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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/.

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/.

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/.

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