Like a Good Neighbor…

Like a Good Neighbor…

Happy Good Neighbor Day! One of my favorite things about being a real estate agent is helping families find great neighborhoods with great neighbors. It’s powerful to see neighbor relationships form and grow through the years; I’m always in awe when I’m out talking to people in our area and hear the wonderful stories about neighbors.

Here are a few fun ways to be a good neighbor this fall:

  • Get involved. There’s usually a handful of folks spearheading neighborhood events. If you’re one already, good for you! If not, look for ways to help!
  • Get to know each other. In our cyber-connected world, a lot of folks don’t even know who lives next door. Take some time during the fall and upcoming holiday season to say hello and get to know a few neighbors!
  • Organize or help plan a neighborhood gathering. From a Friday Movie Night to a block party to a holiday decorating contest, getting people together for a common goal is a great way to connect.

We are living in challenging and often divided times. When we stay connected to those closest to where we live, we feel safer and more comfortable because we’re better able to watch out for one another. That’s a powerful way to make a neighborhood – and relationships among neighbors – amazing. As your neighborhood specialist, please know that I’m here if you need anything!

DIY Tip for the Week

What’s in your gutters? Fall is an important time to check gutters for debris. Some neighborhoods make it an annual event (and watch for each other on those ladders!). Consider gutter guards if you haven’t already; they help keep leaves and dirt from blocking your gutters.

Real Estate Tip of the Week

Make your home move-in ready. A big tip for today’s sellers is to get your home in move-in condition before listing it. This puts potential buyers in the mindset that they can move right in and start enjoying their new home rather than spending time and money fixing it up.

Words of Wisdom

“Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being. In short, they make cities better places to live.” – David Binder

“When strangers start acting like neighbors… communities are reinvigorated.” – Ralph Nader

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Day after day, ordinary people become heroes through extraordinary and selfless actions to help their neighbors.” – Sylvia Mathews Burwell

“It’s good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for a while their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers.” – Maya Angelou

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