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Truth or Dare: No Fish Stories here in the August Challenge!...

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties 01238708

Truth or Dare:  No Fish Stories here in the 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?

              I was flying back from Europe and for some strange reason the flight from Vienna was diverted to Paris, instead of having me fly to JFK the Airline then flew me to London and from there I ended up in Minneapolis Minnesota. When I arrived, the customs guys looked at me and I smiled  and said thank God I am on US soil…. From there I went to LaGuardia airport in, N.Y. and took a Limo to Waterbury, CT. Vacation was great but getting home was a challenge.


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


     My bucket list is too long to state here, but since the Pandemic Shutdown I lost all interest traveling; hence I am becoming my father I can travel via National Geographics to Brazil, Africa and Asia with my fingers. Less stress and less drama.


  1.     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?

            Quite frankly I would leave it up to them, if they wanted to go out to a restaurant,           or what type of food they want to eat I would be open to either one. Now if they wanted me to cook what ever they desired I would be open to that as well.


  1.     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 prefer think crust cheese pizza or maybe pepperoni pizza as second choice.


  1.  5.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

                     Not a big fan of Ice-cream, but if you offered me fruit or dark chocolate you have me enjoying it.

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

                       With good dinner Wine is my preferred alcohol drink and not just red wine but preferably a good Bordeaux wine.


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


    I used to be very open to going to the Hollywood Bowl, The Los Angeles Symphony Hall and even Rock Concerts as well as Basketball and Baseball games. Now that the Pandemic Shutdown has arrived, I have zero interest in going to any of those events.



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

        My favorite festivals were the Newport Jazz Festival, the West Hollywood Halloween Parade, and the Rose Parade in Pasadena. Yes you guessed it no interest to go again.


  1.     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? 

                       Not wanting to brag, I was  Track Star in High School  and ran the one mile and/or  the two mile as a regular event, one time I just had my best time and took first place in the State Sectionals and the coach said he needed me on the Mile Relay because the anchor leg’s star runner got injured…. I managed to keep the team in second place.


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

                         Anyone who knows me and reads my posts, knows I am a pet friendly Realtor and I donate from every commission a portion of it to animal rescue organizations. As of this writing we have three cats and a dog.


  1.     What is your favorite thing to collect, or do you prefer to keep things simple and clutter free? Or what is your decorating style?

         Again, those who know and read my posts know I used to be a reader and now thanks to the Internet and 20+ listings average per month turned me into a book collector. Gratefully Diane is still a reader.


  1.     What job did you have just prior to making the switch to real estate and has it helped you in your real estate career?

         Great question, I just wrote a post about this very subject. Since I was interviewed and this question came up, let me just put a link to it incase you missed it  https://canvasrebel.com/meet-endre-barath/


  1. 3.  When you are writing on ActiveRain, who is your audience and why did you choose them for your audience?

                       Originally when I joined ActiveRain in its early inception, I just wanted referrals. Then as time went on, I learned to blog, I also learned that the friendships I developed on ActiveRain were just as valuable as the few referrals I picked up over the years. Not downplaying the referrals, the friendships are  equally  great in a competitive field as Real Estate. So with that said my audience is both Active Rain and potential buyers and sellers. The feedback is great from the Active Rain friends. So is the listing appointments and the buyers who reach out to me because of my posts.


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

         Not wanting to repeat myself please click on this link and read my interview, I believe it is covered well  https://canvasrebel.com/meet-endre-barath/


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

                     Wanted me to fill out the Contingency Removal for a two-million-dollar home and this was about 20 years ago. I told him sorry I was traveling with my parents in the Sequoia National Park not near a computer or such, he needs to do it himself…. Ironically, he tried to take legal action after the deal closed and said he never signed the contingency removal… funny when we showed it to him that it was his signature…. He forgot that he could not scam me into signing it for him.


    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?

                   To me it was a home that was on one pole in the Hollywood Hills the name of the house is Chemosphere. The home sits on the hillside on Mullholland Dr. John Lautner designed it feel free to google it. “…The Chemosphere is a modernist house in Los Angeles, California, designed by John Lautner in 1960. The building, which the Encyclopedia Britannica once called "the most modern home built in the world", is admired both for the ingenuity of its solution to the problem of the site and for its unique octagonal design..”


  1.      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 love Malibu and what makes it special is about 21 miles of ocean front. That is the Pacific Ocean. My second favorite neighborhood is Manhattan Beach not just for the Ocean Views, but the fantastic Restaurants and of course my favorite Book Store Pages call it their home. My third choice is Beverly Hills the destination place of all people from all over the Globe. No I do not live in any of these neighborhoods, for many reasons too long to write it in  a paragraph.


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

                  “…As you've probably figured out by now, my wife was very impressed with you during our purchase of our home, and always says that if/when we sell, she wants to use you as the agent.  I estimate we are probably 3 to 6 years away from that --- especially with all the uncertainty of the moment --- but who knows... “( I never posted it; this is the first time I am cutting and pasting it here the year was 2020 and it was an email to me)


  1.       What is your favorite volunteer work or charity? 

                Most of you who read my posts know Animal Friendly Charity is my favorite Charity, such as Rescue Groups that are in the front lines saving cats and dogs too many organizations to list here. Local and National and I not only support them but I also contribute to them from my  commissions of every closing.


  1.       What does the flag represent to you? 

               To me the American Flag represents, Freedom, Democracy and Opportunity. Unlike sadly many who would not, I was prepared to defend it and protect it and die for it, when I was in the US Army as an Airborne Ranger Infantry CPT.  & I am proud to fly it on our home every day. I am setting the example to my  neighbors who have a hard time flying it 13-15 days out of the year here in Los Angeles.


  1. 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?

               Like your Dad I am not sure what I like to be when I grow up, then again why grow up? Way too much responsibility😊 Thank you for the fun but long Active Rain Challenge.  Ray Henson  & @Margaret Rome



 p.s.: this has been the longest post I have ever written..... hope you managed to read to the end:)))



Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath, Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708



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

Enjoyed reading all your answers Endre, and even though you are pretty clear in your posts of who you are, I learned just a little bit more about you!

Aug 26, 2022 04:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Is Endre a pet person? Is the pope Catholic? I'm with you on having lost interest in travel since the pandemic... such a palaver these days, I have not patience for it. And I'm with you on the cheese crust pizza! Hopefully with extra mozzarella cheese in the middle! I did learn something new about you today... your being a track star in high school. Meantime, if I were coming to see you I'd certainly expect some fantastic meal prepared by your very own hands!

Aug 26, 2022 04:22 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning and thank you for participating in this challenge! I did know most of your answers, although I didn't know you were a track star. As for your answer to #1, wow, it must have taken a long time to get home. That would have definitely been a PITA.

Aug 26, 2022 04:58 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Endre. Interesting answers as a result of living an interesting life. As for books, I am liking the Mike Connelley Harry Bosch series. Harry is like me in not going along to get along! Enjoy your day.

Aug 26, 2022 05:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Endre,

I did read your whole post! I knew much about you but didn't know you were a track star! I would definitely want you to cook one of your sensational meals if I were to come and visit!

Aug 26, 2022 06:09 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I like your answer to the final question, why grow up, haha.  We should always stay young at heart and have fun in life!

Aug 26, 2022 09:39 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre I would have loved to have toured that Chemosphere house.

Aug 26, 2022 01:47 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Endre I had to laugh at 'my longest post I've ever written'.  I think most of us feel that way, I sure did too!  Interesting how the pandemic changed how you life your life in a way.  After thinking about it a bit, I kind of feel the same way.  I have zero desire to fly commercial these days.  And hey when we get together you and Gary can enjoy a pepperoni pizza!  His favorite.

Aug 26, 2022 02:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Endre- I truly enjoyed reading your answers to the questions. I can relate to your reluctance about going out or traveling. For me, it has nothing to do with the pandemic, though. Our crime has increased here so I am less inclined to go out to the malls and when I do I don't feel comfortable carrying my purse. 

Aug 26, 2022 05:52 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - It was a long assignment and I did read your answers from beginning to end. Like others before me, I already knew a lot about you, especially being a pet lover and your cooking abilities, but I didn't know you were also a track star! You're not alone when it comes to traveling. I had so many more places to go but doubt I will ever get there again. Thank you for being the great and wonderful YOU!

Aug 27, 2022 03:21 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It was fun reading about your days in track.  I was super slow in high school, overweight and hated running.  I was over 50 when I finally learned to appreciate it.  I broke 7 minutes in a mile one time.  I felt I was sprinting the whole time.  It is a tough distance and I am impressed by your accomplishments and making it to state!

20 transactions a month!  I need to buy you a nice Bordeaux and have you share a few hints with me.  😉

Thank you for joining in on this month's challenge.  It is always fun reading what you have to share with us.

Aug 28, 2022 09:21 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my gosh, I love your answer to the last one, Endre - I mean, really? WHY grow up?!! Of course, we share the passion for pets and all things fur babies, cooking, wine and you bet...having you cook a meal for you, Diane, Ray and I would be amazing! 

What a cool home you showed in LA and I totally see what you love about your 3 favorite communities. I'm looking forward to a tour of each when we visit. 

As for cheese pizza - heck yeah! One of my boys preferred cheese over any pizza with tons of toppings. I enjoy extra cheese but, love to have a protein or veggie topping to take away some of the guilt of eating all of the cheese & carbs! LOL

Love your list! Thank you so much for sharing more about you in this month's challenge. Endre.

Aug 30, 2022 11:24 PM