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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

Land Mines of home improvements…

Today, I yet again considered myself a victim of Realtor abuse. I have been blessed with several buyers here in Mason City that are insisting on seeing everything in their price range.For me, after visiting with prospective buyers about their wants and needs, I can usually after two or three home showings get a “feel” for what they really wan … continue reading

Plant a Seed and it will grow…

After these weeks and weeks of cold weather and rain, today seems to be the true first day of Spring. Now it’s time to focus on creating a small space in our yards for the vegetables that will grace our summer and fall tables. For me, time in the garden is my getaway from the problems of the world. I often find myself completely oblivious to time … continue reading

The Mirage…

Tomorrow I have an appointment to meet with a seller who called several days ago to come and talk about listing his home. When I found out today that he has also called several other Realtors for the infamous “interview”, I thought yet again, “Oh Mercy, Mercy!” Because of the way the market is here in Mason City and North Iowa, the competit … continue reading

In Another Life…

Once upon a time yours truly from a very early age had a keen interest in Botany. Many fond memories are held close of my Mother scolding me for paying too much attention to the plant world. I was curious as well as investigative. I learned and understood by trial and error the interaction of the plant world. You may think me crazy, but I consider … continue reading