Whether the sun shining or it’s cloudy, when the temps are -10 degrees, it isn’t the least bit comfortable while outdoors, and of course, I had more outside appointments today than I cared to have, but we all know that’s what a Realtor must endure when doing business in the tundra of North Iowa’s winter.
Thank Heaven I wasn’t crazy enough to have chosen to live in some God forsaken State like upper North Dakota where not only the weather’s brutal, but with their towns and cities being so far apart, you’d think the human race had suddenly vanished due some biblical rapture having taken place.
As in many sparsely populated areas of our Country, there is a strong tribal mentality in those areas which is very scary. I personally knew of one family who raised their children on a farm out in one of those hinterlands, and in my opinion, they possessed an unnerving “hive” mentality to the extent that no matter what, they were always right in their skewed beliefs and actions, and I mean ALWAYS! Oh well, it takes all kinds to make the world go round, but what gives comfort to others, is they’re on the fringes of our Country’s merry-go-rounds.
My public open house at 1415 – 9th St. SE was a smashing success today where there were people coming and going the entire time I was there, and even some arriving at the last minute which kept me there for nearly another half hour.
I did a little market research before I went out the house and found that there are very slim pickings of ranch homes currently listed for sale in our market in that price range. Even several of the buyers in attendance agreed with what I’d earlier discovered. It will be very interesting to see what happens with our market come Spring.
After my open house, I had to meet with a seller to have some pre-listing papers filled out. Since I hadn’t been there for about three months, I was pleasingly shocked by the amount of progress he’d made with the upgrades in his home. After walking completely thru it I said, “The size and layout of your home offers everything anyone would ever want or need in a home.” I think he was happy I congratulated him so profusely because tackling a project like that had to be daunting. There’s no question in my mind it will sell right away, but before it closes, I’ll be sure to measure and sketch it’s floor plan because it’s worthy of being copied as a new construction.
Expecting to have a bit of a free day tomorrow, my plans got altered by several buyers wanting to view homes, so I guess I’ll have at least a half day. I’m just happy the home sales are starting to pick up again after the holidays.
The above photo is one I took of Central Park today, and when seeing all those empty benches, no pedestrians to be found, along with the amber afternoon sunlight, made it to appear kinda creepy cool. What do you think?