Our HomeSAFE Program Protects Your Investment!

Thursday, November 30, 2017


Your home is one of the biggest investments you'll ever make, and we understand that! That's why we've developed the HomeSAFE program to protect you every step of the way as you buy your home. The graphic below summarizes everything we're doing to protect you, and you can download a brochure with all the details right here. And, of course, contact your First Realty agent with all your questions! 


Feeling Thankful

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


It's the time of the year where people start to look back and reflect upon the year and everthing they have to be thankful for. Here’s what a few of our agents are giving thanks for this year.

"I am thankful for the trust my clients have given me to assist them during the buying and selling process. Thank you everyone you are deeply appreciated."  — Martha Lebron Dykeman


"I'm thankful for my family and all the great people in my life and my work. Everyone has a giving heart and you love being around them. Happy Thanksgiving to All!" — Deb Swales


"I am thankful for my real estate family at First Realty and my real estate business and clients that allow me to help them with their real estate needs. And most of all God and my family. I am very blessed and know it." — Tina Knox


"I'm thankful for my two kids, family and support system." — Aubrie Doyle


I'm thankful for my new First Realty family, my new puppy Buddy Baxter, my husband Drew and our amazing sons Bo and Brady. — Amy Bechler



Townhome Living

Friday, October 27, 2017


Imagine the privacy of your own home but never having to worry about mowing the lawn or shoveling snow! Sometimes homebuyers automatically dismiss townhomes from their search without thinking about it much. This can be a huge mistake! Townhomes are often a great option, especially for first-time buyers or people who are ready to downsize. 

In a lot of cases, townhomes have just as much room as a traditional home and even have finished basements and spacious backyards. Plus, things like lawncare and snow removal are taken care of, which is perfect for busy couples or anyone who just doesn't want to worry about those things any more. 

Here are a 5 townhomes to consider in your search. Click on the images to get more details! 

1600 Park Ave, Des Moines 

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

2210 Ironwood Dr. SW, Altoona

3 Beds | 2 Baths | $238,000 | Call Steve Booth at 778-1148.

2509 NE 6th St, Grimes

3 Beds | 3 Baths | $274,000 | Call Gil Coosner at 537-7565 or Kari Holth at 490-1404.

5195 Stone Creek Dr, Pleasant Hill

3 Beds | 3 Baths | $244,900 | Call Rod Robson at (641) 757-1409 or Helen Turner at (515) 681-5319.

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