Huge News for the Future of ActiveRain

Real Estate Agent with Owner of ActiveRain Inc.

Hello ActiveRain Community:

I'm excited to announce that I have come to an agreement with Zillow Group to purchase ActiveRain and return it to the independent status that was the foundation for the thriving community you all know and love today.

Over the past five years, ActiveRain has been in the capable hands of some of the most innovative stewards in the business. Market Leader, Trulia, and most recently, Zillow Group have all done a great job of investing the resources that have allowed the community to flourish. On behalf of the community, I would like to thank everyone who was involved in ActiveRain over the years. They saw the value in a thriving community, and we believe they did a great job of keeping it vibrant. I look forward to building on this energy and with all of you, making ActiveRain a top resource for real estate agents and the homeowner community.


Two Philosophies That Work for Me

One philosophy I've employed in my businesses is to take an existing idea and build on it. Some of the ideas we’ve implemented first took root because of something I read on ActiveRain, or some conversation I had with another member. In the spirit of that philosophy, I offer every ounce of my experience to continue to build this awesome community with you.

A second philosophy my team and I follow is to share everything; this has forced us to learn new things, and adapt new business practices. To me, sharing everything is one of the pillars of ActiveRain. Every day, I see people sharing lessons and insight. You come here to share what you know, and the entire community benefits—so as a member of this community, I say “thank you.”

Excited for What's To Come

The deal is set to close at the end of June, so I’m not at liberty to discuss much of what we’re planning for the future of ActiveRain, but we already have some cool ideas in development. Here are a few details I can share:

  • Bob Stewart is returning! Many of you know Bob as the former ActiveRain Community Manager and Trainer. He’ll be a key part of the new focus and energy of ActiveRain.
  • We will be investing heavily into ActiveRain University and additional training to make this the best Real Estate Resource online.
  • The domain name will also be restored to and will no longer be a subdomain of Trulia. Trulia, Zillow and my team believe this is in the best interest of your content and the sites SEO.

A Couple of Things ActiveRain will NOT be:

There is always fear created when a product or service you love changes hands. There will be lots of technological enhancements but there will be a few things we will never do:

  • We will never promote one franchise or brokerage over another. ActiveRain is a community for all brokerage models and all brands no matter how large or small.
  • ActiveRain will not be used to promote only one or two products, services, or trainings. This community deserves to know about all products, all services, and all trainings. Those products and services will be judged by our community, not by advertisers or owners.

As we work to finalize the deal between now and June 30th, I welcome any questions or feedback you have. In true ActiveRain style, I expect you to not hold back in the comments!

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Comments (450)

Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR

What great news this is. Congratulations, Ben. The last time we met we were in Boston. Those were the days and it makes me so proud to be a Rainer because you are going to return our community as we loved it. Bob Stewart returning is fantastic. Getting our domain is priceless.
The Corbett team looks forward to meeting you again, as we did once in Boston.
Real estate friends in RI

Jun 24, 2015 12:04 AM
Jan O'Brien - Real Estate Coach Coach | Teams & Brokers
WBNL Coaching - Las Vegas, NV

This is great news! I am inspired to get back involved in this vibrant, powerful community again.  Congratulations Ben- and I look forward to better things to come!

Jun 24, 2015 02:04 AM
Shanna Day Team Leader (UT & AZ)
Keller Williams SLC (UT) and Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) - Park City, UT
Keller Williams Realty

I am so CRAZY excited!    I have been using the things I've learned from BEN KINNEY and IMSD and BOB STEWART and ACTIVE RAIN for years and if I had a wish... I wish Real Estate Schools would require their training and not the idiot training we get there.   Wouldn't CE training be fun and rewarding?!!   :) 

Jun 24, 2015 02:14 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Congratulations Ben Kinney . Can't wait to see what it is ahead for ActiveRain.

This is going to be the perfect combination for all involved.

Jun 24, 2015 02:44 AM
Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
When You’re Ready To Move, I’m Ready To Help

Congratulations and best wishes for much success! So happy to hear Bob Stewart  is back! He's been missed. 

Jun 24, 2015 06:02 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Ben, thank you for purchasing Activerain and returning it to the greatness we had at one time. Bob Stewart will certainly help you achieve that.

Jun 24, 2015 07:56 AM
Eric Erickson
Realty One Group/SW Temecula Murrieta, CA. - Murrieta, CA
Murrieta-Temecula CA. Real Estate and Homes

Thank You Ben! I look forward to getting more involved with this Wonderful Community. Bob Stewart is Great, glad he is back. Looking forward to the Great things to come.

Jun 24, 2015 09:46 AM
David Bacon
Realty One Group - Glendale, AZ

Looking forward of things to come!!

Jun 24, 2015 12:03 PM
Randy Mitchelson,APR
Marketing Advisor & Squeeze Mortgage - Bonita Springs, FL
First Impressions are made at First Click

I hope AR continues to earn great search ranking. I've been inviting new people to it and showing them the ropes.

Jun 24, 2015 01:48 PM
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

I'm very pleased to hear the news regarding the sale and look forward to the future of the new Active Rain.

Jun 24, 2015 05:50 PM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

SO glad to hear about the new purchase. Congratulations.

Jun 25, 2015 02:25 AM
Macy Babb ... North Georgia Realtor
Re/Max Around Atlanta Realtor - 404-234-6166 - Cartersville, GA
Realtor, SFR, HUD/REO Certified

Great News. I look forward to the web address going back to


Jun 26, 2015 12:00 PM
G. Marie Leaner

So excited for you and for us!

Jun 29, 2015 07:00 AM
Sharon Curtiss
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty - Ocean City, MD
Search for Ocean City Maryland Area Homes for Sale

I haven't been Active for a while, and guess I need to check in more often to see what changes are happening.

Jul 07, 2015 08:59 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

I was thrilled when I heard the you had purchased Active Rain and highly motivated to increase my AR presence back to my days of glory in the Rain.  I'm looking forward to it.  And oh, Bob Stewart is coming back too.  That's icing on cake.  Well Ben and welcome back Bob.

Jul 14, 2015 12:10 AM
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

Welcome! Thank you for delivering us from the hands of the "logarithm people". This is a technology tooled, but still very people based business. It's people that negotiate, solve problems creatively and build lasting relationships; not websites and programmers. (No offense to AR team, you know who I mean)

Great to have ActiveRain back to being as we are, independent! Longtime member, big supporter, happy camper.

Aug 09, 2015 05:12 AM
Winston Heverly
Coldwell Banker Access Realty - South Macon, GA

Hi, what a great post, I'm glad I came across it during my search.

Aug 31, 2015 01:00 PM
Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

I'm excited to here you talk tomorrow. I hope you have time to enjoy Kauai. Aloha!

Sep 02, 2015 10:43 AM
Mary Lou Skowronski
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach CA Homes Realtor

Glad to hear Bob Stweart is being recognized for the Blog Guru that he is.

Bob is a genius when it comes to explaining the logic behind a blog and his enthusiasm is contageous.

Sep 14, 2015 01:53 PM
Matthew Cordisco
Pocono Mountain Lakes Realty - Pocono Lake, PA
Pocono Real Estate Professional

Interesting news. I'm excited to see how this impacts daily users of ActiveRain.

Jun 15, 2016 03:07 PM