Bob Crane,  Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified)

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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Do real estate agents get a property to closing by themselves?  No depending on whether you are working as a listing agent or buyers agent there is a "team" helping you.  Mortgage, title, photographers, stagers and inspectors to name a few.  Why would you exlude them for a real estate community?

Jul 21, 2015 09:42 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Of course I don't think so (perhaps I'm biased).  And, I would think that very few would want that.  The discussion is much richer w/ the variety.  While my stuff may be more peripheral, think about all the value that mortgage brokers, inspectors, stagers, appraisers, real estate attorneys, title agents, etc. bring.

Jul 21, 2015 08:12 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

No, this platform would take on an entirely different look and flavor if it were all real estate agents... I like variety but not necessarily drug dealers, prostitutes and cannabals.... let's guide it along and have anything that is real estate related....that field is a large one....this is a real estate platform...

Jul 21, 2015 11:29 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Although it is mainly agents who post, consumers should have access. I would block all anonymous posts though, no offense, but each post should have face especially in comments to keep it clean. 

Jul 21, 2015 10:11 PM
Toronto, ON

ActiveRain has never been only for real estate agents.  It has always been for the real estate community - agents, mortgage brokers, inspectors, stagers and others.  Debbie Gartner is one well known "other" example who has provided a lot of knowledge about her industry to us.

Jul 21, 2015 10:23 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Not sure why you think that this platform is for Real Estate Agents only.

Others have successfully used this platform to promote their business - ask Debbie Gartner , Roger D. Mucci Michael Thornton  Tammy Emineth  Kathy Streib  (sorry can't tag more than 5 names) and many other members....

Jul 22, 2015 02:25 AM
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Would that not be like going to a nice Steak House where all that is served is a slab of meat,?  No plate, no potato, no vegetables, no bread, no tea, and no salad.  How far to a real Steak House?

Jul 22, 2015 01:38 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Not at all.  ActiveRain should be for all businesses associated with the housing market as well as interested individuals.

Jul 21, 2015 10:59 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Short answer no

Jul 21, 2015 09:44 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC


Jul 21, 2015 09:30 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Any business real estate-related is fine with documentation. So my one word answer is NO!

Jul 21, 2015 11:56 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

We have been posting on this platform since 2008, and I have read great posts from all related real estate related industry.  We all are enriched, and the answer is no,  and I think Barbara Todaro said it brilliantly.  I am truly surprised that this question is being asked.  A

Jul 21, 2015 11:46 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Definitely not.

Jul 21, 2015 11:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Bob- obviously I am biased.  We all can learn here from each other.   Every member can take advantage of the wealth of knowledge that there is here.  I've learned not only about real estate from an agent's view but also about flooring, home inspections, lenders, virtual assistants, your field and so many others.  And we always have the option not to read or comment on any given post. 

Jul 22, 2015 12:47 PM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

No not at all. I find it fascinating to learn and hear others opinions and perspectives such as from Home Inspectors, Contractors, Stagers and just variety of other Vendors as a whole, pertaining to the Housing Market.

Jul 22, 2015 07:08 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

No I really like there are home inspectors & other vendors.

Jul 22, 2015 04:20 AM
Ed Macias
Real Estate Teammates - Miami, FL
Miami FL-REO Property Management Multifamily

Only a section for agents is good.

Jul 22, 2015 03:30 AM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Frenchtown, MT
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

I think there should be SOME connection with real estate.. it IS  a real estate related blog. But as Praful Thakkar said, there are many that are not agents but in similar business. I am a real estate marketer, was once an agent, so I know the clientele, others are appraisers, mortgage advisors, home improvement, inspections, etc.. I don't think a circus performer should join here hoping for something.. ha, but related to some extent, yes, it's fine.

Jul 22, 2015 02:45 AM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

I take it that you mean this Q&A section? Yes, I asked a similar question a few days ago. It seems like 99% are from real estate agents. It used to be more consumer related questions with a healthy portion of spam.

Edit: For the Q&A section, I feel it should be to serve the consumers' concerns answered by the members.

If you mean AR in general, it has always been a mixture of real estate pros and affiliates, and many other trades included. That also includes fake posters who game the system.

Jul 22, 2015 02:06 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't agree with your rationale for being nameless. My answers would not differ.

Jul 22, 2015 01:52 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

No. If this was fo Agents only I wouldn't be as active as I am. While I enjoy the comraderie, as with all of us, I'm in this to make contacts with potential clients.

Jul 22, 2015 01:36 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Answer: No.  I believe it should be open for any business that is involved in the real estate industry... including direct suppliers such as roofers, contractors, marketers, coaches, and on and on and on. I don't believe it should be open to people selling diet supplements!   I also do not believe a person should be able to post anonymously.  

Jul 22, 2015 01:01 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

No..I am learning from House inspectors, lenders, and lots of other vendors that work with our field..

Jul 28, 2015 11:12 AM
Penny Brockway
Brockway Realty - League City, TX

Not at all.  I think we should encourage anyone in the industry to join, since we are all in this together.

Jul 27, 2015 11:25 PM
Sue Smith
Suite Effects LLC - Pelham, AL
Professional Home Stager in Pelham, AL

No and I'm glad that it's not.  I think there are many components to the real estate market and it's nice to see a community where all of those components are represented.  Sharing knowlege is power.

Jul 23, 2015 06:28 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

When I close a deal, there are two agents involved, a home inspector, a title rep, a mortgage banker, an appraiser, and a few others.  I say the more the merrier!  

Jul 23, 2015 05:43 AM
kristi blok
Interior Decorating and Home Staging services

No, I think we all should have a connection to the real estate industry because we can all learn from each other.  For example, I have a Home Staging Company in Ottawa and agents ask me about staging ideas on a tight budget, best paint colours, staging ideas to target a certain demographic and the #1 question we get (especially in small spaces) is where to place the TV.

Jul 23, 2015 04:33 AM
Andrew Schiller
Andrew Schiller, Licensed ReMax Platinum Agent - Ann Arbor, MI
Helping Investors Find and Buy, Property Mgmt.

Let's allow the public to at least view our profiles. Buyers and sellerrs are getting more savvy, and are researching multiple agents before signing. 

Jul 23, 2015 04:09 AM
Bob Bloom
Cuzitmatters - Vancouver, WA
Agent Mentor & Coach

It is nice for us in the business to have one place that is uniquely ours. One that would allow sharing of concepts with each other but also be able to hear from the other professioanls that cross our business path. Inspectors, real estate attorneys, builders, investors etc. can share thoughts that will stretch and benefit us. I am also all for allowing a select group of professional motivational speakers.If the goal is to grow..... let's grow.

Jul 23, 2015 04:00 AM
Chuck Willman
Chuck Willman - Alpine, UT

Nope. Any related experts are appreciated in my opinion.

Jul 23, 2015 12:24 AM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

I'm okay with restricting to real estate-relate. So home ownership and everything that goes along with it.

Jul 22, 2015 11:37 PM
Melanie Cameron
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Wilmington, NC
The Cameron Team

No. I've seen stagers, lenders, flooring experts, inspectors, photographers, and marketing specialists on AR that have provided information and points of view that I've found very valuable as a Realtor. If we cut them out, we cut out a big opportunity to learn.

Jul 22, 2015 09:53 PM
Randy Hilman REALTOR® Associate Broker
Randy Hilman Homes in partnership with Bean Group - Moultonborough, NH
Guide & Mentor to Home Buyers & Sellers

Help me, Bob Crane.  You say you posted anonymously but obviously I see you.  I even saw you when I wasn't logged in. What does anonymous mean, in the context of AR posting?  And what was your poll trying to determine? Just curious.

Jul 22, 2015 03:46 PM
Claude Labbe
RLAH / @properties - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

If I want a community of realtors, I'll hang at the local Board.

There is so much more here.

AND that should also include consumers.  Buyers & Sellers.

I'm surprised that more people haven't figured out how to target this pool of realtors.  For all the spam email & snail mail & phone calls, many marketers haven't figured out we are here.  Don't tell them.

Jul 22, 2015 01:35 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

No; others can make meaningful contributions as well.

Jul 22, 2015 09:24 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Looks like the folks who answered this query were primarily the open minded folks, and those who seek an exclusive club kept quiet. 

Perhaps posting this anonymously did not serve the purpose that I had hoped.

We would have probably received more dissenting answers with the people answering being anonymous, but then that would not be much fun either.

Thanks for participating friends!

Jul 22, 2015 05:39 AM