Buying lakefront property in Okobioji

Buying waterfront property in Okoboji or spirit lake is one of the best investments you could make for you and your family. You'll get years and years of quality time with your kids while enjoying all the benefits of living on the water. Waterskiing across the lake, sailing on a breezy afternoon, taking a leisure cruise around the lakes, jumping off your private dock, or lying on your private beach with your toes in the water are all things that await you in the desirable community!

Once you have made the decision to buy a lakefront home, there are a few things to keep in mind before signing on the dotted line. Does the property have everything on your wish list, is the neighborhood the right fit for you family, are you going to rent this property…

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The Best of Spirit Lake Real Estate

It’s not every day you’ll come across such a magnificently-built home of this size with the south shore of Spirit Lake right practically just a hop-and-a-skip away from your sundeck! Needless to say, this beautiful single-family home has access to some of the best waterfront in all of Iowa, with your very own dock. Imagine being surrounded by perfect lake views from nearly every room in the house, plus access to a 28-acre State Park on the shores of East Okoboji Lake just across the street from your home. A little south below the State Park is an extensive trail system that connects you to all of the Iowa Great Lake trails. Here you’ll have the pleasure to enjoy wooded lands full of unique wildlife, a pristine…

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It never hurts to save money as a homeowner or decreasing the impact we have on the environment. This day and age, we are always looking to find smart ways to remain more energy efficient, especially in our homes. This time of year, when the temperature goes below zero, many of us have already implemented some energy-efficient changes that are one-time investments, but here are some easy tips you can manage every day with little effort to keep costs down, especially during the colder months in Iowa Great Lakes.

1. Replace Old Appliances

One of the most effective ways of having a cost-efficient home is to replace old appliances that are nowhere close to being energy-efficient like ENERGY STAR® certified appliances. Replacing your dated appliances…

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If you are in the market to sell your Iowa Great Lakes home, one of the best decisions you can make is to use the services of an experienced and professional home stager. Hiring a home stager will be just as critical to your real estate success as an experienced, knowledgeable real estate agent is to the selling of your home. The home staging industry has become quite popular, but not all home stagers are created equal. Finding the most suitable professional to help set your listing apart from the rest is not a simple task, so here are 10 helpful questions to ask before hiring a home stager.

1.What is Your Work Experience?

Investing in home staging services can be an expensive investment, and the intention of pursuing such a service is to help…

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Why It's Better To Buy Vs Rent In Iowa Great Lakes

The age old debate of whether it's better to buy vs rent a home can get quite intense. Whether you think you’ll make more money on the stock market or you think property is the best investment, we challenge you to read this blog and think long and hard about the points we make. There are some undeniable reasons to become a homeowner for the first-time, and some good reasons for those second-home buyers to bite the bullet and buy another property.

Why should you focus on buying vs renting? I am sure over the years the thought has crossed many renters minds as to when the best time to make a home purchase is. Should you wait another year or two to save up more money or should you take what you have and get into the market as soon as possible? What…

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Northwest Iowa Industries

Some of the most fertile soil in the country is found in Iowa, and agriculture has been a dominant means of survival for the people of Iowa for hundreds of years. During the colonial era, the ambitious people of Iowa established their land in the northwestern region of the state for an agricultural based economy, right in the heart of the Corn Belt. Throughout the 20th century, Iowa’s agricultural economy progressed into a diversified economy of innovative manufacturing, processing, financial services, information technology, biotechnology, and green production. Thanks to the industrial revolution, Iowa has remained an agricultural powerhouse and was one of the biggest wheat and corn producers in the world. To this day,…

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The Pearson Lakes Art Center celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and is now one of the top art museums in Iowa. With an impressive collection of both permanent and loaned pieces, people across the country have enjoyed the various famous displays as well as the unique creative programs that are offered to all backgrounds and skill-levels. The Pearson Lakes Art Center holds six galleries, a performing arts theater, a pottery room, a library, and an interactive gallery. The Pearson Arts Center is a gem of our Iowa Great Lakes community and a fantastic creative outlet for many.

What's Happening this Winter at The Pearson Lakes Art Center

During the colder months in our Iowa Great Lakes community, getting out to discover new hobbies and passions…

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The 38th Annual Winter Games- Okoboji

This coming January marks the 38th year of one of the most coveted winter festivals of West Lake Okoboji, attracting tens of thousands of people from our state and from across the nation, to the Iowa Great Lakes Area for a weekend of family fun and community spirit! Hosted by the University of Okoboji, participants of the event join in on exciting winter activities, while some are warmer and colder than others. Get your bucket list ready and join our community for a spectacular time! Whether you want to jump into freezing water, tour the Great Lakes in a helicopter, or play cards with your friends, there's something for all of us to enjoy!

Snow or no snow, the show must go on!

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Every now and again, our gorgeous region in Dickinson County will surprise us with something special, and The Narrows just happens to be one of them. If you’ve dreamt of owning a large piece of paradise next to one of the Great Iowa Lakes, look no further.

This stunning parcel of land rests alongside East Okoboji Lake, the longest natural lake in all of Iowa (approx. 7 miles long). It also happens to be surrounded by the cherished Elinor Bedell State Park, a place where nature seekers can explore the beauty which is abundant in Dickinson County. Oak savannas, low bank lakeshore, and our peaceful prairies encompass this tract of 49 acres. It’s not every day you’ll find 2,020 feet of East Okoboji shoreline, especially for this kind of value.

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The Iowa Great Lakes area has some of the best water bodies found in the Midwest, which is why many people want to invest in Okoboji real estate. But did you know that Okoboji has the most state parks in all 99 counties found right here in the northwest of Iowa? Okoboji offers residents and travelers over 10 state parks made up of diverse ecosystems, amongst some the most stunning natural landscapes in all of Iowa.

Whether you want to enjoy the tranquility of nature or experience a variety of unique recreational activities, Okoboji is the place to be for anyone who enjoys being immersed in nature. At Hoien Realty, we've been in the area for over 50 years, so here's a list of our favorite state parks in our beautiful Okoboji.

1. Gull Point State…

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