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Great Summertime Home Improvement Projects

by Jane Fischer and Associates

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss 7 home improvements you should make this summer. Summer just officially began. This gives you ample opportunities to take advantage of the beautiful weather and make some great updates and improvements to your Mason City IA home that will allow you to get the most out of your summer and increase the value of your home! Here are 7 prime home improvement projects to complete this summer.

1. Start a Vegetable Garden

Fall produce is delicious! Continue to put healthy, fresh food on your kitchen table by starting a garden with plants that thrive in cooler weather. We recommend beets, cabbage, carrots, and kale.


2. Update Your Landscaping

Landscaping helps increase your home's value. Now is the perfect time to spruce up your yard so that it is looking its very best this fall and far into next year. You can choose to work on your landscaping yourself or hire a landscaping consultant or architect. Some landscaping centers offer free consultations, which is a great option if you need help coming up with initial ideas or knowing what would best accentuate your home's features. It can be easy to spruce up your landscaping on a budget. One great way to save some money? Mason City offers Free Mulch to residents!


3. Renovate Your Deck

Your wood deck requires yearly maintenance. Water and cold weather can lead to rot and cracking in the boards. Inspect the deck yourself or hire a professional inspector if you notice any problem areas. Spend the time and money to renovate your deck as necessary so you can continue to use it on those warmer fall days and to reduce the risk of further damage during the winter.


4. Buy New Patio Furnishings

End of season means great sales! As the weather cools, retailers will be looking to move their outdoor inventory quickly. Take advantage of huge savings on patio furnishings and lawn care equipment now.


5. Get Rid of Your Old Grill

Just like patio furnishings, grills will also be deeply discounted. Buy the grill you've always wanted so you can host those great fall football parties and be ready to barbecue all summer long next year.

6. Add an Outdoor Shower

Whether you want it for relaxation or to wash off after a hard day working outside, a great upgrade to your home can be the installation of an outdoor shower. Consider placement, sizing, materials, and plumbing as you think about adding this fun and convenient outdoor feature.


7. Install a Swimming Pool

We all know the summer months in North Iowa can get hot, hot, hot! Always dreamed of cooling off in your very own pool? The end of summer is the perfect time to install your dream pool. Get ready to have the best summer ever next year by adding a pool now. With soil that is easier to dig in, deals offered by pool builders, and less need to utilize your yard as the weather cools, take advantage of the end of summer by adding this ultimate upgrade.

We hope this blog gave you a some helpful home improvement ideas for the summer. If you are looking for more tips or need help Buying or Selling your North Iowa home, work with the Top Realtor Mason City IA! Give our experienced Team a call today at 641-425-4900 or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

 

Here We Grow!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

 

Jane Fischer & Associates Team has moved! Come visit us at our new location at 1002 East State Street, Suite B, Mason City!

 

 Our team serves the entire Mason City Iowa real estate market, as well as the surrounding communities of Clear Lake, Rockwell, Rockford, North Springs and Osage areas. Let us help you with all of your real estate needs. Whether you are a Home Buyer or Home Seller, Jane Fischer & Associates is committed to helping you achieve all of your real estate goals! Come see us today!

Rock Your Summer at Friday Night Live!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

It's time to have a rockin' good time in Mason City IA!! Friday Night Live kicks off this Friday, June 15th!

 

Head to beautiful Central Park in downtown Mason City for an evening full of fun. Dine on delicious food and beverages from your favorite North Iowa establishments. Find unique wares at the craft marketplace. Enjoy great family activities, including the MacNider Art Museum Imagination Playground, Inflatable Bounce House and Inflatable Obstacle Course. And, of course, dance the night away to incredible live music! Each of the 4 community events will take place from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Do not miss out on this FREE summer time fun for the whole family to enjoy.


 

Friday Night Live Music Lineup

June 15th | Billy McGuigan

July 13th | Betty & The Gents

August 17th | The Hepperly Band

September 21st | The Chocolate Crackers



Jane Fischer & Associates cannot wait to see you all summer long at Friday Night Live in beautiful Mason City Iowa!

Image Credit: Main Street Mason City

 

Great Community Events in North Iowa this Weekend!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Residents in North Iowa no that summertime is full of fun activities for the whole family! Enjoy the warm, summer weather with your friends and neighbors at incredible community events throughout our area. Be sure to check out these fantastic events occurring this Saturday to fill your weekend with summer fun!


The NITC Pie Ride

“Because every bike ride is better with pie!” Join the North Iowa Touring Club at City Park (Main Avenue) for this fun annual ride. Choose between a casual 14 mile ride (starting at 9:30 am) around the lake or a more rigorous 62 mile ride (starting at 8:00 am). All participants receive a $20 gift certificate for Wayne’s Ski & Cycle, DeFeet bicycle socks, and delicious spaghetti lunch with (of course) pie! All funds for this event help NITC promote outdoor recreational activities and bike safety throughout our area.

Registration Information

  • 14 Mile Ride - $25 per Individual | $35 per Family
  • 62 Mile Ride - $25 per Individual | $35 per Family
  • Register in advance HERE or at City Park on the day of the ride.

River City Street Rods Custom Car Show

Do not miss the River City Street Rods annual car show (8:00 am to 4:00 pm) to see some of the most amazing custom cars you have ever seen! The North Iowa Events Center (3700 4th Street Southwest) will be filled with vehicles dating from 1959 until today. Over 100 trophies will be handed out, including for speciality awards such as Best in Show, Best Engine, and Best Custom Paint. The cost to enter the show is $10. Along with the cars, enjoy food from Black Dog BBQ, a beer garden, craft vendors, and more.


Take-A-Kid Fishing Tournament

Share your love of fishing with your kids! Head to McIntosh State Park (1200 East Lake Street) for the Clear Lake Fishing Club’s family fun fishing event. Fish with your team from the shoreline or out on the lake. Teams can include one adult and up to two children (ages 16 and under). All participants will receive food and a fishing related prize! This tournament is more about fun than competition, though any fish caught is eligible for a weigh in. There will also be great information for kids to learn about the types of fish in the lake and basic fishing techniques during the special DNR seminar (8:30 am). The competition begins at 10:00 am.



Jane Fischer & Associates wishes everyone a fun filled weekend in North Iowa!

 

 

Image Credit: Clear Lake Fishing Club


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/.

It's time for our Mason City Open House Extravaganza!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

FIND YOUR DREAM HOME AT THIS GREAT ANNUAL MASON CITY EVENT!

OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

909 6th Pl SE, MASON CITY, IA   $238,000.

THIS IS LIKE HITTING THE JACKPOT - Incredible Charm with a fantastic location. ONE of kind MASTER SUITE that you will never want to leave. Vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace and your own balcony for your morning coffee. Along with the addition, the windows (Anderson) kitchen and baths have been completely updated. The main floor family room fireplace has been redone in beautiful stone and limestone hearth. Lower level family room for a great getaway. Oversized tandem garage with tons of room that doubles as a great man cave! You will Love to call this one HOME. 

Hosted by:  Jane Fischer

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OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)

1001 S. GARFIELD AVE, MASON CITY, IA  $278,500

Family home with all the extras. Wide open floor plan with vaulted ceiling. Large tiled entry to great room with stone gas fireplace that flows into the dining and supersized kitchen. Slider to backyard and decking. Current owners redesigned the mud -laundry room and added a built-in giving you tons of room. Master suite with walk-in closet and a double sink vanity. You will fall in love with the size of the lower level family room with added built-in craft/office area. 2 large bedrooms plus an additional bedroom/office (no egress) or bonus room and 3rd full bath. This one won't disappoint. You will be proud to call this HOME! See this & stop looking!

Hosted by:  Jenna Sheriff

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OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, May 5, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

2708 SUNRISE CT, MASON CITY, IA  $368,000


CUSTOM NEW CONSTRUCTION IN SUNSET RIDGE WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS! THE FAMILY HOME IS LOCATED ON A CUL-DE-SAC. WIDE OPEN FLOOR PLAN WITH ALL THE EXTRAS AND VAULTED CEILINGS. EXTRA LARGE SUPER SIZED KITCHEN WITH PAINTED MAPLE CABINETRY WITH ISLAND & SNACK BAR. GORGEOUS ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORING, SOLID WOOD DOORS & TRIM. MASTER SUITE WITH WALK-IN SHOWER PLUS A TUB. LOWER LEVEL FEATURES DAYLIGHT WINDOWS OVERLOOKING THE PAVER PATIO AND SIDE DECKING. OVERSIZED FAMILY ROOM WITH WET BAR AND GAS FIREPLACE. THIS ONE HAS IT ALL 5 BEDROOMS AND 3 BATHS. FULLY FINISHED TOP TO BOTTOM!

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO CALL THIS HOME!

Hosted by:  Jane Fischer

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OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, May 5, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

76 LINDEN DRIVE, MASON CITY, IA $204,900.


This charming 2 story colonial offers a spacious living room featuring a gas fireplace along with a wall of built-ins, master suite with laundry, custom designed Fieldstone kitchen, airy dining room and screened in porch all conveniently located on the main level. The four large bedrooms on the second floor will accommodate any growing family with the added bonus of the finished attic space. The lower level includes a great family room, workbench area along with storage galore and much more! The home boasts dual heating zones and a new water heater in 2017. Not only do you have a fenced in rear yard, there is also a privately shared triangular space in the alley which includes a playground, basketball hoop, and extra parking spots. Don't let this one slip away, it won't last long! 

Hosted by:  Jenna Sheriff

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

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/.

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