1070 Bradford Place – West Des Moines

Unique WDM townhome

Nice townhome with lots of upgrades in great WDM location. This unique home has been well cared for, offers some distinctive features including hardwood flooring, spacious ceilings, granite/stainless kitchen, and a very nice custom sunroom. The 1st floor has one bedroom and also an office/den space that could be used as a 4th bedroom. The 2nd floor master has a private suite with large closet and bath. The lower level offers a lot of finished space with an additional bedroom, TV area and game room. The backyard is park-like with nice lawn and mature shade trees.

Property Details

Listing Price: $204,900
Address: 1070 Bradford Place
City: West Des Moines
State: Iowa
ZIP: 50266
Garage # of spaces, att or det: 2 - attached
MLS # (if any): 431089
Square Feet: 1891
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Basement (full, 1/2, finished, unfinished): Full/Finished

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1503 Linden Street – Adel

Great opportunity to lower your payment with 100% 7 year tax abatement on this 3 bedroom ranch with 3 car garage. Great open floor plan with lots of extra features including 10 feet ceilings and 8 foot doors throughout. Large kitchen with walk-in pantry. Mudroom with laundry and lockers. Granite, tile and tiled shower in master. Backyard fully sodded with a very nice covered deck. Great location, just steps from city park. Call for stage of construction.

Property Details

Listing Price: $265,000
Address: 1505 Linden Street
City: Adel
State: IA
ZIP: 50003
Garage # of spaces, att or det: 3-attached
MLS # (if any): 412956
Square Feet: 1719
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Basement (full, 1/2, finished, unfinished): Full/Unfinished

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490 Gray Avenue – Waukee

Looking for a home with all the latest updates in an established neighborhood? This one-owner home has it all, quiet cul-de-sac location, energy-efficient 2 x 6 construction, wonderfully landscaped yard with an unbelievable storage bldg., mature trees and an attractive privacy fence. Inside you will find an open floor-plan with all of the features you expect including red oak hardwood and tile flooring, a large sunroom with wrap-around deck, spacious kitchen with granite countertops, updated master bath, 1st floor laundry and vaulted great-room. The lower level has approx. 1322 sf of finish with daylight windows and includes a family room, large bedroom, bath and plenty of room for storage.

Property Details

Listing Price: $239,900
Address: 490 Gray Avenue
City: Waukee
State: Iowa
ZIP: 50263
Garage # of spaces, att or det: Two- attached
MLS # (if any): 412839
Square Feet: 1628
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Basement (full, 1/2, finished, unfinished): Full/Finished

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Adel Residential Tax Abatement Update

I wanted to provide an update on the residential tax abatement program in Adel. For years 2011, 2012 and 2013 the city has offered a program that abates 100% property tax for a period of 7 years. The Adel city council just extended the program another three years for 2014,2015,2016. The program has been very successful at adding additional rooftops to the city and as a result the three existing residential subdivisions – Evans View, Parkview Heights and Baileys Grove have totally sold out of lots. Since the abatement has been extended, plans are underway to develop additional homesites. In the meantime, we do have lots available that have been purchased by Well Built Homes and Barnett Construction.

This is an example of a single-family home that we have available in the Parkview Heights neighborhood:

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We also have some very nice townhomes available in the Evans View neighborhood that also offer the 7 year abatement and no association dues:

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Please contact me if you would like information on the above homes, available upcoming lots or want more information on the 7-year tax abatement.

New Tax Credit For Iowa First-Time Home Buyers

Iowa Finance Authority announced a great new program this week to put money back in the hands of homebuyers. The Take Credit! Mortgage Credit Certificate provides for an up to $2000 per year tax credit for the life of the mortgage. So essentially you would receive $2000 towards your tax liability. If you liability is zero, you should receive a refund. The money that you receive back effectively reduces your mortgage payment by the amount you receive which in this case ($2000/12) is $166 per month.

As always there are restrictions and limitations. The program is targeted towards first-time homebuyers, veterans and those living intargeted areas. From the IFA website:

  • Applicants must meet Iowa Finance Authority income limits, which vary by county.
  • The purchase price of the home may not exceed $305,000 if located in a Targeted Area or $250,000 if located in a Non-Targeted Area.
  • The home must be located in Iowa.
  • The home buyer must meet one of the following: be a first-time home buyer, purchase a home in a Targeted Area, or be a military veteran who has not previously used a mortgage revenue bond program.

In Polk county, the income limits are $75,000 income for a 1-2 person household and $86,825 for 3+ people living in a household.

This is a great program that makes housing more affordable for many people.

Please contact me if I can provide you with more information or connect you with an approved lender.

312 Chestnut Street – Desoto

Very nice 1.5 story home in quiet rural neighborhood. This home shows very well with all the latest finishes and tons of natural sunlight. The 1st floor has lots of hardwood flooring, a dramatic 2-story foyer, and office/den. The kitchen is open to the great room and has stainless appliances with a nice pantry. The master suite has tray ceiling and roomy bath with walk-in closet. The 2nd level also has two larger bedrooms, plus a bonus room that could easily be converted to a 5th bedroom. The lower level has 820 ft of recently finished space along with lots of room for storage. Great ADM School District and short 10 minutes drive to WDM. All this for under $100/ft.

Property Details

Listing Price: $254,900
Address: 312 Chestnut
City: Desoto
State: Iowa
ZIP: 50069
Garage # of spaces, att or det: 3-attached
MLS # (if any): 401715
Square Feet: 2787
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Basement (full, 1/2, finished, unfinished): Finished

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8544 Long Meadow Lane – Johnston

This two-story home in the Neighborhood on 86th is in excellent condition and shows like new construction. Enjoy the benefits of a single family home combined with the convenience of having no mowing or shoveling. This home is nicely finished through-out. The whole house is trimmed with a very distinctive combination of maple. The kitchen area has maple cabinets with under-cabinet lighting, granite countertops and wood flooring. There is a large eating area that offers a great view of the neighborhood. The living room area is very spacious and offers a cozy fireplace. The second floor has an extremely roomy master bedroom with a big closet area and master bath with shower and bubble tub. The lower level offers a great TV or office area as well as lots of storage space. With the egress window it would be very easy to add a 3rd bedroom. Great Johnston location, quick possession possible.

Property Details

Listing Price: $179,900
Address: 8544 Long Meadow Lane
City: Johnston
State: Iowa
ZIP: 50131
Garage # of spaces, att or det:
MLS # (if any): 374960
Square Feet: 1519
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 3
Basement (full, 1/2, finished, unfinished): Finished

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New Website Feature – Des Moines Foreclosure Search

We just added a new feature to kevinhowe.com, the ability to view bank-owned foreclosures online. The searches are organized by price-point and contain all the of bank-owned (REO) properties listed in the Des Moines MLS. This includes Des Moines and the surrounding areas. You can browse the listings and get more information on opportunities to purchase foreclosure homes here:

Des Moines Foreclosure Properties

We are happy to be able to offer this capability as a reliable means of identifying REO homes for sale. If you perform a Google seDes Moines foreclosure properties for salearch for Des Moines foreclosures, you will find many companies that claim to offer similiar properties. Unfortunantely the information is often out of date or unreliable.

The homes are segmented by price into two groups, those listed below $100,000 and those listed below $100,000.

Feel free to browse the listings. If you would like to get new foreclosure listings forwarded to you via email the same day they are listed just contact me and let me know which areas and price-ranges you are most interested in.



New Listing – 5414 Longview Court #4 in Johnston

We just listed this townhome in Johnston Iowa. It’s a great plan with a large kitchen, vaulted ceilings, and ton’s of storage  in a nice neighborhood called Bent Tree Villas. This home is in a good location in the community with extra parking and southern exposure for good lighting. Quick possession is possible in this move-in ready home. Conveniently located close to area shopping and highway access.. Come take a look…


Where are the Des Moines real estate bargains?

As the Des Moines real estate market continues to pick up steam, one of the questions that gets asked frequently is “Where are the best buys?”. Typically when most people think of bargains, they think short sales and foreclosures. While there are a lot of these properties available ( and will continue to be for the foreseeable future ) there is another overlooked area – unfinished new construction properties.  I have seen a number of these over the past few weeks that are being offered at well below the cost to build a similar home.

Most of these homes are technically foreclosures or short sales and in most CB067787cases you end up negotiating with a lending institution. However unlike traditional foreclosures you have an opportunity to purchase a home in new condition.

In the Des Moines metro area most of these homes are priced in the $300,000+ price range and are in various stages of construction. In almost every case the homes are enclosed and secured with the exteriors completely to partially finished. On the interior they could be just through framing stage all the way to almost completed and just require floor coverings, counter-tops etc.

The options for completing construction vary depending on the specific property. On some homes the builder is willing to complete construction and close just like any other transaction. In other cases the buyer would be responsible for getting a construction loan and hiring a contractor to finish the project. In this case there is additional effort required by any potential buyer to secure financing, get estimates and hire a contractor.

If you are interested in receiving  more information or exploring the possibilities, please let me know.