My husband and I live on the outskirt of Tracy, in midst of country properties. Most of the homes are sitting here on one to two acres, so homes are pretty far set from each other. Our neighborhood is very quite, rarely any chance to talk to anyone.
It was a Thursday afternoon, garbage pick up day. My husband, John, is a cautious and alert guy, receptive to any changes. As he was coming home from work noticed that our only neighbor on the right side, a retired gentleman who lived alone, still had his garbage tote out front, which was unusual. He always took care of it right after the garbage truck left, but not on this day.
John pulled the tote into the drive way, not sure where he supposed to put it. He was thinking that there is something not right; maybe our neighbor got sick, or he is gone for a few days, or who knows what.
As he was getting closer to the entrance, our neighbor opened his front door and asked my husband why he does this. My dear husband replied: it was so out of routine for him to leave the garbage can outside, that John got worried, thinking perhaps something wasn’t right. The man was obviously so surprised, he couldn’t find words right away. He was thanking John for being such a caring neighbor and said that he would have never thought anyone is looking out for him. Right there he made a promise to pay more attention to us and the surrounding neighbors from now on.
Folks, you never know what will happen in the future; you may need such caring action form your neighbor or you may not. Nevertheless, neighbors are important, not only because they might help you some day, but because they are the ones, along with you, who are shaping your neighborhoods to be desirable and giving value to your homes and to the area where you live. So, when next time one of the homes around you will be listed for sale, the Realtor can, with good conscience, write it into the marketing “Located in a Very Nice, Established Neighborhood” without hesitance, because it will be the truth.