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Espresso Tips

November 23rd is National Espresso Day! Espresso became common in Italian cafes in the late 1800s, and the first successful espresso machine was invented in 1901. Coffee drinkers fell in love and never looked back. If you love a strong cup of the good stuff, then National Espresso Day is the perfect occasion to perfect your at-home espresso-making skills. Our real estate agents have a few tips to guide you.

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Cleaning Products

The hallmark of a truly beautiful home is that it is so clean that it sparkles. Most of us maintain a cabinet of chemicals to make sure our homes are clean but are they really necessary? If you're tired of spreading chemicals throughout your home, you may want to give these homemade cleaners a try.

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Iowa BeesAugust 21st marks National Honey Bee Day. Honey bees assist with the creation of approximately 33 percent of the world's food supply, transporting pollen from one flower to another, enabling the plant to survive. We then use these plants for food, in the creation of medicine, and to produce oils and other raw materials.

Our real estate agents know that one way to help these crucial pollinators thrive in the local area is by adding native flowering plants and trees to your landscaping. These plants serve as a natural source of pollen and nectar for bees, ensuring they have the nutrients they need to continue pollinating crops. Here are some Iowa-friendly plants that help pollinators do their jobs. 

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Amana Colonies

There's no other place in America quite like Amana, Iowa. Originally founded by German Immigrants in 1855, the seven villages collectively known as the Amana Colonies were virtually cut off from the rest of the United States until the 1930s. Today, they represent a tangible link to the past. 

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Home Library TipsWhat avid readers don't yearn to have their own private libraries? If this is a dream of yours, don't hesitate to share that information with our real estate agents as they search through Iowa City homes for sale for your perfect place. Whether you need a modest nook with bookshelves and a comfy chair or a huge room to house a massive collection, with careful planning you can obtain the library you desire. Here are a few thoughts to help you formulate your plan. 

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Home Organization Apps

Seems like there's an app for just about everything these days, so it's no surprise you can find some excellent apps to aid you in home organization. 

Got your eye on one of our Cedar Rapids homes for sale? These apps may make life a little better for you once you move in.

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Apps to Stay Connected

As our local governments and national health organizations continue to encourage or require lifestyle changes that dramatically alter our everyday lives, we must remember that social distancing does not mean social isolation. Our real estate agents want all of our family members, friends, and neighbors in our Cedar Rapids communities to never forget that you're not alone in these trying times. Advances in technology enable us to stay connected now more than ever before. Whether you're interested in keeping in touch with family members across the country or checking in on a neighbor across the street, use these apps to help you stay connected while social distancing safely.

  1. Houseparty
    Yes, you can still have a house party while social distancing — at least virtually. The Houseparty app is a video chatting application that allows up to eight users to spend virtual time together face-to-face. Free to download, this app uses a split-screen feature so all each user can see all other participants at the same time. This is ideal for intimate gatherings of close friends, small clubs or associations, or even to get the whole family together no matter how far away each member is.

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