First blizzards & now flooding. Iowa is NEVER boring."
First blizzards (which I love by the way, I am snowshoe jucky!), then ice dams on roofs. Now we are onto flooding, so much for spring coming in like a lamb. Lion, and boy, we can the roar!
So flooding...what does it mean for a property owner? Or someone looking to become an owner?
(And yes, it means more than just cleaning up flood debris and mess).
Things to consider:
This map is a great tool & you can zoom in with high precision.
Although FEMA & NFIP is an American thing, flooding happens everywhere and is handled differently everywhere. Below is a picture I took in Heidelburg in 2012. Look closely, they have recorded flooding since 1788 (when the bridge was built). I am amazed the bridge has lasted through it all and is living proof of how flooding ebbs and flows.
Happy house hunting peeps! And be informed about flooding in the area you are looking.
re you a hunter? Or maybe you are interested in snowshoeing or have a passion for land improvement?
Wait a minute, this is a real estate blog right? Right.
Enter recreational real estate. What you ask? Recreational Real Estate is buying property that matched your hobbies (camping, hunting, fishing, or hiking). Investing in recreational real estate may be just what you are dreaming about, plus you get the ability to enjoy the great outdoors while your investment grows in value. If you are someone that appreciates family time, weekend getaways, nature, & hunting, recreational real estate might be your 'thing'.
Tips for those looking for recreational real estate:
If the below legislation passes, which would reduce public land for recreation in Iowa, owning your own recreational land might be a more appealing (be informed!!):
This might shift depending on the outcome of two bills here in Iowa:
Everyone's needs are different. Personally, IF you can use public land, do it; it helps the greater good and helps educate the population at large the wonders of the nature that provides for us. If that option goes away, then recreational real estate might be the best way to preserve the land & the wildlife it supports.
If you want to learn more about hunting on public land, check out this blog.
Most people fall into the following clutter personalities:
Its IOWA and its the season.....for ice dams. As of 2.18.19, we have gotten 48.2" of snow....AND we got another 6" on Wednesday. That is 54.2".
Personally I LOVE snow, but I know most do not. Ice dams are one reason that people do not like winter.
ICE DAMS are due to snow starting to melt on your roof (usually due to poor insulation in your attic), then refreezing, thus creating a ice dam right at the edge of your roof (directly over your overhang). Might look neat, but it backs ice and water up under your shingles and could then slowly starts to leak into your attic and your home. Ice dams could also result in HUGE formations of icicles. So do a walk around the neighborhood. How do people's roofs look?
For most in NE Iowa, its not good and usually worse for older homes with less insulation in the attics space.
If you already have ice dams:
1) move as must snow as you can off your roof. Make sure to not damage your shingles in the process. 'Ice rakes' can be purchases at most home stores (or even rented).
2) clean your gutters (in the fall!) so that water is able to run away and not held up by leaves and other debris. Some people really like gutter guards, I am still deciding what my verdict is.
3) do NOT put salt on your roof--I have witnessed this once, the damage to your gutters and shingles will be costly. Some home stores also sell a product called 'roof melt'. I have not experimented with this to offer a thought on this. I found this recommendation: Fill one leg of an old pair of pantyhose with calcium chloride ice melter. Place it on the roof, pointed toward the peak with one end hanging over the ice dam. It will melt a channel through the ice for water to run off.
If you want to prevent ice dams:
1) check your in attic. STOP your heat loss areas. Insulate if you need to. Or for some, check your ventilation in the attic as well. In our house, I added recessed light covers (fire safe) in the attic, that helps drafts in your living space AND stops heat loss to the attic as well.
Have a great weekend peeps......and prepare for our next gift from Mother Nature--this time a wintry mix.
Data DOES NOT EQUAL information. Data is raw and usually overwhelming....after analysis (be it with qualitative or quantitative mean), data becomes information. Meaning something we can understand. Recently, there has been a HUGE raise in infographics to convey meaning in a concise way to the viewing public. Real estate has followed this trend.
If any of you follow Zwanziger Realty on Pinterest, you can see evidence of this--I love infographics! Infographics provide a quick & easy way to convey information with IMPACT.
Look below, which one has more concise impact on you, A or B?
A) "In 2019, millennials will lead the way in number of mortgages, accounting for 45% of the market. They’ll be followed by Gen Xers at 37% & baby boomers at 17%."
Most of the time, B is the option that people prefer.
This graphic is conveying information about the real estate market....and there is so much information out there! Whether you are a buyer or seller, harness all this information to be as informed as possible!
Happy Selling or House Hunting, whatever the case may be!
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa. This blog is about life, of which Real Estate is a part of. Happy reading!