Doesn’t Mean They’ve Gotten Lost

As much as I would’ve liked to see a windless day, it didn’t happen because as the sun climbed higher, the stronger the wind blew, and in spite of our rising temps, those gusts made it feel all the colder, and especially when standing out in it.

My morning was filled with a great deal of follow-ups on closings that’ll be taking place in the days to come, and my first one will be this coming Monday morning. Fortunately we’re going to get it to close on time which was a blessing because there are two other ones that won’t be, and only due to not getting title work completed in time. Oh well, as long as we can get them closed in the near future, that’s all that matters.

I had a bit of a start this morning when walking thru a darkened basement with a contractor who I thought was behind me instead of ahead, and when looking back to see where he was, for a split second I caught a glimpse of a ghostly figure that was about three feet away. You can bet the chills went rushing thru me when I suddenly discovered I’d seen something that wasn’t supposed to be there. I kiddingly but not, mentioned to the guy that I’d just seen some sort of ghostly figure, and his nonchalant response was, “I see them quite frequently.” Oh how quickly that opened the door for a little question and answer session. Well, to sum it up, he normally sees them at night while driving and they’re either standing in the ditches or slowly moving up towards the pavement, and they’re always in a crouching position. I then asked when he first started seeing them, and his answer was around the time he was eight years old when waking up and seeing one standing at his bedside. There went my goosebumps again. I couldn’t help believing him because he seemed so relaxed when talking about it to where those sightings must happen on a regular basis. I’d say that poor guy has a bit of a burden with having to deal with those ghostly figures.

The creepiest of today’s event, was when we were walking out and my looking down and finding a fine-lead pencil that wasn’t there when we walked in, so I picked it up and said, “Here’s the lead pencil you must’ve dropped.” He calmly answered, “It’s not mine, and I didn’t see it laying there when I walked in, so it must be one of theirs.” As fine a point that lead pencil had, there was no way I was going to carry it back to my office, so I set it aside and walked out, and when back at office, I scrubbed my hands thoroughly.

Today’s new listing is located at 683 – 16th St. SE which is on that short street between S. Virginia and S. Hampshire. I’m looking forward to having it sold quickly because of how exceptionally well built it is. There’s no question in my mind that someone had it custom built back in 1957. It’s been some months since I’ve seen a poured foundation in such condition to where I couldn’t even find the smallest of hairline cracks in it, and when walking around down there, I’d wager that home’s never had a drop of seepage all those years. There was one spot on the drywall of its inside wall in the laundry area which appeared to have been wet, but I suspected it was from a leaking water heater or washing machine. There’s a sink and shower in the basement, as well as a stub-in for a stool which if there’d be one installed, that home would be classified as having 1 3/4 baths.

After getting a really good look at it today, there are hardwood floors under the carpet in the living room, hallway and all three bedrooms which I’d jerk out and refinish them. The kitchen/dining area has ceramic tile which is in near perfect condition. Another bonus for first-time buyers, is the fact all the appliances including the washer and dryer stay, which in these times is a bonus considering how expensive new appliances are. The home also has permanent siding, along with some recently replaced thermal windows. Keep in mind it needs some paint and sprucing up, but that would be a cake walk because I didn’t see one crack in either the walls or ceilings. Now that’s saying something. It’s priced at $98,500 which is well in reach of our first-time buyers budgets, so if you know anyone looking for a value-priced three bedroom ranch, please have them give me a call.

I mis-spoke last night regarding the amount of money that so-called “developer” received from our City since he got himself plugged into building that hotel south of the mall. With my own eyes this morning, the tabulated amount I came up with was $1.1 million dollars, which was a correction of a hundred thousand. When showing it to an old client of mine this morning, all she kept saying was, “What has he done to get that kind of money?” All I kept saying was, “You tell me and we’ll both know.” The few people I mentioned it to today, had no idea there was that kind of money having been freely given to that guy. Gee, I wish someone would hand me that kind of money after giving a sales pitch to some gullible people. Silver-tongued salespeople can certainly put on quite the show and tell, yet never seem to follow-thru with their promises. You can be sure our real estate taxes will be going up again next year.

My afternoon appointment was to show two condominiums out on the East side to a buyer who’s looking for an everything all on one floor unit. Both units were possibilities, but he’s not in the biggest hurry because he just wants to keep his options open. Should any of you know of someone looking to sell a main-floor townhouse or condominium, please let me know because I just may have a buyer for it.

It looks like we won’t have today’s wind tomorrow, which means I’ll be able to get some outdoor work done before my afternoon appointments start. It would be great if I should get a cold call on today’s listing and have it under contract before Monday arrives. That home has got some real upside potential to where I’d classify it a a great long term investment.

Tonight’s One-liner is: People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness, and just because they’re not on your road, doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.

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683 16th St. SE Mason City
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