Happy to See ActiveRain on Its Own Domain Again

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

First, let me offer a hearty "Congratulations!" to Ben Kinney for purchase of ActiveRain. I will admit that I was surprised to see this news, but it was a pleasant surprise, unlike the jarring news when Trulia first acquired AR a while back. 

I started on AR back in 2006-07, which some here would consider the "glory days". I think there were around I was VERY prolific, almost never missing an opportunity to post 10 times weekly, and those were rarely short posts. I wonder how many words I have composed here. Probably enough to eclipse "War and Peace" at this point.

I still get calls and numerous referrals from stuff I posted 6-8 years ago. I probably average two or three referrals per month from friends I made here on AR initially.

Needless to say, I am grateful for this platform. I have made many, many friends in the industry, most of whom are in other cities and states.

Recently, I was able to help a good friend from church to find the right agent in California to help with their needs. As a result, I will be receiving a $10,000+ referral check in the next month or two. Not too shabby.

I was very happy to see that AR in on a standalone domain again, rather than the one with "trulia" in the middle of the URL.

I was also excited to see that my friend Bob Stewart is returning to help run things. I remember being interviewed by Bob at a Raincamp in December 2010. Those videos are still on YouTube, although the audio isn't the best.  :) Welcome back, Bob!

Before I went up on the stage to chat with Bob that day, Ben Kinney played this video, and gave me a stellar introduction, stating that I was someone who really "does it": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU7Y6HiLXto. Tough not to like that.

At any rate, I just wanted to share some initial thoughts about this latest change.

Who knows? I might even start blogging regularly again. 





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Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge

Bob Stewart is back? Can't wait to go back to the good old days. It won't be the same but a welcome change.

Jun 25, 2015 01:17 AM #24
Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Yorba Linda, CA
Coached By Crouch

Welcome back, my friend! 

Jun 25, 2015 01:50 AM #25
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I remember a lot of Bob's webinars starting with "I was looking through the analytics ..." Hopefully AR will regain its status in the SERPs.

Jun 25, 2015 02:19 AM #26
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Yes, I started here in the "glory days" and remember you well.  You have been missed and I notice that you've promised us you'd be back!

Jun 25, 2015 02:28 AM #27
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I whole heartedly agree that the change is for the better.  I am not a Trulia/Zillow fan at all.

Jun 25, 2015 04:25 AM #28
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Happy about the domain name change also. The internet is everchanging. Hope the world continues to improve here.

Jun 25, 2015 04:44 AM #29
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

"Who knows? I might even start blogging regularly again. " <---- that's the best part of this post. I do miss the glory days when I could regularly see your posts. Of course, everyone has their own glory days... it tends to be centered around the time that someone joins, receives positive feedback and gets locked in that loop. I too gave up blogging for a good long while and have found it less beneficial as of late. However, I do enjoy the great people and outstanding information that one finds here. I'm enthused by the prospects of the chance that everything old is new again with the new owner and sidekick, both of whom have earned a tremendous amount of good will in these parts.

Jun 25, 2015 08:24 AM #30
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jason, it would be nice to see your smiling face back here in the rain a bit more.

Jun 25, 2015 08:54 AM #31
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

OK...So are we going to see you back here posting more? 

Jun 25, 2015 10:34 AM #32
Mary Ann Daniell Realtor
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Subsidiary of NRT LLC - Killeen, TX
Delivering Successful Results Since 1999

AR back on it's own domain?  Jason Crouch, Ben Kinney, and Bob Stewart roaming through the Rain again?    It's music to my ears.  Have missed those "glory days" and hope we see some more of that energy here again!

Jun 25, 2015 11:28 AM #33
Frank Castaldini
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco

Yes.   I just noticed it as soon as I read the headline of this post.  Glad I'm not forking any money over to Zulia.  Haha!

Jun 25, 2015 12:22 PM #34
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Coming back would be a good thing Jason. I enjoy reading a a out.Austin !

Jun 25, 2015 12:51 PM #35
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jason Crouch Welcome back! Good to see you are coming back.

Jun 25, 2015 11:14 PM #36
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

I noticed the domain change a week or two ago. I am excited about Bob coming back here.

Jun 27, 2015 04:04 AM #37
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

What a great testimonial to the power of the AR reach over time! 

Jun 27, 2015 04:20 PM #38
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I did feel a little uneasy every time I did my login and saw that activeraintrulia.  Very happy for all the new changes that have already happened and looking forward to alot more in the very near future.

Jun 27, 2015 10:59 PM #39
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Jason Crouch 
Yes, having Bob Stewart back should make a big difference. In a Member Webinar on Friday, July 10th, 2015, Ben Kinney will explain his goals as Bob interviews him! Echoes of your experience ...
Have a successful day -


Jul 05, 2015 12:42 PM #40
Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living

Me too, three, four and five!  Love being part of the BK AR era.

Jul 15, 2015 04:20 PM #41
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

We referred to the other period as the dark ages. I'm glad to see AR back on it's main site name.

Dec 17, 2015 03:51 PM #43
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's going to be part of the group mentality from now on into time as they say

Dec 17, 2015 03:55 PM #44
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