Bargain-basement Beauty

Another whirl-wind day arrived with my having to get everything I needed done before the hour of eight arrived, as I had myself committed to another all-day online Zoom class which ate-up nearly my entire day.

Today’s class count was a whopping 66 people, but I do have to give the instructor credit for doing a pretty good job of splitting us up into small break-out groups which helped promote interaction between the students. Most were the same ones from yesterday, so at least I was able to become more familiar with a few of them.

We did have a 45 minute lunch break which allowed me just enough time to get out to a home and have its seller sign a listing agreement which I’ve now posted online. You can bet it was a fast signing-up, but at least I’d already made note of all its details and measurements while I was there several days ago. It’s address of this bargain-basement beauty is: 142 – 15th St. NW.

At first glance, you’ll likely think it needs of a great deal of work, but on the contrary, that’s all it’s crying for, is some freshening up with paint, and removal of its carpet to expose those gorgeous oak floors. It has a nice poured basement which could easily be finished off, along with a walk-up attic being comfortably tall enough for a 3rd bedroom. Some of the windows are newer thermal units, as well as the siding being permanent. Since it has a very large rear-yard, there’s plenty of room to build a monster garage with alley access. When I was there earlier this week, I was absolutely amazed by the quality of its construction, and quick to wager that it’ll outlast many of the newer homes of today, so if you know anyone looking for an exceptionally well-constructed home in an affordable price range, please have them give me a call. The way in which our market is now moving, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s under contract before our 3-day weekend arrives.

After my class finished, I headed over to Clear Lake to place an open house rider on my for sale sign on 404 – S. 9th St. which I’ll be hosting this coming Saturday from 1 – 3 pm.  We had another offer that came in on it yesterday, but the terms weren’t acceptable to my seller, so he rejected it. Now that Memorial Day is around the corner, I’m sure Clear Lake’s market’ll be kicking into high gear once again. Wish me luck on Saturday.

There were a batch of sales reported today which gave me another jaw-drop when seeing how many of them went over asking price. I’m really getting concerned now when thinking our current buyers have now broken thru another glass “ceiling” of pricing which is taking our home values into un-charted territories. I’m absolutely wishing the best for all, but in the back of my mind, I know for a fact these continued price-hikes cannot be sustained. It’s not “if” we’re going to have a correction, but rather “when”. In my class today, I did share some of the horrors of the two major market corrections I had to deal with over these long years which certainly gave a few of those younger ones the chills.

Several of the videos presented in today’s class were clips from three motivational speakers who talked about goal-setting, attitudes, and the like, but whenever watching those infomercial-like presentations, I’m always left wondering how much of their advise, they themselves are putting into use. Just about anyone can walk the walk and talk the talk, but when insisting they’ve incorporated it into their daily lives, is when I begin questioning.

In spite of having been glued to my office chair nearly the entire day, I’d say it was still a good one, and what little time I was able to spend outdoors, I sucked-up as much of it as I possibly could. Yes, the month of June will be here soon.

Since this’ll be another long “getting together” weekend, I thought it best to share a slightly altered baked corn casserole recipe from my vintage cookbook. The altering is my calling for chopped fresh jalapeno peppers which’ll give a good “kick” for those enjoying a little south-of-the-border spice.

Baked Corn Casserole

  • 1 16 oz. can of cream style corn
  • 1 16 oz. can of whole kernel corn, or fresh-frozen
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup or less jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 2 pimentos, chopped
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg, well-beaten
  • 1 cup soda cracker crumbs, finely rolled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Pour into buttered 2-quart casserole. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Yield: 10 servings.

Tonight’s One-liner is: In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods, and they haven’t forgotten it.

Related Property:
142 15th St. NW Mason City 404 S 9th St – Clear Lake
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