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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 Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 55
Just when you thought you couldn't possibly split your commission with another entity, another one has reared its head. Granted, we all pay local real estate board fees, lock-box fees, NAR fees, E & O insurance, and that doesn't take into account our cars, fuel, auto-insurance, business cards, ma...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 22
This morning, just as every morning, I listened to my favorite radio station WROR, and they announced that there was a new bill that our local government passed that states the following: all children will be required to take a course to learn how to pronounce the letter “R.”  I was outraged.  I...
By Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner
(Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate)
Comments 27
Will You Pay Over Appraisal?What do you do when a bidding war breaks out on a listing your client wants to write an offer on? Your buyer has been pre-approved for a mortgage. They have a limit on how much they can pay. They have limited funds for down payment and closing costs.Then the bidding wa...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 15
Start your Engines, the Race is on! Today is the day to start out a new month with a bit of introspection and a great habit to boost your SEO.   100 Day Checkup, and April SEO Super Charge Challenge We judge our presidents on how they are doing in the first 100 days for a reason. It is a good rou...
By Ricky Khamis, NMLS 173141 | CADOC 173141 - 480-339-1565
(Amerifirst Financial, Inc.)
Comments 3
What it takes to be successful? One mans journey...   Achieving success is one of the major goals that many people have in their lives, because this brings lots of great things. However, being successful is not that easy to achieve, and it does require quite a lot of effort in order for you to be...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 4
This is the front yard light that greeted me.  To paraphrase a verse:  And there was not light.  And it was not good.  Big Bad Bummer!      Hey, there's still a bulb intact. Let me get that switch. Um, it doesn't work.  Bummer.  Then how can I test it? Oh, I guess I just did. Given the date, you ...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 11
A get off the fence personal development technique we all should consider when we think about growth is consulting your Future Self. What do I mean by that? If we are progressively growing in life, our selves out in time are better than we are now. They could be more disciplined, be more decisive...
By Christina Hood, SearchInlandEmpireRealEstate.com | Luxury & More
(The DOMUS Group | 01820455)
Comments 10
Life is about choices and I made a few last year in the fall that are having a profound effect on my personal life and business.  I can share about those later.  Today, I am here to share why being a couch potato is no longer an option for me. Last fall, I attended a real estate conference and on...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 6
Margaret Rome understands what marketing is all about.... people buy all year round.... family get togethers are prime time to be available to receive phone calls for future showings... people read newspapers and go online searching for the right property and that happens during family gatherings...
By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Comments 3
Supping on Nectar - Wordless Wednesdays       One of the things that I love about the Aquarium of the Pacific is the lorikeets. It is always so much fun to feed them.   I'm not sure what they have to do with an aquarium.  I'm just glad that they are there and that we can enjoy them.
By Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, David Weekley Homes in Cinco Ranch
(David Weekley Homes)
Comments 5
        Yes, I remember those days just barely, I was pretty young at the time, back then it meant being cool, peace out, beads and flower patches on your clothes, in  your hair, flower stickers everywhere. Now, Flower Power to me is the power of flowers. Think about it how much power flowers hav...
By Mike McCann - Nebraska Land Broker, Nebraska Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Based in Kearney & Serving Rural Nebraska)
Comments 75
I saw an AR contest blog by Grant Schneider on what we have given up in 2015 that was not working. I thought about this a little...and looked back in the mirror on the road my career has traveled and realized that I, indeed, had given up on a few things this year!! In fact two major changes in my...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 2
So you have a problem, and you want to hire a Professional to fix it. Let’s say you notice a 1/2″ crack in the exterior wall of your house from the earth to the second floor. It’s a stair step crevice that you’ve never noticed before, so you’re thinking something happened recently. Not wanting th...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 0
What do big fish do? They eat smaller fish. In the case of a mega-fish like Zillow, they can gobble up all kinds of fish (even other fishees like Trulia). The problem is, they’ve bought most of their competition, but those pesky MLS’s and Brokers (who “own” the data) are getting cranky about synd...
By Janell Kittleson, Property Management Software & Tenant Screening
(Rentec Direct)
Comments 1
The first thing that I'd like to do is...   ???   We all know that ol' Jim Croce song and let's face it, we all wish we had more time.  More time to be with those we love, more time to get more work done, more time to take more adventures. Time is a gift!!  And in the business of helping people, ...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 72
Well I'll be! I have seen pictures of stuff like this, never thought I'd see it though. A couple days ago I inspected a house right at the base of the Sandia Mountains. When I was on the roof, I got a great view looking either way! Anyway, back on task Mr Inspector... This house was built in the ...
By ActiveRain Contests
(ActiveRain)
Comments 62
Easter is next month and the upcoming egg hunts have children donning their best attire!  Kris Neese has been around AR for quite some time now and has proposed a challenge to all Rainers: Can you get more clicks on your Easter Egg Hunt post than he can? Kris's post:  http://activerain.trulia.com...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 23
Here is another quick preview into the technology we are working on behind the scenes to keep the community growing. Over the past six months, one of our big focus areas has been on the Question & Answer section of our site.  The results have been pretty amazing to watch with about 40 new questio...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 32
Glancing at something isn't always revealing, but looking close enough you might find the cause!  Apparently the hardwood flooring in this dining room had been mysteriously getting soft and damaged.  And nobody knew why, or investigeted why. Well, the proximity to the rear door is a clue as to wh...
By Margaret Kapranos, Matching Marin/SF/Sonoma Sellers to Buyers!
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 2
  Marin County was just voted the healthiest county in California for the sixth straight year in a row, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Community wellness factors included life expectancy, clinical care, behaviors and physical environment.  Marin also ranked number 1 in lowest teen birth r...