Ask An Ambassador: Take A Penny

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

No disrespect to Mr. Lincoln, but I don't carry around a pocket of change like my grandfather or dad.  Any change I get either goes into the car's center console or into a container at home that gets Coinstarred for an Amazon gift card every couple of years (it adds up!).

I think if you go into any convenience store, you'll probably find a little "Take A Penny" display at the register for those times where a penny is the difference between breaking a dollar bill and getting 99 cents back. 

That penny isn't technically "free", since another customer put a penny or three in the container for someone in need to take later.  It's a Pay It Forward action, and I can't think that I've ever seen an empty Take A Penny container.

Welcome to ActiveRain, real estate's version of Take A Penny! (okay, maybe I'm pushing the analogy just a wee bit!).

The culture in this community is basically self-sustaining and established by many people that are (for the most part) no longer here, or no longer active.  They built something that served an essential purpose at the time, the ability to utilize that wild wild Web to create an Internet presence.

Is ActiveRain the same as it was back in 2006 when it was founded?  Yes and No.  The core beliefs are still here and there's been enough continuity that the community still follows the established guidelines (mmmm...a story about monkeys, ladders and bananas comes to mind).

The community is by and far very supportive of each other.  That doesn't mean 100% blind allegiance though.  If someone is out of line, there's a good chance someone will call them on the behavior.

Ask a question in the community "water cooler" section and you'll get answers.  Some will be useful, some will be solely for points, some will be just to say "hello", and some may just let you know you're trying to go down a bad path.  You've got the option of "taking the penny" that others are offering you.  It might turn out to be a Canadian penny, so check your local rules for how well the answers apply :)

What I've found over the years is a community willing to help.  There are posts written for the sole purpose of giving back to others here.  When I've had questions, someone has always been willing to help.  There's some super smart people in this community that we can rely on, whether it's just something routine, or a personal emergency (been there and tapped that resource when I needed it).

For the culture to continue, we also need to be willing to leave a penny.  Answer questions, help another member when they need it, and know that when you need a penny, someone will leave one for you to take.

Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need a penny!

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Bill(and Liz too) - Your two cents(in times when a penny was valued at much more) worth of advice is certainly appreciated.  

Jul 16, 2019 05:50 PM #1
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

While AR may not be the same AR that it was years ago, it has morphed into something just as useful, just as enjoyable, but a little different.

The names have changed, but the game is the same...

Jul 16, 2019 07:43 PM #2
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Have there been a few bad pennies... you bet, but by far I've gotten two cents of wisdom over and over again here.  I have to find the time in my life to get AR back into a habit... right after....

Jul 16, 2019 08:32 PM #3
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Even though I'm not an agent any more, I love this place. I learn things that help me help the agents I write for. And... I hope that some of my nagging about grammar, word usage, avoiding the "I, I, I" thing, etc. helps a few agents attract new clients.

Yes, there are a few here who if not actually bad pennies, are a bit tarnished. But I find it pretty easy to ignore them.

Jul 16, 2019 09:42 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

Hi Bill,
When more than one person is involved, there will be "issues".  That said, the camaraderie here among people (many who have never even met each other in person) is nothing short of amazing.   Paying it forward is happening all day every day in the Rain.

Jul 17, 2019 04:31 AM #5
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Well said... There is a great core group of people here in the Rain. Many who leave many more pennies than they take. 

Jul 17, 2019 04:47 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Like your penny analogy. Needed 2 yesterday to avoid getting 98 cents change. Makes me want to answer questions posted here all the more. Food for thought. Enjoy your day 

Jul 17, 2019 05:35 AM #7
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

I am hiring a marketing person later this month and one of her jobs is going to be following member, reading and commenting on posts and learning from the giant piles of pennies that have been left over the years.

Jul 17, 2019 05:51 AM #8
RE Virtual Solutions
RE Virtual Solutions - Saint Charles, MO
Virtually helping real estate professionals.

Well said and great analogy.

Jul 17, 2019 06:00 AM #9
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

In for a penny, in for a pound. Please provide a link to the story about monkeys, ladders and bananas! 

Jul 17, 2019 06:00 AM #10
Dusty Rhoton SRS, MRES, ABR, SRES, GRI
RE/MAX Fine Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Real Estate

I enjoy reading the posts on AR and it just makes "cents" to stay on top of things on this positive forum.    I belong to another site and it is loaded with other agents complaining about others and thus, I rarely visit that site anymore.   I prefer to stay upbeat especially when it is so busy and Phoenix has temperatures close to 114 each day!

Jul 17, 2019 06:35 AM #11
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Nice analogy. We're always grateful for the people who left pennies for us to take in our early years!

Jul 17, 2019 11:52 AM #12
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

You may be an engineer (you've said yourself they can be straightlaced) but darn - you come up with the best posts!

Jul 17, 2019 03:30 PM #13
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I am not in the Rain as much as I like to be. I have learned so much since joining in 2008. I've used the pennies left in the Rain and hope to use many more.


Jul 17, 2019 08:18 PM #14
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I think your analogy works quite well. Give and take really is the way to do it!

Jul 18, 2019 06:00 AM #15
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I absolutely love this line: "It might turn out to be a Canadian penny, so check your local rules for how well the answers apply :)."

Jul 18, 2019 08:57 AM #16
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Bill, I find so many useful posts on here, and I do feel the ambassadors are so helpful!


Jul 18, 2019 10:26 AM #17
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The guy who once offered a penny for your thoughts went broke.....

Jul 18, 2019 01:36 PM #18
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