A home for all Seasons

Several days ago I listed a home in the River Heights area of Mason City. That particular older district is unique in that it is in nearly the center of the city yet isolated enough that it doesn't get the heavier traffic usually associated with residential blocks close to business districts. For over forty years my grandmother lived in that district and she loved it. She could walk to church, lib… continue reading


I had several subjects to write about today but the one of choice is about how our language is getting loaded up with more and more slang. I understand that languages are in a constant state of evolution. I accept that because especially with technology, we find that there are more meanings added to words that were already in use. For example, mouse. “There was a mouse in the house trying to che… continue reading


I spoke with one of my colleagues today about several of my new listings that are value priced. She said that she as well, has been having more of a problem selling older 2 story homes. Like myself she can't understand why the buyers today are shying away from the older well built and maintained homes. Being fully aware of the pros and cons of older versus newer, I still prefer the older well bui… continue reading

Mason City’s Finest

The subject of my article today is the home that I just listed that is indeed one of the most delightful and meticulously cared for homes I have listed in quite some time. It speaks of quality of design and construction as well as carefully planned updates which fit the needs of today's buyers. The owner is a real “gem” of a person. The depth of knowledge as well as her life experiences would … continue reading

All Thumbs

Today I experienced more than just several examples of how our current Age of Specialization has created a lack of broad understanding. A generation or two ago people were forced to learn how to do things on their own due to necessity and cost. In our times, some of the simplest tasks are looked at with wide-eyed confusion and fear. What is even more of a by-product of the lack of learning, is tha… continue reading

Glimmers of Gold

Having heard the news several days ago that Clear Lake Bank and Trust purchased the downtown branch of Community National Bank as well as their small west-side office gives the residents of Mason City and North Iowa yet another indication that our community is beginning to turn the corner on upward moving commerce. There are other signs of movement in the right direction for our community as well.… continue reading

Under the Radar

These past several days have been a roller coaster of events for me. Sunday evening has arrived and I am relatively proud for not allowing myself to be pulled into any toxic dramas. I could never understand and possibly never will the reason why some of my colleagues called Realtors try to set themselves up as heroes; be it either with their buyers or sellers. Wouldn’t it be a great and wonderfu… continue reading

Soap on a Rope

Something I am getting more and more disturbed about these past years is the language that is being used mostly in public and I’m sure even more in private. What precipitated me to write about this is that about three weeks ago I was verbally attacked by someone who is a businessperson. The language coming out of that person’s mouth was not only appalling, it was shocking. I insisted the co… continue reading

From Pigeon Roosts

Over these past months, I have had more and more people asking me if there are apartments above my building. I tell them all that there are two very large loft apartments. Of course their next question is what I will be doing with them when they have been restored. The most fortunate thing about those apartments is that the gorgeous oak woodwork that has never been painted and they still have the … continue reading

Secret Garden

This morning I listed an acreage that is one of the rare ones. It’s within the limits of Mason City, there are 4.45 acres, hard surface street in front, and an unbelievable private setting. I arrived there before the seller so I had an opportunity to really get a “feel” for the place. I could see either a major re-construction of the existing house since the foundation is poured and appears … continue reading