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Get Your North Iowa Home Ready for Trick or Treaters!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

The streets of North Iowa will soon be filled with ghosts and goblins, princesses and cowboys! Trick or treating is right around the corner! Get your home ready for all the trick or treaters this Halloween! Follow these simple tips to make your home safe and festive for all your frightful guests!


Make a Clear Path

Ensure that there is a clear and safe route to your front door! Avoid trips and slips by clearing of your driveway and walkways of all debris. Keep the yard clear of all items, such as bicycles, toys, and yard equipment. Make sure that any decor is situated away in the grass or along the porch.


Keep Your Pets Away

You might have the world's friendliest four legged friend but keep them securely locked away from the front door. You have no way of knowing how they will react to the little visitors constantly coming to your front door. In addition, some trick or treaters might have a fear of dogs. Make sure that they feel comfortable when they come to your home.


Let There Be Light

A light on at the front door lets trick or treaters know that candy is available at your home! More importantly, though, it helps the kiddos see their way to the front door, ensuring a safe journey to their treats.


Make It Festive and Welcoming

Add some festive decor to your front entryway. Although part of the fun of Halloween is the over the top scares, consider choosing decorations that will not frighten the littlest ones coming to your door.


Stock Up On Candy

Hit the stores and make sure you have an ample supply of candy! You want to make sure that all the trick or treaters can get goodies at your home throughout the evening!



Community Trick or Treating Hours

Sunday, October 29th


Monday, October 30th


Tuesday, October 31st



Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes everyone in North Iowa a very happy and safe Halloween!

Autumnal and Halloween Fun in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Fall is fully upon us and Halloween is just around the corner! Enjoy the festivities of the season in North Iowa! Whether you are looking for something frightfully scary or something that celebrates the beauty of autumn, there is a great event for you. Check out our recommendations for things to do this October in Mason City and Clear Lake!

Halloween Hike at Lime Creek Nature Center

Explore Lime Creek Nature Center on a spooky evening hike. Learn about all the creatures that call the center home from your trail guide and enjoy refreshments after all that fresh air. The outdoor fun takes place on Thursday, October 19th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The hike costs $3 per person and reservations are required. Call (641) 423-5309 to reserve your spot!

 

Cocktails and Canvas "A Night in the Pumpkin Patch" at Clear Lake Arts Center

Get artistic at an Arty Party at Clear Lake Arts Center on Friday, October 20th. Join instructor Linda Dlouhy as she helps you create your very own “Starry, Starry Pumpkin Patch” while enjoying refreshments. The cost is $30 for members and $32 for non-members (cost includes all supplies right down to the paint smocks). Space is limited. To register, Call (641) 357-1998 or email clac@cltel.net to register!

 

Haunted Hike at The D and D Ranch

Find frights around every corner at The D and D Ranch (2532 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake). Every Friday and Saturday night, along with Halloween, 7 pm to 11 pm. Begin in the Halloween Museum before braving the haunted, wild west town. This fun and scary Halloween attraction costs $12 per person.

 

Scarecrows at Central Garden

Enjoy the crisp fall weather and beautiful autumnal setting of Central Gardens as you admire the scarecrows that now populate the gardens. All the scarecrows were handmade by local residents and organizations. This exhibit is open daily.

 

Boogie Spooktacular at Surf Ballroom

Dance the night away with Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z at Surf Ballroom. This great concert will take place on Saturday, October 28th. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at door. Must be 21+ to attend.


 

Mason City IA Housing Market Update: 10/04/17

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Mason City Iowa continues to be a great Home Seller's Market! Although the 7 day trend for home prices has dipped a bit, the 90 day trend is still above average.  If you're considering selling your Mason City home in this Fall market, contact the Jane Fischer and Associates Team of Century 21 Preferred.  Wondering what your home is worth in this market?  Get an instant, free home analysis here.


Here are the current Real Estate Stats for Mason City

Market Index: 30.91 (Sellers Market- Buyer Demand is Strong)

Median Home Price: $106,000.

Average Square Footage- 1,986

Average Number of Bedrooms- 3

Average Number of Bathrooms- 1.5

Total Properties on the Market- 177

Average Days on the Market- 106

Average Price per Square Foot- $56.


Clear Lake 7 and 90 Real Estate Market Trends to Watch:

Market Index

 

Total Number of Properties on the Market

 

Median Sales Price

 

Average Days on the Market

 

Price per Square Foot

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Mason City IA 50401
Cell: 641-425-4900
Office: 641-424-9400

 

 


Celebrate Fall at the Clear Lake Harvest Festival!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Celebrate Fall in beautiful Clear Lake for the annual Harvest Festival!! Head to Main Street on Saturday, October 7th, for a day of autumnal fun and festivities! This great street festival features Beer & Wine Tastings, farmers market, vendors market, trolley rides, live music, fun events, and so much more! Find something for everyone from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm this Saturday at Clear Lake’s 13th Annual Harvest Festival!


*Events Schedule*

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Vendor Market

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | A Table Setting Affair | Wilcox Furniture

11:00 AM, Noon, 1:00 PM, & 2:00 PM | Fall Color Trolley Tours | Yacht Club

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Make Your Own Wine Charm | Larson's Mercantile

2:00 PM | Grape Stomp | Unique Boutique

3:30 PM | Pumpkin Roll Relay Race & Bennigan's Waiter Race | Chamber Office


*Live Music Schedule*

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM | Betty & The Gents | Festival Stage

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Five Friends Jazz Combo | Lady of the Lake

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM | NOVA Jazz | Clear Lake Arts Center

2:15 PM - 4:30 PM | Feldspar | Clear Lake Arts Center

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Last Minute Combo | Lady of the Lake

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | According to Hoyle | Festival Stage



Purchase the Harvest Festival Tasting Pass ($35) HERE.



Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes everyone a very happy Fall weekend in Clear Lake!  

 

Image Credit: Clear Lake, Iowa

Pumpkin Picking in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Get in the fall spirit by planning a weekend trip to Enchanted Acres! Located less than 20 miles away directly south of Mason City, this fabulous, family owned farm offers the perfect weekend retreat! Pick your own pumpkins, enjoy arts & crafts, take a hayride, feed the goats, fire the pumpkin cannon, and so much more! There are also incredible Special Events & Workshops planned throughout the season. Your entire family will love their day on the farm!


Fall Season Information

Address: 1071 250th Street, Sheffield, IA 50475

Phone: (515) 371-0450

Dates: Friday, September 16th - Sunday, October 29th

Hours:

  • Monday - Wednesday | CLOSED

  • Thursday - Saturday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Sunday | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cost: $5 per person | Children 2 & under are FREE

  • Admission includes regular attractions, unlimited hayrides, and entry into Books in the Barn


Whether you are picking pumpkins to decorate your Mason City home or bake a delectable pie, you want to make sure you pick the perfect pumpkin! Here are some helpful pumpkin tips!  


  • Look for pumpkins that are visually appealing. The color should be an even deep orange.

  • Make sure there are no cuts, soft spots, or bruises. The exterior should feel hard. If it doesn’t, it could indicate that it is starting to rot! Make sure the stem is attached.

  • Cure your freshly picked pumpkin in a dry place to toughen its rind and reduce the chance for rotting. Place it in a cool (50-65 degrees), low humidity environment so it lasts throughout the season!

  • If you are using the pumpkin for carving, odd shapes and lopsided pumpkins can make for the coolest looking creations!

  • Pumpkins for pies are a different variety. You want one that has been developed for eating. They are smaller, sweeter, and smoother than decorative pumpkins.

Fun Ideas for Labor Day Weekend in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Labor Day Weekend is Here! Often considered as the last hurrah of summer, this long holiday weekend is the perfect time to spend with family and friends. is considered to be the last hurrah of summer. There are so many ways to make the most of your weekend in the Mason City area! Here are our top recommendations for things for you and your family to do this Labor Day weekend! As an added perk.....these are all affordable options that ensure the most amount of fun without breaking the bank!


Go Camping!

Camping is a time honored tradition over Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy the beautiful summer weather and stunning natural setting in North Iowa. Get active and explore the great outdoors. There are many campgrounds nearby at local and state parks for you and your family to enjoy. Each of these spots offers unique recreational options that will keep you and your family having fun all weekend long! Check out these great spots nearby for your camping adventure:

Beed's Lake State Park (1422 165th Street, Hampton)

Camp at the Woods (22097 Fallspark Drive # B, Mason City)

Clear Lake State Park (6490 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake)

MacNider Campgrounds (901 Birch Drive, Mason City)

McIntosh Woods State Park (1200 East Lake Street, Ventura)

Pilot Knob State Park (2148 340th Street, Forest City)


Have a Potluck!

Invite family and friends offer for a delicious feast! Prepare a delicious main course and ask each of your guests to bring a side dish to share. After all, we love our potlucks in the midwest! Enjoy time dining with your guests and set up some fun lawn games or outdoor activities to enjoy.

Vacation at Home!

We often overlook the incredible local sites and attractions that are located in our own backyard. Explore all that Mason City and the North Iowa region have to offer. Check out the local tourist spots that you never visit. Pick some great outdoor spot for some recreational fun to take advantage of the warm weather. You will find a whole new appreciation for everything that our communities have to offer while saving money by lodging in your home for your staycation!

Attend a Local Event!

There is always something going on in our area. Labor Day Weekend is no exception! Check out the Mason City Events and Clear Lake Events calendars for great local events taking place all weekend long! You are sure to find something fun and unique for the whole family to enjoy.


Jane Fischer & Associates Team wishes you and your family a very Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!   

Top Public School District Found in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

The 2018 Best School Districts in Iowa have been announced! Congratulations to Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community Schools for being ranked the 15th best out of the Top 25 districts throughout the state!

 

Who put GHV Community Schools at the top of the class? Educational review and ranking website Niche is responsible for the rankings. They gathered data from the US Department of Education and reviews from statewide students and teachers. Important factors such as academics, athletics, facilities, extracurriculars, teachers, and more were analyzed to find the best of the best. When the results came in, GHV received top grades!

 

#15 Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community Schools  | 605 West Lyons Street, Garner



SEARCH ALL HOMES FOR SALE IN THE GARNER-HAYFIELD-VENTURA COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

If you are interested in Buying a home within this top school district, give Jane Fischer & Associates Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

Iowa Independent Film Festival in Mason City!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Enjoy the finest independent films from around the world at the IOWA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL!! Head to downtown Mason City on Friday, August 18th, and Saturday, August 19th, for 29 films! The 10th annual IIFF features feature films, short films, and documentaries, and discussions with some of the filmmakers! Films will be screened at The Main Event (112 2nd Street Southeast) and a student film showcase will be head in the Mason City Room at the Mason City Public Library (225 2nd Street Southeast). Tickets cost $30 per person and include access to ALL movies on both days as well as coffee, lunch, dinner, and popcorn on Saturday! Purchase tickets at the door or in advance HERE! Don’t miss out on any of the cinematic fun!

 



FRIDAY, AUGUST 18th | THE MAIN EVENT

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • The Gurgle (6 minutes)

  • King in the Mountain (55 minutes)

  • Controlled Burn (3 minutes)

  • Elly* (10 minutes)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Ten More (12 minutes)

  • Untruth* (11 minutes)

  • Camp Algona* (57 minutes)

8:00 pm - 10:15 pm

  • Bakemono (49 minutes)

  • Repartiation (72 minutes)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th | MASON CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY

9:15 am - 11:00 am

  • Everything’s Gonna Be OK (15 minutes)

  • Beyond the X (17 minutes)

  • The Way Out (26 minutes)

  • Running Condition (16 minutes)

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • The Canjoe Man* (20 minutes)

  • Release* (84 minutes)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Fish (4 minutes)

  • A Night at the Movies* (16 minutes)

  • Bridging Color (24 minutes)

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Rise of the Sea Urchins*

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th | THE MAIN EVENT

10:00 am - 11:45 am

  • North & Nowhere (12 minutes)

  • Falling South (39 minutes)

  • No Name Maddos (26 minutes)

11:45 am - 2:00 pm

  • Strongroom (23 minutes)

  • The Tree* (94 minutes)

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • After Hours Trading* (103 minutes)

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  • The Whole World (30 minutes)

  • The Barn Raisers* (56 minutes)

6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

  • The Ragman - A Hobo’s Story Untold (16 minutes)

  • The Gatehouse* (96 minutes)

8:45 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Gary Kroeger Awards Ceremony



Mason City is filled with incredible cultural events, such as the Iowa Independent Film Festival, all year round! If you want to call this incredible community home, give the Jane Fischer & Associates Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.



Image Credit: Iowa Independent Film Festival  

Back 2 School in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

August means the start of school for students throughout North Iowa. It's time to check those school supply lists, pick out your first day's outfit, and get a good night's rest before that first school bell of the year. Mark your calendar with the your district's first day of school!


 

Central Springs Community School District | 105 South East Street, Manly

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


Clear Lake Community School District | 1529 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  


Mason City Community Schools | 1515 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 29th (Grades 7 & 9) | Wednesday, August 30th (All Grades)

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


Osage Community Schools | 820 Sawyer Drive, Osage

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 22nd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock CSD | 1460 210th Street, Rockford

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


West Fork Community School District | 210 South 2nd Street, Rockwell

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd (Grades 9-12) | Thursday, August 24th (Grades PreK-8)

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

 

 

Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes all students in North Iowa a successful and fun 2017-2018 school year!!!

Tips for Buying a Home with a Septic System

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Understanding where the waste from your home goes might be one of the least glamorous aspects of homeownership but it is of the utmost importance. Since many of the homes throughout North Iowa are located in rural areas, the homes have a septic system instead of a sewer line connection. A septic system works by collecting the waste water from a home’s kitchen and bathroom into a tank on the property. There are bacterias and compounds within the tank that help decompose the material and convert it into a harmless byproduct that can be eventually absorbed back into the ground. This is often a greener system than traditional sewer systems. Unfortunately, improperly maintained septic systems can lead to backups causing costly clean ups and dangerous contamination of the local soil. Buying a home with a septic system? Here is all the information you need to keep your septic system running properly for the health and comfort of you and your family!

 

Inspect the Septic System During the Home Inspection

Not all home inspectors have the right expertise when it comes to septic systems. If the home inspector you hire does not have experience in this area, hire a septic professional to inspect the systems operation as well as the land around it. This will ensure that it is already functioning properly and help you avoid any potential damage to your yard or, worse, your home!

 

Maintaining Your Home’s Septic System

You’ve ensured that the septic system is working properly upon buying your new home. Now, it’s time to make sure that you maintain it! Avoid putting any oils down your home’s drain and be sure to use a food disposal system to help prevent malfunctions and backups within the system. Add bacteria supplements to the tank by flashing a bacteria pack down the toilet based on the directions from the manufacturer. If your septic system has an electric pump, consider installing a backup battery and/or water level monitoring alarm for additional protection. All septic systems should be pumped out every 3 to 5 years, based on household usage, to help ensure continued functionality. In the unfortunate case that your system does backup, do not run any additional water into the drains, unless absolutely necessary, as this will just perpetuate the issue. Hire a professional septic system servicer to evaluate and repair the problem immediately.

 

 

Follow these helpful tips to keep the septic system within your new home operating properly! For more information regarding homes with septic systems in our area or for any other helpful homeowner tips, contact the Jane Fischer and Associates Team! We are here to help your through every step of the home buying process!  


 

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