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What can be found here and why should you follow this blog?

This blog contains information for Buyers, Sellers, Investors and Renters. Real estate is a fascinating topic and a very complex one. You can search this blog by topic to find exactly what you are looking for, it will also have all of our new listings. You can learn about Storm Lake's current local (50 mile radius), real estate market, and the current real estate market in the surrounding areas like Alta, Newell, Aurelia, Schaller, Early, Fonda, Cherokee, Sioux Rapids, Ida Grove, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Lake View, Lakeside, Correctionville, Remsen and others. 

For Buyers we will have topics including financing, down payment assistance programs, tips on how to compete with other buyers, how to offer, home inspections and how they work, the process of buying a property, what not to do after you have an accepted offer, the advantage of having a Certified Negotiations Expert on your side and a lot more.

For Sellers we will have topics including how to best price your property, how to prepare your property and see it through the buyer's eyes, home inspections and how they work, how to negotiate, the importance of staging, why pictures are worth a million dollars, the advantage of having a Certified Negotiations Expert on your side and a lot more.

For Investors - a topic I LOVE! Topics will include how to evaluate a property, what tools I personally use and access to them, how to find an investment property, what basic improvements cost if done by you or a contractor, how to find a good tenant, why you need your properties in an entity and not in your personal name, how to negotiate with buyers, sellers and tenants, 1031 Exchanges and a lot more.

For Renters - we list all the new rentals as we are notified of their availability on this blog, we can help you determine if it is time to buy instead of rent, help you determine what if any programs  - like down payment assistance - you may qualify for, discuss how to have a conversation with a landlord when the property you are renting is in need of work, and a lot more.

For Everyone - Thank you for making Weaver LLC, Realtors the #1 Most Recommended Real Estate Company on Google 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & ....for our Area!

Georgia Weaver Call me 712-291-0118 Georgia Weaver - Broker Owner CRS, CNE, GRI, AHWD, PSA, RENE


Weaver LLC, Realtors Team Photo 

Lissett Lopez, Geneva Miesner, Ronnie Weaver, Georgia Weaver, Ron Witham, Valerie Meinerts

June 9, 2021

SOLD 310 W 7th St Alta Iowa Congratulations Jorge and Mavel

Jorge and Mavel CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You have a wonderful new home. Can't wait to see what you deo with it! 


June 9, 2021

SOLD 212 Hudson St Storm Lake IA to Mitchell and Amy

Mitchell and Amy CONGRATULATIONS on your new home!!

March 20, 2020

Buying a Home Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

As a Realtor, I understand the amount of work both buyer and seller put into purchasing and selling a property. Throw in this Coronavirus social distancing and it gets about 20 times more complicated. 

Is it a good time to buy, in my opinion YES. That's because there are homes to sell, interest rates are low, rental rates are very high, this Coronavirus will end. Once that happens, hopefully sooner than later, interest rates will go up, more buyers will be out looking and competition will increase. 

It is still a very good idea to not be any closer than 6 feet from another individual. Also, if you are sick, have been sick in the last 14 days or have been exposed to anyone who has been sick in the last 14 days, please do not ask a Realtor to show you properties. Can you still see houses, YES, but be prepared to answer health questions, follow the homeowner's precaution requests and have your temperature taken.

You do not know if that Realtor or the home owners are immune compromised or have elderly people they care for. The responsible ethical thing to do is to wait. This illness is spread by contact with an infected individual, who may not show symptoms for 14 days after they were exposed and can still be able to spread the virus up to 14 days after becoming symptom free. Keep track of those you have been in contact with, it could matter a lot to someone. This is not a time to panic, this will end. It is a time to take precautions, be mindful of others and limit everyone's exposure. Who is your neighbor, Jesus would say everyone. 

.  Thank you for your diligence and caring for others.

Georgia Weaver, Broker/Owner, Weaver LLC, REALTORS, 607 Lake Ave, Storm Lake IA

If you have questions please call me at 712-291-0118. 

Jan. 7, 2020

Transform your laundry in half a day, with DIY, and less than $100. You Can Do It!

Great Before and After photos show what a little time and elbow grease can do. One thing I see a lot while looking at  or showing homes for sale in the Storm Lake IA and surrounding area is simple fixes that sellers are missing. These simple fixes make all the difference in a showing and presentation. The laundry rooms below are the same room. One is just a blah typical laundry, like most of us have. The second one is an organized, tastefully decorated and painted laundry that someone wouldn't mind being in to do laundry.      

When selling a property it is a good idea to super clean, if you can't do it or you hate to clean, HIRE IT DONE. It is critical your property is clean, de-cluttered and well maintained looking.  It is a great idea to have a pre-listing property inspection, that way there are no unpleasant surprises once the home has an accepted offer. It is also great to have a Realtor look at your property at least 60 days before you plan to put it on the market. A good realtor can  point out things like the laundry below, unflattering paint colors, half dead trees (landscaping concerns), additions or subtractions that can not only sell your property sooner but for more money. 


Blah laundry room, not organized             After Laundry Room - so much better!

After              After

Paint, shelf, small cabinet, some wall decorations. Maybe $100 in materials and 2 hours of work. YOU CAN DO IT! Which one would you rather buy? Call me  and schedule a time to walk through your property. I can do a valuation (called a Comparative Market Analysis or CMA), give you insight into what could cause problems with a USDA or a FHA loan (the majority of loans in our area are of these 2 types), and help you tweak your property room by room to bring top dollar.



Georgia Weaver, 712-291-0118, IA Licensed, Broker/Owner, Weaver LLC, Realtors, 607 Lake Ave, Storm Lake, IA online at

Georgia Weaver - Broker Owner  

July 27, 2019

Acreage for rent

4 bedroom 1 1/2 bath brick ranch acreage with attached 1 car garage, and double car garage next to house, on blacktop with asphalt driveway.   Alta or Sioux Central school district.  4 stainless steel kitchen appliances, and washer and dryer included.  Central air.   Full unfinished basement.  Living and dining room carpeted, 4 bedrooms hardwood floors.   1 year lease.  No smoking, No pets.    Application and credit check.    $875/month, plus utilities,  $875 Security Deposit.  Call Barbara 712-299-3164.


March 19, 2019

So Many Advantages to Owning Rental Homes

SOOO MANY Reasons Rental Homes Rank Highest
Single family homes offer the investor an opportunity to borrow large loan-to-value loans at fixed interest rates for long terms. Lenders will loan 75-80% of the purchase price at 5.5% to 6.5% interest rate for thirty years. Compare that with other popular investment alternatives like precious metals, commodities, stocks, and mutual funds and it will be hard to find financing available at all. In Storm Lake and Alta we have a very low housing inventory and these numbers are even higher.
There may be some short term, one-year, loans at a floating rate tied to prime plus with no guarantee that it will be renewed. Some of those loans require you to have a 50% margin of equity and if the value goes down, you'll have to put up additional cash or be forced to sell.
The advantage of having long-term mortgages is that an investor could find the optimal time to sell the property instead of needing to sell it because the term is due, and no other financing is available. Supply and demand cause the real estate market to be higher and lower and a long-term mortgage provides options to sell when the price is optimal.
Single family homes enjoy distinct tax advantages. If the rental or investment property is held for more than 12 months, the gain is taxed at lower, long-term capital gains rates rather than ordinary income rates.
Another advantage of rental homes is that the improvements can be depreciated over a 27.5-year life. This is a non-cash deduction that reduces income and shelters income. The accumulated depreciation taken over the life of the property is recaptured when the property is sold.
Since rental homes provide income that other investments may not, tax would have to be recognized on the annual income. IRS allows normal operating expenses like interest, property taxes, insurance, repairs, and management to be deducted including the annual depreciation.
Rental and investment property are eligible for tax-deferred exchanges to avoid paying tax at the time of disposition. Real estate also enjoys stepped-up basis which means that when an heir inherits a property, instead of having a potential gain from the value the decedent had purchased it for less depreciation taken, the heir's basis becomes the fair market value at time of death. All potential gain may be permanently avoided.
Appreciation is a much-anticipated benefit of real estate because value tends to go up over time.
Another big benefit is the control that an investor has with rentals that is not available with other investments like stocks, bonds, or commercial real estate. It takes a relatively small amount of cash to control the entire investment in a home that wouldn't be available in other investments without partners or publicly traded companies.
Single family homes are an investment that homeowners understand because they are essentially the same as the home they live in. They're used for rental purposes but the maintenance is the same, the service providers are the same, and the neighborhood are the same. Most homeowners understand rentals far better than alternative investments.
Contact me at if you'd like to know more about rental property.
Georgia Weaver 712-291-0118
IA Licensed Realtor
Weaver Realtors, 607 Lake Ave, Storm Lake, IA
Posted in Buyers
March 1, 2019

Free Home Buyer's Seminar March 14th

We are holding a Free Home Buyers Seminar on March 14th from 6 pm to 8 pm. Come and learn what you need to buy a home, meet some of the local professionals, banker, realtors, attorney, home inspector and enjoy a sandwich as we take you through the home buying process. Seating is limited, all attendees must pre-register no walk ins. We are keeping this small so we can answer everyone's questions completely. If this date doesn't work for you please call our office at 712-213-4663 to set up an appointment with one of our Realtors. 


Georgia Weaver
Broker Owner 
Weaver Realtors
607 Lake Ave
IA Licensed

on-line at

Direct 712-291-0118 

Office 712-213-4663


Nov. 21, 2018

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist


Spring Home Maintenance Checklist


Spring is such a wonderful time, birds singing, snow melting, the promise of new life! I just love this time of year. 

When you own a home, there are always things to do, this is especially true for the Spring.

1)  ________ Review the list of things you wrote up over the winter that you wanted to get

2)  ________ Check the house for any damage that may have happened over the winter.
                      driveway, down spouts, roof, patio, and garage.

3) _________ Clean all debris from the roof, gutters, yard that accumulated over the winter.

4) _________ Reseal anything that needs it like exterior calk, put on screens if you took
                       them off in the Fall.

5) _________  Check paint on the house, garage and trim, repair any that is peeling
                        or chipped. 

6)  ________  Check screen doors and windows are clean and in good repair.

7)  ________  Clean any garden or flower bed debris

8)  ________  Clean and check all irrigation systems. Adjust heads or replace if needed. 

9)  ________  Clean all gutters and down spouts

10)  _______ Wash your windows

11)  _______  Check siding for any damage and repair.

12)  _______  Schedule an HVAC company to service clean and check your air conditioner.

13)  _______  Check your deck and porch for any damage, peeling paint, loose railing etc. 

14)  _______ Service your yard and lawn equipment and tools, mower, trimmer, shovel,
                      garden tools, pruners.




Nov. 21, 2018

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist


   Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Even though there isn't a lot that can be done outside this time of year with the snow on the ground, there are still maintenance tasks and things to check to save money on heat.


1)  ________ Gutters clean, this will help prevent an ice dam that can put water in
                      your home. If this is a routine problem you may want to invest in some
                      heated cables to keep ice melted. 
                       Excellent information here: article from This Old House, 

2)  ________ Weather stripping and calk on doors and windows reviewed and replaced if needed

3)  ________  Winter equipment and tools ready for use. Shovels, snow blower, windshield scrapers, ice melt

4)  ________  Check your emergency supplies, and replace if needed. Canned food, water, batteries, blankets, first
                        aid kit, crank radio, charge bank for smart phone.

5)  ________ Check the rug in your entry, switch to a larger rug if needed for muddy or wet boots. Place a basket in 
                       entry for gloves, hats etc.

6)  ________  Check your batteries in the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors once a month in the winter. You 
                       spend more time inside with less ventilation. 

7)  ________  Clean and check your humidifier, winter air is dry. Humidity level in your home should not be lower
                        than 40%. Lower than 40% can cause breathing issues, sinus infections and a lot of static.

8)  ________  Can't wait for the cold nights for a fire? Please do wait until you have the chimney cleaned and

9)  ________  Disconnect all water hoses, they can freeze and break inside the wall and leak into the house.

10) ________ Insulate any pipes that are close to the foundation or outside wall, especially in a big old house. 

11) ________ If your house is drafty, check the outlets and light switches. If a draft is felt there are insulation foam
                       pieces made to place behind these to stop the air flow.. 

12) ________ Contact a Heating and Air company and schedule them in to service your furnace or boiler.

13) ________  Check your attic and install more insulation if needed.

14) ________ If you have a flat roof, clean all leaves, branches off. 

15) ________ Remove and store all window air conditioner units.


We hope this list is helpful. Winter in Iowa can be brutal. Stay safe and warm this year. 

Georgia Weaver
Weaver Realtors
607 Lake Ave
Storm Lake, IA 50588



Aug. 10, 2018

Selling Above List Price in Storm Lake IA

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