Makeover2Takeover Contest Update

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If you've just crawled out from underneath a rock, or spent the last 6 weeks living in a cave, then you probably aren't aware of the current ActiveRain Event of the Year - the Makeover2Takeover Team Competition!

Here's a quick refresher course if you haven't been following our Weekly Challenges:

Whether your Real Estate career has just begun, or is in dire needed a complete overhaul, here's your chance!



Think "Top Chef," less the cooking.




                            Or "Extreme Home Make-Over," but without Ty and his annoying megaphone.
                                            The Biggest Loser, only you're a Winner!


From the same folks that brought you 'Project Blogger" comes the latest reality 'realty' event....


The Contest is simple: We selected 16 'Makeover' Teams, each comprised of one (1) seasoned real estate veteran (Mentor), and their chosen apprentice. Over the course of this 8 week adventure (leading up to the 2008 SF Inman Connect), the Mentor/Apprentices (M2T Teams) are facing a series of weekly challenges, aimed specifically at developing the apprentice's image/abilities as a top performing real estate agent.

The mentors and apprentices are chronicling their experiences on the official 'MakeoverToTakeover' blog.

Competition Began:   Friday, May 16th    

Competition Ends: The 3rd week of July. The Winning Team will be announced at Inman's SF Blogger's Connect 2008

Weekly Challenges:  Each week the Teams have been facing difficult elimination challenges designed to develop and hone the Apprentice's professional skills, and to test the Mentor's ability to teach/guide the Apprentice.

ActiveRain Members can view the Weekly Challenge Results on the official 'Makerover2Takeover' blog.

Scoring: The last three teams standing will be invited to join us at Inman Connect in San Francisco where the winning team will be announced. In addition to the final challenge, the overall body of work will also be evaluated to determine the winning team.

Judging Criteria: Each week, when that weeks challenge is announced, judging criteria will be spelled out. Our panel of distinguished Judges will score each Team based on that criteria.

Prizes:  Points and prizes are awarded to the first place team for each Weekly challenge. The grand prize will be a Web2.0 Marketing package worth many 1000's of dollars. You can look forward to prizes from the who's who of online real estate.

At the end of 5 weeks of competitive elimination challenges, only 8 Teams remain:

The Huntsville Duo - Kimberly Grant & Elizabeth Ramsey Cooper

Team Tex/LA - Liz Carter & Josh Lazaro

The KW Dynamic Divas - Darleen McCullen & Penny Robinson

The DREAMWEAVERS - Debra Brooks & Melissa Grant

Team Manna - Desiree Daniels & Brian Block

The SF Bay Area Duo - Hank Perry & Vickie Nagy

The Next Evolution - Midori Miller & Jeannete Neerpat

Caulk Wood, Bonding for Success - Missy Caulk & Kim Wood

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Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

William, I know that Missy and Kim appreciate your support. They have been working just as hard! They will be glad you are behind them. Thanks so much!

Later in the rain~Deb

Jun 24, 2008 04:07 PM #13
Brian Solinsky
Keller Williams Realty - Puyallup, WA

What a cool idea!  Hadn't heard about it until now. Want to keep an eye on it 'til the end.

Jun 24, 2008 04:08 PM #14
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Isn't it almost half over?  Did someone miss a memo... buried under the inbox?  S'up?

Jun 24, 2008 04:21 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Whew, the competition is getting stiff. Looking forward to seeing who comes out on top in SFO. HEading over to the MakeOver blog to see what's up.


Jun 24, 2008 04:24 PM #16
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Good job to all the teams, and especially to the ones left.

Jun 24, 2008 04:47 PM #17
Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes

We're all learning so much in the process and I still think this was a brilliant idea AR gods - would love to see more of this type of activity - it's definitely got me checking in more often - lol - of course with these great teams who wouldn't be engaged!! 

Jun 24, 2008 05:41 PM #18
Brett Tousley
Keller Williams Realty - Richland, WA
Tri Cities Real Estate | (509) 420-0013

Caulk Wood, Bonding for Success - Missy Caulk & Kim Wood

What a great team name, these two deserve bonus points for originality! 

Jun 24, 2008 08:30 PM #19
Mike Miller

I'm just now finding out about the contest and am looking forward to checking out the blog.  Best of luck to the remaining teams!

Jun 25, 2008 12:54 AM #20
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

I am so amazed to still be in week 6. Kim is an amazing person to mentor. She is so teachable and that makes for a great relationship.

She has already got to send her pre-list package out to two new potential listings. She is also getting her buyers under control, instead of showing homes for 3 months, she now knows the right questions to ask, to see of they are buyers or shoppers.

I have had several email from AR folks who are following and learning and win or lose that it what it is all about.

Jun 25, 2008 12:55 AM #21
Tina Merritt
Nest Realty - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Real Estate

Congrats to all of the teams still standing!  We are enjoying watching you all work so hard (while we sit back and sip margaritas!).

Tina in Virginia (Team SheSells)

Jun 25, 2008 02:17 AM #22
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTORĀ®-

Go Teams Go!!! Kick butts & take names!

Jun 25, 2008 02:21 AM #23
- -
- - Bogota, TN

Thanks for yout tasking the time to provide us with this information in the Active Rain network.  AR is the new "cyber backbone" of the industry, and with it's uplink to it will transfrom the marketplace. Agents who don't see which way the cyberwind is blowing are going to find themselves at a considerable disadvantage inside of three to five years.

Jun 25, 2008 05:34 AM #24
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

Not sure how someone could not be following this it's one of my favorite things ever. It incorporates the web and reality tv I love it.

Jun 25, 2008 05:58 AM #25
Irene Woodworth
Color and Redesign Academy & Redesign Boise - Garden City, ID
Color-Redesign-Staging, Trainer & Motivational Speaker - Idaho

Thank you for sharing on exactly how it works.  I wish you all the very best.  Sounds like a fun and challenging adventure. 

I am trying to keep with as much info on AR as possible.  I had read a little here and there, but it is good to see more info on this challenge.  May the best team win! 

Have a Colorful Day!

Jun 25, 2008 03:15 PM #26
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058


Jun 25, 2008 03:16 PM #27
Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent

I remember the start of this, but have not been around much lately. I can't believe it's week 6. Geez!

Jun 25, 2008 04:50 PM #28
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

You Guys are right...I have been living under a rock, not sure how I missed this Challenge, maybe read the AR posts?

 It's a great idea, you already know that. Lets follow through with a program after to get AR member at the Top in their area!


Jun 27, 2008 02:20 AM #29
Iriana Shiyan
Artazum, LLC - Bellevue, WA
Atazum Seattle Real Estate Photography

I would like to read more about it. But you do not publish anything. Can you please write more about each step of your contest?

Jun 27, 2008 05:48 PM #30
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Looks like several contestants have posted about their experiences in creating the local content for the Week 6 Challenge.

Jun 28, 2008 07:05 AM #31
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for the post. I have alot of reading to do. It is a fun contest.

Jun 29, 2008 12:21 AM #32
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