A Nocturnal Animal

The rain we’ve been getting was welcome, but the low temps were not. I actually had to turn the furnace on at my office because of the chill. I can’t remember the last time I had to have my office furnace running this late in May, and I’m sure Alliant Energy is happy about it because that means larger than normal bills we’ll be having to pay.

Before heading to office, I stopped and picked up a sold sign on one property that was scheduled to close this morning, and then plopped it down on another I recently sold. I’m happy the market is continuing to chug along, and especially thankful my long-term customers and clients have remained steadfastly loyal.

When I arrived at office, I went thru my normal routine, and by the time I was finished, it was the hour I had to walk over to the closing company down the street, so with file in hand, out I headed.

After meeting the buyers, I felt pretty confident they were going to be a good fit for that home, and definitely happy they’ll be owner-occupants because several of the offers I had on it, were from investors, and for sure, this year there’ve been many rental barons opening wide their checkbooks. They must know something I don’t because they’ve been spending far more money for properties that wouldn’t have sold several years ago, even close to what they are now. Even those converted multi-family units are selling for record prices.

Soon after my closing was over, I headed out to meet with a seller to get a home listed, but unfortunately he was so busy with his work, he didn’t have time for me, so I’ll have to check with him in the morning and see if he’ll have an opening. All the docs have been prepared and the price has been set, so all I need is about fifteen minutes to go over them and then get signatures.

Shortly after Noon arrived, I was back out to a bank on the west-side of our City to attend my second closing of the day. Since my seller was not in attendance, I spent more time visiting with the Notary whom I’d not seen for some time which offered me time to play catch-up with recent happenings. Just before I left, I informed the buyer that I’d sold his new home at least three times over these long years. I also gave him a heads-up on who his new neighbors are. He seemed like a nice young man whom I hope will take good care of it.

I had only about ten minutes to kill before I had to head out to a pre-listing appointment, and fortunately I managed to get there before the seller arrived. After a short introduction, I was given the nickel tour of the home which was in better shape than I’d expected. If they do decide to list it, I’m afraid that their expectations are not going to be even close to reality because there’s many cosmetic updates today’s buyers would want to make. I was pretty blunt about how the mindsets of today’s buyers have changed in regards to homes needing such improvements to where they simply fly-over and wait for something more expensive that’s already move-in ready. A home having good bones isn’t as important as it used to be, which I find troubling.

I was told something very curious today by a couple who live on an acreage surrounded by woods. It all started about three years ago when the husband would find almost perfectly cut patches of grass in their front yard that were either pulled up and set aside, or almost rolled forward like it was a small section of sod. Never have I ever heard tell of, or seen such a thing happening in the night. They even contacted the DNR and the County Extension Office to find out what type of animal would be doing it, and in the end, they didn’t even know.

I was told those torn-up sections were normally about a foot wide and maybe a foot and a half long. I asked if there were any deep tracks found in and around those areas, and they said there were none noticeable. They’re sure it’s being done by a nocturnal animal, but as of yet, they’ve not seen what it is. Kinda creepy isn’t it?

When I had some free time at office, I went online to see what type of animal would be doing such a thing to a lawn, and the only little blurb of an article I found, was about how raccoons will tear up newly laid sod to get at grubs, but nothing about doing it to an established lawn. In my mind I went thru all the wild animals living in North Iowa, and the only animal I can think that would do such a thing, is a raccoon, and especially their home being very near a heavily wooded area where raccoons thrive. I did tell them I’d give them a call if I should find more information about what’s happening in their yard.

Speaking of wild animals, I was ever-so happy to hear that our State Legislature just recently pass a law allowing semi-automatic hunting in January of “horn-less” deer, and the main reason they’re allowing it now, is the public out-cry they’ve been getting from farmers and townspeople regarding the traffic hazards they’ve become, along with the amount of crops they’ve been destroying. I can’t believe they’ve finally opened their ears to the general public.

I happened to run into one of my favorite residents of our fair City, which certainly gave me an uplift. His family have been good clients of mine, but I have to say there’s something extra-special about him, and nearly every time I see him, I make sure to mention something like, “You may think your wings are invisible, but I can still see them.” He and his family are of the caliber you’d like to clone and re-populate.

Tonight’s One-liner is: By our presence, we convince.

Joe Chodur

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