Thankful for Active Rain | November 20, 2021

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with KD Realty - 408.972.1822 CA DRE#01366594

I will never forget the day I first heard about ActiveRain. The person I was speaking with was shocked that I was clueless about this real estate community.

His message rang loud in my ear. Anyone who is somebody in real estate is a member of ActiveRain.

At that moment, suddenly, I was a nobody. Who doesn’t want to be somebody in real estate – especially when real estate is their career?

That afternoon, in May 2008, I joined ActiveRain. But I was still clueless.

I do not recall how long I lurked, read posts, and tried to figure out who all the somebodies in real estate were before I started commenting and posting.

Once I got over my shyness there was no stopping me. Being a member of this community and my engagement with it, helped build my confidence and my business. I learned so much here. Thank you! 

I attended RainCamps and hosted many ActiveRain Meetups. Oh, my were they fun! The meetups afforded me the opportunity to meet local real estate agents face to face. Among the local Rainmakers who became good friends are Althea Kippes, Gary Frimann, and Lottie Kendall. The loss of Lottie still stings. I am thankful to know her and call her my friend.

The photo below was taken in 2013. From left to right:  Lottie Kendall, Pacita Dimacali, Antonio Cardenas, Kathleen Daniels (my hair was just growing out post-cancer and chemo), and shame on me, I do not recall the person on my left.  I am the only person in the photo that is still active in the Rain. I am thankful to still be here. 

Over the years I have called so many members of this community. Too many to list all of them. They know who they are. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me.

What do they all have in common?

They are:

  • Smart and know their stuff.
  • Helpful.
  • Kind. 
  • Professional.
  • Courteous. 
  • Funny. 
  • Supportive. 
  • Insightful. 
  • Caring. 
  • Resourceful. 
  • Trustworthy. 
  • Dependable.
  • Ambitious. 
  • Friendly. 
  • Responsible. 
  • Generous. 

I had many long marathon phone discussions with several people. Some of the discussions ran deep. Very. Deep. We shared in an open and vulnerable way knowing that we can trust and the conversation is private.

The people of the ActiveRain community are a true blessing for which I shall remain forever thankful.

Let It Rain!

🌧🌧🌧

💧💧💧

☂☂☂

 

This is my Day 5 entry to the Thanksgiving Challenge 2021

 

Comments (23)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Michael Jacobs - you nailed it. This community is unlike any other that I am aware of. The people make it what it is.  

Nov 20, 2021 10:25 AM
Aura Alex
Co-Founder, CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Transaction Management Services

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, thank you for sharing this post. It means a lot to me, (still) Newbie! I believe that there are no strangers here,  only a bunch of friends that I have not yet met! The shared values you listed affirm my confidence and affect me in so many positive ways. I am grateful. Thanks again for sharing. 

Nov 20, 2021 10:33 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Aura Alex it has been a journey I continue to enjoy. To be able to pick up the phone and ask someone for help, and they always stop what they are doing to help, is such a gift. 

Nov 20, 2021 10:39 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Hi Kathleen,  Our journey finding ActiveRain started around the same time (2008).  I can't believe it has been 13 years.  I do remember meeting you at a meetup you held.  Since then, I truly appreciate your friendship and your openness to sharing your knowledge especially in regards to Trust and Probate sales, as I claim you are the most knowledgeable person I know regarding those types of sales!  

Nov 20, 2021 10:59 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES you missed some of the largest meetups I hosted. The smaller ones are actually better because we can talk with everyone.  So many of the people have moved on and are no longer active.  I am happy to see that you are participating more in the Rain. I am thankful we met and created a friendship. 

 

Nov 20, 2021 12:54 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kathleen- you summed it up well. And you may still test as an introvert but I'm glad that it doesn't stop you from speaking your mind. 

Nov 20, 2021 01:07 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Kathy Streib - I think speaking my mind is more of an age thing. The older I get the more I feel the need to speak my mind.

Yet, there is so much I do hold in.  And there are things I will not talk about. 

Nov 20, 2021 01:30 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Like you, I am grateful for ActiveRain.  During the most isolating days of this pandemic, I felt a sense of companionship with y'all, while on-line.

Nov 20, 2021 05:33 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - I am also thankful for ActiveRain because I met you and Lottie. The photograph of you and AR members is beautiful I know who each of those face are and it's wonderful to look back at were we were when we first started and just how far we've come!

CONGRATULATIONS ON A FINE FEATURE!

Nov 20, 2021 09:09 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, you know I love this post, Kathleen! And, I will say that I am blessed to be one of those with whom you have spoken and shared wonderful secrets. I am thankful for YOU as are SO many members of this community. 

Thank you for YOU, Sis! 😘

Nov 20, 2021 10:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen you and I are on the same page with this post on so many levels, I miss our conversations it has been too long.... maybe after Thanksgiving:)Endre

Nov 20, 2021 10:41 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a lovely post about AR.  The photo is a perfect snapshot of this community, and life.  Nothing stays the same.

Nov 21, 2021 06:18 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Myrl Jeffcoat I agree with you 100% about the isolation of the pandemic and feeling companionship with members of the community. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  We are overdue for a phone chat to catch up.  I plan to call you after the Thanksgiving holiday. We have come a long way.  who is the person on my left? Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

 

 

 

Nov 21, 2021 09:30 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Debe Maxwell, CRS Debe,  some of the connections made here run very deep.  I am thankful for you and your never-ending support. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

Endre Barath, Jr. I agree.  It is has been too long since we have talked.  Definitely after Thanksgiving. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

 

Nov 21, 2021 09:31 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD that is for sure … nothing stays the same … the river of life is always changing as are the people we connect with.  Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

 

Nov 21, 2021 09:31 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I do not know how or why I first joined AR but Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist was one of the first people with whom I became acquainted. I followed her on AR and met her personally at MeetUps. It is due to  knowing smart, experienced, sharing AR member like Kathleen that I have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, my time in the Rain. I am thankful to Kathleen and others who make my time in the Rain worthwhile.

Nov 21, 2021 03:05 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

If ActiveRain were a brand, it would be the largest and most productive of them all  and without a doubt if there were to be a national Meet-up it's attendance would be monumental and all would have a sense of family unlike any other.  The common denominator of the Rain sets all apart from others.

Nov 22, 2021 05:52 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathleen:

Your post is a pretty powerful message about what this community can and does mean to so many of us - relationships, sharing, learning and so much more.

Jeff

Nov 22, 2021 09:08 PM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Like so many on here, I am thankful that I stumbled onto this community.  Great group of people.

Nov 25, 2021 09:18 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

What an inspiring blog you have shared with us. We hope you're enjoying your Thanksgiving Day and don't drink too much. 'scuse me while I step away from the computer to pour mysef another one!

 

Nov 25, 2021 10:04 AM