YouTube Thursdays - What's Your Heart Hook

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

 YouTube Thursdays - Heart Hooks 


Our best buddy McKinley, aka Mac, was a great conversation starter. He literally opened doors for us both personally, and professionally. And while the Nature As Neighbors brand is based on our passion for nature and soothing environments, Mac added a special touch to our marketing. 


Our video series featuring Mac were always a favorite with viewers. He was a scene stealer, and quite honestly, that's what gave me (Debb) more confidence on camera. I figured everybody's eyes were going to be on him, not me.  Mac warmed hearts and built goodwill.


We encourage you to find a similar heart-hook for your brand. Sure being the local expert and having expertise is important, but people like the human side of us too. Find something that allows you to stay true to your brand and helps to build human connections. 

Mac was the perfect ambassador for our brand, and many of our friends and clients considered him the mascot. He certainly left huge paws to fill.  Needless to say, it's been a lot quieter at home too.  Here is our video tribute to a most wonderful friend. 




Next week, we're off on a secret adventure. YouTube Thursday will return on June 4, 2020. We'll fill you in then.  In the meantime, have a great week and Happy Thursday.  



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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.






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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Debb... wish I could give you about a dozen likes for this video. It had me in tears. I felt as if I lost Mac, myself. Max will always be in your hearts... there's no doubt about that.

May 22, 2020 04:49 AM #18
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I feel lousy that I can't answer each of your lovely comments individually. We are packing up the car and trying get on the road this morning for our secret mission. :)  I will try to visit each of you when time allows. 

May 22, 2020 05:20 AM #19
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am more of a people person than a pet person, so you always caught my eye more in the videos than Mac did, haha.  Mac was definitely wonderful and I certainly appreciate the beauty of people's pets, I know they are part of the family!

May 22, 2020 06:23 AM #20
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition.

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your advice.

May 22, 2020 06:46 AM #21
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Pets make life more beautiful and their loss is only made tolerable by grand memories Debb...

Happy Friday Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

May 22, 2020 06:50 AM #22
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

I love the video of Mac. He is definitely a heart hook. He will always be in all our hearts. Safe travels on your secret mission.

May 22, 2020 08:00 AM #23
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Wow, what a great tribute to a special pet.  Mac looks like he had a special character.  Your video did bring a tear to my eye, maybe a few.  I made me think of my past little buddy, Zeke.

May 22, 2020 02:40 PM #24
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660


Mac is a heart hook in his own right, but so are his parents!

May 22, 2020 03:29 PM #25
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

What a great video tribute for Mac. He was well-loved and so precicous.

May 22, 2020 06:23 PM #26
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Mac was my favorite AR pet :)

May 22, 2020 06:59 PM #27
Carol Tunis
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL
Carol Tunis...a "HouseSold" name!

Beautiful tribute to Mac!  Have a safe trip..

May 23, 2020 03:39 AM #28
Gene Cooper
Gene Cooper Realty - Fayetteville, NC
Investment properties

What a wonderful moving tribute to your Mac.  Made me cry like a baby.

May 23, 2020 04:47 AM #29
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a beautiful video tribute. I was tearing up.

May 23, 2020 06:00 AM #30
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, I can see who Mac would have won the hearts over in your videos, and sure there is still a void in your life.

May 23, 2020 07:31 AM #31
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Oh my gosh - I got chills and my eyes welled up.    I'm sorry for your loss, yet, glad you got to experience so much joy with Mac as your heart mascot.

May 23, 2020 09:21 AM #32
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Mac sounds like an awesome ambassador - the void you feel with his loss is the price of love. Looking forward to hearing about your new adventure.

May 23, 2020 09:42 AM #33
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I am so sorry for your loss. Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl are right - that void is the price of love. I know it well.

May 23, 2020 10:43 AM #34
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - a special heartfelt tribute to Mac.  Enjoy your special adventure.  

May 25, 2020 05:41 AM #35
Cathy Starkweather
La Rosa Realty, LLC. - Celebration, FL

What a special family member Mac was and will forever be in your hearts. Thank you so much for sharing even though it brought me to tears and a reminder of our amazing Sundae, our Boxer we lost after almost 13 years on 2.14.19. She too was an amazing coversational starter - personally and professionally, we all miss her. Anyone who knew our "Sunnydae" loved her dearly. Have an amazing adventure this week, I'm sure Mac will be with you in your hearts. 

May 26, 2020 07:31 AM #36
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Bernie and Debb, So sorry to hear of Mac's passing. He gave all his love to you.  To know the love of a pet is one of life's precious gifts.  Thanks for sharing him with us.

Take care

May 27, 2020 02:06 PM #37
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