Blog Archive

Overgrowth of Fear

The age in which we live is has indeed changed dramatically due to the information that we are bombarded with via the television and internet. So much information at our disposal at the click of a mouse. Of course the unfortunate thing about the age of information is that if we've seen it on TV or read it on the internet, then it certainly is true. … continue reading

Missing Pieces

As downtown Mason City continues towards its re-birth of vibrancy, I find it more and more exciting. I was delighted to find in one of my old histories of downtown several buildings that had balconies that overlooked Federal Ave. Those upper floor apartments must have rented at a premium back in those days. Every time is see photos of balconies fac … continue reading

If a Tree could Only Talk

Since I was a small child I have always considered trees and plants to be more than just greenery used for food or landscaping. Much has been written these last years about how plants respond to outside stimuli, be it positive or negative. I was reading an article not long ago about how photos were take of a leaf from a tree that had part of the le … continue reading

Roman Brick

I listed a home several weeks ago that is really quite the special 3 bedroom ranch. Some of the features that are quite unique to Mason City are namely; it is built out of Roman brick and the color of the brick is a soft limestone/light gold, there is an open staircase in the living room that leads to the basement as well as a staircase in the gara … continue reading

Just a Stone’s Throw

There is a listing we have that is one of those “under the radar” homes that offers many extras you wouldn't normally find in the range of listing price that it's in. It's a two bedroom but with not so much effort and money, it could be a 4+ bedroom due to the layout. The basement is finished with a ¾ bath and laundry as well as another finish … continue reading

Every Age has its Beauty

Each season that passes, it seems to me that more and more of the people who are decades past the years of considering themselves legally adults, I find making more and more of an attempt to return to their youth via the clothes they wear, the hair styles and colors, the makeup, the body art and piercings, and finally the “cosmetic” surgeries t … continue reading

Rays of Hope

After my rocky road day today with having to travel to Des Moines for a closing on one of my listings that sold here in Mason City, and dealing with a person who was being exceptionally difficult for whatever reason I will never know and don't care, it seemed my mid-afternoon returned to a bit more of a normal state. Two separate appointments broug … continue reading

Demand and Supply

Whenever someone talks about supply and demand, I always think of it in the opposite. We can use numerous examples like the rage of the smart phones, the tablets, fashions, autos and on and on. The reason so many billions of dollars are spent on visual advertising is that it creates a “false” need. So, when we have been convinced that we want s … continue reading

Reaching for the Moon

Today, in visiting with a family that I’ve known for many years and are downsizing to a smaller home with a smaller yard, brought back many memories of the years that I watched their children grow and subsequently leave home. What really impresses me about them is that they are very close knit and every one of their five children have gone on to … continue reading

Compact Unity

This photo is of a home that I just listed last evening. Every once in a while I can envision myself becoming a true minimalist. Last night after seeing this home I can say this one would be a candidate for someone wanting to live with less yet still not be without the basic modern conveniences.It offers a large eat-in kitchen, a comfortable livi … continue reading

Park ticular

In spite of my whirlwind morning of appointments and errands, I was able to schedule a luncheon with visiting colleagues at a local downtown restaurant. The lunch crowd was buzzing and there seemed to be an air of mirth in the establishment. Afterwards we decided to take the time to review all the recent improvements to the buildings downtown. Seve … continue reading

Weeds Love Hot Days

These exceedingly warm and humid days have brought on the rapid growth of weeds. Just this past week I have noticed how terrible the sidewalks and landscaped areas of the downtown have been appearing.There are volunteer trees growing in some of the commercial landscapes as well. I hope everyone will start to take active steps to keep these unsigh … continue reading