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

Spotlight on Mitchell

I spent over three hours in Mitchell today listing an in town acreage which I’m confident will sell because it is on a hard surface road and sits on an acre of land that backs up to the countryside. The home was built in 1872 but has a completely updated interior. What would make this home appealing to nearly everyone is that there is a bedroom, a full bath and laundry on the main floor. There a… continue reading

Mason City Council Meeting

I attended the City Council meeting this evening this evening and was surprised and delighted to find how much more professionally the meeting was conducted.  It has been several years since I last attended one and I can certainly say that there has been a big and positive change from past meetings I sat through.  Perhaps the Council and City Administration finally “got it” as far as keeping… continue reading

Finding the Fit

I’ve been working with a young family who are not from Mason City or North Iowa who have likely looked at more homes than the normal buyer in their price range.  They have been a delight to work with yet I feel at times they are frustrated with our current market conditions. During these past twelve months, I have noticed a change in what the average buyers are looking for in our real estate ma… continue reading