The highlight of my day was getting the sale of one of my listings closed, and in spite of having a few hiccups along the way, I can thankfully say we had a soft landing. Since they were first-time buyers, their excitement was causing me to be all the more charged, which was a good thing, because we all need to be as upbeat as possible about our jobs, and even more so in these troubling times.

Of the seven sales that were posted today, I’d personally say mine was the most reflective of what most entry-level buyers should be purchasing, because far too often of late, I’m seeing too many young buyers, strapping themselves to hefty 30 year mortgages. When looking at all the people out of work and businesses being shuttered by this Chinese virus, I can’t imagine how much more difficult their lives are right now. I’m sure there’ve already been countless nightmares taking place every night in regards to what these next 12 months will have in store for them.

I spoke to a seller today about her listing, and all I could do was encourage her to wait this virus business out, because there’ll be all the more buyers ready to purchase once this pandemic is over.

More than likely, I’ll be mentioning to those who’ll listen, what my take is on what North Iowa’s future will be like these coming months and years, and it’ll all be dependent on how hard hit our northern Counties will be with coronavirus infections and deaths.

Now if the residents in Cerro Gordo and surrounding Counties would continue being exceptionally diligent about keeping themselves virus free, along with our health care systems doing everything they possibly can to prevent infections and death, then we may be up for a National gold star which will be looked at in a very good light by the “powers that be” in our Nation. If our number of outbreaks and deaths are far below the National average, then it’s going to be a calling card for more people to make their home here. It truly makes sense when you think about it, because you can bet many of those poor devils living in metro areas, are already going out of their minds with fear.

Whenever working with “new to our area” buyers, they’ve already got themselves up to speed on where to live, and where not, and that’s because of all our City’s statistics that are readily accessible online. Many of their pre-conceived notions are correct, but some are glaringly wrong, which for me, creates an uphill battle to convince them otherwise.

Taking this idea one step further, I would think corporations would be all the more willing to relocate to North Iowa when knowing how well we managed to contain the outbreak, and more likely to consider our northern Counties to a better place to remain out of harms way should something like this happen again. As I said, “From all bad things will come good, as long as we reach for them.”

I spoke with a struggling businessman late this afternoon regarding the present state of his company. He did admit it’s been a real challenge, and likely will continue for months to come, but realistically supposed, that as long as he can keep his head above water during these times, he’s willing to fight for it. All I could say was, “Don’t spend any more money than you absolutely have to.”

One of the positive sides of this corona virus, is how many more people I’ve been seeing out working in their yards and gardens, which means they’re getting themselves more tuned into keeping their home fronts respectable, which for many, had been pushed off as one of the last things to do because they were “too bizzy”.

Another person mentioned how surprised she was when asking her son if he wanted a subway sandwich from a takeout after he’d finished with his yard work, and his answer being, “I’d rather stay home and have a hotdog with you.” Now that’s likely just the beginning of what’ll be coming out of the mouths of our younger crowd, and you can bet I’ll be all the happier for having turned away from their old “commercialized” habits.

An old client/customer of mine stopped by my office today whom I’d not seen in months. He’s likely in his early 90’s, but always has a wonderful outlook on life, a healthy body, and a hard-found kindness rarely seen in every age group.

We had a good chat about this virus business, did some strolling down memory lane, and then had a soulful debate about the direction our main-line churches will be heading after we’re coronavirus-free. He has his reservations, as well as I do, over how quickly people will be returning to their given church services every Sunday. I did insist that once we humans fall out of our habits of doing something, it’s all the harder to return.

One of my clients text me the above advertisement out of a 1920’s publication which filled me with an inner laughter, because it was a Downtown meat market, which in that ad, referred to their establishment as being a “groceteria”. When I first read it, I thought it was a typo, but when I looked up the word, it was defined as a self-service grocer.

I later called him and said, “I’m adding a new word to my vocabulary, and anytime I talk about a grocery store, I’ll be referring to it as a groceteria. When thinking about it, I’d much rather use my new word instead of the old, because it’s shorter, and easier to say.

On my way home, I stopped at the groceteria to buy some staples so to refill my larder. Yes, for the sake of variety, we must start substituting the word “pantry” for “larder”.

Tonight’s one-liner is: Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Joe Chodur

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