David Barr (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)

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Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Mesa, AZ

In theory, there is a listing section. From the topics drop down, when writing a post, you can select 'listings'.

But that doesn't separate things out from the main blog roll. I think we need to get much better at segmenting content. I agree with the premise of what you are asking here. 

I think that when someone first goes to the 'blog home', they shouldn't see a deluge of listings. We would never stop people from sharing listings, but that content should be moved away from being front and center and we should attempt to bring more unique content to the front. There are many many many sites that do way more with listings, and do it much better. We have never purported to be a good place for a consumer to come and find listings. Nor do we intend to be. Let Z or T or R.C or any of your websites be that place. ActiveRain was always intended to be a place that someone could get great content about a local community, or about a real estate transaction, or about the industry. 

We have our work cut out for us to make sense of the 1o00 blog posts that hit the site daily. I've always been dismayed at how the main blog roll acts. 

Jul 23, 2015 03:08 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

An Ambassador checking in here David Barr   I like seeing the different listings for all the many areas where it Rains!  I am interested in the architecture, the different pricing, how the property is described . . .   so much to learn about other areas.   I also like the attention my own listings receive as AR is not just for Realtors, but for the public at large.  Many of my Buyers are from outside of Canada and have come to me by way of my blog.

As I am forever saying, I like to keep my head down and eyes on my own paper.  I will concentrate on my own blog and the business it generates and allow everyone else to do the same.

Jul 23, 2015 12:59 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I post a variety of things on my blog. I post a mix of community posts, personal posts and professional opinion/real estate/experience posts. The main purpose of blogging here is to attract new business.....and I've had quite a few clients find me from here.

One of the most popular posts that nd brought me business is a listing post of a Mid Century Modem home I had listed in Anaheim. I did check the "is this a listing" box when I posted...but it still shows up in the blog roll and to those who follow my blog.

I think that AR can be whatever we want to make it for ourselves. By searching under the various subjects and in groups...you can find whatever information you're most interested in reading.

Jul 23, 2015 01:14 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
An offer you can't refuse!

David. The question was a valid one on its own.

Why the need to take a potshot at the ambassadors?

Jul 23, 2015 12:50 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

David ....

I don't like my blog messed up with listings. I agree that a listing is not a true blog, it's ad copy. With that being said a lot of agents like to post ads and if that's what they want to do more power to them.

Jul 23, 2015 12:17 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

There is a listing section David.

Jul 22, 2015 12:13 PM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi David...When considering a fellow Rainer to refer someone to it is helpful to see what type of marketing they do. What they post on Active Rain for listings gives you some insight into how much care and attention they give to their clients. I think that is helpful. It is another marketing tool for those that want to use it.

Also, the more places our sellers can see their properties being marketed the happier they are. You never know what might bring a buyer.


Jul 23, 2015 04:42 AM
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

I've been a member since 2008, and have had significant business come to me directly from my posts, and referrals from other AR members. The last couple years, with the ownership changes and my own busy business, I've neglected posting. About a year ago I started posting listings for the first time ever, through Brivity, because it is so darn easy and makes my clients happy. Guess what, I get calls from
those listing posts! I also get calls regularly from my old content rich posts! I love seeing the listings from other parts of the country, how other agents do things. There is value in that for me. Because I am posting listings, that doesn't mean I don't embrace change for the better. I am constantly changing, trying to improve, always. And I am succeeding! Right now I am on a mission to time block for blogging and get back at it in full force. I will still post my listings through Brivity too. Since Ben Kinney owns both Brivity and AR, I can't imagine that if the listing posts are detrimental in any way to AR, that capability would continue.

Jul 23, 2015 02:31 AM
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC
Jul 23, 2015 12:13 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I've never used Craigslist for real estate, but I don't think blogs would be well received there.....

Jul 22, 2015 11:03 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I believe when we post listings we post it in the listing section.

Jul 22, 2015 09:24 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

There is already a listing section.  Why would you expect anyone to boycott your question?  

Jul 22, 2015 08:03 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Thursday morning David. I have seen a lot of real estate ads on craigslist. I do not know how well they work.

Jul 22, 2015 07:23 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

There will be many changes coming and making it more real estate topic centric with a listing category/localisms likely to be one of them. The webinar talked about 4 channels or categories.

Jul 22, 2015 01:40 PM