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  • Sue Sutton-Ludwig
    RE/MAX Concepts
    Ask Sue a question about West Des Moines.
    West Des Moines, IA
    Thinking about building? Where should you begin? First, what is your budget? Some lenders specialize in new construction. I recommend contacting a Realtor to assist during the process. The Realtor works closely with lenders and can give you a few recommendations. Once you have established your buying power, it’s time to consider the following: location, style, builder, your needs, and wants. For example: if you are leaning towards a rural location will it need septic? Or does it have access to city sewer? If it needs a septic system, you’ll want to perform a Perc test. What are the zoning restrictions? If it is located in a development, it most likely has a Homeowners Association.

    The HOA is established by the Developer, which puts in place rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are implemented for the homes and property to ensure continuity in the development. Your realtor can provide a copy of the covenants. The covenants will specify the minimum square footage for the home built in the development.

    At this point your realtor has introduced you to different builder’s. He or she may have taken you to several homes to help decide on your builder. Some builders have already pre-purchased lots. This gives you access to specific lots, but this does not require you to only build on those designated lots. Your Realtor can assist in finding a lot that you can bring your own builder. It’s time to make an offer once you have picked your builder and lot. Your Realtor will ensure due diligence is performed throughout the home building process.
  • Ask a Local Expert a question about West Des Moines.
    West Des Moines, IA
    Relax in the great outdoors right around the corner! Head over to Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines. You'll feel like you've escaped to a wilderness retreat without the drive. And this park has almost anything you could want in an outdoor retreat. A beautiful, clean beach being the feature, but there's more! Fishing, trails, sports complex, dog park, a playground, picnic area, nature lodge, archery and boat ramp. A whole day could easily be spent enjoying all this park has to offer. Definitely a hidden jewel in the metro. Have you been missing out?
  • West Des Moines is the second largest city in the Des Moines area and the tenth largest city in Iowa with over 59,000 residents. Originally called Valley Junction, the name was changed to West Des Moines in the 1930s.
  • Alex Wick
    RE/MAX Precision
    West Des Moines is known for their strong school systems. West Des Moines public schools alone totals at 14 school buildings with over 9,000 children attending. Doing so allows the children a better and more intimate opportunity to learn and grow. They work hard to ensure that it continues to feel like a community of schools, which both the parents and teachers take pride in.

    The school district takes extra measures to ensure the community feeling endures. They will gather all sixth grade band students in the district for performances. They will also assemble all of the secondary teachers together to participate in professional development in order to keep unity between the schools teachings.

    Our school systems are highly ranked both throughout Iowa and the nation. Valley High School, one of our larger school districts, is ranked #7 out of 349 in Iowa, with all scores well above average. Nationally, it is rated an impressive #1,219 out of almost 100,000 schools in the U.S. This means that our children have a better chance of success as they grow and learn because our education system is designed to better prepare them for college and success through their lives!
  • Alex Wick
    RE/MAX Precision
    West Des Moines has always been known to be ahead of the rest when it came to shopping, dining, and entertainment. We had no idea how much things would grow once the Jordan Creek Mall and Town Center was added in 2004. Featuring stores from Younkers to Barnes and Noble, and Costco to Scheels, it not only affected the dining and shopping choices, but it drove West Des Moines to grow in every aspect.

    New homes immediately started sprouting up to the south and west, creating new suburbs, businesses, and even schools to keep up with the growing population.

    West Des Moines, its officials, and residents take great pride in the quality of expansion that has taken place. From our ever progressing school systems to our expanding business opportunities, the Jordan Creek Town Center played a very important role!

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