Kris Collis, Associate Broker, Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525 (Smart Way America Realty)

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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

FWIW, AR management made it clear awhile back that ActiveRain's primary mission is NOT SEO.  Their viewpoint is it's a social community site and effort is not being placed into trying to keep up with Google algorithms.  We can still get placement, but it's going to be more due to what and how we write our posts than what ActiveRain is trying to do (or not do) for SEO purposes.

Dec 11, 2019 07:28 PM
Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

The AR page has been indexed by Bing and Yahoo already -  that's impressive, considering you just posted today.

Google has not indexed the AR page yet.

Like Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA mentioned, DDG uses data from Bing, but also Yahoo, it's own crawler, etc.

I like DDG, unfortunately not much traffic comes from it.

Kris Collis, Associate Broker , you can give the AR page a little push in Google by linking to it from another website.

Dec 11, 2019 06:33 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I use DDG exclusively.  It does not have a proprietary index, but in turn uses Bing's data (if memory serves).  It also makes it non-geographic and non-user specific.

Google has a different algorythm than Bing/Yahoo, which still use more simple and straight forward criteria, versus the complex and no one can fully understand nature of Google.  In other words, easier to rank and be in the top.  Only downside is Google gets 90% of the search traffic...

Dec 11, 2019 05:02 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

That's good to know, thanks.

Dec 11, 2019 04:59 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have received a lot of calls on my blog posts lately, but have not asked anyone which search engine they use.

Dec 11, 2019 04:47 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

All i know is i post a blog, people are seeing it as i am getting calls and emails. That is a plus everyday

Dec 12, 2019 05:23 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I didn't see it the other day when I looked, Kris.

Just know that AR is not working on our back-end at all - no focus on SEO AT ALL. I know a few are still getting leads from it but, they are likely older posts that are 'seasoned' posts.

Dec 11, 2019 09:55 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

It reminds me to ask callers how they find us. 

By the way, thank you for tip, will check this DDG. 

Dec 11, 2019 09:07 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Someting new, thank you.

Going to search

Dec 11, 2019 07:39 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD


Dec 11, 2019 05:18 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
Dec 12, 2019 08:47 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I ran into a duck in the park yesterday and he didn't know a thing about AR Kris Collis, Associate Broker 

Dec 12, 2019 06:58 AM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®


Dec 12, 2019 06:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I focus on posting on my website first... AR, second and based on SEO results for a long time now don't expect much from AR.

Dec 12, 2019 06:19 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Duckduck is a true search engine. The other 2 have become advertising machines with search only being a means to present ads and it shows in their search results. Never buy anything on the first page of google. It is guaranteed to be overpriced.

Dec 12, 2019 05:10 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

To techie for me but the techies appeat to have come to the rescue once again!

Dec 12, 2019 04:32 AM
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

Never heard of it, so no idea what you're talking about, but sounds like it may be yet another search engine I'll never use.

Dec 11, 2019 08:17 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Kris Collis, Associate Broker very impressive.

Dec 12, 2019 02:59 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Google has more competition.....not really!!! I'm still a google fan.

Dec 12, 2019 11:29 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for letting us know. A

Dec 12, 2019 10:33 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

AR posts do rank but certainly not with the power of years past. SEO is no longer the goal or priority of AR. 

Dec 12, 2019 08:00 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Good news!

Dec 12, 2019 10:16 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

That is good Kris!

Dec 16, 2019 02:54 PM
Daniel Benson
Daniel Benson REALTOR at ReeceNichols - Gardner, KS
Real estate professional seeking investors

For my immediate market in the suburban Johnson County, of the greater Kansas City Metro,  I know for certain that there is a booming surge of an average of 8,000 new residents that has been observed over the last 5 years. This has resulted in a housing shortage or negative inventory of single family homes.  Within new construction, we have noted that the cost of land continues to go up and liveable surface area larger as well. Given the decline of the Northern Shawnee Mission school district, I would predict further expansion along the K10 and K7 highway corridors as well as continued migration of families to the South and Western extremes of the county. If I was an investor with capital, I would try and maximize my profit and increase the ROI of the land with multifamily properties in mixed use zoning.  The more units to fit on a property, the greater the ROI in the long term of accounts recievable.  It seems to me  or at least  the impression I gather is that there's this general acceptance that most Baby Boomers are going to downsize and this inventory will explode. I remain somewhat skeptical  that the market is going to see this growth in inventory, due to downsizing.  The Employee Benefit Research Institute  in colaboration with the independent research firm Greenwald and Associates conducted a study known as the  2018 Retirement Confidence Survey. Their findings reflected that on average  a substantial 45% of workers reported  the net worth of their  household’s savings , investments, IRAs (uninsured by the FDIC) etc. was less than $25,000.  Data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, adults 65 and older spent on average, $48,885 during the same period.  Taking all of this into consideration, it seems far fetched that for any senior homeowner in that position to think about selling. After those initial retirement savings are quickly depleted, e.g. due to medical expenses, is it at all possible for them to subside on the social security fixed monthly income?  That should be read as a rhetorical question to highlight the impacticality of the situation. For those boomers that would forego returning to the workforce, this implies they have some serious financial planning to do and it would only seem natural to me that what we will see is an uptick of home equity conversion mortgages in the coming year.  So it naturally follows that,  for those who do wish to sell, this cloud on the title could potentially be a deal breaker or at the very least delay the sale of the home. Just out of curiousity, I looked at one rating provided by Moody's just today at one rating FAHB 2019-AB1 to get a better understading of the actual risk and found the portfolio included 1,174 loans with an aggregate balance of $254,425,213,  with a weighed average LTV of approximately 106.86%.  This LTV has me somewhat concerened in that these folks on a fixed income that take on these HECMs will eventually be upside down on the note and we'll see at least a noticeable proportion of borrowers defaulting. I'm not a betting man,  I try and base my opinions and actions of verifiable facts.  That being said, I hope the investors on the other end of the transaction at least tried to insure any losses with a credit default swap in place.  The risk seems pretty self evident, if I'm not mistaken.  This is just one fascet without taking into account any liens, HELOCs, former spouses on the title etc.  As Mr. Yun stated in the article building on the high end pricepoints could open the lower pricepoints for first time homebuyers. That would be all fine and dandy, if only  the current inhabitants of said property legitimately had the option to move on up to the higher price point.Honestly, I feel the average boomer is  going to stay put for as long as possible and the trend of this artificial housing shortage is only going to be more intense.    With interest rates at their current level, of course we're going to see a bump of buyers but inventory will continue to be the catch 22. 

Dec 13, 2019 01:30 AM