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About Amanda Kruse

Amanda has lived in the Des Moines area since 1999, where she and her husband have bought and sold a handful of homes over the years, including a recent flip. Amanda enjoys writing, obsesses about personal finance and is fond of looking at houses. She loves sharing useful tips and info to make life easier for anyone wanting to buy or sell a home. In her spare time, Amanda cherishes time with her family, volunteers with IHYC, gardens, hikes, and practices TaeKwonDo.

Moving to Des Moines? What you need to know

2018-07-17T15:13:45+00:00

Des Moines is an exceptional place to live. In fact, it’s recently made news as the most affordable place to live and buy your first home. Not only that, but it’s been rated the top city in the Midwest for young people, based on culture, jobs, commute time, and more. If you plan to move [...]

Moving to Des Moines? What you need to know 2018-07-17T15:13:45+00:00

Free summer activities for the kids in Des Moines

2018-07-11T09:57:23+00:00

“I’m bored!” “There’s nothing to do!” If you have kids, at this point of the summer, you’ve probably heard these all too familiar phrases. While a little boredom is good and can spur creativity, sometimes you just have to get them out of the house! Never fear! There are lots of activities to keep your [...]

Free summer activities for the kids in Des Moines 2018-07-11T09:57:23+00:00

Why millennials are buying homes now more than ever

2018-07-03T11:22:19+00:00

They said they’d never buy homes. Never say never! Millennials are to credit for the biggest increase in homeownership rates in over a decade. Homeownership rates rebound In 2004, the rate of homeownership was at an all-time high, with 69.2% of all households in the U.S. owning their homes. Just a few years later, the [...]

Why millennials are buying homes now more than ever 2018-07-03T11:22:19+00:00

Awesome Things To Do in the Woodland Heights Neighborhood

2018-07-11T10:00:01+00:00

The Woodland Heights neighborhood is well-loved for its charming older homes and fantastic location. Being just a couple of minutes from downtown and within walking distance of dining and shopping on Ingersoll Avenue has its advantages. Not only that, but residents and community organizations have worked hard to make this one of the most up-and-coming [...]

Awesome Things To Do in the Woodland Heights Neighborhood 2018-07-11T10:00:01+00:00

How important is a home inspection when buying a home for sale?

2018-07-17T15:07:48+00:00

How important is a home inspection when buying a home for sale? In a word: essential. Buying a home is one of the largest financial decisions you will ever make. It makes sense that you want to protect yourself by knowing as much as possible about your purchase. Once a seller has accepted your offer [...]

How important is a home inspection when buying a home for sale? 2018-07-17T15:07:48+00:00

Mortgage loan programs: Which one is the best one for you?

2018-05-23T14:08:44+00:00

Don’t know which loan program is the best one for you? Researching your mortgage options can be baffling. In this article, we break it down for you. From loan terminology to the requirements for all the top loan programs, it’s all right here. Mortgage loan programs: Which one is the best one for you? Loan [...]

Mortgage loan programs: Which one is the best one for you? 2018-05-23T14:08:44+00:00

5 tips for buying your first home in Des Moines, Iowa

2018-07-17T15:05:22+00:00

Thinking of buying your first home in Des Moines, Iowa? Smart move! According to Bloomberg, Des Moines is one of the best places for first-time home buyers. And Bank Rate lists Iowa as the #1 best state to buy your first home, based on affordability, job availability, and the housing market. But before you make [...]

5 tips for buying your first home in Des Moines, Iowa 2018-07-17T15:05:22+00:00

Things To Consider When Choosing A Real Estate Agent in Des Moines

2018-05-23T13:57:08+00:00

Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your 15th, you want the best of the best in a real estate agent. You don’t want someone who just sticks a sign in your yard or doesn’t respond to your phone calls. But with so many agents in the Des Moines area, it’s hard to tell [...]

Things To Consider When Choosing A Real Estate Agent in Des Moines 2018-05-23T13:57:08+00:00

The 15 best things you can do before selling your house

2018-07-17T15:01:19+00:00

Thinking of selling your house? A little upfront work can pay off (literally). There are many things you can do before selling your house that can help you sell it faster, for more money, and with less stress. Here’s a great checklist with useful tips on preparing to sell your house.  15 things to do [...]

The 15 best things you can do before selling your house 2018-07-17T15:01:19+00:00

3 simple home improvement projects to increase your home’s value

2018-05-14T16:38:19+00:00

You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a complete kitchen remodel or professional landscaping to increase your home’s value. Whether you’re planning to sell your house or just want to spruce it up, there are easy, low-cost things you can do right now. Don’t know where to start? Begin with these [...]

3 simple home improvement projects to increase your home’s value 2018-05-14T16:38:19+00:00