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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.


 

Plan your family's fire escape plan now!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

In honor of National Fire Prevention Week....Does your family have an escape plan in place?

Fire Prevention Week

Take time this week to detail your family's plan for exiting your home in the event of a fire.  Here are some tips to ensure your family's safety:

1. Prepare a map of your home detailing all windows and doors.

2.  Enter each room and designate two exit points.

3. Make sure all windows and doors open easily and are free of clutter and obstacles.

4. Make sure all living areas have properly working smoke & monoxide detectors.  Replace batteries yearly.

5. Designate an outside meeting place for all family members once they've exited the home.

6. To avoid a family member staying in the home or re-entering to save a family pet, decide how you will get your pets safely out.

7. Practice your fire drill with all family members.

8. Are your house numbers visible from the street?  

9. Do all family members know how to contact the Fire Department?

For more Fire Prevention Tips and family friendly activities, visit the National Fire Prevention Association.

Home Escape Plan Tips for Fire Safety

Draw your families home fire escape plan

New Home Listing: 1011 1st Street NE, Mason City, IA

by Jane Fischer and Associates

JUST LISTED!

CHARM - LOCATION and CONVENIENCE!

1011 1St Street NE, Mason City, Iowa  $94,000.

Family home walking distance to East Park, Prairie Playground, shopping and schools.

Sized just right with 2 bedrooms on the main floor and a supersized bedroom upstairs.

Large bright rooms.  Tomorrow may be too late!


Price Reduction: 2708 Sunrise Ct, Mason City, IA

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Price just Reduced on the Home you've been waiting for!

2708 Sunrise Ct., Mason City IA  $374,000.

Contact the Jane Fischer and Associates Team of Century 21 Preferred for more details!

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:

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Average Days on the Market

 

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Presented by Jane Fischer & Associates Team of Century 21 Preferred

2800 4th Street SW #3
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

Clear Lake Iowa Housing Market Update: 09/27/17

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Great news for home sellers as the Clear Lake home prices continue to rise while average days on the market have stabilized.  Fall is an excellent time to consider putting your home on the market!

Current Real Estate Stats for Clear Lake IA:

Market Index: 26.38 (great for Home Sellers & Buyers)

Median Home Price: $254,023.

Average Square Footage- 2,144

Average Number of Bedrooms- 3

Average Number of Bathrooms- 2

Total Properties on the Market- 54

Average Days on the Market- 128

Average Price per Square Foot- $108

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

If you are currently searching for a Clear Lake Iowa Home, sign-up for our Preferred Email Listing Alerts and receive new homes to the market that only meet your personal preferences.  Sign-up here.

 

Considering selling your Clear Lake Home?  Get a free Home Analysis here.

 

Brought to you by:  

Altos Research and Jane Fischer Associates Team of Century 21 Preferred

www.janefischer.com

2800 4th Street SW #3

Mason City, IA  50401

Cell- 641-425-4900

Office- 641-424-9400

Avoid These 9 Home Buying Myths!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Congrats! You have decided to buy a new home! We know that there is plenty of information and advice out there for home buyers. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation too. From process to financing and everything in between, it is easy to be overwhelmed as a home buyer and make mistakes that could have been easily avoided. Let us debunk 9 major home buying myths to help you smoothly find your dream home today!


Myth 1: The first step of the process is looking for a house.

Although the home search might seem like the obvious first step in the home buying process, it is not. Your first step as a home buyer should always be getting your finances in order! Make sure that your credit is in top form and, most importantly, get pre-approval on a mortgage. By doing these two things, you are able to focus your home search on those houses that actually fit within your budget. Pre-approval also makes you more attractive to sellers from the get go.

Myth 2: 30-year mortgage is your best finance option.

30-year mortgages can be deceiving. Monthly payments on 30-year mortgages are lower than those that are 15-year. However, since the amount of money borrowed is the same for both options but the time frame is twice as long to pay back on the 30-year mortgage, you end up paying MORE over those 30 years and at a higher interest rate. This is not to say that a 30-year mortgage is not right for you. Just make sure to do plenty of research to truly decide what loan option best fits your financial situation. Check out our Finance Information for help with this step of the process.

Myth 3: A down payment must be 20%.

Buyers can avoid paying for Private Mortgage Insurance by making a 20% down payment. However, not all lenders require that amount. You may be eligible for loans with a 5 or 10% down payment if you are willing to pay for PMI monthly. Additional down payment assistance options, such as FHA loans, might also be available for you.

Myth 4: Your only upfront cost is the down payment.

When budgeting for a new home, many home buyers only consider the initial down payment. However, you want to budget for additional costs that can always occur during the buying process. These costs include, but are not limited to, credit reports, closing costs, inspections, and insurance.

Myth 5: You cannot buy a home if you have bad credit.

You will undoubtedly have an easier time buying a home if your have good credit. However, you are not out of luck if your credit is less than ideal. There are several financing options, such as FHA loans, that you might be eligible for. Just make sure to do your research first to make sure that you are selecting an option that is best for you now and in the future.

Myth 6: You can skip the home inspection.

Home buyers should always complete a home inspection. Save money and time by discovering any issues with the house during the inspection process.

Myth 7: You will lose the house if you don't offer asking price.

Home buyers often worry that they will lose out on their dream home if they do not offer the asking price. Although doing so does make you attractive to the seller, there are other things you can do that will often cause the seller to be open to negotiation. By having a pre-approved loan, awesome credit, and a down payment ready to go, sellers know that you are 100% ready to make the purchase. Additionally, if the home inspection unveiled any issues with the home, you can negotiate for a lower price based on the findings and necessary repairs needed.

Myth 8: Home buying is easy on your own.

Whether it's your first home or you have purchased a new home in the past, working with an Experienced Realtor during the home buying process is always a good idea. We are filled with a wealth of helpful knowledge. We are experts on the local market, have years of negotiation experience, and can help take a lot of the stressful work off of your hands.

Myth 9: Your immediate needs are the most important deciding factor.

Choose a home based on your needs now AND in the future. Although it is impossible to know your future, you want to pick a home that you will continue to fit your potential lifestyle needs that have developed 10+ years from now. Consider the home and the neighborhood.

 


Ready to Buy your dream home in North Iowa? Give Jane Fischer and Associates Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/!   

Mason City IA Housing Market Update: 09/20/17

by Jane Fischer and Associates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mason City Iowa Real Estate Market remains HOT for both home sellers and buyers.  With the Fall season starting this weekend, it's an excellent time to purchase or sell your Mason City area home....here's why:

1. Home Values have stabilized higher than norms.

2. Buyer Demand continues to be high.

3. Less Competition

 

Here's the current housing market stats for Mason City:

Market Index: 31.36 (great for Home Sellers & Buyers)

Median Home Price: $113,175.

Average Square Footage- 1,980

Average Number of Bedrooms- 3

Average Number of Bathrooms- 1.5

Total Properties on the Market- 168

Average Days on the Market- 105

Average Price per Square Foot- $57!

 

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Brought to you by:  

Altos Research and Jane Fischer Associates Team of Century 21 Preferred

www.janefischer.com

2800 4th Street SW #3

Mason City, IA  50401

Cell- 641-425-4900

Office- 641-424-9400

 

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