Monthly Archives: May 2013

Turning Tides

Today one of my listings sold to a young person who had been looking at other properties but decided on one of mine that is an older two story. What I was the most surprised about were his comments about how he liked older homes better than the newer ones because they are built to last. He also owns an older vehicle that he takes great pride in mai … continue reading

Sound Investment Strategy

With there becoming a greater shortage of well cared for homes for rent in Mason City these past several years, I have come to the conclusion that this would be a great time for people to start investing in perhaps one or two single family homes here to compliment their long term investment strategies. If any of you would do a calculation on what y … continue reading

Old ways are sometimes better ways

Have any of you thought about why homes that were built the way they were in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s? Features like small closets or no closets, big kitchens with few cabinets or little kitchens with fewer cabinets, screened porches on the second floors off bedrooms, and not to mention cisterns in the basements.  Our material oriented … continue reading

The forgotten resource

The subject of my article today is about the living and breathing resources we have in Mason City and North Iowa. I have worked a great deal with the elderly during my years in marketing real estate. I love learning about their lives and the paths they took. What I can say about nearly all of them, is that they possess vast untapped banks of knowle … continue reading

My Memorial Day Tribute

Having grown up in a family that had family members that served in active duty, I can say that unless you have lived through the fear of them not coming home as well as their possibly being injured for life, no one can really understand the hardships that the Veterans and their families have endured on behalf of the people of the United States.I … continue reading

A rare find in Mason City

I like doing value added services for clients and customers especially when they are beside themselves with chaos.  I spent three hours this afternoon helping a new owner of a building downtown clean out a crawl space that was likely not opened for many, many years.  Oh Mercy! The coal dust is one of my not so favorite things to get on my hands. … continue reading

Sometimes I’m convinced

There are a few rare times every so often that I have a listing that just won’t sell.  The sellers reduce the prices to bargain basement status and still they don’t sell.Other homes in the area often sell for much more with fewer qualities and still that stubborn listing sits on the market. With that said, I am nearly convinced that these t … continue reading

A Success Story Continued

I was walking back from another building downtown with business clients this morning when just before I arrived at my building, I ran into Tony Halsted who is the Chief Operations Officer at Hoover’s Hatchery. I introduced him to my clients and told them about his business. To my surprise, I discovered that he is expanding Hoover’s Hatchery’s … continue reading

Mean what you say

I had an encounter with several people today that were speaking about this and that concerning some decisions that were made. I listened and continued to listen and after they left, the more I thought about it, and piecing together in my mind the chain of events of the why and how those decisions were made, I thought to myself, “Hmmm, those peopl … continue reading

The Egloff dilemma

I have been thinking, and thinking about how Mason City can truly preserve the historic homes in Oak Park that were purchased from the residents in the Flood Buyout Program. A light bulb went off with me this morning while I was driving thru that district. Why doesn’t somebody who is keen on preservation take a bit of time and create an Egloff Fu … continue reading