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Posted by Builder Boost Austin on 08/15/2019
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  • Where are you from originally?

    I’m from Killeen Texas. I grew up and continue to enjoy my life there. I have been told that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it. Because it’s so near Ft. Hood, Killeen proves to be a small example of the melting pot that is one of the best parts of the American dream. People from all over the world and walks of life are there. One of my favorite examples of this is a Puerto Rican and Korean hybrid food truck that makes its way around town. What an awesome and ‘unexpected’ combination. In my eyes, that’s the good stuff.

  • What is your favorite Podcast?

    There are so many good ones to share and talk about, but the best answer here is the one that got me hooked on podcasts in the first place. Hardcore History with Dan Carlin. As Dan will tell you, he’s not a historian, but rather a fan of history. I’m always captivated by his presentation and enthusiasm and ability to bring context to events and people that have shaped our world. To me his show is somewhere between a history podcast and radio theatre. Can’t recommend it enough if you’re even a casual fan of history.

  • Tell us an interesting detail about you that many might not know?

    I like to build computers. Nothing too crazy, and I’m by no means an expert, but it’s more fun than just buying one when that time for a new computer comes around.

  • How did you get into homebuilding?

    I wanted to change up my work. I was finishing a ten-year run for a major cell provider and relished the idea of a substantial change because I wanted to learn new skills and about a new industry. My father is a Realtor and he inspired me to look for something similar. My initial research pointed me to new home sales because I figured I’d enjoy the interaction with potential buyers. Turns out I was right!

  • What do you love about homebuilding?

    The pictures with a sold sign, or seeing my clients get their keys after they’ve closed. Super happy faces get me every time.

  • What experience would you repeat?

    As a rule, I try to confine myself to the present. So I don’t know that I have a good answer, but I’d like to raise my dog Hurley again. Recently lost him to cancer. He was a companion without comparison. I learned a lot about patience and empathy in raising and caring for him and am a better person for it. So yeah, I’d do that again in a heartbeat.

  • What are 3 adjectives that describe you best?

    Honest, kind, patient. In my actions I hope I leave an impression that others would agree with those.

  • What is one of your favorite things to do in your city?

    There’s a food truck park that a lot of local and start of restaurants have a presence in. I enjoy visiting that because there’s a lot of foods to try and usually meet some good people to chat with enjoy company while snacking.

  • What is your favorite Model, Floorplan or Feature?

    I find this tends to change a lot for me. I spend a lot of time sharing what I like in our floor-plans, but in listening to my buyers I feel I learn more (and more) about our plans as I ‘see’ them through eyes of my buyers. And sometimes they sell me on what my ‘new’ favorite is, hence the regular change of heart. This month, or lately, I love our model home, the Sandalwood. It’s a great space overall but I’m really a fan of the upstairs loft. Something about the layout I really like.

  • What is one thing you want people to know about your community?

    What we’re doing in Sonterra is new for Centex. We’ve simplified our approach to better cater to first time buyers & offer well-coordinated and feature rich options packages to help ease the shopping experience without compromising our quality.

  • What do you love about Jarrell?

    I’m really into the small town feel of Jarrell. Not too busy but only a quick drive from hustle and bustle of Austin.

  • What have you heard or listened to lately that has inspired you?

    There’s a young man online, Jaden, he has a presence as Jaden Reports Now. He’s 11 but I can see that we’re going to be getting great journalism from him for years to come. His enthusiasm and drive inspire me to be better at the things I do. I could do worse than wanting to be more like him.

  • What is the best advice you have ever been given?

    Don’t take too seriously criticism from people you wouldn’t seek out to ask for advice. I like that because, as the same person told me, some people can find fault in a sunrise.

  • What lights you up in life?

    People being good to each other for the sake of goodness. Probably the best part of social media is that you can find plenty of the “Oh that’s so nice” stories.

  • Do you have someone in your life that has been an exceptional mentor? Who? Why?

    I find everyone I meet knows at least one thing that I don’t. Sometimes that thing is profound and sometimes not so much, but I find I learn more when I remember this. That said, list could be miles long, but the first person that came to mind as I read this was my father. Win or lose he’s an unyielding optimist and has always stressed how important it is to do the right thing even when no one is looking. He’s always reminded to live my life now, because that’s all you can really count on.

Matthew DeHart
Centex Homes

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