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Tuesday
Feb102015

Annual Dinner & Realtors Luncheon

ANNUAL DINNER, March 23rd

Join WEDG, the Washington Chamber, and Main Street Washington in celebrating the growth, achievements and dreams of a "Greater Washington" at our joint Annual Dinner on Monday, March 23rd at the Riverside Casino & Golf ResortIts a fun evening with 280 friendsReally. 

It will be an evening of wonderful company and networking, a fabulous two-meat buffet, cash bar, great raffle prizes, and special recognitions and awards.  Just $30 per person.

Plus, a special $60+tax hotel room rate on March 23rd at the Riverside Casino - courtesy code "Chamber Dinner," call 319-648-1234. 

Thanks to our Sponsors and Raffle donors that help to make it a great event!

SPONSORS: Community First Credit Union, Federation Bank, Hills Bank, US Bank, Washington State Bank, and West Chester Savings Bank/Freedom Security Bank

RAFFLE PRIZE SPONSORS: Batterson Photography, Cafe Dodici, Don's Jewerly, Hills Bank, Kirkwood Community CollegeRiverside Casino & Golf Resort, Virginia McCurdy Image Promotions


REALTORS LUNCHEON, March 2nd

The Iowa City Area Association of Realtors now includes Washington County. WEDG is hosting a casual mixer luncheon for the real estate community at the Riverside Casino's Event Center on Monday, March 2nd.

Hear about Washington County from the City Administrators of Kalona, Riverside, Washington and Wellman. Plus learn about our school districts from the Superintendents of Highland, Mid-Prairie, and Washington School Districts.

Realtor members of ICAAR attend for free. Others are $20.

Thanks to our Sponsors for making this event possible!

City of KalonaCity of RiversideCity of WashingtonCity of Wellman
Highland Community School DistrictMid-Prairie Community School DistrictWashington Community School District
Elliott Realty GroupGolden Crest RealtyRuhl & Ruhl Washington
Integrity Abstract CompanyWashington Title & Guaranty Co.
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
Community 1st Credit Union, Federation BankHills Bank and Trust, US Bank Washington
Washington State Bank, West Chester Savings Bank/Freedom Security Bank


WASHINGTON COUNTY BEST BET FOR SECURING A MORTGAGE

Speaking of real estate, the website SmartAsset.com recently published an interactive mortgage map to highlight the best counties in each state for securing a mortgage.  In the state of Iowa, three of the top counties are located in Iowa’s Creative Corridor:  Cedar County  (ranked 4), Washington County (ranked 6) and Jones County (ranked 10).

Washington County, ranked 6th in Iowa, is ranked 115th in the nation, which puts it in the top 4% of all counties. Washington County has a mortgage loan funding rate of 74.12%, which is at the top of Iowa and the nation.

“Washington County is a best bet for mortgage seekers because of strong community lenders, good realtors, reasonable taxes, and a stable and affordable housing market. That combination is what sets us apart from many parts of the state and the nation,” said Ed Raber of the Washington Economic Development Group.

To determine the best places to get a mortgage, SmartAsset analyzed four factors: overall borrowing costs, ease of securing a mortgage, property taxes and annual mortgage payments. All payments, costs and taxes were calculated on the first five years of a $250,000 mortgage with a 20% down payment and closing costs.