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New Johnson County Property Inventory

Mike Saponaro, under the direction of Nancy Bird at the Iowa City Downtown District has tackled a huge project and has created a resource for anyone interested in Real Estate in the Johnson County, Iowa area. Mike has sifted the Iowa City and Johnson County Iowa data and has categorized, analyzed and charted all property types in Johnson County. His report is attached here: …

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Terry Trueblood Recreation Area Dedication

The Terry Trueblood Recreation Area was officially dedicated this morning with music provided by the Preucil School of Music string quartet including Hannah Altmaier, Fiona Edberg, Alex Choi and Alyssa Adamac.  The Terry Trueblood Recreation area was the dream of Terry Trueblood, the former director of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation department,  and many other dedicated Parks and Recreation commissioners, City Managers and City …

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Emily Line Explaines RPR Commercial to the Commercial Round Table

RPR, Realtors Property Resource, has been in formation for a few years and is ready for Prime Time!  Emily Line, the Director for Commercial Services visited from Laguna Beach, California to give the Commercial Round Table group a tutorial of this web resource.  RPR is a website based aggregation of real estate data with ports for both Residential and Commercial brokers that combines listing …

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Mark Nolte from ICAD addresses CRT

Mark Nolte gave a very exciting and informative report about his efforts on behalf of the Creative Corridor and Iowa City development.  Mark, Iowa City Area Development director, addressed the Iowa City Area Realtors Commercial Round Table committee today at noon.  Mark reports that all of Iowa is now an EB5 Program approved zone allowing foreign nationals obtain green cards by investing and employing people locally. …

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Bill Rancic Addresses Cedar Rapids Business Leaders

Bill Rancic, the winner of Donald Trump’s first year Apprentice TV series on the NBC network addressed the crowd of local business leaders at the Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids.  Bill talked about his history and his business success before, and after his association with the Apprentice show and shared insights and techniques.  Bill was speaking as part of the Corridor Business Journal’s 2013 …

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College Towns do Well in Recessions.

College Towns do Well in Recessions. How can your city best weather an economic downturn? Based on research, make sure it has a university. As reported in New Geography’s College Towns: High Marks for Lifestyle, college towns consistently have unemployment rates below their state figures, and nationally as well.  Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State University) stands at 8.9%, below the 11.2% state and 9.4% national …

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Jeff Joins Lepic-Kroeger, Realtors as partner

I have re-joined Lepic-Kroeger, Realtors, the largest and one of the oldest Iowa City real estate companies as a broker and partner!  Lepic-Kroeger is the home to many of the areas top real estate agents, and also houses top real estate developers as well.  Now, Lepic-Keorger will have the top commercial real estate team to lead sales and leasing in the area. Rachel Barnes is …

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Iowa City area 2009 home sales

It’s close enough to the end of the year to have a peek at 2009 home sales for the area. There were 2,331 homes sold for an average $182,708 that sold in an average of 102 days. In 2007 there were 2600 sales and 2300 in 2008. I’d day we’re pretty stable!

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Dare we hope?

I ran across this Case-Shiller housing index graph. We are all painfully aware of the current news with failing banks and failing countries! The Dow has lost almost 40% of its value this year and the housing market is taking the blame for it all. This chart shows the historic values from 1990 to the present, and as we know, the housing market across …

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