It Matters


Community Matters & So Do Summer Picnics

A modern and fast paced digital world has shifted the rules and parameters of your sense of community.

You can travel the globe with your fingertips. FaceTime allows you to join your best friend who is hiking the Kalalau Trail on Kauai. Google Earth gives you eyes from the front porch of your future home in Orange County, California. And with the swipe of your fingers you can spin around and see what your neighborhood and community might look like.

There is a shadow side to your technological wealth and the web of never ending distraction. It’s never been more important to reserve a portion of your precious time with real-live-non-digital-people. Within your family, home, and community. Interactions that demand eye contact, face-to-face, your touch, and the gift of your presence.

Seth Godin, American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker, shares a great tip on how to build community. It starts with a question:

“What can I contribute today? This might be the very best way to become part of a community. Relentless generosity brings us closer together.”

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Gratitude Matters

In a shifting real estate market unexpected roads often appear.

On such a night I finish a late showing and text my wife, “Be home shortly.” Hopefully my hungry toddler and patient wife have saved some dinner. One of the privileges of my work is a temporary stewardship to manage, watch over, and articulate the value of the homes I list. Each home has a unique story and personality. With current owners only steps away from future ones. At The Smith Group it is our desire and objective to tell the story of your home in excellent style.

I move from room to room, shut windows, lock doors, and turn off stray lamps. I reach under one lamp shade several times before I bend over and discover the power button is on the cord. I smile and remember I did the very same thing right before my appointment arrived.

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