My day started a bit early since I had an appointment in Garner shortly after 8:00 am. Since the traffic wasn’t so heavy between Mason City and Clear Lake, I’d say it was actually one of the more pleasant drives I’ve taken on Hwy. 122. It seems the later in the day it gets, the worse traffic becomes along that corridor.
While on my appointment, I managed to have a little chat with one of the residents regarding the new medical clinic they’ll soon be opening over there. When the subject was brought up, I suddenly remembered reading an article about it, and was happy to hear that it was being built by the Clarion Hospital because I’ve heard some good things about them these recent years. From what I was told today, they expecting to have a good response from the residents in their area.
What really gets me, is how long many in our community have to wait to be seen by a doctor after making their appointments. Someone just mentioned that he’s four months out before he can see his regular doctor. It’s no wonder all the many are going to clinics like Urgent Care or even ending up in the emergency room at Mercy Hospital.
I always have to laugh to myself whenever hearing how much more our medical providers are promoting preventative care, when in fact there could be far more prevention of more serious cases if those people could get in to see their regular doctors in a day or two, instead of being held off for two or three months out. There’s a great deal of big talk in the medical community, but very little follow-thru with what they’re supporting and/or promoting.
After reading some statistics today regarding how the general heath care of residents in various States around the Country are rated, I was a bit shocked to find how bad some of them are. Iowa is ranked much higher, but I believe it could be even better if they’d work on cutting out the greed by not having un-necessary tests run, as well as cutting back on their costly bureaucratic red tape.
My afternoon closing went very well other than at the last hour, the buyers wanted a small Formica table and mid-sized wooden storage cabinet removed from basement. I was a bit annoyed after reading that text message from the selling agent because it should have been mentioned weeks ago. Oh well, the seller had to write out a check for $50 for the cost of getting rid of those two pieces.
I’m beginning to wonder if this business of leaving things behind is becoming commonplace because I’ve sure had a rash of issues regarding cleanliness and junk left behind on a number of my transactions this year. For sure I’m going to be all the more vocal with current and future sellers about my highly and strongly recommended conditions they’re to leave their homes in before their closing days arrive.
I spent about two hours working on a valuation that an owner was in need of more sooner than later, so I did manage to get it finished up long before his deadline. He did drive to the office to get it, and I made sure he stayed long enough to give it a good read, just in case he had any questions regarding my narratives. It looked acceptable to him, so at least I got another broker’s opinion out of the way.
I received a price reduction in the mail today on 741 – 10th NE which put its asking price down to $99,900 which makes it all the more competitive with other homes for sale in that area. With it being so close to the pool and park, there’s got to be a young family looking to get in that neighborhood. Another big bonus of that home, is that it’s never had water in the basement all the years the owners have lived there. Now that’s something to crow about.
This coming Saturday, I’m having another public open house on 415 – 1st St. SE which is that large family home in one of my all-time favorite neighborhoods. Anyone who’s looking for privacy and a natural setting, that home fits the bill. Of course if there are small children in the future owners’ family, its fully-fenced yard is already there and patiently waiting for their children’s laughter and their barking dog. Please put the word out to friends and relatives you know whom you think may be in the market for a grand family home.
I’m sure you’re enjoying this wonderful evening outdoors because as far as I’m concerned, the cool breezes have taken the temps down to near perfect levels and I’m loving it.
Tonight’s one-liner is: Journalists and paparazzi are like grasshoppers because whenever anything moves in their lines of vision, they either jump towards it or away, just so they have the best “visual/verbal” seat in the house for their myriad accounts of what they see or hear.