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Congratulations to our May 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 Jill Armstrong Team
Jessie Arp
Lana Baldus
Cory Barnard
Kelly Bemus
Deb Burger
Robert Butschi
Debra Callahan
Diona Carpenter
Kristy Conrad
Nick Conrey
Tiffany Earl Williams
Susan Eaton
Liz Efting
Steve Emig
Marian Flink
Ali Fortin
Jesse Grade
Votroubek Group
Barnes Real Estate Group
Becky Halsch
Brian Hanna
Monica Hayes Team
Cathy Hill
Karl Hoffman
PSN Homes
Jerry Howe
Jackie Jedlicka
Margie Jenkins
The Johnson Team
Annie & Daric Kaestner
Bob Kalous
Danielle Kern
Sheila King
Terry Knake
Sandra Koshatka
Doug Laird
Michelle Lochner
Angie Longou
Shaner Magalhaes
Brenna Maher
Steve Manary
Maggie McCarthy
Robyn Meister
Heather Morris
Tim Nash
Scott Olson
Brad Oppedahl
Sarah Penney
Emily Prahm
Rachael Ray
Diana Salazar
Gunther Sandersfeld
Steve Seltrecht
Joy Seyfer
Mike Shaffer
Crystal Sheeley
Jenny Skogman
Monnahan  Slaton Group
Judy Sloane
Mirela Taylor
Linda Tumilty
Barbara Vancura
Lesley Vancura
Jason Vestweber
Autumn Wood
Mary Zalesky



Go Fishing Day

With a landscape crisscrossed by rivers and dotted by lakes, Iowa offers endless opportunities for anglers. National Go Fishing Day is coming up on June 18, and our real estate agents are excited to share some of our favorite fishing spots in the Cedar Rapids area. 

Cedar Rapids straddles the banks of the Cedar River and lies within a short drive of several prime fishing lakes. From bass and walleye to crappie and catfish, you'll find opportunities to tackle all your favorite game fish in these Cedar Rapids fishing hot spots!

  1. Prairie Park Fishery - 2125 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
    Encompassing a deep, clear lake that was once a sand mining quarry, Prairie Park Fishery is one of the most popular fishing spots in the Cedar Rapids area. The two basins of the flooded quarry harbor abundant crappie and bluegill populations, along with largemouth bass, walleye, and several other species. Shore access is available, and anglers have the best luck fishing around steep drop-offs and shelves. Located a stone's throw from these Cedar Rapids homes for sale, the park has limited motorboat access—electric trolling motors only—but is a great place to fish from a canoe or kayak. 

  2. Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - 4530 McClintock Rd, Palo, IA 52324
    Just 20 minutes from Cedar Rapids, Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area offers some of the best fishing in the region. Largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, and muskellunge are all stocked in Pleasant Creek Lake, which has fishing jetties along the shore and several boat launch ramps. The recreation area is also a prime spot for swimming, boating, hiking, and camping. 

  3. Palisades-Kepler State Park - 700 Kepler Dr, Mt Vernon, IA 52314
    Stretching along the picturesque banks of the Cedar River southeast of Cedar Rapids, Palisades-Kepler State Park is a beautiful place to spend a weekend in the great outdoors. This stretch of river is known for great catfish, bass and bluegill fishing, especially in the area above and below the old Cedar River dam. The park provides shore fishing access, in a dramatic setting surrounded by mature forest and towering river bluffs. 

  4. Indian Creek Nature Center - 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
    One of Iowa's true hidden gems, Indian Creek, is an outstanding smallmouth bass stream that lies well off the beaten path. Rocky areas and deep holes up to 8 feet deep harbor big smallmouths year-round, and some walleye swim-up Indian Creek from the Cedar River every spring. Twister-tail grubs and spinners are the lures of choice for local anglers. You can access the creek through Indian Creek Nature Center, just outside Cedar Rapids (the Nature Center facilities are closed due to COVID-19 at this time, but the trails and grounds remain open). 

  5. Five in One Dam - Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
    Right in the heart of Downtown Cedar Rapids, the Cedar River offers a wealth of fishing opportunities, particularly in the area directly downstream from the Five in One Dam. Many anglers drop a line from the Cedar River Trail, which meanders along the shoreline, try their luck from Riverfront Park on Mays Island, or fish directly off the 1st Avenue Bridge. Either way, the river offers great smallmouth bass, walleye, and white bass fishing, along with the opportunity to tangle with giant carp and catfish. 

From fishing and hunting to hiking and birdwatching, our little corner of the world offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Contact us today to learn more about life in Cedar Rapids.


Deep Clean New Home

Buying a new home is an exciting and rewarding experience! Most new homeowners can't wait to move in. But before you start unpacking, make sure to complete a deep clean of your new home. This involves cleaning your new home from top to bottom.

Start by gathering the necessary cleaning supplies. Your essential cleaning supplies include cleaning products, rubber gloves, sink/tub cleaner, paper towel, floor cleaner, mop, bucket, duster, and if you have carpeting, invest in a good vacuum. Once you've gathered your supplies, work through cleaning these areas in your new home to ensure a fresh start! 

  1. Bathroom
    Your home's bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house. Start with the bathroom first to get rid of germs or bacteria. When cleaning the toilet, remember to get behind the porcelain base. Clean the sink; if possible, pull out the vanity to clean behind the area. Wipe down the bathroom walls and any shelving units. Wash the bathroom mirrors if the bathroom has a built-in medicine cabinet, clean each shelf. Clean the tub and replace the shower curtain.
  2. Kitchen
    Start with the appliances. The refrigerator should be first. Wash all drawers and sanitize the shelf before filling with food. If you do not want to use harsh chemicals, use vinegar mixed with warm water to clean the refrigerator. Pull out the fridge to clean behind the appliance. Next, wash the oven, including the stovetop and hood. Pull out and clean the drawer underneath the stove. Next, scrub the kitchen sink and any other remaining appliances. Wipe down and clean all the cabinets inside and out, wash any countertop space, and any other shelving units.
  3. Remaining Rooms
    If the rest of the rooms are empty, you will have an easier time cleaning. Wipe down the walls, vacuum or sweep, and mop floors. Depending on your move-in date, you may want to get a professional carpet cleaning service to steam clean the carpets in each room.
  4. Windows
    Clean all your windows on the inside and outside. Clean the window sills. Often dead bugs accumulate on the ledge. Using your vacuum attachments is a great way to clean your window sills. If you have blinds, carefully wash each blind to remove any germs or residue.
  5. Doors
    Using a cleaner, wipe down the doors and the knobs. Wash the windows. If you have sliding glass doors, clean the window areas.
  6. Air Vents
    Dust the air vents in your home. Check and replace your air filters. A dirty air filter can cause pollutants to enter your freshly cleaned areas.
  7. Ceiling Fans
    Wipe down each blade on the ceiling fans. Dust quickly accumulates on the back of the blades.

Deep cleaning a new home ensures a fresh start for you and your family. Looking for a new home for you and your family to move into? Contact us to start your search for Cedar Rapids homes for sale.

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