Greg Cremia (Shore Realty of the Outer Banks)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I do not believe that will happen. 

I'm going to do my part to answer intelligently and enjoy myself in the process so cool peeps will remember me for referrals. God willing and the creek don't rise, as my mom used to say. Pretty country thing for an LA native to say. But she was funny.

Quality will increase, and members who have stayed away due to the embarassing valueless non-answers that are no longer incentivized by points, will come in and contribute.

Let's see who is right!

Jan 17, 2020 06:00 AM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Will it change? Maybe.  Will it stagnate?  No.

Your hypothesis assumes that everyone is here for points and the only thing anyone gets from answering questions is points.

I'm betting that everyone who answers questions derives something from it other than points.  Maybe it's the fun banter between members.  Maybe it's the satisfaction of helping someone with a question.  Maybe it's something else.  

Will the Q/A section change?  Yes.  The people who prioritize points over any other reason for participating will drop off.  But the people who participate for any reason other than solely points (which I'm betting is the vast majority) will continue to participate.

Jan 17, 2020 06:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I don't think it will become stagnant but then again, predicting the future is not a skill of mine.

People who answer questions FOR the points will probably go away. People who answer questions because they want to will stay. The answers to questions should be meaningful if people are responding because they are interested in doing so (not for points).

Jan 17, 2020 05:52 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Did just start yesterday? I just checked and there were points for answers as of 1/15. 

Jan 17, 2020 05:52 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Members DO NOT PARTICIPATE on Q&A for points.  Points are simply a chattering distraction. Newbies are point aware and know collecting points on Q&A instead of comments on blogs is not a good use of time.

What will make AR stagnant is imposing conformity. 

Jan 17, 2020 05:51 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Wait... no points for answering questions? Yep that could be a deal killer. WHY would they take away points? There is not a flood of people here, but the people who use this section sure do like it enough to come back every day. 

Jan 17, 2020 05:46 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

I wonder why the motive behind the move away from Q/A points.  I am sure that it will take a while for this to happen but that is only a guess.  

Jan 17, 2020 05:56 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

it won't become stagnant....but the point hounds won't show up, and that's a good thing.... 

Jan 17, 2020 07:17 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I think we'll lose the name-dropping answers like, "I agree with Greg Cremia!" 

I believe the answers we do get will be more intelligent and helpful.

Jan 17, 2020 06:33 AM
David M. Dwares
Title Professionals Corp. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Title guy with a broker license

Not awarding points will only take away rote answers that do not add to the discussion and are only submitted for the points.  I say good riddance to that clutter.

Also, there will always be Utah students.

Jan 17, 2020 05:58 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 I just returned after a one-year hiatus, so no opinion.

Jan 17, 2020 05:54 AM
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

I don't think it will become stagnant. You will probably see the participation change and that's ok.  I'm here to share what little wisom I have, learn from others experience and have some fun.

Jan 17, 2020 07:11 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

If the Q & A becomes stagnant, it is because the pot is not being stirred. No points for me!

Jan 17, 2020 06:22 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Q&A is similar to the watercooler chit-chat at the office.

Jan 17, 2020 06:01 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

When will Q&A become stagnant?  About negative 3 years ago.

For every solid question and learning opportunity, there are 2

"guess who's birthday it is!?!"

"Know who's almost at _____ points?"

"What is a sales contract?" (from the Utah crowd)

"_____________________" (insert content stolen from Lab Coat Agents here)


Q&A, in my opinion, was one of the worst ideas AR ever had.  They had the opportunity to offer something similar to Trulia Voices that would be indexed and a tremendous value to the public (and search engines)


Instead we got this *insert shoulder shrug emoji here*

Jan 17, 2020 10:48 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

For me nothing will change.  If I have an interest in the subject I will answer.

Jan 17, 2020 07:59 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The one possible massive benefit is that the students will stop asking questions that may likely no longer be answered. 

Jan 17, 2020 07:58 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I like showing that I know stuff. I like learning stuff. I like reading stuff from others.


I like points, too.

I will still look at the questions. I may answer fewer since I will pass on the one that I would have in the past only visited for point value.

Jan 17, 2020 07:40 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I think that is good news...

There is way too much emphasis put on points which do not make the comment sound better.


Jan 17, 2020 06:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

About a New York minute!

Jan 17, 2020 06:00 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I gave my prediction on this one yesterday, would rather not go there again, too much controversy.  Time to just let it happen.

Jan 17, 2020 07:46 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Who knows for whom the bell tolls...

Jan 17, 2020 06:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Change is a part of life.  It makes sense that ActiveRain is a part of that as well.  

Jan 17, 2020 06:29 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

It is fairly obvious who is here to contribute or just for the points so good move IMHO. Clear the clutter.

Jan 17, 2020 11:44 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Greg sadly the  current platform's powers to be missed the boat about the fact that most members are Alpha... and love competition. The founders understood this concept hence created the point system... time will tell.. not just about the points but the entire platform...

Jan 17, 2020 10:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Maybe the silly questions won't be asked now?

Jan 17, 2020 10:56 AM
Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

I don't think it will change much.

Maybe now we don't have to wade through a bunch of non-answers to get to the real answers.

On a personal note, I never answered even one question for the points.
I answer because I believe I have something to offer.

Jan 17, 2020 10:51 AM
PeterMark SEO
PeterMarkSEO - Holiday, FL
Real Estate Technology, SEO Web Development

Points? I am not here on AR for points but to contribute and answer best I can. 

Jan 17, 2020 10:42 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

well are you leaving?

Jan 17, 2020 10:39 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I don't come to Q & A for points. I come here for some fun and laughs and to see what's happening in the rain world.   

Jan 17, 2020 10:12 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The elimination of points for answers should be good news.

Q&A Points

Scoring Events Points Frequency
You published a new question 10 1 per day 
Your question was featured 50 1 per day
A member bookmarked your question 25 3 per day
You answered another member's question 0 N/A
A member "Liked" your answer 10 5 per day
Your question received an answer 0 N/A
A member "Liked" your question 0 N/A
A member subscribed to answers on your blog 
0 N/A
You tagged a member in an answer 0 N/A
You "Liked" a question 0 N/A

Jan 17, 2020 08:54 AM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

It will likely change a bit, but I don't think it will become obsolete. I also don't think it will keep the Utah students from posting as it appears that you still get points for posting (and personally, I don't think they post for points, they post because they are assigned to do so). 

I enjoy this section as it is a quick way to get and give information and engage with fellow Rain members. I have learned quite a bit due to this little section of the Rain. 

Jan 17, 2020 08:23 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Change is inevitable.

Jan 17, 2020 06:20 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker


Jan 17, 2020 06:25 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

All I can do every day is: be kind, be true, be myself, share good information, and keep on marching - I hope we all continue to answer

Jan 17, 2020 01:44 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I guess those who do it for points might drop out and that might eliminate some inane answers.

Jan 17, 2020 12:28 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I was just wondering the same thing.  I'm personally going to take a break and probably dial this site back to blog posting only.  If my interaction here now has no value, why continue to interact?  I think it's also the fact that there was no mention from Active Rain ActiveRain Member Support about it and we had to find out for ourselves.  They send mass emails whenever Ben Kinney wants to sell something to us, why not send an email letting us know that the points system is updated?  Why not a featured blog?  Why not A QUESTION IN THE Q&A SECTION?  That pisses me off more than anything else.  I might have been willing to stay on if that had been done, but this "let's hope no body notices" attitude of theirs just pissed me off to the point of saying "F that site."

Jan 17, 2020 09:41 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

A few weeks ago, we had a flurry of Q&As over the frustration of people answering "I agree" or "I don't know." General consensus, as I read it, was that those answers generally appeared to come from points grubbers and I adopted a "live and let live" mentality.

Now, those answers will disappear if they are, indeed, solely for the purpose of grabbing points. I, for one, am thrilled. Let the Q&A section be filled with conversation and information!

Jan 18, 2020 05:27 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I don't believe this will happen..we shall see. A

Jan 17, 2020 09:49 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Time will tell!

Jan 17, 2020 08:11 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe


Jan 17, 2020 06:40 AM