Matt’s Home News August 2014


I want start off by saying thank you to my friends, family, neighbors and past clients for introducing me to the people they care about.  I’m blessed to have helped a great family sell their awesome home this week!  (see picture on the left).

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Great Neighbors Make Great Neighborhoods

Here’s a comment I read online that got me thinking about my neighbors differently.

“I’ve had cause lately to examine my cultural prejudices. I’m not talking about international culture. I’m talking about family culture.

Family culture is about ‘the way we do things in our family.’ It’s the feeling we get when we go to someone else’s house for dinner for the first time, and it feels ‘foreign.’

Like most people, I measure other families to my own standards, and of course, my standards are always higher.  That’s what got me thinking about my cultural prejudices and wondering which families I’m judging because they do things differently. I’ve resolved to be friendlier and if the chance presents itself, to talk about our differences.

At the very least, this comment reminds us to look at our neighbors with more empathy, and to notice if we’ve pulled away from them because they’re too “different” from us. I believe that great neighbors make great neighborhoods, and we’re all charged with being great neighbors.


Matthew Haviland
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

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