Wednesday, October 30, 2013

LKR Agents Win Awards!

Congratulation to the LKR agents that won a 2013 Iowa City Association Area of REALTORS® (ICAAR) Award. 

Each year REALTORS® who are members of the association vote on several categories.  We are excited that we have five of our agents who won a Gold Star Award or Lifetime Achievement Award.

GOLD STAR AWARD                                     LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Phil O'Brien                                                        Dick McKeen
Mike Jensen
Verne Folkmann
Brian Watts

Thank you to everyone who voted!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LKR Fall 2013 Food Drive - Supporting the Crisis Center

Thank you to everyone who participated in the LKR Fall Food Drive 2013. We raised over $2800 in canned goods and donations for the Crisis Center!!


Friday, May 31, 2013

LKR is proudly representing 16 Parade Homes!


Visit us at our 2013 Parade Homes!   

We are excited to be representing 16 Parade Homes featuring 11 different builders. 
For a list of LKR Parade homes, see page 3 of the Parade of Homes book.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ian Whitmore joins LKR!

Ian Whitmore

We would like to welcome Ian Whitmore to LKR!  To learn more about Ian, visit his agent page at

To see all of our agents visit

Monday, April 22, 2013

Nationwide Open House Weekend was a Success!

Open Houses are just one way to get your property exposure in the market.  

Don't wait for an open house on specific listing, you can contact an LKR agent and they can setup a individual showing on any home that is active and available for sale. 

We had over 70 Open Houses this last weekend in Iowa City, North Liberty, Coralville and surrounding areas.  You can see our open houses weekly via our website at and in our weekly publication - "LKR Advantage" which can be viewed electronically or in the Saturday Press Citizen paper.

Thanks to all who made Nationwide Open House weekend a success! 

Monday, February 25, 2013

LKR Raffling off Playhouse at Home Show - March 1, 2 and 3. Don't Miss it!

LKR is excited to see you at this years Home Show! 

As you walk into the Home Show, it would be hard to miss the children’s playhouse that
Lepic-Kroeger, REALTORS® is raffling off. It’s approximately 8-feet by 10-feet.  The playhouse had been used on a parade float in the UI Homecoming Parade and the 4th of July Festival
parade. Now we’re going to raffle off the playhouse and the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity.

Buy your Raffle tickets next to the
LKR (Booth 79).

Buy one raffle ticket for $5, three tickets for $10 and eight tickets for $20.

We will draw the winner on Sunday afternoon (March 3).

Friday, January 25, 2013

College Towns Do Well in Recessions.

Pedestrian mall, downtown Iowa CityHow can your city best weather an economic downturn? 

Based on research, make sure it has a university. As reported in New Geography’s College Towns: High Marks for Lifestyle, college towns consistently have unemployment rates below their state figures, and nationally as well. Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State University) stands at 8.9%, below the 11.2% state and 9.4% national rates. Manhattan, Kansas, (Kansas State University) rates at 4.6%, the second lowest small city rate in the nation, and Iowa City, Iowa, (University of Iowa) at 6.2% (pictured).

Why the resilience of university towns?
- For one, universities don’t typically suffer from massive layoffs of students. In fact, I’m sure we all know at least one person who had difficulty finding or keeping a job that considered returning to school. That provides a constant population of residents and consumers for local businesses, kind of like why toothpaste companies don’t suffer in economic downturns.
- Graduating students translate to educated candidates to start new businesses or infuse existing ones with fresh, innovative talent.
- Former graduates are returning to the towns they want to school in, according to Tom Wetzel, founder and president of the Retirement Living Information Center. If you’re retired or laid off, why not return to that sense of community and camaraderie you had in school, from intellectual pursuits to the big football game. Blacksburg, Virginia (Virginia Polytechnic and State University) and Davis, California (University of California) are favorite return destinations because of the strong sense of community and purpose they establish with their students.

Finally, college towns are full of creatives, and we’re headed to a more creative economy. Thus, college towns already possess many of the placemaking qualities that a creative economy needs to thrive - walkability, local independent businesses, human-scaled buildings, active public spaces…
Photo of Iowa City’s downtown pedestrian mall by Kables.  Reprinted from Cooltown Studios.

Content provided by Jeff Edberg, Partner at Lepic-Kroeger, REALTORS®