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446,823
DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

The posts of Rainers like yourself ONLY go to members.   If that's the ONLY people you are trying to reach, then staying where you are will be fine.

On the other hand, if you are trying to use this platform as a way to reach the masses, you need to upgrade IMMEDIATELY to Rainmaker status !

The $199.00 cost will be recovered with your first commission check from a sale made because you learned something from being in the Rain.

If real estate is going to be your career, be serious and make a commitment to yourself and remember, . . . . .

ActiveRain will only work for YOU when YOU work at ActiveRain !

Mar 30, 2016 11:45 AM
Rainmaker
1,601,074
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Original membership did not require a fee.  All posts were immediately live and indexed to the public.  This changed sometime during my hiatus, and I became a Rainmaker shortly after becoming active again.  It is a no brainer, unless you already have a high ranking website and/or blog.   Yes, posts go live immediately upon upgrading to Rainmaker.  

There is more to this community, though, than getting your blogs posts indexed to the public.  It is the educational and networking opportunity with a huge contingent of successful agents who are generous with their time and knowledge.  

Go for it, Kevin.  It is a great investment in you and your business.  If you can't afford it, you won't be able to afford to stay in business.  

Mar 30, 2016 02:08 AM
Rainmaker
1,429,777
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Kevin Morris Immediately, if you pay the monthly fee or when you can accumulate 500,000 points.

Mar 29, 2016 11:46 PM
Rainmaker
140,259
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
HOME~There is no place like it!

I took the plunge after 2 months. The $199 per year is well worth it!

Mar 29, 2016 11:34 PM
Ambassador
1,333,164
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I've been here a long time and many of us were "Grandfathered in" !  I believe Rainmaker status should be attained asap to allow your voice to be heard by the masses and not just members.

Mar 29, 2016 11:26 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,127
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It is a good idea to have a rainmaker account soon as you can  so that the public can read the posts. Yes the blog posts go live instantly. You can set a goal to write posts regularly and comment on posts and questions so you will get points to eventually qualify for  a free account.

Mar 29, 2016 10:40 PM
Ambassador
1,780,151
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

There was this fella... and he was collecting different types of animals.... I think they were two-by-two.

The skies opened up, and the rain came forth for forty days and forty nights.

I think it was right about then.

Mar 30, 2016 05:45 AM
Ambassador
936,801
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Took me a while --- and here's the thing --- at least when I converted to rainmaker, I had to go back and make all of my old posts public.

As a rainer, everything is "members only" - that'll stick once the account is converted unless you make the change.  Unless something's changed of course, as it's been a couple years since I changed.

Good idea to make the change sooner than later though.

Mar 30, 2016 04:37 AM
Rainmaker
2,946,331
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I have always been a Rainmaker.  The cost of a Rainmaker account is the absolute best bang for your marketing bucks you will ever find.  That said, you need to learn SEO and post regularly ... good content ... and your phone will ring. 

Mar 30, 2016 03:53 AM
Rainmaker
5,532,518
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

THE DAY I JOINED ON SEPT. 30, 2009....WHY BOTHER WITH THE EFFORT OF MARKETING IF YOU GET NO GOOGLE JUICE????  JOIN.... GET THE JUICE AND MAKE MONEY.

Mar 30, 2016 01:36 AM
Rainmaker
1,231,318
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ditto Michael Setunsky " "

Mar 30, 2016 01:17 AM
Rainmaker
3,826,819
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends on what you want to achieve here, Kevin.  

If you want to have your posts get to the public --- you will need to become a Rainmaker.  You can either pay now or write posts, comment, ask/answer questions, invite others to join and earn 500,000 points for Free Rainmaker status.

 

Mar 30, 2016 12:23 AM
Ambassador
1,550,335
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Michael Setunsky has this one.

Mar 30, 2016 12:11 AM
Ambassador
4,386,428
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I think it varies quite a bit, but I think it's important to become one unless you don't want the world to know what you have to say

Mar 29, 2016 11:49 PM
Rainmaker
2,589,234
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I couldnt stand the thought of not having all I could have so I went for it

Mar 29, 2016 11:37 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,329
FN LN
Toronto, ON

It was at least a number of months.

Mar 29, 2016 11:06 PM
Rainmaker
1,353,241
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Gita Bantwal Has  the answer and also when you can afford the expense to get in front of the public. At a dollar a day it is not expensive and when you post and comment it will go away.

Mar 29, 2016 10:53 PM
Rainmaker
4,554,105
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

When I joined, we were all Rainmakers.   Think once you become a Rainmaker, you may have to go back and change your posts to public.  

Apr 01, 2016 12:15 AM
Rainmaker
3,842,805
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It was the challenge of the points accumulation for me. Think it took a little over a year once I committed to it!

Mar 30, 2016 09:49 PM
Rainmaker
2,377,099
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Kevin. It was about 4 months after I joined.

Mar 30, 2016 06:54 PM
Rainmaker
221,622
LuxurySoCalRealty Compass San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

right away

Mar 30, 2016 01:20 PM
Ambassador
1,770,905
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I did it right away.

Mar 30, 2016 01:16 PM
Ambassador
5,022,525
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Took about a year to earn my free Rainmaker account, now you can do it in less than 10 months.

Mar 30, 2016 12:53 PM
Rainmaker
1,682,789
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I became a Rainmaker immediately instead of waiting to reach 500,000 points.

Mar 30, 2016 12:13 PM
Ambassador
2,521,996
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     As soon as I found out that your blog is not public unless you pay to play!

Mar 30, 2016 09:14 AM
Ambassador
2,999,581
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I started so long ago there was no just thing as a rainmaker account.  But I highly recommend it.

Mar 30, 2016 06:04 AM
Rainmaker
1,336,073
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It took me a couple months before I made the leap.  Had to do my research.  Once you make that commitment, any blogs you write from that point on are public.  Older ones you will need to manually change to public.

Mar 30, 2016 05:22 AM
Rainmaker
1,609,271
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Immediately for SEO purposes

Mar 30, 2016 05:11 AM
Rainmaker
3,985,753
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Nowdays if you work it you can be one in less than a year. But many take much longer because they don't work it

Mar 30, 2016 04:23 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,006
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It should be pretty quick.

Mar 30, 2016 04:12 AM
Rainmaker
848,545
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Kevin, it depends on what in addition to AR you have to work with.

You may have Wordpress AND FaceBook AND FourSquare AND G+ and on and on and on. These sites you have may have strong citizen following. Citizen is where you will find buyers and sellers NOT on a website populated by real estate agents.

The garden that grows will be the one you feed and care for and only you can see fully your situation.

You should post another question asking how many buyers are sellers have called based solely on their AR Rainmaker blogging account.

 

Mar 30, 2016 03:14 AM
Rainmaker
550,256
Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers, azhomeseekers.com

As you can see, there is a very diverse group here, with very individual goals and ideas. I wouldn't be asking about most, I would tend to model the ones in a similar mindset or similar market You will see agents working small markets or large ones have diversly different mindsets.

Mar 30, 2016 01:33 AM
Rainmaker
790,066
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

I agree with Susan Emo - I think a lot of us were grandfathered-in to the system. Many of us were around for Localism posts and buying territories and building the database. Maybe we earned it!

Mar 29, 2016 11:43 PM
Rainmaker
3,069,179
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Immediately when we joined in October 2006!

Mar 29, 2016 11:35 PM