Getting To Know Anna Banana!

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 AZ Broker BR030809000

What a fun challenge Kathy Streib and Carol Williams have created for us this month -  May ActiveRain Challenge; Getting to Know You. 

Honestly I had a blast answering the questions and having some fun this afternoon! Thanks Ladies. And.....I am sorry in advance my post is so long! I was having so much fun I just couldn't stop! Now that's a fun contest. Be sure to join in the fun for this months challenge!



1. What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

My very first job was at a Sears Store in the Home Decorations and Sewing department. I loved it! I loved decorating with my Mom since I was 9 or 10, so it was right up my alley. And I also was a very good seamstress back then. They actually paid me more than the other workers cause I had more knowledge. and skill sets. I remember the older ladies coming in and asking me questions about either decorating or sewing and were quite surprised I actually knew something! I'm sure Kathy Streib can relate to this! They were so kind to me and encouraged me to keep learning.


2. How long have you been in the real estate or related service industry?

Since my twenties! I bought my first , what we call now 'flip' (back then it was called a rehab) while still in college. I turned it around throughout a summer and sold it in the fall. It paid for my tuition for the next year and covered a few contractor bills. I also was a designer and worked on many projects at the country club in Flagstaff AZ. I didn't get my license for several years but my goal was to sell homes in addition to design and rehabbing. Well design took a back seat and real estate quickly became a full time career. Again, I've been hooked ever since then! 35 years as a broker! Holy Smokes! it must be time to retire and go golfing with our resident pro Carol Williams 😃. Maybe I could learn a thing or a thousand from her!


3. What is your biggest fear and what have you done to try to conquer it?

I used to be deathly afraid of bees! Yes, those sweet little yellow things! When I was 3 or 4 there were a lot of bees in my shoe that I tied on tightand they stung me quite badly. From then on until my 30's I stayed as far away as possible from bees. Then one time while hiking the North Rim of the Canyon we had to pass through a field of flowers. You got it, loaded with bees. OMG my buddy had to talk me down off the clouds. And he did a good job of it as I learned that day to face it, stay calm and tell myself they were not going to sting me., I was fine. It worked. I have faced other 'so called' fears which I also learned which are simply the other side of coin - excitement. Changed my perspective! from then on!


4. What would you do if you knew you would not fail?

Become a world class golfer! Hands down if I had a chance to recreate my profession all over again that's what I would have loved to become.


5. What is a habit you would love to eliminate or change?

Hmmm a habit to eliminate. This really isn't a habit but I have severe arthritis in my feet and I no longer can hike the mountains behind our home. I'd love to change that and maybe some day there will be a way to do so. I always hold the hope!



6. What is your favorite meal (forget about calories or what you shouldn’t eat)

My favorite meal is when Gary grills steaks (he's so good at grilling makes me hungry now)! Add a lovely salad or corn on the cob and I'm a happy girl!


7. What is something you wish you’d done?

Well this kind of goes with the previous question. I wish I had chosen a better more experienced foot doctor that would have shown me a better way of dealing with my foot issue that started in my middle 50's. As it is, he was young and I learned last year that he gave me really bad information. Apparently that happens when they're new to the profession and trying to get their practice up and running. One thing I'm thankful for is my foot doctor I have now. He's helped me a lot this past year or so and tells me the honest truth.


8. Who has been most influential in your life?

My Mom! I think of her a lot just about every day. She was a very upbeat, funny and positive lady. She was also was very wise. She taught me how to treat people and to always be kind. Remember that old saying - if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything. That has been a Godsend! And she told me to ALWAYS keep my sense of humor in tact! Thanks Mom! I can still hear her telling jokes and laughing!


9. What are your favorite business-related books?

There are many. I was given a lot of business books early on in my late teens and twenties. Trying to think of the guys - all were positive thinkers. Think Big was one of the books. I also liked Stephen Covey's Seven Habits book back in my 40's. I've pretty much followed his ideas to this day. There is another book of whom I'm not sure who the author was - it's kind of a compilation of many business people. It was (is) all about leadership, the types of leadership and how to become at leader of oneself. Reminds me a lot of Grant Schneider!


10. Other than business books what are your favorite things to read?

I love reading cook books! Yup, I might be the only one who loves reading them and coming up with new ideas and putting together new recipes. And lately, this past 5 years we've really been in to bird watching and bird books as we have so many birds that love our backyard and water fountain. It's been fun to learn about all the different kind of birds.


11. What are your top 5 favorite movies?


Well my favorite is 'Second Hand Lion' - love that movie. 'A Fish Called Wanda' is another one that cracked me up. 'Mrs Doubtfire' was a hoot! And who doesn't love 'Young Frankenstein'! Plus we watch the original 'Bishops Wife' almost every Christmas for years with friends while sipping champagne. 'Ground Hog Day' and 'Caddy Shack'!



12. If I came to visit your city for one day what is the one thing I must do or see?

Well come to visit me of course! And perhaps we'd go to the Phoenix Art Museum and take in an exhibit or two and then enjoy a lovely lunch in their wonderful restaurant. Or we could take a lovely drive up to Sedona and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.


13. If I came to your city to visit for one day what is the one restaurant you would recommend?


Postinos! Love that place. Great food and wine and a lovely patio setting. We meet a lot of friends there. And many Rainers have come there with me already.



14. If I was going to relocate to your area what advice would you give me that is unique to the area?


Chose wisely. There are some pockets of neighborhoods that are close to a lot of nature preserves and not too far from the airport (if one needs to travel a lot). Gorgeous homes, big yards, patios, pools, golf courses.....fabulous views too!


15. Do you have any special talents?


Yes I am very good at negotiating contracts and working smoothly with people of all kinds. I know how to make things happen!


16 Do you have any quirks?

Yes I do not like being around drama OR negative folks! Period. I'm a No Drama Mama!


17. What is your best character trait?


I am a happy, positive and upbeat crazy woman!



18. Have you ever done anything you would never do again because it was too hard or too dangerous?


Yes, I used to be a dare devil skier when I lived in Vail Co. I did some stupid, dangerous jumps etc that were way over my head and skill level. I ran with a pack of 'mad dog skier' friends and it was fun at the time but I learned quickly to slow down on the double black runs and not be such a dare devil. The good news is I never broke any bones.



19. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

I love to cook up great food and spend time with friends and family - oh and we usually do a little wine tasting too.


20. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you want to live?

Honestly, we love where we live now and I don't see that changing anytime soon. If we did make a move, we'd probably chose Florida Texas or Utah. We both prefer the warmer climates.


21. What is something that we don’t know about you that would surprise us?


Ok well you might be surprised to hear this but, I am an introvert and refuse to leave the house because people scare me. Ok so that's total BS but you knew that!! How about this one, I lived in Mexico and learned to speak fluent Spanish. True. I was a nun. So not true! I'm actually a good horse back rider and used to do cattle runs with some friends here in AZ. True. I was the captain of volley ball, basketball and tennis in high school. True. I used to do a lot of sailing. True.


That's All Folks!

Hope I made you laugh!


Getting To Know Anna Banana!



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Comments (43)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hey Brian England LOl that would be the day.  At least it would be fun laughing all around the course with Miss Carol!!

May 02, 2022 02:31 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Jim Paulson great sense of humor - both of us!  Works good in life, doesn't it!!  I haven't made it to Van Gogh yet - one of these days.  It was kind of a bummer during the pandemic that the museum was closed down for what seemed like over a year or so.  We've been members for years and it's always fun to bop in for a couple of hours and see an exhibit or two.  We'll got there next time you're in town.

May 02, 2022 02:34 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

hi George Souto I had to have some fun with the Nun story!  I was taught by Fransiscan Nuns in grade school and high school so that kind of qualifies me!  LOL  They were a happy bunch of Nuns always singing and playing music.

May 02, 2022 02:35 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Glad I could crack you up Susan Emo !  I take my job very seriously!!  I could have been a comedian or one of those people that acts out little skits spontaneously!  I grew up in one crazy family where we were always doing plays etc. Kind of cool really.  And...I wonder why you were too young at age nine to be in 4H.  We had kids that were 8 and up.  Maybe it was different in CA?  I'm glad your friends Mother looked the other way.  I'm glad you are a cook book reader!!!  There are more of us out there.  I see your recipes sometimes and think....WOW she is an awesome cook!

May 02, 2022 02:38 PM
Susan Emo

Your family sounds like a riot!!!!  In Canada, in the 70s we had to be 12 years of age to join 4H. 

May 02, 2022 02:46 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Hi again Susan Emo it was a riot! Lots of laughter and joking around .  Kind of sounded like your family around the dinner table and your folks giving you all a wonderful life. I feel that way too. 4H is such a great program for kids - still is today!

May 02, 2022 04:07 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Anna, you did say you wrote a alot, but it was GOOD to read, and nice to know more about you.   Sad you are not able to hike anymore, and totally get the black diamond runs, done that, got the badge!

May 02, 2022 03:11 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Joan Cox thanks! I appreciate your reading it - seemed long to me! My tude about the foot thing is - it is what is - next!  Glad to hear you were a fan of double blacks. That was a lot of fun cruising those hills with a pack of mad dog skiers!  Some pretty scary moments at times......somehow I managed to stay out of trouble.

May 02, 2022 04:12 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

This is great! Thanks for sharing more about YOU Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker 

May 03, 2022 05:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - you certainly have lived a good life and having confidence at an early age instilled in you by your mother was very rewarding. That quality led you down the right path and a profitable one too! Making money while being a college student was a brilliant idea! You are JOY!

May 03, 2022 05:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Anna, for sharing your answers to the Challenge questions.

The format of this Challenge should be used again. It is easier to participate when there are specific questions.

May 03, 2022 07:20 AM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Oh I felt your pain with the bee stings Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker 

When I was a young girl mowing the lawn in our front yard I pulled a weed not knowing it was a beehive.  I ran up and down the street several times with bees following me - not fun 

May 03, 2022 08:48 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Anna:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this - ALL of it! It was such fun to learn so many new things about you, and the photos are wonderful! Great entry!


May 03, 2022 08:20 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Brenda Mayette thanks!  So glad you popped on by today (or was it yesterday)!!

May 03, 2022 09:43 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP in so many ways I do feel blessed to have all the amazing opportunities starting at a young age.  And my Mom was a huge inspiration with her joy of life and sense of humor. I looked for some fun picture of her but couldn't find them.  Another day!  Thank you!!

May 03, 2022 09:45 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Roy Kelley I agree!  Lots of people are having fun writing their posts already - including you!

May 03, 2022 09:46 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

OMG Eileen Burns you know what I'm talking about with those bees!  Nite-mare time!  I hope you got over your fear of bees!  But I get you did just like you chose the red diamond today! Love it!

May 03, 2022 09:48 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS thanks so much!  I look forward to reading your post and learning more about you too!  So much stuff to share......seems unending!!

May 03, 2022 09:49 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thanks for the chuckles Anna!  Loved your young girl photo - so sweet!  A Nun? You?  NAAHHH!  Great entry! 

May 04, 2022 03:07 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hey Jan Green you don't think I'd make a great NUN?  You're right!  Glad I could make you smile today and hoping today is a better day for you! Soon you'll be out and about!

May 04, 2022 04:20 PM
Jan Green

Yes ma'am!

May 04, 2022 04:20 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Haha, Anna. I look forward to the day we meet and act our "shoe sizes." LOL!!

My shoe size is 6 1/2, but this doesn't mean I'm small, just short! 🤪


May 04, 2022 08:13 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

LOL act our shoe size Aura Alex - well that's an interesting and funny thought as my shoe size is bigger now so does that mean I've grown up !!   Well of course I'm kidding as I'm one of those that was a very serious and focused kid and adult....just happened to have a sense of humor and an adventurous spirit.  Acting my shoe size......that's pondering material as Michael Jacobs would say!!

May 04, 2022 08:57 PM
Aura Alex

"Acting your shoe size" encourages you to contact your inner child and watch your learning grow, says Lindsay Taylor(article writer). The theory was developed by a German-born Erik Erickson, famous for his thesis on psychosocial developments in humans. We were taught to "act your age and not your shoe size," which is the opposite of the theory of Erikson. It was a fascinating concept to learn. Here's the link to learn more.


May 04, 2022 09:17 PM