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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

The home page looks nicer and more up to date.

UI has been very low.  it's VERY time consuming to navigate/buggy.  scroll down not working properly, I need to click on page to use page down/arrow buttons, page down skips info.  Very slow.

I've had to cut back comments, etc and it seems many other have as well.

I hope they fix all these bugs, too.  A regular visitor will not take the time to figure out how to scroll down.

Oct 01, 2016 07:35 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I don't like how commenting looks now with your picture above your comment.

I don't like the double scroll bar on the right - it's confusing.

I think the front page looks tacky -  sorry but that's how I feel.

Oct 01, 2016 09:47 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Hi Bob,

Like Debbie Gartner I have had several issues with the new site.

  • Blog navigation no longer works without clicking on the blog first.
  • Page load speed has decreased, especially noticable for those of us who load up the day's questions or blogs in new tabs, 20 at a time.  I would have cut back, except I need those 500k points.
  • The top navigation is cleaner and the notifications now shows a count instead of 5+, that is nice.
  • I'm not a fan of the footer navigation.  I almost never go to the bottom of a page, so I do not plan on ever using those links.
  • For me, I find the home page to be visually unpleasant.  So much to the point where my home page is now the notifications tab and not the main home page.  I do not care for the multi colors or the giant images.  That's just my personal preference for design, I'm in the minority on that I believe.
  • On the notifications and Q&A page, the top item is indented from the rest of the items.  The name starts below the image, where on the rest it starts to the right of the image.  This format is consistent if you delete the top one and #2 becomes #1.
Oct 02, 2016 03:55 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I like the overall look, but not the home page with all the photos and colors. I find it distracting rather than appealing. I don't really get the point of the double scroll bar on the right and don't find it helpful. There are still some bugs to work on.

Oct 02, 2016 01:35 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Maybe I'm the only one but I find the headlines hard to read, too bold for the type and the letters even are occasionally touching slightly. Too many colors on the home page and too much wasted space. But that's just me, I prefer a cleaner look that gives me a good overview. 

Oct 01, 2016 11:48 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

The home page is overkilll.  The concept was good yet it seems to have missed the mark.  Way too much.  There are issues that need to be worked out. Debbie Gartner and others have comments that I agree with as well. 

Oct 02, 2016 02:10 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz The rainbow of colors on the home page is distracting and it is slow connecting with the site.

Oct 01, 2016 11:09 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Well here is Vegas Bob's personal (opinion) on the new ActiveRain platform.

I think the new template is a little busy with many more URL banners then the older version.

I post quite a bit of my material from my cell phone, and it's a pain in the butt. With the older version it was so much easier

I also use to leave quite a few comments and or reply to comments from my cell phone because I am a very busy person and (cannot) bring my home computer with me and or my laptops. Because of these problems I have not been able to leave as many comments and or post like I use to.

I have also noticed (very few) comments to posts, etc since the new platform was uploaded to the ActiveRain network!

Oct 01, 2016 03:54 PM
Althea Kippes, Esq.
A.T. Kippes, Real Estate Broker - San Francisco, CA
Serving San Francisco to Silicon Valley!

The home page is poorly designed and the pictures and headings are too large.   It is slow and buggy especially on mobile devices.  It is more difficult for me to comment  now.  If AR is trying to reach millennials, good luck with that.  Slow, buggy, and not mobile friendly isn't going to be a hit.

I don't know if they did any focus groups or used professionals, but it sure doesn't seem like it.


Oct 02, 2016 09:20 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm adapting . The old look lacked WOW FACTOR for the UNDER 40's !!!!!!

Oct 01, 2016 11:42 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I am never averse to change but this "update" fell flat. The home page in my opinion is a mess.

Oct 01, 2016 10:35 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I really liked it before the bugs appeared. It is improving daily!

Oct 01, 2016 04:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

VB:)I  miss the community managers there were two really good ones...

Oct 01, 2016 04:18 PM
Kartik Subramaniam
Adhi Schools, LLC - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Market Analysis--Educational Content, Adhi Schools

I think there are good and bad aspects. I like the overall layout now. It looks more clean and modern. I don't like that when I mouse over a section I do not get the drop down options as I used to. I have not checked out the mobile version, cannot comment there.

That said, as bugs get worked out I think this is realistically a step in the right direction.

Oct 01, 2016 03:58 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Very poor performance with an iPad!

The scroll and display issues are significant.  I can't post a blog due to these issues.  

When I reviewed my draft blogs, the page cut off and froze.  After refreshing the page a few times, I could scroll down, but the blog was cut off and never displayed the usual choices at the bottom of the page.  I just scrolled into endless white space.

On Q & A, I usually have to refresh a few times before I can scroll down.  

Oct 03, 2016 12:12 AM
Noel Mayer
Upper Montclair Weichert Realtors - Montclair, NJ

I stopped by. Thank you for sharing.

Oct 05, 2017 01:00 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I have not explored too much. The site is more time consuming And takes longer to load. I feel there must be a better way for me to maneuver.  Still getting use to it.  Some of the issues I've read I have not experienced, probably because I'm not on here as much.

Oct 21, 2016 02:39 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I'm just doing the basic stuff on AR now. I haven't had time to explore around. 

Oct 05, 2016 09:24 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I like it.  A couple of things are just having to get used to the changes.

Oct 03, 2016 01:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The scheduler for blogs and reblogs appears to fail every time they have an 'upgrade'. Very frustrating for those of us who schedule far in advance.

Oct 03, 2016 01:51 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I'm not a fan of the changes, but I'm adjusting.  The bugs, such as notifications and the scheduler are annoying but I suspect they will figure them out eventually.  

Oct 02, 2016 11:55 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It is working for me just fine. There are so glitches, but that always happens with web changes, and I am sure they are working on it...Patience is a virtue. A

Oct 02, 2016 03:20 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The more I use it, the easier it becomes. So far, so good! Need to explore more!

Oct 02, 2016 02:45 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It kind of cracks me up to see to see people complaining about something that is free.

Oct 02, 2016 02:40 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I like it, but I'm not here often. I'm sure, more changes are coming soon.

Oct 02, 2016 02:33 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I have zero complaints - I did have an issue updating my signature, which happened to need to be done right when the system changed.  That's been corrected now.  Other than that, I love the look/feel of the new platform and haven't had any real issues personally with it.

Oct 02, 2016 02:24 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Is it really different?  Seems to work fine, just moved things around a bit.

Oct 02, 2016 01:32 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I was fine with it.... but now I am not getting any AR emails re comments on my posts.... what gives??

Oct 02, 2016 01:27 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
ZOOM Realty Group - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I'm still learning my way around (slow learner here...) so the jury is still out.


Oct 02, 2016 01:12 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

It is fine, I am already getting used to it. 

Oct 02, 2016 12:14 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 In general, I like it.

  There are some bugs, they will get worked out.

Oct 02, 2016 11:49 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

To busy!

Oct 02, 2016 11:20 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

its fine -

Oct 02, 2016 10:53 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I do like it and am geting used to the links at the bottom of the page. I will say that I didn't have a problem with the old site but understand more changes are coming that will be improvements.

Oct 02, 2016 10:52 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Debbie..great answer..I'm sure they are working on item's....it is a great new look..but has bugs to be worked out.

Oct 02, 2016 10:43 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Taking a while to get use to it, but change is good


Oct 02, 2016 09:37 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Well, it had a rocky start.  I'm getting used to it, and the featured blogroll is pretty cool.  But I liked the navigation drop downs better on the old platforms - I spent less time scrolling all the way to the bottom of the screen.  

Oct 02, 2016 08:01 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

I will reserve my opinion because I haven't been here much.  

I have heard both positive & negative comments here & elsewhere from frequest users & the infrequent members.  

Bottom line ~ we will adapt or . . .  

Oct 02, 2016 04:16 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I like the look.... the rest of the options are the same....

Oct 02, 2016 04:06 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

I do like it and even if I did not it would take a jack pot win to buy it and change it!

Oct 02, 2016 12:24 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

thumbs up in Arizona

Oct 02, 2016 12:11 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm not wild about the color coding and featured pictures.  I do like the new layout inside, but there are still many bugs to work out.

Oct 02, 2016 12:03 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Ease of use is the standard of which I apply. It can still use a tweak or two

Oct 01, 2016 11:44 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It really does not bother us.

Oct 01, 2016 11:39 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Bugs are still being fixed; just two days ago I could not post any comments; just didn't work. We should judge when it's all worked out.

Oct 01, 2016 11:36 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Confusing more than simple. Inefficent due to bugs. In the dark if any of the users were asked about what needed to be changed or improved OR if these new and improved changes were done without our input. 

Oct 01, 2016 11:21 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I do like the looks... yes, I am being so superficial, I guess!

Oct 01, 2016 10:50 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

It's a work in progress.  

Oct 01, 2016 10:44 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'm still reserving opinion... there are still issues to be resolved.

Oct 01, 2016 10:20 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Oct 01, 2016 09:54 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

It's a work in progress - once fine tuned will be an improvement.

Oct 01, 2016 09:41 PM
Toronto, ON

Most of the platform is the same.  There are some UI changes.

Oct 01, 2016 05:19 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz - I love it and did write about it, too.

Oct 01, 2016 04:54 PM