Daunting Daily Task

By the time our afternoon arrived, it was turning quite chilly outdoors to where I was beginning to wonder if it was going to start spitting snow. So much for it being the first days of Spring when finding I had to wear my winter coat whenever outdoors.

Most of my early morning was getting caught up on additional market research, along with placing a call to one of my sellers I visited with last week. I gave him my opinion on the property he’s planning on listing, so the ball is back in his court regarding if and when he’ll have me list it. I made sure to give him my “gut” opinion on what it’s worth, along with making note of my comments in his file, just in case I’ll have to refer back to them in the future.

My mid-morning appointment was to meet with a seller to share my thoughts on the marketability of her home, and from the time I walked in and had a good look-around, I felt very confident it will sell as long as it’s priced accordingly. Having already done my research on price points of similar sales, I was confident enough with those numbers to share with her. I know she was a bit surprised when hearing the amount, which prompted me to remind her that our housing market prices in North Iowa have changed over these past 12 months, and will likely continue moving upward during this pandemic. What pleased me the most about her home, was how well-maintained and exceptionally clean it was. While driving away, I had a good feeling about working with that seller, as well as the marketability of her residence.

As chance would have it, I received a call on my mobile from a person out of my past who was wanting to see several of the Prairie Place on 1st units, and since they were out looking, I was able to get back to office, print out the detail sheets on the available units, and head over to meet them in less than a half hour.

My showing of the two big units remaining went well, and since it was their first look, I loaded them up on as much info as I possibly could, just so they’d have a pretty good grasp of it all. They had one of their children with them which helped, and thank goodness today’s adult child was more than receptive to them moving into a senior housing facility. I’ll have to give them a call tomorrow and get their opinion on today’s showing after having their good night’s sleep. Having known them for many years, I’d say it’s time for a move, as after one reaches a certain age, the taking care of a big home, turns into a daunting daily task.

After arriving back at office, I grabbed a quick bite to eat, returned several phone calls, and then headed out to my next appointment which was to meet a contractor so he could finish a job he’d started on Monday. I was glad to see everything having fallen into place as expected, along with no extra hiccups to address. It was a comfort knowing I had one more lingering job completed, and before he drove away, I profusely thanked him for doing such a good job.

My mid-afternoon appointment was over at my new condo listing at 422 S. Tennessee Place to meet a buyer for a third look which went even better than the prior. I made sure to point out all the little extras that unit has to offer. The quality of those kitchen cabinets was well-worth mentioning, along with the newness of the appliances. I even went on to show how much longer its single attached garage is in comparison to all the many other condo units around our City. Just before leaving, the buyer announced it was time for me to write an offer on it, so back to my office we went.

After getting all the docs prepared and good going-over, I had everything initialed and signed, and then made copies of them for today’s buyer to keep of record. Before leaving, we had a good chat about how much more we appreciate things that we’ve personally worked for, instead of being handed on platters. I’ve now come to believe we’re kindred spirits of sorts regarding some of the trials and struggles we had to face head-on during our early years. Yes, it’s always comforting to know there are other like-minded people living in our midst.

Shortly after my buyer left, I scanned and emailed the offer to my seller, and then picked up the phone and called her, just so I could go over it’s key points. Since the offer was clean, my seller decided to accept it, so it now looks like I managed to get that unit sold in less than 48 hours. Yes, that was yet one more quick sale for my office. But again, research, pricing, and preparation does pay off when readying one’s home to be placed on our open market. I also believe my being more familiar than most with that complex, also helped in getting it sold. Once again, I’m exceptionally grateful to the hundreds of North Iowans who’ve helped to keep Holtz Realty going strong these many years, and I thank you all very much.

Are you ready for another recipe? Well if you are, here’s another interesting one.


  • 2 level tablespoons butter
  • 2 level tablespoons flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 level teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk

Separate the whites from the yolks of the eggs, beat both thoroughly and add the flour and salt to the yolks. When well mixed, stir in the milk, and at the last moment, fold in the stiffly-beaten egg whites. Melt the butter in a large frying pan, pour in the batter and cook over a moderately hot fire till it begins to set; then transfer the pan to a hot oven to finish cooking. Turn onto a hot dish and serve with applesauce.

I could think of other things I’d be serving with these delicate pancakes, while knowing it’s yet another interesting recipe from that book I would’ve never believed existed. And by the way, the “frying pan” they speak of, is likely of cast iron, and don’t even think about using today’s plastic-handled.

Tonight’s One-liner is: Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends, fads, and popular opinion.

Related Property:
422 S Tennessee Pl #2
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