Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty (Antonelli Realty)

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Being a Rainmaker costs but becomes free after 500,000 points. I believe you can still join for free however your posts are only available to other AR members - spending the money is worth it for the exposure in the search engines

Mar 26, 2017 07:07 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is free to sign up, but costs money f they want to become a "RAINER". I can say it is worth every penny and encourage them to get active as they get a $10 discount for every 100k points earned and once they hit 500k points, it is FREE

Mar 26, 2017 06:48 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no free until you hit 500k points now.... I think I paid for 2 years.... but I spent all of my time here...

Mar 26, 2017 06:58 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I joined in 2010 and I paid until I reached 500,000 points.  Sign in daily, comment/interact, ask/answer questions, invite others all on a consistent basis and they can achieve FREE membership a lot sooner than I did.  

Mar 26, 2017 06:43 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I didn't join until 2011 or thereabouts and had to earn my free account with 500,000 points. I don't believe there is any more blanket free account available.

Mar 26, 2017 07:07 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Paul, late to the advice party today, so nothing further ot offer!

Mar 26, 2017 09:19 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Paul, it was free to everyone to start. I think they started charging in like 2009 or something. I believe they grandfathered in everyone that had been an already active member when it was free if the member had logged in and posted within the previous 6 months. I remember that I had taken time off and then came back and had to pay because I missed the cut off of interaction and posting to be grandfathered in. Bummer! But it is still worth it. They can be members and write members only posts for free but when they want to start having their content public they have to become a rainmaker and pay. I took a year and a half off again I am so dumb, I don't know why I do it...I would have a free account by now) and came back and the end of January. I have acquired about 70,0000 pts since then and I don't do 10 blog posts a week. I should....-Kasey

Mar 26, 2017 08:33 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Paul Antonelli they get a free account after earning 500,000 points. That sounds crazy but I've only been blogging actively since December and I'm already over 200,000! It is possible to earn a free account in less than a year and they will develop some good blogging habits in the process.

Mar 26, 2017 07:10 AM
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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Ditto Michael Jacobs ! Just Do It! 

Mar 26, 2017 02:55 PM
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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

Hi Paul Antonelli .  It was free when I joined too.  There is still FREE membership but the posts are not indexed to the public.  They remain viewable only by AR members.  Anyway... After I took a long hiatus for personal reasons, I discovered a fee had been imposed until reaching the 500,000 point level.   I did go ahead and subscribe and felt it was well worth the various benefits, including public indexing and have your articles rebloggable by other members.    The monthly fee is steep but the annual membership fee is a very good value.     I would encourage your team members to seriously consider paying for the service.

Mar 26, 2017 09:54 AM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You have received some good answers.

Mar 26, 2017 09:11 AM
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Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-284-9826
White Sands Realty Group FL | 941-284-9826 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com

As the others have pointed out, it's free once you hit 500,000 points. If someone has the time to blog and engage here, you can hit that 500,000 mark in 1 - 2 years.   

Mar 26, 2017 08:05 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It was free at beginning, now you pay until you reach 500,000 points.

Mar 26, 2017 07:59 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Go with Michael Jacobs 

Mar 26, 2017 06:51 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Exactly what Jeff Dowler said - bite-the-bullet and DO IT!

Mar 26, 2017 09:11 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Free when you reach 500K points.

 If you bust it, you can reach that number in 12 to 18 months.

Mar 26, 2017 09:10 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Jeff Dowler has my answer

Mar 26, 2017 08:42 PM
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Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

You have received a lot of great advice. Follow Michael's guidance.

Mar 26, 2017 08:14 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It's free after 500K points, so they have to actually use it to get the free benefits!

Mar 26, 2017 05:58 PM
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John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Paul Antonelli Many good answers already. Good luck.

Mar 26, 2017 04:09 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Jeff has it.

Mar 26, 2017 03:17 PM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As Mr. Jeff Dowler wrote

Mar 26, 2017 02:33 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul,

Jeff Dowler has your answer.

Mar 26, 2017 01:24 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No more, it was free when it was new and many were grandfathered in even though they did not have 500,000 points.

Mar 26, 2017 12:21 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

We pay to play. Rainer accounts are free however those accounts are only seen by members.  

Mar 26, 2017 11:46 AM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Free after 500,000 points..well worth the time, investment if you want to kick your game up in real estate a notch or two!

Mar 26, 2017 11:42 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

As a fairly recent new member: free membership, but you are at the "rainer" level and nothing you post will be publicly viewable.  For rainmaker it costs either an annual fee or a monthly fee.  With every 100k points earned the MONTHLY fee decreases (wish I had gone that route with the speed I earned points).  Once you hit the 500k mark, you're free for life.

Mar 26, 2017 10:13 AM
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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

Jeff Dowler has the answer. There's a free membership and a more visible to the pubic paid membership until you hit 500,000 points.

Mar 26, 2017 08:38 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Yes that is true for many years. It's free after 500K in points. 

Mar 26, 2017 08:13 AM
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Noel Mayer
Upper Montclair Weichert Realtors - Montclair, NJ
YOU WILL BE RIGHT AT HOME WITH NOEL !

Thank you for sharing the  advice. 

Apr 02, 2017 06:34 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Enjoy your free membership, great timing for you!

Mar 28, 2017 04:47 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Being a rainmaker costtill 500,000 points.

Mar 28, 2017 06:41 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

AFAIK - it's free to sign up but if you want the outside blog you have to pay until you get to 500k points

Mar 27, 2017 06:14 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Paul, doesn't look like you've been keeping up with what's been happening here through the years.

Mar 27, 2017 05:26 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Jeff Dowler nailed this one!

Mar 27, 2017 05:05 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Right.  That changed in 2009...so they are a bit late.  Of course, they can earn free membership, use a shared acct, etc.

Also, for what it's worth, it costs less now than when I joined in 2010.

 

BTW, the site started in 2006 (not 2005).

Mar 27, 2017 04:59 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is free if you post for members only. To post publicly you have to get to 500k if you do not want to pay money.

Mar 27, 2017 12:01 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul Antonelli - well, membership is FREE FOR LIFE at 500,000 points and you can get 500,000 points in less than a year, if you are 'fully involved' with ActiveRain. And annual membership is not that expensive to best of my knowledge.

Mar 26, 2017 10:46 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - AR was free when it was just getting started, and those that started back then were grandfathered in. Not sure when they started charging, but it has been some time now. You can still earn a free membership after you reach 500,000 points. I would say it should take an active member about a year and a half to two years to get to the free status.

Mar 26, 2017 10:44 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

There are limited free accounts, but they started charging for rainmaker accounts in 2009, that become free after earning 500000 points.

Mar 26, 2017 09:42 PM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

There is still the free membership. However, to be found by search engines, it would be wise to purchase and become Rainmaker. Great ROI and it becomes free once one reaches the 500k milestone.

Mar 26, 2017 09:11 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

There are free memberships (but no SEO as your posts are only available to members) and if you blog like crazy, comment daily, participate in contests you can reach 500,000 points in a year or more. Then you can switch to Rainmaker status though I reccommend you doing that from the start so your have SEO power that will fuel your business.

Mar 26, 2017 07:37 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

There has been a cost for many years.  It decreases at various point tiers and is eliminated at 500,000 points, unless there have been some recent changes.

Mar 26, 2017 05:23 PM
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Abby Stiller
TOP SELLING REALTY - Cape Coral, FL
SW Florida (239) 284-8637

I'll follow Michael Jacobs advise too.

Mar 26, 2017 05:09 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul Antonelli I believe Jeff Dowler has your answer.

Mar 26, 2017 10:47 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Lucky to have joined when free and cranked out the posts, earned the points so it stayed that way without the surcharge.

Mar 26, 2017 10:22 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Suggest you ask your employees to sign up in social media training class.

A few will take it to the next step. It is a free internal website until you have paid a nomial fee to get it to Google.

 

 

Mar 26, 2017 10:07 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Mar 26, 2017 08:14 AM