Esther Preston (Heartland Realty)

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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Speaking as a long time ActiveRainer, and as an "Ambassador"...  unless you anticipate a good Following, the "Groups" are probably not going to provide you with any SEO or ROI.  There are a few exceptions (e.g. Bananatude), but in general the Groups don't get much traction.

     Having said that, follow the tips from BLiz aka Liz and Bill Spear and start a Group.  It only takes a couple of seconds to post to your Group..   Just be sure to monitor and moderate it!

May 26, 2016 10:52 AM
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Esther, As far as the how to part, go to top menu bar, select Resources, then Groups, then the bottom left of the page is START A NEW GROUP, set up the purpose of the group, etc.

After that, invite people, promote it, etc. and try to build it up.

 

May 26, 2016 09:50 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

See Liz and Bill Spear and Fred Griffin for tips.but as others have said interest in groups has waned over the years.  Good luck.

May 26, 2016 12:00 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Technically Bill Liz and Bill Spear give you excellent advice.

Fred Griffin offers additional insight. 

May 26, 2016 10:51 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Bill gave you a good answer. There are so many groups on AR even after many were weeded out because of limited use. I think promotion is key, and it should be something with broad appeal

May 26, 2016 10:02 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Fred is right....and make sure you follow Fred.... he gives the best guidance....

May 27, 2016 12:55 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

I like Fred Griffin and Liz and Bill Spear 's advice.

May 26, 2016 10:43 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

What exactly is your area/expertise?

Liz and Bill Spear have the answer

May 26, 2016 06:40 PM
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Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

You have some excellent advice already and it is true that interest in groups just doesn't seem to be what it used to be.

 

May 26, 2016 01:21 PM
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John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

You're getting some great advice from a lot of very good members. I too have started a few groups and as other have mentioned have had very little traction. In fact sadly I rarely even monitor them any longer.

The one thing that will really thrust you into the mainstream of the AR Community is participation. Blogging, asking and answering questions. Liking and following others. They all get a lot of traction and will start building momentum quite quickly.

In fact I'm now following you!

May 26, 2016 11:20 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

That is kind of something in the older days. If you really like you can contact those in your area that you are forming one.  Many have dropped out over the past.  

May 26, 2016 09:31 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Probably not worth your time, just utilize the localism box when you post.

Jun 29, 2017 11:56 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thinking the Groups have lost their mojo, and not many are visiting.  

May 31, 2016 12:07 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Fred has a good answer.

May 27, 2016 04:31 AM
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Esther Preston
Heartland Realty - Redmond, OR

Thanks to everyone for the great advice

May 27, 2016 03:27 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Esther Preston you have lots of suggestions. 

May 26, 2016 11:27 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

The newest generation of ARers know very little about Groups . Be careful others don't use it as a dumping ground for their MLS stagant listings !

May 26, 2016 11:15 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Be encouraged....you just took the first step

May 26, 2016 11:14 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Form Facebook groups. Do not waste time with ActiveRain groups.

May 26, 2016 10:32 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

parked and reading

May 26, 2016 10:22 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

These days we do not post to many groups.

May 26, 2016 09:14 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Looks like you have the answer here. Good luck!

May 26, 2016 06:24 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Esther Preston many group admins are enthsiatic in the beginning. Just make sure you invite people to join this group and keep it active!

Starting a group - you already got the answer for that.

May 26, 2016 03:47 PM
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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

hmm, it looks like the right answer was already given

May 26, 2016 03:43 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

You can get great advice here! 

May 26, 2016 12:37 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Looks like Bill of  Liz and Bill Spear has got you covered on this. Not much else I can add to this that others have not already commented. 

May 26, 2016 12:12 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I did once and it was easy.  But when I tried to figure it out tonight, I got nowhere.  I'd email Bob Stewart and he'll probably be able to make it very easy.  

Oops!  I didn't scroll down far enough on the page.  There is a little icon there and it should be pretty simple.  Good Luck!

 

May 26, 2016 11:44 AM