An Inferno

I’m a little disappointed in myself for speaking yesterday about having the home located at 807 – 5th St. SE posted online today because when I went over there this morning, I found the painter still working away at getting his paint job completed which meant no photos today.  I did get all the measurements done along with taking more notes, so hopefully when I go over there tomorrow morning to take photos, the home will be ready for my camera.

After looking it over closely, I’m sure there’ll be some buyers who’ll stick up their noses at it only because of the cosmetics needed, but I’m hoping there’ll be a buyer or two who’ll see past that and look closer at the good bones it has as well as the exceptionally popular neighborhood it’s located in, and especially considering it’s priced at only $69,900.00 when considering all the homes around it would sell for a whole lot more.

Later this morning I had to meet a contractor out at one of my clients homes to do some measuring of several windows she wants replaced.  She would’ve met him herself, but as chance would have it, she’s out of town for several weeks so she left me with her key just in case they’d want to get inside while she was gone.

When she gets back, I’m going to have to be a little soulful when telling her how much her back entry smelled of dog when I opened that back door.  The unfortunate thing about having indoor pets, one grows all the more accustomed to their odors until they reach a point of not smelling them anymore.  I’m sure she’ll be shocked when I tell her, and if I know her well, she’ll be all the thankful for it because she’s a very particular person when it comes to her house and home.

One of the major dings on the sale prices of most homes, is when they have noticeable animal odors and/or the smell of cigarette smoke.  I’ve had listings where even the slightest whiff of such odors will turn buyers off, which is why I think all the more sellers are using those plug-in air fresheners which I despise because they always seem to get me started coughing.

I had to smile to myself when a gentleman whom I spoke about acedia yesterday stopped back this afternoon and entered into the second round of debate with me after I’d present some modern-day examples of it.  I’m paraphrasing now when giving two examples I shared with him which were, “I’m sure you’ve run into enough people in your life who’ve mentally walked away from another’s troubles and usually dismissed them as not being their problem, along with those who’ve chided you for freely and willing being helpful with a near perfect stranger in need. Well, if you have, then you’ve encountered examples of acedia.” Of course our debating continued on for at least another hour until I truthfully had to tell him another appointment would be arriving at my office in ten minutes.

Since he’s well known in a number of religious circles in North Iowa, I’m sure he’ll be sharing some of my thoughts with them because I believe I somehow got a lightbulb to go off in his core religious beliefs.  He really is a very good person and I wish the absolute best for him because he’s yet another one those who does much for others in very quiet ways.

During our debate I side-tracked him by asking, “Do you believe hell is an inferno filled with real fire, or could it possibly be the burning bite of freezing cold?”  Oh if you could have seen the look on his face after I asked the question, and I’m most certainly not going to share his reply.  Too funny!

It looks like we’re not going to have sun tomorrow but at least it’ll be in the high 20’s and low 30’s which should bring a few buyers out for my public open house at 903 – 12th St. NW.  I’m absolutely amazed that home hasn’t sold since we recently reduced its price to $64,500.  It’s newer 3 stall garage that’s been all tricked-out would cost at least $35K to build, so wouldn’t you think there’d be at least one young male buyer out there that would recognize such value?  Oh well, it only takes one, and that’s what I’m continuing to hope for because the sellers really want their home sold.  Yes it’s a small two bedroom, but there’s really no major updates needed on it other than some may not like the strong wall colors which would only be a day’s job of repainting, so let’s get the word out to all our single males who’re paying thru their noses in rent and have nothing to show for it!

Tonight’s one-liner is:  You’ll know you’ve reached your next level of understanding when you begin judging people by their questions rather than their answers.

Joe Chodur

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