Blog Archive

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

The War of the Worlds…

We the residents of Mason City are approaching the point of being at what the sci-fi would believe to be the War of the Worlds.At one side are the nay-sayers who believe that all is good and nothing needs to be changed. On the other side, there are those that can see past the blinders that our community of Mason City and North Iowa have set in pl … continue reading

Vision is the brother of Progress…

I must tell you all that I have over these past three years, when I am not doing my job of serving the community of North Iowa and Mason City's real estate needs, I have been working slowly but surly on my 1882 historic building. After thousands of hours and many thousands of dollars, I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.I smi … continue reading

Looking for Answers

I was at the office this morning and had a few minutes to spare and decided to start paging thru one of the books that the Globe Gazette published some years ago about the North Iowa and Mason City.  Not that I'm so terribly nostalgic, but what I noticed the most was how well nearly all the buildings in the downtown were maintained. What surprised … continue reading

Oh Mercy, Mercy!

Did I have the greatest laugh yesterday! I went to a closing a bit early and somehow we all got started on the subject of mice. One of the people in the room started telling a story about his mouse experience. Before I tell you this small story, I have to tell you that I have not laughed so hard, even to make me start sweating.Well, he was saying … continue reading

The Greatest Compliment…

I've done a great deal of work over the years for the most delightful family who have given much to our community over at least 50 years. They are who I would consider the real “blue bloods” of our city. They don't brag about their accomplishments, nor do they boast about how much money they have, as well as never speaking about their razor sha … continue reading

Unlocking the true value

Endless times I have walked thru homes of prospective sellers with a bit of a laundry list of "to do's" necessary to make their homes more marketable. So far it seems to be about a 50/50 ratio of sellers who make the recommended improvements and sellers who do nearly nothing. One of my biggest gripes is cleanliness.I will never understand how som … continue reading

Out of the puddles and into the ponds

Will these days of cold and rain never cease? North Iowa has indeed been blessed and cursed this with arctic air. I listed a charming home today in between rain drops that I really had to work at getting good photos in such wet and darkness. After looking at the photos, I thought to myself, “You will have to go back after these days of being over … continue reading

Opposing Forces

If anyone who works in downtown Mason City would just become more aware of their surroundings as they are going to and from their workplace, they would notice as I have, the opposing forces that are forming in the Business District of Mason City. Too many times one will notice people who seem “out of place” on the sidewalks as well as street wa … continue reading

Don’t Let them pull you Down…

Oh Mercy, Mercy! What a day I had today. From the time I arrived at the office until about 4:00 pm this afternoon it has been a case of experiencing the absolute worst of humanity.Giving you all just one example, when I arrived at the office this morning which was VERY early, one of the business owners drove up next to my car when I was getting o … continue reading