Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain

At this time there is no way to 'Add an Associate' on ActiveRain.  With the new profile pages, it was a link we forgot.  Not sugarcoating anything here, it was an overlook on our part.

We are in discussions to either bring it back or remove the feature entirely.  We'd like to know what you think and how you use it.  If it's something we can build upon to make better that's a possibility, we may go back to way it originally was or it could get removed.

Do you use Associates?  If so, how?  If you could make it better, how?

Comments (64)

Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Happy to see it go. Never quite understood the purpose of it.

Aug 29, 2013 12:03 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I used them, but not sure how much value was in it.

Aug 29, 2013 12:09 AM
Michael J. O'Connor
Diamond Ridge Realty - Corona, CA
Eastvale - 951-847-4883

I liked the function because it allowed me to keep a few people categorized that I wanted to be able to find easily.  I know that there are lookups, but I liked to know that I could find them right from my own page.

Aug 29, 2013 12:23 AM
Terry McCarley
Coastal Real Estate - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL
I liked the feature. It was an easy tool for saving agents you would refer to if needed.
Aug 29, 2013 12:39 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

The consensus is that feature isn't necessary and I agree. However, if only 2% of Rainers use it, is it prudent to reactivate it? I personally would look for other benefits to add or improve in the AR community.

Aug 29, 2013 01:01 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

To me it is about the same as "Follow" but I think it does have some potential if I had the time to organize and use it right.  

Aug 29, 2013 02:14 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I used it in the beginning, but haven't used it in two years. Following is better for me.

Aug 29, 2013 03:16 AM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

I agree with many of the above comments that subscribing has taken over the role Associates might have served. Plus it was weird to have Associates who were really competitors. 

Aug 29, 2013 03:18 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I never did figure out the purpose, so it's absence doesn't bother me in the least. 

Aug 29, 2013 03:58 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Likewise what most others are saying. Gave up on it long ago.
Aug 29, 2013 04:43 AM
Melissa Brown
Helen Adams Realty - Charlotte, NC
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale

Never understood it, and so didn't use it.

Aug 29, 2013 05:04 AM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Active Rain you blew it!  lol  The associates link was one we used daily to commend the member in the daily spotlight (except those, you featured several times already) and often when we "associated" them they responded and we thus added to our respective followings.  So you blew!  lol

Aug 29, 2013 06:59 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Oftentimes agents from different cities present themselves, but don't necessarily blog that much.  I'll put these agents in the Associate category.  I'll follow and subscribe to some agents blogs, but maybe not consider them as referral sources.  Make sense?

Aug 29, 2013 01:08 PM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

I've never used it much.  Added some associates to start but never did anything with it.  It won't be missed.

Aug 29, 2013 02:05 PM
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Follow is fine with me...

Aug 29, 2013 09:33 PM
Pam Graham
All Real Estate Options - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties

I don't use it. Never understood it. I say keep it!! Ha! I'm kidding, I wouldn't miss it.

Aug 30, 2013 06:13 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I could do without this, most of my associations are through the following/subscribing function.

Aug 31, 2013 03:29 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Easy come, easy go. 

It was a solution without a problem.

Folks added me, I got e-mail, then I added them and that was the end of it.

If I am looking for a referral agent, I go to the States/Counties, etc., read their profile and a few blogs, then telephone. 

Aug 31, 2013 09:40 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Not really relevant. I follow those that I want to keep up with and can search the others.

Sep 01, 2013 02:45 AM
Marnie Matarese
Showing you the best of Sarasota!

Not really needed.  thanks for letting me know what happened.

Sep 27, 2013 08:51 AM