The Value of Previously-Owned Homes Peaks as Sales Drop for the Fifth Time This Year The price of previously-owned properties has reached an all-time high after another unexpected drop, the fifth …
The Value of Previously-Owned Homes Peaks as Sales Drop for the Fifth Time This Year The price of previously-owned properties has reached an all-time high after another unexpected drop, the fifth …
The price of previously-owned properties has reached an all-time high after another unexpected drop, the fifth one in just six months. Much to the surprise of economists and homeowners alike, the median sales price has risen to $267,300. This marks a 3.6 percent increase from last year.
According to the National Association of Realtors in Washington, D.C., the contract closings dropped by 0.4 percent, down to an annual rate of $5.19 million. The steady, 14-years-long sales decline signifies that the U.S. housing market is still in turmoil. Despite the overall wage increases in recent years, as well as lower mortgage rates, buyers are still struggling to find a suitable property at an affordable price.
Despite everything, Zillow Director of Economic Research, Skylar Olsen doesn’t believe the situation to be alarming as of yet. She emphasizes that it’s too early to make an accurate estimate and say if we’ve hit a new, nationwide home value peak or if this is just a hurdle that we must overcome.
The potential silver lining lies in the fact that the supply of homes increased by 1.7 percent compared to last year. However, the inventory of 1.83 million homes on sale still proves insufficient. The demand for these properties is increasing at an even faster rate, which is evident from the average time they spend on the market. In 2018, these properties had a “life span” of 26 days, whereas now they remain listed for 24 days on average.
What somewhat explains this trend is the tendency of buyers to opt for brand-new homes in recent past. The new-home construction surpassed all estimates in April. Simultaneously, permits for single-family homes have dropped to the lowest they’ve been in three years, making this one of the toughest periods for families looking to settle down in new and previously-owned homes alike.
FedEx Looking to Hire More Drivers Experienced drivers looking for work will have an opportunity to apply for a career at FedEx Freight on Saturday, June 1st. The hugely successful multinational …
Experienced drivers looking for work will have an opportunity to apply for a career at FedEx Freight on Saturday, June 1st. The hugely successful multinational courier delivery service will host the FedEx Freight Hiring Event in its headquarters, located at 5890 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313.
The event starts at 10 a.m., and everyone interested will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the company and learn about the particular positions until 3 p.m. the same day. The job openings the company is looking to fill include: Part-Time Freight Handlers, Driver Apprentices, Shop Technicians — Levels 2 and 3, Part-Time Team Leaders, and City Drivers.
All of the positions come with a myriad of employee benefits, including healthcare, retirement plan, life insurance, credit association, and more. You can learn more and register for the event here.
You Can Now Catch the Shuttle Service From the Quad Cities Directly to Codfish Hollow Barnstormers Iowa is well known for scenic country settings and exceptional musicians whose live performances leave …
Iowa is well known for scenic country settings and exceptional musicians whose live performances leave everyone in awe. Even among a wealth of Iowa’s gems, the Codfish Hollow stands out as a distinct rural tourism destination and music venue. The barn in the Hollow regularly hosts live shows from both local and national indie bands.
Ever since the first concert, back in July 2009, the barn has garnered a lot of attention from music lovers across the States. Today, nearly a decade later, Codfish Hollow has reached peak popularity. Despite the great interest, the barn’s fairly remote location would prevent many music enthusiasts from indulging in the unique experience the barn provides.
This prompted altSTATES Travel to implement a shuttle service to and from the Hollow. The Codfish Hollow Show Shuttle is available from several locations within the Quad Cities and can transport up to 15 people at a time. It eliminates the need to worry about driving back from the music venue in the dead of night and guarantees a safe journey back home.
You can book the shuttle online at altstates.com/shuttle, or by calling 563-265-3191. The price for the shuttle service is $49 per person, with a $2 discount if you book five or more days in advance. Moreover, a portion of the ticket sales goes towards the “Raise the Roof” campaign. So, not only will you spare yourself the trouble of driving to and from the events, but you will also greatly contribute to the much-needed roof renovations.
The fundraiser is currently at $6,001 out of the necessary $25,000. Although there’s still a way to go before the goal is met, every little bit helps. So, if making new friends, enjoying great music, and supporting talented artists and a noble goal is up your alley, then we suggest taking the shuttle service to the barn.
You can check out the comprehensive list of upcoming shows at the official barnstormers website as well as purchase the tickets.
If you are after some fun time, then come to “Java Joe’s” for an entertaining evening! Continue reading for more. Comedy Open Mic at “Java Joe’s” Are you ready to perform …
If you are after some fun time, then come to “Java Joe’s” for an entertaining evening! Continue reading for more.
Are you ready to perform some stand-up or do improv?
Head down to “Java Joe’s” on the 4th Street Theater! The venue will host a new comedy open mic. Those who do stand-up will get 5 minutes each. As for improv groups, they will have 10 minutes.
What’s more, do not sweat if you do not have an improv group! We will do our best to make one for you! Any form of improv is welcome — short or long — we do not have a preference. Of course, we accept people from all walks of life. So don’t fret if this will be your first time performing or if you already have some experience. Undoubtedly, this will be entertaining for all!
Furthermore, we welcome all kinds of sketches or comedic characters. If you are hankering after some alcoholic drink, then we will have you covered as well! And Sean will select one lucky winner who will then have a martini with him at the Lift! This will happen after the open mic.
Lastly, the sign-up is at 7:00 p.m., while the show starts at 7:30 p.m. We will not charge you for participating.
Residents and visitors of Des Moines will have a chance to enjoy food and customs from the far-away land of Greece. Click to find out more! Des Moines Goes Greek As …
Residents and visitors of Des Moines will have a chance to enjoy food and customs from the far-away land of Greece. Click to find out more!
As every resident of Iowa probably knows, the Annual Greek Food Fair/Festival in Des Moines has been a forty-one-year-old tradition.
The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George is hosting this event to show all the wonders of the Greek cuisine to Iowa residents.
On Friday, May 31st from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, June 1st, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as Sunday, June 2nd, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Des Moines citizens have the opportunity to spend some quality time at the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George in Iowa.
Every year, something new is introduced to the people, and this year it’s no exception. In order to accommodate Greek Dancing, Cottage Grove will be blocked off. The crowd’s favorite is the Greek-style dancing, after all. There is a new tent at the parking lot to provide shelter in case of rain or strong wind. Moreover, there will be additional seating spots and service lines, just in case.
There will be plenty of Greek beer, Greek wine, Ouzo, Greek salads, Gyros’, Spanakopita, and Mezethes (appetizers). Like many years before, there is a special treat for visitors.
Namely, their Serbian neighbors will be presenting their more-than-delicious traditional food. Year after year, the demand for Serbian food has increased since Balkan cuisine amazes everyone that tries it.
Since 1978, the first weekend of June was reserved for this event. The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George, along with its lawn, come alive with the sounds, aromas, and the general splendor of the Greek Islands right there in the middle of central Iowa. Greek dancers and music entice everyone to join in on the fun, and it’s incredibly hard to resist the urge, even if you aren’t the most outgoing of people; there’s no excuse.
Volunteers cook for curious and hungry guests, and you can count on feeling welcome and thrilled once your mouth gets a bit of that tasty food from Greece.
The Greek Food Fair is the product of love, hosted and organized by Greek and Serbian Churches. It is, first and foremost, a family event, and you can even go on a tour of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George to get to see the unique and historic icons and interior.
Tickets go for $17 if you book in advance, and $20 if you purchase them on the day of the event. The available food and beverages are purchased separately.
Corby Laube, Girls’ Basketball Coach at Marion High School, Went on Administrative Leave Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Corby Laube, activities director and girls’ basketball coach at Marion High School, has gone …
Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Corby Laube, activities director and girls’ basketball coach at Marion High School, has gone on administrative leave. The reasons for this remain unknown, which is also the case for whether he will stay at the school or not.
The press has tried to get in touch with the school representatives. The principal Greg Semler opted against making any comments, while the acting superintendent of Marion High School, Janelle Brouwer, confirmed the coach went on leave, but she failed to provide what the reasons for such a decision were. In an email correspondence, Brouwer only referred to Laube’s auto-reply which stated he’s on leave. Regarding these reasons, Brouwer called upon Iowa Code Section 22.7, which states that personnel records are confidential.
Journalists who tried to get in touch directly with Laube didn’t receive a reply. Laube has been in the position of both girls’ basketball coach and athletics director at Marion since 2012. The 44-year-old coach has led his last four teams to the state tournament. The highlight was the 2017–18 season when his team had a 26–0 record in Class 4A.
The team which produced the perfect record contained both of the coach’s daughters — Kayba and Mia. Kayba is still at the team, as a junior and a commit of the University of Northern Iowa. Mia is currently a freshman at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. The Indians finished 2017 and 2019 as runners-up in the Class 4A. Laube’s team lost both finals to North Scott.
Laube has been the girls’ team coach for seven seasons, during which he produced a 129–40 record. If he returns for the next season, he’s expected to improve that record, with the team having a strong roster. Those who follow the team have high expectations of Riley Wright and Ella Van Weelden, as well as the coach’s daughter, Kayba Laube.
Before becoming the girls’ coach, Laube served as the boys’ basketball coach at Marion, from 1999 to 2008. In 2008, he left the boys’ team to assume the position of an athletics director.
Born in Denver, Iowa, Laube graduated from the Mount Mercy University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. In 2005, he went on to receive a Master’s Degree from Coe College. While he was a student at the Mount Mercy University, Laube played college basketball, scoring 1,559 points during his career. He was also a senior on the Mount Mercy team, which won 29 games during the 1995–96 season. That year, Laube and his teammates finished with a conference championship and went as far as the Sweet 16 of the NAIA national tournament.
Acknowledging his contributions, in 2004, Mount Mercy inducted Laube into the Mount Mercy College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson Win 8–5 Against Washington in the Metro Tournament Semifinals A busy Thursday awaits seniors on the Cedar Rapids Jefferson baseball team. On the same day that they participate …
A busy Thursday awaits seniors on the Cedar Rapids Jefferson baseball team. On the same day that they participate in a commencement ceremony, during which they will receive their diplomas, they will also have to play a game. The J-Hawks will play the tournament final, as they get a chance to retain their title at Mount Mercy at 3 p.m. Jefferson, ranked eighth, overcame Cedar Rapids Washington in an 8–5 victory in the semis of the Bob Vrbicek Metro baseball tournament. Their sixth inning consisted of seven runs.
The team’s senior, Chase Keeney, said that baseball takes priority over the ceremony and that the whole team is focused on winning the game. Ozzie Meiborg, another player on the Jefferson roster, claims that the team had three goals for this season and winning the Metro championship is the first one in line.
The semifinals didn’t start off well for Jefferson. They were losing 5–1 after five innings, with the Warriors looking very likely to play in their third consecutive final of the tournament. However, in the sixth inning, they produced a two-out comeback. Thirteen of their batters went on the plate, as they strolled past the Warriors. Players batted with confidence as the J-Hawks’ coach, Terry Schneekloth, expected them to do just that. Schneekloth said that the team always works on barrelling balls up. Sometimes they manage to pull it off and sometimes they don’t, but, the coach adds, when it happens in a streak, the team produces big innings.
They opened the scoring with Willie Guy. Guy scored on a throwing error with a single walk. Consecutively, Keeney also walked, while Drake Frazier chased after Mick McCurry. McCurry, who started the game, allowed only two hits and three base runners throughout the fifth inning.
With Meiborg producing an infield single, the J-Hawks filled the bases with one out. They had six straight batters on base after completing a strikeout. The whole team had a say in this game, as players on the bottom of the order also contributed. Spencer Smith, batter number 7, had a two-run single. After him, Jaxson Kevitt followed up with a two-run double to center. They overturned the score, putting Jefferson into a 6–5 lead. The inning finished with a two-run double for insurance from Keeney. Keeney praised the atmosphere, claiming that the fans were loud enough to help them put points on the board.
After the game, Meiborg added that one thing always leads to another in baseball, irrespective of it being a swinging bunt or a home run. You just keep on pushing, and, according to him, that’s exactly what they did. Meiborg, who was the team’s starting shortstop, started a couple of times during the last season and could see his role on the mound increased. Meiborg said he expected to be called and prepared himself to throw three innings of relief, including two scoreless ones, which brought the win to the J-Hawks.
Schneekloth praised Meiborg, acknowledging the fact that he kept his confidence and kept putting the ball in the zone. He also contributed with defensive plays, as he made a sliding grab on a botched sacrifice bunt attempt. It was an important play at the time, as Washington could have had their first two batters reach base in the sixth if the play had gone successful. Schneekloth said that not many pitchers can make such a play.
With seven players producing a hit, Isaac Gomez was the leader on the Washington team with two runs batted in. Draedan Spang had a single RBI, while Nemickas produced a run-scoring double in the fifth inning, which had three runs.
In the other semifinal, Cedar Rapids Xavier continued with their impressive performances. Their offensive dominance produced the first inning with 11 runs. They scored 30 runs in nine innings in the first two games against the defending champion Jefferson.
Kyle Moeder had an early punch, which belted a three-run home with just three batters in the game. Xavier made progress thanks to three errors from Prairie in the opening frame. Moeder also had three hits and four RBIs to lead Xavier, with Derrick Skala, Garrett Riies, and Pat McGinn producing two hits each.
Quinn Schulte and Nick Banowetz came up with two RBIs and three runs, respectively. Isaac Ball also contributed with an RBI. Finally, Xavier earned the win via Bryson Bastian’s throwing three innings.
Prairie had Hunter Whinery and Harrison Cook score a run with two hits each, while Logan Andeway contributed with two RBIs for the Hawks. The Hawks will play a third-place game against Washington.
Williamsburg Golf Team Returns to State Tournament with Thoughts On Coach’s Son Williamsburg, Iowa — Williamsburg boys’ golf team, the Raiders, returned to the state tournament for the first time after …
Williamsburg, Iowa — Williamsburg boys’ golf team, the Raiders, returned to the state tournament for the first time after a year-long hiatus. Last year, they ended their participation after a run of eight straight appearances. However, the team’s entry in the tournament had a much more significant meaning.
Namely, the team’s coach, Brad Schaefer struggled to remain calm and not express his emotions. The Williamsburg golf coach was happy that his team went back to playing competitive golf once again, but he was equally touched by his players’ gesture. The players dedicated the result to Tate Schaefer, the coach’s 11-year-old son who’s battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG); it’s a tumor that starts in your brainstem.
The Raiders went on the course sporting shirts with a “Tater Tough” logo on it. Moreover, they also expected their supporters to wear team shirts with the slogan “State with Tate”. Young Tate will be present at the Class 2A state tournament, which takes place on Thursday and Friday. They will play at the American Legion Golf Course, in Marshalltown, Iowa. The coach commented the gesture by saying that his players and their families show a lot of care for the Schaefers and Tate, which, naturally, was very emotional for the coach.
Dylan Burns, a Williamsburg senior, spoke after the tournament. He said the players found additional motivation in the fact that they weren’t only playing for themselves and the school. In his own words, they also played for their little brother.
Tate Schaefer was relatively active before the disease struck. He played basketball and baseball, and he also shared his family’s love for golf. In the early days of the disease’s development, Tate was in the middle of a basketball season. The first signs showed up when his coaches noticed something was off in his play. He had difficulties receiving and shooting the ball; something that wasn’t an issue before.
His father, Shaefer said that they observed him during a few practice games and noticed he had problems with his eyesight. According to Schaefer, it looked as if Tate couldn’t see the rim. Tate later said that he was seeing double, which stopped him from collecting a pass. Schaefer found this odd, as Tate was always an athletic kid.
They visited an optometrist, who confirmed double vision and advised the family to visit someone else for further diagnosis, as he feared there was something bigger behind it. Unfortunately, he was right. The Schaefers went to the University of Iowa, where they put him in the emergency room after an MRI test.
It’s unimaginable what the family must have felt at the moment. However, as Brad says, they received a lot of support from the community. They met up with Stacy and Craig Schroeder for advice. The Schroeders went through a similar experience, with their late 15-year-old son losing the battle with cancer. Austin inspired the creation of the Fight with Flash Foundation.
The family sought a second opinion, hoping for a misdiagnosis. They sent the MRI scans to Cincinnati Cancer Center and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, who confirmed the diagnosis. The treatment process started shortly after that. Schaefer said that, because of the location of the tumor, doctors won’t do any biopsies or surgeries. The risk is far too great to do anything beyond MRI.
At the University of Iowa, Tate received several radiation treatments. He’s been accepted for a clinical trial of CED (convection-enhanced delivery) for chemotherapy at the University of California, San Francisco. They will utilize catheters to administer the drug right into the brainstem, where the tumor is.
Young Tate is not giving up. His father said that the fight continues every day, with the youngster going to physical therapy to recover strength loss he’s been getting on the left side of the body. But, despite getting flustered at times, young Tate doesn’t complain. According to his family, he’s a positive kid with a contagious smile. The family is doing their utmost to fill his days with special moments and help him fight the disease.
Brad took his son to a Los Angeles Rams game, where they saw the Williamsburg-born Austin Blythe. They also went to see the Super Bowl with the whole family. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Tate visited Turks and Caicos. Furthermore, he went to The Masters and visited Disney World.
As long as he feels well, Schaefer says, Tate will tag along with the golf team, serving as the team’s manager, especially in team pictures. Brad recalls he wasn’t sure if he was going to coach golf again anytime soon. However, Tate’s desire to be surrounded by team members spurred his father on. The benefit is mutual — the Raiders players have found inspiration in the 11-year-old.
When they get frustrated with how things are going on the course, they remember Tate, who represents a prime example of perseverance and strength. Dylan Burns says that it makes him smile when he thinks of how Tate goes from day to day, fighting all the time to do his best. It helps him focus on his game, and Burns feels the feeling is the same throughout the team.
Schaefer believes that they learned that, ultimately, it’s not a big deal if you win or lose. They learned how fortunate they are to do what they love, so they don’t let a bad hole put them down. They stay positive and keep fighting, just like their little brother.
With a 329,56 18-hole team average, Williamsburg sits fourth in Class 2A. Burns is the team’s best player, with an average of 77,22. Second in line is Ryan Cavett, with 82,33.
The fact that they couldn’t reach the state tournament last year only made them hungrier to succeed this year. They will try to win some silverware as, last year, they ended up being second-placed in their district; there’s a possibility they’ll end up at the same position this year. Commenting on the class, Schaefer noted that there’s no dominant team. Whoever manages to link up two good days, the class is up for grabs.
Cedar Rapids Kernels Beat Burlington Bees 9–0: Schulfer and Martinez Combined for No-Hitter Cedar Rapids, Iowa — After a loss in the first match 5–4 against Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels …
Cedar Rapids, Iowa — After a loss in the first match 5–4 against Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels went on to win 9–0 in game 2. Jose Martinez and Austin Schulfer’s individual performances led the team to a no-no, 15th in the Kernels’ modern-day history.
Coaches intended this match to be a staff game; however, when Schulfer went on the pitch, he made it virtually impossible to take him off. After the game, the pitcher confirmed that the plan was for him to play only two or three innings.
However, together with Jose Martinez, Schulfer had a no-hitter over seven innings in the second game of this doubleheader with the Bees. Despite planning to play only a couple of innings, Schulfer said that when you feel good about your game and are getting good results in the shape of quick outs as a pitcher, you feel like you can go on for longer.
In the end, Schulfer played five innings. Out of 16 batters that went out during these innings, the right-hander retired all of them but one. That one proved to be a one-out walk in the top of the first inning. That was Burlington’s only baserunner for the whole game.
Martinez, who replaced Schulfer after the fifth inning, faced six batters and retired each one. The game ended 9–0 for the Kernels, which comes as a surprise if you compare it to the first match. Burlington won the Game 1 with a run made in the seventh inning. That game finished 5–4.
Speaking to the media after the game, Schulfer talked about what this game meant for his confidence. Schulfer said that, in the end, it didn’t matter if you played in a little league, college, or high school — a no-hitter is a no-hitter. It doesn’t happen too often. He found pride in the fact that he was a part of it, together with Jose Martinez and the catcher, Chris Williams. He also praised other teammates, as, Schulfer adds, baseball is not a one-man show.
Schulfer, a right-hander and a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is a 23-year-old pitcher who spent the season mostly as a spot starter/reliever. His primary qualities are a slider, curveball, and changeup. He can also throw a good fastball. During the 9–0 blowout, Schulfer registered 93–94 miles-per-hour fastballs throughout the game.
During the season, Schulfer registered six decisions, with a 4–2 record. Thanks to this game, his earned run average dropped to 2,41. Kernels’ manager, Brian Dinkelman, praised Schulfer for his performance. Dinkleman said that Shulfer’s pretty good when he connects few good sinkers and sliders. It gets him going, and he becomes able to throw strikes.
In the game, the Kernels (22–24) had a three-run home run from Williams. Jared Akins, Jacob Pearson, and Yeltsin Encarnacion contributed with two hits each, while Jean Carlos Aries opened with a three-run home run.
On Thursday, the teams will play final games in the four-game series.
Meta description: Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp withdrew his name from the NBA draft and will return to a college team. Read this article to find out more. Joe Wieskamp Leaves NBA …
Meta description: Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp withdrew his name from the NBA draft and will return to a college team. Read this article to find out more.
Iowa Hawkeyes guard, Joe Wieskamp, has announced that he will go back to the Hawkeye State for his sophomore year, withdrawing himself from the 2019 NBA draft.
Wieskamp, who the NCAA Basketball league selected for the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team, averaged 4.9 rebounds and 11.1 points per game last season. Although he won’t be making the leap to the NBA, Wieskamp found his involvement in the NBA Draft process to be a valuable experience.
In his own words, the 6-foot-6 guard learned a lot of information about the process, which will help him in the future when he feels ready to join the best basketball league in the world. Now, however, his focus switched back to Iowa, aiming to help his teammates to achieve their goals for the next season.
The Hawkeyes head coach, Fran McCaffery, said that he was happy to see Joe return to the team and is looking forward to seeing him in the Iowa shirt. The coach hopes Wieskamp can become the team’s leader next year. McCaffery added that this was an excellent opportunity for the 19-year-old to receive feedback from the NBA officials.