A Fistful of Change

After many months of endlessly searching, and near the point of giving up, a buyer of mine managed to close on a home that exceeds every expectation.  I'm just glad I was able to be part of it all, along with having no bumps in the road during the whole loan process.  If the buyer makes the improvements I've recommended, it'll be a sound investment that will work as a near maintenance-free home … continue reading

A.M or P.M

One of the homes I spoke about last Sunday along with mentioning it wouldn't surprise me a bit if it gets sold before the week is out, just received an accepted offer on it.  No, I'm not a clairvoyant, but there comes a time when I feel there's been enough activity on a particular property to generate an offer and subsequent sale.  The sellers are happy, the buyer is happy, so therefore I'm happ… continue reading

Patiently Waiting

This week has been one I'll remember as my "git-er-done" week while thinking back to tSunday and the amount of real honest to goodness progress I've made thus far in getting all those little un-done things that I've been meaning to do actually do for weeks.  Most of them regarded chores outside my real estate world.  You've heard the saying, "A cobbler's children go shoeless", "A baker's childre… continue reading


Nearly my entire day was spent taking care of loose ends concerning listings and closings that'll be taking place soon.  Another new listing came on board which is located at 103 - 27th St. SW here in Mason City.  The current owner has done a great deal of updating on it to where it should be attractive to first time home buyers.  I really like the family room which has sliding doors that leads… continue reading

Filthy Pennies

The activity on Prairie Place on 1st is gaining momentum to where I believe we'll be seeing some purchase agreements written soon.  The more I'm there and becoming familiar with all the little extras being offered, the more the general public over 55 years of age absolutely MUST realize those condominiums are the best to be had in North Iowa. One thing I did discover today which is yet another… continue reading

Sterzing Potato Chips

For a while there this morning, I thought we'd be getting some rain, but after Noon arrived, the cloud cover was replaced by sun.  I've been noticing the smells of summer are subtly being replaced by those familiar earthy Fall perfumes.  I'm still scratching my head wondering where May, June and July went.  I'll certainly have to pay more attention to those pleasant months when they arrive agai… continue reading

Humility and Charity

From early this morning, yours truly was on a near non-stop timetable of appointments an errands.  The appointments went well, and my two public open houses had more visitors than I'd expected.  After thinking about it, the two that were open which was 107 S. Rhode Island, and 2040 Hunters Ridge Drive, are both priced to sell and in great neighborhoods.  I may be sounding overly confident, but … continue reading

Pride at 645

I was glad to finally get off my "rocking horse" of a day.  From the time I arrived early at the office this morning, I found much of my first hours had to be consumed by the requests of another agent's email that was sent to me at a quarter to one this morning.  I can understand dedication, but really?   I don't even want to think about being immersed in real estate that late because everyone… continue reading

Games of Numbers

Certainly you all must agree that it was an absolutely beautiful day in North Iowa. There were likely a few who considered the north wind being a bit too cool and breezy, but for me, it was near perfect to the point of considering our City to be the last northern outpost of paradise. While driving to work this morning, I looked up at the western sky and noticed the near full moon still visible.… continue reading

Underground Parking

Once in a while it's good to be reminded that we're all one group of humans who're intricately connected with each other as well as the world around us. I just happened to be reminded of that ever-present fact several times today. The first reminder was while checking on a vacant building today and finding that somehow a stray half-grown cat managed to get inside.  Oh Mercy!  Don't even ask h… continue reading