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Getting to know 'Agent Brenda'

Real Estate Agent with Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. NYS 10401214143

It's finally happening thanks to Carol Williams  & Kathy Streib... I'm participating in a monthly challenge which offers you all the opportunity to get to know me a bit better.  Ready? I promise it won't be really exciting but hopefully, it might be a bit entertaining...  Here goes:

1. What was your first job & what did you learn from it?  My first job was on the crew of a brand new Dunkin Donuts.  I learned that soup (yup! DD used to offer soup) tastes good at any time of day AND I'm not a big fan of shift work. 

2. How long have you been in the real estate industry?  I earned my license in 2009 after being laid off in Oct 2007 & March 2009 from my positions within the healthcare industry.  I hadn't planned to stay this long but am still happy to be here! 

3. What is your biggest fear & what have you done to try to conquer it?  Great question! I thought of snakes and only scream louder to conquer it but my daughter came up with the REAL answer:  I have a fear of being average in my professional realm and am dedicated to daily planning, goal setting & action plans to help avoid such. 

4. What would you do if you knew you would not fail? Another great question & I'm really not sure... The only thing that comes to mind is to start a podcast. 

5. What is a habit you would love to eliminate or change? Yikes.  Vulnerability setting in here...  I'll admit I have a rotten habit (disorder!!) of picking my nails & would love to change that. 

6. What is my favorite meal?  I love a classic boiled lobster, I'm a sucker for a good mac-n-cheese, & I must admit that I enjoy hot dogs with meat sauce.  And here's where I'll add that my degree is in Nutrition.  LOL! 

7. What is something you wish you'd done?  The only thing I can think of that I wish I pushed my comfort zone a bit and went to a bigger college. 

8. Who has been most influential in your life?  My parents

9. What are your favorite business-related books? Hug Your Customer, Raving Fans, 5 Second Rule

10. Other than business books what are your favorite things to read? Anything by Elin Hilderbrand

11. What are your Top 5 Favorite movies? Top Gun, Breakfast Club, Bridesmaids, Happy Gilmore, The Heat, The Proposal (oops! that's more than 5.  Just make me laugh & have an attractive cast and you'll be on my list!). 

12. If I came to your city for one day, what is one thing I must do or see?  The waterski show at Jumpin Jacks (better come in the summer)

13. If I came to your city to visit for one day, what is the one restaurant you'd recommend? Let's make this easy and grab a burger at Jumpin Jacks before the ski show. 

14. If I was going to relocate to your area what advice would you give me that is unique to the area? Oh we'd talk a lot about the differences in the counties and the subareas within each to best identify one that will work for you. 

15. Do you have any special talents?  I think that's a hard no. 

16. Do you have any quirks?  YES!! A LOT!!! My maiden name is Quirk.  LOL! 

17. What is your best character trait?  I'm told it's my drive and wit. 

18. Have you ever done anything you would never do again because it was too hard or too dangerous?  Well... in college I got into a car w/ people we had just met and crossed state lines... I'm lucky nothing awful happened! 

19. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?  What spare time?  LOL! Seriously though, hanging out with my daughters... And that usually includes softball. 

20. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you want to live? I really don't know and think my answer centers more around "who" than "where". 

21. What is something that we don't know about you that would surprise us? I don't think there's anything truly surprising that I can tell you but here are a couple of fun facts:  I grew up in Maine.  That ski team that I mentioned before is where I met my husband and yes, I was one of the skiers.  

That's all!  If you really want to get to know me better, I welcome a connection on Facebook and/or Instagram.... You can find me at @#agentbrenda   Thanks for the read!!




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Brenda Mayette
Licensed Sales Agent

Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.

1482 Rt 9, Clifton Park, NY 
518-527-0800 (direct/cell)

"Getting you home with personality & professionalism"




Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

 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

May 05, 2022 02:39 PM
Brenda Mayette

Thanks Bill Salvatore - East Valley ; that's the plan.  ;)

May 06, 2022 04:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Brenda- I love it!!!  I'd forgotten that Dunin' had soup!  We get their beans for our machine at home. I'm with you on the snakes!! Seriously, your maiden name is quirk??!!!  I'll bet you have stories you could tell about people's reactions when you said your last name!  

And #18...I'm sure you had that talk with your daughters about that!!!

Thank you so much for participating.

May 05, 2022 03:02 PM
Brenda Mayette

Kathy Streib - ahhh yes! That truly is my maiden name.  Luckily I don't have as many stories as my brother about it (my friends were nicer. LOL!). But it made for (& continues to!) many a "dad joke" through the years.   

Yes - not a proud moment but able to turn it into a teachable one for my daughters.  

Thanks for the fun with this one.  I appreciate it! 

May 06, 2022 04:27 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Brenda - glad to learn about you.  I can tell that you family means much to you and that is exactly the way I feel as well.

May 06, 2022 03:41 AM
Brenda Mayette

Birds of a feather, Grant Schneider .  Thanks for the read. 

May 06, 2022 04:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Brenda... I'm a big fan of Elin Hildebrand, myself. I do believe I've read each and everyone of her books. Like you, I've always had a fear of being just "average." To me it's like a dirty word! 

May 06, 2022 04:26 AM
Brenda Mayette

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker .  Her books are a great escape aren't they?  Yes - average is a dirty word.  My family visibly cringes when I say that something is  "fine" or someone says it to me.  LOL!!  Thanks for stopping by.  

May 06, 2022 04:31 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful read! Thank you for sharing.

As for #4- Start it!

As for #19 - spending time with family and friends can be an amazing thing.

Enjoy your day!

May 06, 2022 05:30 AM
Brenda Mayette

Thank you Kat Palmiotti ...  😉

May 06, 2022 11:56 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love your sense of humor!  You have me rolling with the statement that Quirk is your maiden name, haha.  I often refer to people as quirky, probably we are all quirky in one way or another.  I know that I have a lot of quirks too.

May 06, 2022 06:44 AM
Brenda Mayette

Hi Brian England !  It really is!!  :)

May 06, 2022 11:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

)Hello Brenda - I don't think anyone could beat your response to "quirk" (ok, maybe match) because I remember someone from school who also shared your maiden surname.  

May 06, 2022 06:57 AM
Brenda Mayette

Hi Michael Jacobs ...  It's been fun being a Quirk.  :)

May 06, 2022 11:58 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

HI, Brenda, Great post!

I read your intro before I went to this blog post. You and I have something in common.

I, too, received a “pink slip” which sent in motion the wheels that landed me in my real estate career.

I worked for years for a large, multi-state, multi-branch retail bank. I was a Vice President and Manager of the local branch. (Banks had lots of Vice Presidents in those days.) My bank was acquired by another bank in a hostile take-over. My location was shuttered. I was excess baggage and terminated.

I have since learned what a gift that job loss was in order to make me find a new career in real estate.

May 06, 2022 07:04 AM
Brenda Mayette

Hi John Juarez . Yes -  it sounds like our pink slips were definitely blessings but oh what an experience, right?  Doors close so refreshing windows can open.  I'm glad that real estate found you too! 

May 06, 2022 12:01 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Brenda!  I love, love LOVE your sense of humor!  You  had me smiling and laughing all the way down your post!  You are that agent that goes above and beyond for your clients to do you absolute best.  Great quality!  I so enjoyed learning more about you!

May 09, 2022 01:33 PM
Brenda Mayette

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker ! I do love to laugh and if others join me that's even better.  I appreciate your visit!  😍

May 10, 2022 04:58 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Brenda,
You had me at Dunkin Donuts until you said soup.  LOL   Thanks for participating in our challenge. I enjoyed reading all of your answers.

May 09, 2022 07:17 PM
Brenda Mayette

Eating donuts first thing in the morning would be too predictable Carol Williams 🤣

May 10, 2022 04:53 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Brenda:

This was a great entry for the Challenge. And it WAS entertaining, from start to finish. I had no idea about Dunkin Donuts and soup...guess I have never really been a DD fan.


May 12, 2022 12:47 PM
Brenda Mayette

Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS .   Yes... that was "back in the day" before everyone drank coffee all day long & they needed another way to get people to visit after 10 am.  LOL!!  I appreciate you taking the time to read my entry. 

May 13, 2022 04:53 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Nice to get to know you Brenda. When I read your answer to Quirk, I thought...maybe she's not kidding, HA HA, that in itself can tell a whole lot of stories!

May 27, 2022 05:14 AM
Brenda Mayette

Hi Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 .  Nope - not kidding at all; it was my maiden name & yes - it sure came with a lot of stories.  LOL! 

May 31, 2022 04:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I enjoyed reading your May Challenge answers.

Have a very special Memorial Day weekend.

May 27, 2022 07:41 AM
Brenda Mayette

Thank you Roy Kelley .  It was a great weekend.  I hope yours was too. 

May 31, 2022 04:36 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Nice to get to know you Brenda Mayette .  You had me at the lobster and mac n cheese but lost me at the hot dog with meat sauce.  I've never heard of that one!  LOL.   But then, I grew up in the city where they ate them on the street so what do I know?  😃  Have a great weekend!

May 27, 2022 04:21 PM
Brenda Mayette

Hi Elyse Berman, PA !  We called those "dirty water dogs" when I was in NYC for a year (that's the bonus piece you get to learn about me. lol!).  Nothing quite like them!! Thanks for the visit. 

May 31, 2022 04:37 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Brenda Mayette we do have a couple of rainships who podcast here:  Rocky Dickerson Neveda and Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets San Diego.  Perhaps when you travel west you can connect.  Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 broadcasts a weekly radio show Sundays at noon.  In mountains of George Cyndi Daves and her husband also do radio broadcasts.

Love your humor and your share.  See you in March- Hollywood, FL😎

Jan 11, 2023 06:30 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thanks for the mention Eileen Burns 

Jan 11, 2023 11:19 AM
Brenda Mayette

Thanks Eileen Burns !  I'll definitely have to check those out.  :)

Jan 12, 2023 11:10 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Yes, I have co-hosted and hosted 2 podcasts from 2015-2020. They were born of blogging here in Active Rain. I set the podcast aside for a Vlog instead, too many people diluted the Podcast World during the pandemic, so I left.

Jan 11, 2023 07:22 PM
Brenda Mayette

Makes sense Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets  Funny that I forgot about that answer until I read your comment today.  It's WAY down on my list of wants these days... LOL!  Thanks for the visit. 

Jan 12, 2023 11:05 AM