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Living in Des Moines: What You Should Know About the Housing Shortage

Posted by Rachel Flint on Sep 24, 2016 3:00:00 PM

If you’re considering moving to the Des Moines metro, you have a lot of company! Des Moines has captured considerable attention for its many attractive features, including abundant job opportunities, great schools, and a thriving arts and music scene. As Iowa’s fastest growing urban area, it’s attracting a flood of first-time homebuyers. As a result, the local inventory of homes on the market is lower than it’s been in decades, leaving many potential homebuyers scrambling to snap up the few properties available that could meet their needs and fit their budget. 

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Topics: Home Building, Apartment Living, Real Estate

How Does a Realtor Get Paid?

Posted by Rachel Flint on Sep 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Buying or selling a home is among the largest financial transactions that most individuals make. In a home sale, it’s important to understand where your money is going and why. One of the costs associated with a home sale is the commission.

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Topics: Real Estate

Healthy Living: Stress Management

Posted by Tyler Smith on Sep 12, 2016 4:43:00 PM

With the demand of the always-on-the-go American lifestyle, stress is a natural psychological and physical reaction. Stress is not just some evil energy around us like some might expect. It is actually very important and imperative to the human survival because our brains are hardwired with a type of alarm system for our own protection. 

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Topics: Hubbell Realty

4 Reasons You Need a Realtor When Buying a Home in Des Moines

Posted by Rachel Flint on Sep 10, 2016 10:22:00 AM

When you’re in the market for a new home, you may question whether you really need a Realtor involved in the process. While you can buy a home without representation, it is a lot more work to do it on your own, and you’ll have a harder time finding the best property for your family and securing the best possible deal. Here are four reasons it’s smart to get a Realtor on your side.

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Topics: Real Estate

How Do I Know How Much Rent I Can Afford?

Posted by Darcy Valline on Sep 3, 2016 2:30:00 PM

When you’re looking for your first apartment, it can be a challenge to figure out how much, exactly, you can afford to pay in monthly rent. There is a lot of advice out there, ranging from simple to complex. To really understand what you should reasonably be allocating for rent, however, you need to take a look at your needs, expectations, and the way you live.

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Topics: Apartment Living

Healthy Living: Back to School Driving Tips

Posted by Tyler Smith on Aug 31, 2016 4:00:00 PM

With it being "back to school" time across Des Moines, we thought it would be important to review safe driving tips for you! Not only are there new drivers on the road, but there are also more drivers on the road this time of year.

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Topics: Hubbell Realty

Healthy Living: What Is Asthma?

Posted by Tyler Smith on Aug 22, 2016 6:21:16 PM
As a leading employer in central Iowa and the leading provider of real estate solutions throughout the region, we strongly believe in a healthy workforce. Hubbell Realty's efforts to encourage and support healthy living recently earned us recognition as a Blue Zones Designated Worksite. To that end, we provide our associates with healthy snacks each and every Friday and Lunch & Learn opportunities focused around healthy living (gardening tips, exercising, mental health, etc) as well as promote walking meetings and a "Walk Wednesday" team walk. In this new series, we are focusing on tips for healthy living no matter your age or where you live.
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Topics: Hubbell Realty

Hubbell Philanthropy

Posted by Rick Tollakson on Aug 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM

For 160 years, the Hubbell name has stood for community advocacy and real estate in central Iowa. Our founder, F.M. Hubbell, recognized the needs of a growing city and worked tirelessly to develop and grow Des Moines. To facilitate transportation, he helped to establish Des Moines’ first street railway; when it became clear that private wells would not be able to serve the city’s growing population, he helped to found [what is now known as] Des Moines Water Works; and leading a group of 12investors, he incorporated Equitable Life Insurance, the first life insurance company west of the Mississippi!

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Topics: Philanthropy, Hubbell Realty

Home Options for All Stages of Life

Posted by Rick Tollakson on Aug 17, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Our housing needs change with the phases of our lives. While a young college student or career novice may prize cost effectiveness and simplicity, a growing family is likely to place a higher value on having plenty of space and access to high-quality schools. When the kids are grown and in their own homes, priorities shift again, with empty nesters often embracing housing choices that require smaller investments of their time and money. That is what makes Hubbell Realty Company a unique real estate provider in Central Iowa in that we offer a full spectrum of housing options.

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Topics: Real Estate

Healthy Living: Understanding Blood Pressure

Posted by Tyler Smith on Aug 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

 

Blood pressure is a commonly discussed health issue, but what is it, exactly?

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Topics: Hubbell Realty