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Center Stage with the Jimenez Family

Center Stage At Group O'Dell, we have the privilege of working with all kinds of clients who move for a variety of reasons. Each with their own set of challenges and goals. Our opportunity lies in connecting, guiding, and educating our clients so they can make a great real estate investment and transition. We want to thank YOU for connecting us to great people. This month, meet the Jimenez family. GO: So where are you from originally? Eric: Alba and I were born and raised in Dominican Republic in different parts of the island. Alba from the countryside, Moca, and I came from the capital, Santo Domingo. We started our family in Santo Domingo with two of our children being born there. We left everything we knew in Santo Domingo, packed our lives in six suitcases and moved to Louisville KY o pursue a master in theology while continuing my career in marketing and communications. Alba, who is a visual artist, was insane enough to put it all on hold and support me in what was supposed to be a season but turned into the start our new lives. Time flew by and our kids kept multiplying. Very quickly two became four! GO: What brought you to Kansas City? Alba: Eric was sought out by a national non-profit organization called Made to Flourish based in Kansas City. Made to Flourish works with pastors and churches to help them make a better connection between Sunday faith and Monday work. They desire to have people see the beauty of work in the context of the biblical storyline and how God considers work and economic activity meaningful for human flourishing and the common good. The work at Made to Flourish resonated for Eric. The only thing I knew of Kansas was the Wizard of Oz, which terrified me because of tornadoes. When we found ourselves on a scouting trip to Kansas City to check out the opportunity, we have to admit our first impression was questionable. Starting with the airport and what seemed like the hottest day of the year, we changed our opinion once we started to drive around with our Group O’Dell agent, Michelle Sparks. We found that the small / big city feel of Kansas City was similar to our beloved Louisville. Eric: The potential of relaunching Alba’s art career here in KC was a major factor for our decision. Moving to a place that had a healthy network of artists as well as many opportunities for career development was a must and then on our first trip we realized KC had a mature but evolving artist community as well as artist lovers and supporters that would be important to her continued work. Alba: Our agent, Michelle, was a big part of our consideration. She drove us around patiently in several areas to get a better feel for what housing would look like and she shared her own life and experience in a real way. Our time became less and less transactional and more relational minute by minute. So we left Kansas City overwhelmed with everything that needed to be done to move our family of six to a new city. GO: Why did you ultimately choose the area you chose? Eric: Prairie Village reminded us of a special place back in Louisville so we started there as our center point and considered Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood and Shawnee. Slowly eliminating areas as we started to prioritize our criteria, we saw about 24 houses in 24 hours. Finally, we found a place close to 69 and 435 which keeps us close to everything and just happened to be 3 minutes to my new office. Without knowing it we really found the perfect spot. GO: Tell us about your family, pets and hobbies. Alba: Our family has an artistic lifestyle. Eric is a musician by hobby and works in communication and design by career. I am a visual artist, illustrator and hopefully soon an amateur woodworker. Our oldest son, Hesed, is a professional drummer who started getting real gigs at the age of 8. Abigail, our daughter, loves to sing, paint and dance. Ian loves to draw and Eben seems to want to follow his oldest brother’s footsteps in drumming. We have inherited fish in the beautiful pond in our backyard and we are hoping to add a 4 legged family member as soon as we settle into our new home. We want to thank the Jimenez family for sharing their beautiful family with us. You can check out Alba’s illustrations in the children’s book, Meeting Munchie. Preorders available: https://rebeccacedillo.com/

At Group O’Dell, we have the privilege of working with all kinds of clients who move for a variety of reasons. Each with their own set of challenges and goals. Our opportunity lies in connecting, guiding, and educating our clients so they can make a great real […]

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Join us for Breakfast with Santa

Group O'Dell - Join us for Breakfast with Santa

  Join Group O’Dell on December 2, 2017 Breakfast with Santa! Please bring a donation for the Hope Center. (Suggested donations) Breakfast with Santa 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Saturday, December 2, 2017 Christ Community Church 14200 Kenneth Road Leawood, KS 66224 (map)   RSVP! We’ll see you […]

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Group O’Dell Partners with Hope Center

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Group O’Dell is proud to partner with the Hope Center for a toy drive this holiday season. Please consider bringing a donation to the Breakfast with Santa event on December 2nd, drop off at our office, or call us and we will be glad to pick items […]

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Home Maintenance Checklist

Group O'Dell - Home-Maintenance-Checklist

Maintaining your property is critical in maintaining it’s value. Some of these items aren’t necessary every year (like inspecting your fireplace flu) so if you have questions or need a service provider, don’t hesitate to call us. If you are unsure when the last time some of […]

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National Get to Know Your Customer Day

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You Matter to us! In the spirit of getting to know you better, we’d love for you to take this quick survey! In doing so, you will be entered to be one of ten clients who gets to give away $50 to your favorite charity.  We will be donating $50 […]

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Boost Your Home’s Online Appeal

Group O'Dell Boost Your Home's Online Appeal

September is one of the most beautiful months of the year in Kansas City. With cooler temps and lower humidity levels, we usually enjoy clear blue skies, blooming green yards and yes, still have the pool open too.   We like to remind clients that if you […]

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Equifax on Cybersecurity Incident

On September 7, 2017, Rick Smith, Chairman and CEO of Equifax Inc., responded on cybersecurity incident involving consumer information with the above message from the Equifax Youtube Channel.  However before you follow the steps that Equifax provides, please be cautious. Trusted advisors and friends at Searcy Financial […]

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2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer Client Appreciation Picnic

To all of who joined us at our 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer Client Appreciation Picnic, thank you! It was great to see our friends and family.  Our philosophy of doing business by relationship is more than a cliché. At Group O’Dell, we’ve always chosen to […]

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Gain Expert Knowledge for the Aging Journey

Dan and I know all too well the issues that come with aging. Having dealt with our own aging parents and the countless families we’ve served during their states of transition, we want to remind you that we are here to help through every cycle of life […]

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Navigating to 100

Group O'Dell Navigating to 100

Navigating to 100 Seminar Saturday, September 23 – 8:30 AM. – 4 PM Pleasant Valley Baptist Church 1600 N State Route 291 Liberty, MO (map) This seminar features expert professionals to help you build your roadmap to “Navigate to 100”. Six informative breakout sessions will cover key […]

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