"Believe me. The more you know about me, the weirder you will think I am."
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?
I rarely have a bad day and certainly not on vacation. I have had some "interesting" experiences, but that wasn't the question. 😉
2. What would be your bucket list vacation or, if you have already taken it, tell us about it? Pictures encouraged.
My husband and I went to Palm Springs, California every winter to play golf. That was always our bucket list vacation. It's still one of my favorite winter get-a-ways, but it's not the same as it was with Max. I also love going to the beach, especially the Oregon coast.
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 CAN cook, but it's not my favorite thing to do. I would want my AR friends to enjoy a really nice meal of their choosing. Whatever they're in the mood for, we probably have a restaurant in the area to meet their culinary desires.... Pizza or otherwise.
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 pizza is polish sausage and sauerkraut. I know it's weird. If I can't have that, I'm flexible. I do like a nice vegetarian pizza or chicken garlic.
5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite has always been Rocky Road. However, when I'm at a DQ, I order chocolate soft-serve with marshmallow topping.
6. What is your beverage of choice with dinner; beer, wine, iced tea, a cocktail, or …..?
I always need a glass of ice water but when it comes to adult beverages, it depends on what I'm eating. I most often order white wine but I don't mind a good Merlot, Malbec or Syrah. If I'm at a bar having a burger, I sometimes go with a light beer. If I'm having Mexican food, there is always a margarita involved.
7. Do you prefer going to a concert, the theater, or a big sporting event? Who or what would you be watching?
I'm not really fond of being in crowds. Never have been. I've only been to a couple of concerts in my life and a few major league sporting events. I'd rather watch sporting events on a big screen in the comfort of my home or that of a friend. What I enjoy most is going to a live play with local talent in a small venue.
8. There are so many great festivals across the country. Is there a special one in your area? Pictures are encouraged.
Wenatchee hosts the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival every year. It is big. It runs for 11 days from the end of April into the first part of May. The Grand Finale event is a BIG parade, which is always on the first Saturday of May and everything else preceeds that.
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've always been athletic and loved being active in sports. I've been fortunate enough to have a lot of success in several different sports, including golf (yes, I've had a hole-in-one and won several club championships), bowling, softball, volleyball, and basketball. I also used to be a winning seamstress and knitter, but those aren't sports.
All that aside, I consider my greatest accomplishment to be my 28-year marriage to the love of my life.
10. Are you a pet person? If so, names and pictures are a must!
I wasn't raised as pet person. I did have cats when I was a young adult. However, my husband was allergic, so after they died (or disappeared) we didn't get any more pets. My current nomadic lifestyle isn't conducive to having a pet.
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 collect golf balls from the different courses I play. Unfortunately, I didn't start collecting until about 10 years ago, so my collection isn't as big as it could be. Before that, I collected coffee mugs from the places I traveled to. My cupboard got too full so I stopped that several years ago.
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 worked as an international fruit broker, which means I was selling apples, pears, and cherries all over the world (by land, sea, and air). I was the first woman appointed to a full-time sales position in the Washington State Apple Industry. It was a very interesting and demanding career (and I did it for 15 years) but after I got married, it didn't give me the flexibility I wanted to travel with my husband. That was one of the reasons I transitioned to real estate full time where I managed to have back-ups when I was gone.
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)
I've never written for the general public on ActiveRain. When I first joined in 2006, I already had a high-ranking blog and website, so it's always been for the personal interaction with other AR members. Now, I can't even imagine life without my ActiveRain peeps.
14. What makes you the real estate agent of choice in your area?
I'm retired now, of course, but when I was actively selling I probably knew the inventory better than any other agent in the entire region. I would go to EVERY weekly broker open and preview new every new listing. I also wrote on my blog EVERY day, so I had great rankings and people found me there. Plus, when I sold a property to an investor, I had a Property Management division of my company.
15. What is the most outrageous action that a client has ever asked you to perform?
I had a client who ended up NOT qualifying for a loan, so they asked me to co-sign on a rental agreement. That was a hard "NO".
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?
I can't think of any homes that stand out. I do remember one relocation client that was so high maintenance that my assistant and I had to tag team to keep our sanity. When it was time for her to sell, I declined.
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?
Until the latter part of my career, we didn't have much in the way of subdivisions. Even now, I can't say I have favorite neighborhoods. However, if I ever moved it would be to a location with a good view of our beautiful valley so I could enjoy the many sunrises and/or sunsets.
18. We all love client testimonials, but is there one that really made you feel special? We would love to see it.
Since I've been retired for over a decade, I had to do some digging. I found a few. One of my favorites was from an out-of-town investor: "I've worked with a lot of real estate agents across the country, and you are by far the best".
One of my favorites was from a single woman who relocated with the Forest Service. She said: "If I only had one word to describe my experience with you, it would be IMPRESSED". When she relocated to Oregon, I referred her to an agent there. I received a letter from her that said: "They are trying hard, but they aren't YOU."
19. What is your favorite volunteer work or charity?
I have a few charities that I support. One of them is the First Tee. Through the game of golf, First Tee is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of challenges.
20. What does the flag represent to you?
Coming from a family of military veterans, I get goosebumps whenever I hear the National Anthem. The flag represents all those who fought for our freedom. The sacrifices they and their families made for future generations are immeasurable and should never be forgotten.
21. What do you want to be when you grow up or are you already in your perfect profession?
Growing up was never in my plan, but I was kind of forced into it at a young age. I'm content with the course of my life, but there are a few professions that I think would have been fun if circumstances had been different. If I thought I could have made a living playing golf, I might have taken that course. I doubt that was even an option when I was young. Title IX came after I was out of school.
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This is my 21 Questions entry into the August Challenge, hosted by Ray Henson and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 . Thank you Ray & Margaret!
Feature Photo used by permission from the amazing RM PhotoZ