UPDATE - Ben Kinney Shared Plans + RE Ideas - AR MeetUp 10-20-2020

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...

- Ben Kinney Shared Plans + RE Ideas -
AR MeetUp 10-20-2020 


 Imagine an exciting presentation - full of news about the technical advances planned for ActiveRain - delivered with enthusiasm by Ben Kinney.

He shared plans for the rebuilding of the AR site - explaining detailed technical changes. Now, he explained,the code was all stacked on top of itself. That means that if one thing goes wrong, everything is subject to not working properly.

The goal is to separate the facets of ActiveRain into "containers" so that if one technical aspect fails that would be the only section disrupted.

In terms of "sections" of AR, Ben discussed goals of cleaning up Groups and non-participatory members. He asked attendees what areas they thought needed attention. He listened carefully and asked questions of those members so he understood. NOTE: Be sure to read Jeffrey Richman post about the MeetUp.


Ben Kinney believes in putting a strong focus on one thing and becoming NUMBER ONE in that field. He believes that AR is positioned to provide the best information for LOCAL insights and news based on knowledge of any of the diverse careers represented on AR. He is confident that each participating member has a deep understanding of his or her market in any of the careers listed at our AR website.

What are the membership categories now?
The presence of these diverse careers adds spice to the Blog posts found on AR. 

We learn about each others' jobs when reading posts and enhance the way we do our own jobs.


After discussing the technical side, Ben branched out into advice based on his success in real estate. He talked about what to say at Open Houses and how to help a potential Client by looking at their real estate holdings as part of their financial wealth portfolio - not just a transaction at hand.

Ben recommended books that have boosted his success. The One Thing, The Wealthy Code and Positioning are three of the books he mentioned as significant to him during the MeetUp.

In 2015, Ben published a post on ActiveRain right around the time he was finalizing the purchase of ActiveRain from Zillow. He stated his philosophy in that post and I will quote some of what he said here.

"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.”

Another interesting statement in the post referred to AR and his goals as he  would be the owner:

 "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 ActiveRain.com and will no longer be a subdomain of  [any other site] ... in the best interest of your content and the site's SEO." 

Although moving toward "technological enhancements", Ben reaffirmed his commitment to keep ActiveRain as a community that honors "all brokerage models and all brands no matter how large or small." 

The same idea applies to products and services, Ben explained. "... products and services will be judged by our community" which "deserves to know about all products, all services, and all trainings."

 Again thanks  to Debe Maxwell, CRS who, in addition to both her personal  and professional busy schedule, always finds time to keep the Tuesday at 2pm MeetUp thriving with interesting presentations. 

Who is coming to delight attendees in the coming weeks?  (subject to change)
On October 27th, either Mary Thompson , Appraiser in Georgia or Bob Crane - Forestry focus -  will guide the MeetUp. November 3rd, Elyse Berman, PA will share about being a Specialist Pet Friendly Agent. Coming after that to discuss feng shui will be Laura Cerrano and the John Meussner- Mortgage member.

Delightfully, ActiveRain is now a recipient of Ben's mission statement:

All the best - Lynn


Ben's Philosophy Logo courtesy of  him!
Photo of Ben Kinney from an AR post about him many years ago.

Posted by

Need a REALTOR(R)?


Let me Google multi-color logo Atlanta Real Estate ODAT that for you.



Lynn B Friedman reviews             facebook      twitter      google plus      linkedin       



Re-Blogged 1 time:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Brian England 10/23/2020 07:00 AM
Real Estate Sales and Marketing
Georgia Fulton County Atlanta
The Lounge at Active Rain
Atlanta Real Estate Q&A
Addicted to Active Rain
the one thing
ben kinney

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you for the excellent overview!  Unfortunately, I will probably miss Bob Crane 's overview on the 27th. That's too bad because I find his forestry information so interesting!!

Enjoy your day.

Oct 23, 2020 05:08 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Lynn B. Friedman - he  brought up some great ideas on real estate investing.  These are informative groups.

Oct 23, 2020 05:09 AM #2
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such an amazing summary, thank you for putting this together for us!  I am excited for the future of ActiveRain!

Oct 23, 2020 05:47 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lynn this is an OUTSTANDING recap of this week's Weekly ActiveRain ZOOM Meeting.  This was an excellent meeting with Ben, but your recap may be even better than the meeting!!! 

Oct 23, 2020 07:10 AM #4
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Lynn B. Friedman .  Yes that was a great call and Ben was very helpful and informative.

Oct 23, 2020 07:39 AM #5
Jeffrey Richman
Immediate Home Solutions - Waxhaw, NC
Creative Real Estate Specialist

Hi Lynn,

Thanks for going over this information that was given on Ben's talk.  After reading your post, I see that I may have missed a few things.  You also had excellent questions (you always do).  

You're participation is always helpful during any of these discussions.

Thank you!

Oct 23, 2020 07:40 AM #6
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

Great write-up of the meeting, Lynn.  It was an excellent meeting and glad I didn't miss it. Ben is genuine in his commitment to making AR sing again. 

Oct 23, 2020 08:25 AM #7
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I'm inspired to read about Ben's plans - it was pretty dismal for a while. I look forward to the changes and thank you for the updates.

Oct 23, 2020 01:08 PM #8
Chris Ivy
Ivy Vine Investments - Memphis, TN
Sell Your House Fast For Cash In Memphis Tennessee

Very imformative Lynn!  Thank you for the update.

Oct 23, 2020 02:24 PM #9
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

thank you Lynn for the informative summary of the meeting! Your sharing this makes it all come together for us! I will try to attend one soon! 

Oct 24, 2020 01:19 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thank you so much, Lynn. Nice job summarizing this - wish this was at a different time for us. 11:00 AM is a popular meeting time around here. I do keep trying... 

Oct 24, 2020 07:50 AM #11
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Good summary.

Oct 24, 2020 08:23 AM #12
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Lynn B. Friedman ,

What an excellent summary of the Zoom meeting..I was bummed I couldn't be there! I do believe Ben Kinney is genuine in his commitment to making AR sing again!!

Oct 24, 2020 01:00 PM #13
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Lynn, thanks very much for this informative post. I enjoyed reading it, and will check some of the links, too. The planned future for ActiveRain is great news! I was not aware that there are so many categories of professions represented - thank you for the summary, too. It seems all aspects of the real estate transaction are represented. 

Oct 26, 2020 09:30 AM #14
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

AR is still a very good site . Most Agents in today’s Real Estate world know they need to Lead Generate and establish and build their Brand ( to a specific Target audience). Content Marketing is the key to success with that goal . Where AR can easily win is - Agents don’t know where to start AND AR is already set up to help them get started . Blogging is still relevant !!!

Oct 26, 2020 09:34 AM #15
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Lynn B. Friedman

Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
Selling? Buying? Contact us now and LET'S TEAM UP for success!

Additional Information