It Isn’t Always About Real Estate…

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It Isn’t Always About Real Estate…

Larry asked me a few years ago if the upcoming weekend was when we were supposed to spring forward for the time change. After thinking a second, I told him that I didn’t think so because no one had written about it on ActiveRain.

You can laugh but trust me, there are always posts that will remind us about the time change!  And that’s not a bad thing.

ActiveRain isn’t a platform solely for topics about or related to the real estate profession. No offense to anyone but can you imagine how boring that would be if there was nothing on this platform but listings and market reports?!

Over the years, we’ve benefitted from Barbara Todaro’s blogs about marketing and in particular, direct mail postcards.  But at the same time, how much fun has it been to test our dendrites with Wayne Martin’s daily Trivia!

George Souto helps to inform us about the latest regarding mortgage rates and programs but scroll down and you can read about local happenings in Carlsbad from Jeff Dowler, CRS 

There’s daily inspiration from Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, and humorous musings from Rocky Dickerson 

I count on the recipes that Will Hamm shares every Sunday and Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!’s creative garden/real estate analogies.

I look forward to seeing Dorie Dillard’s and Sharon Tara’s grandchildren as they grow before our eyes.   

Kat Palmiotti educated us all about how to move out of state and take your career with you. And James Dray shares with us daily posts on historical and current people of interest.

Maybe you have no interest in recipes...walk on by. If you don’t have time to read about what’s going on in Charlotte, that’s fine. Nina Hollander, Broker won’t mind.



‘You pick and you choose who you like to read. You pick the topics that hold an interest for you. 

For whatever reason, you’re here and for whatever reason you blog, there’s a variety of information here for everyone. 

Don’t ever hesitate to write about a topic just because you think we may not be interested. You never know! 

Comments (42)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy you are right.  When I stop and think about it, ActiveRain is much more than just Real Estate. 

By the way I also look to ActiveRain to keep me updated on the time changes also ...... LOL

Aug 10, 2021 12:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jim Patton more often than not, that's how I was reminded about a holiday coming up. 

Wendy Rulnick so glad you found it uplifting!

Aug 10, 2021 12:44 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

H Kathy Streib ,

You are so right..there is so much more than real estate on Active Rain. It's funny because today I was working on Beckett's collage for her 7th Birthday and trying to get it done before I get pictures for my new listing! Thanks for the mention!

Aug 10, 2021 05:37 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for blessing us daily with  everything you bring to the table my friend Kathy Streib  
Thank you for the mention; I appreciate your kindness 🙂

Aug 10, 2021 10:02 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Exactly, thanks for the mention, I appreciate it.  Like others, I count on people in the Rain to tell me about the changing of the clocks...  Headed south today to hire a new agent.  Life is good

Aug 11, 2021 12:25 AM
June Piper-Brandon
Houwzer Inc - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Kathy,  I used to write about other things more but since I've been so busy listing and selling homes my blog has become too much about real estate.  I have a restaurant review coming up!!

Aug 11, 2021 04:42 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

For a minute I thought your piece was going to be about other things to talk to your real estate family member or friend about.  LOL!  Love it!  A variety of topics helps others get to know us.  And people prefer to do business with those that they know, like & trust.  Have a great day! 

Aug 11, 2021 05:17 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Lots of great reasons to continue blogging and sharing what's happening in ones neck of the woods.   I will be back soon!  Once things calm down a bit.

Aug 11, 2021 12:51 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager happy to be included in such a FUN post! I agree 100% that there is so much more than real estate info of value here. It is important to show people your personality along with your professional information and let them get to know you better!

Aug 11, 2021 03:08 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

You're right, it isn't always about real estate.  I've written for fun, one time a bug in my closet - yikes - and other stuff.  Lately, I've been stuck.  Need to get back into the swing of things again.

Aug 11, 2021 03:36 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - You are so right.  It is not all about real estate.  Nice shout-out to many on AR. 

Aug 11, 2021 07:14 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Great post Kathy Streib! A few days ago I told my husband about something big that happened in the country. His reply was that he didn't get a notification on his phone. My reply was that several people posted it on FB so it must be true. It was true, he just didn't get a notification on his phone. Anyhow, I find out all sorts of things on ActiveRain and social media. I love developing relationships on AR. I don't know too many locals on AR anymore and they're missing out.

Aug 12, 2021 04:18 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Kathy,  I enjoyed this post.  Thanks for sharing with us.

Aug 12, 2021 06:00 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a fantastic post. I have been remiss about time in Active Rain of late. I do miss it, and you too. That's why I'm here. Had to see what you're up to - kindness, I see. Imagine that? Big hugs to you Kathy Streib 

Aug 12, 2021 04:07 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

You are so right. Some of the most enjoyable posts here have nothing to do with real estate. But of course, some of the most entertaining posts do have to do with different agents' misadventures in real estate. I love reading those, too.

Aug 12, 2021 04:14 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathy Streib

So many subjects-so little time. Love this post.

We have gotten to know a lot of members through AR. And it's not always about real estate!

Aug 12, 2021 06:44 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

You are so right - our community would not be nearly as successful, and enjoyable, if it weren't for the diversity of people and posts.

Thanks for the mention long with so many others - I'm flattered!


Aug 12, 2021 08:12 PM
David Snell 704.545.0098
WWW.ExecutiveRestoration.Com - Charlotte, NC


I love your creativity and I love the fact that you are mixing things up. What do they say? Variety is the spice of life. I will be following your example and not making it so much about Mold and Water Damage and Inspections.

Well done Kathy.

David Snell

Aug 13, 2021 04:57 AM
Jeff Shipwash
Shipwash Properties LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Buyer/House Flipper

This is a quality post. I love being part of a community that offers similar interest and a platform to learn and engage with.

Aug 13, 2021 06:52 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy your post is so spot on, I seldom do Market Reports, but there are a whole bunch of other topics I enjoy writing about, sharing...some people who read my posts learn who I am, the want to be Chef, the Wino, the Pet Lover and book 'used to be reader now collector".... funny  when I connect with people for the first time they already know me yes thanks to the blogs.... Endre

Aug 14, 2021 12:24 PM