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Rainmaker
699,277
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I am very excited about this.  We have been in a vacuum for way too long.  It's not just Ben and what he will or will not do for his business but also Bob will be back to help us all succeed.

Jun 19, 2015 07:49 AM
Rainmaker
3,988,013
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I think he will use it to offer his training tools or programs which are fantastic by the way. He knows how agents want to be treated and having it shoved down our throats will not be the approach. There will be a new style and I think ActiveRain will rise to a new level. And all the upgrading of the site should slow down too, hopefully. 

Jun 19, 2015 07:23 AM
Rainmaker
1,251,926
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I was overwhelmed with relief when I heard.  I think having MarketLeader/Trulia/Zillow at the helm just didn't feel right.  Ben taking over and Bob coming back will mean that someone actually cares.  

Jun 19, 2015 08:01 AM
Rainer
421,268
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

The blue logo turns into Red Keller Williams colors?????

I think it is positive. Zillow didn't upgrade the site much. If you were a blogger on Trulia you found that Zillow was only interested in advertising revenue. I think Zillow will spin off- sell Trulia as well.

Active Rain is a great learning tool. As much you put in sharing information, Agents and Lenders get back double. Selling residential real estate is tough and often a lonely pursuit with many issues- legal, marketing, motivation, and being a fixer of all things. 

My crystal ball says Ben will use it for recruiting agents- what do you think?

 

Jun 19, 2015 07:04 AM
Rainmaker
921,504
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

According to 'Ben's Blog' trending now, here is an excerpt:

  • The domain name will also be restored to ActiveRain.com and will no longer be a subdomain of Trulia. Trulia, Zillow and my team believe this is in the best interest of your content and the sites SEO.

Protecting agent IP is a very good beginning.

Jun 19, 2015 07:59 AM
Rainmaker
1,683,912
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

More education for sure! Hopefully some Bar Camps!

Jun 19, 2015 11:37 AM
Ambassador
6,458,014
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am looking forward to seeing more of those webinars that Ben and Bob used to put on

Jun 19, 2015 08:21 AM
Rainmaker
2,818,071
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I think this is great news for AR.  Thrilled to have Bob back and glad that there will be focus on AR and owned by someone who cares and relates well to agents.

Yes, I think it will have benefits for Ben both for recruiting and all of his agent tools.  And, at the same time, I think that will help all of us. 

I'm glad he's trying to take objective approach and not promote one over another (although no one is ever completely unbiased).  I think he will also leverage the site for learning (e.g. best practices, creative ideas, surveys, etc.)

Overall, I think it's a win-win.

Jun 19, 2015 08:13 AM
Rainmaker
4,800,132
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Coming back from the future.  I see problems.

Mar 01, 2019 05:42 AM
Rainmaker
1,629,311
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do hope, that we'll see less changes and more improvements. To tell you the truth, I do not worry at all.

Jun 19, 2015 04:58 PM
Rainmaker
4,320,142
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds - the ORIGINAL life is back and all artificial support system are going to be taken off from ActiveRain...

Jun 19, 2015 03:06 PM
Rainmaker
2,443,255
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Pride of Ownership

Smarter Business Decisisons by ActiveRain Staff

An increase in members coming back

Jun 19, 2015 02:38 PM
Rainmaker
1,771,867
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

More of a hands on approach. More help and webinars with Bob Stewart 

Jun 19, 2015 02:33 PM
Rainmaker
2,224,473
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I'm hoping we will got back to our roots and be more real estate business focused instead of more focused on business for AR. 

Jun 19, 2015 01:39 PM
Rainmaker
2,577,571
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I think it is great news. Hopefully, some of the rainers who are MIA will return.

Jun 19, 2015 01:29 PM
Rainmaker
3,986,308
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Less people asking me why I keep blogging under a company I don't like.

Jun 19, 2015 10:34 AM
Rainer
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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

Well I hope a few new importants that will be good for activerain.

Jun 19, 2015 10:17 AM
Ambassador
5,885,467
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I'm excited and can't help but feel that what we knew and loved will soon be back, and better than ever. 

Jun 19, 2015 08:58 AM
Rainmaker
5,773,781
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bob coming back is the best of news.  Sanity will reign again. A

Jun 19, 2015 08:38 AM