403 N. Monroe Ave.

Once again I found today that the best laid plans of mice and men do so often go awry after discovering that my 8:00 am appointment was postponed for another day.  Cancellations in and of themselves don’t really bother me, yet often times it’s a sudden change which causes that particular day’s routine to be out of balance, and normally ends up lasting the entire day.

My mid-morning appointment to list the home at 403 N. Monroe Ave. went exceptionally well, and after being there for the second time, it will not surprise me in the least bit that it’s sold more sooner than later.  What a great house!  In my listing remarks I added, “This home is the best of the best in its price range.”, and you can be sure I wasn’t making it up because I’ve already checked all the active listings in its range and they’re far inferior.  There’s a competitive property that was just listed yesterday and priced at almost $60K, yet having a smaller lot, less square-footage, and no garage.  With today’s listing priced at $52,500 and offering all that much more, wouldn’t you say it’s priced to sell?

Anyone who loves real wood as much as I do, is going to go bonkers over the solid wood wall panels that are covering the living room, the dining room, and one of the bedrooms.  Even if you were to somehow find a lumberyard or specialty wood outlet, you’d spend thousands of dollars in materials alone to replicate those walls.  I’d say whomever created that work of art was a master.  It actually reminds me of something you’d see in the movies.

The other great features, is the attached garage with opener and a large 1st floor laundry room with the washer and dryer included.  In the basement there’s also a 3/4 bath which always comes in handy if there’d be more than one person living there.  The owner also had a new furnace recently installed, along with updating the wiring, the kitchen, and the main floor bath.

My only hopes is that the general public doesn’t think there’s something wrong with the property because of how low we have it priced, because there isn’t.  The seller wants it sold more sooner than later, so the best thing we as Realtors can do when sellers are motived, is to price their homes to sell quickly.  As a footnote, I did a quick estimated mortgage payment on it, and it came out to be in the area of $360.00 and that included the real estate taxes and homeowner’s insurance.  Now where in the “yell” can anyone even rent an apartment of its caliber in Mason City?  I assure you, there’s not one to be found, which is why I do hope there’s a first-time buyer out there that realizes how much they can save on monthly housing costs, and in the end, own the home free and clear.

Tonight’s photo is an exterior shot, and if interested, take a look at the others via the link.  You will be amazed at its beauty.

My noon appointment was with a delightful young couple who decided to make an offer on a home I have listed.  I spent nearly an hour with them just to make sure they understood the whole process.  I do hope we can come together on price because I believe they’ll be a good fit for it.  They may have thought me kidding when I said before they walked out, “I wish I could clone the two of you and spread you all around North Iowa.”  Whenever working with young couples of their caliber, it continues to give me hope that our futures will be in good hands.

My mid-afternoon appointment took me to a pricy acreage up in Worth County.  Since it was the first time I was there, I was “wowed” by the quality of construction, the layout, and setting.  I can’t imagine anyone wanting to leave such a beautiful homesite, but as I said to the buyers, “Some acreage owners who’ve never lived in the country, just don’t want to deal with the extra work involved, so they sell and move back to town more sooner than later.”  While walking out, I mentioned to the buyers that they need to do some deep thinking about buying, just so they don’t regret it later.  In spite of acreages being more work, the upside is being able to get all the closer to Mother Nature.

Believe it or not, in just these past 24 hours, I witnessed one person driving right thru a red light, and on another occasion, I followed a gal who drove right thru two four-way stops.  And to top it all off, there was a woman who made a dead stop on the Highway no less, just so to allow a small flock of geese waddle across.  I couldn’t believe it!  You slow down for them, because they know how to get out of the way, and by doing what she did, she’s setting them up for someone else to run them over by thinking all the cars come to a dead halt.  On a near daily basis I say to myself, “God loves us all great and small.”, just so to keep it all in perspective.

Tonight’s one-liner is:  Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.

Joe Chodur

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