You Never Know Who You'll Meet In The Rain: A Transplanted Washington State REALTOR and Her Navy Pilot

Mortgage and Lending with SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) NMLS 223495

The Benjamin Team: Bob & Carolin Benjamin, Gold Canyon, AZActive Rain bloggers Bob & Carolin Benjamin are full time REALTORS in a beautiful corner of northern Pinal County, Arizona called Gold Canyon

Where is Gold Canyon, Arizona?

Located just 40 minutes east of Sky Harbor airport (the one made famous by Paul Harvey to millions of snow-birds,) Gold Canyon is nestled near the west face of the Superstition Mountains. 

Bordered by Arizona State Trust lands and blessed with major freeway access, it's easily accessible.  "Seasonal settlers" from snowy northern states in the USA, and from as far away as Canada and Europe call Gold Canyon home for part of each year.

What the Benjamin Team Brings to the Table

You can read more about Bob & Carolin Benjamin on their Active Rain blog.  I'm just going to tell you that neither member of this duo is your everyday real estate agent!

Bob Benjamin served our country as a combat Navy pilot during the Vietnam era, flying the Grumman A-6 Intruder off the carrier deck of the USS Enterprise.

Gold Canyon Ledger: Carolin BenjaminWhen I read this about Bob, I thought "I can relate to this guy.  His experience and training tell me that he knows how to focus on the task at hand.  He understands mission.  He'll respect my deadlines."  ...and as a lender, I appreciate Bob's MBA in Finance.  So do his clients!

After the Navy, Bob made a career as an executive in the Tourism Industry with Alaska's Princess Cruise Lines.  I like that!  In a destination state like Arizona, wouldn't you want a REALTOR who understands tourism and is able to draw on his experience to market your home the way Princess Cruises markets its Alaska tours?  I know I would!

Carolin Benjamin, a REALTOR in Washington State for ten years prior to moving to Arizona, has 18 years of real estate experience.  In this difficult real estate market, I look for, and rely on experienced professionals to help me make the right decision for myself and my familyThat's Carolin!

Prior to real estate, Carolin was an executive for Mattel Toys.  She's a business writer, and serves today on the Editorial staff of the Gold Canyon Ledger, an Arizona news magazine.

One last thing you should know about Gold Canyon ~ it has a magnificent golf course!

Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club: click the photo to be redirected to the websiteThe Golf Connection

Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club has not one, but two Jack Nicklaus designed courses, Prospector and Lost Gold.

(Click the photo to see more about major tournaments hosted here, including one by U of A's Jim Furyk.)

Get to know the Benjamin Team!  (Click the photo below; you'll be glad you did!)

Bob & Carolin Benjamin: Gold Canyon, AZ

PS:  I've yet to meet the Benjamins in person, but we've referred business to each other since we met in the Rain.  Thanks, Active Rain!

Comments (10)

Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

Hey that is a great story. Thanks for sharing that one.

Feb 10, 2011 01:05 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

This is a great tribute to them. Thanks for writing the story.

Feb 10, 2011 01:08 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


You're welcome!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.


You meet the best people on the Active Rain Real Estate Network.  No wonder Google rates us so highly in their search engines!

Mike in Tucson

Feb 10, 2011 01:08 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Interesting.  I just subscribed.   I thought I already was subscribed to their blog.  I read them regularly. 

Indeed, they are smart experienced agents. 

Knowing the military background for Bob just makes it better.

Feb 10, 2011 01:43 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Thanks for stopping by!  Some folks have been telling me that their "subscriptions" are falling by the wayside.  I'd better go check mine.

Mike in Tucson

Feb 10, 2011 03:00 AM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Hey Mike -- thanks for the post -- very nice of you. -- Carolin & Bob

Feb 10, 2011 05:42 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Carolin & Bob,

You're welcome!  I've found that it's easier to get forgiveness than permission.  :)

Mike in Tucson

Feb 11, 2011 12:27 AM
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

HI MIKE!  Nice presentation of professionals who you would recommend!  Have a terrific weekend - G

Feb 11, 2011 08:26 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


You, too!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Feb 11, 2011 10:49 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Mike - there are so many interesting people that we have gotten to know here in the Rain!

Feb 17, 2011 06:43 AM