Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR,  Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers)

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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Steven Nickens - That is a problem with the point system here on AR. I started my 1st account with only California content but then when I also became a real estate broker in Hawaii, it became confusing to agents here on AR, they kept asking me "where are you now? are you now in Hawaii or California?" So I shifted my account to Honolulu   with all the points. I then added a 2nd account for California STARTING FROM SCRATCH AND $$ EVERY MONTH AGAIN. I'm still not back at 500,000 and a free account. Per Activerain instructions, I keep the content totally separate, no duplication of content, no cross linking from one account to the other. One has strictly Hawaii content, this one strictly California.

Feb 21, 2017 10:59 AM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Ok maybe I need to just get over it.  When you go to Maui on AR, I enjoyed the #2 position.  It's kind of like in the line up surfing.  You just don't paddle out to the front of the pack and start grabbing waves, the locals will let you know real quick. Does it change anything not really, but I have maintained that position for awhile and was surprised to get bumped that's all.

Feb 21, 2017 10:26 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

My sense is that Bob Crane has a good suggestion ... reach out to Ralph. I noticed the other day he is licensed in CA and HI.  Seems that it would be best to have two profiles like Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® 

Feb 21, 2017 10:29 AM
Sean Casey
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Newark, DE
Greenville, Hockessin, Newark & Bear Homes

I definitely can understand why you would feel it wasn't.  He accumulated all those points through hard work on this site.  I don't think the points should disappear just because he moved locations.  I also understand that you worked hard to get to #2, so it stinks for you to be moved down also.  I'm not sure there is a fair solution in these cases, unless you do it like baseball and put an asterisk next to his point total! 

Feb 21, 2017 04:19 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It happens. Look at the bright side, you are still #1 in Wialea!

Feb 21, 2017 10:17 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The easy solution is to earn more points. Consumers do not care.

Feb 22, 2017 04:10 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

That explains a LOT!  I thought I had 3-4 months to go before I had enough points to move up to spot #50 in California and make that first page!  Was dumfounded when it happened in 2 weeks.


It's unfortunate when a high point value person moves and you lose your spot.  That's the way the system works though, points are not tied to a specific area (and what a nightmare for the admins if they were!)

Feb 21, 2017 01:17 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Being the curious type of person that I am, I checked out his profile page. It does say Southern Ca and Maui agent. So your only option is to blog, blog and start recruiting tons of agents to AR.

Feb 21, 2017 01:14 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

He can move & his stuff/profile/points goes with him. It could be a mistake also with all the updating going on.

Feb 21, 2017 12:21 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

all's fair in love and war.... if that agent has maui as her marketplace, he can write blog posts about Franklin MA and that's acceptable.... that agent picks the topic...

Feb 21, 2017 11:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I have no idea... this is something to take up with Bob Stewart.

Feb 21, 2017 10:43 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We could all make up stories about this one, and I think Bob Crane 's is the best.  Perhaps, this person also sells in Maui.  There are a few California agents who have licenses in both states.  A

Feb 21, 2017 10:21 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Maybe it is a mistake on his profile, could be he has the wrong market area selected as his primary.

Or he may be planning a move to the islands, maybe you could sell him a home and hire him.

Feb 21, 2017 10:07 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Kathleen Daniels nailed this one!

Feb 22, 2017 04:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I think Hella's approach is a good one for this situation for the other agent. It's unfortunately the way the point system works here. I'm not sure how much of a difference it will ultimately make if you continue to write and share great content, here and on social media sites. People will see you know Maui

Feb 21, 2017 05:46 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I would be curious as to if he/she moved to Maui. If I move I sure hope my points come with me Steven Nickens but if I just claim another location and I'm still living in ND and blogging about ND that would not be right.

Feb 21, 2017 05:44 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Steven Nickens Interesting good question.

Feb 21, 2017 04:33 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have seen this before, but I don't see how this helps that agent

Feb 21, 2017 03:25 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Steven well after reading the comments it looks like this can happen anywhere.  And I like what Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® did to make it less confusing for us and others to know where she was and what she was writing about.  Give the guy a call and work it out?

Feb 21, 2017 01:32 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I doubt if anyone looks at those rankings so i wouldn't worry about it. Keep blogging and you might jump back up.

Feb 21, 2017 10:37 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't think it will hurt your reputation.

Feb 21, 2017 10:21 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

call Bob on this one

Feb 22, 2017 05:02 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Steven Nickens - you got so many good answers. And your question prompted another question, too.

A big concern for sure - so I prefer to look at the 'All states' ranking!

Feb 21, 2017 09:45 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It can happen as it did with you. The new number 2 may well be selling in making a presence in Maui or not. I don't think many peopel will choose an agent based on 2 being better than 3 on the leaderboard in you area. I can see why it would bum you out. It would do that to me, too.

Feb 21, 2017 05:32 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

They must be license in both states.

Feb 21, 2017 03:22 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

See my sub-comment to your answer.

Feb 21, 2017 01:12 PM
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

I'd be frustrated too.

A member did that to me recently, moved his office to La Jolla and boom, suddenly he's La Jolla after 8 years of not being in there with me. But, that's my ego, not anything the public sees or cares about-it's just an AR thing.

It's their right to choose where they post, maybe he's moving to Maui? Maybe it's in error and you are doing him a favor by calling him?

Call, as Bob suggested and sort it out, but be graceful. After all the public doesn't know our ranking.

Feb 21, 2017 11:44 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That happened to me in November, no explanation just dropped 4 spots nationally. I just worked harder to regain my spot...

Feb 21, 2017 11:14 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Steven Nickens I don't know if there is an AR policy on where you can identify your local.

Feb 21, 2017 10:37 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Its all about the points... active rain points are your rankings nothing else as far as I can tell

Feb 08, 2018 07:45 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Hella has answered

Feb 24, 2017 04:16 AM
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 seen this happen too, when relocating.  Hella does do business in both locations, I can see the confusion.

Feb 23, 2017 10:54 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I'm so sorry, Steven Nickens - but, if you're the consumer, you don't even seen that page - one would find you searching for Maui articles and land on YOUR page because you've built up your SEO.  Sorry for the run-on sentence! LOL  

Feb 22, 2017 07:21 PM