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Rainmaker
4,557,986
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Welcome Back Randy -- stuff happens, lives change, people move on, some - like you may return.   Time to discover some new bright lights.   

Jul 02, 2015 02:05 AM
Rainmaker
1,659,236
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

With the changes, we may see the heavy hitters return?

Jul 02, 2015 02:30 AM
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6,362,044
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome Back, many of those who left are just busy, a few died, and other got tired of the zillow year.

 

Jul 02, 2015 02:25 AM
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

Trulia then Zillow bought ActiveRain and it fell into disrepair.  Bob is back and Ben Kinney bought ActiveRain. Read some of the posts from Kinney.

Jul 02, 2015 02:06 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

Stuff happens.  People leave, people come back, it's life!

Jul 02, 2015 04:20 AM
Rainmaker
7,799,074
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

ActiveRain has a continuing membership retention problem. Becoming inactive is a personal decision that may involve many factors that may not be apparent.

Some of us have burn out symptoms. On the other hand, there are many outstanding members who are active and willing to share their success.

Jul 02, 2015 04:10 AM
Rainmaker
2,817,665
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

There is constant turnover here - and has been since the beginning.  There are more people typically absent in spring/summer when it's busy for many and/or vacations.

Some get too busy, some go on just to blog on their own site, some find there are other ways to spend their time to generate leads, some drop out of real estate.

Jul 02, 2015 02:14 AM
Rainmaker
2,538,633
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Randy. They probably did what you did and may be back as well.

Jul 02, 2015 07:55 PM
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3,160,839
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Lots of people seemed to think they "outgrew" AR and moved on. I wish a few more would move on.

Jul 02, 2015 02:42 PM
Rainmaker
2,224,473
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think some of the changes over the last year or so caused some members to backoff a bit. 

Jul 02, 2015 07:30 AM
Rainmaker
122,426
Randy Hilman REALTOR® Associate Broker
Randy Hilman Homes in partnership with Bean Group - Moultonborough, NH
Guide & Mentor to Home Buyers & Sellers

Hi everyone and thanks for your answers to my question.  I do understand that membership ebbs and flows.  Heck, I got impatient and went off in a different direction, too.  But I swear there is a qualitative difference in the content of this forum.   I used to see quite a bit from the lending sector.  I mean good stuff. changes in the laws, up-to-the minute content.  Now, I see lots of silly stuff posted and reposted, present company excepted.   You know what I mean, the "I just staged a home at 123 Main St. and I am proud to say that it sold in 7 days with multiple offers.  When you want top dollar, hire the best - ME! There might have been postings like that in the past, but I surely remember the quality content.  I do hope to see a return of intelligent discourse.  I'm sure I can count on it, at least, from the familiar group who responded to my question.

Jul 02, 2015 07:04 AM
Rainmaker
1,466,207
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Randy Hilman, Associate Broker, GRI, CBR A lot of them dimmed with the new ownerships.

Jul 02, 2015 05:58 AM
Rainmaker
657,208
Martin E. Kalisker, Esq.
Natick, MA
Real Estate Law From A Practical Perspective

I'm here.  That's all that should matter!!!

Jul 02, 2015 04:53 AM
Ambassador
5,794,787
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Since I've been here (2008) members are always coming and going.  That's the way it is.  Many got busier, some just needed a break.  We just keep reinventing it while keeping the core values.  Welcome back!

Jul 02, 2015 04:52 AM
Rainmaker
687,086
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

I've found several very active on Facebook now who used to blog regularly here on AR. It will be interesting if they can be enticed back. AR seems to have a core group that is probably around 500 (if that many). Where are the other 255,000+

Jul 02, 2015 04:37 AM