2nd

Memorial Site Tour

9:50 am | Surf Ballroom

Tickets: $8 per person (Limited Availability)

Escorted motor coach tour to the crash site. 75 to 90 minute tour.

Ritchie Valens Family Luncheon

11:00 am | Best Western Holiday Lounge

Performances by: Mario Ramirez and The Rivieras

Tickets: $25 in advance (Reservations required)

Join the Valens family for a meal and dancing.

Winter Dance Party: Saturday Night   

6:30 pm | Surf Ballroom & Museum

Performances by: Albert Lee & Friends, Brian Hyland, Chris Montez, Chubby Checker and The Wildcats, Holy Rocka Rollaz, Johnny Tillotson, Shirley Alston Reeves, and The Chiffons

Tickets: $150 in advance, $200 at the door (Package ticket valid for Thursday-Saturday evenings)

 

For more information on great upcoming events throughout North Iowa, visit our Website or follow us on Facebook!

Image Credits: 2019 Winter Dance Party

 

January is Radon Action Month!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

 

 

Keep your family safe in your North Iowa home during National Radon Action Month. Check out all of the EPA’s helpful information and home owner resources regarding radon HERE. For information related specifically for our state, including help finding certified radon mitigation professionals, use these links:

 

 

 

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How To Find The Perfect Neighborhood For You!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

While the house itself is clearly the most important aspect of the buying process, it is important to remember that you are buying more than just the physical property. You are also “buying” its location! You want to invest in a neighborhood you want to call home. 

 

Clear Lake, Mason City, and the other communities of North Iowa are filled with unique neighborhoods that are sure to fit your particular needs. Unsure how to find the right one for you and your family? These are the important factors when choosing your perfect neighborhood!

 

 

 

1. Home Value: The value of the property is important to understand in terms of what you are paying for right now, but also how the value might change in the future. Make sure you are getting the most for your invest by checking the comps for similar properties within the neighborhood to ensure the home you are interested in is correctly priced. 

 

2. Taxes: Along with your other housing payments, you need to think about and budget for property taxes. You can find out the taxes for the homes you are looking at by checking their listing information. 

 

3. Local Schools: Whether you have children or not, local schools should be a factor you consider. Strong schools have a positive effect on property values, helping increase your profitability were you to ever sell the home in the future. If you have children, living near the best schools possible helps to give them the strongest education you possibily can. Along with schools, also consider if there are any parks or community centers nearby as these can also add value. 

 

4. Crime & Safety: We all want to feel safe and secure at home and in our neighborhood. Check out the crime rates for particular neighborhoods on safety websites, such as City-Data and CrimeReports™. When you do your searches, be sure to include those neighborhoods that surround the one you are considering moving to as well. After you gather the information, you can decide if you are comfortable with the safety of the area. 

 

5. Geography & Topography: Geographic or topographic features can come at an additional cost. Is it important to you to live in a waterfront property or on a hillside? Determine what sort of outdoor features are important to you so you can narrow in on the neighborhoods that offer them. While you do this, be sure to consider the insurance needs that might come along with the particular geography/topography of those neighborhoods. 

 

 

 

Want to learn more about a particular North Iowa neighborhood or interested in Buying a home? Give Jane Fischer & Associates a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

 

What To Expect For The New Year's Housing Market!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

A Very Happy Holidays From Our Team!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

 

 

The Christmas Season is our favorite time of year! With all of the incredibly festive events taking place throughout Mason City and Clear Lake, it is impossible not to be filled with good cheer and fall even more in love with living in this area. With Christmas here, we would to extend a very warm THANK YOU to all of our past and current clients for giving us the opportunity to assist you with all of your North Iowa real estate needs! It has truly been a joy to serve you this year!

 

We hope your North Iowa home is filled with laughter and love as you celebrate Christmas!

 

The new year often brings new goals. If real estate goals are on your 2019 list, our team is here to help you achieve them! Whether you are a Home Buyer or Home Seller, we can assist you every step of the way! Through our years of experience, we love sharing our knowledge of our communities and helping people find their dream home in our area. Work with North Iowa's best real estate team in 2019! Contact us today so we can help you in every way that we can. We look forward to meeting with you!



Jane Fischer & Associates Team Wishes You A Very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!


 

Who Needs To Know About Your Change of Address

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Are those reindeer hooves on your roof? Not if Santa doesn't know about your change of address! Ok, maybe he doesn't need to know, but there are a lot of important people and organizations/agencies that have to be notified when you move to a new home. Although there are many other things on your mind during the move, do not miss this important step! If you've recently closed on a new home in the Mason City area, here is everyone you should let know about your change of address!

 

Post Office: Click HERE to submit your official change of address through the USPS so they can begin to forward your mail.

Utilities: Have you utilities discontinued at your old residence and started at your new one by letting them know you have moved. This includes electric, gas, water, internet, and cable.

Cell Phone Carrier: The taxes on our cell phone bill are determined largely by our primary residence so you must provide your carrier with the update.

Place of Employment: Your Human Resources Department should be informed of your new address so they can update the necessary information for your payroll and benefits.

Insurance Providers: Your car, dental, health, homeowners, and live insurance providers need to know about your new address in order for you to file any future claims with them.

Health Providers: Make sure you stay up to date on any medical bills by informing your doctor, dentist, and any other health care providers of your move.

Financial Institutions: Let your bank and credit card institutions know of your address change so mail containing personal, sensitive information doesn't end up in the wrong hands.

DMV: The Iowa DOT requires state residencts to inform them of a change on address within 30 days. Click HERE for all the information you will need.

IRS: Submit an address change to the IRS HERE. Failure to do so in a promptly manner could delay your tax refund this upcoming spring.

Social Security & Other Benefits: If you receive benefits from the Social Security administration, you can submit your address change online HERE. Let other government benefits you receive (i.e Medicare or Medicaid) know of your address change as well.

Family & Friends: Keep getting those holiday cards and help them find the right house for the festivities this season by letting your loved ones know your new address.

Newspapers & Magazine Subscriptions: If you still receive copies of the newspaper or magazines by mail, be sure to update the address for your subscription so you never miss an issue.

Shopping Websites: We all do a majority of our holiday shopping online. Keep those packages coming to the right house by updating your delivery address on your regular online shopping accounts.

Voter Registration: Maintain your civic duty by being able to vote in upcoming elections. Be sure to update your address so your registration stays active and to find out your new polling location.


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Have A Happy Holidays For You And Your Pets!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

With everything going on around the holidays, it can be easy to forget that your home is now filled with many temptations for your pet! Although some of these temptations might only cause minor mischeif, others could have very dangerous consequences for your pet. Keep this important member of your family as safe and happy as the rest of you this holiday season by following these simple tips.


  • Your pet can very easily get hurt if they knock over the tree. Keep their curiosity at bay by using natural deterents around the bottom portion of the tree. 
  • Some ornaments are made out of edible materials and its hard to blame your pet on wanting to check these out. Eliminate the temptation by not placing such ornaments on your tree this year. 
  • Speaking of plants, poinsettias are incredibly toxic for animals. Either use a natural deterrent on them or replace them with silk ones. 
  • Opt for flameless candles to keep fire hazards from occurring while still maintaining the ambiance you want during the holidays. 
  • Cables can be seen as exciting new chew toys by our pets. Make sure they remain hidden or use a deterrent such as citronella infused covers on them. 
  • Make sure someone responsible has an eye on your pet at all times when entertaining. This will ensure they don't get out of the house when they aren't supposed to or getting into things they shouldn't be. 
  • If your pet gets anxious around lots of people or you just want the peace of mind that they are safe, find a designated spot that they can stay during gatherings. Check on them throughout the evening and provide them with treats and toys that will keep them entertained. 
  • All alcohol, which can have serious health effects on your animals, should be out of reach. 
  • Avoid giving your animal table scrapes during this time of year. There are too many foods that are unsafe for them to eat, such as chocolate, raisins, onions, and garlic. There are other hazards as well, such as plastic utensils and animal bones, that you don't want them getting into. 


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