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January is Radon Action Month!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

 

 

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

 

 

 

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How To Find The Perfect Neighborhood For You!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

by Jane Fischer and Associates

A Very Happy Holidays From Our Team!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

 

 

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

 

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

 

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



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


 

Who Needs To Know About Your Change of Address

by Jane Fischer and Associates

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Have A Happy Holidays For You And Your Pets!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

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


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


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Tis The Season For Holiday Cheer...and Selling!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

The holiday season is upon us. You and your family are busy wrapping presents and preparing for guests. Even though it might not seem like the ideal time, it is actually the perfect time to sell your Mason City home! Whether your home has been on the market for a while or you have been putting off listing it, now is the season to sell! Not convinced? Here are the top reasons why it is the season for holiday cheer AND home selling!


1. Less Homes On The Market!

The majority of sellers will take their homes off the market during the holiday season. This means less competition in the market. With fewer listings, your home is more likely to rise to the top when buyers search for properties.

2. Closing Moves Quicker!

When the housing market heats up in the spring, lenders get busy. That means buyers have to wait longer for their loans to be processed and approved. The slow down in December means lenders can move the process along faster which means faster closing on your deal!

3. Time To Make Adjustments!

At this point of the year, it's possible that your home has been sitting on the market for a while. With everything slowed down, this season affords you the time to leave your listing up while you make adjustments for the home to be more attractive to buyers. This could mean improvements to your home or changing your listing price.

4. Festive Ambiance!

Is your home ever as cozy as it is during the holiday season? The fireplace is going, the smell of homebaked goods fills the air, and your rooms are filled with beautiful greenery. Important elements of staging are already done for you, creating a homey feel for all buyers who enter. To be as effective as possible, limit how many decorations, especially personal ones, you use while your home is on the market. You want to showcase the features of your home without excess clutter and give buyers the opportunity to envision themselves within the home.

5. Serious Buyers!

Any buyer that is still looking during the holiday season is serious about buying! Either they are still looking for that home that meets everything on their wish list and/or they need to buy fast. These buyers will be highly motivated which means an easier negotiation process for you as a seller.

6. Families Have A Limited Time Frame!

This reason goes hand in hand with the previous ones. Buyers with children utilize breaks from school to find the perfect home. This includes the winter break. These buyers will want to settled in their new home before school resumes in the fall so it is the perfect time to show off yours!



Ready to Sell Your North Iowa Home This Holiday Season, give Jane Fischer & Associates a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.



Information Source: Realtor.com®

Celebrate Christmas By The Lake!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Do you hear those jingle bells getting closer?! It is almost time for Christmas by the Lake! One of the holiday highlights in North Iowa, Christmas by the Lake in beautiful Clear Lake offers two days of festive fun for the whole family! Do not miss out on any of the fun! Find the full schedule below and enjoy a weekend of yuletide cheer!

 

Saturday, December 1st

  • 8:30 am | Cookie Walk/Coffee/Cinnamon Rolls | United Methodist Church

  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm | Holiday Bazaar | Senior Citizens Center

  • 10:30 am & 11:30 am | Storytime & Crafts for Children (Ages 3-6) | Public Library

  • 11:00 am | Crowning of Christmas Prince & Princess | Clear Lake Bank & Trust

  • 11:00 am | Free Movie Screening | Lake Theatre

  • 11:00 am - 1:30 pm | Soup/Sandwich Lunch | United Methodist Church

  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Simply Nourished European-Style Outdoor Market | North 3rd Street

  • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm | Indoor Nativity Scene Displays | CL Regular Baptist Church

  • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Children’s Petting Zoo & Pony Rides | City Park

  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | S’Mores & Christmas Karaoke | 400 Block of Main

  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Visit with Santa | City Park

  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Free Main Street Trolley Rides

  • 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Santa’s Workshop Festival | Clear Lake Arts Center

  • 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Free Horse Drawn Sleigh & Carriage Rides | Wilcox Furniture & Ge-Jo’s

  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Strolling Dicken’s Characters

  • 5:00 pm | Lighted Christmas by the Lake Parade & Fireworks Finale

  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Visit with Santa | City Park

  • 7:00 pm | Ronnie Milsap | Surf Ballroom

 

Sunday, December 2nd

  • 11:00 am | Free Movie Screening | Lake Theatre

  • 12:30 pm | Polar Bear Dip | City Beach

  • 1:00 pm | Treasure Hunt | Lakeview Room

  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Visit with Santa | City Park

  • 2:00 pm | Messiah Sing with a Concert by NordKor Children’s Choir | United Methodist Church

 

 

Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes everyone a very merry time at Christmas by the Lake!

 

 

 

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Where To Vote On Election Day!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Tomorrow (November 6th) is Election Day! Regardless of what political party you belong to, it is important to exercise your right as an American citizen and head to the polls! Polls in Iowa will be open tomorrow 7:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Looking for your local polling place? Here is a list of all polling places for the North Iowa area:

 

  • Clear Lake Ward 1 | Zion Lutheran Church (112 North 4th Street, Clear Lake)
  • Clear Lake Ward 2 | Clear Lake City Hall (15 North 6th Street, Clear Lake)
  • Clear Lake Ward 3 | Church of Christ 2010 (14th Avenue North, Clear Lake)
  • Clear Lake/Grant/Union Townships Precinct | Ventura Community Center (4 North Weimer, Ventura)
  • Falls Township - Plymouth Precinct | Plymouth City Hall (616 Broad Street, Plymouth) Falls Township - Rock Falls Precinct | Rock Falls Community Center (3 South Nottingham, Rock Falls)
  • Geneseo Township Precinct | Rockwell Community Center (114 3rd Street North, Rockwell)
  • Grimes Township - Meservey Precinct | Meservey Fire Station (428 1st Street, Meservey) 
  • Grimes Township - Thornton Precinct | Thornton City Hall (404 Main Street, Thornton) Lake/Lincoln Townships Precinct | Area Education Agency (9184-B 265th Street, Clear Lake)
  • Lime Creek/Mason North Township Precinct | Lime Creek Nature Center (3501 Lime Creek Road, Mason City)
  • Mason City Ward 1 Precinct 1 | Trinity Church (213 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City)
  • Mason City Ward 1 Precinct 2 | Highland Golf Course Club House (944 17th Street Northeast, Mason City)
  • Mason City Ward 1 Precinct 3 | Grace Evangelical Free Church (440 North Illinois Avenue, Mason City)
  • Mason City Ward 2 Precinct 1 | Cerro Gordo Courthouse Boardroom (220 North Washington Avenue, Mason City)
  • Mason City Ward 2 Precinct 2 | First Presbyterian Church (100 South Pierce Avenue, Mason City) 
  • Mason City Ward 2 Precinct 3 | Grace United Methodist Church (200 14th Street Northwest, Mason City)
  • Mason City Ward 3 Precinct 1 | Masonic Temple (304 1st Street Southeast, Mason City) 
  • Mason City Ward 3 Precinct 2 | Mason City School Administration Building (1515 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City)
  • Mason City Ward 3 Precinct 3 | First Covenant Church (411 South Ohio Avenue, Mason City) 
  • Mason City Ward 4 Precinct 1 | NIACOG Building (525 6th Street Southwest, Mason City)
  • Mason City Ward 4 Precinct 2 | Rolling Acres CR Church (341 19th Southwest, Mason City) 
  • Mason City Ward 4 Precinct 3 | Columbia Club (551 South Taft Avenue, Mason City)
  • Mason South/Bath Township Precinct | Cerro Gordo County Engineer’s Office (2716 South Federal Avenue, Mason City)
  • Mt. Vernon/Pleasant Valley Townships Precinct | Swaledale City Hall (402 Main Street, Swaledale) 
  • Portland/Owen/Dougherty Townships Precinct | Hanford Community Church (12411 Spruce Avenue, Mason City)

 

 

To find your exact polling place, click HERE! Make sure to bring a valid form of identification.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone in North Iowa at the polls! Happy Election Day!


 

Trick or Treating in North Iowa!

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!

 

Community Trick or Treating Hours

Sunday, October 28th

Rockford | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 31st

Nora Springs | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Osage | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Rockwell | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Clear Lake | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Mason City | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

 

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!

 

 

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

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