Questions! Questions! Questions!

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 AZ Broker BR030809000

Questions! Questions! Questions!  A big shout out to Ray Henson and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 for hosting the August Challenge!!!! I've been working on my first entry for a few days.  And holy smokes it's the longest post -ever. But it is what is!  I had fun and that's what matters!  If you haven't entered the contest, Get Started!  The end of August will be here before you know it! Truth or Dare, Fish Stories and Our August Challenge



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?

Worst vacation week - ever!  I was living in Vail CO and going home to MN for the Christmas holiday.  We barely made it over Vail pass and down through the Eisenhower tunnel into Denver due to a massive snow storm.   We made it to the airport and low and behold the airport was shutting down.  Thankfully we able to snag a hotel room close by. We stayed there 4 days with all our new stranded friends! The hotel served all  the guests the same food  by the second day as they were running out of food! The  airport finally opened up on the 4th day and I was lucky to get a flight to MPLS. I got into MPLS and low and behold the airport was shut down right after our flight due to a huge snow/ice storm- that must have followed me from CO! We barely made it to my sisters house and once again we were all confined in her house for another 3 days.  I never did get up to see my folks that holiday as the roads were very dangerous.  The vacation week was over and I had to go back to airport and get to CO.  The fun part - I did learn how to play a lot of different card games that week and made some new friends in the hotel.


     2.  What would be your bucket list vacation or, if you have already taken it, tell us about it?  Pictures encouraged.


I've taken so many awesome vacations all my life!  Some were in Mexico, Canada, USA and various islands.  I always loved going skiing (before I lived in CO) so that was my favorite destination for quite some time.  I then got into taking about 3 or 4 weeks off in August/September and took 'road trips' all over the country.  We camped along the way and took our time.  So much fun meeting new people, seeing new sites, visiting museums and all kind of other fun activities. 


     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've done both actually many times!  Typically we grill something yummy or I make one of my soups or chili's depending on the time of year.  If we go out there are so many great places.  Our favorite is Postino's which many Rainers can attest to loving that restaurant! As for Pizza that would be Federal Pizza!


     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? 


My favorite is Canadian Bacon and Pineapple! But if I don't have that there is another one that has goat cheese and vegies. Yum!


     5.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?


Ice Cream?  I'm probably the only one who doesn't really like ice cream all that much.  If I have any it's probably just a vanilla cone with chocolate topping. And wouldn't you know Gary went into Costco today while I waited in the car with the 'boys'. What did he bring out?  A diet coke for me and a vanilla rasberry ice cream dish with 2 spoons.  I had a few spoonfuls but not much.


     6.  What is your beverage of choice with dinner; beer, wine, iced tea, a cocktail, or …..? 


Well that's an easy question!  I enjoy a nice glass  or two of Chardonnay or Cabernet with dinner. And anytime with friends for that matter!

     7.  Do you prefer going to a concert, the theater, or a big sporting event?  Who or what would you be watching?


Well can't think of the last time I've been to any big events!  Oh now I remember there is a play running and a number of our friends have raved about it. I think it's called Get Off Your Feet.  Lots of singing and dancing and it's based on a famous singer - sorry don't remember her name. We also go to the Phoenix Art Museum quite often to see any new exhibits and the Musical Instrument Museum when we have visitors in town.

     8.  There are so many great festivals across the country.  Is there a special one in your area? Pictures are encouraged.


Festivals?  The last big one we went was the Renaissance Festival but holy smokes that was at least 15 or so years ago.  No pics that I can find.


     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?


Sports if my first love!  I grew up skating, skiing, playing tennis, racquet ball, volley ball, basketball,  golf, you name it. I played it.  I was the captain of the volleyball, basketball and tennis team in high school.  I also taught skiing, racquetball and tennis.  I took up mountain hiking and cross country skiing when I moved to Vail CO after college.   Love to be outside in nature!


     10.  Are you a pet person?  If so, names and pictures are a must!


Absolutely!  Barney is our Grandpa Dog and Norman is our sweet little guy! They keep us laughing constantly and oh how they love their TREATS and going to Home Depot!



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?


Collect?  Hmmm?  I used to collect Christmas Dishes.  My Mom got me started on a particular collection made in Germany after college. Every holiday she gifted me more dishes and at some point I started adding on to it.  I just donated the whole collection to a charity a couple of years ago.  I hadn't used it for several years or more and it took up a whole cabinet in the garage.  We were planning on moving and we  decided to gift a lot of things.  And honestly giving away those dishes was kind of hard but I know they went to somebody that loves them.


     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)


Interior Designer which I still to this day love! I thought I'd do a 'little' real estate along with design but it turned out real estate took over design by a long shot.  I still help friends and clients with their design projects and it's still one of my favorite things to do.

     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


Business! For years my main audience was for our clients and potential clients as well as agents around the country.  I've done a lot of referring back and forth for many years via CRS and then ActiveRain.  Now I write to support other rainers and sometimes dip into some real estate or life perspectives and host a contest once in awhile.


     14.  What makes you the real estate agent of choice in your area?


My area?  Well I never considered myself as an 'area' agent like some agents do.  I have a huge SOI which includes all our past clients and business associates and networking groups. My goal is to retire. I refer a lot of business out now and I'm having a blast  and involved in various projects. Life is supposed to be FUN!

     15.  What is the most outrageous action that a client has ever asked you to perform?


Outrageous?  Well, they all know I'm a straight shooter so I don't have many crazy folks thinking I'm going to do crazy stuff for them. The only one I can recall is one that told me had roof issues (major leaks) and he refused to disclose that on the Sellers Property Disclosure.  I didn't take the listing.


     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?


Most interesting home?  By far the most incredible home was in Mexico. We entered the property via a guarded gate, parked in an 10 car garage and from there was one amazing room after another, probably way over 20,000 square feet and it was on about 10 acres or so .The estate included an Olympic size swimming pool along with a massive outdoor covered plaza for entertaining where they hosted  big events  and hired well known bands and the Mexico City Symphony  -  I attended that event!  There was a stable of horses and a regulation polo grounds.  I could go on and on and on! We call the place "Someplace Else"!!!  Most folks wouldn't believe it existed, but it does!


     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?


Moon Valley!  I've lived in Moon Valley since I've lived in Phoenix. We are surrounded by mountains, have access to hundreds of hiking and biking trails, several golf courses and about 10 minutes to the Deer Valley Airport and 25 minutes to Sky Harbor Airport. Plus there is shopping, restaurants anything you could want within minutes.

As for my other favorite neighborhoods, honestly there are so many here in Phoenix and Scottsdale that it would be hard to chose only 3!


     18.  We all love client testimonials, but is there one that really made you feel special?  We would love to see it.


Yup!  These clients have been with us for most of my career. I have helped the entire  extended family buy and sell over 25 homes.  They are an awesome family!

With Anna Banana Kruchten I not only gained the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable broker but a new friend. Anna made me feel completely comfortable and confident in buying my first home. She worked diligently, night and day, to make sure it was the home of my dreams! Throughout the buying process, I felt as if I was their only client and responsibility and I was never worried about any of the decisions that I made with her by my side. Since I moved into my home Anna Banana has kept in constant contact with me and has become an essential member of my family. My entire family are now clients of Anna Banana's. I continue to refer people to her! Anna has recently assisted my parents of buying a retirement home and sell their other properties. As per normal, she knew exactly how to keep it as smooth and stress-free as she possibly could. In fact we just celebrated by taking her and her husband out to dinner last weekend! I not only highly recommend the Anna Banana to anyone buying or selling a home, but insist that everyone go with the lady who WILL best take care of you from start to finish and that's Anna Banana!  


     19.  What is your favorite volunteer work or charity?


Foster Kids!   I was on the Board of Directors for a local foster care program for many years.  We are still involved with fundraising and other various ways.  We gave  them several items that were needed for teaching the kids at their facility (projector and big screen). I saw them last Friday and they said the projector really helped the kids to catch up on schooling over the summer time.

     20.  What does the flag represent to you?


God Bless the United States of America!  We fly both a flag and a house flag out front most every day to show our love for our country.


     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?

When I grow up?  HA!  Like that's going to happen! My Mom was a very fun person with a sense of mischief and humor bar none.  She was that way to the day she died.  I am thankful I learned these skills from her - always be young at heart and always keep learning and enjoying life! 


Cheers! Thumbs Up!


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Comments (29)

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

Ms. Banana, I really enjoyed learning more about you, but I already knew (like most of us in The Rain) that you like to have fun!

Aug 14, 2022 04:24 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Hi Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400   - Sheila!  Thanks and can' believe it got so long.  Geez.  I never talk about myself so this is odd for me!   Oh yes, Fun is my middle name and I came by it honestly from my Mom!

Aug 14, 2022 10:49 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This was a fun read and totally what I expected to see from you! I love that you want to have fun forever. That's what keeps you young!

And wow, what a vacation! No wonder it gets the vote for "worst ever!"

Thanks for sharing.

Aug 14, 2022 04:52 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Thanks Kat Palmiotti can't believe anybody actually read through that novella!!   As for being young forever - why not!!  It's all in the attitude OK........ BANANATUDE!

Aug 14, 2022 10:50 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I see Ron and Alexandra Seigel in your post, I hope that they are doing well and will be back in the Rain with us soon!

Aug 14, 2022 05:01 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Well that's interesting Brian England . What part?  It's called TUDE!!

Aug 14, 2022 10:51 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Happy Sunday, I enjoyed your post.  Have a productive week ahead. bill 

Aug 14, 2022 05:58 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Thanks Bill!

Aug 14, 2022 10:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Anna... I can totally relate to your snow travel story... more than once I've been on that highway from the Denver airport out towards Breckenridge. As for my Christmas dish collection, you'd have to pry them out of my cold, dead hands! I love my dishes and bring them out each year right after Thanksgiving and use them through the New Year weekend.

Aug 14, 2022 06:03 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Well you know what I'm talking about Nina Hollander, Broker .  That's where we stopped to put on tire chains - in Breckenridge.  Hey did you ski there.  I used to love skiing with one of my brothers there - fun place.  I understand the Christmas Dish love!  I miss them but it was time.  Glad you still have yours!

Aug 14, 2022 10:53 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Anna. An interesting participant in this month's challenge for sure. I was trapped on the ground in Minneapolis on a plane because of a snow storm in Chicago. Like Kathy Streib and Larry, the wife and I no longer like to travel. Our next trip, we have given up. on flying and will drive. Enjoy your day and thanks for participating.

Aug 14, 2022 06:18 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Oh man Wayne Martin I know being stuck on a plane in MPLS when it's 30 below zero. First time that happened was when I was a senior in high school. My parents went to NY City and let me and my 2 younger brothers go to visit my older brother in Washington DC.  They made sure we were on the  plane and then left to get to their plane. They had no idea we had been stuck on the tarmac for 5 hours.  It wasn't easy with 2 little brothers not being able to sit still for 10 minutes!  Good idea to not fly - especially now.  So many cancellations and it's all so nuts. 

Aug 14, 2022 10:57 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Anna,

Loved your entry into the August challenge. I like you feel mine is the longest post I've written! Yours is a very fun read and pretty much what I expected from you! My sister use to take Foster babies and she loved it and always followed up to see what happened to them.

Aug 14, 2022 06:43 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX !  Thank you!  That's funny that you feel the same way!  Good grief - I guess we had a lot to say!!  Shocking!  LOL!

Aug 14, 2022 10:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Anna, that is why USUALLY I try not to fly anywhere in the winter.  You just can't rely on good weather to get out of DIA.  Sorry to hear it really messed up that Christmas!   Great stories, loved it!

Aug 14, 2022 07:07 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Hi Joan Cox hey it was so long ago.  And being young adults we could deal with that stuff more easily, right!!  Thanks!

Aug 14, 2022 11:00 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Good Morning Ray Henson !  Happy Sunday!  #21 is pretty much the way I have lived my life for years.  No need to shift it up when it works well for me - and others too! As for worst vacations I thought yours sounded way worse!  Funny huh!!  We'll treat you and Mary Margaret to a pizza when you're in town.  It's right near Central Ave and Camelback.

Aug 14, 2022 10:41 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hey Ray Henson I found this old photo and thought I'd share it on this post.  I was on one of my first 'road trips' out West and I ended up near Vail CO where I was offered a job while on vacation for 2 months. I went back to MN and told everyone I was moving to No Name Colorado. LOL  My family thought I had gone nuts as I was supposed to finish up grad school that year.  NOPE!  Moving to No Name!  Actually it was Eagle County where I moved!   My friend that I had been traveling with also moved with me and she was my secretary for 4 years!  Crazy story you just can't make up.  Glad I did it!


Aug 14, 2022 11:32 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Anna I might have stop taking vacations after the experience you had with your attempted trip to MN ....... LOL

Aug 14, 2022 04:53 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Oh George Souto no you won't!!!  That was a long time ago and heck when you're in your 20's nothing seem like a big deal but rather an adventure.  Oh WAIT.....still feels that way now!  LOL

Aug 14, 2022 08:51 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Hi, Anna.

Wow! you have so much experience in a lot of things. I can relate to your love of sports and charity work. 

Happiness has many different definitions. I love your energy and admire your love for the joy of life, satisfaction, and fulfillment. And your stories!

Thank you for sharing.

Aug 14, 2022 08:25 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Hi Aura Alex I feel blessed to have had so many amazing experiences over the years....and more to follow! I love your energy and your gift of giving back to your community!  I so admire that about you!

Aug 14, 2022 08:52 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I enjoyed reading your answers.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Aug 15, 2022 04:56 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Thank you for stopping by today Roy!  I enjoyed your entry as well!!

Aug 15, 2022 04:19 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - Airplanes and snow storms and/or blizzards don't mix well, do they? Besides the risk you take when living or traveling to and from CO, did you love it? I always heard a lot about its beauty. That is a great sign in the snow with the gloves pointing up out of the snow! That's pretty funny! Besides the scenery, I always love meeting new people too!

Barney & Norman are simply adorable. I'll bet they are a barrel of laughs and great companions too. Personally, I do believe the more domesticated they become, the more human characteristics they take on. They are FAMILY!!!



Aug 15, 2022 02:56 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I grew up in MN so was used to blizzards.  And honestly, I am so glad not to have to deal with them or really cold weather!  Done!  And yes our 'boys' are family.  And trust me they keep reminding us who is boss!  LOL

Aug 15, 2022 04:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That was an epic Christmas vacation to Minnesota, you had, Anna.  Sometimes, the gods simply work against us!🙃

Aug 15, 2022 05:30 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

It surely was Myrl Jeffcoat !  Thank God we were all in our twenties and could roll with the punches - and still have fun (even tho it sucked)!!  LOL

Aug 15, 2022 08:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Anna, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Aug 15, 2022 05:31 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Thanks for the feature in Old Farts Club Myrl Jeffcoat !  Guess I'm a tride and true old fart now - and loving it!

Aug 15, 2022 08:41 PM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I remember a doozy of a snow storm when I first moved to Colorado in 1983.  Moving from Cali to Colo I thought I had made the worst decision of my life.  The entire are was shut down.   A few dozen pair of snow boots later, I think it has grown on me.  

I often see that No Name exit when driving out to GJ to see Erin.  How sad is that!  That sign and the horse with No Name.  Geesh!

Aug 18, 2022 01:36 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

That could have been the year Belinda Spillman 1983. It was bad, real bad.  You know what I'm talking about with No Name CO!  It always seemed so strange to me.  That along with Dot Zero which was a couple rows of mobile homes for the guys that worked on Glen Canyon for over 10 years.  We've got some strange ones here North of Phoenix on I17 going up to Flagstaff.  Bumble Bee and a couple of others.


Nice to see you in the rain ☺️

Aug 18, 2022 03:39 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

We are both from Minnesota and lived less than an hour from each in Colorado at the same time, Anna. I also had friends that lived in No Name! Loved reading your answers and appreciate your enthusiasm for life.

Aug 21, 2022 04:04 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

We have a lot in common Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! !  Enthusiasm being top of the list!!

Aug 21, 2022 08:40 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I can tell that you were just trying to spark your memory gland Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker 

Aug 22, 2022 10:54 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I am fortunate to have had so many opportunities to travel, learn and have fun at a very young age and it has never stopped.  I could write a book about all the cool experiences and people I've met over the years!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Aug 23, 2022 11:51 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker It is always my pleasure to stop by and visit your thoughts and opinions my friend 🙂

Aug 26, 2022 04:43 PM