Why I love Active Rain: The Social Media Platform for Real Estate...

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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Endre Barath, Jr. shares some of his positive experience with ActiveRain.

Original content by Endre Barath, Jr. 01238708

Why I love Active Rain: The Social Media Platform for anything Real Estate Related…

Those of you who read my posts consistently know, that when I joined Active Rain in 2008 my primary objective was to get additional business. I have written about this previously. Naively I thought it would be raining referrals on Active Rain.  In all fairness I did get a few referrals, interestingly one of the more tangible benefits, that came from it was, I learned how to Blog.


I have also found my voice on this platform, hence on the Internet, this in turn translated that I received many clients not just locally, but from all over the Globe. They found me on the World Wide Web, thanks to my blogs about land, life in Los Angeles, life in Beverly Hills and Malibu. Those with whom I connected, many mentioned how they loved reading my writing about food, wine, books and pets.

 In addition, something I did not anticipate, I ended up making many friends with other members. They were all active on this platform. Most are likeminded in business or in family life, they know who they are, I do not need to name them. Some I have talked on the phone others I met face to face, or had coffee, or lunch or dinner with. Interestingly this was not my intent, it was unplanned, but one of the most valuable benefits of being on this platform.



Not wanting to digress from the real reason why I am grateful for being on this platform. We have the Community Guidelines, that pretty much almost everyone follows and we self-police the community, because there is no one actively working as a “community manager”, at least I am not aware of.

Now to my point: I have been on the “Nextdoor” Platform for about four plus years. Just as an FYI, I have never called it “Nextdoor” instead, I nicknamed it “The neighborhood rag”. Yes, the platform has Community Guidelines as well. The difference is Day & Night compared to Active Rain.

The purpose of this seven-year-old start up in my opinion was basically a spin off idea from Facebook and to make it hyper local i.e.:  where neighbors can connect with their own neighbors, find friends. Then it evolved into finding the best contractors for their needs. It helped in looking for and find lost pets. In other words, build a stronger and safer local community with the help of technology. It was heading in the right direction, but somewhere along the way the platform morphed into something else.


What I might call it, or should I say it became “The Un- Neighborly Platform” some have call it “The Jerks Next-door”. People complaining about traffic, people complaining about the politicians, about their fellow neighbors and the list goes on and on. It is full of negativity from early morning to late at night. The vicious behavior is only matched on Facebook.

In my opinion, Social Media has allowed to give voice to people who should not have a voice. Many choose to be vicious, because it is easy to be behind the keyboard of their laptop, iPad or their smart phones. I am confident that face to face they would not dare to be as mean and vicious as from the comfort of their home. Nastiness, grumpiness, and negativity is tolerated, and people have lost their civility and their civil boundaries.

So, with that said, this is the reason I am so grateful for Active Rain, because this platform for better or worse is one of the best platforms, where mostly civility rules. Yes, many of you know, that I have spoken harshly about the various owners and leaders of Active Rain over the past ten years, the intention was to bring attention to an issue, a problem or a person. This I would have been willing to say to the leadership face to face, over the phone and directly. Some engaged with me others just avoided me. Never the less my motives were pure, to improve this platform. I am still here because overall this is still one of the best platforms compared to all the others. At the same time, I am grateful for all the friendships and the business that came my way because of this platform.

This post was inspired by the nastiness I read today on Nextdoor in my zipcode.


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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I may have missed this one from Endre. I'll check. At any rate, it's worth a second or third read. Thanks for sharing it Roy and Happy Sunday. D 

Jul 08, 2018 12:22 PM #1
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thank you as usual Endre Barath, Jr. and well said and also Roy Kelley. The Next Door platform does have it uses, like reliable handy man, a strange occurence, power outages, local events etc. Yes, I agree though many of the "venting" posts or political posts are less about neighbors helping neighbors which is the true benefit. I agree Active Rain is above all of that "usually". 

Jul 08, 2018 12:28 PM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Thank you Roy for spreading the word, always appreciate a re-blog, Endre

Jul 08, 2018 12:30 PM #3
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I had read this blog on Endre Barath, Jr. blog as he is one I follow. Great choice for a re-blog and enforces the wonderful things about Active Rain!

Jul 08, 2018 01:25 PM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Endre Barath, Jr. 

Jul 08, 2018 03:05 PM #5
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Roy, thanks for reblogging Endre Barath, Jr.'s post.  So well written and first class all the way. Have a great evening.

Jul 08, 2018 03:23 PM #6
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Blog posts that I wrote on Activerain 8 years ago still rank above the fold on the first page of Google. I would have never written those blogs without AR.

Jul 08, 2018 03:49 PM #7
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

There is a Nextdoor and Neighbors Closed Group Facebook page for my neighborhood. Complaining is rampant and I know what Endre Barath, Jr. is saying.

Jul 08, 2018 07:02 PM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Thank you for the special re-blog Roy. I have followed Endre for many years and I have never been disappointed.

Jul 08, 2018 07:08 PM #11
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Roy Kelley this is a great choice for a reblog!  I had already read and commented on Endre's fine post.

Jul 08, 2018 07:12 PM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I hope that this platform continues and gains more followers, Roy.  Thanks for the re-blog.

Jul 09, 2018 05:00 AM #15
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy Kelley,  Always good to see which reblogs you are showing, I always know I will not miss anything between you and Kathy!


Jul 09, 2018 06:47 AM #17
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Roy, what a great re-blog. I may have missed Endre Barath, Jr. 's blog. Enjoyable to read. 


Jul 09, 2018 10:04 AM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What an excellent selection for a re-blog, Roy! I love Endre's blog and that his passion lies here in the Rain too.

Happy Monday!

Jul 09, 2018 10:28 AM #19
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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