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#GoodToBeFirst Summer Giveaway

Friday, June 23, 2017


What's the very FIRST thing you think about when you picture your summer garden? Is it all the fresh vegetables? The bright flowers? Whatever it is, we want to see it! Simply share your photos to be entered into our drawing to win a gardening kit.

Here’s how it works

Use hashtag #goodtobefirst while posting your photos on Twitter and Instagram, or by uploading your photo on our Facebook wall to get entered to win a summer gardening kit! You can get the full details and also enter at You must like Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to win.

Have fun and good luck!


5 Homes for First-Time Buyers

Thursday, June 15, 2017


There are so many things to consider when you’re thinking about buying your first home. How many bedrooms do you need? What style of home do you like? How close to work do you want to be? And, maybe most importantly, what can you actually afford. 

A HomeServices Lending loan officer can help you get pre-approved so you know your exact budget. As you’re starting to narrow down all your options, take a look at the four homes below. All four would be perfect for a first-time buyer! Click on the images to get more information.

2001 Tamara Ln, West Des Moines

3 Beds, 2 Baths, $210,000 — Call Julie Roethler at (515) 205-2430

2230 E Luster Ln, Unit 7, Des Moines

3 Beds, 3 Baths, $149,900 — Call Angela Glasgow at (515) 453-7128

1301 Monroe Dr, Newton

3 Beds, 2 Baths, $184,900 — Call Aubrie Doyle at (319) 573-9349

1627 Northwest Dr, Des Moines

2 Beds, 1 Baths, $141,000 — Call Marlea DePenning at (515) 453-7503 or Wayne DePenning at (515) 453-7365


Bring a Pop of Color to the Kitchen

Monday, June 12, 2017


White kitchens look clean, fresh, and modern, but if you’re nervous about committing to such a dramatic look, bring a pop of color into the space to keep it from looking cold and sterile. Here are a few of our favorites to give you some inspiration! 













Photo by Katie Rosenfeld Design 




Love Your Home Sweepstakes

Friday, May 05, 2017

What would you do if you had $2,500 to update your home? What about $50,000? Maybe finally finish your basement?  Update the kitchen? There are so many possibilities! 

You have the opportunity to make any of those home improvement daydreams come true! Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has teamed up with HGTV for a special giveaway! The Love Your Home Sweepstakes goes through June 16, and one person will win $2,500 every single week, plus one lucky winner will win the grand prize of $50,000.

A woman from Norwalk already won one of the $2,500 prizes, and another Iowa Resident could be next! 

Simply visit to get all the details and enter. 



3 Things to Consider Before You Buy Your First Home

Monday, April 24, 2017

1. Finances

Buying a home is a huge commitment, so you'll need to take a hard look at your budget. Consider how much you're currently paying in rent and if you could affford any more. In some cases, you might be able to find a home with monthly mortgage payments comparable to what you pay in rent. You'll also need to think about how much of a down payment you can afford and budget for things like closing costs, moving expenses, new furniture, etc. To save yourself some heartache and unneccessary work, get preapproved with a lender before you fall in love with a home you can't afford. contact HomeServices Lending to get started.

2. Location

Most people stay in their first home for 5-10 years, so you'll want to make the right decision when choosing a location. Think about commute time, school district, neighborhood, and entertainment options.

3. Future plans

Whether you plan to stay in your first home for 5 years or 15 years will make a huge difference in what kind of home you choose. Think about things that might change in the future, like your family size or job.

Buying your first home is a huge decision, but it doesn't have to be stressful. A Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty agent can guide you through the process and keep you on track. Our experience, professional agents will be with you every step of the way. Contadt an agent today.