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ActiveRain May Challenge…Why Choose YOU?!

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ActiveRain May Challenge…Why Choose YOU?!


The recent NAR ruling has generated many posts, articles, and news commentaries.  Some of the news has been skewed…some of what I’ve read seems canned. 


Someone recently told me their bank might add a lender/agent to the staff. “After all, anyone can do what an agent does?” 


Real estate agents, stagers, inspectors, and lenders are already subject to misconceptions. Now more than ever, it is important that your readers learn from YOU the value you bring to the table. 


This month Debe Maxwell, CRS  and I are hosting a challenge that should be easy for all of you to write!

May’s ActiveRain Challenge…Why Choose YOU?


What’s involved…

~Tell your readers how the NAR decision will impact them.

~Tell your readers what sets you apart from others in your field.

~If you are retired, we want to hear from you too. For example, if you are a retired agent, you can write a post sharing what you think is important when hiring an agent. Use your imagination!!!

~Include at least ONE GRAPHIC

~Post should be at least 300 words

~Your reader wants YOUR WORDS. Please NO Artificial Intelligence.  (or we’ll apply Artificial Points!)

~Copy a link to your post in the comment section below



~Challenge runs from May 2, 2024, and ends May 31, 2024, at MIDNIGHT PST.

~1500 Points will be awarded 


NOTEIf you have already written a post addressing the questions and your service, you can still participate. Rework your post…add new thoughts now that some time has passed!!!


PURPOSE…Bob Stewart always held challenges that in the end benefited our businesses. He challenged us to write the kinds of posts that our consumers wanted and that would make the phone ring. 


We look forward to reading your posts!


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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

The phrase, “People like people like them,” comes to mind but not always, Kathy Streib. Have a few ideas in mind for this month’s challenge.
Many thanks to you and Debe for hosting as well, much appreciated! 

May 02, 2024 07:40 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Can't wait to read your entry, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!!

May 02, 2024 08:34 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

Hello Debe Maxwell, CRS and Kathy Streib, here is my entry: 

Bulldog Tenacity & Fight: As Good As I Ever Was

Thanks again for hosting this month's challenge!

May 08, 2024 09:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Kathy and Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Great idea for the May Challenge and certainly a very timely one! Knowing our value for buyers and sellers, but also articulating it, is so important, and becoming more so as this industry evolves. Sounds like good reading and learning ahead.

Thanks for hosting!


May 02, 2024 09:22 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Looking forward to reading yours too, Jeff! 

May 04, 2024 09:16 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector
May 03, 2024 03:31 AM
Leanne Smith

Very well done and let's AR members and the public understand the depth of your experience and knowledge.

May 03, 2024 05:30 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912

thanks Leanne Smith you are  jewel😎

May 04, 2024 09:12 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Can't wait to read your entry, Eileen! I'm having trouble making comments and liking comments but, know I will read it!

May 04, 2024 09:31 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

What a day for the system to be down and no ability to like or comment! Thank you so much for your entry, Eileen - I LOVE it! Well done and I'm so in agreement with you with regards to education. Thank you, gf!

May 04, 2024 07:00 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Interesting and timely challenge.  Being able to clearly articulate what you do without sounding like a robot is the essence of being a professional salesperson who cares about others.

May 03, 2024 05:28 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

YES! You are so right, Leanne! 

May 04, 2024 06:58 PM
Leanne Smith

So here is my entry to this month's challenge:

In NW AZ Why A.S.K. for Leanne Smith as Your REALTOR

Hope you enjoy the read, a little longer than my usual posts.

May 05, 2024 04:58 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

LOVE your entry, Leanne Smith! Thank you so much for sharing with us. The acronym idea is priceless!

May 05, 2024 08:29 PM
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

Well...perhaps I will be able to complete this challenge...but you know me well...so no guarantees!  Thank you for hosting!

May 03, 2024 06:25 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912

😂 we love your prose Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker 

May 04, 2024 09:13 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

We do hope you'll participate, Mike! As Eileen said, we love reading what you have to share!

May 04, 2024 06:59 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I am seldom one of the early posts but had some to think this morning.  

What Makes Me the 'Who You Gonna' Call Agent'?


May 04, 2024 01:21 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 thanks for participating!!! I've been out most of the day but i'm heading over to your post. 

May 04, 2024 04:41 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

LOVE your post, Ed! We are so on the same page as to how to manage our real estate businesses. 

May 04, 2024 08:12 PM
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

I'm just seeing this now, but I feel like I already wrote this blog, since I have posted on the topic multiple times. I'll have to see what I can do to update my point of view.

May 04, 2024 05:05 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Thanks so much, Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets. We look so forward to reading your entry. Many members could take a page out of your business management.

May 04, 2024 08:14 PM
Kathy Streib

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets I had you mind when I wrote this post!!! I've read your posts about the NAR issue but I also know that you have even formulated new opinions as the weeks have passed. 

May 06, 2024 07:40 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy Streib and Debe Maxwell, CRS ,

It came to me what I could write for the May challenge so here it is:

I work Hard for My Money 

May 06, 2024 08:58 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Fantastic entry, Dorie Dillard Austin TX! I LOVE it! And, now I'll be singing the Donna Summers song all day too! LOL

May 06, 2024 09:28 AM
Kathy Streib

I loved it Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

May 06, 2024 07:36 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

LOTS of comments and entries!  What a great challenge.  Thank you so much for providing the opportunity for each of us to share our talents. 

Here's mine, "Choose an Ethical, Knowledgeable REALTOR"

May 06, 2024 04:45 PM
Kathy Streib

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ Thank you for participating!!! I loved what you wrote! You have shown that by following your passion you've been able to carve out a niche for yourself!!!

May 06, 2024 07:37 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Sorry, forgot to pop back and let you know I loved your entry, Jan!

May 07, 2024 08:40 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS and Kathy Streib - here is my entry for the 2024 May Challenge:

Why Choose Me for the DFW Texas REALTOR

Thanks for the challenge. 

May 07, 2024 12:59 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Thank you so much for participating, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I'm off to read your entry!

May 07, 2024 08:47 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Debe Maxwell, CRS - thank you. I didn't see any comments. I hope it wasn't too much or not enough. Let me know if I need to revise it.


May 07, 2024 08:38 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I'm so glad you came back and let me know, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP. I will continue to check to be sure it 'took' this time! 

May 07, 2024 09:09 PM
Kathy Streib

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I absolutely loved your post!!!! It let your readers know who you are!!!

May 14, 2024 07:58 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Kathy.  I actually wrote this post for my personal website.  In reviewing it I realized I was stating probably more accurately, by accident, what I do for my clients rather than if I had done the AR post specifically for giving myself a shout out.  lol


Thank you for hosting and all the work that is involved in doing so.  Mark


May 08, 2024 02:27 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho I did read your post. This is what agents need to write to show buyers and sellers why they should use your services!!!! Thank you.  

May 09, 2024 06:28 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Thank you, Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho! Looking forward to reading your post!

May 14, 2024 08:08 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy and Debe - you didn't expect anything conventional from me, did you?  Bless Your Heart.  Here is my entry:

And So It Goes. . .

May 10, 2024 05:32 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs your post did not disappoint!!!!! Thank you. 

May 14, 2024 07:56 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

OH, with that lead-in, I can't WAIT to read your entry, Michael Jacobs!

May 14, 2024 08:16 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib and Debe Maxwell, CRS - thank you for cohosting this May 2024 AR challenge.  

May 15, 2024 04:12 AM
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
May 10, 2024 06:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 loved it and appreciate your taking the time to participate!!!

May 14, 2024 07:55 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Thank you, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400! I'm off to read your entry...

May 14, 2024 08:52 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

I am in



May 13, 2024 05:16 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Elliott Read your post and loved it!

May 14, 2024 07:54 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Hi Michael Elliott! Thank you for sharing your post! Can't wait to read it. BTW, we missed you today! We did have great conversation and William Piotrowski did a fabulous job of keeping the conversation spicy and flowing!

May 14, 2024 09:11 PM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Lakeland, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Thanks for another challenge! I went ahead and jumped on. 

Why Choose Ben To Guide Your Real Estate Transaction. 

May 13, 2024 10:23 AM
Kathy Streib

Thanks Ben DeHaven I loved your entry especially the use of videos. 

May 14, 2024 07:53 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Thanks for your entry, Ben DeHaven! I'm looking forward to reading it...

May 14, 2024 09:24 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I know I already uploaded one post, but thought this too could be added, not that I get extra points, but it is in the vein of what you were asking for.

Giving you the confidence to make the right decisions

May 13, 2024 12:28 PM
Kathy Streib

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I loved your post!!! Many thanks for participating. 

May 14, 2024 07:51 PM
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

Hi Kathy Streib and Debe Maxwell, CRS Here is my entry into the May Challenge!  Choose Wisely When Buying or Selling Real Estate!

May 14, 2024 10:37 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker Just finished reading your post!!!! Thank you so much for participating. 

May 14, 2024 06:05 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Another wonderful entry, Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker - I know you'll certainly get my referrals when I have them coming your way!

May 14, 2024 09:53 PM
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

Hi Kathy Streib Thank yo for stopping by my blog...I hope a few more do and also leave comments.  Have a great Tueday evening and Wednesday morning!!

May 14, 2024 06:26 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Here's my post

The value of a buyer's agent? Buying a house is so easy! 

Thank you both for hosting the May challenge, Kathy and Debe!

May 16, 2024 10:46 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Hello Debe Maxwell, CRS  and Kathy Streib 

This is for you ladies  Just another day in the Life of Real Estate Agent 

May 18, 2024 06:40 PM