Since January, this year has been filled with a roller coaster of temperatures as well as abnormal weather. From the record breaking snow storm of earlier this month to another record breaking high temperature not even two weeks later. Not to mention the wind of several days ago. I was showing a property on the outskirts of Rockwell, and when I got out of my car, I felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. I had to hang onto my door to keep from being blown away. That terrible wind only lasted about 10 or 15 minutes but WOW did it ever create a huge cloud of dust in the air! Now the farmers are fearful that they won’t be able to plant the corn in time for a normal growing season due to the ground moisture. Remember how dry it was last year? So, who or what’s to blame. I have my thoughts on this but I would rather you the readers be the judge.
On another subject, one of my well cared for older two story homes sold today. Yeah! Perhaps the general public of Mason City and North Iowa are starting to “get it” about the real values that are out there in the older home market. For price per square footage, these homes are a real buy. Yesterday, I just happened to look up how much a young couple paid for a nearly new 2 story home back in 2005. Oh my goodness! They paid a quarter of a million dollars for a home that was minimally built at best. Now they are having continued maintenance issues. Go figure. There are gorgeous old growth lumber built homes here in Mason City that have withstood all the years, and still stand straight and tall. Yes, I am a real proponent of older well-built homes. What everyone in Mason City and North Iowa must do, is to do their research on European homes that have lasted for centuries and still are the most sought after. Newer sometimes is not better. Let’s take a look at what we have before we start building new. By the way, Summer just happened.