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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 McCann - Nebraska Land Broker, Nebraska Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Based in Kearney & Serving Rural Nebraska)
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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 Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
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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 Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
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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)
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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 Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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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 Janell Kittleson, Property Management Software & Tenant Screening
(Rentec Direct)
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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 Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner
(Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate)
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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 ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
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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 Ricky Khamis, NMLS 173141 | CADOC 173141 - 480-339-1565
(Amerifirst Financial, Inc.)
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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 Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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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 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 Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE SOUL .com books, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too?
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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Well the book is here but the question still remains. WHEN WILL MEN COME BACK AGAIN? The rite of passage from young boyhood and forward..... has been interfered with and corrupted. Instead of leading young boys and males toward maturity, purpose and identity, a corruptible system had been substit...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Pre-Qualification Questions for Buyers Our team at The Carl Group works with both buyers and sellers. Primarily, I am a listing agent for the team, but do work with select buyers who fall within our niche of Baby Boomers and Multi-generational households. However, before I spend time helping anyo...
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 Greg Harrelson, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(C21 The Harrelson Group / C21 Charleston Expert Advisors)
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Real Estate Agents Flock to Infustionsoft Convention As our real estate industry has new players like Zillow, Trulia and hundreds of other third party vendors, we are forced to reinvent ourselves as real estate professionals. Of course, we can choose NOT to reinvent the way we do business and tak...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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If it was just Maine houses, land, property home listings we shuffled from A to B, the real estate day to day would be a cinch. But add the wrinkle of all the people. That crowd in. Own, buy, are involved in the pylons obstacle slalom getting to that sit down meeting. Pushing, shuffling, in a hur...
By Jeffrey Stevens, Jeffrey Stevens Realtor®/Associate Broker
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Special Thanks from a Special Buyer Recently I closed a deal in which I represented a Buyer from out-of-State. This is not just another Buyer but rather someone I really admire and with whom I hope to remain friends. This is nothing new for Realtors, certainly nothing new for me but when I came t...
By Margaret Kapranos, Matching Marin/SF/Sonoma Sellers to Buyers!
(Coldwell Banker)
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  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...
By Hawaii homes
(iProperties Hawaii)
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Last night I was looking up addresses in Manoa Valley and saw something different - a Pac Man view. Hmm, first time I ever saw that and how long has it been there? Clicking on the view pane, it transformed the neighborhood into a pac man game.  What's going on here? It was the end of the day (Mar...
By ActiveRain Contests
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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: