Kim Johnson, Selling South Florida (Signature Realty Inc.)

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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

It was $39/month when I joined and I also worked my way up to free membership.  I think it took me 1.5 yrs.  And, yes, the cost went down by $10 every 100,000 pts.  It was well worth it to me.  The amt/month was miniscule compared to the amt of business I got.

That being said, yes, I think it will slow more members from becoming rainmakers.

Also, Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA , they said on the conference call that they have no intention on taking away free membership from members once they've reached 500,000 pts...Ben said "they earned it."

Jul 29, 2015 07:53 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Had not noticed, but it was 49 when I first signed up, I went the free route though and earned my membership with points.


Jul 29, 2015 04:52 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

It's worth it! Keep plugging away to reduce the cost!

Jul 29, 2015 11:51 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I can't say this in enough ways or loudly enough.... PAY THE MONEY AND USE THE PLATFORM AS IT SHOULD BE USED.... you'll soar with the eagles if you follow the right people and learn from their marketing ability... I follow Katerina Gasset and join her facebook groups....I've paid for her SEO courses and that's how I learned to blog...I can hold my own now!!! and I was technology challenged when I joined ActiveRain.... but you can't accomplish any of that if you are not a Rainmaker.... join now... there's nothing that says the price won't jump again.... 

Jul 29, 2015 10:09 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It was $49.99 when i joined and then goes down $10 every 100,000 points you earn up to free when you get 500,000 points. It is worth every penny if you want maximum exposure. 

Jul 29, 2015 10:27 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I completely understand your surprise and disappointment but I encourage you to reconsider - I think the exposure that your blogs get in the public domain makes it worth the money - Good luck blogging. 

Jul 29, 2015 09:13 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It depends on your points. Sometimes, they give you a promotional rate, but usually you loose $10 with every 100k points till 500,000 when you become a ''free'' member.

Jul 29, 2015 05:08 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have not followed the current charges. That is good information to know when inviting new members.

Earn the needed 500,000 points for a free membership. 

Jul 30, 2015 12:36 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I did not notice that, good to know. I'm sure there will be some announcement about it at some point. 

It was $39.99 when I first looked into ActiveRain years ago, then when I came back this year it was $19.99. 

Jul 29, 2015 11:39 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Change is inevitable. What I will be curious about is people who left awhile back who may want to start up again and have over 500,000 points. I assume they will still be free but will the policy change based on how long you have been gone? I have enjoyed some posts that are coming from these folks.

Jul 29, 2015 11:14 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This wIll  have a direct effect on the subscriptions for new members. We ain't in Tennessee no more Uncle Jed!

Jul 29, 2015 10:55 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

You have to do a cost benefit analysis. I sent out some promotional items at the beginning of the year that cost me $5,000 and a fellow Realtor thought I was crazy. I received $35,000 in commissions as a direct result of that item.

At this point the way I am managing my blogs it's something I'm not interested at this time, it doesn't matter the cost.

Jul 29, 2015 10:32 PM
Toronto, ON

It will be a delicate balancing act to determine the best fee to charge in order to optimize ActiveRain's revenue and number of fee paying members.

Jul 29, 2015 09:57 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Hmmm, so the new owner is showing a broker, revenue augmentataion, mindset. Is that a real surprise that a BROKER would find another way to get into the agents pocket?

Jul 29, 2015 09:47 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Don't know about that... when I started it was $39.99/month and as I racked up points the price went down. Now it's free for me.

Jul 29, 2015 09:45 PM
Kim Johnson
Signature Realty Inc. - Coral Springs, FL
Selling South Florida

I sent a note to ActiveRain about the increase. I'll post the answer, if I receive one.

I'm just disappointed that the first big change was to nickle and dime us, but I shouldn't be surprised.

Jul 29, 2015 08:24 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Kim. Kyle Reyes and I were talking about this very topic just yesterday. I wonder what kind of an effect it will have?

Jul 29, 2015 07:32 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Guide Thursday morning Kim. I would contact active rain As there may be a glitch in the system.

Jul 29, 2015 06:59 PM
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

 Wow... I was seriously considering upgrading at the encouragement of another Rainmaker.  Guess that's not going to happen now!  It just went up sometime today by $20 per month, and $50 annual rate.

Jul 29, 2015 02:51 PM
Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

Being a rainmaker is abut more than the money.  If you are on AR and not a rainmaker, you're blog posts are not going public.  You are only talking to members of AR.

Add Active Rain to your advertising budget, then WORK IT.  Best bang for your buck.


Jul 29, 2015 02:40 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i was going to join this week. 20 x 12 is easy to swallow i suspect. 40 x 12 will take some wine. hmmm guess ben isnt ALL about charity and giving back after he made it :) .... per the webinar the other day

Jul 29, 2015 02:14 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Wow, that's a huge increase.  I probably wouldn't have joined at that price. I'm wonder if you still get a free Rainmaker account when you reach 500k points.

Jul 29, 2015 01:39 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

HMMM  that will slow some people down in joining.    I wonder if such a nig jump will hurt.

Jul 29, 2015 12:13 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

When I started 8 years ago, $39.99 was the price to upgrade that I paid I believe, then it fell off gradually, as I earned more points. I don't ever recall it only being $19.99 to join, if it was, possibly it was a special? I never paid much attention admittedly, I'd belong because I love the education, networking & blogging in The Rain. Plus, I use my blog for my clients' benefit; it serves as my "links to resources" and my FAQ's, so it's crucial to have it available to the public...that's how I've earned commissions from AR...public access at the paid level. 

Jul 29, 2015 10:41 PM