My Good Neighbor
I want to say thanks to [Good Neighbor
Award winner] Edward Pompeian (“A
Home for Healing,” November/December
2014, page 34). 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 priv-
ilege 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,” page 22). 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
Brad Densmore, Century 21
Action Associates, Hillsdale, Mich.
Make Your 2015
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.
KATH BLAKE RESPONDS: We always stress
the importance of a daily blog. Winning
your way to a page one return on Google
searches is key to securing business in
the digital age.
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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
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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