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Rainmaker
3,069,934
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

It certainly is a time "consumer"...

Feb 26, 2016 10:01 PM
Rainmaker
4,174,764
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

No..... When managed properly.

Feb 26, 2016 08:25 PM
Rainmaker
873,101
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
BRIX REALTY -DESTIN

Time blocking in any business is important.

Feb 26, 2016 08:17 PM
Rainer
150,166
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

It can be if used wrong, but myself I strive to get better and better at it every day.

I have gotten listings, and sold homes using it, so it works for me. 

Feb 26, 2016 08:07 PM
Rainmaker
846,160
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It can be, but it can also be worthwhile when managed properly.

Feb 26, 2016 08:05 PM
Rainmaker
563,146
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

I think it can be.  I don't spend too much time on there.

Honestly, I think AR can be more of a time waster.

Many would be better served in spending less time here and a bit more on social media and/or networking or other marketing.

Feb 26, 2016 07:57 PM
Rainmaker
4,060,514
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

If it isn't managed it could be.  

Feb 26, 2016 11:16 PM
Rainmaker
6,545,039
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is easy to spend unproductive time on social media and ActiveRain.

Feb 26, 2016 10:39 PM
Rainmaker
4,056,567
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It certainly can be. It's not for me, personally, as I'm not all that enamored of it... so I'm on and off pretty quickly.

Feb 26, 2016 10:07 PM
Rainmaker
2,634,337
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I was amazed at how facebook brought people together since childhood. After that, it loses some of its appeal as I am a person to person...PERSON

Feb 26, 2016 09:48 PM
Rainmaker
864,358
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Nope. I believe it is a necessity. However, it needs to be done with moderation.

Feb 26, 2016 09:13 PM
Rainmaker
2,020,150
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

No, but I do agree a lot of addicted people do spend too many hrs. on it .

Feb 26, 2016 09:09 PM
Rainmaker
1,716,354
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Why yes Michael it is. Have to keep yourself in check 24/7.

I've started using Hootsuite this year because of it & I feel that I have a better handle on it. Still have to think of a better 'process' of sharing all that great info I find.

You're right, we cannot get a refund.

Feb 26, 2016 09:09 PM
Rainmaker
1,635,642
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

If overdone; YES!

Feb 26, 2016 09:02 PM
Rainmaker
3,321,571
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Most often i use it as a short break from work. For so many though, it is not just art of their life but consuming it

Feb 26, 2016 09:02 PM
Rainmaker
4,159,350
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It certainly can be!

Feb 26, 2016 08:50 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,583
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

The only social media that I am involved in is active rain. I have learned a lot from it.

Feb 26, 2016 08:32 PM
Rainmaker
3,613,845
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

If you ask my wife she would say no, if you ask me I would say yes

Feb 26, 2016 08:05 PM
Rainmaker
634,272
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Not for me. I keep to a schedule for work time media activity. If I am just being social during free time that's a choice and I don't find it's wasteful.

Mar 04, 2016 04:26 PM
Rainmaker
1,987,978
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

no

Feb 28, 2016 10:21 AM
Rainmaker
4,885,921
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

One has to decide what is a time waster.   I usually peruse FB while waiting for clients to show up, and AR before my phone is turned on.

Feb 28, 2016 12:16 AM
Rainmaker
1,514,405
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not think so, it depends if you act or react there. 

Feb 27, 2016 04:29 PM
Rainer
318,713
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I can spend too many hours on social media. I use my calendar for scheduling time blocks for business. Don't think it's a time waster but can consume many hours that one can't get back.

Feb 27, 2016 02:31 PM
Ambassador
5,358,761
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Yes, but it has some benefits too.

Feb 27, 2016 01:36 PM
Ambassador
3,722,438
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Some of it is.

Feb 27, 2016 12:52 PM
Ambassador
3,034,400
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It can be if you let it.  I try not to let it.

Feb 27, 2016 11:27 AM
Rainmaker
597,169
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Michael,
It is just a tool. How well we use that tool and what it is worth to us is up to us.

Feb 27, 2016 06:51 AM
Rainmaker
3,997,425
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I only have a couple of minutes before I go to FaceBook so my asnwer is no.

Feb 27, 2016 03:30 AM
Rainmaker
1,380,623
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Depends on how one spends it.  Aimlessly through Facebook, yes.  On AR with purpose, no.

Feb 27, 2016 03:29 AM
Rainmaker
3,985,837
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

In many ways yes

Feb 27, 2016 03:22 AM
Rainer
173,837
Angela & Stephen Hardiman / HouseTie.com
HouseTie.com - Spokane, WA
When first impressions count...

For our business no, but you have to manage your time well. 

 

Feb 27, 2016 12:26 AM
Rainer
90,455
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Biggest time suck I've ever seen.

Feb 27, 2016 12:25 AM
Rainmaker
1,149,209
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Should have some presence as realtors. On my Twitter no one read my blog saw about 30 blogs left by other agents.

Feb 26, 2016 11:28 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,485
FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends.

Feb 26, 2016 11:15 PM
Rainmaker
5,527,472
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Michael,

I just read a study for luxury that is calling  a digital bubble.  I will be writing a post about it.  If you look up Social Media Fatigue, you will be surprised.  A

Feb 26, 2016 11:08 PM
Rainmaker
223,669
LuxurySoCalRealty San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

I'm guessing 97% of us do not do social media correctly 

Feb 26, 2016 11:00 PM
Rainmaker
290,569
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

It can be when used to excess - it cannot be one's 'life', though for many it is!  I think any Social Media site can fall into that category, and so true TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - those 'hours are gone' once used . . .

Feb 26, 2016 10:57 PM
Rainmaker
5,571,343
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no, not at all...not even this Q & A section....I get ideas for writing posts and many chuckles, too!!! love the laughs that result from this section....

Feb 26, 2016 10:35 PM
Rainmaker
1,456,827
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc. It can be with no discipline.

Feb 26, 2016 10:29 PM