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By joel miller
(Miller Pest & Termite)
Comments 18
Pest Control Des Moines Resuls You Can TrustIf you’ve ever had a serious pest control Des Moines issue in your home, or business then you don’t need to be told how aggravating it can be. Termites, rodents, and other common insects are more than just nerve racking. These pests can harm your home, your investments and livelihood. Many pests can threaten your health, so problems with pests or mice could make you end up putting you and your family at risk.To avoid the possible issues with these and other pests is employ the help of the correct pest control Des Moines company now rather than later. A good company is more than just a problem solver to your current insect or rodent issues. A technician also has the experience, knowledge, dedication, and know-how to prevent your insect issue fr...
By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 0
It's time again for Raccoon Valley Little League's Annual Fundraising Pancake Breakfast on April 27th 2013 to be held at Roosevelt High School 4419 Center St. Des Moines, Iowa! Chris's Cake's will serve up pancakes and frivolity and the Raccoon Valley board and volunteers will serve up sausage and beverages from 7:30am until noon. Events sponsors are also being sought for $500, $400, $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and any other amount.   You can sign up on our Facebook page by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raccoon-Valley-Little-League/232587680155958 Or by emailing Denny Donnelly at :ddonnelly1@q.com, or by calling Denny at 515-975-6670. Thank you in advance for your generous support of Raccoon Valley Little League!      
By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243
(Red 1 Realty)
Comments 2
I just read this press release about how Keller Williams Realty went and paid their agents the loss of a normal commission because a competing real estate company was only paying a $1 co-op to the buyers agents on their listings... To me, that is one of the most jacked up things I have ever heard a company do... My question is, does anybody know what Des Moines Iowa real Estate company only offers a $1 co-op to the buyer agents?   Global Real Estate Company Keller Williams Realty Rallies to Pay Commissions Denied to Des Moines Agents Vice Chairman of the Board to Deliver $107,040 Check on Friday   DES MOINES, Iowa, Mar 21, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Mo Anderson, Vice Chairman of the Board of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., the largest real estate franchise in agent count in the United States...
By Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist
(Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona)
Comments 6
Below you are going to find a news story about the growth pains of the Greater Des Moines Iowa Keller Williams Market Center and the highest display of Culture that has been demonstrated by every single agent of this amazing Godly team.  We are going to feature each of these very special individuals over the next 2 months to introduce each and everyone of them to Greater Des Moines Iowa. About Brian Wentz, Team Leader, of Keller Williams Realty Greater Des Moines, the fastest growing Des Moines Iowa Realty company . If you are looking to grow your real estate business, and be in a productivity specific environment focused on your success- call Brian Wentz, Team Leader, of Keller Williams Greater Des Moines Iowa, the fastest growing Des Moines Iowa Realty company  today at (515)-779-767...
By Lea Deo, REALTOR® - KW Legacy Partners, Johnson County REALTOR®| Shawnee KS Homes for Sale
(Keller Williams Legacy Partners, Inc.)
Comments 0
 Souper Duper Thursday was happening today at Keller Williams Legacy Partners in Shawnee, Ks.  On these cold winter days, Souper Duper Thursday is a day when an agent brings in soup for lunch and other agents are invited to share food and make a donation.  Our donations have recently been contributing to a scholarship fund to bring our Des Moines Keller Williams agents to Family Reunion in Dallas next month. We've done other things to raise money for this cause.  We had a poker tournament and have plans for some additional activities.  Yesterday's Des Moines Register gives the background about the "why" behind the activities and also talks about our great company. Supporting each other is what we do.  When someone in a family has extra challenges, the rest of the family rallies.  We're ...
By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 17
I'm not a big fan of chain restaurants in general. So several years back when Cici's Pizza came to town it was no big deal for me. There were lots of ads announcing the opening and many mailers with coupons which I ignored. They were in town for about a year and a half before we tried it for the first time. We were out shopping one day in Haymarket Square on Merle Hay Rd and our three kids were ravenous. Our oldest chirped "let's go the Cici's Pizza!" as we drove by and our two others immediately joined in chorus. It just so happened that I had two coupons in the car for a free kids buffet with the purchase of an adult buffet, and our youngest being under three would be free. The buffet you should know is only $4.99 so our whole family would be eating for around $10. That tipped the ba...
By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 0
Downtown Des Moines condo sales have fallen hard with the nationwide real estate slow down a fact which was highlighted in a recent Des Moines Register article entitled "Stagnant condo sales plaugue downtown Des Moines" dated November 19th 2010. The article stated, among other things, that downtown sales were off 75% from their peak in 2006, that only 30 units had closed in 2009, and that 2010 was poised to be only marginally better. In doing a quick check I see that 2010 finished with 29 closed sales out of an inventory of approximately 111. For all you absorption rate folks that's a 3.82 year supply. Pretty dismal on the surface. Pundits, builders, real estate agents and industry insiders querried variously blamed onerous FHA rules, consumer preference, unemployment, sluggish sales of...
By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 5
"There is some of the same fitness in a man's clearing his own drive that there is in a bird's building its own nest." Henry David Thoreau Walden Chapter 1. We get some pretty good snow storms in Iowa and if you are a working person with a family it becomes difficult at times to clear the drive in a timely fashion. That is it is not always in one's power to get it cleared before it gets driven on and forms hard packed ice which can easily morph into a glacier that lasts all season, and which unlike some of its more adventurous arctic circle cousins feels no need to slide south and instead is content to laze about getting fat on winter's spoils. Additionally, as we have a fairly long drive, it is not always easy to find the two hours or so it takes to shovel the drive in one's busy day, ...
By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 8
We're on our second child going through pre-school yet somehow or another I had never taken the opportunity serve a turn as a class parent helper. Well that all changed last week as I was the designated "Parent Helper" for my daughter's nursery school class at Plymouth Congregational Church. Our son had attended another program where the opportunity did not exist for parents to assist as "helpers" but upon enrolling our daughter Lena at Plymouth last year we discovered that they encouraged active participation by parents in the classroom on a regular basis. The school makes it easy to sign up by posting a sign up sheet by each classroom. For one reason or another, it seems like the vast majority of parent helpers are moms, but dads get involved as well as grandparents. Not wanting to be...
By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 13
Papajohn Sculpture Park in Downtown Des Moines "Shattering Silence" by Iowa artist James Ellwanger at the State Capitol Complex Downtown Des Moines from Buchanan St looking southwest   Pedestrian Bridge over I-235 connecting Walker St. and River Hills apartments from the Des Moines botanical center parking lot with Iowa State capitol in the background
By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 4
"A rabbit year is quiet, giving respite after the year of the tiger."  If the ancient Chinese Zodiac is to be believed, this year will be a tranquil one. It certainly started out that way at our household, and that's just fine with me after the frenetic Christmas shopping season. In our household we've been blessed with three young children ages 7, 5 and almost 3. To a one they are imbued with seemingly boundless energy, creativity, enthusiasm and joie de vie. Having them all at home together has demanded lots of ingenuity on the part of my wife and myself as far as keeping them entertained is concerned. We've been to play places, malls, the science center, the art center, sledding and more.  By New Year's eve the parents (us) were pretty much ready for a breather. So, instead of hittin...
By Shane Torres, Broker/Owner
(RE/MAX Real Estate Concepts)
Comments 0
INCITE TO THE SHORT SALE TIME LINE I must get asked about a dozen times a day what is the short sale time line. Funny thing about that question is there is no good answer for what the short sale time line is it all varies on a number of factors who the lender is in the short sale time line. Most people only hear horror stories of short sales in the past the problem with those where that that 99% of the agents that try and do short sales do not understand or know how to do the short sales or modifications. I'm hear to tell you things are alot better and when there is a qualified short sale agent working on the file things are moving alot faster and homes are being closed and sold faster. Here is a general break down of the all the factors that go into the short sale time line. 1) The the...
By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 10
Last night provided a good opportunity to head to downtown Des Moines with my new Panasonic Lumix LX5 to test out its night scene capability. The LX5 is billed as one of the most advanced point and shoot cameras available. Since its debut in August of this year it has been getting rave reviews. The LX5 is unique among many point and shoot models in that with the aid of a lens adapter you can use filters and additional lenses. The camera also has a hot shoe for attaching an external flash. Additionally it has aperture settings and a sensor that rival DSLRs but without the extreme cost and bulk. The built in lens will also go down to 24mm, alot wider than most cameras in its class. With the add on wide angle lens you can go down to 18mm. I can't wait to get out and shoot some new listings...
By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 5
In the later winter this year I was contacted by Joanne and her daughter Sue. They had a smalll house to sell on the east side of Des Moines. It wasn't the first time they had tried to sell the home and I wasn't the first agent. The interesting thing about it was that for the first meeting they wanted to come to my office and meet with me first. That almost never happens! They were really sweet and nice and we had a good chat. I learned that this was an investment property that Joanne had owned for a number of years and felt like she couldn't take care of anymore after her husbands passing. We talked for about 20 minutes and parted on good company. Apparently I said the right things as they had enough confidence in my abilities to meet with me again the next week at the property to sign...
By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 4
Well, my bid for an open seat on the Des Moines School Board came to an end last night at 7:22pm when four of the six sitting members chose Felipe Gallardo to fill the vacancy opened by Margaret Buckton's resignation. The selection process started about a month ago when Buckton, elected in 2009, and her husband purchased a company that would be providing greater than $2,500 in services to the school district. This is the level of services which the district deems a board member to have a conflict of interest in providing if they are serving on the board. Buckton's formal November 1st resignation left an opening that could be filled by board appointment. Apparently, the Board had been taking resumes for the prior month, but up until November 3rd no one really knew about it because the fa...
By Homes For Heroes
(Affiliates nationwide for Hero Rewards)
Comments 0
The math adds to more competition: There are fewer homes on the market and fewer sales, but there are only minor declines in the number of real estate agents chasing business.That’s why more agents are looking for ways to stand apart, from Facebook fan pages and advertising to YouTube videos, Twitter and QR codes, which consumers can scan with their smart phones to get listing details. See More Ideas Here

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