It Wouldn’t be my Cup of Tea Location

Considering how cool it was out this morning, I was surprised to find out temps being so high today along with the humidity, it felt even warmer. Irregardless, I’m just happy we’re not getting frosted because I have late vegetable crops to harvest once they’ve matured. I’m not even going to “go there” regarding the issues I’ve had with deer these recent months, which will get resolved once I have a tall permanent fence installed around the perimeter of my garden.

It was a slow Monday which I was expecting, but to keep myself busied, I went ahead and paid some additional bills that had come in, along with getting files organized and stacks of unnecessary papers shredded. I also placed several phone calls to some buyers I’ve been working with, just to let them know I’m still watching for new listings that may be to their liking. Unfortunately, one of the buyers decided to purchase a home far out of my market radius, but as long as they’re happy, that’s all that matters. On the positive side of working with them, was my being able to get into all the more homes listed by other agents, and believe you me, we viewed some real lipsticked pigs over those weeks. I couldn’t help sharing the fact that one of them is actually under contract. Whenever this buying frenzy does come to a close, there’ll be millions of people across our Country who’ll wake up one day and realize they’re upside-down on their mortgages.

While visiting with a dear one this morning, she also agreed that there are people out there with a lot of dough, and will continue to hold onto it until our market pendulum swings back. Now don’t get me wrong about me thinking it’s a wrong time to buy, because it isn’t as long as the buyers are fully aware of comparable sales, neighborhood preferences, and quality of construction, and above all, them knowing that long-term home ownership is what really pays off in the end. Believe it or not, there are still people living in the homes I sold them a very many years ago, and still content with what they have because those homes have worked for them since they day they moved into them. This bouncing around from home to home is what gets people in trouble financially because they think if they get a big price now, they can bump up to more expensive homes, but the killer is, they’re likely taking on another 30 year mortgage, so what happens when they go to retire and discover they can’t afford their house payments? Well, they hopefully manage to sell in a seller’s market and at least get their equity back, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. Remember our crash of 2008? If you don’t, I’d be more than glad to share many sad seller stories.

I couldn’t help reading today where the United Nations is now calling for financial aid for the citizens of Afghanistan, and that’s all I could think of, was how little would actually go to those in need. We’ve seen such scenarios many times over, and in the end, find that only a small percent went to good use. If the Taliban really cared about the lives of those remaining, they would’ve conducted themselves differently. Our connection with Afghanistan has been nothing more than a re-occurring nightmare, yet we still can’t seem to break ourselves away from it. My personal belief is knowing those Middle Eastern countries have been fighting wars for generations upon generations with no end in sight.

When visiting with a worker today, I couldn’t help mentioning a thought that pops up in my mind from time to time regarding our now overly-computerized Alliant Energy which can switch on and off our electricity from their corporate offices. I pointed out the recent hacking into that gas company out East which was down for days, and my concern being a situation in the middle of a twenty-below cold snap during the winter, and waking up to find our entire City’s electricity has been shut off by some hacker out in Russia or China. What gave me a bit of a jaw-drop, was hearing him say he’s also had similar concerns which I thought a bit creepy. I’m now left wondering how many others have similar concerns.

As I suspected, I was informed by a buyer whom I’d just shown a condo on the east side of our City, asking if there were any two bedroom units remaining over at Prairie Place on 1st, which unfortunately there are now none. I personally showed them those units about six months ago, and now they’ve come to the realization that they should’ve purchased the one they liked when they had the chance. It looks like my prophecy is fulfilling itself regarding my belief there’ll be a waiting list created once they’re all sold.

I almost forgot to mention the recent sale of a “big dog” on the north shore of Clear Lake which I’m pretty sure broke a sales record for that bloated pond when seeing it sold for well over two million dollars. Yikes! I sure wouldn’t want to be the one paying the property taxes on that baby year in and year out. Yes, I like Clear Lake, but not enough to spend that kind of money on a home at lakeshore, and especially when knowing how many months it’s a frozen tundra of ice. Even if I had that kind of money to spend on a home, it wouldn’t be my cup of tea location. I think I’ve mentioned my love of all natural bodies of water, but my first choice would be finding myself perched above a flowing river where the sights are continually changing. Again, that’s just my personal opinion.

Another article on BBC early this morning had me quite stirred-up the entire day, and the reason being my having read that there’ve been 220 environmental activists who’ve been murder around the globe so far this year. How can the greed of men be that great to where they willingly give the nod to have someone killed who’s trying to protect something that was meant to last for thousands of years? Unfortunately I’m not able to understand their reasoning, because they know what will happen in the end. So sad.

Tonight’s One-liner is: If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your mind before you actually arrive at your goal.

Joe Chodur

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