Sharing The Love ~ Start 2021 By Filling The Bucket

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

Starting 2021 with "Sharing The Love" challenge offers lots of options. I’m writing my third post for the February Challenge hosted by Rocky Dickerson and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, utilizing Rocky’s “Bucket Filling” idea. I love the tradition he continues from his former office in San Diego. Closing their meeting with bucket time is ingenious. Complimenting or acknowledging someone in the office is what helps fosters a culture of awesomeness. He is right you never know how that positive thought may make someone’s week go entirely different.

Trying to decide on 7 Active Rain members I admire is difficult because there are so many to write about, but here goes: 

Chris Ann Cleland – After coming from success in the newspaper and radio industry Chris Ann became a Realtor® in 2005. Climbing her way through a downturn she proved she has what it takes. She earns the title of a "Trusted Advisor" by her unrelenting commitment to customer service. Each blog Chris Ann writes I see her professionalism and determination to always put her client’s interest first. She is who I’d want my clients to use if they are relocating to Bristow, VA.

Debe Maxwell, CRS  – Debe is a 5-star Realtor who ranks in the top 1% of the 15,000 agents serving the Metro Charlotte area. She is known for her white glove service, high list-to-sell ratios, low days on market and expert negotiating skills. How she maintains this top flight business and still has time to host Active Rain Contests, spend time with her family, friends, renovate a new house at the lake and spear head hosting Tuesday Zoom meetings, is beyond me! This is one amazing lady who also finds time to reach out to you if she knows you might need a caring touch.

Michael Jacobs - Michael is a native California and has resided in the Pasadena area since 1990 giving him the right to become an Industry Observer. I refer to Michael as the “King of Pondering.” His analytic observations are carefully crafted, poignant and always give us pause to ponder and reflect.  When he takes a hiatus from posting he is sorely missed.  

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  – Their names are synonymous with nature, beautiful surroundings and peaceful environments. The passion they share with their clients of the ultimate luxury of privacy in a home comes through loud and clear in their posts. Specialization in multi-generational living is so timely and their personal experience and ability to articulate why it is so important proves to be a key to their success. The videos they produce are brilliant productions and they share their knowledge and expertise so freely with all of us. What an impact they make in Active Rain every week.

Kat Palmiotti – “The House Kat” is loved and admired by all. Picking up and moving across country, building a home and living their dream is admirable! She is a wealth of knowledge, has become an expert in building and her experimenting with videos is enviable. She extends herself to so many people and definitely makes them feel welcome here in the Rain.

Brian England – Brian has lived in Arizona for over 40 years and has an extensive knowledge of the area. He lives in the Val Vista Baseline Area in Mesa, AZ and educates us on how wonderful it is to live there with affordable homes and its location, ideal for everyday living. He covers the East Valley AZ real estate and I’ve seen his business grow blogging in AR. His post’s featuring the photography his friend, Trisha Bush-LeFore produces is amazing. Brian contributes much to the culture of Active Rain and I know I would gladly refer a client to him.

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 – Margaret found her niche in Real Estate in 1990 and we are all benefactors of her contributions to our industry. Her successful book “Real Estate the Rome Way” and her popular Radio Show has shown us all how ingenious thinking outside the box can lead to a very lucrative and successful career. More importantly this caring lady shares her knowledge, advice and time with not only her clients but her friends here in AR. She is truly a lady making a huge impact in our industry.


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Comments (21)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. Great choices for sure. I follow all of them and comment on their posts regularly. Enjoy your day!

Feb 28, 2021 05:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I do too..always learn something from them.

Feb 28, 2021 06:27 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dorie Dillard Austin TX -  You make a very good selection of 7 agents.  I follow them all and have spokeen to all but two.

Feb 28, 2021 05:33 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

They all make an impact on us for sure.

Feb 28, 2021 06:27 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

 Dorie Dillard Austin TX, we both feel very honored to have made this list. You are someone I greatly admire, both personally and professionally, so it is an especially great compliment.  Hope you have a lovely Sunday, thanks again. D 

Feb 28, 2021 06:08 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You are most welcome.

Feb 28, 2021 06:28 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Awww, thank you so much for including me in your "Sharing the Love" post. You have started my day with a huge grin!

And I love all the other "Rainers" you have included here. And I agree with everything you said about them! :-)

Feb 28, 2021 06:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you!

Feb 28, 2021 06:28 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great selection of people.  Wishing you a delightful Sunday and a great March ahead. A

Feb 28, 2021 06:55 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you..enjoy a great Sunday too!

Feb 28, 2021 09:02 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Dorie Dillard Austin TX fantastic selection of members.... all "top shelf"....

Feb 28, 2021 07:38 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

There are so many in Active Rain hard to choose!

Feb 28, 2021 09:02 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Dorie Dillard Austin TX so glad you chose the bucket filling option. Sorry if I hadn't made it clear that you can choose more than 7 (I chose 10).

Feb 28, 2021 07:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you for the clarification and will check out your post!

Feb 28, 2021 09:03 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I am so flattered to see myself featured in your post Dorie.  The feeling is mutual.

Feb 28, 2021 08:04 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Chris Ann Cleland 

Feb 28, 2021 09:04 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

What a great group of AR members, and I am honored to be mentioned. Thank you so much, Dorie Dillard Austin TX; you just made my morning!!!

Feb 28, 2021 08:08 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Glad to hear it!

Feb 28, 2021 09:04 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Oh Dorie Dillard Austin TX - what a lineup of Rainers!  I follow all of them. Thank you for participating in the Share the Love Challenge. 

Feb 28, 2021 08:17 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you for hosting the challenge Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist .

Feb 28, 2021 09:05 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie,  You pick a great group of people to put in your blog and share with us here.

Feb 28, 2021 08:44 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Will Hamm 

Feb 28, 2021 09:05 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Dorie- you picked some of my favorite member/agents here!!!   Great choice for the February Challenge. 

Feb 28, 2021 10:15 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Kathy Streib 

Feb 28, 2021 10:27 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie everyone of those members are very worthy of being named on your list.

Feb 28, 2021 11:17 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Yes they are George Souto 

Mar 02, 2021 04:26 AM
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 Dorie,
An absolute Gold Star line-up of Rainers to highlight.  The quality of people on this platform is amazing.

Feb 28, 2021 11:24 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You are right Carol Williams so many amazing quality people on this platform!

Feb 28, 2021 12:56 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Dorie- You sure picked a great group of people. All stellar folks who know their stuff. 

Feb 28, 2021 12:51 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You have that right Sharon Lee 

Feb 28, 2021 12:56 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing your inspiring list with us. With C-19 still among us here, it is wonderful to see so many positive people on your list. Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX  🙂

Feb 28, 2021 05:20 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 

Mar 02, 2021 04:27 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Dorie.

I must be in good company, I follow most of the people you've written about today

Mar 01, 2021 12:12 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I'm sure you do James Dray as they follow you!

Mar 02, 2021 04:28 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Aww, you are so kind to mention me, thank you very much!!!  I am not sure who Trisha Bush-LeFore is but I am now following her and will check out some of her posts!

Mar 01, 2021 05:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Brian England you are an inspritation and so kind to everyone.

Mar 02, 2021 04:28 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Brian liked your post so much, he re-blogged it Dorie. Glad he did!

Mar 01, 2021 07:34 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

Mar 02, 2021 04:29 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

LOL.  I was expecting something more plumbing oriented, but this was an excellent post anyway!

Mar 03, 2021 12:07 AM

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