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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



Top Native Plants for Your North Iowa Garden!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

The ground is thawing and the temperatures are rising. Spring is finally here! Make your Mason City IA home the envy of the neighborhood with a stunning garden this season! Add some beautiful color and fragrance to your yard to drive away those winter blues. In order to ensure planting success, consider using native plants in your garden. These hardy plants are particularly resilient to the climate and soil conditions in the Midwest. Here are the Top Native Plants for Your North Iowa Garden!

 


SPIDERWORT (Tradescantia sp) – Place these perennials anywhere in your garden and enjoy the three-petaled flowers that blossom in the spring. These plants can survive in sun or shade.

WILD ANEMONE (Anemone canadensis) – This plant with large white flowers. is perfect as a garden border. It grows best in moist soil.

 

SWAMP MILKWEED (Asclepias incarnata) – These pink flowers will attract monarch butterflies this summer. It can survive in most any kinds of soil.

COMPASS PLANT (Silphium laciniatum) – Place this tall plant towards the back of your garden as it can grow up to 9 feet hight. Enjoy the yellow petals that aligns themselves north to south in the summer.

PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER (Echinacea pallida) – Add some interesting texture to your garden with this plants dark red cones and pale pink flowers. This self-seeding plant will naturally spread throughout your garden so place it in areas with room to grow.

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT (Arisaema triphyllum) – This plant is perfect for shady areas of your garden. Enjoy green flowers in the spring and summer and red berries in the fall for color throughout the year.

 

BLUE SAGE (Salvia pitcheri) – This lovely sky blue perennial needs full sun and well drained soil.

 

BLOODROOT (Sanguinaria canadensis) – This is another plant to put in those shaded spots. The spring time brings lovely white flowers.


BUTTERFLY WEED (Asclepias tuberosa) – This stunning orange flower attracts more butterflies in the summer. It is incredibly hardy and resists pests and diseases.

LITTLE BLUESTEM (Schizachyrium scoparium) – Enjoy some native grass all year round in your yard. It changes from a blue-green in the spring and summer to a purple-bronze in the fall and winter.

 

PENSTEMON (Penstemon digitalis) – This great perennial offers lovely white flowers and burgundy leaves.


POPPY MALLOW (Callirhoe involucrata) – Use this pest resistant plant in the front of your garden and enjoy the wine colored flowers.

COLUMBINE (Aquilegia canadensis) – Perfect for sun or shade, these yellow and red flowers will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.

CULVER'S ROOT (Veronicastrum virginicum) – Place these white flowers in light shade but make sure to water consistently.

GOLDENROD (Solidago sp) – This plant grows best in well drained soil and full sun. It offers a lovely yellow color to your garden well into the fall season.

Updating your garden with these native plants will offer a peaceful spot for you and your family, enhance your curb appeal, and increase your home value. If you're thinking of Selling your North Iowa home, your garden is an easy spot to invest some extra money and time to attract buyers. Turn to Jane Fischer & Associates for more great home selling tips. Visit our website http://www.janefischer.com/ and follow us on Facebook!

Photography Tips to Make Your Home Stand Out Online!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss tips on photographing your home to sell. An online listing is almost always the first time a buyer is exposed to your home. It can have a dramatic effect on whether or not they are interested in viewing your home. Make sure that your home attracts buyers by capturing the best photos you can. Although hiring a professional can help ensure that you have the best quality images, there are some simple ways that you can make your photos look less amateur. Follow these great photography tips to have your Mason City IA looking its very best in all your online images!

 

Use a Tripod.

Always use a tripod for your photos. A tripod helps ensure that your photos are never crooked (which can be jarring) by keeping the camera straight and helps keep the image sharp and reduces bluriness by eliminating camera shake.

 



Pay Attention to the Sun.

The first image buyers usually see online is of the front exterior of the home. Think about the best time of day to capture this shot. The position of the sun at different times of the day can have a dramatic effect on the image. Always shoot this image when the sun is shining directly onto the front exterior of your home. This will ensure that your home is well lit and eliminates shadows. Also, consider the height from which you are shooting the photo. By shooting from an elevated position, you can capture an image that includes the home and part of the yard.


Don't Use Your Smartphone.

The cameras on today's smartphones are technically advance but they still do not compare to a DSLR camera. The main issue with smartphones are their inability to handle low-light settings. Shoot with a DSLR camera and external flash to make sure your image is well-lit. Always have the room's lights turned on and the curtains open to utilize natural lighting. You want your image to reveal how bright your home is.

 


Capture the Outdoors Even When Inside.

The outdoor views from the interior of your home are just as important as what is inside. You want to make sure that both are in focus. This can be difficult to capture since focusing on the interior in the forefront can blur the view from the window and vice versa. Using a deep depth of focus can ensure that all is in focus. Professionals also utilize HDR imaging in order to layer multiple exposures within the room so the image shows both the inside and outside.


Think Wide.

You want to convey as much of the space as possible within your image. Use a wide-angle lens in order to capture more of an interior room. Standard lenses are great for revealing detail within tigher shots but you can convey more information (including the floor, ceiling, and walls) about the space in one wide-angle photo.

 



Always Look for the Best Angle.

Your position when you take the photo greatly affects how big the room appears in the image. Always look for the angle that makes the space appear larger. This often means shooting from the side of furniture instead of from behind (which can create distractions and make rooms feel cramped). A good rule of thumb is to frame your photo in a way that allows you to capture three walls within the room. This helps balance your photo and make rooms appear larger.

 


We hope this blog gave you a some helpful tips on photographing your home for online listings! If you are ready to sell your home, work with the Top Realtor Mason City IA! We can help you find 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/.

Stop Renting and Start Buying!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss financial reasons why you should buy instead of rent. We understand that buying a home is a major step. If you are serious about your finances, though, it is time to stop renting and start buying! As a renter, you are helping someone else pay their mortgage and not receiving any of the financial benefit from it. Why make someone else money when you can invest in yourself and your future?! Check out the facts regarding renting versus buying costs and get ready to purchase your dream Mason City IA this spring!

 

Top Financial Reasons to Own a Home

1. Cheaper than renting.

2. Locked in monthly cost for housing.

3. Investment you utilize daily.

4. Forced savings.

5. Tax savings.


Need some stone cold facts? Research from the Federal Reserve shows that a homeowner’s net worth is 44 times greater than a renter. In addition, according to Pulsenomics, home values are expected to appreciate by 3.35% per year and grow by 24.34% cumulatively over the next five years. This means that homeowners are gaining equity from the moment they purchase their home this year!

 

We hope this blog gave you a some helpful insights into why you should BUY instead of rent! If you are ready to take the plunge and buy your first home, work with the Top Realtor Mason City IA! We can help you find the perfect property to fit your needs within the North Iowa Homes for Sale! Give our experienced Team a call today at 641-425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

Tips for Home Buying and Selling this Spring!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss tips for buying and selling your home this spring. As the temperatures heat up so does the housing market! Spring has always been known as the busiest season for real estate. Whether you are looking to buy or sell your Mason City IA home this time of year, there are a couple of things you should do to prepare. The market is going to heat up quickly so it is best to get started today! Follow these 5 Tips for Spring Home Buyers and 5 Tips for Spring Home Sellers to have the most success this season!

 

Buyers Tips

  1. Stay flexible. Use our Wants vs. Needs Checklist to help you determine what amenities and features you must have in your new home and what you are willing to sacrifice. Homes are going to move fast so it is best to focus on the essentials. Always have a Plan B and prepare yourself for potential deals that fall through.

  2. Budget realistically. Set your budget ahead of time and stick with it. Examine your own individual finances and how you spend your money in order to determine what you can actually afford. This will assist you before you meet with a lender and will also help you narrow your home search down to just those properties within your budgeted range.

  3. Set up financing early. Use our handy Loan Analysis Tool to help you start looking for available loans. Meet with several different lenders ahead of time so that you can receive competitive offers and find the best mortgage for you. Getting pre-approval for a loan before starting your search can help you stand out from the other buyers in the market since it shows sellers that you are serious and financially ready to buy.

  4. Work with a top agent. A real estate agent with a winning record can greatly help you throughout the home buying process. They are experts in the local market and well versed in negotiation skills. For your North Iowa home buying needs, work with Jane Fischer & Associates Real Estate Consultants. For 20+ years, we have dedicated ourselves to helping buyers find and move into their dream homes throughout our beautiful communities.

  5. Keep communication open. Your realtor is your main ally throughout the buying process. Stay in frequent communication with them throughout the process. Let them know whether you prefer to be contacted by phone or email so that communication lines stay open.

Sellers Tips

  1. Start today. Find out Your Home's Value so that you can price it correctly for the market. And, then prep your house for selling! Make sure you put the necessary time into your home in order to sell it quickly and for top dollar once it is listed.

  2. Work with Experienced Agent. Although you might want to sell your home on your own, research has shown that sellers receive more money and sell their home quicker by working with a realtor from the very beginning of the selling process.

  3. Think about your online presence. Most home buyers start their home search online. Help insure that your home stands apart from the competition by having a strong online listing. Talk to your realtor about video or drone footage as well as professional photos in order to determine what is the best course of action for your listing.

  4. Consider home improvements. While the thought of putting more money into the home you are leaving might seem silly, sellers usually receive higher than list value prices by making improvements before selling. There are many improvements that can be a worthwhile and offer you a great return on investment. Sign up for our Total Access for some great improvement ideas.

  5. Try, try again. There will be competition from other sellers out there this spring. Do not get discouraged if your home sits on the market for a few weeks or a deal falls through. Continue to work with your realtor to figure out the best option for you to be successful this spring.

We hope this blog gave you a some helpful tips for buying and selling this spring! If you are ready to enter the housing market this season, work with the Top Realtor Mason City IA! We can help you find the perfect property to fit your needs within the North Iowa Homes for Sale and/or help sell your home for top dollar! Give our experienced Team a call today at 641-425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

 

Enjoy a Very "Hoppy" Easter in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Easter is right around the corner! The Easter Bunny will soon be making appearances and hiding Easter Eggs throughout North Iowa to celebrate the holiday! Grab your Easter Baskets and your family for some holiday fun in our beautiful communities. There are great events for all ages! Mark your calendars with these events and enjoy a very "Hoppy" Easter!


 

Omelet Feed & Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (Omelet Feed) | 10:00 am (Egg Hunt)

Location: Nora Springs Community Center (16 South Summit, Nora Springs)

Cost: $7 per adult | $3 per child ages 10 and under

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Sunday, March 25

Time: 11:30 am

Location: North Iowa Area Community College Activity Center (500 College Drive, Mason City)

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Friday, March 30th

Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Oakwood Care Center (400 US 18, Clear Lake)

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 31st

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Location: Gazebo at City Park (Main Avenue, Clear Lake)

 

Spring Egg-stravaganza

Date: Saturday, March 31st

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Location: Fossil and Prairie Center (1227 215th Street, Rockford)

 

Photos with the Easter Bunny

Date: Saturday, March 31st

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Willowbrook Mall (1631 4th Street Southwest, Mason City)


Easter Tea

Date: Saturday, March 31st

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: The Decker House (119 2nd Street Southeast, Mason City)

Call (641) 423-4700 for reservations!

 

 

Holidays in North Iowa cannot be beat! Call this incredible area home and celebrate all year round! We can help you find the perfect property to fit your needs within the North Iowa Homes for Sale. Give our experienced Team a call today at (641) 425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.


Mark Your Calendars for the 10th Annual Dancing for the Dream!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

 

 

Mark your calendars and order your tickets for the 10th annual Dancing for the Dream fundraiser on Saturday, April 7th! This fantastic event serves as a fundraiser for NIVC Services, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides employment training and support to people with disabilities. Help support a great cause and enjoy an evening of fun from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake.


As the 10th anniversary, this year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever. All the local celebrity dancers have competed in past contests. Come cheer on your favorites as they compete for the Crystal Ball Trophy!


ALL STARS Dancers

  • Tim Clark, King Construction of Clear Lake, with Rhonda Clark, NCI Board of Realtors.
  • Shea Coleman, Better Body Movement, a BE WELLNESS Cooperative Partner, with Mary Drew, personal fitness.
  • Angie DeBuhr, RRMR Schools, with Kyle DeBuhr, Affordables.
  • Tom Dunn, Newman Catholic Schools, with Rita Dunn, Homeland Energy.
  • Dan Gerrietts, Trinity Lutheran Church, with Molly Gerrietts, Stebens Children’s Theater.
  • Brad Harris, Irie Acres, with Molly Harris, Mason City Schools.
  • John Lee, Mason City Schools, with Abigail Lee, Lee Realty.
  • Tim Putnam, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at NIACC, with Kelly Putnam, Trinity Health.
  • Bill Schickel, KCMR Radio, with Candi Schickel, Cerro Gordo County.

 

The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with live music by Nonsemble, appetizers, and silent auction. The dance competition and live auction will begin at 7:00 pm. There are incredible items up for grabs during this year’s live auction, including:

  • A one-week stay in Harpswell, Maine, overlooking Casco Bay.
  • $500 McCloskey Appliance
  • French Dinner for 8
  • Lebanese Dinner for 8
  • Backyard BBQ for 8
  • Air Choice One Tickets
  • NASCAR Passes
  • Original Art
  • Artisan pottery, jewelry and more!


You do not want to miss out on this fun evening and help support a great cause! Tickets cost $50 per person. Tickets are available online HERE, at all NIVC Locations, by texting D4D to 41444, or calling (641) 423-3301. Tables for eight and booths ($10 upcharge) can be reserved by calling the number.

 

Image Credits: NIVC Services and Globe Gazette  

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh! St. Patrick's Day is here! Don your best green outfit and celebrate your Irish pride throughout North Iowathis weekend!! Be sure to check out these great events and enjoy all that our communities have to offer!

Jane Fischer & Associates wishes everyone in North Iowa a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



🍀St. Patrick’s Day Party 🍀

Date: Saturday, March 17th

Time: 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Lake Time Brewery (801 Main Avenue, Suite C, Clear Lake)

Celebrate St. Patty's Day with your favorite Irish ales........including a festive green beer!


🍀St. Paddy's Day Bar Hop 🍀

Date: Saturday, March 17th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Mason City (Main Street)

Explore your favorite downtown Mason spots, including 1910 Lounge, The Good Life, Lorados, Mason City Brewing, Quarry, Ransoms, Sportsman, and more. Each spot will have great drink specials for you to enjoy. Pick up your bar hop map and Shamrock pass for $8 per person or $15 for a pair.

 

🍀Sham-Rockin' & Rollin' with The Mockingbirds 🍀

Date: Saturday, March 17th

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Doors open at 6:30 pm

Location: Clear Lake Arts Center (17 South 4th Street, Clear Lake)

Rock the evening away at Clear Lake Arts Center with The Mockingbirds. Along with great live music, enjoy wine, beer, and appetizers. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

 

🍀St. Patrick’s Day with B&G 🍀

Date: Saturday, March 17th

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location: Fat Hill Brewing (17 North Federal Avenue, Mason City)

After discovering his Irish heritage, Tom from Fat Hill Brewing wants to celebrate the holiday with all of you. Join him and the rest of his crew for an evening of festive fun! This event is open to those 21 and older.

 

🍀Irish Stew Dinner 🍀

Date: Sunday, March 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: St. Patrick's Catholic Church (1001 9th Avenue South, Clear Lake)

Fill your bellies with an AYCE Irish Stew dinner! Finish the meal with a delicious slice of homemade pie in a variety of flavors! Tickets are available in advance or at the door. You can also enjoy the meal at home with carryouts. This annual dinner is organized by St. Patrick's Knights of Columbus.  All money raised from the event help support many great local organizations.

 

 

There is no better place to spend holidays than North Iowa! Celebrate all year round by calling this incredible area home! We can help you find the perfect property to fit your needs within the North Iowa Homes for Sale. Give our experienced Team a call today at (641) 425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

Why North Iowa is the Perfect Place to Retire!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

After spending your years dedicated to your career, you are ready to retire. Congrats! This is such an exciting life step. Now that you will have time to spare, you want to live in a community that offers plenty to do along with all of the amenities and facilities that you could possibly need. Look no further than North Iowa!! Although our area might not be recognized as a top retirement destination, it truly is the perfect place to find a home and enjoy your retired life! Still don't believe us?! Check out all that the communities of Mason City, Clear Lake, and the surrounding towns have to offer!

 

Arts & Entertainment

Despite it's smaller size, the North Iowa area is filled with incredible cultural amenities. Whether you love live music, art, history, or anything else, you will find it in Mason City and Clear Lake. Mason City is home to a rich history. Find incredible Music Man sites to explore. Check out the incredible architectural sites designed by the incomparable Frank Lloyd Wright. Learn about the history of the region by stepping back in time at the Kinney Pioneer Museum (9184 265th Street, Clear Lake). Browse the impressive collection of American art, Bil Baird puppets, and more at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum  (303 2nd Street Southeast, Mason City). Enjoy incredible live performances at the Mason City Community Theatre (215 South Delaware Avenue, Mason City) and North Iowa Performing Arts Series at the North Iowa Community Auditorium (500 College Drive,Mason City) throughout the year. Dance the night away to live music at the world famous Surf Ballroom (460 North Shore Drive, Clear Lake). If you are looking for a bit for excitement and adenaline, check out the great events at North Iowa Events Center (3700 4th Street Southwest) and Mason City Motor Speedway (3700 4th Street Southwest).

 

Recreation

North Iowa is filled with endless recreational spaces for you to enjoy and stay active in retirement. You will find diverse landscapes to explore, well maintained biking and walking paths, and so many ways to enjoy some recreational fun in the great outdoors. Mason City has beautiful Parks located throughout the city that offer a wide variety of amenities. Water lovers will love living in Clear Lake with its stunning, blue waters. Find some of the best fishing in all of Iowa and relax on the stunning beaches at City Beach Park. Explore nature and view wildlife at McIntosh Woods and Clear Lake State Park. Looking forward to spending your retirement on the green? There are so many golf courses in North Iowa. Highland Park Golf Course (944 17th Street Northeast, Mason City) and Pine Creek Golf Course (15566 317th Street, Mason City) are courses open to the public. The Mason City Country Club (3331 19th Street Southwest, Mason City) offers world class golf to its members as well as an amazing array of amenities.

 

Amenities

North Iowa offers all of the amenities and facilities you could possibly need. Find everything for yourself and your home at the many Shopping facilities. Grab a delicious bite to eat at the Restaurants in the region. Take advantage of the world class health care provided through Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa (1000 4th Street Southwest) and its affiliated clinics.

 


Ready to enjoy retired life in North Iowa? Work with the Top Realtor Mason City IA! We can help you find the perfect property to fit your needs within the North Iowa Homes for Sale. Give our experienced Team a call today at 641-425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

Considering Downsizing? Help is Here!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss downsizing. Although you love your current Mason City IA home, it no longer fits your lifestyle needs. Whether all your children have moved out, you recently retired, or want to live a more sustainable lifestyle, there are multiple reasons why homeowners choose to downsize. You may be moving into a smaller space but there are large considerations that need to be had when you start thinking about this move.

 

Downsizing your North Iowa Home

Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Downsizing


1. Does size matter? What will I miss about a larger home?

We often equate size with status...after all "bigger is better". Consider how much this matters to you and whether you can readjust this conventional thinking based on your new needs. Also consider what you like about your current home. Weigh out the features and amenities you enjoy about your current home with the benefits of owning a smaller home (i.e. less time spent cleaning).


2. How will a smaller home affect other life events?

Life can be unpredictable. Although your children might have moved out, you never know what circurmstances might arise that could cause them to need a place to stay for a while. Consider whether a smaller home can fit any potential situations that might occur now and into the future. Your new, small home should fit all of your emotional, financial, and physical needs.

 

3. What will the cost be for me?

Logically, a smaller home will cost you less than a larger one. However, you should consider the costs related to downsizing. Fewer rooms means less space for your stuff. There will be some costs accured for replacing furniture, since downsizing your home means also downsizing your furniture. Also, consider whether there are costs to getting rid of items and possessions that won't fit in the new space. Finally, make sure that the price you get for selling your current home will help cover the costs of buying a new home.

 

Finding the Right Home

If after asking yourself those questions above you know that downsizing is the right move for you, then you are ready to start searching for a home. There are many things to consider when downsizing. The first has to do with the style of home. If you want something low maintenance, consider a townhouse or condo. Just make sure you consider the HOA fees when figuring out our budget. For those that prefer a single family home, consider the layout of the home and make sure it will fit your physical needs now and in the years to come. Avoid older homes that might require renovations or continual upkeep. Be sure to understand how small you are willing to go and begin to make adjustments to ensure your lifestyle needs will be met in a smaller space. Along with the home itself, you want to consider the neighborhood. You should determine whether you want your smaller home to be in a pedestrian friendly area, close to all necessarily amenities. Consider whether you want to live in a tight knit community with other residents at the same life stages as you. Work with an experienced North Iowa realtor to help you find the perfect home in the perfect location for you.

 


We hope this blog gave you a some helpful insights into downsizing. If you are ready to take this next step, work with the Top Realtor Mason City IA! We can help you find the perfect property to fit your needs within the North Iowa Homes for Sale. Give our experienced Team a call today at 641-425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

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