October Challenge: Trick or Treat Share

Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

This post is an entry in Leanne Smith 's and Endre Barath, Jr. 's October challenge: Trick or Treat Time to share. Even though it's a Halloween related challenge, it's really about treats, not tricks. The mission is to share knowledge (two tidbits) we have received from other ActiveRain members in the past.

Tidbit #1

The first tidbit I'd like to share was provided to me personally, not via a blog (and hence there is no link to the source of the tip). I happened to be chatting with Eileen Burns 954.483.3912 after I had moved across the country and she was giving me ideas of things to do to get involved in the community. One of the things she suggested was that I should join my local Chamber of Commerce. So I looked into it and decided to take her advice and join. The benefits of doing so, and of actually being involved, were many:

At the time, the Chamber was doing online Zoom "coffee connects" which was an hour long meeting to introduce ourselves. It was during the beginning of Covid and was before we started getting together in person. Well, if I heard someone interesting talking, I would get in touch with them afterwards to see if they wanted to do coffee. In person. No one said no. I got to know a bunch of people as a result of doing so.

And at one of those coffee meetings, I shared with the person I was talking to that I wanted to start a cooking club. She thought that was a fantastic idea and when someone she knew walked by at the coffee shop, she grabbed that person and said, Kat, tell her your idea! So I did, and that person thought it was a wonderful idea as well and she wanted to participate. Which is how our cooking club got started and why we have a great group of friends who we see every other month to cook, eat and visit. (We also have a wonderful cookbook as a result!)

At another of those coffee meetings, I found out the title companies can provide marketing lists and that's how I started my post card campaign which got me quite a few sales.

I also just closed on a land sale from someone who found my marketing materials at the Chamber visitor center.

And on and on. I've met many amazing people who have become both business associates of one kind or another, and friends. All because of a suggestion from Eileen Burns!


Tidbit #2

My second tidbit, which was also personally given to me (not via a post), was provided after I wrote my very first blog in December of 2010. One of the first people who commented on that post was John McCarthy. I don't remember the exact words he used when we spoke on the phone (since it was over a decade ago) but he contacted me to share the "rules of the road" of ActiveRain. Specifically, he wanted me to know I should respond to people who comment on my posts. On that first post, I left a general comment thanking everyone but I just went back and checked my second post. On the second post, I thanked and/or commented personally to each comment. So a huge thank you to John McCarthy for getting me started on the right foot! Since then, I've always responded to each comment. And as a result, I've made friends and acquaintances. Communication is a wonderful thing.



These are the first two tidbits that popped into my mind when I read the instructions for this month's challenge. But there have been so many ideas I have received from ActiveRain. They have come from personal discussions over the phone or in person. They have also come from suggestions I've read on ActiveRain posts. There are way more than just two tidbits. There have probably been hundreds (or even thousands) of ideas I have taken notice of and many I have incorporated in my business and/or life.

Thank you to Leanne & Endre for this challenge idea!

And if you're still reading, thank you!



Comments (34)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kat... yours must be at least the third post I've read for this month's entry... and I haven't even started thinking about it. I'm just hoping I get some time to think about it, much less write something.

Oct 02, 2023 05:53 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Nina Hollander, Broker - I've been in a blogging slump for a while but read the challenge and the "tidbits" just came to me and since I had a little time, I banged it right out. That might have been the thing to get rid of the slump because I have another thought coming!

Oct 02, 2023 06:29 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Kat Palmiotti so happy for you that things worked out with your local Chamber. I especially like the land purchase story about your marketing piece being the catalyst for the sale.   Absolutely love the cooking club and the new connections you and your respective spouses managed to connect as well.😎

Oct 02, 2023 07:30 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Eileen Burns 954.483.3912 - you rock

Oct 02, 2023 10:52 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello Kat Palmiotti , it is all about the connections we make with other people who support us as we support them. Your tidbit #1 is a testament to that. 


Like you, I do try, and most of the time I am successful with that effort, to not only respond to comments but reciprocate by commenting on the commenters post.  It is all part of the engagement here and as you said, we make friends in the process. 

Oct 02, 2023 09:54 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist for your comment!

Oct 02, 2023 10:53 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat Palmiotti - Congratulations on being the first to get this month's challenge done.  What a nice job!  I am going to have to put some thought into this.  There have been so many ideas from other members.  Happy Trick or Treat month!

Oct 02, 2023 01:53 PM
Kat Palmiotti

There have been a lot of tidbits Sheri Sperry - MCNE® which makes picking just a few difficult!

Oct 02, 2023 03:19 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Those are powerful tidbits!  Good for you for figuring AR out and taking the lead on Eileen's advice.  The wisdom from members is amazing!  Great post!

Oct 02, 2023 02:08 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ !

Oct 02, 2023 03:18 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

This is the best part of the Rain! We can learn from one another on this platform.

Oct 02, 2023 03:53 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Absolutely, Dr. Paula McDonald !

Oct 02, 2023 05:55 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Kat that was excellent advice Eileen Burns 954.483.3912 gave you about the chamber.  I joined the chamber years and years ago and I still have many long time friends from that group in particular.  In fact Gary and I are hosting a Fall Cowboy Roundup this month and over half of the folks coming are from the chamber connection!  Ye Haw!

Oct 02, 2023 05:05 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Ye Haw is right, Anna "Banana" Kruchten ! I'm not surprised!

Oct 02, 2023 05:55 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Kat Palmiotti clearly you're enjoying building relationships from all your connections as well.   A gift!

Oct 02, 2023 08:49 PM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH



Kat, great post! Thanks for the mention, dear friend! We both had so much to learn back then. Best wishes to you!

Oct 03, 2023 01:49 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you John McCarthy - keep sharing those photos!

Oct 03, 2023 04:34 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Great advice from both people!
Take care - Lynn

Oct 03, 2023 02:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727 

Oct 03, 2023 04:34 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It takes but a word to turn the light on and from there the stream is successful. Many people here in the rain have posted or offered ideas that have made others more successful. Wonderful entry in the Challenge.

Oct 03, 2023 06:12 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 - we just have to implement!

Oct 03, 2023 07:26 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kat:

Great entry for the October Challenge - you certainly were out of the gate quickly, and with a couple of great tips. I think the one about commenting is particularly important, not only to thank others but to engage and get to know more people. I think it's appreciated when we respond to comments. And sometimes those comments  on a post become an online conversation.


Oct 03, 2023 01:28 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Jeff Dowler, CRS - and sometimes comments can lead to actually meeting people in person!

Oct 03, 2023 02:34 PM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

We are so blessed to have an active, caring, engaging, and vibrant community that really care about each other.  Great tidbits and post!  Kathy

Oct 04, 2023 09:32 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Kathy Schowe  and I agree - we are blessed.

Oct 05, 2023 05:01 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kat Palmiotti  love your post it was a great treat 

Oct 04, 2023 04:25 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Hannah Williams !

Oct 05, 2023 05:00 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I love y our tidbits. Isn't it wonderful how much we can learn from each other if we just bother to reach out? 

Oct 05, 2023 07:48 PM
Kat Palmiotti

It sure is wonderful Marte Cliff ! I've learned from you too!

Oct 06, 2023 04:24 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

There are so many impactful ActiveRain members who make a positive difference here on the platform, Kat. Enjoyed your post very much, thank you!

Oct 05, 2023 08:14 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - I appreciate you!

Oct 06, 2023 04:24 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Well done and great shares. When I moved from The SF Bay Area to San Diego, the very first thing I did was join the SD Chamber of Commerce - like you I was a stranger in a land of established REALTORS* and relationships and the chamber was a great way to fast track meeting people of the mindset to refer and network.

Oct 10, 2023 06:37 AM
Kat Palmiotti

I found the Chamber really did introduce me to a lot of people (and still does!). I'm so glad that was one of the first things I did here Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets 

Oct 10, 2023 03:39 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Kat Palmiotti really enjoyed your October Challenge blog ... tis so Sweet to get sound advice from active member of the Rain!  Advice taken to heart brings great success and the road you are on is proof!  Thanks for being one of the first to take up this month's challenge.  I'm still "thinking" about writing mine.

Oct 10, 2023 02:18 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Diana Dahlberg - I cannot wait to read yours!

Oct 10, 2023 03:39 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Time well spent... learning and sharing so it goes both ways. Engage, mingle, network because no man or woman is an island.

Oct 12, 2023 05:18 AM
Kat Palmiotti

So true Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 !

Oct 12, 2023 06:20 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I love this, Kat and always enjoy brainstorming with Eileen Burns 954.483.3912 - she is full of brilliant ideas...as are you! Coming up with the cooking club was a fantastic idea! I recommended something similar to an agent once and she started a wine group. That was nearly 15 years ago and that club is still growing...and so is her business! 

Great first entry - sorry it's taken me so long to read it!

Oct 12, 2023 06:39 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Ha, no worries Debe Maxwell, CRS - I don't know how you have time to read ANYTHING!

Oct 12, 2023 09:02 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I thank you personally Kat, for the tidbits you put into the October challenge my friend. I peruse this section daily and always come up with something I can use 🙂

Oct 17, 2023 03:01 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS for you comment!

Oct 17, 2023 06:38 PM