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Are you listening? Tuning out the distractions!

No, this is not about listening to people and understanding what they are saying, although it could be. What I am talking about is are you mindful of all the sounds around you?

Path in the woodsAs I was walking yesterday I realized several times how quiet it was, just the breath of a wind through the trees and there really was very little wind. The occasional sound of bird song or the flap of a wing beat. 

When we are showing homes, people often look at room sizes, views and if the house is close to a major road or train line they mention if the home is quiet or noisy inside or out. We let those sounds drown out others.

But sound comes in several different levels. Listening to a radio program some time ago, it was talking about soundscapes and how they are changing. By recording the soundscapes scientists can discover the loss of certain birds from the area as their songs disappear from the soundscape. There are multiple different levels, sounds close to you, those further away and those further away still and then also at different pitches. We often don't stop, to just listen.

Maybe, if you sit quietly, and just listen depending on the time of year you will hear insects, a frog or two, bird song, woodpeckers tapping, people conversing, equipment in the house or yards around you, cars and trucks, distant planes way above you. The wind in the trees and the shrubs around you. Trees creaking from the wind.

It is really amazing just how much sound there is around you and what you can hear and how far away you can hear if you just sit quietly and listen. Our brains actually tune many of these sounds out so we can get on with our work. When we used to be hunter-gatherers listening was much more important.

Doing this you also realize you can tune certain noise out and hear other sounds from different levels of the soundscape around you. You can mentally drop out the traffic white noise, and specifically listen to insects or birds or the wind.

When a house sits in a quiet area we often say to clients how quiet it is, but we can also listen and point out what other levels of sound there are other than just the annoying noise of every day life even in an urban soundscape. Who knows what you might hear?

We live in suburbia, Tredyffrin Easttown, close to a major city, Philadelphia and often hear the hoot of owls, the bark of a fox, the rustle as the deer munch on the tulips and other plants close to the house. It is actually amazing how much rustling goes on in the woods around our house, squirrels, birds and all sorts of other animals. If you listen, you might also see.

Sound is important, to much noise can be overbearing and deafen you to what else is going on around you. We all need periods of calm and peace.

Give it a try, you may like it, and it may help you when you listen to people as well, to understand what they say may not be what they mean, they are just speaking on another level of the soundscape and you need to tune in to them and tune out the distractions around you. If you are looking for a real estate agent in the Tredyffrin Easttown area who can tune in to you and tune out the distractions contact Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Selling the Main Line with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543 email Nick@VandekarTeam.com, website  is www.SellingTheMainLine.com.

 

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Comment balloon 34 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • March 25 2019 02:52PM

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Nick,

Ron tells me I have supersonic ears, and yes I am very aware of sounds.  I really love the quiet of the day when I hear birds and other creatures.  In large/small office buildins we handled a water fountain in the lobby dampened a lot of sound adding a pleasant feel to the enclosed environment.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 7 months ago

Good morning Nick. This is so thoughtful and so very true. I often just listen to the sounds of my yard from my deck. It brings me joy and peace.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 7 months ago

Hello Nick - and the sounds we hear varies by the time of day. It's interesting howxthis "change" has made in our life - often subtly.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 7 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel it is interesting how we can change people's emotions with sound, something worth remembering.

Sheila Anderson I love to sit and listen to all the different sounds.

Michael Jacobs yes, different times of the day allow us to hear different sounds.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

Love this post-Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  I hope others took the time to read as when we listen we hear and learn, Nicely said indeed.

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 7 months ago

Hannah Williams thank you, this all came to me yesterday as I was out walking and thinking about sound. Glad it came together this morning.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

Nick - It sure did come together and so beautifully. One of my teachers when I first started Real Estate said if you do not listen you will never be a good salesperson. We need to block out all thoughts and listen to what is around us 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 7 months ago

Hannah Williams thank you so much. I really appreciate the encouragement.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

Good afternoon Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ,

I love to hear mother nature and every part of the offers different sounds. Listening is a key element in understanding what all live has to offer.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 7 months ago

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 love this post! I too listen to the quiet sounds around me and of nature every day. Right now while working in my office I hear the beautiful sound of a large wind chime and it's so entrancing. While out hiking behind our home I listen for the sounds of birds and have gotten good at knowing which is which now.  I like to stop and see where they're perched or sitting too. Kind of fun finding them! Right now we have a lot of quail with babies and oh the exitement of them all running together and the parents sounding off to keep them all safe!  And, as you mentioned - this all applies to real estate too!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales, 603-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 7 months ago

Great post!  It is amazing how many sounds you can hear at once if only you listen.  In the evenings and early mornings in the Phoenix area, I love hearing the Coyotes howling in the hills.  Here we are in the middle of a huge city, and we can still hear nature.

Posted by Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az (Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living) 7 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Congratulations on a wonderful and peaceful post! I enjoyed it very much. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 7 months ago

Hello Nick, Taking walks in the woods use to be always so cool, you never know what you would see.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 7 months ago

Sometimes it’s hard but totally worth it in the end for the best outcome possible in my own experience

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 7 months ago

Will Hamm If you know me, you know I like to hike and climb mountains and do it all. It’s great!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 7 months ago

Quiet can be deafening .... but you need it to hear yourself think. Loons singing or crying laying in bed as the sun rises... the sound of wind vibrating the needles in a giant lonesome pine tree. If you are too busy, you miss the sounds that are all around you. That's why audio in videos is 40 percent of the take away for the other end of the signal.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) 7 months ago

Good Morning Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543   I just returned from a short vacation and mental sanity break by going to Biloxi MS and Willis Tx to see my daughter and my mom.  As I was away I was able to listen to all the birds singing and even got to hear a wood pecker.  Sometimes we miss these things when we are in the hustle and bustle of it all.  It is good to be back but your blog reminded me of all the beauty around me while I was gone.  Have a great day!

Posted by Brenda J. Andrew, Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX (ULTIMA REAL ESTATE) 7 months ago

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR if we don't listen as you mention we miss what life is saying.

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 finding the birds is hard, sometimes the smallest birds make the loudest sounds. I have never seen quail in real life, that would be fun.

Shirley Coomer it has been said we have coyotes nearby, our local police force recently confirmed it, but have never heard them howling. Hearing the foxes bark is quite something, did not know what it was at first, sounded like a child crying for help. 

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you, glad you liked it.

Will Hamm sometimes you hear without seeing, I heard that people who are blind, can see with their ears, they form a picture from the sound, imagine that, you create your own image from what you hear.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

Laura Cerrano it does not surprise me that you love to hike, I think it goes with the Feng Shui the love of nature.

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 nature has so much for us to enjoy if we will only take the time. With all those different levels sometimes you have to tune some out to hear the nature below or above. I read a quote by Rumi yesterday: The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.

Brenda J. Andrew glad you had a good trip and got to hear different sounds to normal. 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

Truly seeing and hearing is so rewarding in itself.....

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 7 months ago

Richie Alan Naggar that is very true, well said.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

Love this Nick!  Once I started 'being present' everythign changed!  Congrats on another featured post!

 

Blessing!

 

Fergie

Posted by L. Scott Ferguson, Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional (Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate) 7 months ago

Hello Nick,  I loved this blog post.  It really spoke to me and I could almost hear the quiet and then the sounds of nature as you wrote the words.  I would trust you as a Realtor(R) if I were looking for a home, because I know you would really hear me.  Excellent work!

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) 7 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ~ AWESOME POST! I tune out distraction on a daily basis with a little meditation in the morning and one more for good luck before bed

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) 7 months ago

Listening to the sounds around me is one of my pleasures on solo hikes. Even in an urban area, like the Presidio in San Francisco, I've heard owls and numeous birds in different areas. We have a numbe of racoons and coyotes there, too, but interestingly enough, no deer.

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 7 months ago

We have to make an effort to listen to what (and who) is around us. Once we start experiencing being present, it is an amazing thing!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!)) 7 months ago

I so enjoyed your post.    We live in the woods by the river, but there is also a road nearby.    Like you mentioned, my mind has learned to tune out the sounds of the road.    I adore walking outside and listening to nature!      Many of my clients come from the busy Silicon Valley and it's fun to see them become entranced by the sounds of the forest.

Posted by M.C. Dwyer, Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist (Century 21 Showcase REALTORs) 7 months ago

L. Scott Ferguson thank you, beng present really helps in all areas of life.

Ricki Eichler McCallum thank you for reading and your comment about trusting me to represent you,much appreciated.

Jon Kolsky I too use meditation usually when I get up to start my day.

You are lucky not having the deer Lottie Kendall they devastate our yard.

 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

Kat Palmiotti I am sure where you are there are many natural sounds to enjoy.

M.C. Dwyer seeing others enjoy the sounds of nature is great and something worth teaching others to step back and enjoy.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

It is astonishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just hear the wind whistling through the leaves of trees.  I have tinnitus and of course that is the last thing I really want to do as I need background noise to keep the ringing at bay!  Ha  Thanks Nick.

Posted by John Henry, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) 7 months ago

Nick, you are so right! We need to really *listen*. I noticed yesterday evening that we had a chorus of frogs (I am guessing) in the drainage pond near my house. I don't remember hearing them before, and I really stopped to listen to their music!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) 7 months ago

John Henry I cannot imagine how disconcerting that must be. We have a friend who is an airline flight attendant and she suffered from it also for a while but I think it cleared up as she has not mentioned it for a while.

Marney Kirk I was out walking Tuesday and along the trail there was a large area of long grasses, obviously a low lying wet area and the noise was incredible. I was surprised as it is seems early for frogs in our area to be so noisy.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

Hi Nick- I absolutely love this post and the insight you've shared with us. When we used to go out fishing off the coast of Florida, I preferred having the tunes off and just listening to the sounds of the sea, the birds, and yes, to the boat. When you know your boat you can tell when it may be having an issue!!! 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 7 months ago

Oh my gosh, I love this, Nick! Funny that you mentioned the 'rustling' in the leaves/plants around your house - I am keenly aware of that all of the time and almost always find it to be birds or chipmunks looking for food.

And, yes, tuning out the distractions and tuning into the nature around us is truly good for our blood pressure too - it's amazing how calming nature can be.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

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