A Boiled Owl

In spite of it being only a handful of days before Christmas, I found myself quite busy today with walk-ins as well as out-of-office appointments. Since we have less than two weeks before the end of the year, I've already been preparing myself for the arrival of 2018.  After looking back at the number of transactions my office racked up this year, I'm again exceptionally thankful to all our faith… continue reading

I Don’t Have To

With Christmas Eve bearing down on us once again, I've found myself taking a different approach to the Season after all those many years of performing the same old rituals.  After looking more closely at the whole picture, my sudden change was likely caused by the unexpected evolution of my thinking.  Whether we want to admit it or not, we humans are in a constant state of change.  When we thin… continue reading

Druid Priest

If only we could have days like today up until the first of the year, and then start warming up.  Sounds a bit scary when considering the official 1st day of winter doesn't start until the 22nd of this month.  At least we haven't had any of that evil white stuff to contend with thus far. One of my late morning appointments took me out to a home that's a bank foreclosure.  When I arrived, I w… continue reading

A Little Fun

It certainly wasn't one of those days I'd write home about.  If I didn't know better, I would've sworn it was as if our City was transported somewhere on the coastline of a Scandinavian country during an overcast winter day.  The air was exceptionally damp where it was almost fog-like, while certainly happy I was inside most of the day. My public open house at Prairie Place in 1st was a great… continue reading

The Best Medicine

Most of my morning was spent working with a young buyer who's looking for something in our true "entry level" price range.  Since we're finding all the more investors buying up cheaper priced homes in North Iowa, we now have fewer available in that range.  His parents were along, so to make it much easier to talk about the most important features; namely the structural components and mechanicals… continue reading

A Radiating Cold

Thank goodness the wind stopped blowing so hard and the temps got above freezing today.  When it started snowing at mid-morning, I held my breath in hopes it was just flurries, and to my delight that's all it was. Seemed most of my day was consumed with rental stuff.  A new tenant stopped by today to drop off her updated rental application and pay her deposit.  I've got a good feeling about … continue reading

In the Wrong Hands

Alas I was able to get one of my more difficult sales of this year closed today.  Isn't it odd how sometimes you almost "know" what kind of merry-go-round you'll be on from just a first encounter?  All I can say is I'm glad it's sold and hopefully everyone's happy, but I don't want to have another one like it again any time soon.  If there's one thing I find the most tedious and time consuming,… continue reading

Living Example

I may be sounding like a broken record, but these windy days are enough to make a person wanna spit, but dare not because it would likely end up back in my face.  Late this morning as I was getting out of my car at Diamond Vogel, the wind would've certainly taken my car door off if I hadn't had a good grip on it.  Although, it did get me out of my car quicker than normal. Speaking of Diamond … continue reading

Fake News

Ouch!  The cold was pretty darned biting early this morning while on my way to work.  Just 10 more days left, and the sun will have finished with its march south and then slowing working itself back north again.  I'll be glad of that because I absolutely hate going to work in the dark as well as coming home in the dark. One of my dear clients stopped by my office this morning with some absol… continue reading

13 Days and Counting

Here we are again with another day of wind.  I'm beginning to believe this year will go down as being our windiest on record.  While I was back at my menial project for over four hours yesterday, my mind was wandering from subject to subject until I started thinking about these near endless days of wind.  It popped into my mind that perhaps besides global warming, there could be other causes fo… continue reading