Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa)

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

For the most part, I already have Brian England 
I am here for social engagement, water cooler time in the Q&A. 

Occasionally I will participate in a contest but even that is rare these days. 

Most of my AR peeps are on FB and we are connected there ... the site for me is all about the people, the friends, and connections I've made here. 

 

Jul 09, 2020 08:05 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I tend to think about a lot of things.  Life involves a series of decisions and changes.  

Jul 09, 2020 06:31 AM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Am still taking up permanent residency here Brian despite the challenges. 

Jul 09, 2020 07:57 AM
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

I've NOT had a single day in 10 years that I've not been able to blog here, leave comments, etc. if I chose to.  Temporarily losing a month's worth of work?  Stuff happens.  I expect they'll get it fixed.  Maybe not as quickly as we'd like, but for anyone that's been here and extended length of time, we should have enough evergreen posts built up that we can "lose" a month's worth of posts for a week or so without any significant impact to our business.

We've all known for the last few years that we're more or less on our own here.  Lights on, doors open, don't expect much more than that or you're just setting yourself up for disappointment.

Jul 09, 2020 07:38 AM
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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

Many prolific bloggers have left AR over the years. I guess it's always been fluid in that way as it has evolved over the years through several ownership changes. This is the worst situation I've been through as far as the actual function of the platform. It's very frustrating for those who really count on it to function properly.

That said, I'll be here as long as I enjoy the connections with the people here. Once that's gone, it will serve no purpose for me.  We'll see. 

Jul 09, 2020 07:23 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

It's just you. I've been thru this before & it seemed worse than now.

Jul 09, 2020 06:38 AM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

Not thinking of leaving. As Lyn Sims said, it has been worser than this before and recovered, this is just a blip on the radar screen as far as I am concerned. Hang in there.

Jul 09, 2020 07:41 AM
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Ken Jones
Kenneth J. Jones, Inc., REALTORS® - Springfield, NJ
Real Estate Broker/Owner

Brian England I cancelled my paid AR subscription long ago because I found no value in the paid membership.

As for leaving entirely, while I've thought about it, I've subsequently decided to "hang around" because it's become a form of entertainment for me (as sick as THAT may sound).

Jul 09, 2020 07:37 AM
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Brian England!  That is against the rules!  Well maybe not THE rules, but my rules.  I will be in AZ next week.  Hopefully, I can buy you a beer and we can talk about it.   It is supposed to be cool next week, right?

Jul 09, 2020 07:14 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

AR has it's uses, mainly socialization in the Q&A and with a "free forever" account, I see no need to move on.  With that said, it is not my primary blogging platform, nor was it ever.

Jul 09, 2020 08:09 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Brian,

Like Michael Jacobs I think a lot, analyze, cogitate, ruminate, ponder and listen to the muse.  So far, I am staying!

Jul 09, 2020 06:53 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Nope. 🤙🏻

Jul 09, 2020 06:46 AM
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Brian England, when I'm here, it is because of the friends. I think about a lot of things, evaluate, ponder..for now, I'm here. I don't blog as often but I'm here.

Jul 09, 2020 08:25 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

No, Why?

Jul 09, 2020 08:07 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I doubt I will stop throwing time into a black hole from which nothing is returned. However, I will share my contribution with other such resources. After all, I don't want to invest all my wasted time into the same basket.

At least on FB there IS a linear purpose for doing such.

Jul 09, 2020 08:07 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

If I left AR, I would miss the interaction with the regulars. So...not going anywhere.

Jul 09, 2020 09:47 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have been blogging on my own site now for a couple of years.   Only hear to socialize.

Jul 09, 2020 06:45 AM
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Brian- I've been through the ups and downs and I still enjoy reading the posts and of utmost importance, I love the community. I would hate to see less of you but I would also not want you to feel less than happy and disappointed when you're here.  

Jul 09, 2020 08:50 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Still here - still trying to get to "free" status.

Jul 09, 2020 02:51 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

No, I am not going. 

 

Jul 09, 2020 01:09 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

After 13 years in and out - no, no. I will stay and learn everyday something new.

Jul 10, 2020 07:02 AM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Sure I have thought about it Brian, especially since many that I have been commenting back and forth with have recently left. I don't have the time to look for my "friends" many days because of the robo-posts that take up too many pages which keeps me from finding my "regulars"!

Jul 09, 2020 01:06 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Life if filled with disappointments, to quit over a minor blip like this may be a bit extreme.

Jul 09, 2020 10:28 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  ActiveRain may not be the website it once was.  But it's still a great place with great people.    

    I'm going to be around for a while, thank you.

Jul 09, 2020 10:09 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Brian,  I know I have not got a referral from other agents here in the rain like in the old day and some of the top bloggers drop out .

 

Jul 09, 2020 09:42 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It can't hurt to have a back-up blogging platform. It's easy enough to do. There will always be gitches with websites, hosting, bandwith, limits set, hackers, denial of service problems, back-ups, security, mergers, plug-in problems, lost support, etc, etc. It happens with every company, so changing horses doesn't always equal a better and faster horse.

Jul 09, 2020 09:39 AM
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Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

I'll respond with a question of my own. What is the intent/purpose of such a question? If you want to go - go quickly and quietly. No need to spread any discontent, upset or frustration to others.

Jul 09, 2020 08:11 AM
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Peter Mohylsky. Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
THE BEACH IS OPEN

I had, have those thoughts.  we shall see.  It might all come back then I will forgive. 

Jul 09, 2020 04:43 PM
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

It's frustrating sometimes with posting and now loosing points :( 

Jul 09, 2020 02:45 PM
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Brian England, AR in essence are the people that participate, the functioning blogging platform ended years ago, especially after certain past owners got their data mining fingers into it. If you like your blogging partners stick around. We are a community despite the dysfunctional infrastructure. You are appreciated here Brian, stay healthy, be safe!

Jul 09, 2020 01:10 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

If you leave, you'll never catch me, I'm not going anywhere, until the MAN upstairs calls my name

Jul 09, 2020 12:56 PM
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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

Nah . . . they'll get their shiz together and it will all be well. 

Jul 09, 2020 12:16 PM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I used to come on AR to learn from members, and spent a lot of time blogging. Looking back, I blogged to clarify things in my head, but also hoping it would reach potential clients. Looking back, I spent way too much time at it, although I ended bup making some friendships and got some business. 

But the last year or so I've pulled back from AR and other non-producing efforts. I am spending some serious marketing dollars promoting my brand. And it's really paying off. 

 

 

 

Jul 09, 2020 10:27 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

This is nothing, esp compared to what used to happen.

 

That being said, you should always have your own site.  You will be more successful that way.  I've had mine since 2011 and continue to use AR as an "add on."

Jul 09, 2020 10:26 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I'm always thinking of all sorts of things. It's good to make sure you're always considering all options.

As for me, I still find the interactions with others fun and informative, and I still like to learn new things here, so I'll stick around. But I'm also going to make sure I have contact info for those who are not on FB or Instagram so I can stay in touch, just in case this site ceases to exist. You never know! Nothing is forever.

Jul 10, 2020 05:55 AM
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Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Brain, I just started following you on Instagram. I pop in and out of AR, I enjoy the people, sharing of information and the friendships I have made over the years. I am still finding some nuggets from reading the different articles.

Jul 10, 2020 02:12 AM
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Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

I think I will be here a while. I find that consistent blogging helps me hone any writing skills I might think I have. Plus I enjoy reading other's blogs. Not really here to pick up business.

Jul 09, 2020 10:37 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

No need to as long as it's not costing me any $$

Jul 10, 2020 04:05 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Learn all you can wherever you are Brian England . Wherever you go, there you are in the give and take exchange connection. 

Jul 10, 2020 03:35 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Honestly I've gotten WAY more out of it than I've put into it.  So no, I plan to stay as long as it's here.  Of course there are bumps.  Generally life has them too.

Jul 09, 2020 09:09 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Nope. No thought of ditching the Rain!

Jul 10, 2020 07:12 AM