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Investment properties and vacation homes might seem like similar concepts — after all, they're both great ways to grow wealth and expand your real estate portfolio. But did you know these two terms have significantly different meanings? The distinction is actually pretty important when it comes to financing, and it really comes down to how you intend to use the property. If you've been thinking about purchasing an investment property, here is what you need to know:

What Is An Investment Property?

An investment property is a property that you purchase with the intent of generating income. In most cases, this means serving as a landlord and renting the property out to tenants. In other words, an investment property may be a business, while a "va...

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Have a bloomin' good time this April in our community!

Iowa City/Coralville

4/1-30: April StoryWalk 

4/7-9: Mission Creek Festival

4/8: Public Observation Night at Van Allen Hall from 8:00-10:00pm

4/9: Spring Arts & Crafts Show at Hyatt Regency Coralville from 9:00-4:00pm

4/15: Easter Egg Hunt at Wilson's Orchard from 10:00-8:00pm

4/16: Breakfast with the Bunny at Hyatt Regency Coralville from 9:00-11:00am

Cedar Rapids

4/1-3: Vintage Market Days at Hawkeye Downs from 10:00-4:00pm

4/9: Easter Egg Extravaganza at Bass Farms from 10:00-1:00pm

4/10: Easter Llama & His Peeps at Prairie Patch Farm from 1:00-2:00pm

4/23: EcoFest at NewBo Market from 10:00-4:00pm

4/26: Blue Man Group at Paramount Theatre from 7:30-9:30pm


Many buyers decide if they love a home during the first few minutes of a tour, which is why it's so crucial to make a good first impression. Buying a home is very emotional, and the secret to a quick sale and good return is making the buyer fall in love with the property.

As a seller, there are so many easy ways to attract buyers and make your listing stand out from the competition. The best part is, many of them are inexpensive. Below are some simple tricks to delight buyers when they tour your home:

Start With Your Curb Appeal
Your home's curb appeal is the first thing buyers notice, so take some time to spruce things up. Painting your front door, power washing your facade, and trimming your landsca...

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Selling your home is a complex process and something that most people only do a handful of times in a lifetime. While it may be tempting to forego the help of a real estate agent to save money on commissions, the reality is that the right agent can save you money and make it much simpler to sell your home. A skilled agent has the industry expertise, local knowledge, negotiating skills, and marketing know-how to make your life easier in so many important ways. Still undecided on hiring an agent? Here are six reasons to hire a real estate agent when selling your home.


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March 14th is Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical constant pi. It's an excuse to bake all kinds of delicious pies! We have a peanut butter chocolate pie recipe to share with you in honor of Pi Day!



1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/4 ounces)

3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher sa...

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Selling your home and buying a home are two significant real estate transactions that require your patience, commitment, and focus. Each of these processes involves many steps, significant attention to detail, and hours of effort to ensure that the completed sale meets all of your expectations. Alone, selling your home or buying a home is quite a feat — attempting to do both simultaneously is another endeavor altogether. If you're planning on juggling a home sale and purchase at the same time, here are a few tips to make these dual transactions as smooth as possible.

Although it's typically easier to buy and sell a home separately, there are quite a few scenarios in which a homeowner would benefit from conducting both transactions at the same time. The bigge...

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Preparing your home for a listing can be a lot of work — from cleaning to staging, you always want to position your home in a way that impresses potential buyers. However, when it comes to home sales, it's the little things that tend to often have the biggest impact. A lot of minor issues that may not give you a second thought may cause a buyer to hesitate before moving forward.

If you're getting ready to list your home, don't sweat major renovations. Instead, your time may be better spent focusing on the little things that can make a big difference. Here are some examples:

Too many personal items, overflowing closets, and junk lying around can all be off-putting to a buyer. Clutter can...

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Spring is just around the corner! Check out all the awesome things happening in the community in March!

Iowa City/North Liberty/Coralville

3/1: Mardi Gras Beer Dinner at Big Grove Brewery from 5:00-8:00pm

3/3: Disney on Ice at XStream Arena at 7:00pm

3/4: Art & Write Night at Museum of Natural History from 6:00-8:00pm

3/10: The Philadelphia Orchestra at Hancher from 7:30-10:30pm

3/11: Public Observing Night ...

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