Storm Lake Real Estate & Community News

Real Estate Agency in Storm Lake, IA

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 real estate market, and the current real estate market in the surrounding areas like Alta, Newell, Aurelia, Schaller, Early, Fonda, Cherokee, Sioux Rapids 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 Realtors the #1 Most Recommended Real Estate Company of Google for the Storm Lake and Cherokee Area!

Georgia Weaver Call me 712-291-0118 

Georgia Weaver - Broker Owner


Justin Davis REALTOR


Ronnie Weaver REALTOR Owner

March 3, 2018

The "Right" Agent and the "Right" Home


The "Right" Agent and the "Right" Home

Some buyers think that finding the right home is the critical part of the buying process and that is how they determine which agent to use. While it is important, there may be a broader skill set to consider when selecting your real estate professional. The most recent NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers indicate that 52% of buyers do want help in finding the right home to purchase. There was a time when the public did not have access to all the homes on the market, but the Internet has changed that. Helping to negotiate the price and terms of sale were identified by almost 25% of the buyers. No one wants to pay more than is necessary and the terms of the sale can be as important as the price. The next largest area of assistance that buyers value has to do with financing and the paperwork. Even if a buyer has been through the process before, it very likely could have been several years and things have probably changed. Since the cost of housing is dependent on the price paid for the home and the financing, a real estate professional skilled in these specialized areas can be very valuable in finding the "right" home. An agent’s experience and connections to allied professionals and service providers is equally important. Ask the agent representing you to specifically list the tools and talent they have available to address these areas. Call me Georgia Weaver, 712-291-0118, Iowa Licensed Broker for Weaver Realtors, 607 Lake Ave Storm Lake IA 50588

March 2, 2018

Tax Refund? Use it Wisely!

Buyers, Sellers and Investors

Are you getting a tax refund?? If so one great way to increase that money and continue to increase it year over year is to use it as a down payment to purchase a home, an investment property or upgrade your current home or investment property. BONUS! First-time buyers will realize an even bigger tax refund in the next year because you will have a new write-off in the interest paid on your mortgage. Interested in learning more, call me Georgia Weaver 712-291-0118, to see how you can turn your tax refund into a new HOME! Georgia Weaver, IA Licensed Realtor 55867, Weaver Realtors, 607 Lake Ave, Storm Lake IA 50588, office 712213-4664, online at

Feb. 9, 2018

Spring Market on the Way in Storm Lake

Hello Everyone!

We are beginning to see indications that this will be another fast busy year. If you are a buyer, it is very important that you get things in place before you start looking so you can compete with the other buyers also looking. So how do you get ready - you get a pre-approval for your mortgage, this does several things, it shows a seller you are serious about purchasing and that you can get a loan, when you get a pre-approval discuss the payments with the banker so that you are comfortable that you can make the monthly payment. 

Sept. 14, 2017

Equifax - Did You Get Hacked?

Scary stuff, especially for a company that has as much info as this one. Somewhat disappointed that it wasn't reported immediately. But finger pointing doesn't solve anything, so now we do damage control. 

Fortunately 2 years ago we enrolled in a company named Zander Identity Theft Solutions. They monitor our credit, accounts and social security numbers but they will also resolve issues if they come up. Why monitor, If I get hacked I know it, but don't know anything about what to do or where to start to fix things. That is where Zander IDT comes in.

Resolving problems was the clincher for me. 

Also recommended by Dave Ramsey. Zander IDT

July 27, 2017

Mortgages and Interest - The Shorter the Better


At least consider a shorter one

Affordability and stability are reasons home buyers choose a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. It makes the payment lower than a 15-year mortgage and the principal and interest portion of the payment will be constant for 30 years.

A common belief among homeowners for decades was that they would always have mortgage payment. The Great Recession has caused many individuals to rethink that concept and make plans to get their home paid for sooner.

For people who can afford it, shorter term mortgages will provide a lower interest rate and build equity faster. A 3.09% 15-year fixed-rate mortgage compared to a 3.87% 30-year loan will have a $562.42 higher payment.

The equity would be $66,903.04 greater on the 15-year term at the end of seven years. Even after you consider the higher payment on the shorter term, the equity difference is still almost $20,000 greater.

By choosing a 15-year loan, a borrower is committing to the higher payment for the term of the mortgage in exchange for a slightly lower interest rate. Another approach would be for the borrower to acquire a 30-year mortgage and make payments as if it were on a 15-year term. The slightly higher rate would allow the borrower the flexibility of not having to make the higher payment in the event he could not afford it on any particular month.

Have questions, call me Georgia Weaver 712-291-0118, I can put you in touch with a great mortgage provider who can help.

July 27, 2017

Recommendations from a few of our recent Clients at Weaver Realtors


Just a few words of thanks, WE THANK YOU for choosing us, we know you have a choice and we promise to provide you with the best local professional real estate services in the Storm Lake area. We care about how we do business, we are stewards of this company. We care about how our clients and customers are served, we care that ALL our clients and customers are happy and satisfied with the level of service we provide.

"A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to us. God owns everything, we are simply managers and administrators acting on his behalf."

- Georgia Weaver 

What Our Clients Are Saying:

Georgia is very knowledgeable and helpful. She made every step of the process smooth and easy. Our first listing wasn't even on the market for 5 days and it was sold!  Brandon and Nicole Axdahl 2017

Brandon and Nicole, you guys are amazing, you do so many things I am in awe of how you get it done.  I love working with other entrepreneurs very inspiring!

When we first met Georgia we loved her. She knows her job and makes you feel special. There is nothing that could be improved in the way you do business, you are great. If you need a realtor, call Georgia she will go the extra mile for you! Very Professional. Lisa Steemke and Linda Wallace 2017

Lisa and Linda, what a joy working with you, it took a while but so worth the wait! You have the perfect house. Relax and enjoy - you both deserve it!

Our transaction closed on time, Georgia is a great resource and professional, our property was listed with 2 other Realtors but didn't sell. She did a great job, communicated very timely and very glad we worked with her to finally get the home sold. Hesselman 2017

Becky and Steve, so glad I could help out a fellow real estate professional and friend. Lovely home, just took some special marketing.

We bought our current property through Georgia at Weaver Realtors, and we were impressed with her professionalism. Therefore, we chose her to sell our home. Georgia has helped us both buy and sell a property recently. She is friendly and professional. She made the buying and selling process easy and painless. Highly recommend Georgia and Weaver Realtors. Josh Fischer and Monica Firme 2017

Josh and Monica, so great to work with you again!  Your home sold so fast, it was great, but it was also because you put the work into making it beautiful and ready to sell. Thank you!

I had heard how good you were. You did a great job can't improve at all. You were so nice to me and did a great job, and I made a new friend. Elayne Boyd 2017 Sold 

Elayne, loved working with you, you are a sweet dear friend, wish you were closer so we could share some Lemmoncello cake at Giovanni's again. But, very glad you are closer to your daughter.


Thank you One and All!

July 25, 2017

Annual Credit Report - Don't Put It Off

Don't Put This Off - Remember to Get Your Annual Credit Report

You are probably aware that Federal law entitles you to a free copy of your credit report annually by each of the three credit bureaus: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax. By regularly looking at each of these reports, you can determine if there are any errors on them and be aware of your credit worthiness.

Instead of ordering all three at the same time, experts recommend that you stagger them throughout the year. This will let you look at your credit at three different times during the year instead of only once a year.

An easy way make this happens on a timely basis is to set a recurring appointment on your digital calendar whether it is on your phone, your email program or a contact manager. Make the appointment to order a free credit report from a recurring event to take place every four months. You’ll order one report from each of three companies once a year.

You can record that date and the bureau you ordered the last report in the appointment’s note section so that you’ll have a history and won’t try to order the same report twice in one year.

This isn’t just for people who are trying to clean-up their credit. This procedure allows you to monitor your credit to be sure that your report is accurate. You might even discover that someone is illegally using your good credit.

This is a SUPER Important thing to do every year!

July 24, 2017

Available homes in Storm Lake - It's a Rough and Tumble Business Right Now

Storm Lake real estate, not a lot to choose from and a highly competitive market. Not many homes available for sale in Storm Lake, 17 total as of today. If you are a buyer, it is very important you work with a Realtor who will take the time to help understand your needs and counsel you on what you need to do to secure a property. It isn't just going to see houses! You need highly skilled and trained Realtor working for you, they will need a signed Exclusive Buyer's Agency agreement, a pre-approval letter for a mortgage, you to be very flexible with days and time to get out to see properties as soon as they come on the market. You may need to e able to pay your own closing costs or at least be able to increase your offer the amount you are asking the seller to pay for closing costs.

Sellers have their own closing costs and in a low inventory market, there are more buyers who do not ask sellers to pay closing costs, so to be competitive you need to either pay your own or increase your offer by the amount you need the seller to pay. However, the property must still appraise for what you are offering.

As far as available properties in Storm Lake, of the 17 available homes, 8 are over $200,000, 3 of the 8 are over $300,000 and 1 is over $600,000. The remaining properties, 9, range from a condo at $59,900 to a house at $188,000. 

Of the 9 homes under $200,000 six have been on the market 25 or more days - indicating they are possibly over priced or have some other undesirable condition, since they have not sold in the very low inventory condition of the market.

One other tip is to have a successful, experienced, full-time Realtor who is a Certified Negotiations Expert (CNE) working for you. Your chance of securing a home with reasonable terms in a low inventory market with an inexperienced, part time realtor with no negotiations training is pretty low. 

Call me 712-291-0118, I can help

Georgia Weaver - Broker Owner



#1 Recommended Real Estate Company in Storm Lake on GOOGLE

Weaver Realtors gets results!



July 19, 2017

Storm Lake Pocket Listings

POCKET LISTINGS!!!! More properties listed with an accepted offer! These properties were not made available to the general public prior to accepting an offer. Makes me VERY concerned that these sellers don't understand they are probably accepting less money since the home is not available to ALL BUYERS. (SUPPLY and DEMAND). Research shows for every $100,000 in value the seller misses out on around $15,000.


If the company you are thinking of listing with shows and encourages you to negotiate on an offer before it is on the MLS, it is called a pocket listing and it is not only hurting your chance to get top dollar but it is also hurting local property values.
There are class action lawsuits in other states to get this practice stopped.
Even the government has taken action, unfortunately until there is a class action lawsuit that makes National headlines many brokerages will continue this practice, and continue to hurt their clients.
Weaver Realtors stands against this practice!
July 6, 2017

What is a Material Fact in Real Estate?

What is a Material Fact in Real Estate? It is a very important definition to know, for both buyers and sellers. If you are selling and you don't understand what is and what is not a material fact there is a stronger possibility you will be sued by a buyer who later discovers the omission.