After many months of endlessly searching, and near the point of giving up, a buyer of mine managed to close on a home that exceeds every expectation.¬† I’m just glad I was able to be part of it all, along with having no bumps in the road during the whole loan process.¬† If the buyer makes the improvements I’ve recommended, it’ll be a sound investment that will work as a near maintenance-free home for many years to come.¬† It’s just another example of how sometimes good things do happen for good people.
After looking at my weekend schedule before leaving the office today, I can see I’ll be busy from the time I hit the ground in the morning.¬† Since I’m having two open houses tomorrow, I had to squeeze several appointments in early in the morning before my first public open house.
That first open house tomorrow will be at 2831 – 4th St. NW here in Mason City.¬† I just received a price reduction on it today which brought it down to $299,500.¬† There’s no question in my mind that if I were looking for a well built home on the edge of the City, 2831 – 4th St. NW would be my first and only choice.¬† It is exceptionally well built, and just recently had well over $200K worth of improvements made.¬† The garage alone must’ve cost upwards of $60K to build.¬† The floor plan is very open and the room sizes are much larger than one would expect.¬† There’s someone interested in it, but they have to sell their home first, and we cannot wait because it must be sold more sooner than later.¬† Stop by tomorrow between 10:00 and Noon and have a look.
The second open house will be at 1031 – 10th St. NE.¬† It’s another home that’s on the edge of the City where across the street there’s a green area.¬† It’s a one-owner home that’s been meticulously cared for along with some attractive updates.¬† My favorite room is the¬† den off the kitchen with its free-standing gas stove.¬† I can imagine how cozy that room is¬† on cold winter nights.¬† There are 3 bedrooms, oak floors, a finished basement, and a huge 2 car attached garage.¬† It’s comfortably priced at $92,500.¬† You can own this home cheaper than what you’d pay for rent in a comparable home.¬† Make a note to stop by and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s well worth the money.
Realizing I had a few groceries to pick up for a dear old home-bound friend, I stopped late this afternoon at Fareway to pick up a few things she wanted.¬† Of course her favorite is chocolate ice cream and has to be purchased in the gallon tubs so it lasts longer.¬† Yes, she does like her ice cream. ¬†Since the freezer is near the express check-out, there was a young man standing in the longer line.¬† He didn’t realize I was trying to get into that freezer, so I tapped him on the shoulder and said, “I’m not trying to cut into your line, I just need to get into that freezer.”¬† He blushed and stepped aside.¬† I went to grab a tub of chocolate and when I pulled it out, another gallon fell out and went rolling on the floor.¬† The young man reached over and picked it up and put it back in the freezer for me.¬† I thanked him along with saying, “All this ice cream isn’t for me.”¬† He smiled again.¬† While standing there waiting, I noticed he had only one item which was a package of instant Rice-A-Roni. ¬†By the looks of him, he must’ve just left work because he looked as if he put in a long hard day’s labor.
I couldn’t help myself by saying, “Is that all you’re having for supper?”¬† He blushed again and nodded.¬† I then said, “You really should have more of a balanced meal.”¬† After I said that I was suddenly struck with a very sad thought.¬† He likely didn’t have any more money that what that package cost.¬† It made me all the more sad seeing him pull out of his pocket a fistful of change and counted out the exact amount needed, and then sadly glanced back at me while walking out.
As I was driving out of the parking lot, I couldn’t help but think of how many struggling young people there are living in the shadows of our so-called robust economy who’re simply trying to stay alive. Seems those who have so much have become blind to those who have so little that sometimes it’s nothing more than a fistful of change at the end of a hard work week.