My Journey in the Rain ~ April 2022 Challenge

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mackintosh REALTORS 82894


What activerain means to me ~ April Challenge


My first blog in activerain was in March of 2009 and I floated in & out of the Rain trying to discover what the concept of blogging was all about. The passion for blogging is an inherited trait from my Grandfather.

In 2015 I realized to be serious about blogging I needed to graduate from a Rainer account to a Rainmaker. I became a frequent participant in Q&A and discovered The Groups. The AR Baseball Junkies caught my eye in 2017 when William Feela posted a blog inviting members to form a team and join the fantasy league. Over the six years as an AR Baseball Junkie, my team has gone from worst to first, but has been consistently competitive and renewed my avid interest in baseball. 

Using the power of the AR platform to expose my listings and monthly Maryland housing statistics has been an incredible benefit.
In 2020 when the Covid -19 pandemic hit I came out of my shell becoming a more frequent blogger, commenting on others posts and participating in Challenges. 
In the past year the AR ZOOM meetings have brought to life participating face to face with many of the regular bloggers I read on a daily basis. It has also reminded me of what a small world we live in. On one of my first Zoom calls I asked Debe Maxwell if she knew an old friend of mine in Charlotte from my prior RELO network days; John Summers. Surprised Debe asked me "Did you say John Summers?" She said I just walked out of a meeting with him next door to my office! "WOW what a small world!"
Another "Small world story" I read a blog post by Andrea Bedard about what a great job Tom McLister ,aka Turkey Tom ,did on a recent sale in Frederick, Md. It is amazing to find so many in the Rain who have great friends in common! 
 I have immense respect for so many of the activerain regulars who keep the platform alive and well. Communicating and trading stories with the regulars in my backyard , Roy Kelley , Margaret Rome and numerous others from all over has been a wonderful and rewarding experience.


Comments (16)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Buzz Mackintosh  Active Rain is such a wonderful place isn't it? So glad you have become a part of the Zoom sessions modern technology WOW who would have ever thought . I really enjoyed reading your post  

Apr 28, 2022 11:54 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Buzz, it is nice to see you more frequently now, and it really is a small world when we think about it.

Apr 28, 2022 12:56 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thank you for sharing the information.

Buyers and sellers in your area will benefit from your expertise.

Wishing you continued success. Have a wonderful day and sell a house.  bill

Apr 28, 2022 01:27 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Buzz for some reason I thought you'd been more involved for a longer time. I've enjoyed reading your posts and stories and getting to know you better this past few years. A lot of good came out of the C time period!!   And you're so spot on - ActiveRain is an amazing community and many of us have formed long term relationships and get together whenever possible.  Great photos!


Featured in BananaTude!


Apr 28, 2022 02:38 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  Thank you for the feature!

Apr 28, 2022 04:29 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

You did a great job with the collage and I enjoyed reading your post.  I too share your zeal for baseball.

Apr 28, 2022 09:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Buzz yes  Active Rain, thought me how to Blog and finding my Voice too, to some that is good and for others not so much:))Endre

Apr 28, 2022 11:29 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Buzz - small world discoveries are a part of life so it makes sense that it should also occur on ActiveRain. That said, whenever they are found, they can become treasures (and connections).  Definitely unhidden.    An excellent entry for this month's challenge.  

Apr 29, 2022 03:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Buzz... I've not been in the Rain as long as you have and I basically stalked the place for a long time before doing anything... so I get your story. Also, very delighted to be "seeing" more of you here in the Rain in the recent past.

Apr 29, 2022 05:11 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful entry to the challenge! I liked reading about your ActiveRain journey. I'm glad you are here.

Apr 29, 2022 05:19 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I was always intrigued by the AR fantasy baseball league but never joined in on the fun myself.

Apr 29, 2022 06:46 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I think the AR Zoom meetings were a real lifeline during the worst of the pandemic, because they provided an avenue of connectedness.

Apr 29, 2022 09:02 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

It's a joy to meet you, Buzz.

I am sad to say Zoom meeting is not the best way for me to meet AR members due to Tuesdays being my commitment day to my family member, whom I can only see on Tuesdays.  I'll have to figure out other ways to stay connected with you guys.. 

Apr 29, 2022 10:24 PM
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 Buzz,
I also love how we can connect with like-minded people on subjects other than real estate.  We're one big diverse family.

Apr 30, 2022 07:54 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Buzz! Funny that you mentioned the John story because every time I run into him in the halls of my office, I think of that day and what an incredibly small world in which we live! 

I am thrilled that you are more active now in the Rain and even more thrilled that you're an integral part of our ZOOM calls each week. 

Thank you for participating in this month's challenge too! 

Apr 30, 2022 10:55 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Buzz, You sound like me, popping in and out of the Rain but always coming back.  It's a great community with terrific people, and you have some great ones in your backyard.

May 02, 2022 09:26 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Buzz- can't believe I missed your post and what a great entry to last month's challenge. So glad that you're back here blogging. 

May 04, 2022 11:41 AM