Tell-tale-tit!

Another blistering day arrived in North Iowa, and to make matters worse, we got just enough rain to get the pavement wet, which meant our humidity level was going to be even higher. When I looked at the marquis at our downtown bank, it read 98 degrees, but just wondering if that was the “shade” temperature.

I received a call today from one of the buyers who looked at the acreage I have over in Clear Lake saying they were reading to make an offer on it, and since they were free this morning, I told him to come to office when they had time.

When they arrived, we went over all the docs, and then I proceeded to fill out the purchase agreement. After having gone over every document, I had them sign where needed. Before they left, we spoke about their plans for it, and to my delight, they said they were going to first focus on getting the grove cleaned up and all the junk removed before they’d even think about doing a build-out or restoration of the existing home.

When they left, I picked up the phone and called the owners and presented the offer, and after consulting each other, they decided to counter-offer, so I made the changes on the purchase agreement and called the buyers. They came back with their highest and best, so I placed another call to the sellers, and luckily the amount they offered was agreeable. It was just past noontime by the time I had all signatures from both buyers and sellers. Truth be told, I never expected to sell it myself due to the amount of activity we were getting on it. I’m just glad it was my buyers who purchased it because they’ve got the physical and financial ability to get that place turned around.

I’m coming to believe we’re going to be seeing those old building sites going for more money due to the scarcity of them, and especially the even fewer that are close to Mason City. If those acreage buyers I lost to a for sale by owner last year happened to see that acreage listing, are likely kicking themselves right now for not listening to me when I said, “There’ll likely be one coming on the market if you can just wait for it.” Unfortunately they were bitten by the “buy it now” bug, and now saddled with a quarter million dollar mortgage on a country home that’s a good half hour drive from our City. I’m beginning to wonder when this impetuous buying is going to stop.

With it approaching the hour of one, I drove down to a convenience store and purchased a brat in a bun and drove back to my office, doctored it up, and had a quick lunch snack before I had to head out to a west-side bank for a closing on one of my listings. Thank goodness I left early because that mid-day traffic on Hwy 122 was evil.

I managed to get there right on time, so I walked back to the closing room and had a nice visit with the selling agent before the banker walked in with the buyer. I spent a little time going over some of the features of that home, along with sharing a bit of its history. Yes, another one bit the dust today, and everyone involved was happy with the outcome.

We all got a few good laughs when sharing old nursery rhymes, but I got a real belly-laugh out of one I’d not heard which went, “Tell-tale-tit! Your tongue shall be slit, And all the dogs in town, Shall have a little bit.” The interesting part, was the “tell-tale-tit” which managed to morph into our modern-day word “tattle-tale”. You can bet I’ll be memorizing that one. Back when I was mis-spending my childhood, one of my sisters would oft-times catch me doing something that she thought my mother would dis-approved of, and to this day I can still hear her voice in my mind screeching “I’m telling Mother on you!” Too bad I didn’t know that nursery rhyme at the time. Too funny!

After I got back to office, I called the out of State seller to tell her it was closed, along with informing her I’d just sent her proceeds check along with the closing statement. That was another home that wasn’t on the market but a few days, and having multiple offers on it to boot. I was pretty certain it would sell, and mainly because it was very clean and maintenance free. In these times, the condition of a home makes a huge difference.

In spite of it being so blistering hot out, I was surprised by the number of drop-ins and phone calls, and since we’re nearing the end of the month, I also had errands to run. Every time I opened my office door, it felt like someone had opened a hot oven door. It sound like we’re going to be seeing cooler temps beginning tomorrow.

I did schedule a public open house on my listing over at 207 N. Hampshire for this coming Saturday afternoon. Now that it’s been tidied up, I’ll be hoping for its new owner to show up at my open house. The current owner has lived there for 14 years, and never regretted even for one day, having purchased it. Her great love was its quiet street and close proximity to East Park. In spite it not having a garage, I’m of the belief the City would allow another one to be built since there was one there some years ago. So if you know any nature lovers looking for a home, have them give me a call. The enclosed front porch it offers, is alway a bonus in my book.

I’ll be in Clear Lake again tomorrow, and unfortunately it’ll be during the noon hour, which means I’ll be battling traffic again. Now that Clear Lake has become the Mecca for seasonal tourists, I can only imagine how many more people are living there during the summer. I’m still of the belief our two communities are on a fast-track evolution of being considered the Waterloo/Cedar Falls of North Iowa. I’ve known for many years that not only do neighborhoods evolve, but also cities and towns, and I’m pretty sure which one will be considered the Cedar Falls of North Iowa.

Tonight’s One-liner is: If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

Joe Chodur

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