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Time to Downsize

The adage "bigger isn't better" applies to many things in life, including your home. Your home should meet your specific spatial needs and contribute to your preferred lifestyle. Here are a few signs that it's time to downsize your home and check out smaller Coralville homes for sale

  1. You Can't Properly Maintain Your Home
    If you feel like you're always behind on home maintenance or that your home is frequently dirty, this is a sign that you have too much home. While every home requires some maintenance and cleaning, if you constantly feel overwhelmed or find that the work interferes with your quality of life, it's time to downsize. 
  2. Your Home Costs Exceed 30 Percent of Your Takehome Income
    Your financial state can provide some insight as to whether it's time to downsize your home. If your monthly home costs (like your homeowner's insurance, mortgage, and property taxes) exceed more than 30 percent of your takehome income, you should give downsizing some consideration. Spending too much on your home will prevent you from achieving other financial goals, such as saving for retirement or paying down your debt. The 30 percent rule is just a guideline; if you can't afford things that are important to you, like travel and hobbies, downsizing is an effective way to lower your home-related expenses. Our real estate agents can help you find affordable homes that are right for your income and personal goals. 

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Congratulations to our April Pacesetters!

Meet our top producing agents for the last month. Their dedication, professionalism, and integrity are true assets to our brand. Congratulations to all who made the list!


The Armstrong Team
Jessie Arp 
Lisa Arundale 
Brooke Bahndorf 
Deb Burger 
Debra Callahan 
Katie Chalupa 
Kristy Conrad-Woods 
Nick Conrey 
Maggie Druger 
Susan Eaton 
Joni Eubank 
Marian Flink 
Lena Gilbert 
Jesse Grade 
Prahm Group 
Votroubek Group 
Barnes Group 
Becky Halsch 
Monica Hayes 
Cathy Hill 
Karl Hoffman
Brad Houser 
Jerry Howe 
Jackie Jedlicka 
Margie Jenkins 
The  Johnson Team
Bob Kalous 
Danielle Kern 
Kyle Kloft 
Angie Longou 
Mark Lynch 
Maggie McCarthy 
Heather Morris 
Tim Nash 
Scott Olson 
Brad Oppedahl 
Rachael Ray 
Brian Rosteck 
Jerad Ruth 
Diana Salazar 
Gunther Sandersfeld 
Derick Schroeder 
Crystal Sheeley 
Megan Stobb 
Gary Sweet 
Lesley Vancura 
Jason Vestweber 
Rocky Visser 
Autumn Wood 
Mary Zalesky 



Garden in Cedar Rapids

As the weather gets warmer, many homeowners think about improving their landscape with plants and flowers. And even if you're not a veggie-lover, there's just something about fresh-from-the-garden vegetables that make your mouth water. As an added benefit, growing your own flowers and vegetables can be an entertaining hobby that can increase your home's curb appeal and beauty.

Gardening recommendations vary from one area of the state and country to another, of course. From rainfall totals to soil conditions to the dates of the first and last frost, it's important to focus on what's recommended for where you live. Our real estate agents are very familiar with the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area and suggest following these tips when starting a garden. 

  1. Know Your Hardiness Zone 
    The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map tells you which plants are likely to grow well in your area. Each zone is determined by the average annual minimum winter temperature in a specific area of the country. Cedar Rapids is situated in Hardiness Zone 5, so when you're checking plant labels or online information, make sure your plant is recommended for zone 5.

  2. Choose Your Plants
    This is the fun part! Once you know what plants work best in your Hardiness Zone choose plants that would not only thrive but that your family will enjoy. When starting out, pick only a few types of plants for your garden. You can always add more next year when you are a more seasoned gardener.

  3. Protect Your Crops 
    Don't risk putting time, effort, and money into your garden only to have it destroyed by rabbits. Fence them out with a material that's at least 2 to 3 inches high and buried about 2 inches into the soil. It should also have openings no larger than the ones you'll find in chicken wire.

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