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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

You get free rainmaker status at 500,000 pts.  At 400,000 it's $9/month; at 300,000 it's $19/month.  If you are below those levels, you should look into paying for the year rather than by month as it's often less expensive.

Ambassador has nothing to do w/ points (although there was and may still be a min requirement of 100,000 pts).  This is more about people volunteering to help others.

I would ignore the outside blog until if/when they fix it.  It's not mobile friendly and it's very dated (I don't think they've updated it in over 6 years.  It's included w/ whatever you are paying.

Apr 30, 2016 10:48 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Your account will be free when you reach 500,000 points. You're well on your way (but your account should only be $9 per month now that you're over 400k points).

You are a Rainmaker when you pay the monthly fee and your posts go out to the world (which is what you are).

You are a Rainer when you use the free membership and your posts only go to other Members.

Ambassador is an 'invited' status. 


Apr 30, 2016 10:46 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Lots of precise answers ; I'm waiting for AR to offer a 'Chief of Staff' Status

May 01, 2016 12:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What Debbie Gartner said... nothing to add because she said it all!

Apr 30, 2016 11:38 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

ditto to what Mimi Foster and Debbie Gartner said....

May 01, 2016 01:45 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

JM Padron, CCIM Debbie Gartner and Mimi Foster summed it up nicely.

Apr 30, 2016 11:34 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

I believe that when you get to 500,000 points you no longer pay the $29 a month and poof...become a rainmaker !

Apr 30, 2016 11:34 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

1. 500,000 points

2. You don't - that came and went - they aren't making them anymore as far as I know.

3. No clue

Apr 30, 2016 11:18 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I was grandfathered in and as best as I can tell ambassador status is very special and awarded to a deserving few 

May 01, 2016 05:30 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

I'll run counter on some of the other opinions on the Outside Blogs.  While they may be aesthecially unappealing (there's a tendency for what looks good on the main blog to transfer over into multiple font sizes), I find it to still an Outside Blog to be an effective tool if you focus what you post there.  We have one outside blog that is strictly for our patio home niche.  It ranks and generates us business thanks to the focused content.

May 01, 2016 04:46 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I see Debbie Gartner and Mimi Foster answered your questions clearly and succinctly!

May 01, 2016 03:14 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

To be a Rainmaker, you need to pay the fee or earn 500000 points.

To be an Ambassador is something they will invite you to do when they are ready, or when they think you are ready.

May 01, 2016 02:57 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I just started washing Jeff Dowler CRS 's car every week and my status went up and fees dropped.  But now I have dish pan hands.

May 01, 2016 02:37 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

You have great responses here...

May 01, 2016 01:55 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ditto under Mimi Foster and Debbie Gartner and a few others.

May 01, 2016 01:52 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

@JM . . . the gals have schooled you properly. I can only add that once you get to where all your posts can be public, use them to direct traffic to your own websites/blogs. This is a place to be present - the ROI putting all your eggs in this basket is negligible.

May 01, 2016 01:16 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Mimi answered your ?.

The outside blogs have been pretty much ignored for the last few years since T was around. I know it's there but I don't think we can even access them anymore.


May 01, 2016 12:36 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Debbie Gartner & Mimi Foster gave you great answers! Good luck in the Rain!

May 21, 2017 09:36 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

keep blogging daily

May 11, 2017 06:35 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Looks like Debbie has answered your questions.  Rainmaker status is when you pay a monthly fee up to 500,000 points.    This allows you to write Public posts and share them with the public.   I deleted my outside blog years ago.

May 04, 2016 10:39 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hurry and get to 500,000 for FREE!

May 04, 2016 05:27 AM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Debbie Gartner  answered as well as did others. Good luck! 

May 02, 2016 08:28 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

I agree with Mimi Foster & Debbie Gartner 

May 01, 2016 10:11 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Great question and thanks to all for the answers.  It's fun to know that a bill is going down and well on it's way to being eliminated...!!  Now if only the cable company would use this philosophy!

May 01, 2016 10:01 PM
Toronto, ON

Debbie and Mimi have provided excellent answers.

May 01, 2016 05:31 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

that's a bunch of question.  rainmaker status for free is 500k points.  I was invited to be an ambassador and it came with the requirement to be helpful in the community and write a "how to" post monthly. I try to do one weekly.

My outside blog is 19.99 (I think) a month and yes it's worth it.

May 01, 2016 02:55 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I am an Ambassador JM. My job is to help you. If you (or anyone else) have any questions about the Active Rain platform. please let us know.

May 01, 2016 01:37 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

You have gotten good answers to your questions. You can reach a free account by being very involved in all facets of ActiveRain. With all the point accumulation available, you can reach free in less than a year's time if you put your mind to it.

May 01, 2016 09:33 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Pay to play until you hit 500K points.

 Ambassadors are chosen by AR Staff. 

  See  Liz and Bill Spear answer on this page for a positive take on the Outside Blog.

May 01, 2016 07:27 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Parked and reading.

May 01, 2016 05:37 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Mimi Foster has given you the correct answer.

May 01, 2016 03:45 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Rainmaker: Either pay $$ or get 500k points, at which point you have rainmaker status for free for ever.

Ambassador: You are chosen by the Active Rain Gods to help run the show.


Monthly fee may have gone up since then, not sure what I paid.  You get discounts at the 200k point level and every 100k gets you a deeper discount.

May 01, 2016 03:35 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

After 500k, your status is free, so the sooner you get there, the better for your budget. Being an AR ambassador is optional and it does mean you are expected to contribute more time to this community. 

May 01, 2016 03:29 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

500,000 Points

May 01, 2016 12:28 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I don't know.  When I joined in 2007 they did not have that system in place.

Apr 30, 2016 11:50 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

All good questions to ask and many have traveled before you wanting to know...Lets hear from the AR veterans

Apr 30, 2016 11:21 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

You have the answers above or below.

Apr 30, 2016 10:58 PM