Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management)

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Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

A feature doesn't carry the same weight as before.  There seem to be a fair number of people who don't look at the front page ever, and apparently more so after the site facelift than before.  Add in the "distraction" that the Q&A section provides and some people that might have spent more time reading posts/commenting come to this section instead.  Overall I think the community is pretty much as it always was, a core group of participants with a much larger group that comes and goes.

Nov 19, 2016 09:22 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I think there are a group of loyalists that perpetuate it. I have made great friends with people I have never met except here in the Rain.

Nov 19, 2016 09:46 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

Like any entity the dynamics will shift over time.  There always seems to be a "core" of people who are most active.  Even that changes over time.  It is not the same "core" as when I started back in 2006.  

There are more distractions, in general, these  days with so many choices on where to spend your, life,  technology, social media, streaming, etc.  

I hope AR stays relevant for the long haul.  

Nov 19, 2016 10:16 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I think it might have calmed from years ago, but it's still a favorite of mine....and there are new members who think the same.... 

Nov 19, 2016 09:18 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

I find there are many who have no posted here in 1-3 years as I check their post logs. I feel with social media, people are more diversified and we're seeing that show up in the lower numbers. My "you just received 50 views" alerts vary from 1 hour to 3 days and some never get 50 for more than a week.

The Q&A while very informative and a daily for me, seems to be the same 60 commenting. Where are the other 200,000?

I also think some of our core, past and present got too nasty with their comments, while many have been removed by Bob Stewart, a few remain. This election year revealed that.

Nov 19, 2016 11:42 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good topic. Like business and your personal life there are ups and down. Joe Pryor has a valid point there is diversity in social media competing for your attention. Business has also been very hectic and there are so many hours in the day. I try my best to make AR as a priority but do see some spending more time on other platforms tying to make sure they are visible everywhere! The only constant is change. I still get a lot out of AR and will continue to do so.

Nov 19, 2016 11:04 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I think there are many reasons that things have changed. Many jumped ship for their own WP sites which is understandable. The featured posts are really not feature worthy most of the time either. I understand that there are many posts to sift thru but they seem a little lackluster lately.

In the Daily Drop those features are mostly 'let's sell you something' than from agents writing great stuff.

Constant glitches can also send people to the hills.


Nov 19, 2016 10:03 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The answer is that their is diversity in social media competing for eyeballs. It would be interesting to see some head to head comparisons. 

Nov 19, 2016 09:30 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

The Alexa ranking has gotten worse over this year, which would imply there is less traffic.  Anecdotally, yes it seems like there is less participation.

Nov 19, 2016 09:16 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

There still seems to be a core group who post, comment, and participate here in the Q and A with new members, too. But overall commenting seems to be less. And there are plenty of other sites that compete for time, as well as some members own WP sites.

Nov 19, 2016 11:15 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I suspect that if you look over time, you will have always found the same group of people being most active in the Rain.

Nov 19, 2016 09:20 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Just like business there are ups and downs.

There is still a lot of useful information about different areas.

Nov 19, 2016 09:30 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It appears to be true to me.

Were it not for the Utah School of Real Estate, there would be no signs of life.

Nov 19, 2016 09:10 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Interesting answers, Dennis Swartz.  I think that, as Liz and Bill Spear said, we are seeing a lot of distractions with the Q&A.  As well, we have gotten busy and many of us are involved in private FB groups because of the ease of use - one page (on FB) and the group is THERE!  Instant gratification, I suppose!

Nov 20, 2016 01:50 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't know for certain but as Debbie Gartner answered anecdotally it appears so.   

Nov 19, 2016 10:45 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Dennis Swartz Short of the glitches which can be fixed "Google Juice" has diminished over the last couple of years. Members came and stayed here because their posts got front page exposure on Google. Now you are lucky to find your post at all. I believe people come here for the social aspects of a great community than from a business aspect.

Nov 19, 2016 10:19 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm getting 50 views in less than 30 minutes for my daily blog post !

Nov 19, 2016 10:18 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I agree completely with Liz and Bill Spear .

Nov 19, 2016 09:54 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Gee; thanks alot, Dennis Swartz ! Now you've gone and burst my bubble for the day!

Nov 19, 2016 09:52 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

There are so many glitches happening now...The scheduler not working, the home page not showing all the comments you receive, and fonts seem to be acting weird...I think is causing some to stay away!

Nov 19, 2016 09:41 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes, if inactive members are an indicator.

Nov 20, 2016 12:36 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I do believe as FB evolved, AR slowed down a bit.  Plus, with the changing owners, some felt they needed to distance themselves.  But like anything else, we have a 20/80 rule in play and I don't see that as ever changing.

Nov 20, 2016 05:51 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

No, AR is not as popular as it used to be, at all. I stopped blogging for a couple of years because most everything has moved to Facebook. When I need a Realtor referral in another area, there are several FB pages that have all the agents I need and not have to wade thru all the inactive profiles here or the ones who only set up a profile for referrals, but never did anything with their account.  

Things are just different now. I told myself a couple of weeks ago that I was going to try to come here more often again, but we'll see...

Nov 20, 2016 12:48 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I tend to agree with your assessment. Yet, the connections, friendships made, and referrals are still ever present. 

Nov 20, 2016 12:05 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

I don't blog here anymore since I keep all my blogging activity centered around my own website.

Nov 19, 2016 11:31 PM
Chris Fosgate
Keller Williams - Kansas City, MO
Assistant Team Leader - Keller Williams, KC North

I feel there are many newer agents out there who don't know anything about AR. These are the same folks who spend the majority of their time on Facebook. I haven't helped either as I haven't actively spread the word with those I come in contact with. This changes today. Thanks for the reminder.

Nov 19, 2016 11:27 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Nov 19, 2016 09:13 PM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

It is what you make it

Nov 20, 2016 08:16 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Dennis Swartz Hopefully not. AR is  good platform to interact with other real estate professionals.

Nov 20, 2016 01:43 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It is more then losing Google juice that is worrysome.  1000s blogs  with lots of featured inclusive and there are just two shown under each agent. Most are through other means than AR like G+..... Out of the 284K who signed up I wonder if there are 200 active ones.

To get people read one's blogs w/o a long tailed search key words should be AR high priority.   In SFBA RF site dumped a blog section now investor start their own blog almost as active.....



Nov 20, 2016 12:31 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Well, I sure do hope not Dennis Swartz!  Yes, I also see many of the same folks commenting and replying, and I personally love it - it's all part of getting to know others who are part of the AR Family, way before I joined! 

Nov 20, 2016 12:01 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I don't think so.

Nov 19, 2016 11:49 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Times change.

Nov 19, 2016 10:49 PM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Well perhaps a lot of on line platforms loose popularity over time so its possible.

Nov 27, 2017 07:24 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

AR is still alive & kicking hard --- phone rang just the other day with someone finding me on my AR blog ---- so it's popular where I want it to be, within the search engines.


Factor in also now that if we 'reply' to a comment rather than starting a new comment, it only counts as 1 ---- in the past, each comment AND reply to it counted as a separate just that change to the platform can make it appear there's less interaction, when in reality it isn't so.

Nov 21, 2016 07:05 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It's not the same rain!

Nov 21, 2016 06:31 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes to this observation....

Nov 20, 2016 10:43 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I've returned as an active daily member after a long absence. I am glad to have this medium to discuss & promote my business on. I think it's another good place for people to find you & your listings. I am thankful that active members have been very supportive since I returned, engaging my posts with lots of comments.  I have to say I actually like the current environment better than the old one!

Nov 20, 2016 09:09 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

IF there weren't so many spam and no information posts I would spend more time on blogs I think

But on Saturday/Sunday I won't even bother with blog posts with all the spam posts going on

Nov 20, 2016 07:25 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Interest and participation seems to fluctuate. It's good to have at least 2 or more blogging platforms.

Nov 20, 2016 07:17 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dennis Swartz - I think there are many more posts written nowadays. Which means good posts still get comments but not as many.

Nov 20, 2016 03:09 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I agree with Liz and Bill Spear 

Nov 20, 2016 12:33 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I don't think the site is losing popularity. I think when it started we had a down market and agents had more time to spend on the site. Now everyone is busy, and that cuts into blogging and commenting time. That's just my perspective. 

Nov 20, 2016 11:35 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Can't say, not sure.

Nov 20, 2016 11:07 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

People are getting their comments in on the Q& A instead.

New people are joining AR daily, I doubt that it is waning.

Nov 20, 2016 10:33 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I think a lot depends on the day and who's online, of course I haven't been around that long.

Nov 20, 2016 09:00 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I think there are much fewer people here that are active thn most realize.

Nov 20, 2016 07:39 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Today was the first day in forever i saw one of my old posts on the front page, but not a feature. I find it harder to read features now and certainly dont read as many as i used to. I have to say though, i have not spent as much time here any more, it is like no listens to what we need anyway and the true features are only given to a few

Nov 20, 2016 07:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Yes,  I think everyone is experiencing some sort of "social media fatigue!"  A

Nov 20, 2016 04:48 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

When this network started there were fewer other sites competing with it. Now the Internet is full of options and our lives are busier than ever before. I do think there is less participation than even 2 years ago. 

Nov 20, 2016 04:40 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Maybe  the Rain works well enough that a lot of us have less time to blog because we're out listing and selling houses.

Nov 20, 2016 02:37 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Liz and Bill Spear nailed this one!

Nov 20, 2016 02:34 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

There are too many people, there's too much noise and it's all too distracting. Plus there are many new little shiny things for those wanting to use them . . . The Internet Of Things by its very nature is temporary . . . the best we can hope for is something archivable. Or not! LOL

Nov 20, 2016 02:21 AM