Cut Myself Loose

Another hot and humid day came and went, and unfortunately I was out in it more than not. I’m not complaining much because a mere six months from now, we’ll be knee-deep in the dead of winter and doing everything we can to stay warm and safe from those normally bitter-cold January days.

My first appointment, was to go over to 114 – 11th St. NE and get it opened up for my buyers’ final walk-thru before closing. While walking thru it, I couldn’t help insisting that every dollar they’d thoughtfully spend on improving it, their return would be doubled. Of all the homes that’ve sold these past two years for way more money and of lesser quality, there’s no doubt in my mind, if they do even the basic cosmetic updates, it would be worth many thousands of dollars more.

I’m sure by now, you’ve come to the conclusion 114 – 11th St. NE has been my “problem child” listing that’s been around my neck for over a year and a half. We’ve had multiple offers on it since I listed it, yet couldn’t come together on price. As much as I tried to keep total transparency with other agents and their buyers, there continued to be mis-communications which resulted in those buyers not purchasing it. There’s no doubt there’ll be those who thought they’d get a steal of a deal on it, now wishing they’d purchased it when they had the opportunity.

Another one of those “missed” buyers, ended up purchasing a home for far more money, and then found themselves having to spend thousands more in updates to several of its basic components. Unfortunately they got themselves sucked into buying it when seeing all the “pretties” it offered. I like the cute little extras as much as anyone, but I never stop there because you’d be sure to find me inspecting the stability of its structure. My listing at 114 – 11th St. NE is far more structurally sound than that one was. I empathize with buyers who allow themselves to be duped, but there’s nothing I can do about it, especially when I’m not representing them.

Our final walk-thru went fine, so off we went to their formal closing which had a very soft landing, but before locking the door for the last time, I peeked back inside and said, “Now you been good to your new owners.” The only reason I said that, is because I’m convinced that home did the picking of its new inhabitants.

I knew they were looking for a fridge, along with a washer/dryer for it, so I gave them the name of a gentleman who sells used appliances and also provides a limited warranty. I did tell them I’ve purchased from him before, and when I went to look at them, I discovered he goes thru them with a fine-toothed comb, just to make sure they’re working properly. I rarely ever buy used unless I know where the “used” came from.

My second closing today, took place at a bank in Clear Lake, so I headed in that direction after dropping my closed file off at office and grabbing my next. That closing also went smoothly, and as I was walking out of their bank, I ran into a cousin of mine and her husband whom I’d not seen in at least four years.

Not expecting to be standing there that long, I finally had to bid my farewells because I had checks and keys to deliver before the noon hour arrived. It’s always nice to take our little strolls down memory lane with those we’ve known since youth. I became teary-eyed again when my cousin mentioned how much she admired my mother whenever their family paid us visits. Yes, back in those days, aunts and uncles stayed more connected than they do now which I think is unfortunate.

After I got all my running around in Clear Lake done, I headed back to the City and began working on two other files which are scheduled to close next week. One of them is complete, but I’m still waiting for some transfer docs to be sent to my seller and arrive back here before closing date. I know the buyers are antsy, which has me on a burn to get it closed on time.

It came as no surprise we’re now getting showings on my listing over at 240 – 7th St. SE after I changed-out the original photos I took, with the ones I snapped yesterday. Those first photos were causing it to look dirtier than it really is, and you know how everyone crawls around on the internet while making judgement calls before they’ve even driven past homes, let alone walk thru them. If I had no other personal projects, I’d buy that home, trick it out, and then place it back on the market. I can assure you it would be gone in a couple of weeks. You may think me crazy when saying I could actually see myself living there after it was re-furbished.

I had a soulful chat with a dear friend of mine regarding how many more narcissistic people we’re coming in contact with on a near-daily basis. I had to laugh when saying, “If there be any professional or semi-professional wanting to do any sort of work for me, the first time I’d smell narcissism in the air, I’d cut myself loose without the slightest of regrets.” It’s bad enough when having to represent a buyer or seller that’s “all about me”, let alone doing any sort of personal business with one. No thank you very much.

On my way home, I stopped out to Staples and picked up some necessary office supplies, and when looking at those increased prices, I was glad I took enough cash with me. What used to be seven or eight dollars, is now well over ten. Oh well, I had to pay it because they were “must” office things. Since I was already next door to T.J. Max, I ran in and picked up a few items of clothing and headed home. Yes, I had a very full Thursday.

Tonight’s One-liner is: It’s always hard to be what you cannot see.

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240 7th St. SE Mason City
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