It's all smoke and mirrors, people

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

We see the same nine people, here in Active Rain, over and over and over again.  We all know who they are.  Only 9 of them regularly posting (and no, I'm not counting those who are treading water over in the Quotas & Gasholes section)... and they post over and over again.

And we see the same 8 featured regularly.  (one of them is purposely never featured ... we all know who s/he is)... Many of these have multiple accounts... posting under pseudonyms, nommes de guerre, and pen names, keeping their secret identities a secret.

Somewhere Len Harley is orchestrating all of this, like a master marionette manipulator (MMM) waving that feature faerie wand, spreading out points like they's water.  You know she's out there.

And for those of you who are wondering... yeah, that's right.  You guessed it... I'm not really ME... I'm really someone else.  Maybe I'm Bill Spear... maybe I'm Lyn Sims... or Candice Donofrio... hmmm.... hmmmm.... Maybe I'm all of the above, but not really Alan May?

Are you who you really think you are?  Are you?  Maybe you're someone else?  You don't know.

It's all smoke and mirrors people.  All smoke and mirrors. 

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Were you smoking something this morning that made you see this in the mirror? I want to know who s/he is! Yes, the Q&A has gotten a little out of hand, has it not? I have always thought it was for the lazy ones who didn't want to bother reading thru posts to get points. It has lost its "ideal" purpose.

Nov 10, 2019 08:12 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Alan. Yes, this is funny and not far from the truth either.

Nov 10, 2019 08:13 AM #2
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You mean this is only an illusion? Much like the rest of life, I hear.  By the way, I'd need to see you walk in heels before believing you're Candice? 

Nov 10, 2019 08:43 AM #3
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

There are so many people 380,000+ who do not get features, and I think we all follow the same few people who are posting so we see the same few people. Have not been over to the Q&A for a while. Fun post, and agree with Debb might have to see you in high heels to believe you are Candice.

Nov 10, 2019 08:49 AM #4
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Shhh...Don't tell everybody. S'posed to be a secret!

Nov 14, 2019 04:02 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- I was busy flipping burgers for the family and missed this on Sunday. I'm still trying to figure out who he/she is who doesn't get featured. I miss Lenn. And I very rarely pop into the Q&A because with a few exceptions I have to agree with Mimi Foster on that section. So...who are you anyway. 

Nov 14, 2019 08:12 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


Nov 16, 2019 06:47 PM #7
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. Glad to see you back to regular posting and commenting. Someone has to expose the smoke and mirrors! Enjoy your day!

Nov 17, 2019 04:12 AM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Alan May ,

I'm so glad I caught this post from Kathy Streib "Ah-Ha" moments for this week! I'm thrilled to see you posting regularly and I'm trying to get back into the main stream again. It's been a tough last 7 weeks but each day is getting a little better. I so miss Lenn Harley's posts..haven't made it to Q&A I'm lucky to read posts these days!

Nov 17, 2019 06:38 AM #9
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Wow, I'm stuck on the thought of you being Candice, or you not really being you, or people with multiple names. I thought my brain was functioning fine this morning but now I'm just so confused! 

Nov 17, 2019 06:58 AM #10
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Alan May I cannot believe that I haven't tried the multiple personality idea. I am usually quite devious. Maybe later. Now you all have been warned.

Nov 17, 2019 07:03 AM #11
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Alan May true to form.  You go jokes and it's a good thing your funny. Good one Alan. Good one.

Nov 17, 2019 09:19 AM #12
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

Hmmm... I have never thought of having multiple accounts.  Now you having me thinking of all the possibilities. 

Nov 17, 2019 10:10 AM #13
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Alan I do remember a guy who had multiple accounts many years ago but he's long gone. Still multiples, huh?  As for Lenn running the show what a lovely thought that is. She is so missed!

Nov 17, 2019 11:10 AM #14
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

He can smoke anything he wants. So long the nicotine does not penetrate as poisoned electron over the www.

Have a great week.

Nov 17, 2019 11:29 AM #15
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Smoke and mirror, multiple accounts, who knows who is who these days! The plot thickens...

Nov 17, 2019 05:46 PM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


How can we be sure this is really you?


Nov 18, 2019 08:01 AM #17
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Wait, if you're not you, who am I having all the Facebook conversations with??? 
And I only have time to keep up with ONE account!


Nov 18, 2019 07:34 PM #18
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Quite an enjoyable read, whoever you are. Actually it doesn't matter to me as long as you are entertaining. I do remember the multiple account guy...and all the hoopla it caused. Also very entertaining.


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