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PASSIONS

his family (filled with war veterans and blue collar workers) taught him that no one owes you work and opportunity. “You have to go out and provide value to the world every day,” he says. “We’re lucky because our country affords us this opportunity. So I was told I had to find a way to make things work.” Not only did Parker overcome his OCD, but he also became a high-level stand-up paddle racer and mountain climber. “I am an adventure athlete and have raced in Hawaii, California, Mexico, Nicaragua and more,” he says. He’s also climbed Mount Rainier, trekked through Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and is planning a trip visiting all the U.S. national parks. “My wife, Kali, and I are going on a late honeymoon, where we’ll hike and walk the national parks,” he says. Writing the Books Parker is also committed to helping consumers make good choices in real estate. “Wrong choices in real estate are making us sick. They impact our relationships and add stress because of long commutes, loud neighborhoods and more,” he says. That’s why he recently wrote his third book, “Real Estate Smart: The New Home Buying Guide,” which focuses on the small home choices you make that can have a profound effect on your life and how to make better choices with your living environment. “People remember using the home with loved ones, doing things together—living, not the countertops or cabinets. This book shows you how to shop for the right feelings your home will create, not material

“My w ri ting is about caring for customers. I do n’t l ook to fill pa ge s; I look to fill lives.” — Matt Parker

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Lives of Real Estate

things that will make you feel sick,” says Parker. In fact, Parker and his wife live in a 560-square-foot house because, he says, “We prioritize living and not clutter.” “My writing is about caring for customers. I don’t look to fill pages; I look to fill lives,” he says. He got the writing bug after a mentor introduced him to a book that “made me question whether or not I was providing enough value to the world. I’ve always had a penchant for writing, and it was easy for me,” he says. His first book, “The Real Estate Sales Secret: What Top Real Estate Listing Agents Do Today to Sell Tomorrow,” helps those struggling in real estate to gain confidence. His second book, “The Real Estate Agent Talks,” offers topics that first-year agents struggle over. Through it all, Parker’s tenacity has helped him find a successful niche in real estate. “As Americans, we have more freedom and more potential to succeed than ever before. I’m excited about the future.”


LORE winter 2016