Ask An Ambassador: Do You Want The Honey Or The Sting?

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

We're amateur beekeepers.  In our backyard we currently have seven hives with hundreds of thousands of honeybees going about their business.

Once or twice a year we'll harvest some honey, although the honey isn't really the answer to why we are beekeepers. 

When we collect the frames of honey, there are procedures to follow to minimize the stress to the bees and to protect us as beekeepers.  Do it right and we minimize bee casualties, have honey to share and avoid getting stung.

Do I sometimes get stung?  Yes.

When I get stung, it's typically because I did something outside the norm.  E.g. collecting a swarm without having full gear on and then having a thunderstorm roll in...not one of my brighter moments.

What does ANY of this have to do with real estate and this community?

Maybe nothing, maybe everything.

Just like there's a Sandbox 101 for how to work with the bees, there are guidelines written and unwritten for this community.

It's possible to run afoul of those guidelines and when that happens, reactions from the community may vary from ignore to mild corrective shocks to torches and pitchforks.

In general, expectations for this community are to treat each other civilly and NOT become another Facebook real estate group with behavioral issues.

Will there be disagreements?  You bet.

How we handle those disagreements determines whether we become persona non grata or someone that maintains a good reputation.  Depending on who you ask, I may be on one list or the other.

Overall, I've found this community to be mostly honey producers and only a few looking to sting. 

In over a decade in the Rain, I've learned a lot, gained a lot of expertise, and made a lot of friends.   Some Rainers I've met in person, some I probably never will, but I know that if I needed help, they're all just a call or email away and will help. 

Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Comments (12)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Bill what an awesome photo to go along with your analogy! I love it! Over the years I too have found this community to be honey producers and only a handful or so stingers. Stinger typically don't hang around long.

Aug 03, 2021 12:31 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

That shot I can claim credit for vs. my frequent use of Pixabay.  I'm used to seeing 1 or 2 bees on our flowers at a time, but rare to catch 3 (plus another non-honeybee type) all at once.

Aug 03, 2021 01:08 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Liz and Bill,

I love this analogy.  We did a mini-project on the feasibility of writing children's books on the honey bee process.  The proposed author is a bee-keeper and very knowledgeable.  We really enjoye the learning process.  Sadly, nothing came of it, as he was going to write it with his signifiicant other, and then they split up...his honey left him stung? LOL A

Aug 03, 2021 02:09 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I'm thinking he got stung more than any honeybee can do!

Aug 03, 2021 02:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bill- I've been staring at your picture!!! I was trying to take a photo of a flower out at Kickerillo and ran into a bee or two but never 3 on one flower!!! And the honey that flows here is what keeps me coming back. 

Aug 03, 2021 06:45 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

With 7 hives out back, we've got quite a few bees working our yard (although they have a range of about 2 miles from home base).  They like the coneflowers, so not totally unusual for me to see 1 or 2 on a fresh bloom, but catching 3 at once was unusual.

Aug 03, 2021 08:10 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - you have shared another good analogy.  Is it the buzz that attracts some?  I wonder. . .

Aug 04, 2021 02:47 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Depending on what are bees are up to (and mood), you can hear different sounds from the hive.

Aug 04, 2021 05:59 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Another good analogy and post! Tone comes across in the written word also...


if someone were to say for example, "Hey, I've been hunting around to find out when my account becomes free but can't find it, can anyone tell me?" that person would get some helpful information. And you can tell they're just looking for assistance.


Another person who might say, "Don't you answer emails, you bunch of no good )(*&(*&" - that tone comes across as well. This person is also looking for assistance, but they aren't being kind about the request. They're less likely to get kind responses back.


By the way, great photo. Wonderful that those bees are all sharing!

Aug 04, 2021 05:42 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I saw that Q yesterday and it brought to mind the old saying about when you're dating, watch how your date treats the wait staff.  We had a prime example of how not to treat the wait staff, and based on that I'd have zero inclination to refer any type of business to that person.

Aug 04, 2021 06:01 AM
Lyn Sims

Oh God .... was it me? 🙄

Aug 09, 2021 11:57 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We have had a few stingers on the Rain and as would happen to an unwelcome intruder into a hive, the Rainers did a good job of getting rid of the interloper

Aug 05, 2021 08:11 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Ed, This community seems to protect its culture, and that culture is what keeps me coming back.

Aug 05, 2021 03:06 PM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I'm glad that most of the stinging bees are gone from Active Rain - it truly was the Wild West. As it still is on many forums where people don't care about the subject at hand, they just want to vent at someone and it gets very ugly sometimes.

Aug 05, 2021 02:15 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

As soon as I know a forum is one of THOSE type forums, I'm out.  I don't need that kind of negative in my life.

Aug 05, 2021 03:07 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Great photo for your post, and a pretty good analogy. Thankfully the stingers generally are few and few between here and it's pretty much been that way over the years. I don't like getting stung, and I try hard to not sting others...and hopefully have been sucessful most of the time.


Aug 06, 2021 12:06 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Jeff, I've never seen anything by you that would even be close to a sting.  Glad you're part of this community!

Aug 06, 2021 08:44 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

There will always be something or someone to buzz about and plenty willing to do the buzzing. I like your analogy and I agree that most in the community are doing a fine job of maintaining the hive!

Aug 06, 2021 02:18 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's the positive contributions by most of this community that keep me coming back daily.

Aug 06, 2021 08:45 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Liz and Bill Spear, I know which list you are on and it's the really good one. Thanks for taking the time to share so much wisdom with all of us!

Aug 06, 2021 09:49 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I know there are probably a few people that have me on the OTHER list, but after a decade plus here I think that list is pretty small.  Not everyone is going to get along, and we've all get lines that can't be crossed.

Aug 07, 2021 10:37 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Bees are Amazing! My husband has 2 hives now. Very new to it but we have learned a lot including what the old saying Busy as A Bee really means!  Beautiful Photo! Thank you!

Aug 07, 2021 11:59 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

They are interesting to watch!  We're still learning, but know much more than we did when we started.

Aug 08, 2021 08:27 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Which camp am I in?

Aug 09, 2021 11:55 AM
Liz and Bill Spear


Aug 09, 2021 01:14 PM