Property, Rentals, Transactions

Property, Rentals, Transactions

May Housing Trends: Iowa Homes Selling Fast, Sales up 7.3%

Sale prices and number of homes sold continue their upward trend. Homes are selling faster than any point in the last 3 years according to the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR).

FHLB Des Moines Completes Merger with FHLB Seattle

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (“FHLB Des Moines”) announced today that it has successfully completed its merger with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle (“FHLB Seattle”). Additional details will be included in a related Form 8-K that FHLB Des Moines will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

FHLB Des Moines Reports First Quarter 2015 Preliminary Unaudited Financial Results

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (the Bank) today released preliminary unaudited financial highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. The Bank expects to file its First Quarter 2015 Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on or about May 8, 2015

Iowa Home Prices and Sales Continue to Rise

Home sale prices continue to rise while home sales are up and homes are selling faster than last year according to the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR).

The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Net Leased Orscheln Farm & Home Property

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant Orscheln Farm & Home property located at 23680 Highway 5 in Centerville, IA for $2,040,000.

Iowa Home Sales Jump 17.3% in March | Sales Up 10% in First Quarter

According to the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR) March 2015 Housing Trends Report, home sales rose by 17.3 percent when compared to last year at this time. 2,870 homes were sold last month in comparison to 2,446 homes in March 2014.

Iowa Home Sales and Prices are Rising

The Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR) reported that February home prices are up, sales are up and they are selling faster when compared to February of last year. According to the IAR’s Housing Trends Report, the median sale price increased by 7.5 percent from February 2014. The median sale price in February was $128,916 compared to $119,900 from last year

Grassley, Cardin Introduce Bill to Help Older Americans Stay in Their Homes for Care,...

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland today introduced bipartisan legislation allowing older Americans to receive individualized care that would help them continue to stay in their own homes rather than nursing homes

January Housing Trends: Iowa Home Prices Continue to Rise

The Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR) reported that January home prices are up, homes are selling faster and number of sales dipped slightly when compared to January of last year

Iowa broker gains tools to effectively manage her online listings with addition of IDX...

Michael Jensen, of REMAX Spirit Lake & The Okobojis in Spirit Lake, Iowa has adopted the innovative IDX Broker software from IDX, Inc. to create a simplified online property search. Spirit Lake MLS (SLMLS) listings are seamlessly integrated onto the website Jensen supports, giving his clients and countless other home seekers a thorough and complete list of properties to begin their real estate search with. Never before has such a unique tool been so widely accessible, especially in the online real estate world.

Iowa Finance Authority Announces New Program for Home Buyers and Winter Homeownership Contest

The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) today joined Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust in Cedar Rapids and area lenders and Realtors to urge participation in the Home in Paradise Contest, a statewide social media contest, and to announce a new Take Credit! mortgage credit certificate program. Both initiatives share the goal of continuing the upward trend in Cedar Rapids area home sales, which are currently 5% percent above this time last year according to the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors®.

Sabre Industries Ribbon Cutting

Sabre Industries, Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for their new Iowa industrial complex in Sioux City’s Southbridge Business Park. A multi-phase expansion project, this new 150 acre site provides Sabre with the ability to locate all Sioux City operations on one campus.

Branstad, Reynolds Announce New Program that will Allow Iowa Home Buyers to Reduce Federal...

DES MOINES - January 08, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds were accompanied by Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison today to announce that eligible Iowans can now buy a home and reduce their federal income tax liability by up to $2,000 a year for the life of their mortgage. The Take Credit! Mortgage Credit Certificate program is available as of January 1, 2013 and approximately 1,000 Iowa home buyers may benefit from the program. The program is administered by the Iowa Finance Authority, (IFA).

Iowa Finance Authority and Greater Mason City Board of REALTORS® Announce Increase in Home...

MASON CITY - June 20, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) visited the Greater Mason City Board of Realtors, along with Wells Fargo to promote the Meaning of Homeownership Contest. Property sales in the Mason City area are up approximately 33% from this time last year. The Meaning of Homeownership Contest is sponsored by IFA and the Iowa Association of REALTORS® along with Realtors and lenders throughout the state of Iowa. The goal of this contest is to promote the importance of homeownership throughout the entire state of Iowa, and to get people aware of the increase in home sales

Iowa Finance Authority and Council Bluffs Area Realtors and Lenders Encourage Participation in Summer...

COUNCIL BLUFFS - June 14, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Over the last year home sales have increased eight percent in Southwest Iowa, according to the Southwest Iowa Association of REALTORS®, and to continue reaching that goal, the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) and the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR) have partnered with the Southwest Iowa lenders and Realtors to promote The Meaning of Homeownership Contest. This effort amongst lenders and Realtors is to show Iowans their support for homeownership and the importance of keeping homeownership on the rise.


HUD Secretary Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller Unveil First...

WASHINGTON, DC - August 3, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced today the launch of the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement’s first public service announcement (PSA) television ad titled “Homeowner Help.” The PSA, which can be viewed at and, is designed to educate homeowners about the resources available to them through the mortgage servicing settlement.


EPA Awards $12.3 Million to State of Iowa for Critical Water...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has awarded $12,326,000 to Iowa’s drinking water revolving loan program funds to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment