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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 13, 1948, Mason City, Iowa Clly MasmTcttr b Construction Lags Behind Demand Here The housing shortage still is acute in Mason City as well as other cities in Iowa and there has been little or no easing of the situation since the close of the war 3 years ago according to the Iowa Real Estate Association A survey of cities showed new industrial construction and in creasing population further com plicated a previously acute situ ation There has been good pro gress in home construction but it cant keep up with the demand Few Projects A questionnaire sent to real es tate dealers in 14 of the states principal cities revealed there were few projects in the planning stage Recent price increases have halted plans for some additional con struction Purchase and rental values gen erally are still on the upward trend with some exceptions the replies reported Some said build ing costs are slowing up home The H C BROWN AGENCY FOR DEPENDABLE INSURANCE FIRE WINDSTORM AUTOMOBILE COMPENSATION PUBLIC LIABILITY First National Bank Bldg Phone 1019 NEW FEATURES IN THIS HOMEThis brick home built by G Platts gen eral contractors at 814 4th S W has many new features Slab doors are used in the home and there is a tile bath Forced air gas heat is used in heating the home There are a there is a 12 by 22 with a cement The home is 32 feet 10 inches by 34 feet 10 inches The home is for sale and is finished ready zor occupancy buying but more said they noticed no difference Passage of the housing law by the recent extra session of con gress has had little or no effect yet but those who answered the questionnaire said they expected the act to ease the situation some what a little later Francis Beck said that in Mason ity with few houses for sale new ndustry is reluctant to move in He added that 150 housing units have been constructed since the end of the war valued at 000 but rental and purchase val ues still are going up Costs are not slowing home buying Roy R Fisher of Davenport said here was little or nothing for rent there He added that much rental property is for sale and that there s little if any owner maintenance on rental property He said that 3 arge industrial plants are under construction in Davenport and more than 500 new housing units FLATTER YOUR FURNISHINGS PAINTS FLAT GLOSS SEMIGLOSS DUCO ENAMEL Boomhower Hardware had been completed there since Jan 1 1947 George Scully of Waterloo re ported that city to be growing ra pidly but there was a shortage of homes He estimated 800 homes had been started there Scully said rental and purchase values are static and that costs are not slow ing up home buying Eased Somewhat Lynn De Reu of Iowa City said the housing situation has eased somewhat but is a long way from being eliminated Veterans at the university have affected the situ ation there De Reu said about 300 housing units have been completed in Iowa City since the close of the war Sales prices are down slight ly but rentals are still high C C Hakes of Muscatine said that shortage of houses for sale had eased slightly there recently as a result of building New indus try however is expected to tight en the situation again next year Both rental and sales values are increasing Inability of some pros pective buyers to meet payment requirements has slowed up home buying Merle J OBrien of Newton said 1000 housing units are needed in that city of 18000 population Present construction aims at at least 500 new homes by the end of next year IT WONT LAST ANOTHER WINTER Now is the time to do something about that worn out furnace in the basement Dont wait untif the first cold day to get that furnace We carry Lennox heating equipment finest money can buy Ray E Pauley Co Sheet Metal Contractors 42125 So Federal v Phone 963 Your Heating Dealer For Over 30 Years In Building or Remodeling PLAN FOR COOKING PERFECTION Nothing like it A new ROPER Gas Range for cooking ease cooking perfection ROPERS big 3Inl oven exclusive Glo broiler SimmerSpeed top burners arid many other features make cooking a delightful experience See these new ROPER Gas Ranges now Then plan to have one in your kitchen soon We are glad to help you with your Building Plans Americas Finest Gas Range GAS fr ELECTRIC Co MASON CITY CLEAR LAKE MANLY NORTHWOOD When You Ned a Pane of Glass FOR A rtCTUtlj FOB A SHILP FOR A MR A TAIll TOP UT US SUPPIY YOU WITH UBBEYOWENSFORD 118 So Fed Phone 1017 Good School Facilities Helps Homes Whether or not a family buying or building a home has children of school age school facilities of the neighborhood should be thor oughly investigated It has been estimated that prox imity to a good school adds as much as to the value of a home Inadequate schools adverse ly affect the resale value of a house because families with chil dren will not be interested there by greatly narrowing the market In studying the school situation the home buyer is advised not to depend entirely on a real estate salesmans word Sometimes he can be mistaken It is best to check with the school authorities themselves Although a school is located only a few blocks from the property it may be in a dif ferent district while the school serving the property is a mile or more away It is especially important to learn whether the school is un duly overcrowded and if it is what plans are under way to ex pand the building and its teach ing staff As a result of a 10 per cent rise in population and a rec ordbreaking birth rate in the past eight years there are few schools anywhere today that are not overcrowded and understaff ed It is estimated that 500000 more children will enter kinder garten and first grade next Sep tember than a year ago For Safetys Sake Phone 3250 C J SMITH Electrical Construction 12 Second St N W PHONE 3250 THEY WORK FAST THE FfRST WE HAD QUICK ACTION ON OUR LOAM NATfONAt IT WAS A TOUGH WINTER Lost Winter was tough for folks whose homes were not insulated Insulation is a major but it pays for itself in a few winters By borrowing on our First National low cost FHA loan plan you can have the job done this fall and spread the repayment cost over an extended period Dont go through another winter without insulating FIRST NATIONAL BANK MASON CITY NIREB Holds Anniversary of Founding Washington D week realty brokers throughout the United States celebrated the sil ver anniversary of their profes sional National Institute of Real Estate Brokers John J Wagner of Cedar Rapids is the 1948 president of the or ganization Founded in 193 at Jacksonville Fla with a Boston realtor How ard Whitcomb as its first presid ing officer the brokers organiza tion established ethical standards adopted bylaws providing for the fining suspension or expulsion of members who violate them and built a professional association for the exchange of information and the pooling of experience to aid members in discharging their ie sponsibilities to buyers and sell ers alike It substituted the professional fee as a basis of compensation for a service rendered in place of the rough and ready net listing which gave an agent carte blanche to sell a property for as much as he could get and keep the excess above the sellers net listed price as his own commission Set Professional Standards Laws which license realty bro kers and require certain stand ards of competence in real estate transactions now appear on the books of 36 states as a result of constant agitation for higher pro fessional standards by the Na tional Institute of Real Estate Brokers The Institute also has sucessfully urged enactment of state laws which outlaw blind real estate ads that tend to mislead or deceive The Brokers Institute conducts a continuous educational program to speed the flow of ideas between brokers located in H parts of the United States Its bulletins for ex ample tell the practicing broker how he can render a better serv ice through the use of real estate maps how current developments in taxation can aid clients in mak ing important decisions how better information about soils can im prove a brokers service to a client in a farm transaction and how services to chain store clients may be improved Baby When one member of the Insti tute provided baby sitters to busy parents so that they could inspect a property together the idea went over and was quickly passed along to other Institute members The practice of another broker in send ing a handy man around to pur chasers of a new home on moving day to hang pictures set hooks build shelves and help in similar assorted jobs proved to be an ap preciated service and word of this went around the NIREB circuit Recognizing that the national price and wage level has moved into a higher plateau members of the Brokers Institute have coop erated in developing practical A gentleman sprang to assist her He picked up her glove and wristar Did you fall maam he cried Do you fhinic she replied I down for fun of it Miifer Remodel renovate or build with our 21 years of general con tracting experience to help you get the type of building you want at a reasonable cost GEPLATTSeSONS GENERAL CONTRACTING 714 So JEFFERSON MASON CITY BUIldER Of WELLBUILT PH 1394 xrnTXT m GlobeGazette Photo NEW BRICK new brick home constructed by H J Brims contractor at 834 2nd S E in Virginia Place has 5 rooms and bath There is also an unfinished up stairs and a garage is to be added The home is heated by gas forced air system Hard wood floors were included throughout There is also an automatic hot water heater The home has just been completed ready for occupancy methods of distinguishing between a fair price in terms of the higher wage level and exorbitant prices that have been asked by some owners Reports from the associa tion indicate that a number of member brokers refuse listings when owners insist on asking an excessive price for properties Through work of this kind the Brokers Institute officials say the organization has achieved a basic goal of its substitute helpful cooperation for the un professional attitude that marked real estate practice in past genera tions J B Youngbiood Jr to Build Home in Willowbrook Addition One new building permit was issued for the construction of a new home in Mason City during the past week The home is to be built by J B Youngbiood Jr in Willowbrook addition The permit for house and rage was estimated at E McNnry is the contractor and the home will be constructed on Lot 5 Block 7 of the addition The home is 36 by 26 feet and consists of 5 rooms and bath with unfinished upstairs It is part stone and part frame construction One other permit was issued for the week a permit for the con struction of a garage by Tom Dragovich at 224 W State at ELECTRIC CIRCUITS In wiring the ideal arrangement is to have each room in the house served by 2 electric circuits so there will be no interruption of service should one become short circuited FIRE PREVENTIVE Ten per cent of all home fires are caused by defective electrical wiring or shortcircuits many of which occur within the walls The danger of shortcircuit fires is minimized if the wall is filled with mineral wool thermal insulation because this substance is a non conductor and will muffle sparks JBRIEN PAINTS rhone SE Wholesale Retail Modernized Homes Insist on the Genuine INSTALL PERMANENT Ceramic Clay Tile BATH ROOMS KITCHENS SHOWERS FIRE PLACES It Costs No More For The Best Hours Of Drndfrcry Saved No Added Cost For Upkeep FHA Approved Mason City Tifc Marble Co Office and Showroom 018 North Federal Phone 407t For Estimate Garage Can Be Made Into Summer Porch In the modern home every room and any shelter connected with the house is expected to do double duty Many homeowners get extra service from their ga rages by converting them into recreation rooms or summer porches The family car does net need shelter in summer it can stand in the driveway Most garages are ideally situ ated for such use usually with a wall facng the yard The first step is to open this wall and in stall removable screen panels ex tending from floor to roof line Folding or overhead type doors will shut out summer rain and in the winter when the screens are taken down will serve as a wall The concrete floor should be painted in an attractive color Furniture of light construction is best because minimum effort is required to move and store it in winter when the car goes back into the garage Bright color should be used throughout the interior and added summer com fort can be attained if the roof is insulated with mineral wool to keep excessive heat from enter ing the structure Without sacrificing space built in cupboards can usually be pro vided at small expense for stor age of tools and equipment which has a place in the garage and for books and articles used for sum mer living in this outdoor room Excess Water Around Foundation Causes Damage to Homes Small cracks developing in plaster near the ceilingand over doors and between the baseboard and flooring are a sign that the house is settling It is a mistake to fill these cracks without getting at the cause of the trouble because the condition will continue and serious damage may result All houses settle somewhat but if the tendency continues it is usually because excess water is soaking down around the founda tion footings To prevent this all eaves of the house should be equipped with gutters connected to downspouts draining into a dry well at least ten feet away from the foundation wall The lawn should be graded to slope slightly away from the house and all depressions near the house filled so water cannot collect in them EXPERT REPAIRS Phone 989 J C PUTH CO 202J North Federal A GOOD ROOF REQUIRES A GOOD ROOFER MIDWEST ROOFING COMPANY INC Contracting Roofers Waterproofert Office GWarehouse 309 Ninth St Southeast MASON CITY IOWA PHONE 454 Material and Help Worries for Builders New York Lack of skilled labor difficulty in obtaining ma terials and high prices are 3 ma jor headaches of the U S con struction industry according to a nationwide survey by Engineer ing NewsRecord The survey which covered more than 50 cities 450 civil engineers contractors architects suppliers and others was conducted by the publications network of more than 80 correspondents and 6 news bureaus in the United States Financing Tighter What is your most serious problem today was the sole question asked The answers in dicated that in general the picture is good However among the darker overtones was that finan cing both by public and private buyers of construction is tighten ing up The almost universal preoccu pation with lack of manpower ex tended from the design offices of consulting engineers architects city engineers and others to the contractors field forces the magazine comments in its current issue The shortage of skilled tech nicians and materials was blamed by most for the corollaries of mounting prices uncertain bid ding and the apparent growing reluctance of buyers to invest in a product for which no certain price can be set Commenting on the skilled labor shortage one contractor said he saw in it a reflection of in creasing mechanization which has forced labor out of the traditional commonlabor pattern into ever increasing specialization Still Lacking On an equal plane with the labor problem the survey showed that construction ticularly steel cement and cast iron still far from pre war standards from an availabil ity viewpoint Prices in general tied by most to the uncertain labor and mate rials market were the key to a number of indications of tighten ing financing First to feel the hardening money market are the munici palities which must operate on fixed amounts of by bond issue or appropriation Architects and consultants too reported a not yet among their customers to postpone or cancel some work in the belief that the present prices are so uncertain as to make investment in construc tion a doubtful enterprise at the moment Inspect and Oil Hardware in House Regular inspection and lubri cation of hardware in the house such as locks hinges window pulleys and other movable fit tings eliminates many annoyances and prevents minor troubles grow ing into large ones Screws should be kept tight hinges and other moving parts should be lightly oiled or greased every six months Window catches and other fittings likely to rust should have a drop of light oil rubbed over the surface and ex cess oil wiped off Tin was one of the earliest met als discovered and is mentioned several times in the Bible WE DO NOT MEET COMPETITION WE MAKE IT For Prompt Accurate Ectimatet Phone 5620 STOVER Electric Company Phone 5620
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