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Iowa City Arts

The arrival of summer in Iowa City marks the return of Summer of the Arts! Every year, Summer of the Arts brings free arts and cultural events to Iowa City, all with the aim of building community and bringing people together. 

This year, our real estate agents are truly excited about all the concerts, festivals, and other events that are part of the Summer of the Arts lineup. Be sure to check out the festivities in Iowa City this summer! 

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Our story starts in 1947 – a year of many firsts.

Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African American player in Major League Baseball. The classic holiday film Miracle on 34th Street premiered in theaters. The Polaroid Land Camera was first demonstrated in New York.

In the heart of America, a small company with big dreams to serve the community with quality and value was born. That company, founded by Erick and Roy Skogman, was Skogman Homes.

Today the name Skogman means homes – and so much more. Beyond Skogman Homes, the Skogman family of companies includes:

  • Skogman Insurance: focused on lasting relationships and a level of service only available through an independent insurance agency.
  • Skogman Realty: the Corridor's top real estate company both in terms of annual volume and number of professional real estate agents.
  • Skogman Commercial Group: a dominant force in the sale and leasing of commercial properties, land development, income properties and businesses in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Iowa City, and the surrounding areas.
  • D&B Remodeling: a full service commercial and residential remodeling company serving Cedar Rapids and surrounding Iowa communities.
  • Pheasant Run Apartments: large, highly desirable apartments in Southwest Cedar Rapids with amenities including a swimming pool, basketball courts, playground, picnic area, and clubhouse.
  • Hidden Creek Apartments and Storage: a luxury apartment property including 86 self-serve storage garages.

The path to the array of services and locations Skogman offers today has been steady, thanks to five generations of family members proud to serve the community.

The '60s and '70s

Following twelve years of growth as Skogman Homes, the business entered the '60s with a desire to meet the needs of the community through expended services. In 1965, Skogman Insurance was formed to offer peace of mind through home, auto and business insurance for Iowa residents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and beyond.

The Skogman brand continued its momentum in the '70s. Skogman Realty launched in 1973, growing to include offices in the communities of Hiawatha and Marion, and is now the predominately recognized real estate company in the marketplace.

In 1974, Pheasant Run Apartments were built in Southwest Cedar Rapids with amenities including a swimming pool, playground, volleyball, picnic area, and clubhouse.

The '80s

With business development on the rise, Skogman Companies launched Skogman Commercial Group in 1988 – becoming a dominant force in the sale and leasing of commercial properties, land development, income properties and businesses in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Iowa City and surrounding areas. With 24 full-time agents, they quickly became market leaders – capturing almost 50% of the market share.

The 2000's

With success in the Corridor firmly established, Skogman Homes expanded into Cedar Falls and surrounding communities to offer construction of quality-built homes to the growing communities in 2003.

Expansion followed into 2009 as Skogman Realty extended its presence in the eastern Iowa Corridor with an office in Coralville, serving the Johnson County area.

By 2017, Skogman Companies was able to acquire D&B Remodeling, a full-service commercial and residential remodeling company.

2022 and beyond

Since its birth in 1947, Skogman Homes has not only grown into one of the largest builders in Iowa, but its reputation of excellent quality and great neighborhoods has established our company as the builder providing the best home value in the Midwest.

We owe our success and growth to the hundreds of past and present employees who have helped build Skogman Companies and each of its divisions into highly regarded members of the Corridor's business community.

We thank you for giving us the opportunity to welcome you home for the last 75 years and look forward to welcoming you home for many years to come.


Cedar Rapids Staging

One of the most important parts of selling your home is staging: decorating and arranging it to look more appealing to potential buyers. Every room requires a different approach to staging. So how do you stage a kid's room? Here are a few tips when getting ready to list your home among Iowa City homes for sale.

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Cedar Rapids Shops

The holiday season is here, and our real estate agents want to help you find the perfect gift!

Cedar Rapids homes for sale aren't all we do at Skogman Realty. We also know a thing or two about picking out meaningful holiday presents too. In a world where you can find just about anything you can imagine on an e-commerce website, it takes creativity and effort to hunt for a unique treasure with local flavor.

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Iowa City Hockey

Iowa City has always been a haven for hockey fans, and it's only getting better! With the announcement last year that Iowa City was about to get its own ECHL Hockey Team, local hockey fans have a new cause to celebrate. 

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East Central Iowa Museums

With real-life artifacts and interactive displays, museums are a wonderful way to learn about history and other cultures. Our real estate agents love to spend time with their families at these engaging museums around East Central Iowa.

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Iowa City ApplesFall is at our doorstep here in Iowa. Our real estate agents are always happy to welcome back the crisp air, changing leaves, and, of course, lots of opportunities to visit our local farms. 

Here in Iowa City and the surrounding area, we're fortunate to have some truly amazing farms and orchards in our backyard. If you're looking for a place to pick apples or pumpkins this fall, you don't have to look far!

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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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Moving with Kids

Moving can be stressful for the whole family. Fortunately, our real estate agents know that following these guidelines can decrease the stress of a move for everyone, including your kids. Check out these tips to make the process of moving with kids as easy as possible. 

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