My Network - Priceless!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Phoenix Property Shoppe AZ Broker BR030809000



There is absolutely no question in my mind how priceless my network is and has been for my entire career in real estate. Fortunately I learned early on the why and how of connecting and building a network from my Father. He was a master network. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, about anything, anywhere in the world. As kids it used to drive us crazy when he strike up a conversations but now we all 'get it'!


 Gary Banana Phoenix Property Shoppe

My husband Gary (Mr Banana) and I work closely together with our network and our clients. Gary is the nuts and bolts guy behind the scene and I'm the front end working with buyers and sellers. Our network knows this about us and appreciate that they get 'double the value' with our different skill sets. It's a win-win for everybody. Plus Gary is a lot of fun. He's got a great sense of humor and adventure and our network knows to expect a good time with Mr Banana around livening things up!


We've been well known for years in our network for the events and parties we host on a regular basis either at our home or other local venues. I'm smiling right now thinking of all the fun and crazy themes we came up over the years. You name it we've probably done it!  This has been very effective in  building long term relationships. Many folks in our network (including clients) know, like, trust and work with each other and have for many years. There is a 'knowingness' that everyone will be well taken care of with utmost care, sincerity and honesty. We don't try to 'sell' our services or products but rather act as a trusted partner. And who doesn't want to work with people like that? And better yet, who wouldn't want referrals from this kind of network? I am always honored when they send their friends, family and business associates to us!



We also have another 'circle' in our network our 'Back Bone' Network. These guys and gals help us in the preparation process of getting our properties ready for market. My main construction guy Steve (who doesn't like his picture taken) is extremely knowledgeable and we  absolutely trust him with all our projects. He's one of those guys (as well as his crew) that never lets us down and they work really hard and smart. I am extremely grateful for our 'Back Bone Network! And trust me our clients are as well! Everybody knows him as 'Mr Steve Here'!  And yes that's  exactly what he says to me every afternoon around 4:00 when he calls me for his daily progress report! Steve's our hidden secret shhhhhhhh!



Phoenix Property Shoppe Network Ladder



And of course we have our ActiveRain Network! Never in a million years, when I signed up on ActiveRain in 2006, did I think I would have the opportunity to build an incredible network with real estate professionals around the USA and Canada! Not only have I made wonderful friendships here in the rain (I've literally met hundreds of rainers over the years) I've gained tremendous knowledge and created a lot of referrals going out and coming in. What's so cool is that when a client of ours is moving anywhere in the country I have access to 1000's of people that I actually know and know how they do business. How sweet is that! Couldn't be any better to refer our clients out to people I know, like and trust will take excellent care of our clients!


 ActiveRain Network



Thanks to   Praful Thakkar for this great opportunity to share our network ideas for the July contest Your Network is Your Networth.


My Network - Priceless!


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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
Designated Broker & Owner

Phoenix Homes For Sale


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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Anna -- I can sense a genuine a-peel err I mean appeal about your approach to business and more importantly to life.  Cheers!

Jul 16, 2017 05:50 AM #10
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Anna is a true banana

Jul 16, 2017 06:18 AM #11
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Having fun does make it never a day of work in your life. Pleasure, passion, bevity and humor make the process enjoyable.

Jul 16, 2017 06:45 AM #12
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

What a nice blog Anna. It's great to have a wonderful partner in Mr. Banana in all respects. Networking is a great activity in all aspects of life.

Jul 16, 2017 08:18 AM #13
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My wife and I make an essential team also and networking and referrals are the cheapest advertising you can get. It also makes a difference when you identity is one associated with excellence.

Jul 16, 2017 09:00 AM #15
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Your network is as strong as it is joyful.  That's a great way to do business.

Jul 16, 2017 09:38 AM #16
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Anna

What a powerful, and fun, network you have! Such a well deserving feature with smart ideas for others to further develop THEIR networks.

And having met you both on 2 occasions I KNOW how much fun you both are!


Jul 16, 2017 10:25 AM #17
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

From your pictures and stories, how i would  love to attend your networking get togethers Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS , i would fit right in. Have a good Sunday

Jul 16, 2017 11:17 AM #18
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Your network is your net worth....someone said to me the other day

Jul 16, 2017 12:30 PM #19
Laura Filip
RE/MAX UTOPIA , Serving all of Texoma - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS  love the banana suit photo how fun it would be to wear one of those around town for a while. See how many smiles one could get , love to see smiles and laughter is good for the soul. Have a great day Miss Anna Banana Kruchten CRS 

Jul 16, 2017 01:43 PM #20
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Anna - You and Gary have a knack for creative networking and I don't think anyone does it better or has more fun with it. Great contest entry!

Jul 16, 2017 02:04 PM #21
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I just adore you, Anna Banana! It sounds like we do our business very similarly and we are also blessed with the most amazing 'behind the scenes' men in the world!

Hope you have a bananatastic week!

Jul 16, 2017 02:45 PM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Anna- you and Gary ARE the hub of any network. It's easy to see why. You attract good people around you because of your energy!

Jul 16, 2017 05:16 PM #23
Luke Acree
ReminderMedia - King of Prussia, PA
Making Agents Memorable

When it comes to networking, start out as acquaintances or friends is the best way to create fruitful "partnerships" down the road. The way you and Gary work so well as a team is an inspiration.

Jul 17, 2017 06:57 AM #24
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Anna,

If you & Mr Banana still have a sense of humor after working together for so long, you both found keepers. No wonder the rest of your network falls into place.

Jul 17, 2017 07:45 PM #25
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Pet-Friendly Realtor, CRS - (561) 716-7824

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS I loved your post.  I think people are naturally attracted to you, and with Gary behind you, it's a winning team (along with all the others.)  Richard helps me a lot in my business, and, like you, people appreciate two-for one.

Jul 18, 2017 03:10 AM #26
John Wiley
EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS what a great share!!

Networks are key ingredients for success.

It is more than building a network, it also includes the work to maintain it.

Very inspirational post.

Jul 18, 2017 06:06 AM #27
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

This is awesome Anna.  I was checking out some posts for inspiration on what to write and well... I think we network with our communities, past clients and AR with the same love for all of them.

Jul 26, 2017 02:07 PM #28
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

You set the bar so high Anna!  I loved this blog and you and Mr. Banana do a great job in your network.  Congratulations and thanks for sharing this!

Jul 29, 2017 10:12 AM #29
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

I love my network and love networking. I try not to ever miss an opportunity to meet someone new and find out how I can help them reach their goals. I have really met some great people as I'm sure you have too. Isn't it a blessing to be surrounded by great people? 

Jul 31, 2017 07:57 PM #30
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