Heather Wright's Blog Posts

Spring Clean Is Here Again

As the days get warmer (or colder in the case of this crazy weather), we naturally begin to ready ourselves for spring and eventually summer. We prepare fantasy baseball lineups, get pedicures,

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2nd Quarter Review 2016

The last few months have been really busy for us in real estate. We're pretty excited to announce a new team member! Catherine (Cadee) Arroyo joined us this spring and she's been selling

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2015 Year In Review

Happy New Year! Did you set any resolutions or goals for this year? In our business, we have both of those. When we reflect on our 2015, we feel so grateful to have known all of you and to have had

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1st Quarter Review 2016

Well, 2016 is 1/4 done. Winter is gone (fingers crossed!) and Spring is in full swing (please, no more snow!). We've been pretty busy selling houses this first quarter. To date, we've sold 26 so we

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3 Rules To Follow When Your House Is For Sale

Anytime you’re selling your house you need to consider how visitors (read: BUYERS!) are going to feel when they’re IN your house. Here are 3 basic rules to follow:1.  A CLEAN house will

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Homestead Credit

"Home, home on the range!! Where the deer and the antelope play." Remember that song?  Why am I singing it?  When I think about filing for homestead credits it reminds me of this old

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Tales Of A Short Sale

Basically, a short sale is a house that is upside down on their loan. They owe more than what the house is worth. They are in some sort of hardship where they’re at least 90 days past due on

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5 Signs You Have An Awesome Real Estate Agent

A busy Realtor is a good Realtor!  Everyone should want an experienced agent who is going to get them the best deal possible—whether they are buying or selling.  A good agent is

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Gladiator Season

This spring, buyers entering the real estate arena need to be prepared to fight like a gladiator. Ok, maybe that’s a little harsh, but seriously – it’s pretty competitive out there! We just

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Ankeny Urban Legends

Sometimes, especially in real estate, nothing goes as planned. When it comes to SHORT SALES, however, you certainly never plan on things working FAST. Or, even working out at all. Meet Kris and

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How To Decide What Size House To Buy

When deciding what size house you and your family need, you need to evaluate a number of factors.Most people lean toward the larger homes, but it is important to weigh the pros and cons of each

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Selling Your Home During The Holidays

“Should I wait until spring to list my home?” - The question sellers often wonder during the winter and holidays. In my opinion, you shouldn’t have to hold off until spring. Buyers don’t

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Tips For Selling Your Home In Winter

Winter is coming. Be prepared to put more effort in selling your home given the unpredictable weather. Good news is that most buyers looking in the winter are serious enough about finding a new

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My Favorite Appliance Color Is

Turquoise of course!As a Realtor in the Des Moines area, I see a lot of houses on a daily basis. One of the perks of the job are amazing finds like this baby. This beauty was discovered in the

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How To Have Amazing Wall Art For Less

Boring – that’s what some people usually think when they see blank walls. Playing it safe with plain walls is OK, but a touch of color can take your wall from drab to fabulous.You don’t

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Is Fall The New Spring

When is the best time for selling a house?  While the change of seasons affects the real estate market, it always usually depends on the situation and the motivation.  Real estate sells

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What To Expect After Listing Your House

As a first time home seller, you may be nervous about what will happen after you list your home for sale. And I, as a real estate agent, will talk you through all of the stages but understanding

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Clean Headlights

One way to clean your foggy headlights is to rub them with toothpaste. It’s true!! Toothpaste naturally works well to polish things and remove really small scratches. It’s cheap and

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How To Beautify Alarm Panels

For many of us, alarm panels aren’t a big deal – they’re just there, right?  I saw this post on Pinterest and though it was a nice idea to hide the alarm – make that space beautiful

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How To Hire A Real Estate Agent

Selling (and buying) a house is one of the biggest transactions you will ever make. One of the most important decisions you have in regard to selling your home, is selecting your real estate.

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The Word Trust

Trust – it’s a big dealWe don’t live in a world where trust is given freely.  But, we do have access to a great deal of information (thanks, interweb) and can research service providers

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Fire Pit Safety

You might think that fancy fire pits are all the rage in a new trend but in fact, they’ve been around for a long, long time.  Cavemen used to gather around fires in prehistoric times! Fire

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DIY Custom Hardware

It has been said that knobs, pulls, and hooks are the bling to any furniture piece. And, if it hasn’t been said, then I just said it.  Custom and unique knobs can give your cabinets, chests

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Common Mistakes Made By First Time Home Buyers

Are you sure you’re ready to take the plunge and buy your first home? It’s important to remember that a house is not just a home -- it’s a long-term investment that requires logical

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Moving Pets

Moving is stressful enough on humans, just imagine how it will be for your pets. They don’t like changes to their usual routine so you can expect them to behave differently when they’re

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How To Create New Storage Space At Home

Hanging baskets are a creative way to add extra storage to any room in the house. Whether used as home décor or as storage, these hanging baskets are a great addition to any room.If you're 

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Window Treatments Need Cleaned Too

If you’re getting ready to sell your house, you’ll want to get everything in tip top clean shape which includes your window treatments. And, even if you’re not interested in selling - this is

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How Will You Pay For That House

In real estate, you never know someone’s situation and I’ve learned not to make any assumptions. That works in both directions. Don’t assume someone DOESN’T have money and also don’t

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What Is Earnest Money

Truth be told, every time I say “earnest money” my silly brain conjures up an image of Ernest from Ernest goes to camp.Thankfully, earnest money has nothing to do with that guy!;

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Buying A Home Is A BIG Deal

It is a BIG deal that not many people fully understand.  There are laws, processes, intricacies, and ideals that need to/should be followed. It’s for this reason, that I think it is

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Understanding Closing Costs

True to its name, closing costs are what buyers pay for when the time comes to close on a purchase of a home.  These fees are related to legal documents, loan application, and title

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Buying Foreclosures

What should you expect when buying a foreclosure?  Expect things to go wrong.  I’m a pretty positive person and as such, do what I can to avoid being sad, disappointed or insanely. &

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