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Patricia Feager and Kathleen Daniels were proud to host the March challenge. Your challenge was to use critical thinking. Only original content qualified using two photos or graphics. The objective was to think about a scenario that can march you into trouble. Instructions were to write about a scenario that has the potential to come up during a real estate transaction that needs to be avoided and/or resolved.

As professionals we are committed to helping our clients by providing Best Practices and finding solutions to problems. Our focus is to provide quality services fostering teamwork with proper use of education, experiences, building relationships, and training.  


Whether participants wrote one, two, or three entries, each one provided valuable lessons to be learned. All in all, they provided a plethora of education. The total number of entries by participants numbered 105 of which 30 fully completed 3 entries each, earned 3,000 points each and virtual gold.

2 fully completed 2 entries of which 2,000 points each will be issued soon.

11 fully completed one entry for which 1,000 points each will be issued soon.

We hope you all had fun reading and writing these educational stories about what goes on behind the scenes in real estate, the Mortgage Company, and Home Inspections. You can expect to receive your points as soon as possible.

All of the entries were interesting, educational, and appreciated. 

In no participular order, the participants  who fully completed 3 entries earning 3,000 points each include:

  1. Nina Holland
  2. Jerry Newman
  3. Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
  4. Leanne Smith
  5. Wayne Martin
  6. Doug Dawes
  7. Buzz Mackintosh
  8. George Souto
  9. Kat Palmiotti
  10. Jeff Masich
  11. Dorie Dillard
  12. Paula McDonald
  13. Scott Seaton
  14. Diana Dahlberg
  15. Larry & Sheila Agranoff
  16. Nick Vanderkar
  17. Bob Timm
  18. Brian England
  19. Joan Cox
  20. Margaret Rome
  21. Ed Silva
  22. Endre Barath
  23. Ray Henson
  24. Jan Green
  25. Mimi Foster
  26. Ann Hayden
  27. Debe Maxwell
  28. Hannah Williams
  29. Kathleen Daniels
  30. Patricia Feager

Participants who completed 2 were:

  1. Jeff Dowler
  2. Joseph Domino

Participants who completed 1 were:

  1. Scott Schulte
  2. Rain Silverhawk
  3. Shayne Stone
  4. Kathy Streib
  5. Marte Cliff
  6. Tracy Lee Parker
  7. Lise Howe
  8. Roy Kelley
  9. Tammy Langford
  10. Andrea Bedard
  11. Michael Jacobs

If there is anyone I missed or not recognized, please let me know. 

*All rights reserved. With the exception of a re-blog, any reproduction of the content of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author and co-host for the March to a Solution|ActiveRain March 2023 Challenge.

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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

You and Kathleen did an excellent job of hosting this challenge! It proves that just when you think you've heard it all, someone else had another troubled experience!

Apr 01, 2023 06:47 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 

You stated it correctly and these entries caused me to cast out any doubt I had about myself with similar issues. I really appreciated what you said about what it "proves." 

Thank you. Your feedback was greatly appreciated. 

Apr 01, 2023 06:55 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

So true Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 

I read some posts that had me talking out loud to my computer screen in total disbelief! 

Apr 01, 2023 09:42 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a nice summation post and I like the transparent accounting that was included!

Apr 01, 2023 08:22 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, Brian England 

Apr 01, 2023 09:42 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Brian England - thank you!

Apr 01, 2023 10:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Patricia, for sharing this report.

You have established a high bar for future challenge hosts. 

Apr 01, 2023 08:36 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

She sure has Roy Kelley 

Apr 01, 2023 09:43 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Roy Kelley - thank you.

Apr 01, 2023 10:26 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Patricia, that is quite a few rainers who were up to the challenge this month!

Apr 01, 2023 08:57 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

We are grateful to everyone who participated. The number of people who did all three posts ... WoW - Joan Cox 

Apr 01, 2023 09:43 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Joan Cox - I loved the enthusiasm from everyone's entry and/or comments too! 

Thank you. 

Apr 01, 2023 10:27 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist for hosting the challenge.  It was a very good one and I appreciate how you went above and beyond as hosts.  I know it is a lot of work.  I can't believe you wrote a full blog for each person that completed three posts, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP.  Wow!  Well done!

Apr 01, 2023 12:00 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

I agree Ray Henson - WOW. Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP set the bar hight!  


Apr 01, 2023 12:17 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ray Henson - I really enjoyed the challenge and I am so grateful for the support and participation. You know, when that front Feature Page froze and nobody knew who was getting featured, I felt compelled to do something about it. That is when I came up with the idea to pass out virtual gold for participants who fully completed the challenge by submitting 3 entries per the criteria. I was so surprised how motivating it was for others to want it too!

As for the kudos, I couldn't have done this if Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist did not ask me to work together with her to come up with a good Challenge. We worked well together. She is amazing. Without her, I am nothing. 

I noticed that I received notification this morning saying this post was FEATURED but I never saw it come up as a feature. I am just glad for the people like you who are finding this post. 

Thank you Ray. 

Apr 01, 2023 01:51 PM
Ray Henson

I agree, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP.  Hosting a challenge is a lot of work and you both deserve a lot of credit.  I have only done it once, but learned that it takes a lot of time to read and comment on as much as you possible can.  Kudos to you and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist.  And congratulations on being featured! 

Apr 02, 2023 07:07 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Congratulations to all that participated at whatever level. AND, a thank you to you and Kathleen for your work in organizing and hosting.

Apr 01, 2023 01:31 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ed Silva - it is because of members like you that this post became so successful. I think we all learned a lot. 

Apr 01, 2023 01:53 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wonderful re-cap! I have to agree with Roy Kelley 

You have established a high bar for future challenge hosts. 

Apr 01, 2023 07:27 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - thank you for putting this in writing and for your VM too. You really do mean a lot to everyone on ActiveRain. We are lucky to be in the midst of great thinkers and problem solvers in the real estate industry. 

Apr 02, 2023 05:32 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

She sure has Miss Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 

Apr 02, 2023 07:17 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow what a great turnout and how incredible you were with the posts letting us know and thanking us for participating in this Active Rain Challenge. You and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  were the best hosts for an AR challenge that I can ever remember and I have been here since 2007 according to Michael Jacobs 

Apr 01, 2023 09:11 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - according to the Membership Roster 

 which is available to each of us.

Apr 02, 2023 04:59 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Endre Barath, Jr. and Michael Jacobs - it was a great turnout with entries written by AR members in the real estate industry representing the highest caliber of minds when it comes to critical thinking, problem solving, and finding solutions. 

Once the front page froze and nobody could see who was getting featured I put on my thinking cap and decided to dish out the virtual gold. It was the least I could do, and fun for all too!

Thank you for the compliments. It meant a lot. I loved being part of a TEAM with Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

Apr 02, 2023 05:37 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Endre Barath, Jr. that is a most gracious compliment. Thank you. 

I tip my hat to Patricia who took the time to write a post about each person who completed the challenge and presented them with a handful of virtual gold. 

Apr 02, 2023 07:21 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

This was a wonderful challenge. We can all learn a lot from the entries. I'm sorry I didn't have the time to participate. Thanks for being such great hosts.

Apr 02, 2023 08:11 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I loved this challenge and always enjoy reading all of the entries in our challenges, Patricia & Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist! I do agree with Roy Kelley's comment on his re-blog - there were lots of wonderful, educational posts last month.

Thank you both again, so very much! You were wonderful hostesses!

Apr 02, 2023 11:17 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Forgot to mention - I had SUCH a hard time remembering the situations that I posted about. As I said before, I tend to remember mostly the good things in life but, this challenge taught me that I need to be better at journaling - even the negative things! 

Maybe if we have this challenge again next year, I'll have journaled and can more easily find something to share in the challenge! LOL

Thank you both again, Kathleen & Patricia!

Apr 02, 2023 11:20 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

You can put us down to do it again next year ... and as Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP said in another comment, we would like to patent it retaining exclusive rights to it.  (LOL). 

Apr 02, 2023 12:52 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - There is a footnote on the bottom of the original March to a Solution|ActiveRain March 2023 Challenge and on the Results for the March to a Solution Challenge. 

Apr 03, 2023 01:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - Thank you for approving and participating in the March to a Solution|ActiveRain March to a Solution Challenge. Respectfully, please keep in mind in addition to your 3 entries, 102 entries were submitted to illustrate: Critical Thinking by describing a situation, problem solving, and finding a solution. I commend everyone for their honesty illustrating, that not all transactions or potential transactions are easy and smooth. Out of the toughest situations, came strength and courage. They were all willing to write some of their best original and educational content in the history of ActiveRain - that is from their words, not mine.

Also, the comments from those who read the Authors personal life experiences were commendable. Many people, thanked Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, and myself for spending countless hours throughout the Challenge. Whether it was 1 or 2 or 3 entries they all deserved recognition.

ActiveRain made it even more challenging to those who were FEATURED because tradition was broken. While frozen, nobody got to see many of the FEATURED stories on the front page because things were broken on the FEATURE PAGE. Nor were the Results featured on the feature page either.

Not once did I complain about the FEATURE page being FROZEN. Instead, with my own initiative and without permission, I took the time to track and highlight the ones who met the challenge by writing and fully completing 3 by bestowing upon them a handful of virtual gold. No one objected. The recipients were proud to receive some other form of recognition not seen on AR before. 

As a result, many valuable lessons were learned throughout the March 2023 Challenge. There is now a plethora of excellent educational examples here on ActiveRain. I hope you will agree. 

Apr 03, 2023 01:40 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Happy Birthday!

Apr 03, 2023 11:39 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Happy Birthday Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  May I add that you have me down twice -  I did complete three posts -- you also have me down for completing one post  I  know I was a little late in the game and you have a disclaimer.    Thank You and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist for hosting the challenge - Enjoy your special day 

Apr 03, 2023 11:57 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you for letting us know Miss Hannah Williams and for your honesty and transparency. 

If anyone is concerned about Hannah getting more points, please know the spreadsheet to award points for participation only lists Hannah as completing 3. 


Apr 03, 2023 01:33 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Hannah Williams - I left my house early this morning for a Listing Presentation. When I received your contact with the update, I contacted Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist right away. She assured me that the spreadsheet that was submitted for the points was correct. It was my mistake. I guess I was more tired than I thought when I stayed up past 2:00 a.m. my time to write this post. I did try to reply to your message with my cell phone but it bounced back to me from AR. 

It was a long day and I just got home a few minutes ago. I fixed the problem and wanted to thank you for bringing that to my attention. 

Thank you!

Apr 03, 2023 04:45 PM
Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte LLC - Phoenix, AZ

I was either missed or re-named Bob 😂😂😂 

Apr 03, 2023 04:21 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Scott Schulte - Unfortunately, I renamed you Bob but I made that correction. I'm so sorry. But the name was correct on the spreadsheet that counted that was submitted correctly. 

I must have had one eye open after 2 a.m. when I wrote this post. I'm sorry!

How are you doing? I have thought about you and wondered if you recovered from the cactus attack. I hope you are doing well. 

Apr 03, 2023 04:40 PM
Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte LLC - Phoenix, AZ

I'm doing great Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ! Thanks for updating that, it made me chuckle😂 2am! ouch! ☕🍵 No worries! Ever! 

Apr 03, 2023 04:43 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Scott Schulte - thank you for having such a great sense of humor! 🤣

But most of, thank you for letting me know you are doing great. I was worried! Thanks for the good news!

Apr 03, 2023 04:49 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thank you both for all of the work that you put into this challenge. It was fun.

Apr 03, 2023 05:00 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Dr. Paula McDonald - thank you. I am so appreciative for all the participation. The education shared was very important to learn. ActiveRain has AMAZING members!

Apr 03, 2023 08:42 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It was such a fun and informative challenge, Patricia, thanks to you and Kathleen. I hope to read more of the posts I missed!


Apr 03, 2023 10:45 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jeff Dowler, CRS - Thanks! It was fun and educational! Thank you for participating. If you can make time to read what you missed, I think you will be amazed at the problem solving skills and solutions. Our membership has the best critical thinkers!

Apr 04, 2023 05:53 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Thank you for hosting this months great challenge Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP   and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist This was an awesome idea with so many live and learn lessons. Glad I was able to get three post done before leaving town and juggling a very busy March.☘🍀 

Apr 05, 2023 05:48 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Buzz Mackintosh - When it came to providing the skills it takes (critical thinking, problem solving, and results) I thank you for being a major contributor by writing three extraordinary entries that were of the highest quality. The lessons you learned and shared with AR taught us how important it is to fight for property rights for property owners. Clearly, the battle isn't over but you and the members on the task force are fighting back to do the right thing and the battle isn't over. You've raised awareness to our commuity and to the Members on ActiveRain. I salute you, but how do I thank you???

Apr 05, 2023 10:15 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for the challenge Patricia & Kathleen!  It was interesting reading the other posts!  And thank you for your extra effort to feature posts due to the broken AR system.  You put in COUNTLESS hours in making this a great Challenge.  Clearly we all have some "interesting" experiences!  Kudos to you! 

Apr 06, 2023 10:17 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ - thank  you for acknowledging our efforts for the March 2023 Solutions|ActiveRain March 2023 Challenge. None of this could have been possible if it wasn't for our passion to be in this real estate industry and our willingness to write our truth about solutions to some very challenging scenarios. It was educational for all and I'm glad to know you appreciated it too. 

Thank you! 

Apr 06, 2023 10:27 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

You bet Patricia!  I'm going to edit my post about the failed sale with the Reverse Mortgage. Learned Wednesday that another Beneficiary Deed could have been processed for the Reverse Mortgage! 

Apr 07, 2023 09:38 AM