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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Michael. AR is still a business and one that should also focus on making a profit. It was a benefit for me, otherwise I wouldn't have paid the fee.

Make it a great weekend!

Jul 03, 2015 08:56 PM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

No, maybe less expensive to encourage more newbies but not free until that magical milestone is hit.

Jul 03, 2015 10:27 PM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It should not be free, i started by paying and then EARNED my way to a free account by being active. In the past in life in the USA, you were rewarded for hard work. Although this administration likes to punish those of us who work hard, work long hours, sacrifice to build a business, they go and reward those who dont , Active rain still rewards those who work hard to reach 100,000 milestones with discounts and a free account at 500,000.

Jul 03, 2015 10:22 PM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

ActiveRain as a business needs to be profitable. I hope the new ownership will find some new ways to generate income.

Additional active members may make the platform more interesting for advertisers. Something needs to be done about the high percentage of the currently inactive members.

Jul 03, 2015 10:11 PM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

It's a business.  You get what you pay for.

Jul 04, 2015 12:00 AM
Rainmaker
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

No I do not believe they all need to be free.  Pay until you are engrained at 500,000 points which is not that hard to do.

Jul 03, 2015 11:30 PM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't believe that. I believe you should have some skin in the game. And working towards a free account is not all bad.

Jul 03, 2015 10:51 PM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I agree w/ other responses and that this is a business/they need to have a way to make money and I like that you can move up to free membership.

I'll add that often when something is free, people value it less and lose it less.  Yes, for sure offer some free trial months (e.g. 2 months) to get people hooked/demonstrate the value of AR.

Jul 03, 2015 10:34 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

There is an old saying you get what you pay for.

Jul 21, 2016 10:48 PM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Michael,

No, I don't think it is keeping people from signing on.  One can earn their way to a free account, why not take a chance instead of buying leads to the tune of anywhere from 100 dollars a month to $1000?

Jul 04, 2015 03:52 AM
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Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Not free, I like the milestone to get to free, that is fair for those working actively on the site.

Jul 04, 2015 03:37 AM
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

It's a business and AR has to monetize to operate, but many web-based business offer incentives periodically--that's how I see my grandfathered free account. If past clients hired me again, I'd offer some kind of incentive, but I can't stay in real estate or any business without getting paid.

But if Kinney reaches Zuckerberg's economic status, he should offer free service for all. :)

Jul 04, 2015 03:34 AM
Rainmaker
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Should it be FREE!

I am not to keen on the idea of allowing others to determine what "I" should provide free. How about you and your business?

To increase membership and participation REAL BENEFIT needs to be apparent. When there are benefits, results, outcomes and solutions, folks will lay down their money.......just as it should be.

Jul 04, 2015 02:41 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Michael Thornton - As far as I am concerned, I am fine if I had to pay!

You may be surprised that if one works hard, one can reach 500,000 points in a year (or less) and that would cost them about $149/year or so. Then reap the benefits for lifetime! Nothing can be better than that!

I have seen the value in being a member of ActiveRain.

What I learn here, I would never have learned it anywhere elses.

Not to mention about the friends I made here!

Jul 04, 2015 02:32 AM
Rainmaker
4,873,860
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

those who don't want to pay $20/month don't want to use the platform....why have extra baggage here!!!

Jul 04, 2015 12:00 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Michael Thornton I can't really say one way ot the other. When I joined ActiveRain, the accounts were free.

Jul 03, 2015 11:39 PM
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Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida - Panama City Beach, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Hi Michael, of course!  Everything should be free.. don't you think?

Jul 03, 2015 11:21 PM
Rainmaker
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

The government and individuals whom have no money invested in a business should not have the right to say.

If it takes advertising oe whatever to keep costs down so be it.

If I had to pay the site has value in many respects.

Jul 03, 2015 11:09 PM