Getting To Know You: Active Rain May 2022 Challenge

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Getting To Know You: Active Rain May 2022 Challenge


1. What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

My father had a factory that made decorative pillows. I worked in the office. I learned I did not like bookkeeping!

2. How long have you been in the real estate or related service industry?

I've been licensed 18 years, and 10 years prior to that we were building, buying and selling our own homes.

3. What is your biggest fear and what have you done to try to conquer it?


Snakes. They freak me out. Stay as far away as possible!


4. What would you do if you knew you would not fail?

Interesting question. I don't know.


5. What is a habit you would love to eliminate or change?



6. What is your favorite meal (forget about calories or what you shouldn’t eat)

That's a hard one because I love to eat. Italian, Sushi, Chinese, Hungarian, deli - I'm an equal-opportunity food lover!


7. What is something you wish you’d done?

Gone to law school.

8. Who has been most influential in your life?

My parents. They were the kindest, most honorable people. They taught me to treat people with kindness and to always take the high road and do the right thing.


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In court reporting, Otto was the most influential. In real estate, it was Lou Ludwig.

9. What are your favorite business-related books?

Kiss, Bow and Shake Hands, How to Win Friends and Influence People

The truth is I start to read them and invariably get interrupted by our 24/7 schedules these days.


10. Other than business books what are your favorite things to read?

Fiction. But who has time to read books? I love to read and got to read one book this year. I was an avid reader growing up. I miss it.


11. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

Gone With The Wind




Sound of Music


12. If I came to visit your city for one day what is the one thing I must do or see?

The ocean! It's so peaceful and tranquil. It's good for the soul.


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13. If I came to your city to visit for one day what is the one restaurant you would recommend?

We have so many. Depends what you like Probably something on the water.


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

You can live downtown, near downtown or out west and we have tons of different types of communities. I'd need to know more about you, your wants and needs and the lifestyle you're looking for.


15. Do you have any special talents?

I'm a pretty good canasta player. I don't think that's a talent, maybe a skill.

I'm not artistic and I can't sing. I have a black thumb which I attribute to growing up in the city.


16 Do you have any quirks?

No shoes on a table. My mother always said, no shoes on the table. I don't know why. Maybe an old wives tale, but it stuck.


17. What is your best character trait?

I'm honest to a fault and fiercely loyal, until you show me why I shouldn't be. Then I'm history.


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

Yes, hitchhiked as teens. When I think about it now, it's frightening.



19. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Spend time with my dogs, go to the beach, watch old movies.


20. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you want to live?

I like living in south Florida.


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

My maiden name is Sunshine. Yes, it really is!

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Comments (14)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Elyse, Sunshine, love it.  Rocky movies, love it, the beach, love it.  wow snakes I am with you on that.  Thanks for your information.

May 28, 2022 08:56 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thanks Will Hamm .  I think a lot of us really don't like snakes.  

May 28, 2022 03:52 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Elyse,

Who know your name was Sunshine..I think it fits you perfectly! I'm with you on snakes..I am very afraid of them!

May 28, 2022 10:37 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good Evening Dorie Dillard Austin TX  Not many people unless they know me from a long time ago..  I used to hyphenate it, but it got so confusing.  They never knew where to file me, so I finally gave it up.

May 28, 2022 03:53 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Elyse- well...I had no idea that your maiden name was Sunshine!!!!! Love it. I too do not like snakes!  When I read Lou Ludwig in your post it brought a smile to my face!!!  One trait I would add for you is how kind you are. 

May 28, 2022 11:35 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Kathy Streib I know.  Only people I know from growing up really know.  One day I'll tell you my snake story when I lived in Citation.  I'm glad he brought a smile to your face.  He was a good guy.  And thank you!

May 28, 2022 03:55 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

I too, like you would do it over again by attending Las School. Thank you for the great information in your blog today to share with us here on the Rain.  Make it a great day and enjoy your long Holiday weekend! bill

May 28, 2022 12:57 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hi Bill Salvatore - East Valley I was a court reporter, but agree with you on law school.  I think this may be the first time our paths have crossed, so it's nice to "meet" you.  Have a great weekend!

May 28, 2022 03:56 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

Very nice getting to know you better Elyse. I don't blame you for loving to live in the sunshine state...Ms. Sunshine!

May 28, 2022 01:37 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thanks Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 .  I loved growing up in NY, and living in south Florida is like living in the sixth borough.  It always was but the last two years are over the top.  I always got called out in class because of my name!


May 28, 2022 03:59 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Elyse Berman, PA I have heard many people referred to as Sunshine, but you are the first person I know who had the last name Sunshine.

May 28, 2022 03:10 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

George Souto I used to get called on in every class, because they would go through the roster and see my name.  LOL.  My father used to tell people, Sunshine, like the sunshine in the sky.  

May 28, 2022 04:00 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

No wonder I adore you we have so much in common Elyse Berman, PA my Mom and sister always sang "you are my Sunshine " there you go 😍 -   shoes on a table someone will die 

May 28, 2022 04:21 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hannah Williams You know shoes on a table!  I never knew what it meant, only that I couldn't do it.  That's why I adore you too.  I love that song!  

May 28, 2022 04:40 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Sunshine is a great last name! Thank you for sharing this information!

May 29, 2022 04:55 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Kat Palmiotti It really was.  I used to hyphenate it but it got so confusing.  They never knew where to file me or to find me when I would call.

May 30, 2022 11:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Sunshine! Hopefully you didn't get teased about that a lot growing up! You and I are alike in numerous ways... I hate snakes (can't even look at pictures of them); I have no artistic talents (except for wrapping gifts if that counts); can't carry a tune to save my life. You and Hannah Williams share this regret of not going to law school. As I told Hannah, I thought about doing a combined law degree and MBA... after taking some law classes, I decided the actual study of law was deadly boring and just stuck with my MBA.

May 29, 2022 05:06 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Nina Hollander, Broker Are you kidding?  LOL  !  I can't look at pictures of them either.  Yuck!  I can't even wrap gifts all that well!  Getting stuck with an MBA doesn't sound so bad to me.  I regret not going because I was a court reporter.  I could have easily taken some more time and gone to law school.  I communicate easily with attorneys and , while I wouldn't have been a great trial attorney, I think I would have been a good attorney.

May 30, 2022 11:45 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It was great getting to know a bit more about you!  I got a chuckle from your habit that you wanted to eliminate or change and I hope that you will change rather than eliminate it, haha.

May 29, 2022 05:54 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thanks Brian England .  No, I'm not going to eliminate it.  Don't worry!  Just trying to change it 😀

May 30, 2022 11:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elyse, thanks for sharing more about you!   Interesting you play canasta, and sure miss Lou, he was such a good influence on us.

May 29, 2022 07:26 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Joan Cox I come from a family of die-hard card players and I never played.  My mother tried to teach me, but I always worked.  If I wasn't taking a case, I was transcribing it or I was proofreading or making corrections.  It left little time for cards. 

 It was until about 5 years ago that I took a class and found that I really enjoyed it.  And it's made a huge resurgence in this area with the over 55 crowd.  That and mahjong which I don't understand!

May 30, 2022 11:48 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 / Property Manager

Hi Elyse,
I think if my last name had been sunshine I might have kept it... at least as a nickname or some kind of tagline for my business.  The beach is one of my happy places and I like to take a trip to the beach as often as possible. Unfortunately, it's not as often as I'd like. As kids, we went camping near the beach fairly often and I loved beach combing. 

Thanks so much for sharing more about you!

May 29, 2022 01:24 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hi Carol,

I used to hyphenate my name but it started to get really confusing.  They never knew where to file me or they couldn't find me.  I had stopped using it before I became an agent.  It would have been good for business.  Oftentimes, I'll throw something up with Sunshine in it.  Only my oldest friends (and now everyone on AR) gets it though!

I love the beach too and don't get there as often as I'd like either, despite living only minutes from it.

May 30, 2022 11:50 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Hey Sunshine !  I had two cats who loved to bring me gifts.  One loved furry feathery things but the other loved slithery slimey things.  When she wasn't gifting me with frogs and toads, she was bringing snakes into my bed!!  

May 30, 2022 04:25 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hey Susan,  Thank goodness my dogs are not into those type of gifts.  Snakes in your bed - you must be an amazing woman!  I don't think I could handle that.

May 31, 2022 05:17 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Good morning Elyse Berman, PA Knowing you, Sunshine is perfect for you! I think you should write a blog about the shoes on the table. 

Jun 23, 2022 08:34 AM