Wall of Water

I’m certainly glad to find Friday coming to a close.  Without question, it has been a quite the challenging week for me.  But, as they say, “If it doesn’t kill you, it just makes you grow all the stronger.”  These past hot and humid days haven’t helped in the least bit.  I’m still convinced people get all the crabbier when it’s humid out, than when it’s a drier heat.  A client of mine told me that the heat index was over a 100 degrees today.

With it being the end of the month, I had added duties of getting new tenants situated in their dwellings, along with collecting rents from those who were paying early.  I’m just glad I was able to make all my appointments on time today, including two separate ones I had in Worth County.  The one I had in Fertile this afternoon was another showing of 801 W. Main.  There have been viewings on it almost every day this week.  We’ve had several more offers, but neither of them have come together.  It seems there’ve been circumstance with the buyers which threw monkey wrenches in our negotiations.  I’m not worrying too much about it selling, because there’s really not much to choose from in that price range–especially considering the land and building that goes with it.

Late this morning I thankfully had a “soft landing” closing on a home for a couple I’ve been working with for a number of months.  Having worked with them long enough, there’s no question they were able to purchase one of the better homes for the money.  They’re ecstatic about getting in there and making some needed cosmetic changes.  More than once I said to them, “If you take care of this home, it will always take care of you.”  It’s one of those well-built mid-century dwellings that must’ve been custom built for the original owners, who later added several additions.  I’m glad their struggle to find a good home at a reasonable price is over.  I was reminded again that sometimes when you want something, you have to be all the more patient while keeping a steady focus on a final goal.

One of my appointments was cancelled today, and I’ll not be surprised if that prospective buyer was snagged by another Realtor.  In those rare times when cancellations like those are called in, it’s always the weak excuses, coupled with their need to get me off the phone as quickly as possible.  They likely do it out of fear I’ll start asking for clarifications and timelines.  I’ll be eating my words if I should receive a call back from today’s, but if I am a good judge of calls like that one, I’d say it’s highly unlikely.

Don’t forget about my public open house at 40 Lakeview Drive which is from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  I certainly hope tomorrow will bring a ready, willing, and able buyer.  Just remember, waterfront homes in North Iowa are a rare commodity, and the prices have always seemed to go up over my long years of selling homes.

After showing the Fertile acreage today, I stopped at Rhodes Island Park to take some photos after the water levels went down.  The above photo is of the Fertile Mill and dam.  I thought it turned out pretty good considering I was in a hurry to get back to Mason City. That wall of water spilling over the dam still looked pretty scary.  I also took several other photos up there which I’ll share these next days.

As I was walking back across the footbridge, one of the proprietors of the Mir Cafe stepped out and asked if I was going to be dining with them this evening.  All I could say was, “I’ve been on a burn since about six o’clock this morning and that’s all I want to do is call if quits for a day.”  He smiled and said, “A glass of good wine will cure you.”  I laughed and said, “Don’t worry. I’ll come another Friday or Saturday night.”  I was surprised he remembered me from when I stopped there to take photos several months ago.  He’s the amicable chap that does all the cooking.

Tonight’s one-liner is:  The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.

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801 W. Main Street – Fertile 40 Lakeview Drive Mason City
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