All Living Creatures

Another repeat of yesterday happened again, only I believe it broke 90 degrees Downtown this afternoon.  Several people mentioned the smell of hog manure in those southern breezes, and for the life of me, I can’t imagine where it’s coming from.  It comes and goes throughout the warmer months, and from how far south is anyone’s guess. I actually don’t know of any big hog confinements close to our City, but I could be wrong. If there is one, it must be pretty well camouflaged, and out of view when driving down a highway, blacktop, or gravel road.

Most of my day was centered around visiting with several attorneys, getting more work done on closings coming up, and doing some research on property values.  I did meet with the seller of 415 – 1st St. SE to get a major price reduction on his home.  We now have it priced at $174,900 which in my opinion, is one heck of a value for anyone looking for a home located in our Crescent of Culture.  There’s no question in my mind it’s ready to move into, along with all the plumbing, wiring, and HVAC up to snuff.

I’ve spoken about the major differences in the construction of the older home versus new, and you can bet the structural components on the older ones have and will continue to out-last the new build-outs of today.  Take the time to do your research on the difference in quality of old growth lumber versus what’s being “farmed” today.  Most haven’t a clue how big the differences are, but once brought up to speed, they’re also believers that old over new is far more economical.

A home I closed on yesterday was another example of how much stronger and sturdier it has been over the long years of the seller’s ownership.  If I’m not mistaken, he owned that property for over 40 years.  Even in the flood of 2008, there was no water in its basement.  Now that’s saying something.

415 – 1st St. SE offers four big bedrooms, a master bath, main floor laundry, fireplace, hardwood floors, enclosed porch, party-size deck, fully fenced rear yard, near-new monster double garage, private yard, new furnace and air, and the list goes on.  When I compared listings in its price range, I’d say it’s at the top of value for the dollar.  I’ll likely be having a public open house on it next weekend, so watch for my publication.

I have an appointment tomorrow to do a price analysis on a home which I’ve already done my comparative sales research which is going to make it all the easier for me to come up with an estimated sales price.  I believe the owner is motivated, so likely won’t be having this “cut a fat hog” idea on what it’s worth.  We’ll see tomorrow.

Late this afternoon I had a heartfelt conversation with a relative of mine regarding some happenings that took place years ago that I wasn’t aware of.  The more I listened, the more those doors to the past were opened, and believe me, I wasn’t the happiest when hearing for the first time, something very wrong that was done.  All I could say was, “Sooner or later, everyone who’s purposely hurt others, will have their comeuppance.”  And to think one of the perpetrators believes she’s part of the high and mighty upper crust here in Mason City.  I’m just glad that evildoer is part of a circle which I have absolutely nothing to do with, and that’s more than fine by me.

One of my clients who owns rental homes mentioned today how much more rigid he’s getting with tenants who don’t tow the line.  It sounded like this past week has been a beast for him with one tenant calling him every name in the book while giving his litany of excuses as to why he’s chronically late with his rent every month, and then another who sounds like a pathological liar who can create copious stories about why nearly every failure of his, not being his fault.

Being a landlord in North Iowa can be a full-time job when dealing with those who think the world owes them free housing.  I guess what really triggered my client’s determination to rid one of his homes of its occupant, is when that tenant yelled at him and insisted he not know what it’s like to work hard and have to live from paycheck to paycheck.  Ouch! I can only imagine how internally angry my client was, because I know he came from an exceptionally hard-working family who never complained about difficult it was to create a life for himself and his family.  Tenants like that belong in homes befitting their envious and hateful mentalities.   I suspect there’ll be some hard lessons learned these coming months with that sass-bag.

On a lighter note, I thought tonight’s photo worth sharing with you because it speaks volumes about how very important it is for children to commune with Nature at an early age so they can investigate all living things while out on their daily explorations.  It’s so cute!

Tonight’s one-liner is:  Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of the way, so to come back a short distance correctly.

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415 1st St. SE Mason City
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