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Focus Five: 5 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor


Focus Five: 5 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

Randal Engelmann & Erik Gould

We are Randal Engelmann and Erik Gould, partners in providing exceptional customer service...

We are Randal Engelmann and Erik Gould, partners in providing exceptional customer service...

Nov 16 6 minutes read

This week, Erik and Randal chat a little bit about what it means to be a good neighbor.


Erik:                 Welcome to Stay Focused with Focus Real Estate's weekly video blog. This week we have our Focus Five.

Randal:             Five.

Erik:                 Five ways to be a good neighbor.

Randal:             Yeah. I think, luckily enough, we live in these great neighborhoods where people are very neighborly.

Erik:                 Yeah.

Randal:             Kind of pointing out some ways to maybe make it even better. I think the first thing is communicating. Communicate with your neighbors. Share your phone number, your email address, so you can kind of keep in contact with people.

Erik:                 Text, thing like that. We live in close quarters.

Randal:             Yeah.

Erik:                 It's good to communicate with people who live nearby.

Randal:             Yeah. Yeah. Our neighbor drops us a line when she's frequently out of town to say, "Hey. I'm out of town for a couple weeks. Keep an eye on my house." It's always nice to know what people are doing, coming and going.

Erik:                 Exactly.

Randal:             Number two.

Erik:                 Do small favors for each other.

Erik:                 One of the things I like, being in New England here and moving into the winter season, sometimes we see our neighbors when we're out shoveling snow. We have some neighbors who, when they're out snow shoveling their walks, they come on up and help us with our walks and we'll return the favor. It's very neighborly and copacetic.

Randal:             Yeah, indeed.

Erik:                 So other things you can do, other small favors.

Randal:             There's nothing else you can do besides shovel snow. That's it.

Erik:                 In winter, that's [crosstalk 00:01:22]

Randal:             Just shoveling-

Erik:                 All I feel like we do. [crosstalk 00:01:23]

Randal:             Yeah, that's it. Well, hopefully, that's [crosstalk 00:01:25]

Erik:                 But, taking in the mail, and watching newspapers on porches and packages and things like that.

Randal:             It's always nice to be good and neighborly.

Randal:             Number three, would be to keep up your space. Make your yard presentable and nice. You know?

Randal:             It's nice to have a nice neighbor that has nice gardens and a nice paint job and all of that stuff.

Erik:                 Nice yards. So, keep up your space.

Randal:             Keeping up your space.

Randal:             Share tokens of kindness. Number four.

Erik:                 Yeah.

Erik:                 It's the little things. Baked goods.

Randal:             Baked goods are always good.

Erik:                 Also, do things; invite them to parties, invite them to events. Do nice things for your neighbors.

Randal:             And, number five would be pass on the gossip.

Erik:                 It doesn't mean pass on gossip.

Randal:             No. It means skip it.

Erik:                 Pass on the gossip.

Erik:                 Pass on the gossip. So, one of my favorite quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt is, "Great minds talk about ideas. Average minds talk about events. And simple minds talk about people."

Randal:             Fair enough. Thanks, Eleanor, for those words of wisdom.

Randal:             So, good take away. Loving your neighborhood and being a good neighbor can help you enjoy your home a lot more and make it a little even sweeter.

Randal:             Anyway, thanks for watching today's Focus Five, and don't forget to like us on Facebook.

Erik:                 And subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Randal:             Until next time, Stay tuned, and Stay Focused.

Erik:                 Stay tuned, and Stay Focused.

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