#GoodToBeFirst Summer Giveaway

Friday, June 23, 2017


What's the very FIRST thing you think about when you picture your summer garden? Is it all the fresh vegetables? The bright flowers? Whatever it is, we want to see it! Simply share your photos to be entered into our drawing to win a gardening kit.

Here’s how it works

Use hashtag #goodtobefirst while posting your photos on Twitter and Instagram, or by uploading your photo on our Facebook wall to get entered to win a summer gardening kit! You can get the full details and also enter at You must like Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to win.

Have fun and good luck!


5 Homes for First-Time Buyers

Thursday, June 15, 2017


There are so many things to consider when you’re thinking about buying your first home. How many bedrooms do you need? What style of home do you like? How close to work do you want to be? And, maybe most importantly, what can you actually afford. 

A HomeServices Lending loan officer can help you get pre-approved so you know your exact budget. As you’re starting to narrow down all your options, take a look at the four homes below. All four would be perfect for a first-time buyer! Click on the images to get more information.

2001 Tamara Ln, West Des Moines

3 Beds, 2 Baths, $210,000 — Call Julie Roethler at (515) 205-2430

2230 E Luster Ln, Unit 7, Des Moines

3 Beds, 3 Baths, $149,900 — Call Angela Glasgow at (515) 453-7128

1301 Monroe Dr, Newton

3 Beds, 2 Baths, $184,900 — Call Aubrie Doyle at (319) 573-9349

1627 Northwest Dr, Des Moines

2 Beds, 1 Baths, $141,000 — Call Marlea DePenning at (515) 453-7503 or Wayne DePenning at (515) 453-7365


Bring a Pop of Color to the Kitchen

Monday, June 12, 2017


White kitchens look clean, fresh, and modern, but if you’re nervous about committing to such a dramatic look, bring a pop of color into the space to keep it from looking cold and sterile. Here are a few of our favorites to give you some inspiration! 













Photo by Katie Rosenfeld Design 




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