Notes From Readers: My Good Neighbor

Readers respond to coverage of safety issues, as well as one story of a personal connection to one of our 2014 Good Neighbors.

January 21, 2015

My Good Neighbor

I want to say thanks to [Good Neighbor Award winner] Edward Pompeian (“A Home for Healing,” November/December 2014)

. In June 2007, I had a heart transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Prior to the surgery, I was told I would have to stay in Rochester for at least three months following the transplant for recovery and rehab. I looked all over at apartments, motels, bed-and-breakfasts, but nothing compared to The Gift of Life Transplant House. Not only did I recover better, but I made long-lasting friends. We all had something in common there. We all were transplant patients. We also had the privilege of having Ed’s mother there every day answering the phone. I knew Ed was a kidney transplant patient and I knew he was a real estate investor, but I never knew he was a REALTOR® until I read this issue of the magazine.

I looked at the photo of Ed sitting in that rocking chair and it brought back fond memories of sitting on that porch in that rocking chair visiting with my new friends and transplant patients. So, thank you, Ed. You have more than earned the Good Neighbor Award and I’m proud to have you in the REALTOR® family. —Judie McConville, GRI, Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Ottawa, Ill.

Make Safe Choices

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the timely article on open house dangers in the November/December 2014 issue (“Don’t Leave Door Open to Danger”). Trying to explain to sellers my thoughts on not holding open houses has always been awkward and not always effective.

This article was just what we needed. I will instruct my agents to give it as a handout on all future listing appointments. Renee Porsia’s article explained it much better than I ever could. Your efforts have made us all safer! —Lorraine Tilton, Tilton Realty LLC, Canandaigua, N.Y. 

The death of an Arkansas REALTOR® who was simply expecting to serve a customer is surely tragic, and all of us, especially women, need to be prudent and cautious regarding questionable showings.

Fortunately, this is a rare occurrence, and while one life matters, we could potentially save thousands of lives each year by making smarter choices regarding distracted driving. I know of way too many real estate professionals who attempt to justify their stupidity and selfishness behind the wheel with excuses that will be completely untenable if they wipe out a family. Really, is your text message or phone call more important than the life of the driver coming toward you?

In 2012, one in four car crashes involved cell phone use, according to the National Safety Council. Do we really place the value of human life above stroking our egos and making ourselves feel important? Is this truly the best we can do? —Brad Densmore, Century 21, Action Associates, Hillsdale, Mich.


Make Your 2015 Marketing Life-Centric

Nothing has changed the way people live and work more than mobile technology. The time people spend browsing the web on mobile devices is now greater than the time they spend browsing from a desktop or laptop. Think “mobile” with everything you do in 2015. Be short, sweet, and visual in your marketing to take advantage of the limited screen space. By Nobu Hata

Stewart Woodward responds: Being online and available on mobile devices is the answer for success in 2015.

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A Hue for the New Year

Marsala is the 2015 “Color of the Year,“ says the Pantone Color Institute. The earthy wine-red hue will warm up interiors, as it’s not overwhelming the way its predecessor was, the pink-purplish Radiant Orchard. By Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Natalie Carpenter responds: It’s subtle, not too overpowering, and makes a powerful statement.

Peggy Polomski responds: Would be a good addition in any home or business.

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