Active Rain INSTRUCTIONS: How to Post your Listings

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

THESE ARE NEW INSTRUCTIONS:  PLEASE READ!!  I suggest printing this instructional page for reference, 
when placing a new listing, or updating an existing one here on Active Rain and Localism.com websites.

STEP 1: First Join Group:
                Activerain MLS Online 




                STEP 2: Create a NEW POST:
            What Information Should I Include? (The Order Below is Recommended)

1.  Your Title: ALWAYS Use the Address, City, State, and Zip. This will help Buyers and Sellers Find Properties
2.  Your Entry: A Catchy phrase or "Value Statement" about the Property (All on 1 Line 1)
3.  2-4  small photos side by side, with space in between ( 1in. x 1in. ) NOTE: ***Not Too Big***
4.  Property Bedrooms, Baths, Year Built, Square Footage and Price is all you need on this line
5.  A Brief Description of Features, Ammenities, Community etc  (No more than 2-3 lines)
6.  A link to the property webpage or virtual tour

See Sample below:

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                                                                                                      SAMPLE:


(TITLE) - 2130 Havenhill Drive, Benicia, Ca 94510

(CATCHY PHRASE) - Benicia Waterview with detached studio/workshop

2130 Havenhill Drive  2130 Havenhill Drive  2130 Havenhill drive

 4 bedrooom, 2.5 Baths.    YrBlt. 2002  SqFt. 2850                                                                 $  749,500.00

One of a kind property with a large detached workshop and office/studio. Ample storage with a 4-car garage,
RV and/or boat parking. Floors include marble, ceramic tile and new carpet. Solid granite countertops in kitchen,
updated cabinetry. All bathrooms have been upgraded. Two fireplaces. Professionally landscaped yard with Jacuzzi spa.

                                                                                                                   Click HERE for more Details

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 INSTRUCTIONS CONTINUED:

FYI - TIP: Photos can be saved right off your Local MLS, and maps can be obtained online at www.mapbuilder.com , http://cyberhomes.com and www.earth.google.com

Be sure to add a link to your local MLS listing URL address or ie: 123AppleDrive.com, even the Virtual Tour, wherever you may have it posted on the web. Use the hyper link tool to prevent long and unattractive URL addresses in your listing.

STEP 3: Once you have your listing all put together like the sample above, you are going to want to post it in Active Rain.  First off, you will want to make sure that you do the following:

  • Use pertinent Tag words for the search engines...
  • The Visability should be set to Public
  • Put a check in the box that says for Consumers
  • Then check the one that says "Advertise A Listing" (Region Required)
  • DO NOT PUT A CHECK IN THE BOX THAT SAYS  "For Real Estate Professionals!!
  • Put a check mark in the box to add it on the Activerain MLS Online Group

                                                  See Sample of How to Post Below:


  

At this point, you want to select your Region:

  • It is important to take it down to the Neighborhood level
  • Another idea is post it initially in the City, and then move it to the Neighborhood later on





Now select POST BLOG ENTRY and you're done!!

Lastly: What should you do when your listing expires, sells, gets withdrawn, or cancels?
YOU MUST KEEP YOUR INVENTORY UP TO DATE! JUST LIKE YOUR REGULAR MLS!!

My recommendation for now, is to put the "Status Word"  in the Title of the Post:(as seen below)

I don't feel that listings should ever be removed at this point, they are your blog and as long as you update them and post the status in the Title Bar, this should work ok for now.  We are all open for ideas, suggestions, comments or concerns.  I Hope this information helps you.

Finally, keep your posts neat and clean! The worst thing you can do is have clutter, sentences that run on for 6 feet past the screen, photos the sizes of postcards, and links that are not hyperlinked properly, and posted to groups where they don't belong.

There are many support documents and blogs on how to use the AR editor effectively. I suggest you try a search if you need additional help beyond this. You can also leave a comment here if you need additional support.  Good luck to you, and thanks for joining the Activerain MLS Online Network.

Here are some additional helpful links:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/18495/How-to-Add-Pictures
http://activerain.com/blogsview/15195/Ultimate-guide-to-building

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Brad Andersohn
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Campbell Realty - the best way is to create a blog post on your own Blog and then just add it to the group. That way you can use the Localism options to add a geographic location and region, and the keyword box to add tags.  Yiu can use scribefire (a firefox browser add-on) to change fonts.

January 24, 2011 06:44 PM
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Michele Myers
Harrisburg/Hershey Realtor
Prudential Homesale Services Group

Brad, I just found this group . . .terrific!  I will do my best to follow the guidelines.  What has been the experience from agents who have used this blog?

March 01, 2011 08:18 PM
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Hi Michele - this was written a long time ago.  Guidelines may have adjusted a bit ...  

Just be yourself, use the tools provided, and if I could suggest writing about community and neighborhoods more than just individual listings, I think your posts will last longer on the web, get more traffic, and provide more value to your readers.  We have plenty of MLS systems and syndication in place to cover the rest.  :-) 

just my 2 cents.

March 04, 2011 04:42 PM
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Michele Norris
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada

Hi Brad,

Funny, I was just reading,  and there I see "Hi Michele - this was written a long time ago..."

You responded to Michele Myers...Well, here's another "Michele" who happens to appreciate your advice!

March 25, 2011 03:30 AM
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Michele Norris
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada

Hi Brad,

Funny, I was just reading,  and there I see "Hi Michele - this was written a long time ago..."

You responded to Michele Myers...Well, here's another "Michele" who happens to appreciate your advice!

March 25, 2011 03:30 AM
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Hi Michele Norris - and just so you know, I do read every single comment on my AR Blog and in many cases, will reply or call the individual who responds to my posts...  when necessary of course.  Thanks for stopping by and commenting, It always nice to be appreciated and that goes both ways!!  :-)

March 25, 2011 10:27 AM
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Bruce Bachtel
Greenville SC Real Estate
Keller Williams Realty

Thanks for the great information.  I will follow your instructions.

October 17, 2011 08:52 AM
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Lelis Navas
CDPE, REALTOR - Certified Distressed Property Expert
Exit Scott Ryan Realty

Thanks so much for the instruction manual!!!!!!!!!Great Job

February 06, 2012 11:10 PM
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Caprice Couselle Realtor Morristown Homes For Sale
First Time Home Buyers,Relocation,Horse Farms
Keller Williams Realty

Brad, This is a great post. Posting your listings on a different format is not as easy as it looks. I have book marked your post and I will use it as a guide. Thank you. Caprice

March 18, 2012 11:21 AM
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Thanks Caprice - since this post was written, I have a different opinion about how to "BLOG" about listings. 

I think to give a blog post some shelf life and keep it alive for years to come, agents should blog about the neighborhood and community, and just include the listing as part of the topic and post.  This way when the home sells or gets taken off the market, the hyper-local information is still useful to consumers when found during a search, and doesn't render the post useless and dead just because that home is no loner available. 

To some this will make sense, to others it won't primarily die to a marketing mindset that has been deeply embedded into us.  The approach I mention above is working very well for many hyper-local bloggers on the ActiveRain platform and out on the We=b in general.  Thanks for stopping by and for commenting, I sincerely appreciate your time and feedback.

March 19, 2012 08:25 AM
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Caprice Couselle Realtor Morristown Homes For Sale
First Time Home Buyers,Relocation,Horse Farms
Keller Williams Realty

Thanks Brad. That's very logical. So I will remember . It also keeps the marketing and photos that you created for the home active Caprice

April 08, 2012 06:57 PM
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Ginger Harper
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Thanks so much for this post.. I needed to know exactly what is expected in doing this.

February 03, 2013 06:42 PM
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Joan Hubbard
Brown-Kortkamp Realty Co.

Hello Brad - My question - What is the best way to sort for listings that have been posted on Active Rain?

 

thanks - joan

May 21, 2013 08:21 AM
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Brad Andersohn
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Unfortunately, ActiveRain has not yet added the ability to sort posts within groups. Maybe a suggestion to the powers that be would be good? I would throw the idea to Bob Stewart at ActiveRain.
May 21, 2013 08:30 AM
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Andrew Mooers
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Good post Brad. Anything to increase exposure, shine the marketing light brighter is a very good thing.

November 28, 2013 06:40 AM
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One can NEVER have too much exposure of their brand, their services, or their clients homes that are for sale! :-)
November 28, 2013 08:11 AM
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Paula McDaniel
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Thank you Brad. 

February 14, 2014 08:14 AM
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Anytime Paula, thanks for being the 378th person to read and comment!

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February 14, 2014 08:21 AM
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Jeff Weber SRS CNE SFR CSSN
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Ready Set Sold Real Estate

Thanks for the information.

April 21, 2014 06:44 PM
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Rob Arnold
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Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.

Thanks for putting this together.  The more exposure the better in my opinion.

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