Beth Van Zee

Beth Van Zee Let me help you sell and buy your home.

Licensed in the State of Iowa. Affiliated with Coldwell Banker.

04/09/2019

Just heard this and it is so true. Caring CANNOT be automated. Live by it. The best do.

04/07/2019

Open House Sunday, April 7 • 1 - 4 pm
2830 SW Cedarwood Lane
Tour this beautiful home in SW Ankeny - grab a cookie or drink, and see how you can enjoy all the benefits of a townhome with the privacy and spaciousness of a single family home.

lol. Realtors. We make it work. #desmoinesiowa #springishere #cbmag #desmoinesiowa #house #letsmove
04/05/2019

lol. Realtors. We make it work. #desmoinesiowa #springishere #cbmag #desmoinesiowa #house #letsmove

Holy counter space! Great home to to see in Urbandale today at my open house. 15319 Maple Drive. If you can’t make it ...
03/31/2019

Holy counter space! Great home to to see in Urbandale today at my open house. 15319 Maple Drive. If you can’t make it by three text me and we can see at anytime. 515-556-2310. #bvzsellshomes #urbandaleliving #iowahomes #cbmag #dsmhomes #desmoinesiowa #dsmhomesforsale

GREAT tips to clean your home now that the weather is making us more productive! Enjoy.
03/28/2019
10 Clever Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

GREAT tips to clean your home now that the weather is making us more productive! Enjoy.

If homemade hydrogen peroxide cleaner isn't already a non-toxic weapon in your green cleaning arsenal - it should be! Hydrogen peroxide has a multitude of cleaning uses. Learn 10 uses for homemade hydrogen peroxide cleaners from HouseLogic.

Let me give you today’s market value of your home (and, secrets on changing your incorrect Zestimate 😉). #springish...
03/25/2019

Let me give you today’s market value of your home (and, secrets on changing your incorrect Zestimate 😉). #springishere #cbmag #homesweethome #bvzsellshomes #house #desmoines #desmoinesiowa

#bvzsellshomes #house #springishere #homesweethome #cbmag
03/22/2019

#bvzsellshomes #house #springishere #homesweethome #cbmag

Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth
03/14/2019
Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth

Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth

Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set.

Timeline Photos
03/14/2019

Timeline Photos

Keeping Current Matters
03/10/2019
Keeping Current Matters

Keeping Current Matters

When selling your house, first impressions matter! Before you or your agent schedule a photographer to take photos for your listing, make sure to tour your home with fresh eyes.

#realestate #housingmarket #mariekondo #konmari #konmarimethod #homesellers #homelisting #houseforsale #homeselling #moving

Every spring, in most parts of the country, we turn the clocks an hour forward at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, ...
03/08/2019

Every spring, in most parts of the country, we turn the clocks an hour forward at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, "losing" an hour of sleep. You've probably been doing this all your life — but what do you really know about daylight saving time (DST)?

Benjamin Franklin originally (jokingly?) suggested changing the time in an essay published in 1784.

In 1916, Germany became the first country to adopt DST nationwide1, but the city of Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada, had already implemented it back in 1908.

The U.S. adopted DST during World War I ... and then canceled it after the war. It didn't come back until the 1970s.

Less than 40% of the countries in the world use DST.

It's a myth that DST was instituted to "help" farmers. They have to get up pretty early in the morning, so that extra early daylight would probably suit them much better!

Yes, the delay until 2 a.m. is actually so most people will be asleep and won't notice the change happen.

With more light in the evening, it's thought that we save money on electricity for lighting. However, a study in 2011 conducted when Indiana began changing the clocks found that household electricity costs went up by $9 million, and pollution also increased.

Who governs time in the U.S., including time zones and DST? The Department of Transportation, of course. Totally makes sense, right?

We spend eight months of the year in DST, and only four in "standard time."

About half of all the states are considering making DST the time standard year-round, including Florida, Massachusetts, and California, but Congress has to allow it.

Longer days mean more time for househunting. If you're feeling the itch to make a move, give me a call to discuss your financing options!

This is key to my business, and what creates loyalty from me to others...
03/04/2019

This is key to my business, and what creates loyalty from me to others...

Des Moines I know I am way behind but just discovered this amazing fromagerie on 42nd james “The Cheese Shop.” Incre...
03/02/2019

Des Moines I know I am way behind but just discovered this amazing fromagerie on 42nd james “The Cheese Shop.” Incredible.

Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]
02/21/2019
Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]

Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing pote...

Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]
02/17/2019
Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]

Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing pote...

Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Tax Law Affects Mortgage Interest
02/10/2019
Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Tax Law Affects Mortgage Interest

Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Tax Law Affects Mortgage Interest

Tax deductions for homeowners have changed. If you're used to claiming a mortgage interest deduction, tax changes for 2019 (tax year 2018) may have a big effect on you. HouseLogic tells what the new federal tax laws will mean for you.

Great article. Let me know when I can help, even if it is a quick question!
02/08/2019
The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your House

Great article. Let me know when I can help, even if it is a quick question!

Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year, but what they don’t realize is that if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that is when they will have the most competition!

Have you started doing the latest KonMari craze? How is it working for you?
02/07/2019
The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

Have you started doing the latest KonMari craze? How is it working for you?

One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Definitely!
02/06/2019

Definitely!

Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?
02/04/2019
Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?

Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?

There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

02/04/2019
02/02/2019
Are the cold weather and long, dark days of winter getting you down? Beat the winter blues and lift your spirits by maki...
01/31/2019
Three Ways to Snap Out of the Winter Funk in Your Home

Are the cold weather and long, dark days of winter getting you down? Beat the winter blues and lift your spirits by making these small changes at home.

Winter can really get you into a funk. Check out a few ways to lift your spirits and snap out of that winter funk.

According to Forbes Magazine, only 8% of New Year's resolutions last. If you want to be part of those who succeed, we ha...
01/24/2019
5 Simple Tips to Make Your Resolutions a Reality

According to Forbes Magazine, only 8% of New Year's resolutions last. If you want to be part of those who succeed, we have a few tips to help you do just that, and it is surprisingly simpler than you think.

Do you struggle making your resolutions a reality? Use these simple steps to make them stick in 2019.

Do You Have a Resolution For Your Home?
01/17/2019
Do You Have a Resolution For Your Home?

Do You Have a Resolution For Your Home?

It's resolution season; have you created a resolution for your home? Download this checklist to help you get started.

Get Your Post-Holiday Home Under Control
01/10/2019
Get Your Post-Holiday Home Under Control

Get Your Post-Holiday Home Under Control

The post-holiday cleanup is a great opportunity to think about new ways to keep your home organized for the year. Check out these hacks to help you get your home clutter-free.

01/01/2019
12/25/2018
Timeline Photos
12/14/2018

Timeline Photos

12/13/2018

We all have a little Clark Griswold in us when it comes to "exterior illumination." Which type of light display do you have on your rooftop?

Adding a fire feature may not be the most strategic thing to do to sell your home.
12/13/2018
Fire Feature

Adding a fire feature may not be the most strategic thing to do to sell your home.

Some improvements return more of the initial investment than others and they may increase marketability.

Price and condition are the first two factors considered when marketing a home but an overlooked one are terms that woul...
12/12/2018
Another Type of Financing Concession

Price and condition are the first two factors considered when marketing a home but an overlooked one are terms that would appeal to buyers.

There is another financing concession that is not used very often in today's market but it is still allowed and can increase the marketability of a home. A temporary buy-down of the interest rate makes a lower payment for an initial period.

Making a door easier to open for a child may not be an advantage.
12/11/2018

Making a door easier to open for a child may not be an advantage.

The mortgage rates are still very reasonable and are expected to rise similarly in the next 12 months.
12/10/2018

The mortgage rates are still very reasonable and are expected to rise similarly in the next 12 months.

Whether you do-it-yourself or have someone do it for you, it needs to be done.
12/07/2018

Whether you do-it-yourself or have someone do it for you, it needs to be done.

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