The HUB

How to Use 2018's Hottest Color: Oceanside

Posted by Rachel Flint on Dec 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

As 2017 comes to a close and we look ahead to 2018, paint trends are all the talk for the inside (and potentially the outside) of your home. Each year, Sherwin-Williams releases a forecast of colors naming the must-have color for the upcoming year.

This year the crown goes to Oceanside.

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Topics: Home Design, Real Estate

Home Preparedness: What Would You Do?

Posted by Kate Hightshoe on Dec 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM
It's not a pleasant thought, but have you ever considered what you would do if the wires in your home started smoking? What about if a stray dog was wandering down your street? They aren't commonplace scenarios, but it's helpful to have an idea of how to handle them should the situation arise.
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Topics: Residential Property Management, Real Estate, Homeowners Associations

4 Signs It’s Time to Downsize Your Home

Posted by Hubbell Realty Company on Feb 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Moving to a smaller home can empower you to save money in several ways as well as become more focused, organized, and intentional about your approach to living. Beyond cutting your fixed monthly housing costs, downsizing can yield benefits in many areas of your life. To decide whether moving to a smaller home would be a good choice for you, weigh what you’d be giving up against what you’d gain. Here are four signs you might be happier living more simply in a smaller space.

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Topics: Home Design, Apartment Living, Real Estate

Do I Really Need a Realtor to Sell My Home?

Posted by Rachel Flint on Oct 17, 2016 11:01:00 AM

When you’re planning to sell your home, it’s only natural to want to get as much of the proceeds as possible into your pocket. Before you decide to skip the real estate agent and keep the commission for yourself, however, it’s important to understand what you get in exchange for that commission so you can rationally assess whether a Realtor’s services are worth the price.

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Topics: Real Estate

What Does a Construction Project Manager Actually Do?

Posted by Casey Port on Oct 6, 2016 3:54:27 PM

It’s the end of Construction Week 2016, but the work never stops in a city like Des Moines. Whether it is downtown residential developments like Dwell, Verve, or Cityville or projects throughout the metro like the fourth building at the Grimes Distribution Center or commercial projects in the growing city of Waukee, our project managers are the traffic cop at a very busy intersection. But what exactly is the role of the project manager in the development of property?

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Topics: Trends in Development, Human Resources, Real Estate, Construction

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

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

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

Envision Living in Pleasant Hill

Posted by Rachel Flint on Aug 2, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Incorporated in 1956, Pleasant Hill is a young central Iowa town that over 9,000 people now call home. Boasting a small-town feel, residents enjoy plenty of local amenities and entertainment, both in town and easily accessible nearby.

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Topics: Real Estate