It’s certainly feeling a lot more like Spring now that the temps have risen to a range of comfort. I’m not sure how much rain we received, but whatever amount we did get, was certainly better than nothing. It’s too bad the cloud cover didn’t clear off until mid-afternoon because I had photos to take of a home this morning, and even though they turned out fine, the exterior shots would’ve been better if it were sunny.
My first appointment of the day was to get a home listed at 902 – 1st St. SE, which was the one I spoke about yesterday. Having sold that home several times a number of years ago, I’d say I’m pretty familiar with it, and it now being priced below $70K, as well as being vacant, I see no reason it being on our market for any length of time. As we all know, the three most important things to know about buying homes in Mason City, is location, location, and location, which indeed this home offers.
As I was going from room to room, I could envision making just a few changes on the main floor which would give it a more open feel. First of all, I’d create an open living/dining area by taking out the archway between the two. The next thing on my list, would be to make the opening between the kitchen and dining room larger, just so those two rooms would flow better, and possibly even have room for the installation of a breakfast bar.
I wouldn’t change any walls in the upstairs, but I would tear out the carpets and refinish the wooden floors that are most likely underneath. I’m almost certain the main floor has hardwood under the carpeting as well, but if the openings were removed, there’d be hardwood flooring to be added where where those walls were. It may sound like a daunting project, but really not, because those improvements would take less than a week to complete, and being no more than a good weekend and a few after hours work. I absolutely love its welcoming open front porch, and since it’s located on a non-thru street, there is where I’d be plopped during our pleasant evenings. The owner must’ve been very much into flowers because there are a great many perennials coming up in flower beds and around the house.
The only future project one would want to tackle, is to tear down that small single stall garage at its rear, and build a new double garage closer to the house, and then pour a new driveway along the east side of the home. If that were done, it would create all the more yard and garden area at the front and west of it. Even though the railroad tracks are right next door, that particular line only runs maybe once or twice a day. Yes, with that home being at the low price of $69,900.00 a person could make tons of improvements, and still not out-price oneself for the neighborhood. So if you know of any person that’s tired of renting right now, or another looking for a long-term investment, please pass on the info about it. Without a doubt, it’s a good home that was built to last.
While on the phone with a client of mine who lives out of State, she mentioned having yesterday gone shopping at one of the Costco stores in her area, and to her surprise, she was finding all the fewer items being offered. I guess what concerned her the most, was seeing basics like olive oil running low, and other products one would think are still plentiful. I did mention how crazy this sudden meat shortage has become, and not sure where it’s all going to end up. I did tell her that our normal weekly groceteria flyers were noticeably weak on their meat offerings.
Because she’s been a bit of a worrier about where this pandemic is taking us, I dared not mention an article I read early this morning about our supply chains, which as far as I’m concerned, are being controlled by too large and too few big companies. As an example, the author mentioned how so many hospitals are concerned about not having enough respirators, when in fact, they should be worrying more about not having enough oxygen on hand, because if those few companies supplying it, should suddenly close shop due to the China-virus, then they’d be rushing to find new sources.
Another item mentioned, was the coal in which many of our power plants use to create electricity, which means if the coal miners and carriers are no longer able to mine and deliver, they’d be no electricity generated. Yes, these times are growing all the more disconcerting.
When only speaking about two “raw” materials, just stop and think of all the other components there are in the “chains” of our normal lifestyles which we’ve taken for granted our entire lives. I may sound like a doomsday theorist, but in truth, more of a realist. Just remember how long it took for our toilet tissue and paper towel shelves to be stocked to half-way normal levels, and out of that shortage, I heard just recently that there are now back-orders on bidets, which the Japanese and some European countries have been using for years. I guess on the positive side, these shortages are creating alternative thinkers. We’ll see what’s next.
This coming Saturday, I’ll be hosting another morning open house at 12 S. Willowgreen Court which is long-overdue for having a sold sign posted. I’m hoping the association will have the swimming pool filled by then, because that’ll really give many lookers all the more reason to buy it. With all this social distancing, and now hearing that our public swimming pool will not be open our entire summer, it’ll be an even greater reason for an elderly person to buy it so their young relatives can swim. Please put the word out on that condo, because that kitchen alone is of “top drawer” quality.
Tonight’s one-liner is: Many are stubbornly pursuing the paths they’ve chosen, yet all the few of them, in pursuit of their goals.