ActiveRain Community

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 Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 91
  We Don’t Want “Those” Kinds of Buyers Here   One of the facets of my career is helping to educate the homeowners associations why it is so important to get their condominium project approved with HUD.  At times, it is interesting to me at how difficult this undertaking can be. I can understand ...
By Bob Stewart, Community Evangelist
Comments 184
ActiveRain Traffic Skyrockets Over 65% In The Last Three Weeks I've been looking at the traffic numbers on ActiveRain for 8 years. Not since our very first year, in 2007, have I seen the type of traffic growth in such a short period of time that we are currently experiencing on ActiveRain. In...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 33
  VA Loans Denied Because Condo Project Not On HUD’s List   I met today with a friend who is a Vice President for a national lender.  We were talking about reasons why condominium projects should get approved with HUD.  He threw me a curveball that I hadn’t previously heard. He said that within t...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 75
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers! Ya'll are a fascinating bunch! I often get sent emails about this or that concerning FB but 2 of the things that have stuck out recently are: a) Those that ask me not to showcase their Facebook Fan Page yet because it "is not ready". With the except...
By Susan Doig
(Charlesgate. Realty Group)
Comments 76
300 Days on Market? What’s wrong with this house?     BUYING ADVICE “What’s wrong with that property?”   “I don’t want to see this property. It has been on the market for over 300 days.” “Something has to be wrong with it! If it was a good property, wouldn’t someone else have bought it by now?” A...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 35
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- July 6 to July 12, 2014.   I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, about Real Estate, about a place or person! July 6:  Barbar...
By Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 0
Welcome to New Jersey Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors. We are your source for all Real Estate in North & Central New Jersey. Our real estate expertise includes Luxury Homes, Homes for Sale, New Homes, Luxury New Construction, Land, Building Lots for Sale, Rentals, Commercial Pr...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 27
  It’s True “I’m A Virgin…     Since this is my first-time, obviously I am a bit nervous. There are many thoughts and scenarios running through my head of how things will turn out as well as I’m anxious to see how I do my first time in (no pun intended). No matter how it turns out, I am glad I’m ...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 11
Where Do I Send My FHA Condominium Approval Submission? I get many emails that are generated by my ActiveRain blog.  This morning I received one that asked “where do I send my FHA condominium approval submission?” Several years ago, HUD had local offices located in each state and they consolidate...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 5
 Phoenix ActiveRain BEACH Meetup August 12th, 2014 - 5:30 Happy Hour   Come one Come All to our Phoenix/Scottsdale ActiveRain yearly BEACH Meetup!    Many people think Metro Phoenix is just a big desert but I'm here to say - check out our beach!  The BEACH is where ActiveRainers love to meetu...
By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Comments 16
To make a blog post more appealing, you should use images for eye appeal. Often the images we would like to use are in the form of photographs. I see very often (with even experienced bloggers) a mistake with images because of not understanding proper sizing of a photo. Let’s go through an exerci...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 53
Today when I left me house for an appointment, something fluttered to the ground as I opened the front door and stepped onto the front porch. What have we here?  Why lo and behold!  It's a real estate agent's business card.  It looked new and shiny and unwrinkled.  My guess that some swee...
By Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 0
    The New Jersey Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors Featuring a vast inventory of real-estate property listings from luxury new construction to New Jersey homes for sale, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors proudly presents “Our Real Estate Listings” section. We also o...
By Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor
(Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael))
Comments 23
I'm a firm believer in statistics.  I hated the courses in college, dry as dust.  But, just like most of the things that was driven down my throat as a youngster, I have come to appreciate some of it in my older years...although liver still disgusts me.    Now, when I find that working with s...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 17
This week there was a lot to choose from.  I mean, we're all scrambling to write all these posts and to capture the zillions of points up for grabs.  OK, there was a lot of pretty crappy stuff this week, but there were some terrific posts, too.  And here are a few of my favorites. Diane Sawdo...
By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
(Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate)
Comments 42
Let's start with a confession.  The last time, a Broker required my participation in a Home Tour Caravan (you know, the Tuesday Morning meeting that used to be standard operations back in the day) was almost two decades ago.  My generation of 'newly minted REALTORS' were swept up in t...
By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
Comments 2
This 4th of July weekend, my family and I took our Crossroads Zinger Travel Trailer on a 280 mile journey to Creede CO. We go on 6-7 of these trips a year to find good fishing locations and enjoy everything that Colorado has to offer. This trip was a disaster, and how Crossroads handled a family ...
By Fred Griffin, Tallahassee Real Estate Broker. Buyer Brokerage and Flat Fee MLS, Tallahassee Florida Real Estate: Call 850-339-4861
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 34
     Today I published my first Article / Blog using LinkedIn Publisher.  I am trying to expand my Blogging Horizons to include LinkedIn Publishing, Google Authorship, and WordPress.            The LinkedIn Publisher editor was fairly simple, although you are limited on HTML.  It is mostly WYSIWY...
By Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 66
Showing vacant homes this time of year can be a challenge in many areas. Here in Maryland, the temperatures outside have been in the mid to high 90's the last couple of days. I've shown two houses where the air conditioning was turned off...not just down, but off. Yes, it does cost money ...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 62
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." Benjamin Franklin   There’s an article in Copyblogger , a content marketing company, I read just the other day that I wanted to share with you.  The title was“How to Be in the Top 5% of Bloggers:New Research results.”...