Ben Kinney's Zoom Call - 10/20/2020

Services for Real Estate Pros with Immediate Home Solutions

Wow - 34 people!  What a great turnout for the head honcho.  He started off talking about the book "The One Thing by Gary Keller (I think you know who he is)" all about multi-tasking. The 'Wealthy Code by George Antone (he's got two other books out as well that are pretty good) and 'Positioning' by Henning Glasser.


He then shared with us about a lot of progress that has been made.  1. He's working on building it with better code and upgrading it's current code to be newer.  2.  Upgraded the actual code base and contain certain areas of the system.


Look for some serious changes coming our way!  Yes, it's going to take some time (a few months), but it will be worth it.  Think about this as the foundation of a house so that it's stable and doesn't fall down or crash when there's an issue.


Ben is going to work on the blog editor, making it easier to use and have more functionality.  Not immediately, but it's in the works.


He also wants to greatly improve the site index and search engine optimation of Active Rain for its members.  This will also ultimately improve the User's experience who come to visit and see your blogs and profiles.

AR Logo

Ben would like us to wait to invite new people to join us until he has made many of these changes.


He feels that giving local information that is not covered by major media will make the site number 1 in many different ways.

All in all, look for changes, new designs to the website, a better User experience and more.



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With Enthusiasm,

Jeffrey M. Richman


Comments (18)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeffrey Richman  Great synopsis of the Zoom meeting.  Let's not forget Local Content lets be the newsmen of our area. So far Ben Kinney has delivered all he has promised 

Oct 20, 2020 12:38 PM
Jeffrey Richman

Hi Hannah,

I think I touched on it, but you and he are right, local is not being really touched on and can help cast AR to the forefront

Oct 21, 2020 06:04 AM
Hannah Williams

Jeffrey Richman  It was great to see you back

Oct 21, 2020 10:47 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff good to see you on the call.  This ZOOM Meeting was well worth the time to attend.  ActiveRain is once again headed in the right direction.

Oct 20, 2020 01:13 PM
Jeffrey Richman

Glad to be there.  I'm glad that I could make it.  Ben is a great speaker and it does look like it's headed in the right direction - forward and up

Oct 21, 2020 06:05 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Good recap Jeff.  It was a very informative meeting today. So far so good and things are moving along with speed.  Looking forward to what the next 6 months brings us all. Thanks Ben!

Oct 20, 2020 03:55 PM
Jeffrey Richman

Hi Anna,

Yes, I believe that it will take some time, but time well worth it for the movement that's going to hapen

Oct 21, 2020 06:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jeffrey-didn't we have a wonderful turnout today!!!!  I loved it. And I loved hearing him talk about helping someone fulfill their financial dreams. Good seeing you!!!

Oct 20, 2020 05:25 PM
Jeffrey Richman

Hi Kathy, 

Good to see you too.  A great turnout with many positive people on the call.  It certainly looks like AR is headed in the right direction

Oct 21, 2020 06:08 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Jeff.

I missed the first half, I was hiring a new agent.  What I did see of it was great.

Oct 21, 2020 12:22 AM
Jeffrey Richman

Hi James,

I tried to recap much of the call, but, of course there's nothing like actaully being there.  Glad that you were able to make it for some of the call.

Oct 21, 2020 06:09 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is a good summary!  It was nice to hear what is going on behind the scenes for the benefit of ActiveRain!

Oct 21, 2020 05:52 AM
Jeffrey Richman

Hi Brian,

It was good seeing you in your signature glasses and hat outdoors!  AR does have alot of benefits and Ben's working on making it better

Oct 21, 2020 06:10 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks for summarizing the meeting. We were getting back from a trip and missed it. 

Oct 21, 2020 08:08 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jeffrey Richman - Great summary of the meeting.  When Ben speaks, you need to hear what he has to say.  I am so glad that Rick and I were able to make this one.  I took a lot of notes! He has quite a vision of what the future can hold for AR.  I am excited about it. 

Oct 21, 2020 08:25 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Jeffrey Richman, thank you for the summary, my plans were to attend the meeting but unfortunately, couldn't make it. 

Oct 21, 2020 08:50 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Great wrap-up on a terrific meeting with some important updates from Ben. I'm so glad things continue to move in a positive direction and happy about the plans and changes.


Oct 22, 2020 08:46 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Buckhead - Midtown - Westside ... Love our City - Love our Clients! - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Jeffrey Richman 
Enjoyed your recounting the Zoom MeetUp! Added a link to your post into the post I wrote about the MeetUp with Ben Kinney on 10/20/2020. Take care - L.

Oct 23, 2020 07:49 AM
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Great to know - I'm particularly unhappy with the blog editor so looking forward to that upgrade!

Oct 23, 2020 01:10 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

34 People showing up is impressive!  Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the meeting  Lynn B. Friedman pointed me in your direction Thanks Lynn

Local news and events would make us more interesting than the national scene these days!! 

Oct 24, 2020 01:24 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Jeffrey Richman,

Excellent summary and so impressed with the 34 AR memebers showing up. I was certainly bumbed I couldn't make it. I'm thrilled with Ben Kinney  's commitment to AR and the positive direction he is going and looking foward to the changes he is making! 

Oct 24, 2020 01:04 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Jeffrey,
I'm so glad AR is up and running again. I pretty much took a sabbatical for a couple of months to save what hair I have left.  It's good to be back. I'm looking forward to the continued improvements.

Oct 25, 2020 03:59 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Jeffrey, thanks for taking the time to summarize the meeting. I like to attend all the meetings, sometimes it's not possible for me. Very interesting and thought-provoking.

Oct 26, 2020 09:36 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

AR could find itself at the right place ( Freedom of Speech) at the right time !!!!

Oct 26, 2020 09:37 AM
Ben Yost - 303-587-4297
First Time Home Buyer, Mortgage Rates, Pre-Approval - Denver, CO
FHA, VA, Conventional - Mortgage Loans in De

Good to hear! Thanks for the information onthe updates!

Oct 27, 2020 08:32 AM

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