Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Interesting question. Do you feel AR has slipped and not what it use to be?

Dec 09, 2016 05:48 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 

  AR is already great!

   A few tweaks might help, such as a separate Q&A board for Utah real estate students.

Dec 09, 2016 07:49 AM
Rainmaker
1,045,817
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

There should be an index where people can easily search topics and see if there's already been a question posted that they can look to for answers.I've been in here for a little over a year now and have a decent memory. Lots of repetition here. And not just the kids.

Dec 09, 2016 07:03 AM
Rainmaker
986,552
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

It seems the same to me, not sure it has lost any of its luster IMO

Dec 09, 2016 05:51 AM
Rainmaker
2,165,508
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Does it start by answering this question -  Is AR a website or tool ?

Dec 09, 2016 06:19 AM
Rainmaker
7,784,536
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Members do not have a uniform perspective of greatness.

Dec 09, 2016 06:04 AM
Rainmaker
1,712,551
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Just enjoy the ride.

Dec 09, 2016 05:47 AM
Rainmaker
1,617,866
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I believe we can make AR great again by everyone developing great content and get behind AR 100%. Blog for busine$$

Dec 09, 2016 05:45 AM
Rainmaker
2,775,046
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Perhaps it all starts with asking your decent question....Let's see

Dec 09, 2016 06:39 AM
Rainmaker
5,772,353
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Annette,

What are you dissatisfied with?  

Dec 09, 2016 06:30 AM
Rainmaker
1,513,143
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

As they say negativity breeds the same; that would be a start!

There are still quite a few good posts and questions so the forum in the long run will succeed!

Dec 09, 2016 05:48 AM
Rainmaker
4,800,082
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I must have missed when AR stopped being great.

Dec 09, 2016 10:13 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

During the recession, we were all involved to the max!  Now that business has gotten better for most, it's not as 'active' as it once was but, I still feel the support from the members and the great SEO that we get from this site.  

I took some time from here to re-work my own business and found that my site was missing some of the SEO boost that I used to get from AR. Since my (active) return to AR, my website's SEO is back up to par and I'm thrilled with that aspect of it.

As for the bugs - it's always a work in progress and they'll be 'fixed' before we know it!  (And, of course, new ones will rear their ugly heads but, such is life running a very active website!)

Dec 09, 2016 08:29 AM
Rainmaker
1,839,276
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

There area some really good posts that never get shared or picked up by the newsletter. The other day I posted in our FB Group AR Peeps.

It's getting harder & harder to find good material on the blog roll. I don't know how to help that.

Dec 09, 2016 08:11 AM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I haven't noticed a lack of greatness here. Like any large platform, there will be participants who are great, do great things, say great things and those who don't.

Dec 09, 2016 08:09 AM
Rainer
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David M. Dwares
Title Professionals Corp. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Title guy with a broker license

Easy, get rid of the whole point system.

It was fun in the beginning, but now half the Q&A is about points; did they post yet, why didn't I get point for logging in, ridiculous & redudant answers to the questions just for more points.  It should also cut down on blog clogging.

Then maybe people will contribute when they have something important to say or feel passionate about.

 

Dec 09, 2016 06:40 AM
Rainmaker
4,847,665
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

 Sorry but I have not noticed a lack of greatness.  I wish Greg Nino and Jason Crouch did more writing.  I miss them.

Dec 09, 2016 06:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 - I think we are still GREAT! Please share with us the ways to make AR great again (and of course it is not about points...)

Dec 09, 2016 02:20 PM
Rainmaker
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think AR operates pretty well for a social media site frequented by competive minded individuals. The disagreements are kept to a minimum or taken off the site, or handled professionally on site. Overall I think most everyone plays well in the sandbox. 

Really with about 300,000 members, I think AR is doing very well and is a very professional place to hangout, share opinions, stories and ask for help. 

Dec 09, 2016 12:50 PM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I still love being here on AR, love the people, love the points, love the q and a, love the interaction, love the results my blog is getting but still cant seem to get a feature

Dec 09, 2016 11:48 AM
Rainmaker
4,434,127
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have learned a lot here and sent referrals to many.

Dec 11, 2016 04:52 AM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Bueller? Bueller? Hello, Bueller?

Dec 10, 2016 07:30 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Greatness is about keeping everything running really well most of the time. They sort of do that.

Dec 09, 2016 06:28 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It is already great and so is America

Dec 09, 2016 06:25 PM
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I am with you, I get upset over the problem for points but still a fan of AR

Dec 09, 2016 05:32 PM
Rainmaker
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I do think the tech is overwhelmed by too many add-on to the original platform. 

Dec 09, 2016 05:15 PM
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John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

We continue to promote it, continue to have & attend meetups, continue to blog, and continue to support each other.  

AR is already great --- but like everything, as it grows, it's sure to become diluted

 

I'm still not sure why we have a Q&A section --- it has diluted the site in my opinion, though I do think there are some relevant questions and I've used the Q&A section myself quite a bit.  But the ease & speed has certainly drawn attention away from blogs.

 

I think one HUGE change that AR could make is to take the focus AWAY from the real estate agent ---- we have hundreds of thousands of great agents here, but it would be nice to have more insurance agents, title professionals, attorneys, escrow agents, and other 'industry' professionals here to learn more, network better, and use AR as not just a blogging platform, but a business & networking platform.  

Dec 09, 2016 01:46 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

AR got to be focused on SEO   real gheavy when t and z had contol and ruined what we had.

Dec 09, 2016 01:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm too new to know how things used to be.  I enjoy my time here, so it's great in my book.

Dec 09, 2016 10:49 AM
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Bringing a good content we share and better quality of posts. 

Dec 09, 2016 10:37 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

How about following the ActiveRain guidelines? And treating others with respect. As far as the bugs, I suspect that will all get fixed

Dec 09, 2016 09:19 AM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

any site is as good as the members who use it.... I continue to think it's a valuable site or I wouldn't be here....

Dec 09, 2016 08:34 AM