By Kerri|2019-09-05T15:47:59+00:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Say Hello To Our Newest Members!
NWIA has welcomed a slew of new faces to the organization over the summer months. Please be sure to greet these folks and make them feel welcome as you have an opportunity. We are also welcoming new Affiliate members, and we are glad they are with us too.
As always, contact information for these folks and all our members, is available in the directories here on our website.
Rhonda Daniel, Keller Williams Siouxland Nathan Maassen, Preferred Partners, Inc Mark Nibbe, Next Home at the Lakes Bridget Johnson, Next Home at the Lakes Lance Ploeger, McGuire Auction Company, Inc Jody Adler, Exit Realty Midwest Kyle Richards, Keller Williams Siouxland Bailey Elgersma, ISB Services inc. Amy Lindgren, Keller Williams Siouxland Nolan Shook, Keller Williams Siouxland Emily Bye, Dakota Realty Kim Doughan, Northwest Realty Danny Pick, iSpec (affiliate) Kimberly (Kim) Gordon, Realty One Group Regency Kristina Brodersen, Exit Realty Midwest/Cherokee Ronald Witham, Weaver Realtors Angelica Gallegos, Keller Williams Siouxland Lam Diep, Keller Williams Siouxland Rachel Raak-Law, United Real Estate Solutions
By Corey Elgersma, Broker/Officer at ISB Services, Sheldon
The saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and my favorite village is Sheldon, Iowa (population 5,067). In Sheldon, our community is small enough that this statement holds true, but we are also large enough to have some really great amenities. Our town is clean and well kept, and we work together and take care of each other.
I believe Sheldon is a special place. We have both great public school system and private school options, which is somewhat unique for rural Iowa. Our public school’s music, athletic and drama programs are all outstanding and every year we have highly rated performers and teams from all of our extra-curricular activities. Speaking of ratings, the Sheldon School mascot is the Orab. Never heard of it? That’s okay, we made it up! It’s a combination of our school colors, ORange And Black, and in this town we are absolutely proud to have what the Des Moines Register called the number one worst rated mascot name in the state. Go Orabs!
Located primarily in O’Brien county, but with a little piece in Sioux county, Sheldon is a community that works together. We are home to the wonderful Northwest Iowa Community College and Sanford Medical Center, who collaborate well with the City of Sheldon, a number of great local banks, and many other businesses. Our local entities work together to accomplish things a small town otherwise could not on its own. In Sheldon, we are all proud to be partners in the community’s success.
Another thing I love about my town is that in Sheldon, we know how to have fun. Each year, our community hosts Risefest, a large Christian music festival in mid-June. We welcome thousands of people to our little town for a very big two day event. Later in the summer, Labor Day brings everyone out for Sheldon Celebration Days and a whole weekend of events, including street dances, comedians, food, cow patty bingo, a duck dive, worship, and carnival rides. That event is capped off by our wonderful Labor Day parade.
I invite you to come spend a day in Sheldon to have fun and make some memories. Try out a round of golf at the Sheldon Golf and Country Club, take a dip in our beautiful outdoor aquatic center, or attend a school athletic event. Of course any of these activities would be great topped off with a treat from the Dairy Dandy, one of the best ice cream shops in the world! Many passersby gladly exit the Highway 60 expressway to get some of that famous Dairy Dandy ice cream. If you’re visiting at meal time, Sheldon boasts several great locations for fast food, and we’re home to Langer’s and Cook’s Café, The J & B Bar, Old 60 Steaks and Chops, a host of Mexican cuisine options. We’ve got Chinese Chef and an awesome little coffee, soup and sandwich place called Truly Scrumptious, which lives up to its name. If you are hungry and it’s a Wednesday in the wintertime, be sure to visit the J & B Bar for hot beef, it’s amazing!
Next time you’re in the area, I hope you too will take time to turn off the expressway and come experience all that Sheldon, Iowa has to offer. We’re a friendly place, and we’d love to see you.
About The Author Corey Elgersma is a REALTOR® member, and the Broker/Officer at ISB Services Inc. in Sheldon who has been in the real estate industry for 7 years. An active part of the Sheldon community, over the years Corey has served with Kiwanis, the Sheldon Fire Company as a volunteer fireman, a youth sponsor, and as a member of the leadership team for both the Sheldon Community School District and his church.
Corey says, “I sincerely enjoy helping people. I am an efficiency expert and a problem solver. The most rewarding for me, is first time home buyers. They are the most work but the most rewarding as well. It is the American Dream to own a home and when you achieve that dream, it is awesome!”
The Northwest Iowa Regional Board of Realtors® along with the National Association of Realtors®, today commended the Department of Housing and Urban Development for finalizing new Federal Housing Authority condominium loan policies. By increasing the availability of FHA-backed condo loans, these changes should yield thousands of new homeownership opportunities nationwide and help alleviate affordability restraints impacting northwest Iowa’s housing market.
“Condos are often the most affordable, attractive option for first time home buyers and various other groups of Americans, but the absence of FHA condominium financing threatened to raise the cost of housing for people across the country,” said Mark Vos, President of the Northwest Iowa Realtor® Board and Realtor® with United Real Estate Solutions in Sioux City. “Here in Sioux City, and across the 13 Northwest Iowa counties where our Realtor® professionals work, these new rules have the potential to transform our housing market and regional economy, easing affordability constraints, maximizing first-time homebuyer assistance programs and putting homeownership in reach for countless families that would have continued to be denied this critical wealth building opportunity.”
Specifically, the new guidance extends certifications from two years to three, allows for single-unit mortgage approvals, provides more flexibility with owner/occupancy ratios, and increases the allowable number of FHA loans in a single project. The rule will go into effect in mid-October – 60 days from publication. HUD believes the changes will extend critical benefits to aspiring homeowners and confirm the agency is properly serving the public.
“We are thrilled that HUD has taken this much-needed step to put the American Dream within reach for thousands of additional families,” said NAR President John Smaby, a second generation Realtor® and broker at Edina Realty in Edina, Minnesota. “This ruling, which culminates years of collaboration between HUD and NAR, will help reverse recent declines in condo sales and ensure the FHA is fulfilling its primary mission to the American people.”
During NAR’s most recent existing home sales report, June condominium and co-op sales were recorded at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 580,000 units. The figure represents a decline of 3.3% from May and a 6.5% drop from the same time last year. With more than 8.7 million condo units nationwide, only 17,792 FHA condo loans have been originated in the past year.
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun recently noted that even though median prices for existing condos have risen slightly, their relative affordability means condominiums remain a natural answer to inventory shortages holding back home sales growth. “Condos are typically more affordable than a detached single-family home, but only a small fraction of condos are FHA-certified,” Yun said last month.
The Northwest Iowa Board of Realtors® encompasses nearly 500 members, who are real estate professionals in a 13 county region across the northwest quadrant of Iowa.
By Kerri|2019-07-15T20:33:58+00:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: General Public, News|Comments Off on National Code of Ethics Day: June 27
National Ethics Day is Thursday, June 27 and NWIA has outstanding opportunity for our members to complete your NAR Code of Ethics requirement during this live-streamed session with the one-and-only Leigh Brown. Just $25 for the class OR $20 if you allow us to donate your payment to RPAC. 4 hours CE credit, what a deal!
All members are required to complete Code of Ethics Training every two years, per NAR rules. This is an easy and fun way to check that item off your to-do list. Plus you earn 4 hours of mandatory or elective CE credit. Boom!
Important Sign Up Instructions
Visit the board website at https://www.nwiabor.com/
Click Payment Portal in the upper right corner of this page.
Enter your first and last name into the “Invoice number” area. If you don’t do this, we won’t know who paid!??
Enter COE Class in Dues/Class/Other area.
Enter your payment amount, either $25 or $20. If you choose to pay $20, you’re giving us permission to donate the payment to RPAC in your name.
Come to class and learn from Leigh on June 27.
Lunch will NOT be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Be sure to post on social media so your clients know you are attending classes to further your education. This is a great opportunity to point out the difference between a real estate licensee and a REALTOR! Use #NationalEthicsDay in your posts.
By Kerri|2019-07-15T20:36:08+00:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Hello, New Members in April!
Welcome to the following new new members who joined us in the last few weeks. It is always nice to have new faces in the organization. Contact information for these folks is available here in the membership directory on our website.
Randall Reardon, Century 21 ProLink–LeMars Heather French, Weaver Realtors
We also welcome one new office to our board this month! Congratulations to Merlin on his new business venture.
By Kerri|2019-07-15T20:38:06+00:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Our Town: Sioux Center
Written by Jennifer Jansen, Broker/Owner, Epic Realty, Sioux Center
Located in Sioux County, Sioux Center (population 7,579) is the place I get to call home. It’s a privilege to be part of a community where people truly care about each other, their property, and our kids. I think Sioux Center is special, because we have a spirit of generosity that runs deep and a seamless collaboration with the school systems and our City government. The atmosphere here is exceptional. We are all about growth, and our future is made even more vibrant with our ongoing spirit of teamwork.
If you’re coming to explore Sioux Center, I must confess that nothing starts my day better than grabbing a morning cup o’joe at two of our wonderful local establishments. You can’t beat the coffee at Fruited Plain, or Butlers. Both are tasty, and the service will have you walking out caffeinated and happy you chose to start your day there.
While lots of communities have a great library, I think the one here in Sioux Center is among our best hidden gems. A new building was built in 2007, making it a modern and interactive space to meet the needs of our growing community. Our library leaders do a phenomenal job of reaching a variety of interests through book clubs, and reading programs for kids, teens, and adults. They offer engaging summer programs, genealogy clubs, educational events and more. I can’t think of a better thing than to have your library be one of the busiest spots in town!
Love ball games? Me too, because DIAMONDS are a girl’s best friend! Our Sioux Center Parks Department received the 2017 and 2018 Diamond of the Year awards for turf management on our baseball and softball fields at Open Space Park. Our ball diamonds are gorgeous, and my hometown Warriors play great ball. Put on a hat, grab your sunscreen, and cue the music… “Take me out to the ballgame…” And if you’re hungry after catching a game, I highly recommend the fried pickles with chipotle ranch at The Ridge Grill as a great post-game snack. Add in a cold one and grab a seat on the patio for a lovely view of the golf course and a relaxing summer afternoon.
If you were looking for one word to describe Sioux Center, I’d tell you it’s collaboration. Our community continues to enjoy significant economic and population growth. As a mom, a business owner, and a taxpayer, it’s a joy to see our city leaders, public schools, the private elementary school, and Dordt University join forces to work together on endeavors and projects that make logistical or financial sense, like the collaboration that takes place to make Open Space Park an award winning facility. No one has their own fiefdom in Sioux Center; rather, there is a tremendous level of mutual respect and collaboration that recognizes we make all of our entities stronger by working together.
Finally, I love that we celebrate our community and collaborative efforts every spring! Our Spirit of Community Banquet is an annual event hosted by the City and Chamber of Commerce to recognize local citizens and businesses for their leadership in our community. We work hard to make our town great, and it’s important that we take time every year to shine a spotlight on the well-deserving and kind people that make Sioux Center so special.
For me, there’s no place like home, and I’m glad Sioux Center is the place my family and I get to do life. I hope you’ll stop and say hello if you’re passing through, or if you see me at the ball field. Go Warriors!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jennifer Jansen is the Broker/Owner of Epic Realty in Sioux Center. A busy wife, mom and community volunteer, Jennifer serves on the Executive Board of Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Sioux Center Health Board, a 4-H leader, FFA Alumni President and volunteers at local ministries. Jennifer is currently President-Elect of the Northwest Iowa Regional Board of REALTORS® and will step into the shoes of President in the fall of 2019. According to Jennifer, they will be a CUTE pair of shoes, too. Jennifer’s favorite part of real estate is, “Getting to know my clients and understanding their needs; it is such a privilege to walk alongside them in these moments. There is no place like HOME!”
No one knows the in’s and out’s of our 13 counties and hundreds of communities like our REALTOR® members. Our Town is a monthly feature spotlighting the special places that make the NWIA region so unique.
By Kerri|2019-09-06T14:38:26+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on FREE Safety Training Webinar
NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Program hosts a webinar on the role of intuition and situational awareness in staying safe. Danielle Martin, founder and ambassador of True Boundaries, will lead the webinar. It’s on April 23 at 1 p.m., Central time.
Spring is a great opportunity to refresh your personal protection plans. Take advantage of this free member benefit to get ready for the busy season ahead.
The Sioux City Explorers have teamed up with NWIA to save local lives. DONATE BLOOD at our office on May 1, and you will receive a voucher for 2 free tickets to the Sunday, May 19 baseball game.
More than 38,000 people need donated blood every day, and because there is no substitute for human blood, it must be donated by volunteer blood donors. You participation helps save a life, and it helps us meet NAR’s Core Standards for Boards.
By Kerri|2019-09-06T14:39:43+00:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Realtors® Providing Financial Assistance for Iowa Flood Victims
The Northwest Iowa Regional Board of Realtors® and Iowa Association of Realtors® (IAR) are offering mortgage and rental payment assistance grants to Iowa residents impacted by recent flooding, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the nationwide Realtor® Relief Foundation. With $25,000 in matching funds from Iowa Realtors®, $275,000 is now available to provide assistance to Iowans in need.
Individual households impacted by recent flooding can visit this link (https://www.iowarealtors.com/news/flood-relief) to learn more about the program and obtain an application for assistance. Grants up to $1000 are available for mortgage payment assistance, or payment of rental costs incurred by displacement from a residence due to flooding.
“Northwest Iowa was especially hard-hit during the mid-March weather event,” said Mark Vos, President of the Northwest Iowa Regional Board of Realtors®, and agent with United Real Estate Solutions in Sioux City. “We are delighted to be able to offer this assistance to our friends and neighbors, who we know are still suffering from so much devastation and heart break.”
“With 59 of Iowa’s 99 counties declared disaster areas by Governor Reynolds, we know our neighbors have sustained heavy losses. Iowans are known for helping each other, and the Iowa Association of Realtors® is committed to assisting with recovery from this disaster,” stated John Goede, President of the Iowa Association of Realtors®, and agent with Century 21 ProLink in Spencer, Iowa.
“We appreciate the support from the National Association of Realtors®, and we look forward to helping as many Iowans as we can. We know that Realtors® across Iowa are already helping their communities on a personal level, and this grant will help us reach thousands more neighbors in need,” said Gavin Blair, CEO of the Iowa Association of Realtors®.
Widespread flooding due to rain, snow melt, and frozen ground have impacted almost two-thirds of the state since the middle of March, with some communities over 60% inundated with water, and many farms and local businesses devastated.
The Northwest Iowa Board of Realtors® is comprised of 450 real estate professionals in a 13 county region across the northwest quadrant of Iowa.
Please join us in giving a warm welcome to the following new members who have joined NWIA in the first few months of 2019. It is wonderful to see new faces in our association. As always, contact information for these folks and all NWIA members can be found on our website in our member, affiliate, and office directories.
Ann Korver, Ranschau Appraisals Minda Kincaid, C21 ProLink Rhea Cragun, Keller Williams Mindi Griffith-Jones, Coldwell Banker Associated Brokers Spence Van Rooyan, Van Rooyan Inspections & Services