Help Your Kids Get Ready For a Move

Friday, November 16, 2018


Moving to a new house is a big deal no matter what your age, but children especially can be overwhelmed by the idea of moving to a new house. Leaving the only home they’ve ever known is a lot to take in! Here are a few tips for making it a smooth transition. 

Keep The Kids Involved in the Search Process

Taking small children to every open house and showing you attend would probably be exhausting, but once you’ve narrowed it down to one or two that you’re serious about, let them see the house and walk through it. Point out where their new room might be or what kind of games you might play in the backyard. You can also keep them involved by looking at photos online and talking about what sort of things they might want in the new home.

Get Familair With The New Neighborhood Before You Move 

Spend some time as a family in the new area. Visit the parks, try a new restaurant nearby and check out the schools. 

Be Positive But Let Them Know It’s OK to Be Sad

Focus on all the exciting things ahead like new bedrooms or a bigger backyard. At the same time, your kids might be sad about leaving their neighborhood friends and all the familair places behind. Let them know it’s OK and that even though you’re so excited about what’s coming, you’re a little sad too. 

Let Them Pick Out Something Special For Their New Spaces

Whether it’s a new bedspread, new paint colors, or something else, let them have a say in how their new bedroom will look and be a part of the process.

Create Memories of the Old House

Make sure you take lots of photos together of your old house. Don't forget the little details like their favorite backyard tree. You can even make a photo collage of your favorite photos to hang in their new room. 

Have a Solid Plan For Moving Day

Moving day is exhausting for everyone. Make sure the kids have time to say good-bye to the old house, then, if possible, send them to their grandparents’ or the babysitters for a few hours. Once the boxes are unloaded in the new house, let them help with small tasks like unpacking their books and putting them on the book shelf in their new bedroom. 

Make the First Night Fun

There’s only so much you can do on the first night. Don’t feel like everything has to be unpacked and perfet. Instead, stop working when you hit a good stopping point and do something fun as a family like order pizza and play board games. 


J.D. Power and Associates 2018 Honor

Monday, November 12, 2018


We're so excited to be honored by J.D. Power and Associates once again! Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was just ranked the “Highest Overall Satisfaction For Repeat Home Buyers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” on J.D. Power 2018 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study. 


Search More Than 700 Open Houses!

Friday, October 19, 2018


One of the easiests ways to start your new home search is to go to a few open houses. It’s a great way to see what’s out there, get a better idea of what your money will buy, and meet some real estate agents. But how do you find out which houses are open and what times they’re open? 

Well, it’s now easier than ever! is now pulling in information for open houses from more than just our own agents! You can now find open house information for hundreds of properties all over the Des Moines area and Ames! The data updates all the time so you always have the most accurate information, and there are generally somewhere over 700 open houses listed! From there, you can even narrow down your search by price, location, or several other factors. 

Just click on the image below to start your search!

Hubbell Building a 55-and-Older Condo Community

Monday, October 08, 2018


Hubbell Homes is building Aventura, a new West Des Moines condo community for people ages 55 and up. These homes will be in a great location along University Avenue in the popular Greenway Square neighborhood.

Aventura Condo Rendering

These 1,200 to 1,800 square feet homes will have underground parking and options to personalize interior features. Plus, one of the most appealing factors in this community is the huge array of ammenities! Aventura will offer a carpentry workshop, car and dog wash, fitness room, sunroom and terrace with a fireplace, craft rooms, library and a conference room! 

Aventura is located near Hawthorne Plaza restaurants and boutique shopping. It also includes miles of walking and bike paths which connect to the Clive Greenbelt, Heart of the Warrior and Raccoon River Valley Trail! 

Game Room Rendering
Aventura Lobby Rendering
Condo Interior Rendering
Aventura Patio Rendering

Pick Your Open House!

Monday, September 17, 2018


Open House Bonanza!

We have something special going on all month long! During our September Open House Bonanza, you can be entered into prize drawings at every single Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty open house you attend! That’s right! If you attend five open houses, you get entered into the drawings five times! 

All the weekly entries will be entered into drawings for two $25 Target gift cards, and then all the entries for the month will be entered into one grand prize drawing for a $500 Homemakers gift card. Get the full details and rules on the contest here

Find Open Houses

Open houses are generally held on Sunday afternoons, but there are still some on Saturdays too. You can search weekly open houses right here. Don't forget, you can only get a ticket to be entered into drawings at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty open houses. 

How to Choose?

Open houses are a great way to get started with the homebuying process. It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting started and want to see what’s out there or if you’re planning to buy in the next few months. Everyone is welcome to attend an open house and get some ideas! Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Price Point: Visiting an open house just slightly above and just slightly below your budget is a good way to really see what you get for your money.
  • Location: If you’re unfamilair with the area, take a little extra time to walk around the neighborhood. Also, make sure to talk to the agent at the open house for information about schools or even just a local restaurant reccommendation for lunch.
  • Realtors: Open houses are great, low-stress to meet licensed, professional Realtors, and if you meet someone you click with right away, you might even end up working with them! On the other side, if you’re already commtted to an agent, the open house agent will not be offended and will still be more than happy to show you around. 

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      1. Help Your Kids Get Ready For a Move
      2. J.D. Power and Associates 2018 Honor
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      1. Search More Than 700 Open Houses!
      2. Hubbell Building a 55-and-Older Condo Community
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      1. Pick Your Open House!
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      2. School Supply Drive for YESS!
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      1. Choose Your Open House (or Houses)!
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      2. Three Historical Homes
      3. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Receives Harris Awards
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      2. Spring Tour 2018!
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      1. Signature Open House Event Preview
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      3. Why Buy New Construction?
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      1. Love Your Home Sweepstakes
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