Sensei/Grasshopper Is Back (with another 2,000 points)!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335


One of the most remarkable things about the ActiveRain Community is the willingness of the members to share their expertise with each other. The evidence for that is in the 2.5 million+ blog posts in the archives, many of which are valuable how-to articles, detailed explanations of how to make technology work, and suggestions covering all aspects of real estate and associated fields, including how to best navigate the resources of AR itself.

But sometimes reading about how to do something isn't quite enough. Sometimes a bit of background is needed, or more detail, or a one-on-one walk-through, or maybe just a friendly bit of support and encouragement. Sometimes, a mentor can make a huge difference.

And this is particularly true for our newer members, who are trying to figure out how this whole AR deal works and how it can help their business.

The Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge is about mentorship. Its purpose is to encourage AR members to make productive connections and to share skills, techniques and insights. It's about becoming better - as individuals and as a community - at what we do, whether it's selling, staging, lending, inspecting, constructing or repairing, or providing title for our clients.

So here we go on Round II of the Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge!

There are two ways to participate in the challenge:

1. Grasshopper: Get a Mentor

GrasshopperWe have a group - Sensei/Grasshopper - where newer members, or old dogs who want to learn new tricks, can find an experienced guide to help them learn a technique. You can write a post to this group requesting help with a subject you'd like to learn how to do. Be as specific as possible in describing what you want. And be practical - we're all busy, so if someone is going to take time to help you, don't ask for something massive and general, like "I'd like to learn to sell homes". What are people doing here that seems interesting and might be something you'd do if you could figure it out?

You don't have to post a request, though - you can contact someone directly to arrange help. So if you see someone doing something you want to learn, go ahead and get in touch with them if you'd like.

Understand that we're talking about a short-term commitment - whatever it is, your use of a mentor will only be to set you on the road and show you the way. It wouldn't surprise me if you developed long-lasting friendships and connections from this contest, but that's not a requirement from either side.

By the end of the contest, write a blog post describing your experience - tell us what you learned from your mentor and how you're using it. Post it in Sensei/Grasshopper.

2. Sensei: Be a Mentor

SenseiGo to the Sensei/Grasshopper group and read the posts (if it seems like it would help, use the comment section to help posters refine their requests). Look for someone who needs to learn what you already know. Make a connection and help them get started. Set up a short-term timeline for your assistance.

Or if you would like to provide specific help for a skill or technique, write a post in the group about what you'd like to offer. We'll get you connected.

By the end of the contest, write a blog post describing your experience - tell us what assistance you provided and how it's going to be used. Share some detail about your assistance - maybe it can help others as well. Post it in Sensei/Grasshopper.

That's it.

Okay, there are a few guidelines for this challenge:

Dates: This challenge runs from Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 31. All posts qualifying for the challenge must be posted by 11:59 PM, March 31 to qualify for points.

Mentor/Mentee: Any ActiveRain member can be either a mentor or mentee, but you can only be one, one-time, for this challenge. We're thinking that this is basically a one-on-one experience, but if you'd like to try something a bit different, e-mail me and we'll see if it makes sense within the general idea of the challenge.

Qualifying for points: Please read this carefully and try to get it right the first time...please? When you have posted your final report to Sensei/Grasshopper, send me an e-mail, with a link to your post, your name & your AR username, and the name of the AR member who you worked with on this challenge. Please put "Sensei Grasshopper" in the subject line.

Points: Everyone who successfully completes the challenge will be awarded 2,000 points!

Questions? E-mail me -

Best of luck, and remember - have fun!

Posted by
Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


Data Source: IRES MLS


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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Dick...I really did learn something. Thanks for the motivation to do something outside of my comfort zone. Here's the link to my Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge Blog. I was the grasshopper. I also sent you an email.

Mar 29, 2013 01:17 AM #137
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Hi Dick - Bill Roberts, The Old Dog grasshopper in San Diego connected with me, another seasoned commercial agent/sensei in Ft Lauderdale about The 1031 Exchange Tool and other commercial real estate related questions.  Here is the final post which I emailed to you as well.  Thanks for the challenge.   

Sensei Grasshopper Challenge Creates A Connection To Do Business



Mar 29, 2013 02:00 AM #138
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Mar 29, 2013 06:34 PM #139
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning, I am needing a mentor to help me with the following post:

Mar 29, 2013 09:32 PM #140
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dick below are the two blogs that I did for the Challenge

Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge Is Back

Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge Final Report



Mar 29, 2013 10:24 PM #141
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Dick,

Just posted my second article and had so much help these last few weeks. Thanks so much for the challenge. I can tell from the above remarks that everyone got something out of this. Sending you an email right now per your instructions.

Happy Easter.

Grasshopper Desperately Needed Help with Website & Domain

Mar 30, 2013 02:40 AM #143
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Dick, it was great to speak with Mary :) She was very helpful. Thanks for sponsoring this contest again! Here's my entry. Sharon

Mar 30, 2013 06:02 AM #144
Matthew Souto
McCue Mortgage - Wallingford, CT
Matthew Souto Loss Mitigator

Thank you for putting this contest together, it has introduced me to a great website, and shown me alot about blogging.

Mar 30, 2013 10:16 AM #145
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

Here is my contest entry:

Mar 30, 2013 12:49 PM #147
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hello Dick,

Thank you for hosting this contest, is was a lot of fun to get involved in this with my wife Sally.

Here is a link to our blogs and usernames which I also emailed to you.







sorry about all the extra microsoft code at the message I left earlier!

Mar 30, 2013 05:20 PM #148
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

It looks like I forgot to add my link.  This is from about 3 weeks ago


Helping out a local active rainer - Sinsei/Grasshopper - A bit of SEO

Mar 30, 2013 07:30 PM #149
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Hi Dick,

Here is my entry: Grasshopper Eastvale Team Thanks Senseis Erica Ramus & Michael Jacobs

Thanks for such a wonderful contest.


Mar 31, 2013 10:02 AM #150
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

A contest entry from Debra Albert:

Mar 31, 2013 11:48 AM #151
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Dick, this is just the best kind of contest, and here are my two posts.


A Great Grasshopper: Helen Prier

Getting That First Newbie Post From Awful to Awesome!






Mar 31, 2013 11:56 AM #152
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Dick, Here is my entry for the Sensei/Grasshopper Contest.

How to Network and to Grow those Relationships in the Rain

Mar 31, 2013 01:41 PM #153
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Special thanks to Jerry Gilbers for guiding me through Google Hangout.  I also sent you the email as instructed.


Mar 31, 2013 02:34 PM #154
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Here's my entry for this contest that helped me get rid of my fear of calling EXPIRED!

My Mentor: Mahesh Mike Patel.

And Here's full report...

Sensei/Grasshopper - Learning EXPIRED 

Mar 31, 2013 04:36 PM #155
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

This was one of the best contest that I have participlated in,.  I received so many posts of help from the AR Community and I learned so very much.   Thanks,.  Ginger Haprer



Mar 31, 2013 11:28 PM #156
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Good morning Dick, just checking to see when we are to receive our points for this contest.  I had sent you an e-mail as you requested for my blog.  Just wanted to make sure you received.  Here is a link to my post.  Thank you for this great contest.  Well done!!

Apr 03, 2013 07:41 PM #157
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thanks again for the contest. It was fun and educational!

But it takes leadership and initiative to implement and get the ball rolling. I am glad there are people like you. You definitely are considerate about the greater good - I wish more people were like you, but then again, there can be only one.

You're the best!

Apr 08, 2013 02:31 AM #158
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