Alas I did get enough photos taken this morning of my new listing at 807 – 5th St. SE here in Mason City. The painter still has some work to do, but at least it was presentable enough for the nine photos I now have posted.
When looking at that home yet again, I remembered a home I sold almost two years ago which is nearly a dead-ringer of this one to where I can easily compare my new listing to a home that was truly in move-in condition. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the same builder built both of them, or at least the same blueprints were used.
Since that particular home sold for well over 80K two years ago, and had no 3/4 bath in the basement, no dishwasher, vinyl siding instead of steel, and no brick veneer on the front, I’d say anyone who’d buy 807 – 5th St. SE for a fair price, would easily create instant equity if they’d tackle its necessary cosmetic work themselves. When now realizing there’ve been two properties I personally sold in the $85K – $90K range within these past two years, and both of them being on the market less than three weeks, I’d say it’s a great buy to the right person who’s willing to take the time and spend a little money to get it to that $90K+ level. If I didn’t already have enough on my plate, I’d buy it, make the improvements, and then put it back out on the market and have no doubt it would sell quickly.
It looks like our market is starting to pick up all the more with two of my listings being shown by other agents this weekend. I’m also still a bit shocked that we’re not getting much for new ones coming on the market. We’re almost halfway thru January and still only a smattering of new listings having been posted which is getting me all the more concerned.
My public open house at 903 – 12th St. NW was a great success, and I’m hoping one of the buyers that was there will end up purchasing it. That home is long-overdue for a “SOLD” sign rider screwed to the top of its for sale sign. Every time I walk into that garage I begin to salivate. All I can say is, whomever buys it will fully appreciate having that much heated garage space for year-round projects. When I walked in there today, it was actually 55 degrees. It must be insulated even more than I thought it was which is telling me it’s not using that much gas to keep it heated. With tongue in cheek, that’s all it’s missing is a bathroom to where a person could live out there.
Since I didn’t have another appointment after my open house, I decided to drive over to Floyd County and attend a church service. I didn’t realize how long it had been until I walked in and noticed the pastor having grown a full beard since I’d last seen him.
The pianist today wasn’t the normal one that’s there and from the sounds of it, she needs to work on slowing down and stop playing the piano as if it were a typewriter. That poor song leader was definitely struggling with trying to keep up with that race horse, and when looking around, I noticed all the more people glancing over at that speed-typing pianist and most likely mentally screaming at her, “Stop playing so fast!”
What I’ll likely never forget is a coincidence that happened while there. Just yesterday the man I was in a religious debate with told a story about a preacher who worked at teaching men to hug their sons and tell them they love them because it has been found to bring fathers and sons closer together. Believe it or not, the sermon this afternoon was also based on fathers hugging their sons and telling them they love them. Now that was beyond creepy cool. If there’s some sort of spiritual message that’s being sent to me because of that, I’ve yet to discern it.
According to the weather forecasters, we’re supposed to have even warmer weather with sunshine tomorrow. I’ve got a few “must do’s” in the morning, but still haven’t decided what “little big” project I’ll be poking my head into.
Tonight’s one-liner is: Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.