Another Accolade for ActiveRain - Congratulations!

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Perhaps someone else has already mentioned this, but I haven't read it on ActiveRain.  Actually, I got an email this week titled "Announcing: The Real Estate Trendsetters for 2007"

There, right alongside biggies like RE/MAX and Zillow, is our own ActiveRain!  Here are the names and descriptions of the 2008 Top 10 Trendsetters, according to report author Stefan Swanepoel:

10.   Bank of America - The largest retail banking operation in the country stepped up by initially lending $2 billion to save ill-fated and cash-starved Countrywide before ultimately purchasing the company.

9.   EXIT Realty - Based on a system that pays out residuals, EXIT's innovation in redistributing the commission pie and strong growth in recent years to become one of the 10 largest national franchises in the country. 

8. - For its complete about-turn and expanding an online business into the successful opening of 12 "bricks and mortar" real estate offices. 

7.      Federal Reserve - For the poor handling of the forewarned housing bubble that lead to the worst housing slump in two in decades and the largest collapse of the financial markets since the depression.

6.      Trulia - Became one the 3 rd largest traffic contributors to 12 of the largest residential real estate franchisors and brokerages nationwide. 


  ActiveRain - Launched in June 2006, ActiveRain assumed the mantle as the #1 real estate social network, boasting 60,000 members by 2007.


4.    RE/MAX - Leading the charge by adding everyone's listings on their corporate website, became the most visited website of any national real estate company, generating a record 3 million leads for RE/MAX agents.

3.     Zillow - Fueled by "Zestimates" and excellent publicity, Zillow became the most talked about company in real estate and their site one of the top 3 most visited websites in the industry.

2.     Dominion - Combining print publications Harmon Homes, For Rent, New Homes & Living, Home Solutions and Distinctive Homes together with websites and and   companies Number1Expert, Katabat and eNeighborhood, Dominion has in two short years become a force in the industry.

1.   Realogy - Breaking up Cendant into three focused operating units with Realogy becoming the new parent for the real estate activities (Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA, NRT and Sotheby's). Realogy is now the real estate industry's largest franchisor in with more than 15,000 employees and 315,000 affiliated real estate brokers and sales associates worldwide .    September 2007 they added Better Homes and Gardens to their portfolio solidifying their position at the top of the list of 2007 Trendsetters of the Year.  

According to the email forwarded from my broker (originally from Realsure Publishing), the criteria for selection included "product innovation, industry influence, value of contribution, acceptance, anticipated impact and general media exposure."  Swanepoel, who authored the report, indicated that the companies selected are the current drivers and leaders in the industry and collectively caused more change in 2007 than any other companies. "I believe that, as a result of their vision, drive, commitment and leadership, the industry is more dynamic today than ever before." 




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Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results
Margaret - Its great to be associated with not 1 but 2 of the top 10 real estate trendsetters for 2007
Jan 16, 2008 09:57 AM #13
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Congrats to the folks at AR!  What an accomplishment.  I'm excited to be part of such an influential network.
Jan 16, 2008 10:04 AM #14
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK
Nice to see AR made the top 5.  :)  It's definitely a great resource.  Thanks for the post, Margaret. I had not heard this.
Jan 16, 2008 10:34 AM #15
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Wow!  RE/MAX and Active Rain!  We are blessed to be involved in both!  Thanks for the info.

Jan 16, 2008 11:15 AM #16
Lori Gilmore
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Joliet, IL
Realtor - Will County Illinois
AR is an amazing place. . .I can't wait until Localism officially launches, I have a feeling it will be spectacular!
Jan 16, 2008 11:28 AM #17
Marc Grossman
Marc It Sold! - Longwood, FL
GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
Margaret,  That's excellent and thanks for sharing.  That's pretty impressive for an online co. of less than 2 years old.  It also says a lot about us as well.  No offense to the big guys, but it's us that helped make it what it is.
Jan 16, 2008 11:46 AM #18
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Margaret,
We know how great AR is, glad to see it's getting the deserved recognition.  
Jan 16, 2008 12:07 PM #19
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
Margaret - That's a great list, and I'm happy to see AR made the top ten-- it's nice to among the trend-setters!
Jan 16, 2008 12:13 PM #20
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
Margaret - No surprise that Active Rain and RE/MAX are two of the names on the list :) Proud to be affiliated with both!
Jan 16, 2008 12:40 PM #21
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
Does an agent in a skirt and snow boots count as a trendsetter?  thanks for the list
Jan 16, 2008 02:39 PM #22
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Margaret- YEAH! GO Active Rain! This is the best Real estate networking site! Katerina
Jan 16, 2008 05:38 PM #23
Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL
Margaret - Another great post...  Thank you for sharing the article.  Way to go AR!
Jan 17, 2008 02:35 AM #24
Matt Moxhay
Prudential Fox & Roach - Moorestown, NJ
Moorestown Real Estate
Margaret-  I hadn't seen that article and I'm glad you shared it for all of us to see.  Now I can let my kids know I'm a bit cooler than they thought:-)
Jan 17, 2008 08:04 AM #25
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Thanks, all, for your comments.  I know your "congrats!" is for ActiveRain, not me, so I'll pass on the love -

(Besides, I'm supposed to be on an AR break for a few days.  'Going out of town tomorrow for a long weekend at the snowy Maryland ocean beaches of Ocean City.  No computer, no email, no blogging...)

Jan 17, 2008 08:09 AM #26
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results
Margaret -LOL - You without a computer or blogging or email - Hard to imagine - Enjoy your short hiatus
Jan 18, 2008 06:09 AM #27
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
I think it's great to see AR in the top 10 and #5 at that!  Not bad for a site that is still quite new.  I surely am happy to have discovered it.
Jan 19, 2008 05:50 AM #28
An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
Thanks. for posting the list There was a surprise or two on there for me. Thanks also for stopping by my flogg the other away and reading the post on the guy that was upset about my phone numbers- I wanted lo check your blog out.-.glad that I did.
Jan 28, 2008 02:52 PM #29
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Kathy - Yes, I actually worked on scrapbooking for the entire weekend, with 100 women in the same giant conference room.  'Got a lot done!

 Donna - It is impressive!

Judi - I enjoyed your post, and thanks for stopping by here!


Jan 28, 2008 10:21 PM #30
Stefan Swanepoel
New York Times Bestselling Author & International Speaker - Ladera Ranch, CA


Thanks for the kind words and discussion of my annual Swanepoel Trends Report. I have just started a Real Estate Trends Group here on ActiveRain and will be providing regular updates and discussions on what is happening in our wonderful industry. You can join the group here. Any of our colleagues or friends are also welcome to join in the discussions we will be having.

Best wishes


Oct 01, 2008 04:37 AM #31
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Thanks for the great info. Liked that 'reach for the sky' video you had, will use it somewhere in the future. AR's the best!

Oct 01, 2008 07:33 AM #32
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