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I first met Desiree Daniels (some time in the 80s), having worked with her mother and father beginning in  1984.   Her mom, Rosalie, who I affectionately called “Mama Rosalie” was my unofficial mentor, always kind with a word or three of advice.  Rosalie, now retired, was well regarded for her logic and great business sense.  Her dad, Conrad, was a very strong and competitive agent who listed many homes and sold a lot of new construction.


Rosalie and Conrad went on to open ReMax Tri County In Hamilton,  New Jersey, which became the single most productive office in the State.  I have mad respect for their achievements.   Well, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.   Desiree has been a standout and top and respected agent at ReMax Tri County for as long as I can remember, and is one of the top agents in Robbinsville, New Jersey.  Her style is direct and to the point, something I admire in her.   Desiree  is a student of the business, and also grew up in the business.  There are few local agents whom I respect at her level.

While I started on Active Rain around 7 years ago, I noticed that Desiree had also been very active prior.   As I climb the New Jersey leaderboard, I see her in a prominent position, but she has been inactive for quite some time.  When I recently became re-engaged with Active Rain, I had noticed that it had been over 9 years since her last post, which surprised me.   Never at a loss for something to say (like me), I felt that Desiree Daniels was the best candidate for me to reach out to, as part of our Active Rain April Reconnection Challenge.  She would certainly be a valued voice here, as she has been in the past, with thirty featured posts. She has been one of the most successful mentors for agents in our marketplace, just like Rosalie. I am also rather certain that she would harness her influence to convince more new members to join Active Rain.


So then comes the phone call.   I know when she hears my voice, this will be the last thing she expects me to ask.  I get her voicemail.  I leave a message, but not detailed.  She calls back an hour later, and to my surprise, Desiree does not tell me NO when I tell her the nature of my call.   However, time wise, with 12 year old twin boys who play every sport known to man, and leading a thriving real estate team, time is not exactly her friend.  At the end of the conversation, I got a “maybe”  after I repeatedly told her what an engaging blogger she is (no lies there!).  I fully expect her to at least “put her toes in the water”, and when she does, please give her a warm welcome back. 


Posted by

Michael Elliott



Burlington, New Jersey Real Estate 

Broker / Salesperson

Fathom Realty


cell (609) 864-8164   office (888) 455-6040


Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Congratulations on your entry in this month's challenge. I do believe you are the first.

Way to go, Michael Elliott, and happy you reconnected with Desiree Daniels.

Apr 04, 2024 12:07 PM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Realty - Columbia, MD
Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership

Michael Elliott thanks for sharing your story. I'd been active for some time, then my husband passed away and I lost my way. I'm trying to stay motivated and post something every day now. Take care

Apr 04, 2024 12:21 PM
Michael Elliott

June Piper-Brandon   I am so sorry to hear that.  Hugs.   Stay busy, and remember you have many friends here !

Apr 04, 2024 01:03 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Excellent shout out to a long past mentor/friend.  M

Apr 04, 2024 12:26 PM
Michael Elliott

Thanks, Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho 

Apr 04, 2024 04:39 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good job Michael,

I love that you reached out to her and who knows she just might dip her toes into the Rain. If she does we will welcome her, with open arms, back!

Apr 04, 2024 03:22 PM
Michael Elliott

Thank you, Dorie Dillard Austin TX !

Apr 04, 2024 04:01 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We should all head over to her Profile and Blog and leave some comments. I have noticed that people who haven’t blogged for years still get Comments Notifications

Apr 04, 2024 05:11 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Michael - People join and leave ActiveRain for all sorts of reasons and sometimes with no explanation at all too.  As Carol Williams commented "you planted a seed".   


Good for you for reaching out.  

Apr 04, 2024 05:12 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Reach out and touch someone is a great way to bring past members back to the forefront of ActiveRain

Apr 04, 2024 05:14 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Like a garden, you planted the idea in Desiree's head and now she may become engaged again, all because you reached out, Michael. Well done!

Apr 04, 2024 07:03 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael Elliott  first I have not realized you were on this platform for that long.... you must have taken a sabbatical.... and never heard of Desiree either, Endre

Apr 04, 2024 10:44 PM
Michael Elliott

Endre Barath, Jr.   I was here briefly, then took a long sabbatical after managing a couple of real estate office and dealing with life's craziness.

Apr 05, 2024 04:57 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I am not familiar with Desiree Daniels but just hopped over to follow her - perhaps she will come back some time, even just to say hello!

Apr 05, 2024 05:07 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Michael Elliott you struck the right match and received a favorable reply.  Kudos😎

Apr 05, 2024 06:03 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never heard of Desiree Daniels before, but she sounds like such a wonderful woman!  I am following her now in hopes that she will share some of her family adventures with us in the Rain.  I love sports!

Apr 05, 2024 06:26 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Wow! I remember Desiree being on my favorite bloggers list!  Home she'll jump back in.

Apr 05, 2024 07:27 AM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

That is awesome.  I will see who is not active in our area and give them a shout as well! 

Apr 05, 2024 07:33 AM
Francisco Romo
Strong Tower Home Inspections - Chino Hills, CA
Home Inspections you can trust in South California

This just makes much more excited to be part of this community! She sounds great I will follow for sure!

Apr 05, 2024 05:47 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michael:

Terrific post for the challenge. I certainly remember Desiree Daniels and hopefully we will hear from her as she can find the time.


Apr 05, 2024 07:54 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Good Job Michael Elliott ! I just went and followed her in anticipation of her posting!

Hello Desiree Daniels 

Apr 06, 2024 12:56 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Like an expired listing, good job tracking her down like Dog the Bounty Hunter Michael Elliott. To get a blogger to routinely post consistently on AR or their own private brand page stream means commitment. 

dog the bounty hunter

Apr 06, 2024 03:25 AM
Michael Elliott

Hhahahah  have a great weekend.


Apr 06, 2024 03:26 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This post is great fun!  and the Challenge is absolutely brilliant.  I hope Desiree does come back

Apr 06, 2024 04:46 AM
Michael Elliott

Yes yes and yes thank you Lise Howe !

Apr 06, 2024 04:48 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

LOVE Desiree Daniels, Michael and cannot wait to see her back in the Rain. I do SO hope your reach made all of the difference. Selfishly, I want her back because she was just one of those special people who motivated us ALL to be better bloggers...and people. 

THANK YOU for such a heartwarming blast from the past, Michael! 


Apr 07, 2024 08:45 PM
Michael Elliott

Yayyy  thanks  Debe Maxwell, CRS    I've known and done transactions with Desiree Daniels for over 30 years  :-)

Apr 08, 2024 02:28 AM