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Being part of the largest real estate related social network has its perks; the community of ActiveRain is on top of that list. Our vast array of real estate professionals have been in the business since the beginning. Not only do they know best practices when it comes to real estate, social media, personal life and beyond but they share their insight so freely with one another. Our mantra of Connect, Share, Learn is taken to another level because of the valuable members of ActiveRain.

Here you will find all sorts of information about what makes ActiveRain members tick. We are spread far and wide and come from all walks of life together to build this one-of-a-kind platform. Anything to do with the community and happenings in the 'Rain can be found here. Dive in and take part of something uniquely special.

Trending blogs on ActiveRain Community

By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 148
  I don’t want to work with a Realtor®! I was reading Conrad Allen’s post on “Why a buyer should have a Realtor® represent them”, made a comment and realized I had a blog in the making. I got a call on one of my active listings that has a Contingent contract. The caller said he didn’t understand ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 52
What Do You Tell a New Blogger?   Recently I’ve been in conversations with several  new bloggers. They’re interested and want to get started with their blogging, or had already done a little, but are uneasy about the path to take and what to do.   Just Do It If you angst about it too much and wor...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 38
This scenario seems to happen too often in this business, but it's most likely a very small % of agents that steal from people's houses. But everytime it does happen, both agents and homeowners can learn from these crimes. In this case, I thought it was strange that a buyers agent showed up ahead...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 22
All week I have been having a visit. Baby Boy, my youngest son, has returned, hopefully, for the last time after a half a dozen all-expense paid trips overseas, the last of many visits to Iraq and Afghanistan. That's him a few years ago on patrol, helping a neighborhood get ready for spring. The ...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 18
  We can learn a lot from animals. Please watch the video and see how the horse and his trainer manage to overcome his fear. Blogging is a lot like testing the waters. Notice that when the trainer goes in and splashes around, the horse is curious and when trust is built, the horse has no problem...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 58
Fortitude.....Determination.....Inspiration   Mickey endured her illness and the loss of her sister Angie with great fortitude.   Her strength and courage kept her pushing hard and working towards her goals every day in both physical and occupational therapy.         Mickey's determination is ama...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 87
     How do you deal with a Seller whose numerous adult children keep interjecting themselves into the transaction?  How do you handle them when they call you, when they advise the Seller?  What do you say when they give instructions to both you the Listing Broker, and to the Seller?      The Sel...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 57
Unicorn farts and false promises.   I just finished reading a post that said blogging is useless and does not bring income. That writing about local neighborhoods, local events and businesses is a waste of time.   I never expected to be visited by mythical unicorns who fart real estate leads but ...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 10
The other day someone came up to me and shared that they have been wanting to ask me a question for about a week now. It had to do with a LIFE & LOVE matter in their world and they wanted feedback and input. The question they asked was a good one having to do with an episode in their LIFE. I aske...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 22
Today is National Compliment Day! How to celebrate? Why not pay a compliment to at least five people today? You'll make them feel good and you'll feel good yourself! The key is to be genuine when you do pay those compliments.   Compliments are apparently great motivators. One study  showed that p...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 60
The ActiveRain Referral Network is a Mighty Powerful Thing If you are not a regular blogger or just lingering back and occasionally reading ActiveRain then I want to tell you why you need to jump on into the Rain and be involved. The referral network in ActiveRain is a mighty powerful thing and i...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 32
     Every day, the ActiveRain blogging platform receives thousands of posts. When it comes to blogging content quality and quantity, and as long as one stays within the confines of acceptable content, each is to their own. It is not uncommon for me to see members roboblog. By this I mean blog po...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,
Comments 16
Recently, I received an inquiry from a fellow Active Rain Member asking, "How do I Add the Search For Homes in my Post?" I like to add a photo with a live "IDX Link" from my website to make it easier to drive potential customers to my website. Many of my Market Reports will have this Search for H...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 33
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-"Home" Schooling Our Buyers! While walking my dogs late this afternoon, I got to thinking about's really very similar to schooling them... (Photo by: Trish "School of Hard Knocks") These are some of the "home classes"  that we teach our buyers during the home b...
By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Comments 6
ActiveRain Meet Up Wrap Up Newport Beach       Yesterday we had an ActiveRain meet up at Yard House in Newport Beach hosted by the fabulous Karen Fidler and Sharon Paxson.   It was a lot of fun as always to spend time with these ladies.   Richard Yates was also there.  Another reason I love our O...
By Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
(Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954)
Comments 43
Rocky Todaro Under Investigation For Possible Involvement in New England Patriots Deflate-Gate!   ActiveRain News Flash!   Check out the latest news ....Rocky Todaro Under Investigation For Possible Involvement in New England Patriots Deflate-Gate!   It has come to my attention through unnamed so...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 27
Singing in the Rain with Li Read Li Read is a soft-spoken woman, but I sense a quiet strength in her words and tone (and in her blogs). It was a pleasure to talk with her for a few minutes, thanks to Debbie Reynolds “Ringing and Singing in the Rain” challenge. Li, if you haven’t connected yet, li...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 29
Friday was Pajama day at school for Handsome Hudson! He was thrilled to wear his Spider Man PJ's that Nana and Paw Paw gave him for Christmas! Of course Beautiful Beckett was hanging out wondering why Hudson wasn't getting dressed for school! She was more than willing to tag along as she was alre...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 20
We walked into the kitchen and saw quartz counter tops, which usually invites the question as to which is better - and so what's the difference - granite versus quartz counter tops. Walking into the kitchen on a home inspection my client asked what a quartz counter top was. So, when you walk into...
By Alan Gross
(PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company)
Comments 3
Was The Trip Worth It? Absolutely It started snowing shortly before I started my drive from Germantown, MD to Gainesville, VA for the Active Rain Meetup. Traffic was a little heavy but I was able to move right along. When I got to Bar Louie the sidewalks were covered with snow and the streets wer...