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Build a new home in Newton, Iowa ... Receive $10,000 CASH!


The City of Newton, Iowa is continuing it's incentive package to encourage new home construction in our community.  Build a new home in Newton, Iowa and get a check for $10,000 from the City to spend on whatever you want. You can use the $10,000 towards construction costs, new furniture, moving costs, a vacation ... whatever you want!  The only requirement to get the cash is that there's at least $160,000 spent on the new home construction (not including the lot) and that it be built in the Newton City limits.


New home buyers in Newton, IA will also receive an awesome "Get to Know Newton" welcome package which includes checks and useful gift certificates from local businesses, merchants and organizations around town. 


Pictured above is Bruce Showalter with the Newton Housing Development Corporation, Cindy Bednarczyk with Bank Iowa, new homeowner Jin Hua Lin, and Craig Armstrong the Development Specialist at City of Newton

For more information about building a new home in Newton, IA and the amazing incentive packages available, contact me today!


Feel free to browse my ActiveRain Blog Build a new home & receive $10,000 CASH - Newton, Iowa for more information and insight.




Scott Neasham

RE/MAX Concepts

120 N 2nd Ave W

Newton, Iowa  50208


REALTORS CARE - Giving Back to the Community


As a Realtor in Newton, Iowa I feel it's important to give back to my community, because the community has given so much to me.  A percent of all my sales go to Concept Cares, a charitable fund that all the real estate agents in our Newton RE/MAX office contribute to.  

100% of the money goes back into our Jasper County community to help with charitable & community organizations. We regularly support our local Animal Shelter, Food Pantry, Newton Fireman Funds, the Lighting of the Courthouse for Christmas and others.

Recently, our RE/MAX realtors joined with other real estate agents in Newton to contribute mittens, gloves, scarves and hats to children in Newton Community Schools. The Newton Daily News took a pic and did a little article on it called Realtors Care, check it out!

Thank you for supporting myself and all our Newton RE/MAX agents with your business so we're able to keep giving back to our community.


Scott Neasham
RE/MAX Concepts
Newton, IA

Sully, IA - Come for the 4th of July Party ... Stay for the Schools


Sully is one of those small Iowa towns with a lot of community pride and great schools. They're probably best known for their Fourth of July celebrations which bring huge crowds to town to celebrate the festivities.  Check out the winery, mill and museum, and golf club if you're in the area.

To discover more about this welcoming central Iowa community, check out their website: Sully, Iowa - On the Grow

If you'd like to see current Homes for Sale in Sully, Iowa, Contact Me Today!


Scott Neasham
RE/MAX Concepts
Newton, IA

Newton Economy Adding Jobs


The Newton economy has added so many new jobs to our local economy over the past several years that now there's not enough places to live in town to keep up with all the new workers.  This has sparked a building surge within Newton, new homes and apartments are being built everywhere! 

This influx of new workers has also started bringing in new commercial development to Newton. The new recently-opened Quick Star convenience store has been a huge hit with our local residents. A new Hardee's restaurant is opening Jan '19 by the I-80 & Hwy 14 intersection in Newton.

I talked to WHO-TV 13 about the boost in our economy and what it means for the housing market in Newton, IA.  

“It’s booming in Newton. We’re just selling houses like crazy. I work for Re/Max here in town and we’ve got lots of new listings, lots of people looking for houses. Not only because of new jobs, but because Newton has a lot of people from Des Moines that want to come over here and list with us as well,” said realtor Scott Neasham.

Check out the full interview I did with WHO-TV 13 here:Newton Economy Adding Jobs |


Scott Neasham
RE/MAX Concepts
Newton, Iowa

The eyes light up!


That's the phrase I most often hear when showing houses, "I'll know it when I see it."  Because finding a new home is a bit indescribable.

There's a certain energy when you open the front door. Your furniture begins to arrange itself in the room. And blank walls & spaces are suddenly decorated with all your favorite things.

The first time you walk through your new home, you know it. It feels right.

The house comes alive.

As a Real Estate Agent here in Newton, IA these are my favorite moments. The ones where eyes light up and the next exciting stage of peoples lives begin to take shape.

Check out my Top 10 List of Newton IA Homes for Sale and maybe you'll discover the perfect home in our Central Iowa community!


Scott Neasham
RE/MAX Concepts
Newton, IA


CAUTION Sellers: Don't Overprice Your Home


Every seller wants to get the best deal for their house. So why not just price your house way up there and see what happens? After all, you can just bring it down later, right?

Well, there are a few problems with that.

If you price high and then slowly start bringing it down ... and down ... and down ... buyers are going to notice.  It makes the home start to seem like it's in a bargain bin.  You want your home to appear like it's top shelf ... not cheapened goods.  When it sits on the market for an extended time because of overpricing, buyers are going wonder why. What's wrong with it?  Would you feel urgency as a buyer if you read that a property was listed 120 days ago?  Probably not.

To set a realistic price, consider these tips:

1. Do your due diligence.  What have houses like yours sold for in your neighborhood? Not what they were listed for ... the actual selling price.

(It's free public information available on the Jasper County Assessor website)

2.  Have an honest discussion with myself or your real estate agent.  He or she knows the area and wants to sell your home for the most amount of money as quickly as possible. What does your realtor think your initial market position should be?

3.  Be an assertive seller ... but don't overplay your hand.  Remember, the little extra money you hold out for may not be worth the six months or year of payments you're stuck paying. Plus, the other stresses of selling including having to keep your house clean for buyers that may want to see it at a moment's notice.

When you contact me to do a free Market Analysis Report on your home, I'll show you what houses similar to yours are selling for in today's market. I'll also show you a list of all the other houses on the market competing against yours in your price range. With that information, we can confidently price your home to maximize your net profit and to sell it as quickly as possible.


Scott Neasham
RE/MAX Concepts
Newton, IA

source: ReMax blog

Multiple Offers on a House? Here's How to WIN.



Fighting multiple offers on a house can be a nightmare for buyers.  It basically means that you'd found your dream home ... but everyone else also wants it.  Unless you go to the mat and really play your cards right, this place could easily slip through your fingers.  That's why it's critical to put your best offer forward from the start.  Here are some tips on how to stand out amid multiple offers to increase the odds that you'll end up on top.

Offer more money
It's that simple: Money talks!

However, the sale price isn't the only place where you can make a strong financial showing.  Consider increasing the amount of money that you'll put into the earnest money deposit.  Committing more money will show the sellers that you're serious about buying the property.

Write a letter
Beyond the basic purchase agreement, including a letter explaining why you're so passionate about buying the home can help you stand out from the crowd.

Keep financing clean
Where financing is concerned, buying a property with cash is always attractive to sellers, if you can afford it.  Since a mortgage lender won't have to get involved, the sale process becomes much easier and there won't be any worry that a loan won't get approved at the last minute.  That being said, cash certainly isn't an option for most buyers.  

If a mortgage is a must, make sure that you provide a pre-approval letter with the offer so that the sellers know a lender has already vetted your finances.

Buy the home 'AS IS'
Agreeing to buy the home "as is" essentially means that you're agreeing to purchase the home in it's current condition and releasing the sellers from the responsibility of making repairs.  It's a very attractive option from the sellers' point of view.

Keep in mind that buying a home as-is doesn't mean that you should skip inspections.  It simply means that they will be for informational purposes only.  You're entitled to get any inspections you want - and to walk away if major problems are uncovered.  However, regardless of what the reports show, any repairs will be your responsibility.

If there are multiple offers on the home you've fallen in love with, let me go to work & get the deal done for you. There are different buying strategies we can use to WIN!


Scott Neasham
RE/MAX Concepts
Newton, IA


Welcome to my RE/MAX website and REALTOR blog!


Hi I'm Scott Neasham, local realtor and Home Listing Specialist with RE/MAX Concepts located on Newton's historic town square.  

Whether your buying or selling a home or acreage in the Newton and Jasper County area, I hope you'll hire me for all your real estate needs. I'll do my best to provide you with the best possible experience from start to finish.

Selling a home?
One of the 1st steps in selling a home or acreage is to find out what it may bring in today's market.  What's most important to you ... the most money? ... to sell it quickly?

Click here to get started with my Confidential SELLERS Survey
Buying a home?

Have you been browsing through & Zillow and found a few homes you'd like to see in the Newton and Jasper County area?

Let's go look at them! Click here to get started with my Confidential BUYERS SurveyThank you for taking the time to help me better understand your needs and goals!


Scott Neasham
RE/MAX Concepts
Newton, IA
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