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DIY Weekend Projects

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

With a long Labor Day weekend ahead, you might be motivated to tackle a few DIY projects. But we want you to be able to do a DIY AND have plenty of time to spare for family, friends, and fun. We’ve rounded up 7 DIY WEEKEND PROJECTS that won’t waste away all three days, BUT will still leave you feeling accomplished.

1. Outdoor Fire Pit


2. Paint Your Front Door


3. Create A Closet Office


4. Paint Garage Floor


5. DIY Growth Chart


6. Board and Batten


7. Chalkboard Wall


Annnnd, there you have it!  Our 7 best ways to DIY your weekend away!



Pros and Cons of Buying an Older Home

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Tree lined streets, architecture that oozes character, and more reasonable price tags – older homes certainly have their advantages.  However, they can also come with their fair share of downfalls.  From upkeep and expenses, to layout and energy efficiency, older homes present their own challenges.  How do you decide if an older home is for you?  Let us help!  Check out our list of PROS AND CONS FOR BUYING AN OLDER HOME.



Pro: Location, location, location.  The obvious advantage of older homes is that they are often found in ideal locations, close to schools, shopping, and entertainment.  Bonus: those scenic tree lined streets that we all love so much?  They are, primarily, only an advantage of older homes in older neighborhoods.

Con: Maintenance Issues.  More years + more wear and tear = more upkeep.

Pro: Cost. It depends on location and condition, but older homes tend to have a more modest price tag, than their newer counterparts.

Con: Storage – or the lack there of!  These days, we tend to buy and have more stuff than in the past and older homes generally weren’t built to accommodate all of our present-day things.  (Tip: See this as an opportunity to be creative with your storage!)

Pro: Character.  Older homes tend to be rich in character and more unique than newer, sometimes “cookie-cutter” builds. The good news, for those that love the character of older homes, but prefer the maintenance of a new home, is that there seems to be a shift away from this “cookie-cutter” type construction. All across our community, unique homes are being built that just ooze character!

Con: These days, construction materials and trends are much more energy efficient, which means LOWER UTILITY BILLS for just-built homes vs. established ones.

Pro: Larger yards.  In an effort to conserve space and “fit more in,” new homes are being built on small lots, closer to neighbors than homes in the past.  If room to roam (Or garden!  Or play!) is important to you, older is wiser!


So, while it might seem that your dream home, rich in beautiful architecture, is the perfect choice for you, there is still a LOT to consider.  Educate yourself, figure out what is most important to you and your family, and then call us at Ankeny Real Estate Service so we can help you find that perfect place!

Back To School Blog: Featured Listings Near Ankeny Schools

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

It’s back to school time in Ankeny!  And while our students are busy catching busses, wandering halls, and finding classrooms, Ankeny Real Estate Service has YOU, the potential buyer, in mind.  We want to help you find what you’ve been searching for.  Ankeny Real Estate Service proudly represents many wonderful clients, with awesome homes for sale, near lots of fantastic schools. It is for this reason that, in honor of Ankeny’s first day back to school, we would like to share just a couple of our listings, located within a reasonable walking distance of a few of Ankeny’s top-notch schools!


1.  109 NW Abilene



This 4 bedroom, 21/2 bath home, boasts LOTS of main floor features such as: a great room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms & 11/2 baths. The upper level features 2 bedrooms and full bath. The lower level is ready to finish & stubbed for an additional bath. Don’t forget about the whole house fan, large deck, and well landscaped rear yard. This listing is within walking distance of Northwest Elementary and Parkview Middle School!


2.  214 NE 16th St.



This large (3,000 SF finished) 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2.5 car garage, finished walkout lower level 2 story home is near both Northeast Elementary AND Northview Middle School.  The home has recently updated Anderson windows & sliders, vinyl siding, roofing, Furnace & HWH. A very open oak kitchen & dining area, along with a nice family room with oak book cases flanking the fireplace, is ideal for entertaining! 


3. 802 NW Applewood St.



In an idea location, close to both Westwood Elementary and Prairie Ridge Middle School, this well cared for family home is a large ranch over with 1,350 square feet.  The large living room with fireplace, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, full bath and master with 3/4 bathroom makes this an extremely family friendly home. There is also a lower level rec room, with painted walls, carpet, ceiling tiled & pool table intended to stay, 1/2 bath, and unfinished area that features a large shop area with work bench, laundry and large storage area. New carpet & interior paint, all new concrete driveway, walk & patio, newer windows, leaf guard on the gutters, vinyl siding, large front deck, beautiful landscaping, oversized heated garage 25' W X 22' D.


4.  2526 NW 14th St.



This single family modern and updated ranch style home built in 1993 (condo association) is also within walking distance of both Westwood Elementary and Prairie Ridge Middle School. It is located on a privately owned circle, with no through traffic or street noise. It features a finished basement (with egress window), to complete the home with over 1900 total square feet of living space. An attached garage, 3+ bedrooms, 2 bathroom areas, living room, kitchen, dining area, family room, plus 2 "Bonus Rooms"  that can be used for office, toy room, exercise room, give this unique home lots of versatility!


Although this list is far from all-inclusive, we think it speaks to the fact that, if you are looking for a home near a school, we have plenty to offer!  And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, close to your desired school, we can help!  Let us do the “dirty work” and find you the home in the perfect location for you (and your students!). Give us a call today 515-964-3662!

Iowa State Fair: Our Top 10 Favorite Things To Do

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

With the IOWA STATE FAIR getting underway TODAY, we can’t help but to be thinking about all the fun (& food!!) an event of this grandeur has to offer.  And while there just aren’t enough hours in the day to talk about every.single event, attraction, contest, food vendor, show, and activity available at the Iowa State Fair, we’d like to share our Top 10 favorite things to do!  So, let’s get started!

10. Take a trip down the Midway.  With attractions and rides galore, the Midway is open 10 a.m. to midnight each day of the fair. Mega Passes and Play Packs are available for purchase.



9. Visit the John Deere Agricultural Building. This building is the home to the butter cow (refer to #6), as well as, the largest fruits and vegetables, exciting floral contest, interesting animal exhibits (bees and ostriches -- woo hoo!), interactive displays for kids, and the Ag/Venture Trail’s 10 stops that highlight Iowa’s agricultural commodities.


8. Check out the Livestock Pavillion and everything the barns have to offer. From the biggest and best boars to live baby animal births, there is nothing boring about these barns!



7. Let the little ones experience Little Hands On The Farm.  This free, hands-on attraction is open daily and teaches children the importance of agriculture by letting them become the farmer.



6. No trip to the Fair is complete without a peek at the infamous Butter Cow!  An Iowa State Fair staple since 1911, the butter cow is a life-size replica of a dairy cow sculpted from 600 pounds of butter molded over a wood and metal frame.



5. Eat!  (Something on a stick, to be specific!)  With over 60 (!!) different foods on a stick and 200+ vendors, there is no shortage of options when it comes tasty treats.



4. Be entertained by some of Iowa’s finest at the Bill Riley Talent Search!  This yearly event focuses on showcasing the many talents of young Iowans and is sure to be a good show!


3. Take in a concert at the Grandstand.  From Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry to Lady Antebellum and the Newsboys, this year’s lineup doesn’t disappoint!  Checkout the full concert schedule {here}.



2. Relax at the Iowa Craft Beer Tent.  This entire tent is devoted to Iowa based brewed beers.  More specifically, 33 beers, from 13 different breweries, plus 3 additional brews from 3 regional breweries.  And to top it off, there is even a locally brewed root beer available.  Stop by 9 a.m. to midnight daily.


1.  Finally, take time to people watch.  This great state is made up of all kinds -- from city-folk to farmers -- the Iowa State Fair attracts us all! And leave it to this awesome event to bring us all together!



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