July Challenge...It’s Time to Reach Out and Touch Someone...Well- Not Literally! -Redux

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July Challenge...It’s Time to Reach Out and Touch Someone...Well- Not Literally!


**July 6: it just occurred to me that posts from June or written in June are missing including the July Challenge. In case you missed it or can’t find it...here it is. 


Many of us have been enjoying the weekly Zoom Meetings (Tuesday- 2 PM july challengeCST).  It’s been fun getting to see and hear people we “see” daily here at ActiveRain.  At the first few Zooms, we watched while Brian England volunteered for his local food pantry while listening to the Zoom speaker. 

Last week we all were delighted to learn more about Barbara Todaro’s “mahketing” with postcards. 


Building relationships here has and continues to be the icing on the cake of the ActiveRain membership. 


So, this month, Hannah Williams and I are hosting a challenge to reach out to a fellow member and call them.  Then, write a post about it. 


Now, the purpose is not to call your best buddy here that you call regularly. But pick up the phone and call, for instance, a member who comments on your post but you don’t really know...or a member whose posts you enjoy reading. 


Call someone who lives in a state where your clients may be moving to. 


Ask them how they got into real estate or what their market is like. It doesn’t really matter...what does matter is that you pick up the phone and get to know them. You can write about their background and family...what their hobbies are. It doesn’t matter. 


So here are the rules…

  1. The July Challenge begins July 1 and ends at midnight PST on July 31, 2020. 

  2. You can write 1,2, or 3 posts. Each post will earn 750 points. 

  3. Each post must be 300 words or more and contain at least 1 picture. (Hint: you can copy and paste the member’s photo or maybe they’ll send one to you to use) 

  4. Leave a link(s) to your post(s) in the comment section of this post. PLEASE...wait until you have completed all of your calls before adding the links. 

  5. BONUS POINTS:  750 extra points if one of your posts includes a call to a new member or a member who hasn’t posted on ActiveRain in a while. 

Many of us are still staying in or limiting our contact with others. What better time is there than now to pick up the phone and have a conversation with one of your fellow members!!!


Let’s have some fun with this!!!



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Comments (38)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

James Dray I'm concerned that some members have been discouraged after last week. 

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 hope I can get you to pick up the phone. 

Carol Williams I'm not sure if they'll get the past posts recovered. 

Jul 07, 2020 10:33 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Kathy Streib ,

I was able to re-create my June market report and just posted! Now I'll try and get my Second Quarter Market report posted tomorrow. The other posts I spent the time on in June I simply do not have time to go back if they can't resurrect them. Such a shame..I've been worried about the stability of this platform..maybe this is a wake up call and they will spend some time tweaking things going forward for a better experience.

Jul 07, 2020 11:03 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Kathy Streib     Hannah Williams 
I'm in.
Looking forward to the connections.
All the best - Lynn

Jul 07, 2020 12:37 PM
Hannah Williams

Lynn B. Friedman  Looking forward to reading your post  Glad to hear you are up for the challenge 

Jul 07, 2020 03:47 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for re-posting about the challenge.  It should be a fun one!

Jul 07, 2020 01:41 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Thanks to you and Hannah Williams for this challenge. We’ve done something similar in the past and it was lots of fun to not only meet others through a phone call, but also read all the posts everyone wrote about the people they talked with. I’m planning to have some fun, too.


Jul 07, 2020 02:40 PM
Hannah Williams

Jeff Dowler, CRS  An oldies but a goodie  looking forward to reading your post. Missed you today at the Zoom meeting 

Jul 07, 2020 03:49 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

When I logged in, I couldn't find ANY recent posts. It was an ironic deja vu! I'm glad you shared this post again so we would know something happened to all the June postings. :( Are they lost forever?

Jul 07, 2020 06:14 PM
Hannah Williams

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty  That is a mystery - we hope not 

Jul 09, 2020 09:01 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So much is missing in the Rain right now, haha.  I re-wrote the post that I had previously done for this challenge and here it is:

Getting to Know Tim Larkin

Jul 10, 2020 12:32 PM
Chris Ivy
Ivy Vine Investments - Memphis, TN
Sell Your House Fast For Cash In Memphis Tennessee

Hello to everyone out there.  I hope you guys had a great Friday.  I finally got logged back into the site after it crashed last week.  I had to start from scratch but I was able to complete the July challenge tonight.  I got a chance to meet a great person in Mrs Anna "Banana" Kructen.  When you get a free moment, check out the following link and our introduction.  Peeling Back The Layers Of Anna "Banana" Kructen

Jul 10, 2020 07:28 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sounds like a fun challenge... I'll have to think about it. Don't mind making the phone calls, but have pretty much stopped posting in the Rain... to much time spend on it and nothing to show for it... especially when your posts disappear and links on social media from AR posts don't work.

Jul 13, 2020 11:14 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I just saw it and may be I should call those who comment on the blogs.

Have a great day.

Jul 14, 2020 07:54 AM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Here is my post, I will reach out to others regardless if I get points or not, but wanted to get this one out there. The connection was way more valauble than the points for me.

Reaching out and touching Ron and Alexandra

Jul 15, 2020 03:30 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I participated! Thoroughly enjoyed my talk with Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Catching Up with Debe Maxwell

Jul 15, 2020 04:11 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Chris Ivy wonderful opportunity to connect with Anna!  Suggest you mark your calendar each Tuesday for our Zoom call.  A new topic each week.  7/28 will be probate and I see you include that item on your website.  How many times have you encountered an heir attempting to sell the property before they obtain the authority to do so?

Jul 16, 2020 06:22 AM
Chris Ivy

Hi Eileen how are you doing?  Thank you for the invite for the weekly Tuesday Zoom calls.  I'll definitely hop on next Tuesday. We always try to do a thorough initial screen of questions with potential clients so we can make sure they actually have ownership or authority of the property.  I have had a situation like that come up and once the title was ran the truth came out and the delays began.

Jul 16, 2020 08:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - (and Hannah Williams too) - Here's my link:

                                                   And Then The Phone Rang. . .

Jul 17, 2020 12:49 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
Jul 20, 2020 06:12 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

My entry, A VISIT WITH DEBBY, is now posted! Thank you Hannah Williams and Kathy Streib .

Jul 22, 2020 06:20 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Fun, Fun Fun!!! Kathy Streib 

Extended until when?

Jul 31, 2020 10:13 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

 OK, I had posted in one of the other blogs about the challenge, but here was my call with Jeffrey Richman https://activerain.com/blogsview/5518657/talking-to-jeffrey-richman Thanks for telling us where to post.

Sep 01, 2020 06:37 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Thank you, everyone, I know it was a difficult month trying to log in and those that participated did an awesome job.  You have really gone above and beyond to Make it RAIN 

Sep 01, 2020 10:04 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Kathy & Hannah Williams, I am working on the challenge points this weekend. Everyone should have their points by the end of the week.

Thank you both for being such amazing hosts! I so appreciate you - as does the entire community!! ❤️you both bunches!

Sep 06, 2020 08:38 AM