NAR Master of Prospecting Anna Banana Kruchten


 Active Rain Rocks! I received an email from Katie Tarbox of "REALTOR Magazine" regarding the "Masters of Real Estate" Online Video Training for the National Association of REALTORS. Ms.Tarbox had been reading my blog posts on ActiveRain and liked my approach and out of the box ideas on prospecting. She asked if I'd be interested in being the "Prospecting Master". Katie said she and her video camera man Gabe would need 2 days to interview and do a camera shoot. Was I interested?  Well of course I was very interested! What a fantastic opportunity! 





We spent the first day in my office with longer interview segments regarding my business, prospecting methods and interviews with our office associates. The 2nd day was spent in the field with clients viewing homes and attending a Chamber of Commerce Network meeting.



NAR Master of Prospecting Anna Banana Kruchten


Katie is an expert at asking the right questions! And Gabe was great at guiding me through the  video shoot. I had never been coached for a professional video shoot so it was most interesting to see how the pros make it happen! I've done many videos, public speaking, teaching and interviews over the years but none as exciting as this interview and shoot!


We wrapped up the shoot with an impromptu Happy hour at our favorite area wine bar, Timo's Cafe and Wine Bar. I sent out invites to local business associates. About 20 or so folks were able to join us in giving Katie and Gabe a warm Phoenix welcome! It was also a great networking opportunity!



Prospect! Prospect! Prospect!


Active Rain Success Story - Anna Banana Kruchten Prospecting Master





Now - back to Active Rain! I want to express my sincere appreciation to Bob Stewart  and all the people that have been part of my amazing journey on ActiveRain.  In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined that my blogging career would have created such amazing and successful results. And they continue to do so to this day!


Post Script - updated this post on 3/15/17 and I am still going strong on ActiveRain!



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Wow!  Big Congrats to you Anna B.  Here is yet another great example of the Power in Active Rain at work.  Well deserved by you Anna.

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) over 9 years ago

Anna:  Hooray!  I'm glad you were recognized by Realtor® Magazine.  It's just awesome the things that can come out of a consistent Active Rain blog.  Good for you!


Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 9 years ago

Thanks June! Active Rain is very powerful and the power comes from the amazing members!  I would not have imagined last year at this time that I would have learned so much and met so many wonderful people along the way.  Totally amazing journey - Active Rain Rocks!

Hi Chris! Yes it is amazing what consistent activity on Active Rain can create for our businesses.  I appreciate your support and friendship!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Go Anna Go! I'm one of your biggest fans and I have to say that you are so deserving of the acknowledgment and 2010 is definitely going to be your year! Congratulations!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 9 years ago

Anna, I am so happy for you, that is BIG!  I am so fortunate that you came across my post and left me a comment and invited me to join your group.  I have so much to learn from all these super stars here.  Congratulations!

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 9 years ago

Anna..c ongrats

Posted by GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster, REOptions LLC (THE DIGIORGIO GROUP /(303) 898 - GARY (4279)) over 9 years ago

Thanks so much Wanda - you've made my day!  I so appreciate our friendship!  And you too my dear are  going to have an awesome 2010!  I just know that!

Hi Rita - we are the lucky ones to have you part of our group!  You've got such spirit and spunk and I look forward to getting to know more about you in 2010.  Thanks so much for your support!  It is pretty darn exciting!!

Gary - thanks buddy!  I appeciate you!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Anna Banana! Wow for you! I have been just trying to keep up reading all of your material and all of your posts...and I honestly don't know how you do it! Just keeping up with you is beyond my ability, so I look forward to the video, as well as Part, all that you learned along the way! Congratulations! How fun for you!

Posted by Jane Cross (Homes By Cross serving Charlotte NC Real Estate Needs) over 9 years ago

Hi Jane - thanks so much. It has been so much fun - who would have thought?  I can't wait to take the time to write down the details - it was such a great experience and all due to Katie the producer and Gabe the camera man.  They were so fun to work with and get to know!

Happy New Year to You!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Ms. Anna,

Congratulations for a well deserved honor!  To be featured by NAR as a prospecting Master on is the perfect way to start off 2010.  We learn from you Anna Banana, everyday in the rain and appreciate how willing you are to share EVERYTHING you do with us.  I am so grateful to you for contacting me in linkedin and encouraging me to join AR.  It has been a steep learning curve with more hills to climb but you my friend.. make it fun!  Congratulations again! I will be re-blogging this great news to spread the word!

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

How exciting is this?  I will be looking forward to reading more about it in Parts 2 and 3.


Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 9 years ago

So cool. You just really don't know the limits of ActiveRain and other sites until you get out there and just do it! I certainly hope I don't miss parts 2 and 3. Congrats - very awesome!!!

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 9 years ago

Hi to my dear friend Carra - we are all so glad you took me up on my offer to join AR.  You are an awesome member that is the true meaing of GIVER!  I really appreciate your support and kind words more than you realize!  And I totally get the steep learing hills and many more to come in 2010 - but it is FUN (well ok most of the time!)  Thanks for the re-blog - that is so cool!  I am excited and honored to have been given this great opportunity.

Ann - totally exciting!  Thanks for stopping by and for your support!  Yahoo!!

Mr Cool - Steve - it is WAY cool!  I'm thinking there are no limits on Active Rain - just lots more good stuff to come all of our way.  Thanks so much!!!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Anna - Good for you and lucky for us that you will be sharing your experience here on Active Rain. Sounds like you had a great time and did a superb (not surprising) job with the interview. Congratulations!

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) over 9 years ago

Judy it was such a blast learning how to shoot a video - I mean a real honest to goodness professional video.  I had no idea of the process.  I could only imagine what it's like to make movies and be on set for months and months. I hope I did good - we'll see!!  Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing my fun news!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Congratulations on your success, that sounds fantantic to be recognized by as a Masters of Real Estate. I wish you much success for 2010.  I really enjoy reading success stories here on Active Rain :-)

Posted by Kate Talarico, RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager (Kates Home Staging and Interior Design) over 9 years ago

Thanks Kate.  It is an honor!  It is amazing how many and how varied the success stories are - it's the place to be!  Happy New Year and all the best to you in 2010!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Well Anna... just wanted to say you are a STAR in your own right.... it was just a matter of time that the outsiders would discover what the Rainers already knew!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Posted by Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC ( Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL) over 9 years ago

Anna, GIRL BRAVO... don't forget about US you can ALWAYS REFERENCE Dallas Real Estate Team  HINT HINT HINT... just kidding can't wait to see the video... YOU GO GIRL.

Posted by ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team (Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals ) over 9 years ago

That is awesome!  What an accompishment, you should be so proud of yourself!

Posted by Bridget Cella, e-Pro, Realtor (Re/Max Connection) over 9 years ago

One thing for certain.  Those in the media have a way to find us now.  I was contact while on holiday by a New York news reporter asking me questions about the San Francisco market.  Same here.  When I asked her how she found me she said ActiveRain.  Maybe, I'll get famous thanks to AR.

Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Compass) over 9 years ago

Anna - this is Sooooooo Great!  Thanks for sharing your success story and accomplishments with all of us. It's so rewarding and inspirational, I am really happy for you. Looking forward to part 2 and 3.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

A heart felt CONGRATS Anna B.  I always thank people from the bottom of my butt -- which is a lot LARGER then the top (and bottom) of my heart! ;-)

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 9 years ago

Congratulations Anna. I love to hear Active Rain success stories and look forward to reading the future posts.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 9 years ago

Hi Anna Banana...Congratulations.  This news will inspire even more of our members to read your posts and gain much as a result.

Active Rain is powerful.  It it making tremendous inroads because of contributors like yourself.


P.S.  Looking forward to Parts 2 and 3.

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 9 years ago

Anna, I am thrilled for you!!  A huge congratulations.  I love hearing these cool stories and have a few of my own from Activerain :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 9 years ago

Hello Anna from another Anna Banana! I love how you have embraced the "banana." I tend to shy away from it.

Congrats on all of your achievements! May it be a prosperous new year!



Posted by Anna Swihart (Long and Foster) over 9 years ago

Anna, this is not a surprise to me! Remember, I told you last year that I copied your basic Prospecting Post and put in a plastic page to have with me all the time. You're a real motivator, Anna. I also think I told you I would love to have a broker like you. CONGRATULATIONS! Can't wait to see the rest of the series.

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 9 years ago

Congratulations to you Anna on being featured in the Realtor Magazine for being one of the eight masters of Real Estate. I am sooo happy for you. I would be following you to see how this blog series turns out. 2010 is going to be our best year ever-CLAIM IT. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

Hi Anna ~ That is just too cool! And I love hearing about the details of the day - what a super idea to include your business associates at happy hour. A big congratulations to you.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 9 years ago

Anna what a great honor and way to start off the New Year.  Katie and Gabe sound like an asset to NAR as well.  I'll be looking forward to reading your follow up Posts.  I hope you don't have to wait too long before you get to see the final product.  How exciting and how rewarding when we are recognized for our accomplishments.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 9 years ago

I just jumped in all the way and dedicated many many (did I say MANY) hours to learning, growing and becoming part of the BEST online community I've ever experienced.

Good evening Anna,

I hope your great post inspires many new bloggers to also "jump in all the way"!  :)

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 9 years ago

Way to go Anna banana ! You do a great job here in the rain. What a great way to start 2010.. Keep us posted.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 9 years ago

Anna--From the time I got your email on one of my posts (prior to your blogging) I knew from your note that you were a natural for this...But to go so far and so fast....Kudos to you banana lady! :) From your frosty friend in MN, a big sincere congrats!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 9 years ago

This is a great story, Ms. Banana. Is that your birth name? It's very appealing in any case. Good work!

Posted by Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor, If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow. (Conifer Homes) over 9 years ago

Congradulations! AR will take us all far.

Posted by Sherry Chastain, Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales (Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee) over 9 years ago

Anna:  You are a true inspiration to the rest of us.  Love your enthusiam.  What great energy to start 2010.  Congratulations. 

Posted by Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country (Pacific Union International) over 9 years ago

Those kind of surprises in life are so nice to get ---enjoy the moment.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) over 9 years ago

Great PR and recognition for your invaluable post.  Congratulations to you.  Good job.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing and supporting. Great job


Posted by Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv (REISA - 317-663-4173) over 9 years ago

We all agree that REALTOR Magazine made an excellent choice in picking you, Anna! Not only are you a shining example of our profession - you're interesting too! Can't want for the next 2 posts.

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 9 years ago

This is awesome Anna!!! Congratulations for being picked for this. This will look great on your resume. Sounds like a memeorable experience to say th least.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Congratulations and thank you for sharing your success.

Posted by Mandy Buchholz (Benchmark Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Barbara CalwhiteWhat a great inspirational story.  Having just started in Active Rain in November, it seems like it will take forever to get points or ever be able to write as well as all the posts are written.  Thanks for the inspiration.



Barbara Calwhite

Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) over 9 years ago


Hah, this is a fantastic AR success story! I can't wait to read the next installment and to see the results on!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 9 years ago

Anna-well deserved kudo's and certainly at the top of the heap for Active Rain success stories.  Congratulations and I look forward to reading the entire series and seeing the video.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Anna,congrats on this fabulous undertaking for you! Hope the series turns out well and please let us know where you will be so we can tune in and watch - and learn from your ideas!  I can tell you're so excited, it's great to start off the year on such a positive note!  YIPEEEEEE.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 9 years ago

Awesome! Great kickoff to the new year! Have fun.

Posted by Blatt + Cutino, Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today* (Keller Williams Coastal Estates) over 9 years ago

What a great and fun way to kick off the year AB !!!!

And congrats on the spotlight - maybe you'll have your own TV series by the summer !!!

Cheers Anna !!

Sheldon :o)

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 9 years ago

Congratulations, Anna. That is very, very exciting news. Sounds like you will be busy in 2010!

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 9 years ago

Hi Diane! You are so sweet! Thanks for the vote of support - I appreciate YOU!

Lynn - you are so funny!!  Hint!  Hint!  Lynn911 in Dallas! Not possible to forget this amazing group on AR - nope just not possible!  Thanks!

Bridget - thanks so much.  Myself, my office and all our business associates are really excited!

Frank - there is a lot of truth to that. There are so many professional practioners that really know their stuff here on AR.  Why not go to the best source around, Active Rain.

Thanks Brad!  You are been an inspiration to me all year long and I've learned as much as my brain could take.  Now - 2010 is here and I need more info!   I really appreciate not only YOU but everyone in the rain who has been as inspiration to me - thanks to everyone!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago


Way to go girl!  This is no surprise to me.  As much as you have received here, I am pretty sure you have given.  I enjoy all of your posts!  Can't wait for the next 2!  

All the very best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Carla - LOL you are too funny girlfriend! I always thank people from the bottom of my butt -- which is a lot LARGER then the top (and bottom) of my heart! ;-)  Now this makes sense to me! Thanks a bunch girlfriend!

Tigard - much appreciated!  I hope to have the 2nd post completed by next week.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Anna hope is that this will be my year for figuring some of this out.  Congratulations.  Your whole team must be proud!

Posted by Claire Record (Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country) over 9 years ago

Anna Banana:  Thanks for sharing this positive experience.  Congrats!

Posted by Dianne Bartlett (Brightside Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Anna: Congratulations! That's exciting. I too love Active Rain. I have had contacts with the media (Inman) because of AR. the more exciting thing is it looks like I'll start doing some business here. I wish you well this year-hopefully you can leverage your media savvy!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) over 9 years ago

Congratulations on the stardom! You deserve it.

Posted by Jeana Cowie, Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES (RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 9 years ago

Anna - Whoo Hoo for you ! How exciting . I find this very inspirational and look forward to more. Congratulations and well deserved.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 9 years ago

Nice success story! Congratulations!

Posted by Dean Carver (United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team) over 9 years ago

Great success story. I wonder what the people that say blogging and posting don't work would say?


Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) over 9 years ago

This is a great story. Active Rain has opened many doors for me. I've got a BlogTalkRadio interview on Tuesday at 8am PST.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Congratulations!  What a wonderful experience, and definitely a resume booster, like you needed one any way.

I'll look forward to parts two and three.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 9 years ago
Anna I am so happy for you! What a great way to start the year and reap the rewards of all of your hard work!
Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 9 years ago

Congratulations Anna.  Great job, you deserve it.  Best of luck to you in the future as well.

Posted by Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES, Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate (Long Realty West Valley) over 9 years ago

Wow, the cherry on the banana cream pie!!! Way to go Anna Banana!!!

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) over 9 years ago

Anna, what an amazing achievement and how fun!  Congratulations on your hard work and success!

Posted by Carol Hamilton, Prudential, Real Estate, Omaha, NE (Prudential Ambassador) over 9 years ago

Hi Kathleen - I hope it does and helps newbies to keep on keeping on because with consistent playing in the rain and learning lots it will create lots of good stuff for all of us.  There are many that have inspired my this past year and do to this day.  Thanks for your kind words - You're wonderful!

Carole - thankyou so much.  Coming from our Feng Shui expert that knows the power of flow and energy - it so much fun!!  PS  So glad you're safe and your home issues got solved quickly!

Hello Anna Banana!  Nice to see you in the rain! I look forward to getting to know you in 2010.  I'll send you an email next - I've got a treat for you on the way!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sharon - yes I do remember that!  I loved that post and am re-doing it to adjust and shift to 2010.  Adding a few new things on ( that I learned here ). Thanks so much for your support - you know I'm looking for a few top notch agents - come on up to Phoenix and join our team!  Love to have you onboard the Banana Boat :)

Lanre - thanks a bunch! And I absolutely agree that 2010 is going to be our best year yet - I have total faith and believe in that! 

Liz - it was so fun!  I have to sit and think a bit on the details as the time flew by really fast and I didn't take many pictures as I was a little busy LOL.  The process was very interesting and I thought folks here would enjoy hearing about it. I'm sure others have experienced the same thing too. Yes the happy hour was fun - everyone was so glad to have been invited even if it was at the last moment. It was a beatiful evening on the patio by the fireplace!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Sue - you're not kidding!  It was the BEST way to get 2010 rock and rolling and  huge honer of which I am so grateful.  Katie is a huge assest to NAR - amazing smart and interesting young lady.  And Gabe is such a great guy and more than willing to share his knowledge and expertise. I hope to send his company business! I think they'll have it done within a week or two - pretty fast!

Bruce - as we all know it takes MANY hours to figure this stuff all out!  But it's such a fun journey and so rewarding to be doing with such an amazing group of supportful members. Yahoo!!! 

Calling all Newbies - Jump in all the way in 2010 - you will be so glad you did!!  Trust me!!

Hi Roland - great to see you!  And thanks for your support and fun along the way this past year.  I love doing the rainjacks with you!  You always come up with such fun quirky pics.  It is GREAT!

Hi Teri - you my dear have been a huge inspiration to me from before I started. Thanks so much for showing me the way and making sense of so many things for me.  Newbies would be wise to follow in your shoes!  Thanks :)

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Aaron - Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate YOU!  Nope Banana'snot my birth name - it's my given name from since I was a kid!  LOL so a-peeling. Gotta love a guy with a sense of humor!

Sherry - AR will certainly do that for everyone if they play in the rain!  Thanks for stopping by!

Kirsten -Tthank you for your kind words.  I am humbled by that and honored.  I hope that I can shed some light each and every day and share what I know and have been given. I feel many days that I have been the one to have received so much from this community.  Hey - I am the energizer banana!!

L&L - they are great to enjoy for many moments with this particular project.  Thanks so much!!

Charita - what a pretty name you have - love it!  Thank you for your support! 

Tony - you're welcome! And Thanks!

Irene - you're gonna make me cry!  I so appreciate your friendship and humor - you are a true professional.  I'll get those posts out asap!

Bryant thanks so much! It really is exciting to be part of the whole project!  And a blast to boot!  I so enjoy reading both of your posts - and know your son too!  What a great family!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Mandy - thanks!

Barbara - you'll get there - just keep on learning something new everyday.  I'll email you and send you some great posts that will help you FAST!  Thanks so much for joining this conversation!  And welcome to Active Rain!

Richard - yes it is soooo fantastic!  I am so grateful you wouldn't believe - oh wait - of course YOU would!  Thanks so much for your thoughts! YOU are a guy that inspires so many of us here in the rain.

Cindy - thanks so much.  There have been so many really cool success stories and I'm glad to have many as well.  This kind of tops them all for me too!  Way fun and very interesting to be part of the process.

Hey Lyn - Thanks so much!  I hope it does too but I have a feeling between Katie and Gabe - the experts - it will be great.  I totally trusted them and enjoyed being coached by both of them.  They now what they're doing - big time! The 3rd post of this series will be the final product.  Yippee!!

Angelica - it sure is a great 'kick off' for 2010.  Here's to great year for you too!  Thanks!!

Sheldon LOL - buddy let's have show together - now that would be funny!  People would be rollling in the seats between you and the banana!!  We could call it Banana and the British Babe!!  Thanks so much for your support Sheldon - you are one amazing guy!

Melissa - thanks so much.  Busy is the plan!  All the best to you too - rock and roll!!

Michelle - you are such a cutie!  Thanks so much for your kind words!  It's really a give and take on this network. And people are so willing to share what they know and give encouragement.  Here's to a great 2010 for you!

Claire - this WILL be your year for figuring lots of stuff out - one day at a time!  Let me now if I can share what I've learned along the way. Happy to do do!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Congrats.  Another great AR success story.  I've learned so much being here on AR, and have really developed as a blogger.  I never like writing before, but now I love putting a few thoughts down each day. 

Posted by David Monsour, ABR - (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) over 9 years ago

Anna Banana...WAY TO GO GIRL!!!  What a great honor and achievement.  I know, just from reading all your posts, that you will make us all proud.  Can't wait for the rest of the series.  Kick some bootie.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) over 9 years ago

Diane - thanks!  It's fun to share great news! 

Paul - that's great - Inman!  Good for you!  I have also closed a number of transaction this year as well as several referals so I'm certain you will create the same as well.  Good luck to you in 2010! Thanks so much - I appreciate your support!

Jeanan - not sure it's 'stardom' but kind of more like 'teacherdom' - a part I love to play!  Thanks!

Claude - thanks so much.  Your kind words mean a lot to me - truly!  You and Jane have been a huge inspiration to me this past year.  WOO HOO - let's rock and roll in 2010!

Sonia - thanks!  And welcome to Active Rain!  Are you here in Phoenix?  Let's have coffee!

Ted LOL - those folks just don't get it.  They'd probably say - whatever!  The good news we all understand and are willing to work hard and smart and go the extra mile and then some!

Erica - yes Katie and I talked about you.  I loved your article in the Jan issue!  Way to go for you too! Thanks for your support!!!

Vickie - good luck on your blogtalk radio event! Be sure to write a post all of us and post it in BananaTude!  Thanks!

Christine Thanks so much - it was an awesome experience and I hope it helps a lot of agents this next year.  Isn't it always fun to do new things - resume or not!  Yippy Skippy!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Debra -you got that one! It was so great to kick off the new year with this fun project!  And it was a lot of hard work and a steep learning curve.  To think I had no clue last year at this time - amazing.  And now I've got to really buckle down and learn tons more this year!  Thanks so much!

Hi to my fellow Phoencian Jerry!  Thanks for your support!  Happy 2010 to you too - it's going to be a great year!

Dawn LOL - you crack me up girlfriend!  I can just see this picture and I'm having ohhh so much fun with it.  Thanks for the laugh and your support!!  You so rock!

Carol - thanks!  It didn't happen overnight!!!20+ years in real estate, 1 year in Active Rain (which quite frankly has been the BEST choice I made at the start of last year). The whole process was such a blast from start to finish!  Welcome to Active Rain!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

David - thanks! It is totally amazing what one can learn on this platform - glad to hear that you've enjoyed your journey. I look forward to reading your stuff!

Jean - allright! Kick some bootie!  I intend to this year and all the time!!  And thanks so much - it is a true honor and achievement. Thanks for your kind words!  Kick some bootie girlfriend in 2010!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

You inspire!

Posted by Tracy Saunders over 9 years ago

What a greay way to start 2010!! Sounds like such a good oppurtunity, congrats Anna!

Posted by Christopher Watters, Austin Realtor (512-829-8000) (Watters International Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Anna,

Congratulations on Realtor Magazine. ActiveRain is a great place to learn, get insight and be creative. It also helps get us noticed sometimes too. Looking forward to reading your follow up articles.

Posted by Celeste Chism - Serving You in Crossville, Fairfield Glade, Lake Tansi & Cumberland Cove, Serving You is My Top Priority (RE/MAX Premier Choice) over 9 years ago

That's great Anna...way to go girl!

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Way to go, Anna.  I can't wait to see the finished product.  It's nice to see people get recognized for all the hard work they do.  And you are so deserving.  I have just one question: did you let Katie and Gabe wear the banana suits?

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

That is AWESOME Anna!   I can't wait to see part 2 and 3.  Cheers to you!  pippa

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 9 years ago

Congratulations, Anna! That's so wonderful, and I am so proud of you. You've put yourself and your talents out there, and it sure paid off. Looking forward to hearing the next installments! All the best to you! This year someone already feels charged with expectation (in a positive way).

Posted by Deena Cottingham, Home Stager & Photographer (GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography) over 9 years ago


Just wonderful. Especially for you, but also for AR and all its members. The network is mainstream for sure. Congrats.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 9 years ago

Congratulations Anna!   I'm very proud of you and can't wait to see the videos.

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) over 9 years ago

Congratulations on your success, now where is my autograph book :-)

Posted by Al Wright, Have your inspections performed the Wright Way (Affordable Canadian Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

WEll're a celeb now..The Calls will be pouring in "will you coach me", "can I have a copy of your Tricks" ete etc...

The Good News.... your clients will boast about "She is our Realtor" to their friends...and the New One's will keep your phone humming for sure to post your video to the public online.. through AR of course and on your web have bragging rights :O))

Well Done !

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Anna Banana - WOW!  If this doesn't encourage and inspire everyone to "jump in" I don't know what would.  Thank you for YOU!

Posted by Ken Speer (Alpha Global Associates) over 9 years ago

Wow, Very exiting!! Great story!

Posted by Scott Taylor, REALTOR (Realty Center - Orlando - Ocoee) over 9 years ago very cool. Can' wait to see the final video! Excellent opportunity for you.

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 9 years ago

Anna, that's soooooooo awesome!  Sounds like you had a blast and I can't wait to see the video.  Will you also have an article in the magazine too?  Can't wait to see the rest of the series!

Chanda panda

Posted by Chanda Barrick, in referral (Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast) over 9 years ago

Thanks Tracy - all the best to you in 2010!

Chris you've got that right! Great way to jump into 2010!

Celeste - Absolutley AR is the place to make all that happen!

Thanks Patricia!  Happy New Year!  What a difference a year makes :)

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Pippa - love your name!  I've never heard it before.  Thanks so much - it is AWESOME!

Deena - it does feel CHARGED now doesn't it. And thanks for your kind words - appreciated. I look forward to hearing about what you've got going for 2010!

Esko - yes - exactly it's a win- win -win- win all the way around!

Fred - Banana a celeb!! That would be just fine by me and my whole office!! Oh yes - its will be a excellent training video - I hope I did you all proud. We'll find out soon enough!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Ken you more than other 'newbies' certainly get that part as you're here in the office all week listning me talk about how great AR is. You lucky Duck!  BTW - you did an excellent job on the interview they did with you.  Very clear and consise and upbeat just like you are every day.

Scott - thanks! It is exciting!

Monika - it is an opportunity one that I am honored to be part of if for sure!

Chanda - The plan as I undersand is for the video to be online in 2010 as the training for propecting.  Don't think it will be in magazine - but who knows, maybe?  Thanks so much for your support Chanda Panda!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

WOW! That's HUGE... Congratulations! I will certainly print this article and remember it whenever I am feeling to tired to Blog. We truly reap what we sow. CONGRATULATIONS!

Posted by Jason Crawford, MBA (PartnerFirst Real Estate Network & Millenia Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Jaspn you make an excellent point.  Sometimes we just have to get over 'whatever' excuse we're telling our self that day or week. I totally understand that one! Thanks!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Congratulations on your success.  It must have been very exciting to work on this project.

Posted by Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog (Remax Estate Properties - ) over 9 years ago

Congrats to all of your hard work. Blogging does pay off for the mighty few.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 9 years ago

Woo hoo - Definitely a Ta-Da moment. You make us all proud.  It doesn't seem that long ago that I was reading your first blogs here on AR.  With blogging - comes growth? 

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Congratulations, this means that I'm going to have to go back and research all of your articles on prospecting!!! That'll be fun, as long as it doesn't involve cold calling...ugh...

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 9 years ago


That is so awesome, good job on all your hard work.  Good things happen to good people that work hard.

Posted by Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Elite Pacific Properties Maui) over 9 years ago

Hi Maureen - yes it was exciting and very interesting. Great people to work with - real pros in their fields.

Harry - thanks - and for sure it is of value!

Jenny - I know - it was just a year ago when I jumped in head first and went AR crazy!  I appreciate your support and friendship - you've been a big inspiration!

Hey William - No worries - Cold calling as never been on my propspecting/marketing agenda!  Whew!  Bet you're real glad to know that. I"m going to update last years post and send it on out later this week.

Hey Steve - Thanks - you are another one of those guys that is working hard - and it shows.  Lots of good things coming about already in 2010.  This is going to be an awesome year.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Anna--I am speechless.  Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You deserve all the Kudos!

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Yikes - thanks Mary. It has been an honor and a real interesting trip!!!  More to follow in 2010!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

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