Iowa home sales, prices see strongest third quarter in 8 years

McClelland’s Beach residents know this is a hidden paradise. It’s interesting that many Iowa communities are getting a lot of attention from the media. “Our communities have been receiving a lot of national attention from magazines and online media outlets. Iowa truly is a great place to grow!” – IAR President Jon Yocum Get the […]

Home again: US-flag swimsuits, Coors, Cheez-Its and cannonballs off the dock

Up north is Spirit Lake, which tends to be quieter, and more of a place for the locals to boat and fish. It is, however, the state’s largest natural lake and known for some of the best fishing in the area. So it’s worth an angler’s effort to get there. – Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune […]

U.S. builders start houses at fastest pace since 2007 Great Recession

For McClelland’s Beach residents who may be wondering about all the sudden building activity … “More housing starts means more construction jobs as well as confidence from real estate developers that people will be buying. We’ll know the economy is really hitting stride when we see these starts in the range of 1.5 million.” – […]

Escape in 35 minutes, get new winery’s exciting gold-medal winner

This looks like a fun, quick trip from McClellands Beach. Round Lake Vineyards and Winery, which celebrated its grand opening just one month ago and has not completed its first full year of commercial wine production, took home a gold medal for its Frontenac Gris and won bronze medals for two other wines in a regional contest […]

When at the lake, do as the Great Lakeians (sp?) do

So those of you lucky enough to have a place at McClelland’s Beach, remember, it’s a “cottage”, not a “cabin”. Whether you moved here 60 years ago or yesterday, you’ll enjoy these tips. “Unique to the Iowa Great Lakes is the use of the word “cottage” to describe your dwelling on the lake. “Cabins” can […]

Fed signals patience with low interest rates has run thin

“Buyers should act now––delayed purchases will only result in higher monthly mortgage payments as prices and rates rise. In fact, our forecast data show affordability may decline as much as 10% over the course of the year.” – Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Realtor.com Well, it had to happen sometime. All the people who took […]

Arnold’s Park welcomes vacation volunteers for 125th anniversary celebration

“We’re hoping to get as many people there (at Monday’s meeting) as we can. I’ve had some emails from people who don’t live here in the wintertime. They’ve emailed me that they would like to be involved. So, if they can’t make the meeting, just email me at di@arnoldspark.com, or give us a call here […]

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