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The Wild, Wild Week…

For some years now I stopped saying “I’ve seen it all”, because whenever I did something even more shocking happened. With that said, this past week has been quite the roller coaster of events. Being a seasoned Realtor, I have learned to keep my wits about me during crisis situations. An unfortunate event happened in the home of a client just … continue reading

The passing of a true Gentle Man…

Today’s post is a tribute to a man whom I became acquainted with for a short period of time yet in that time was left with a lasting impression of a real self-less human being. How I met his was that I was referred to him to go out and visit with him about selling his home. From the very first meeting with him I could sense that he was not your t … continue reading

It’s a wonderful Life…

I visited with a delightful younger couple today who are preparing their home to be listed for sale. They are a perfect example of homeowners who truly care about their home and have made the correct improvements. What impressed me the most was that they are extremely clean and somewhat minimalists. Too much “stuff” in a home can detract buyers … continue reading

Is it time to buy?

This past year and a half I have noticed here in Mason City a real spike in the shortage of well maintained homes and apartments for rent. The rentals that are available seem to be overpriced for what I would consider to be market rent. So many times over the years of working with first time buyers, I have found the fear factors with tenants who ar … continue reading

Mother Goose Keeps Eggs Warm in Spring Snow

Living in Mason City Iowa, most of us have come to understand like all of the other creatures great and small... If it doesn't kill you, it just makes you stronger! US News | Entertainment News | More ABC News Videos … continue reading

Getting back to the core…

I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a young man who was speaking about the city he grew up in which happens to be similar in size to Mason City.  I was astonished to hear some of the scary details about what has been happening to the historic business district.  It seems that there were several factories in that city which were close … continue reading

Another desk is filled…

Today was the first day in the life of real estate for my new sales agent. His name is Brandon Neve. He's a native of Mason City so I'm sure many of the residents here know him or someone in his family. He is very pleasant and knowledgeable. I have personally known him for about 5 years and have always thought he would make a good agent. His people … continue reading

Oak Park Subdivision of Mason City…

I guess I will have to consider myself the resident expert of Oak Park Addition in Mason City, Iowa because yours truly has sold more homes in that subdivision than anyone else save likely the developer back around the turn of the century when that parcel of land was platted.    Back in 1982 when I was young and na … continue reading

The Absolute Best Buy home in Mason City…

For some reason that I have not completely comprehended, the older homes in Mason City and North Iowa have been taking a real beating these past three years.  I can tell you all from personal experience of selling homes in our area, for more years than I want to count that older well built homes will out last newer homes when it comes to repairs a … continue reading

Re-use and not abuse…

Among my range of interests and abilities, comes my story today. I was in a conversation last week with a gentleman who wants to create a re-use or re-cycled store that will offer all the components of older and very old homes in Mason City and North Iowa. He was saying, and I believe he is correct, when he insisted that Americans have become progr … continue reading

Sailing the High and Turbulent Seas of Real Estate…

Today’s seemingly endless events have been quite a roller coaster of emotions. It caused me to think of what it would have been like if I had taken a different path in careers and became a Botanist or International Banker. Oh well, our lives are filled with choices that take us on delightful paths and sometimes dark paths. I’m still licking my … continue reading

Plants have memory…

Over three years ago when Holtz Realty moved the business around the corner to it’s present location at 213 N. Federal Ave. Mason City, Iowa, what I brought with me was a small Jade plant that I had been nurturing for about a year. Then, one of my clients delivered a large terra cotta pot with geraniums that were getting ready to bloom. I placed … continue reading