Now Dagnabbit

There’ve been many who’ve believed April is always full of sunshine, fragrant showers, and blooming daffodils, but we must remember, we’re living in Northern Iowa along with being in the midst of a climate change. In spite of the sun finally coming out in our late afternoon, for the most part, it was just but one miserable day. Here we are at the 15th of April, and still haven’t received a good thunderstorm to wash away this past winter’s gunk.

In spite of my not having any scheduled real estate appointments, I certainly kept myself busied with active files, emails and phone calls. I also had some checking up to do on vacant homes, just to make sure there’ve not been any two-legged creatures trying to gain access during the night. I wasn’t very happy when hearing about the price of scrap metal having recently spiked, and especially copper now at an all-time high. We all know that’s what our group of drug addicts consider the preferred, so let’s hope we don’t hear about recent thefts of copper piping and wiring, because I’ve seen some nasty sights in my time. When knowing there’s always a risk of capture, such addictions continue to drive such people to break into homes and buildings so to rip out their copper plumbing and wiring, and sell it for pennies on the dollar for what it originally cost. It always leaves me dumbfounded. Yes, when having crawled down into their dark “pits”, just about anything is justifiable when in the need of money for maybe one-night’s high.

When digging thru another box of books that came from a throwaway pile, I found one more cookbook which was printed over 40 years ago, and containing a collection of tried and true recipes which were donated by various families in the Upper Midwest for publishing. After paging thru it, I found enough to share with all of you these coming days. Even though that cookbook is only 40+ years old, there’ve been some changing of tastes going on since it was published. The one I’m going to share with you tonight, is interesting enough to where I’ll likely give it a try myself, as I’ve never heard of it.

Tomorrow afternoon, I have a home to get listed, so I busied myself with preparing my listing file, just so I won’t be rushed at the last minute, as when in real estate sales, one never knows what the next day’ll bring. I’m really not concerned about it selling, but my biggest dilemma, will be finding something acceptable for them to purchase when it does, which is why I’ll be forced to add to our listing contract, “The sale of this home, is subject-to the sellers’ purchasing a home of their choice.” Over these long years, I’ve rarely had to add that clause, but after this past year’s exuberant buying spree, we’ve been left with all the less available inventories.

Speaking of last year’s sale, I was shocked when today finding that just in our MLS, there were over 60 acreage sales which didn’t include any other of our area MLS sales and of course those annoying “FSBO’S”. In all these years, I have never seen that many acreage purchases over a 12 month period. I thought it quite the coincidence since just yesterday, I spoke about people wanting to get away, or should I say “flee”. I doubt we’ll see that large of a number this year, as we really don’t have that many homesteads left in North Iowa, and all thanks to our big farmers buying up family farms and scraping off their building sites, just so they’d have a few more row-crop acres. I’m still wondering what sort of long-term effect this continued desire to get out of “Dodge” will have on our municipalities. Likely even higher taxes on all the fewer.

On and off this afternoon, the bulk of my time was spent with my continued research on a particular property which I’ll be inspecting this weekend. Every time I agree to provide a broker’s opinion, I automatically feel what’ll be an extended period of time researching, taking notes, and then compiling my findings in a letter format. I usually never charge for them, as sometimes I get a listing, and sometimes not. It’s a gamble I freely take, and should I be asked to list one, my market research would’ve already been done. Believe it or not, a real broker’s opinion, is very much like an appraisal one would pay upwards of $500.00 to have prepared. There’ve been a few times over the years where I’ve actually challenged the findings of a “licensed” appraiser. As I’ve said many times, the valuation of real estate is not an exact science.

Since I was so intensely involved in my research today, I had to take a short break from it, so I hopped in my car and went driving over to a client’s home where he had a few more interesting stones to give. There were three more I thought interesting, so I carried them back to my car for delivery. Once again, I thanked the owner for his generosity before driving back to office.

Early this morning, I received yet another deep price reduction on 1707 S. Federal Ave. here in Mason City. With it now being priced at $39,500.00, I can’t imagine it not going under contract, because as far as I’m concerned, it’s one “yell” of a buy. Now dagnabbit, please tell me why it’s not yet sold, as I can see a plethora of opportunities for that building, and especially when considering the size of its lot, along with the high traffic count that highway offers. I’m sadly beginning to believe our small businesses are on their way out which deeply troubles me. We can thank Amazon for these many closures, and don’t think it’s even close to being over. Unless our society stops singularly thinking it’s all about the few dollars they’re saving, we won’t have local businesses which for the most part, do care about their customers, because we’re the ones who keep them in business. I’m hoping to see those trends reversed in the near future, because as they’ve said, “Cycles are all big and small moving circles.”, so let’s hope we’re on the bottom of a downward sweep, and on our way back up.

Ok, here’s the first interesting recipe I found today.

Harvest Popcorn

  • 5 1/2 tablespoons of good butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried and mashed dill weed
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon pepper
  • 2 quarts fully-popped corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups shoestring potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup good mixed nuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix melted butter with seasonings. Toss well with popped corn, and then mix in shoestring potatoes and nuts. Spread onto large shallow pans and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Stir only once while baking.

Tonight’s One-liner is: An unfed mind will always end up devouring itself.

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