Sunday, November 29, 2009

We are currently advertising two Houses for Rent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

We are currently accepting applications for Houses For Rent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa...


Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Tommy Tucker Realty Co.

We hope you are having a great week of Thanksgiving.

Our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday this week in observance of Thanksgiving. We want to express our thanks to our clients, customers, vendors and all those in our community. Our offices will resume operations on Monday, November 30, 2009.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Two new items impacting Real Estate Laws in the State of Iowa

We received the following notice on two changes in Iowa real estate law.

The Iowa Supreme Court struck down an Iowa Law relating to Landlords and Property Managers evicting their tenants. Please see the first section below. Additionally, a new radon disclosure requirement will be necessary beginning December 23, 2009. See the second section below.

New Eviction Requirements

Landlords/Property Managers -- Notice to evict requirements!
Certified Mail to notify of eviction under Iowa code 562A.29A(2) - (Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Law) - has been deemed unconstitutional by the Iowa Supreme Court (War Eagle Village Apartments vs. Plummer). Effective immediately landlords should follow other methods "reasonably calculated" to reach the intended recipients. Personal service seems to be the only method now currently allowed to ensure an eviction proceeding does not get dismissed on a technicality. Other methods of notice are available, but have more hoops to climb through. The IAR Legislative committee will look at ways to include other methods to deliver notices which may meet the "reasonably calculated" requirements of the court opinion.

New Radon Disclosure Requirement

The new Radon Disclosure requirement is scheduled to go into effect December 23, 2009.
The Iowa Administrative Rule will become effective for all transactions on December 23, 2009. As the Iowa property condition report form must be accurate prior to or at the time a purchase contact becomes binding, it is a good idea to immediately have the sellers become familiar with and utilize the Fact Sheet and the disclosure requirement. Buyers will have to acknowledge they have received the Fact Sheet. There is no requirement that REALTORS® or agents sign off on any radon disclosure. This law is similar to the lead based paint requirements, but without the real estate licensee having verification responsibilities that the requirements have been met.

Click here (IAR password required) to download the new IAR Seller Disclosure of Property Condition form.
The Radon Fact Sheet is created by and available for download by the Iowa Department of Public Health. . It is also available linked from the IAR website.

Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday! Note our offices are closed Thanksgiving and Friday, November 27Th. We will resume normal office hours on Monday, November 30Th at 8:30 a.m.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids meeting for November 23, 2009

Robin Tucker is scheduled to attend today's Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids meeting at Noon. I.L. 'Tommy' Tucker is a member Rotary International, as well. Robin celebrated his 20Th year anniversary as a member of Rotary International in September of this year.

The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids is now on Twitter! Link


Today's Speaker and Program:
John Sorensen, President/CEO


Friday, November 20, 2009

What's up this weekend and through Thanksgiving with Tommy Tucker Realty Co.

TGIF ... it's the weekend!

The University of Iowa will close out the 2009 regular season on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium, as the Hawkeyes will host the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the Battle for the Floyd of Rosedale. Robin and Carole Tucker are looking forward to another Hawkeye game at Kinnick Stadium!

Looking for a House for Sale or House for Rent currently in Cedar Rapids? We invite you to look at one of our listings. Please visit our web site 24/7.
Tommy Tucker Realty Co. will be closed next Thursday and Friday, November 26-27, 2009 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Our telephone number is 319.365.6956, so please leave a message, so we can follow up with you and work to be of service.

It is always nice to give our staff and associates time to be with family and friends during this time for Thanksgiving in the United States. Please let us know, if there is something we need to discuss.

We want to thank you for your business and interest in our services. Please let us know, how can we be of help to you or someone you know!

P.S. - Have a safe enjoyable weekend!

Can we interest you in a smaller 2 Bedroom for Rent in NE Cedar Rapids?

We are currently accepting applications for Houses For Rent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa...


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Service to the Cedar Rapids Area through the local Association of Realtors

The Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors® Inaugural Ball will be held this evening. I.L. 'Tommy' Tucker, founder and President of Tommy Tucker Realty Co., was President of the local board in 1961.

Robin Tucker plans to attend with his guest, his wife Carole.

Our incoming new board President, Russ Nading of Iowa Realty, is planning to reflect a little on the history of our local Realtor association tonight. The Cedar Rapids Area Association is the second largest market in the State of Iowa and was founded in 1917.

Thursday, Novmember 19, 2009: Joint Rotary Club meeting for Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Robin Tucker is scheduled to attend today's joint meeting of the seven Cedar Rapids Metro Area Rotary Clubs from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education.

The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids is now on Twitter! Link

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education

Today's Speaker and Program:

The seven Cedar Rapids Metro area Rotary clubs will join together to hold a luncheon to build public awareness for polio and to raise money to help eradicate polio one and for all. Doug Oberman (read more below), a successful Waterloo lawyer and international speaker on polio will share his inspiring life story and the impact polio has had on his life.

Many of us know someone who had a brush with the crippling disease which mainly
strikes children. But Rotarian Doug Oberman of Cedar Falls has a very
personal experience. Doug was a normally active boy until one day
when he was eight. Polio robbed him of the use of his hands and arms, but
not his spirit. Although Doug has slept in an iron lung for over 50 years,
he graduated from college and law school and had a successful law practice for
29 years.

In 2002 Rotary asked Doug to travel to Barcelona,
Spain to address its international convention. Although the ordeal of
getting his iron lung onto the place was replayed four times, he made it and was
the hit of the event. Later he traveled to Rotary meetings in Cleveland
and Windsor, Canada where he gave powerful presentations about his passion
for making polio only the second disease ever eradicated.
- Rotary West


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

CRAAR award 2009 Betty Berry Volunteer of the Year Award at Today's meeting

The monthly Real Estate Today Show, the monthly luncheon of the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors®, included the annual award given to a member of the community for volunteer work. The award is named after the late Betty Berry, who was a long-term Realtor and former president of the local association.

This year's recipient was recognized at the November meeting of local Realtors.

The Recipient is KARLA GOETTEL

Previous Recipients of the Betty Berry Volunteer of the Year Award:

  • 2008: Amy Johnson-Boyle

  • 2007: Cheryle Mitvalsky

  • 2006: Jack Evans

  • 2005: no recipient

  • 2004: Gary Streit

  • 2003: Ralph Palmer (Ralph was able to attend this year's meeting as well)

  • 2002: Nick Gearhart

  • 2001: Madge Phillips

  • 2000: Bill Quinby

  • 1999: Paul Phelan Jr.

  • 1998: Peter R. Teahen


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Houses for Rent in NE Cedar Rapids, Iowa

We are currently accepting applications for Houses For Rent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa...


Monday, November 16, 2009

Good morning - November 16, 2009

Attended the Government Affairs Committee meeting of the Cedar Rapids Association of Realtors® this morning. We were scheduled to meet with Iowa House District 33 candidates, Josh Thurston and Kirsten Running-Marquardt, who will be involved in a special election for November 24, 2009 to replace Dick Taylor (Dem.), who is stepping down from State House 33.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Open Houses today: November 15, 2009 for SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

As seen in The Gazette for November 15, 2009

  • 927 Norwood Drive SE from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • 2753 2nd Avenue SE from 2 pm to 4 pm
Your host is Joel Lahey, CRS, GRI
Tommy Tucker Realty Co.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Election News Update for the City of Cedar Rapids; Sunday Open House news from ttrco

Reminder for those living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa:

  • The Special Election in Iowa House District 33 will occur on Tuesday, November 24 for people living in SE, SW and NW precincts in Cedar Rapids. For more information Voters in Precincts 1-11 Cedar Rapids will be selecting a new House Member to represent them in Des Moines. Don't forget to vote on Election Day or through absentee or early voting at the Linn County Auditor's Office.

  • In the City of Cedar Rapids, a Runoff Election for the City Council District 3 position and one At-Large position will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2009. Absentee voting and in-person voting at the Linn County Auditor's Office has begun and is encouraged. For more information All Cedar Rapids voters have the opportunity to vote for one candidate and voters in District 3 have two candidates to vote for in this Runoff Election.


Tommy Tucker Realty Co. Update: Realtor® Joel Lahey will have Open Houses this Sunday, November 15Th at 927 Norwood Drive SE from 11:30 pm to 1:30 pm and at 2753 Second Avenue SE from 2 pm to 4 pm. We invite you to preview both of these houses in good SE side locations.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

We are currently advertising a couple of 2 bedrooms for Rent in Cedar Rapids

Looking for a house in the Cedar Rapids area? To Rent or To Buy?

Please give us a call to discuss your rental or purchasing needs. Can we help you with the sale of your property? Here is information on some of our current listings through Tommy Tucker Realty Co. for Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

  • 866 14Th Street NE - $525 per month

  • 878 14Th Street NE - $525 per month

Houses for Sale: SE

  • 2753 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 - MLS® $127,500

  • 927 Norwood Drive SE, Cedar Rapid, IA 52403 - MLS® $119,900

  • 1610 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 - MLS® $95,000

Give us a call at (319) 365-6956 for more information on these properties available in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Day: November 11, 2009

We salute those who serve and have served in our Armed Forces, especially those
members who gave the greatest sacrifice to our country.

Happy Veterans Day America!


P.S. - Our offices at Tommy Tucker Realty Co. are open today to be of service to all ...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Flood Recovery Concert on Saturday, November 14 in Cedar Rapids

Update from CR Small Business Recovery on upcoming event in the community on Saturday, November 14!

"Flood Them With Love" Concert Fundraiser This Saturday

Aeroroot will perform to benefit local flood affected families

This Saturday, November 14, the group "Flood Them With Love" will hold a concert fundraiser for flood-affected families. This concert will feature Aeroroot, a local corporate band made up of Frontier Natural Products employees--100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to families who have survived the flood of 2008. Every $5, $10 and $20 donation will help these families meet some of their immediate needs.

Concert Details:

When: Saturday, November 14 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (or come early and watch the Iowa game!)

Where: Third Street Saloon (1202 Third St. SE in Cedar Rapids)

Cost: Admission to the concert is a free-will donation or a gift card from Target, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Hy-Vee, Fareway, Home Depot or Menards Note:

Must be 21 and over to attend.

About Aeroroot:
After a world-wide search, Aeroroot was selected and competed in the finals of Fortune Magazine's 9Th Annual Corporate Battle of the Bands at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH on October 3, 2009. Aeroroot was established nearly 5 years ago when the four band members decided to form a band for the company Christmas party at Frontier Natural Products in Norway, IA.

About "Flood Them With Love":
Flood Them With Love was established to help flood survivors with immediate needs. The group has raised over $80,000 plus over $100,000 through its partner, Horizons. The group is made up of volunteers with 100% of donations going directly to flood survivors.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Great News for Home Buyers with Extention and Expansion of Home Buyer Credit

We received the following E-mail recently from the Realtor® Action Center

Dear Robin,

You did it. You’ve succeeded in achieving a huge victory for real estate. Congress heard you on the need to both extend and expand the homebuyer tax credit to continue stimulating the housing sector of the economy. The Senate voted 98-0 on Wednesday and yesterday the House voted 403-12 on legislation that includes the extension and expansion of the credit. The President is expected to sign the legislation, perhaps as early as today.

Thank you for making this victory happen. Your letters in response to our Call for Action made a very big difference, as did the thousands of REALTOR® phone calls, visits by Federal Political Coordinators—all members of NAR—in getting this legislation passed. This is a great victory for the economy, for homebuyers, and for all of you in real estate. You made your case to Congress. We deeply appreciate your commitment and involvement on this issue and trust your continued support will follow in the weeks ahead on all our future Calls for Action.

More information on the tax credit and what it means to you:


Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids meeting for November 9, 2009

Robin Tucker is scheduled to attend today's Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids meeting at Noon. Robin is celebrated his 20Th year anniversary as a member of Rotary International in September 2009.

The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids is now on Twitter! Link

Monday, November 9, 2009

Today's Speaker and Program:
Dave Vaudt, Auditor
State of Iowa


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Updated Listing: 3 Bedroom in SE Cedar Rapids for Sale

Looking for an affordable priced house in SE Cedar Rapids? This 3 bedroom two story is located at 1610 Second Avenue SE, roughly 10 blocks uptown from Tommy Tucker Realty Co. Our offices are located at 613 Second Avenue SE in downtown Cedar Rapids.

We are celebrating our 40Th anniversary at our current location, after beginning our business in Cedar Rapids in 1958.

This new listing transferred to our agency, with the arrival of Joel T. Lahey, Realtor® GRI - CRS, who is the listing agent for this property. Joel Lahey arrived in October as our newest agent to Tommy Tucker Realty Co.

This property is MLS®2907871 and is price at $95,000. Visit the Virtual Tour of this 1,944 sq. ft. "Above ground" property.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3 in Cedar Rapids and much of the State of Iowa

Make sure that on Tuesday, November 3, you find time to cast your vote. Voting day information, including candidate profiles can be found on the Linn County Auditors web site.

Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids meeting for November 2, 2009

Robin Tucker is scheduled to attend today's Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids meeting at Noon. Robin is celebrated his 20Th year anniversary as a member of Rotary International in September 2009.

The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids is now on Twitter! Link

Monday, November 2, 2009

Today's Speaker and Program:
Dr. Ben Allen, President
The University of Northern Iowa


P.S. - Robin's daughter, Cheryl (I.L. 'Tommy' Tucker's granddaughter), is a student at the University of Northern Iowa. Tommy Tucker was involved in the establishment of the UNI Real Estate program at the University of Northern Iowa.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

We welcome the month of November 2009

Happy November 2009
This day in history,
November 1
. Happy All Saints' Day.
Other observations in the month of November 2009.

Tommy Tucker Realty Co., Realtors®

Our offices will be closed November 26-27, 2009 for Thanksgiving.
Our normal business hours are M-F, 8:30 am to 5 pm.
Or by appointment, call (319) 365-6956 to schedule an appointment.
Our offices are located at 613 Second Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.