RealTown Today

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Real Estate Agent with HER Realtors

If you have been reading RealTalk or BlogTalk it looks different today than it did just yesterday. Or at least the portal looks different:  

"A new Internet portal launches today with a depth of real estate-related content created by a thousands-strong community of real estate professionals.

The site, RealTown.com, also features links to hundreds of multiple listing service-operated property-search Web sites, a database of properties maintained by real estate technology company Point2, and an agent-search tool.

The new site includes a consumer-facing collection of information from Internet discussion groups, industry articles and blogs. The goal, according to founders, is to empower consumers and real estate professionals alike with a centralized source of relevant real estate information.

Saul Klein, president and CEO for Real Estate Electronic Publishing Company Inc., the company that is launching RealTown.com, said, "It has always been in our vision to do this -- to create a place where content form the people of the community has a lot of value. We had this idea 12 years ago."

RealTown.com joins other sites, such as ActiveRain.com, that offer user-generated content and an online forum for real estate professionals and consumers.

InternetCrusade, as the publishing company is better known, has fostered the creation and maintenance of online communities through simple Internet discussion groups, and now counts about 40,000 members of its various real estate-related communities." according RealTown brings industry content to to consumers on Inman today.  Inman archives are availabe by paid subscription so the article can only be read today unless you are a subscriber.

 A bunch of Active Rainers have blogs on RealTown Blogs including:


Relocation A to Z from Jeff Dowler

 Real Estate Ramblings in New Hampshire & Maine written by Ann Cummings

Central Pennsylvania Real Estate and Stuff a blog from Fred Pickard

Michael Trust Realty written by Michael Trust of course

Florida Real Estate News from Leanne Paynter

New Hampshire Real Estate Happenings with Monika from Monika McGillicuddy of course

My own Discover Columbus 

and Fran Flynn Thorsen who has an Active Rain membership writes a bunch of blogs including:

The  Real Town Report and  Web Women Giving Circle  

and there are others RealTown bloggers on Active Rain ...

 

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Rainmaker
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Kaye Thomas
Real Estate West - Manhattan Beach, CA
e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA
I'm still getting used to the new format..
Jan 30, 2007 09:33 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
I have been reading BlogTalk for awhile and I think that's been practice for the new format on RT. It's going to take some getting used to.
Jan 30, 2007 09:58 AM #2
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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I'll give it a test drive.  I have not been active on the BlogTalk because most of the Talk was about the Blog.  I get mail daily from RealTalk, but it's all old stuff or jumbled messages.  And, again, most of the talk is about the new RealTalk.  I don't want a blog or a forum to be about the forum.  I want hard core real estate stuf. 

One of the great features on Active Rain is that there is NO LEARNING CURVE.  Just jump right in, write an article and go with it.  Editing, linking make Active Rain a valuable marketing tool. 

Lenn, Homefinders.com

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Jan 30, 2007 10:05 AM #3
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Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH
I saw this news on Inman today and wondered if you read it. I was going to alert you to it, but then forgot. GEEZ, it's cold!
Jan 30, 2007 10:08 AM #4
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Bonnie Erickson
Tangletown Realty - Saint Paul, MN
Getting used to the new format was hard at first, but like Lenn I've been less active because they've been off disussing non-real estate things.  One of my blog entries is in the featured section but I haven't logged on yet to see what it looks like.  I was just sent a screen shot.  They are not limiting exposure to RealTown blogs only as they took my post from the Typepad blog although I don't think it's linked back.  The new format is worth checking out.  At least with the new format one can go into the archives to find a post you missed, or if you have a question you can find answers in the archives. 
Jan 30, 2007 10:15 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Bonnie: Wow I will have to look for you. 

Elaine: I missed it on Inman this morning when I read Inman, but my fairy blogmother sent me an email about it.

Lenn:  There is a lot of talk about the new format on RT.... soon it will settle back down to RT...or maybe it will be better, less redundant than it was.

Jan 30, 2007 10:28 AM #6
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Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
I need to get used to the new format as well. I keep my RT blog active but I  really get very little traffic. Thanks for the mention Maureen.
Jan 30, 2007 11:10 AM #7
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Maureen - thanks for the link!  I'm not sure how I feel about the new format.  I hope it's better, but I find it sort of messy to read (RT) and I'm on the immediate delivery.  I tried reading it on the web, didn't care for that much.  I don't like BlogTalk, so far, as most of it has nothing to do with blogs.  Oh well, learning curves........

Ann

Jan 30, 2007 12:18 PM #8
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S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

I just checked out RealTown.com, Maureen.  It really does look very different... and interesting.  I'll have to give it a better look-see tomorrow.

As always, thanks for the mention in your post.  It reminded me that it needs a long-overdue update!

Jan 30, 2007 01:28 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

We'll get used to the new format or it will evolve... or a bit of both.

You can get good traffic on an RT blog.... Local people don't shun RT blogs although some real estate agents turn their nose up at them... consumers don't know or care what platform your info is on.  All they care about is if it is interesting.

Yes a URL like http://maureen.realtownblogs.com/ is not ideal but some are using masking, pointers, etc to brand their RT Blog... not sure they are doing it correctly or getting the support they need from RTBlogs.

Mary Warren an RT blogger is on Active Rain now

http://maryinvegas.realtownblogs.com

and I don't think I knew that Lola Audu is an RT blogger... look at her featured blog (I was looking for Bonnie's and found Lola's) about fish...

http://laudu.realtownblogs.com/thoughts-insights/client-care-fish-tales  Active Rain just had an unexpected error...actually a whole series of them...  can't link now

I want fish chowder for dinner tonight! Look at Lola's blog and you  will too.  

 

Jan 30, 2007 09:41 PM #10
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Timothy Schwartz
Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie - Marlboro Twp, NJ
My blog at Real Town is http://timothyschwartz.realtownblogs.com, there blogs are aslo free and very user friendly.  Saul and Mike run a good outfit there.
Feb 17, 2007 12:21 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Hey Tim did you know that can be considered comment spam?  You added nothing whatsoever to the discussion except for self promotion... via a link.

"My blog at Real Town is http://timothyschwartz.realtownblogs.com/"

Of course another respected AR member here included a link to her comment which made it comment spam as well. Her comment has content though.. It is not just a line of spam. 

Add content to your comments and don't use a link to yourself... I was just reading Maureen Francis blog entry about our ability here to delete or edit comments.  If I delete your comment you don't get 25 points, if I had the ability to edit it... gee how could I edit it?  I guess there is nothing there to edit.

Feb 17, 2007 08:12 PM #12
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Timothy Schwartz
Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie - Marlboro Twp, NJ
Maureen, Your last comment to me, you suggested I write about where my other blog is, so I did and I now I feel I am being scolded.  What's up?
Feb 18, 2007 02:10 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Sorry you feel scolded.  This is a blog about about a forum, RealTown.com   

Maybe your comment is justified to me it looks like an opportunity to post a link to your blog and I am fed up with the comment spam on Active Rain. 

You could  leave a comment about  your blog, how long you've been blogging, what market you blog about, the focuss of your blog,  how you like the new format of RealTalk, how you like the new portal,..., what you think of BlogTalk....that's what was being discussed in the entry and in the comments.  You could have written just about anything more than here's my blog  and it would  have elevated your comment from comment spam IMHO.  Go out and leave that on the internet even if the topic of conversation is RealTownBlogs and it is spam.  Legitimate comments are conversation.  Comment spam does not continue the conversation.

Feb 18, 2007 02:51 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

AH HA!  Timothy I now after a lot of research understand your confusion, sort of.  You posted a blog http://activerain.com/blogsview/46516/Greetings-from-the-Iraqi including to the 'My other blog is.."  group:

Post is included in group: Active Rain Newbies
Post is included in group: The Chic Book Club
Post is included in group: Realtors
Post is included in group: More Referrals! Tips & Strategies
Post is included in group: Commercial Real Estate
Post is included in group: My other blog is
Post is included in group: Blogging & SEO
Post is included in group: Tech Corner
Post is included in group: Art Of Marketing You
Post is included in group: Rainmaking - Internet Marketing Strategies
Post is included in group: RealTown Blogs
Post is included in group: Online Marketing - Tips, Advice, Wisdom
Post is included in group: Millionaire Real Estate Agent Book Club
Post is included in group: Listings By Address
Post is included in group: Realty Blogging Book Club
Post is included in group: Out Of The Box!
Post is included in group: Localism Beta

I wrote you an email asking you to remove your entry and trying to explain the topic of entries that belong in the 'My other group is...' group.  I was not asking what your other blog is. 

Rule of thumb if you are posting an entry to that many groups it doesn't apply to most of them.  It did not apply to the 'My other blogs is...' group. 

It says on the group that  the group is not a club for members to dump everything they write in. It is about a topic.   I am thinking of shutting down the group.  It is taking way too much work to read the blogs and try to figure out why they were posted to the groups... then to get three emails and comment spam on an unrelated blog???   Sorry about your confusion.

Feb 18, 2007 04:36 AM #15
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Timothy Schwartz
Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie - Marlboro Twp, NJ
Maureen, thanks for looking into this, I still do not know what comment spam is, is it a reporting device to AR?  In my post about the soldiers, I started it by asking for forgiveness that my post is off topic but I thought it was noteworthy.  I had no selfish motive in sharing the poem, and I thought fellow Rainers would enjoy it and be receptive. I have nevre posted my other posts in your group, sorry if I caused any problems to the AR Community and you.
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