Ask An Ambassador: Congrats On The New Listing!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

what would the listing price be on this one??Warning:  this post MAY be perceived as a rant :)

It happened again, and it's happened MANY times over the years with many different commenters.  A "Congratulations on the new listing!" comment left on another post.  Overall a long enough comment to garner the commenter 25 points, which was apparently the only real purpose of the comment. 

How do I know this?

Because the post WASN'T about a new listing.  Sure there was a picture of a house in the post, but it was a post about helping a buyer purchase that new home. 

So that leads me to believe:

1.  The commenter couldn't be bothered to read the title of the post or the body of the post.

2.  The commenter doesn't care if an out of place comment makes the commenter OR the author of the post look bad. 

3.  The seller values 25 points over the possibility of any potential referral.

Now if it's an ActiveRain facing post and someone leaves a comment I consider out of bounds, I'm usually going to leave it for the world to see.  They've self-identified as a jackass and that's good information to know.  Worst case, years ago I wrote a post about my brother-in-law's brain tumor and someone dropped a "congrats on the new listing" comment.  They looked REALLY bad for that one.

On the other hand, if it's a consumer facing post, the wrong kind of comment can harm the value of the post and IMO justifies the use of the Delete key.  Hint, there's no such thing as First Amendment rights on your part when it comes to my business posts.  My post, my rules.

ActiveRain has done a good job of establishing community guidelines for all to follow.  Most are written, some are implied.  IMO serial commenting falls into the implied part.  It's generally NOT a good practice.


However, if generating points in a quick fashion is really important to you, there ARE ways to do it without doing a lot of damage to your reputation.

1.  Go back to OLD posts to leave your generic comments.  You get 25 points for posts written in 2010 just as you would for 2019.

2.  Find people that are no longer active in the community. 

3.  Have a word document with generic comments by category:  Market reports, Just Solds, New Listings, etc.  Copy the right one to match the title of the post.

4.  Go with the standard "thanks for sharing your information" version with enough characters (50) to qualify for the points.  While the comment is still obvious to most that it's generic, it doesn't harm a consumer facing post and has a better chance of not being deleted.

But the absolute best thing to do?

Take the time to read a post and respond with a comment that lets the author know you actually read the post.  Who knows, it might lead to a decades long friendship and even referral business.  That's really what the Rain is about.


Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz 


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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OMG, I just commented on Alan's post about the same thing, Bill! Funny but, I had two today - totally, TOTALLY unrelated to the topic. I don't get it - as you said, are the 25 points worth the potential for earning the trust of our AR peers and the potential to earn thousands of dollars in commissions? 

Love the rant and agree wholeheartedly!

Mar 12, 2019 09:38 PM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I commented on something similar to this as well! It’s a small world after all! Love and light!

Mar 12, 2019 11:46 PM #13
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

You guys are on a roll!  I am usually just glad to get a comment or two or 4

I don't even get many drivebys!!! but when I see them I tend to just ignore them

I used to actually thank them but I have evolved!

Mar 13, 2019 01:02 AM #14
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Is the scam comment, #15, better or worse than the drive-by commenter?  Reported!

Mar 13, 2019 03:31 AM #16
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Liz and Bill Spear ,

I just read Alan May 's post and now yours on the same topic. I've never figured out why some are here only for the points. It's sad..still takes precious time that could be devoted in attracting business or heaven forbid establish a relationship with an agent to send a referral!

Mar 13, 2019 05:04 AM #17
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Thank you for the informative post, I have learned so much here.... LOL  Cut and paste comments, oh joy!

Mar 13, 2019 07:21 AM #18
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Supervision is no myth. Monitoring any system is necessary to insure its model

Mar 13, 2019 08:12 AM #19
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I sometimes get comments like that too, but it doesn't frustrate me anymore.  I like to interact with people that comment on my posts, but with these comments, I either don't interact or I give a snarky comment back, haha.  Gotta have fun in the Rain, right?

Mar 13, 2019 08:44 AM #20
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Read the post before making a comment? What a novel thought, Bill. I wonder what Alan May would think of that concept. Oh, wait! I do know what he would think.

Mar 13, 2019 10:27 AM #21
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

you nailed it with self identified as a jackass.  No doubt.

Mar 13, 2019 11:24 AM #22
Clay Greathouse

I read your post and I acknowledge what you are saying, this being my first comment and a New License😎

Mar 13, 2019 07:44 PM #23
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I always want to be snarky, but then I think that would make me look like a jerk, so I ignore them. At least I've convinced myself that I don't have to respond to them.

I noticed lately that one of our serial robo-commenters seems to have reformed. I was glad to see that.

Meanwhile - I hope your Dad came through surgery well and is on the road to a full recovery.

Mar 13, 2019 09:51 PM #24
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bill I just wanted to congratulate on your Listing:)) I mean your rant:)) or maybe it would have been easier just to congratulate you for getting a Featured Post. On the other hand I love your  idea  to visit old posts of agents who are no longer on this platform, benefit might be they might actually return:)Endre

Mar 13, 2019 10:36 PM #25
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I got a chuckle out of reading this and comments from Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland and Endre Barath, Jr.  Have a great weekend and go get some new listings for us to comment on! 

Mar 14, 2019 05:16 AM #26
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Yikes! I can't believe people do that. Occasionally, I only have time to scan an article to see if it is of interest but I don't leave comments unless I've got something to say. I'll be on the lookout now for those types of comments that are obviously "spam"

Mar 14, 2019 05:23 AM #27
Marti Steele Kilby, CRS
Steele Group Realty - La Mesa, CA
Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA

Lame and lazy. All those points and $4 will buy you a cup of coffee.  If I read a post and have nothing to say that is at least mildy interesting or useful, I just don't comment.  Duh!

Mar 14, 2019 12:20 PM #28
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Read your post, read all the comments, hope your dad is doing well after his surgery.

Mar 14, 2019 12:23 PM #29
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

We should get MORE POINTS for longer responses to posts!!!! (hey, have I hit 25 yet??)

Mar 15, 2019 10:28 AM #30
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Bill, Life leaves clues - doesn't it?  People don't think through their actions or the consequences of their actions. The biggest harm is that we see who they are and will not recommend or refer them. 


Mar 16, 2019 03:18 PM #31
Krista Jenkins, REALTOR®
Egenbacher Real Estate - Lubbock, TX
Residential sales and retail & office leasing

I think you offer great advice.  "Go back to OLD posts to leave your generic comments." Hehehehehe. It is painfully clear when someone has not read the post they are commenting on. I have been here a hot minute (about  fours days really), and it has happened to me. People do what they do, don't they? Do you suppose they even know you are talking about them? Probably not. #congratsonthelisting 

Mar 18, 2019 06:48 PM #32
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