Blog Archive

Changing oars

Many times we start out thinking and stewing and thinking some more about making choices and then finally coming to terms with what we believe we want. I speak about this now because I have a couple who are very dear clients whom I have known for a long time. We talked about listing their home for the past several years and finally in late Spring t … continue reading

Fourth of July Tribute

My article today has absolutely nothing to do with real estate in Mason City or North Iowa. It appears more and more these years that Americans take freedom for granted. We have yet in these times countries that are protesting on the streets and fighting guerilla wars to bring freedom to their families and their communities. With the recent events … continue reading

Nature’s Diamond in the Rough

This afternoon I showed the in-town acreage located at 1309 - 12th St. NE that I recently listed. The more I am out there walking the 4.45 acres, the more and more I can see past the yard clutter of overgrown grass, shrubs and trees. The smaller four bedroom home has a good foundation and main structure but it needs a real “extreme makeover”. M … continue reading

Smells of Summer

Parking under a Linden tree in bloom today was a delight. The fragrance of their flowers is wonderful especially if there is a slight breeze. At moments you get a big whiff and others just a glance of a smell. In Northern Europe, people pick their flowers and make tea from them. It is supposed to help calm nerves. Of course there have been many day … continue reading

Space Seekers

There has been a growing trend of young to middle aged buyers that seem to have a greater than normal desire to live in an area of Mason City that has larger yards that afford more privacy. Last year a middle aged couple who re-located to Arizona told me that their highest priority was to purchase a home that had at least a half acre of land but a … continue reading

Tips for going Green

Sharing knowledge is rewarding. There are so many people who know much but don't want to share because they believe that with that knowledge gives them extra power. Such a selfish idea when they really must understand that we all must attempt to work together in the job of living. One of my customers asked be about a week ago if I knew a plumber to … continue reading

Kernels of Kindness

Today was the Cannonball Barbeque that was sponsored by the Evening Lyons Club and HyVee.There are some elderly people that I try to do a little extra for when time permits so I purchased three tickets about a week ago and decided to use them towards a lunch for them. Well, I went there shortly after 11:00 am and they evidently were having some p … continue reading

Bouncing Ball Day

Have any of you ever had one of those days that occur in your life when you feel like you are about 15 minutes behind everything that is happening in the universe? I had one of those rare days today. Not sure how or why it happens because no matter how much you work to catch up those 15 minutes, there is always some intervening circumstance that th … continue reading

Stepping out of the Circle

I had the unfortunate opportunity to do a walk-thru on a home today that was quite the shocker. The resident has recently been moved to a nursing home. I was asked to do a valuation on the property for the fiduciary. I picked up the key and pulled up to the house which looked relatively normal on the outside. I walked up the front steps, unlocked t … continue reading

Nurturing Neighborhoods

Since the financial meltdown of 2007 and into 2008 I have noticed something that is quite disturbing.  Prior to 2007 there were distinct neighborhoods where homes held their respective values and one could be assured that unless there was some huge national employment crisis or natural catastrophe, the homes would continue to slowly but surely inc … continue reading

Evening Breezes

What a wonderful day just happened today. The sun shined nearly all day today with only a few drops of rain. I mentioned to one of the attorneys today that someone must have done something really bad here in North Iowa because we are getting continually pounded with rain. I can't remember ever being so anxious about rain as I have been this year. I … continue reading

There is great talent living in North Iowa

After a meeting with clients tonight, it has yet again been confirmed that there is talent living in Mason City and North Iowa. Yes, there are times when I have my doubts as to whether the residents of our communities have anything that sets them above the general population of the United States. There are living among us people who can take a plai … continue reading