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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

Steps to Crafting an Winning Offer!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss the steps in crafting an offer. The most important part of the home Buying process is crafting your offer. Being prepared for this process and well informed can help ensure that the dream home you find will be yours. Since this is the most technical part of buying, working with the Top Realtor Mason City IA can help ease your stress and help you get the best deal possible. Here is our step to step guide to offers for you to make a successful bid on your future home in Mason City IA!


1. Determine your limits. This includes your financial and lifestyle limits (i.e. your must haves). Once you know your limits, you can work with your agent on crafting an offer that is best for you.


2. Understand the documentation. Do some research ahead of time on offer forms so that you can understand the terminology. Ask your realtor to see some of the forms and ask any questions that you might have.


3. Set your price. The listing price is what the seller is opening the negotiation with. It is now your turn to provide an offer price. Work with your realtor to determine whether the asking price is fair based on comparable properties, how long it has been on the market, and other related factors. You want to make sure that you provide an offer price that is comfortably within your range and will also be attractive to the seller.


4. Prepare for your down payment. You should have a clear understanding of your finances before putting in an offer for the home. In order to get your mortgage, you will need to put in a down payment. While 20% is the standard for conventional loans, there are other options out there. Work with your lender to determine the option that work best with your finances.

 

5. Make an EMD. Consider making an earnest money deposit to show the seller you are serious about buying the home. Doing this can help you stand apart if the seller has received other offers. If the deal goes through, the money from the EMD will be applied to your down payment during closing.

 

6. Review contingencies. As a buyer, contingencies are especially important in protecting your investment. There are several contingencies that you might find within an offer, including home inspection, financing, appraisal, clear title, and home sale. Talk to your realtor about which ones need to be included. If there is a lot of competition for the home you are interested in, you might want to only include those contingencies you must have as to not scare the seller away.

 

7. Read all the details. It is important that you read every single detail, including the fine print, of a sales contract to avoid any surprises. Along with the obvious information included in these contracts, there is a property description section where the seller will specificy what items are being left behind with the house.

 

8. Set your settlement date. When you submit your sales contract, you will provide the seller with a proposed settlement date. This is how much time you have to obtain mortgage approval and complete a title search. It also gives the seller time to find their next property and move. Be flexible when you set the closing date to keep both you and the seller happy.

 

9. Write a letter. Along with the legal documentation, consider including a personal letter to the seller. You can com[;oment them on their property and tell them why you personally have fallen in love with it. Adding a personal, emotional touch to your offer can really help set you apart.

 

10. Be ready for a counter offer. Most real estate deals require some negotiation so do not be surprised or discouraged if the seller counters your offer. The preparation you did ahead of time and your relationship with your realtor can help you navigate this process with confidence.



We hope this blog gave you a some helpful information on the steps of making an offer! If you are ready to buy your dream home in North Iowa, search our Homes for Sale. 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/.


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/.

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