Home Financing Simplified

Friday, October 20, 2017


Buying a home is one of the biggest investments – and most exciting experiences – of your lifetime! Whether you're buying your first home or have been through it before, you're probably full of questions. What does the timeline look like? How do I find homes that fit my budget? What is my budget? But don't worry! Your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty agent will be by your side every step of the way. No matter how many questions you have, he or she will be happy to answer them. 

One of the first things your agent will help you with is meeting with a loan officer to get pre-approved so you know exactly how much you're working with before you start looking at homes. At First Realty, we're lucky to have a partnership with HomeServices Lending, so your loan officer and agent have an estagblished relationship and even work in the same building! This helps the entire process go smoothly so that once you actaually find your dream home, you're more likely to close on time. In fact, HomeServices Lending is so confident in their ability to help you close on time, that they have an on-time closing guarantee! (Get more details here).

Helpful Tip: Bring These Items When You Meet with Your HSL Mortgage Officer

  • Current and Previous Addresses (2 years)
  • Property Information (if applicable)
  • Current and Previous Employment Information and dates including monthly salary
  • Bank Account Statements
  • Current monthly housing expenses such as rent and mortgage payments
  • Address and Market Value information for properties you own, including taxes & insurance
  • Sources and Income Amounts for all Borrowers. If a W-2 employee, pay stubs for the last 30 days


Builder Bonus Sale!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


Our annual Builder Bonus Sale continues this weekend with more than 100 new construction homes around the Des Moines metro area open on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 1-4! Plus, every single participating home has at least $5,000 in incentives or upgrades!

If you've been thinking about purchasing a new home, this is the perfect time to get a good deal on a home from one of the area's top builders! Here are a few you'll definitely want to check out on Sunday. See the rest at

417 Chayse St. SW, Bondurant — Destiny Homes

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | $254,900 | Call Linda Westergaard at 988-4288

1600 Park Ave, Des Moines — Hubbell Homes

3 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | $569,900 | Call Sharon Klaus at 771-6352

817 SW 8th Ct, Grimes — CCS Homes

5 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | $383,900 | Call Sarah Pesek at 556-7548

1740 17th St. SE, Altoona — Hubbell Homes

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | $262,000 | Call Jennifer Silverthorn at 314-7624

1201 NW 8th St, Grimes — Destiny Homes

4 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | $319,900 | Call Mike Hamilton at 971-5927

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ranked Highest for Repeat Home Seller Satisfaction

Friday, September 15, 2017


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, announced that the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate brokerage network ranked “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in the J.D. Power 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM.

The 10th annual study measured customer satisfaction among the nation’s largest real estate brokerage companies and their agents through March and April. Overall

satisfaction was gauged across five factors of the real estate process: agent/salesperson, closing process, real estate company marketing, real estate company office, and package of additional services. The study was based on responses from 4,170 consumers.

Among repeat home sellers, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices scored 858 on a 1,000-point scale, performing particularly well in the categories agent/sales person, closing process and real estate company marketing.

“Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices stands for top-quality real estate representation in markets across America,” said Gino Blefari, CEO and president of the network. “We’re proud to accept this award, as it spotlights the exemplary service network agents and their brokerages provide every day.”

The ranking, “highest for repeat home seller satisfaction,” speaks volumes, Blefari added. “Repeat home sellers have been through the real estate process before and have a clear understanding of the work and expertise involved in a successful home sale,” he explained. “This type of satisfaction means Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network agents are excelling when it comes to communicating with clients and listing and marketing clients’ homes. That’s the ‘heavy lifting’ of real estate.”

If you’re ready to work with an award-winning real estate brokerage, contact a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty agent today! 

Signature Open House Event Preview

Friday, September 08, 2017


The Signature Open House Event on Sept. 17 and 24 will be a convenient way to tour luxury homes for sale in the Des Moines area all in one afternoon! More than 40 homes are participating.

Here’s a preview of a few stunning homes we’re excited to see in person.

2110 SW White Birch Dr, Ankeny

Call Sarah Pesek at 556-7548.



1600 Park Ave, Des Moines

Call Sharon Klaus at 771-6352.



9401 Wickham Dr, Johnston

Call Tim Rietz at 710-1331.



6188 Acadia Dr, West Des Moines

Call Sharon Klaus at 771-6352 or Martha Lebron Dykeman at 254-3619.



Welcome to Copper Wynd Townhomes!

Friday, August 25, 2017


Copper Wynd is located in Pleasant Hill, just east of Des Moines and minutes from Copper Creek Golf Course and within easy commuting distance to downtown! Hubbell Homes builds these townhomes with plenty of space and great features throughout. Plus, you can take advantage of Pleasant Hill's tax abatement. 

Stop by every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4!


Call Rod Robson at (641) 757-1409 or Ryan Murphy at 554-2361.