Getting to know Me HelpfulHannah

Real Estate Agent with HomeStarr Realty RS143922A

My great Active Rain Friends are hosting a Fun May challenge and here are the questions how could I not participate I adore  both Carol Williams  and Kathy Streib so here goes 

 1)What was my first job _ part-time was working as a cashier after school at ChezMar Sandwich Shop across from John Wanamaker in Center City took a bus and the subway to get there - something I would not do now. Later I worked as an Art designer embroidery company across from the Inquire building -

Learned there were lots of perverts on the subway 

 2) How long have I been in Real Estate? 

I have been in real estate since 1984 

 3)My biggest fear?

is that Cleo will get picked up by a bird of prey when she follows me outside 

4) What would I do if I knew I would not fail?

Well, when my mind is made up I do not intend to fail it is what I am doing now Real Estate  

5) What habit would I like to eliminate or change 

My eating habits as sometimes I tend to midnight snack binge 

6) My favorite food is hard to say as I love food and love to cook 

Chopped Cherry nut (wet walnuts ) Sundae  with whipped cream  maybe even some hot fudge too ---- no will take hot waffles with walnuts hot fudge lots of whipped cream and vanilla ice cream

But that is after a good Italian meal 

7) What do I wish I had done 

No real regrets, maybe not going to  Law School 

8 ) Who influenced me the most in my life -

Well, besides my Mother and Father who were very interesting people- I would say Ben Kinney  he came strolling down a walkway talking about things that set off light bulbs in my head wearing a casual Northface jacket so nonchalant than later purchased Active Rain and even gave everyone his personal phone number also at the time his sidekick with adorable dimples Bob Stewart miss him taught me so much about blogging 

9 )What business book influences me?

Not a big business book reader, but do read my favorite - Who Moved the Cheese 

10) Other than business Books what books do you read?

I like Murder mysteries and Novels 

My dear friend's book -Dean Kutzler Brownstone for one, Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark just to name a few Gone with the Wind is not a mystery but a classic 

 11 ) What are your 5 favorite movies?

The Godfather - 1 -2 -3    Ben HUR    Wizard of OZ

Gone With the Wind       The Ten Commandments 

Forever Amber                 House of Gucci which was snubbed  cannot count worst subject that's why I love mortgage bankers 

12 )If you came to my city for just one day

As long as you call me in advance you must see me. We can go to the Art Museum, of course, you know Rocky is there and beautiful treasures. 

13) If one  day you came to visit where would we eat in my city 

Easy we would go to my friend Alberto's Restaurant over the bridge in Burlington, NJ. ILportico has been the best Italian food ever. He would make us a special meal and sit with us and talk about the world. He is the best chef ever and a dear friend. not enough time we can go to the little cafe like Three Monkeys and chill and have a Philly cheesesteak 


14) If I was going to relocate to your area what advice would you give me that is unique to the area? 

Food Philadelphia is known for its wonderful restaurants and museums it is also a very metropolitan area smaller compact version of NYC I would also say friendlier but that is my humble opinion. Plus, we speak Philadelphian .It is the City of brotherly Love 

15) Do you have any special talents?? 

  Synchronized swimmer - You only sink if you think you will 

16)Do you have any quirks? 

I have a nervous laugh and talk ha-ha

17)What is your best character trait?  

I love life positive thinker - 

18) Have you ever done anything you would never do again because it was too hard or too dangerous?

Yes and would rather not say

19) What is my favorite thing to do in my spare time? 

Blog - cook - watch movies - refinish furniture -shop -seasonal Garden 


20 ) Where would I live if I could live anywhere in the world? 

Right where I live now love the people and the wildlife 


21 )What is something that we don’t know about you that would surprise us? 

I did a national TV show with HOME Team they were looking for a house to buy we found a great place for the show In fact, I just did a market report on Rivers Bend Condo that was where it was. I asked them if they found someone to give it to they had not yet. At the time my son's friend was in remission from cancer and looking to buy a house. They spoke with his family and chose him for the show.  Every now and then the show is aired.

I wonder if you know me better than you did before . Have a happy day and smile as it takes more muscles to smile than it does to frown. 

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Hannah Williams is known throughout Philadelphia as HelpfulHannah – and if you’ve spent more than five minutes with her, you know exactly why. She’s an expert at anticipating people’s needs, she has a real feel for real estate, and she’s an accomplished problem-solver.

Hannah has been helping people buy and sell homes all over Philadelphia since 1984. Many of her clients purchased their first, second and even third homes with her expert help, and Hannah wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Comments (21)

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

Hi Hannah well let's pray that Cleo never gets picked up by a bird of prey.  Yikes. So you were a synchronized swimmer - cool  Was that in HS?  I had some friends that were on that team and it was always so fun to watch them. You're living a happy life!!

May 24, 2022 03:13 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker I worry all the time about Cleo there are hawks around here but not as many since they cut down a lot of the trees. Yes, I was on teams but I still swim like that when in the water. All these people have noodles or float in deep water  I am talking with them. They ask me where my noodle is I laugh and say it is invisible. 

May 24, 2022 03:27 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Understood!  We are careful to watch our fur babies outside as we have hawks, owls, coyotes etc.   How fun that you continue to swim like that!  Love it! I'm more a a noodle gal myself!!

May 24, 2022 05:33 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Hannah,

Loved your post..great entry into the May Challenge!  I didn't know you were a synchronized swimmer!! Learned something new!

May 24, 2022 04:01 PM
Hannah Williams

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX my friends tease me and call me Esther Williams 

May 24, 2022 05:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Hannah- I love it!!! Did not know that you were a synchronized swimmer. It doesn't look easy!!!  We have hawks here...lots of them and I do fear for the small birds and animals. they're beautiful to look at though. You are always positive and bring a lot of energy to the Zoom meetings!!!!! (and I'm glad to call you friend)

May 24, 2022 05:35 PM
Hannah Williams

Kathy Streib for me it is very easy to swim like that I have a habit of talking to strange children in the water and making friends 😉 We do have fun and laugh. Same here Kathy 😀

May 24, 2022 05:45 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a great entry for the monthly challenge. As for Alberto's Restaurant, that sounds amazing and if I'm ever in your area, that would be a must!

May 24, 2022 06:17 PM
Hannah Williams

Kat Palmiotti We will have a great time there. His family has restaurants in NY too so we would have so much to talk about!

May 25, 2022 07:48 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Just like an onion need to peel away a few layers to learn a little more

May 24, 2022 06:37 PM
Hannah Williams

We have known each other so long indeed Ed Silva 

May 25, 2022 07:49 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hannah we are similar in #5 & #7 as to #18 we want to see a blog post:))Endre

May 24, 2022 11:06 PM
Hannah Williams

Endre Barath, Jr. Plus so much more as there are some days in the winter stay on the phone in PJs all day 😃

May 25, 2022 07:51 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Hannah. Must say now I know you prefer desert to regular food but have a soft spot for Italian. My favorite restaurant is Italian and has bee around since 1952. Enjoy your day.

May 25, 2022 05:42 AM
Hannah Williams

I was a baby in 1952 Wayne Martin newborn -  Happy days 

May 25, 2022 07:53 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I want to hear more about the perverts on the subway, haha.  That is really cool that you are a synchronized swimmer!

May 25, 2022 06:11 AM
Hannah Williams

Brian England I was going to go into detail but decided not to (about the perverts ) I love the water  - When I go to the islands I am in the water most of the day -😎

May 25, 2022 07:57 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hannah, so nice to see your answers, and get to know you a bit more.   Didn't know you had been in the biz for so long!

May 25, 2022 07:12 AM
Hannah Williams

Joan Cox It is the old story when you find what you love to do it is not working. I am blessed  

May 25, 2022 07:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Hannah... I never let my cat out the front door... if I'm on the front porch I might let Mr Marlow sit next to me... but that happens maybe once or twice a year. I wouldn't know what a midnight snack is... dead asleep shortly after 10pm... I naturally wake between 4 and 5 am, so no way are my eyes open at midnight! You probably didn't miss much by not going to law school. At one time I considered doing a combined law and MBA degree. I took two semesters of business law and decided that reading all that law stuff was "deadly" to the brain!

May 25, 2022 08:27 AM
Hannah Williams

I have always been an Avant reader my husband worked for a huge Center City Law Firm I would always read the briefs but I enjoy people and marrying them to homes 

May 25, 2022 03:23 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I enjoyed reading your May Challenge answers.

Thanks, Hannah, for telling us more about yourself.

May 25, 2022 08:48 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Nina Hollander, Broker When I was a child many many moons ago my Mom would take me downtown to sit in on courtroom cases at City Hall in Philly she found them fascinating I guess that is why I  always have been intrigued by the law.

May 25, 2022 08:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Hannah Williams well, that's different, Hannah! The problem is that the study of law is terribly tedious.

May 25, 2022 10:18 AM
Shayne Stone
HomeSmart - Fulshear, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"

Great insight to who you are,  Hannah Williams thanks for sharing!

May 25, 2022 09:39 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I learned a lot about you via this challenge post, Hannah.  Synchronized swimming, eh?  I am a swimmer, but never went into the synchronized realm.

May 25, 2022 08:38 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Myrl Jeffcoat  I started Synchronized swimming when I was nine years old, so to me it is a natural way to swim.  The only water I have ever froze in was in CA when this huge wave came toward me my friend's boyfriend  saw me and pulled me under the wave.  

May 26, 2022 07:38 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 Hannah,
I did learn a lot about you. Speaking of law, I found the program Boston Legal one of the best law programs on TV. I was fascinated by how Alan Shore (played by James Spader) took a seemingly impossible case and won. Did you ever watch that program?

I have experienced the Three Monkeys with you so next time it will need to be to Il Porticio to see your friend Alberto! 

May 27, 2022 08:19 AM
Hannah Williams

Carol Williams, we were in a hurry - Oh yes we will have so much fun at Al's you will enjoy his company and all that goes with it.  Yes I enjoy Boston Legal but Law and Order is my absolute  favorite 

May 27, 2022 12:21 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

This was such a good read Hannah  and I learned about one of my friends here on ActiveRain. What more could you ask for 🙂

May 28, 2022 12:03 PM
Hannah Williams

Glad you enjoyed it ! Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS gee we have been friends for so long I still remember that wacky agent who made that video about you she was so jealous of you . Listened  to it in the office another agent listened and said who the heck is that?

May 28, 2022 04:05 PM
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

I very much enjoyed reading more about you Hannah and learned some new interesting facts about you. Of course, I already knew you loved to shop!

May 31, 2022 09:23 AM
Hannah Williams

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  Funny how we feel like great friends even if we have not met in person we are all dear friends. I know if we met in person we would have a great time together 

Jun 02, 2022 11:41 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I hope Ben reads your post, that's really cool.  And I totally agree that so many of us could meet up and just start visiting like long lost old friends.

Jun 03, 2022 11:47 AM
Hannah Williams

Oh thanks, Tammy Lankford, but isn't it the truth we all seem to know each other 😄I remember your horrible times as well as the wonderful times. you picked yourself up and started all over. You are pretty amazing in my book.😍

Jun 03, 2022 03:29 PM