😀Truth in the Rain - Brian England

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😊Truth in the Rain - Brian England


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1.  We all go on vacation to get away from it all and have a great time, but I want to know, what vacation day was your worst?  My worst vacation day was when I arrived to begin a much-anticipated vacation but had to immediately turn around and head back home because something came up.

2.  What would be your bucket list vacation or, if you have already taken it, tell us about it?  Pictures encouraged.  I have quite a few bucket list vacations but I think the top one would be a trip up the Oregon coast.  I am thinking this might be the first trip I plan after I retire.

3.  If your ActiveRain friends were to visit you, would you prepare dinner for them or would you take them to the best pizza joint in town?  What would you make or where would you go?  I am not much of a cook, so me preparing dinner wouldn't be a good idea, haha.  I would allow my friend to choose from one of the fine restaurants in the Val Vista Baseline area.

4.  We all know that Canadian bacon and pineapple are the best toppings for any pizza.  If you can’t have those toppings on your pizza, what would you choose?  I am a meat guy, so that is the route I always go with pizza.

5.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  I think vanilla is my favorite.  I remember the homemade ice cream my Grandpa used to make, it tasted better than anything I have ever had at an ice cream shop or could find in the store.

6.  What is your beverage of choice with dinner; beer, wine, iced tea, a cocktail, or…..?  My beverage of choice is always water, but if I want something else I will have warm tea.  Of course, I am not opposed to having an adult libation as well, I think Wayne Martin and everyone else in the Rain knows that already, haha.

7.  Do you prefer going to a concert, the theater, or a big sporting event?  Who or what would you be watching?  Definitely a sporting event, college basketball is my favorite, and I am a big fan of my alma mater the University of Arizona!

8.  There are so many great festivals across the country.  Is there a special one in your area? Pictures are encouraged.  I don't know much about festivals, but I am sure I have been to a few.  The Renaissance Festival is near where I live but I haven't been there since I was in high school.

9.  What is your greatest sporting accomplishment, hitting a hole in one, bowling a perfect game, hitting the game-winning shot, etc.?  If you do not enjoy athletics, what is your greatest accomplishment?  I had to think about this one since I have received many accolades in basketball, golf, and tennis.  I think my greatest accomplishment though is something that I am not very good at.  I remember in college I was going to be a lifeguard and began training for it.  On the very first day, we had to swim more than I had ever swam in my life and it even caused me to throw up after, haha.  Even though it was my first day of lifeguard training, it was also my last.  A couple of years ago I decided to try swimming laps to stay in shape and I now swim a mile without having to rest, so that is quite an accomplishment for me.

10.  Are you a pet person?  If so, names and pictures are a must!  NO, haha

11.  What is your favorite thing to collect, or do you prefer to keep things simple and clutter-free? Or what is your decorating style?  I have had collections in the past but I definitely prefer to keep things simple and be clutter-free.  One collection that I think I might still have is a collection of scorecards from golf courses.  I used to have a goal of playing every course in Arizona at least once but I no longer play golf and that did not happen.  I think I have over 200 scorecards from different tracks though.

12.  What job did you have just prior to making the switch to real estate and has it helped you in your real estate career?  (Courtesy of Jeff Dowler, CRS)  I ran a credit card processing company and I believe that it helped me further my management skills which are very useful in real estate.

13.  When you are writing on ActiveRain, who is your audience and why did you choose them for your audience? (Courtesy of Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400)  My audience is all of you that read and comment on my posts daily.  If others outside of the Rain read my posts, I enjoy that but I rarely even know that they have read them, haha.

14.  What makes you the real estate agent of choice in your area?  I believe it is that I am honest, trustworthy, and caring.

15.  What is the most outrageous action that a client has ever asked you to perform?  Clients have asked me to do illegal things and my response each and every time has been to immediately disassociate with that client.

16.  We show a lot of homes in our profession.  What is the most interesting home or, item in a home, that you have encountered?  Sheesh, the list is long, haha.  I can recall during the time of foreclosures showing a home and a homeless person was using it since it was vacant.

17.  What are your three favorite neighborhoods in your area and what makes them special?  Are you lucky enough to live in one of those neighborhoods?  I would say that the neighborhood I live within is my favorite for the many reasons that I give within my weekly Val Vista Baseline area report.  In addition to that though, it is a known quantity as well.  Other neighborhoods that I would consider my favorites, I only know them from the outside looking in and if I lived within them, I might find out that they aren't as nice as I thought they might be.  I have always said that if I ever moved, Val Vista Lakes and Las Sendas would be my top considerations.  Val Vista Lakes is an amazing neighborhood that is right across the street from the neighborhood I live within and it has all the amenities that one could want.  Las Sendas also has many great amenities and it has mountain views rather than lakes.  I have friends that live within each of these fine neighborhoods and I think that has a big influence on why I might want to also live there.

18.  We all love client testimonials, but is there one that really made you feel special?  We would love to see it.  I have received some great testimonials but there isn't one that sticks out as making me feel extra special.  When I was doing the mugshots series, I really enjoy ALL of the photos that were sent to me.  Two of my favorites are below, my nephews mean the world to me, and I chose to also feature Sharon Tara because she was gracious enough to help me design the mugs and wine glasses.

19.  What is your favorite volunteer work or charity?  My favorite charity is Monte Dei.  You won't likely be able to find much about it but I promise you there is more to come with regard to it if you follow my blog.

20.  What does the flag represent to you?  The flag represents the morals and ethics that the country was built upon.

21.  When we discuss life, my dad always says he is not sure what he would like to be when he grows up.  He is 77!  What do you want to be when you grow up or are you already in your perfect profession?  I am with your Dad, I have yet to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, haha.  I know what I would like to be doing, but there are bills that have to be paid.

 


I specialize in the East Valley of the Phoenix Metro area - Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, and Gold Canyon


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Comments (52)

Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I would like to know which one's were the surprises for you Jeff Dowler, CRS since you likely know me a bit better than most in the rain since we have hung out a few times in person.

Aug 03, 2022 04:18 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Eileen Burns if ending up in St Maarten was your worst vacation then you are doing ok, haha.

Aug 03, 2022 04:28 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am going to have so much fun when I am able to retire Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker I might have to request access to the banana jet, haha.

Aug 03, 2022 04:37 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Anytime Brian!!  All aboard!!


 


Aug 03, 2022 04:48 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If we ever meet Ed Silva we will have to compare our collections of scorecards to see which one of us has gotten out on the most tracks, haha.

Aug 03, 2022 04:39 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I agree with what your uncle said Kathy Streib and that is why I am in such a hurry to retire because I want to be able to enjoy my retirement to the fullest.

Aug 03, 2022 04:40 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Brian, I see that you'd like to visit Oregon. A beautiful state, and you could stop by in WA for a salmon dinner fresh from the boat. We have beautiful coastlines here too. 

I saw and felt the first snow in my life on Crater Lake, OR. So many things to see and do on this side of the country! 

I enjoyed your post!

Aug 03, 2022 04:41 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Most people in the Rain would likely guess tennis Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, since that is the sport that I have blogged most about and my biggest fan is Barbara Todaro.

Aug 03, 2022 04:41 PM
Barbara Todaro

that's absolutely correct.... I'm your major fan for life, Brian England 

Aug 04, 2022 02:10 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I remember reading about your hiatus from golf George Souto and I hope that you are back to keeping it in the fairway.

Aug 03, 2022 04:43 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If I am going to be in Oregon Aura Alex I might as well spend some time in Washington as well and it would be great to meet you in person!

Aug 03, 2022 04:44 PM
Aura Alex

Brian England, I like that thought of including WA on your West Coast visit. The coastlines will still be beautiful; the snow-capped mountains are out, and salmon run yearly. So, keep that thought and visualize it in your mind!!😌

Aug 03, 2022 05:40 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I understand that the lifeguard test is grueling.  Joseph was a lifeguard once.  He was able to finish his test, then did the same as you and lost his lunch.  Kudos to you for being in such good swimming shape now.

How could any ice cream be any better than Grandpa's.  He made it with love!

We almost always have all meat pizza's because MM loves them.  We will have to visit your favorite pizza place soon.

I too enjoyed your mugshot series.  Those are fun pictures that you featured.

Thank you for participating in both challenges! ! !

Aug 04, 2022 07:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Brian, for posting your answers. I enjoyed reading them.

Aug 04, 2022 07:47 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I look forward to having an all-meat pizza with you and Mary Margaret Ray Henson 

Aug 04, 2022 07:58 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Brian England, I always enjoy your entries; this is a beautiful read. It is disappointing that your much-anticipated vacation had to be canceled, and you had to return home because something came up. Care to elaborate?

Aug 04, 2022 08:52 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I would rather not elaborate Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 but I have had so many enjoyable vacations since then!

Aug 04, 2022 09:31 AM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Thanks for sharing!

Aug 04, 2022 12:10 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You are welcome, Ricardo Mello and I hope that you are having a great day!

Aug 04, 2022 01:04 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England - as usual, your stories never disappoint! I hope you get to Oregon!

Aug 04, 2022 10:13 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I will definitely get there Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP and truth be told I already visited the Portland area for a weekend and enjoyed some very good pinot, haha.

Aug 05, 2022 04:25 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Brian England - thank you for letting us get to know you better. One thing I see consistent with your posting and comments is .... HA! 

Aug 05, 2022 08:06 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Yes, I have become well known for the haha that I add to my comments Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and I am also known as 🧠by my friend Candice A. Donofrio and others that make a mistake on the spelling of my name, haha.

Aug 05, 2022 10:40 AM