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Welcome Michael Targoff!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Please welcome Michael to our Northpark office in Johnston/Urbandale!

Michael was born and raised in Cedar Falls, but has been living in the Des Moines area for 2 years now and loves it.

He is married to his wife Melanie and has 2 fur babies, Leo and Roshe (pronounced ROW-she). Leo is a Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie) and Roshe is a Golden Cockapoo (Golden Retriever/Cocker Spaniel/Poodle).




In his free time, he loves relaxing with his wife and pups, playing golf, and playing video games.

"With real estate here at Coldwell Banker, I am hoping to make many lifelong connections and take off very quickly in the industry," Michael said about his new career.

We already know he will be a great fit! Welcome!

Reach out to Michael to say hello at 515-224-8586 or!

Word of Advice Wednesday- Appraisal Process

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Let's talk about the appraisal part of the home buying process! Jim Hibbs explains in today's Word of Advice Wednesday!

Meet the Builder Monday- Geanna Grove

Monday, July 17, 2017

There are 20 ranch townhomes in a quiet West Des Moines cul-de-sac built by award wining Jerry's Homes! 3 bedrooms, finished daylight basements and 3 car garages are a few of the perks.

Visit for all the details!

Market Snapshot - June 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Word of Advice Wednesday- New Construction

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Will your home builder start your new home prior to the sale of your existing home? Good question! Jamie Lewton answers this question and others about new construction.

Word of Advice Wednesday- New Construction

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

When working with a home builder, do you know what to expect after the transaction is closed? Jackie Schuller explains new construction in today's Word of Advice Wednesday!

Welcome Haley Pagliai!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Say hello to our newest agent to our Northpark office in Johnston/Urbandale - Haley!


Haley loves to travel in her free time.

"I love exploring new places, learning about different cultures, and seeing this beautiful world that we live in," Haley said.

She also loves camping, boating and spending time with her family and puppy, Bella.

Coming to Coldwell Banker she says, "I am most looking forward to building lasting relationships with my clients and being able to make their process of buying or selling real estate stress-free and exciting."

She sounds like a great fit to CB, doesn't she?

Reach out to her to say hi at (515) 357-2266 or

Welcome Mikki!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Please welcome Mikki Bown to our Northpark office in Johnston/Urbandale! Say hello to Mikki at (515) 770-3382 or!

6 Questions to Ask a Home Inspector

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Before finalizing your home buying process, a home inspector should look over the property you want to buy to ensure that everything is in good shape before you make the purchase official.

A real estate agent may be able to help you find a qualified home inspector in the area. As a buyer, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) lists several questions you should ask.

  1. What will this inspection actually cover?
    Before the inspection gets underway, HUD recommends it’s important to go over exactly what will and will not be covered in the home inspection. If you have any specific questions or items you want the inspector to check, mentioning this to them in advance is helpful.
  2. How much experience do you have with residential inspection?
    HUD says most home inspectors should be able to tell you their history in the business to show how experienced they are, although newer home inspectors can also be qualified in the field. While it may be useful for the inspector to have a construction background, HUD notes that it’s important that they be specially trained in looking over residential properties.
  3. How much will it cost?
    The cost of a home inspection can vary significantly based on the region, size of the home and a number of other factors, but typical costs range between $300 and $500.
  4. Can the home buyer be present?
    Being present during a home inspection can be a valuable experience as the inspector may be able to give answers to any simple maintenance questions you may have. If the inspector says you cannot be present, it should raise a red flag about his or her qualifications.
  5. Can you do any repairs based on the home inspection?
    If any minor problems are discovered during the inspection, you may want to know if the inspector can fix them. HUD indicates many states or trade groups don’t allow inspectors to fix problems they might find because it could be a conflict of interest.
  6. When will I get the home inspection report?
    Most inspectors will provide a sample home inspection report so you can make sure you understand what you’re getting. Usually the full report is available within 24 hours of the initial inspection, which should allow plenty of time for a thorough review before the closing.

How To Install a Pet Door

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The first and most important step in determining whether a pet door is right for your home is to consider what issues might come from your pet’s new-found freedom. For instance, does your dog or cat have a tendency to run away? Or, do you live on a busy street? Will your neighbors mind if your pet is outside unattended? Keep all of these things in mind before installing a free pass to the outdoors. Installing a pet door may require first putting up a fence around your yard to ensure your pet’s safety. Whether you opt for a physical fence or an invisible one, a barrier will give you piece of mind that your furry friend won’t get lost or hurt when outdoors.

Choose the Right Door

After you’ve addressed your pet’s outdoor safety, you’ll need to determine the kind of pet door that is right for your home. Just as there are many things to consider when choosing the right front door for your home, there are plenty of elements to consider when selecting a pet door.

A pet door can be installed in the wall, storm or screen door, garage door or sliding glass door. Cost of installation and complexity of the project varies with each option, storm door installation being the most cost-effective.

Before making your pet door selection, you’ll need to take your pet’s measurements. Consider that your pet will duck his head when entering and exiting, so you’ll want to find a door that is slightly taller than your pet’s shoulder height and at least two inches wider than his body. Creating a mock door out of cardboard is an easy way to test your measurements.

Ready to install? Hire a professional, or follow a step-by-step guide from your local home improvement store.

Consider Resale

While 65 percent of American households included at least one pet, according to the Humane Society, some may not be ready to commit to a permanent pet door for resale purposes. If a temporary option is best for your home, consider opting to install the pet door in your storm door or screen door, so it can easily be removed or replaced should you decide no longer need it.

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