A Shout Out to Debe Maxwell, Give Her a Call

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage GREC #208281


I'm so glad she called to chat

Key Points

  • The Activerain challenge to call another member
  • Debe called me and we had a great conversation
  • If you are afraid to call someone, start by calling Debe


Yesterday on my way out the door my cell phone rang.  I looked at the phone number and saw that it was from Charlotte North Carolina. 

The first thing that crossed my mind was "That can't be Debe Maxwell, can it?"   Her name crossed my mind because I had left a comment on one of her posts earlier in the morning.   But other than a few comments here and there, I never really had any interaction with her.

When I answered and she introduced herself, I thought I was maybe dreaming.  I couldn't believe someone like Debe Maxwell would be calling me.  What an honor.  I just don't see myself in the same league.  She said that she was fulfilling an Activerain challenge put out there by Lynn Friedman. The challenge was to pick up the phone and call another Activerain member.   

I was kind of nervous too.  I perceived Debe as being a very prim and proper southern lady and I was afraid we wouldn't have very much in common to talk about. I'm a transplanted Yankee who never learned many of the southern social graces.

I told her that I'd call her later in the afternoon because I was on my way to show a few homes. 


Did my background research

When I got back from my showings, I thought it would be a good idea to do a little background research on Debe before I called her back.  I'm not a very good conversationalist so I figured I could find some things about her to talk about.  She seems like a very successful Realtor who knows her stuff.

So I called her back and one topic led to another.  Before you know it, an hour and a half had gone by. 

I really enjoyed the conversation.  We discussed sports, family and business.  

I now have some context for her.

I can't wait to see her in person next Saturday at a local meetup here in Atlanta.


Calling a stranger is awkward but very rewarding


I've always wanted to pick up the phone and call some members but I never do. I feel awkward. What if they don't want to talk to me? Maybe they don't think much of me? What am I going to talk about?

So here's my tip.

Start by calling Debe Maxwell. She is so easy to talk with and will make you feel at home.













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About the Author:  Tim Maitski has been a full time Realtor since 1999. He has sold several hundreds of homes in areas around metro Atlanta.  Tim started with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and is now with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage.


Along with blogging on ActiveRain, he provides one of the best real estate websites in Atlanta at www.HomeAtlanta.com .


His proprietary  "Maitski Line Reports" chart out the absorption rates over the past 14 years in 37 different market areas.  Know when it's a good time to buy or a good time to sell.    


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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Debe Maxwell, CRS is a sweetheart and a true professional.  It is easy to talk for an hour or more ... and the time just seems to fly.

Jan 21, 2018 09:35 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Tim- I've never spokento Debe but love her posts. and I'm glad that you were able to chat with her. I'm glad that you'll be heading to the Atlanta MeetUp!

Jan 21, 2018 06:33 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OH my gosh! I had no idea you had written this - I'm SO behind on AR, Tim!

I am NOT in any different league than anyone else - now you know that! LOL

Seriously, it was wonderful 'meeting' you by phone and like you, I couldn't believe how fast the time flew by. Can't wait to meet you in person on Saturday!

Jan 23, 2018 12:59 PM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, thank you so much, Kathleen Daniels - I feel the exact same way about you!

Kathy Streib - one day soon, my dear, one day soon!!

Jan 23, 2018 01:00 PM #4
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I hope to meet Debe Maxwell, CRS someday!  I know she's a busy lady.

Sep 12, 2018 02:32 PM #5
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