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 Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 110
Putting the Cart Before the Horse It Won't Help You Find Your Castle When it comes time to move up from a starter home to a bigger house many homeowners want answers. Figuring out what a new home is going to cost is of concern. The questions arise as to the value of the current home and what ...
By Bruce Walter
(Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana)
Comments 70
    How does a plan like bombing your enemy with bats(not the Louisville Slugger variety-we are talking Ozzy Osbourne BATS) materialize in the very depths of defeat after Pearl Harbor? Are you ready? Add one oral surgeon from Pennsylvania, a visit to Carlsbad Caverns with its robust bat populati...
By Bob Stewart, Community Evangelist
(ActiveRain)
Comments 199
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 Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 75
The Role of the Real Estate Agent is Changing There has been discussion among brokers and agents that real estate agents are going the way of the travel agent.  Some of my experiences assisting home buyers, in particular, with the purchase of their new home, whether for personal residence or inve...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 28
Here is how you can know how good your windows are even if the builder says they are Energy Star windows. First of all - we need some definitions.  Lots of buzz words and catch phrases get thrown around. Energy Star - this has been around since 1992, a program introduced by the EPA as a voluntary...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 5
 I'm an inspector - why should I know & understand the 203k? Columbia SC? There are several good answers to that. Every home inspector has been accused of “killing the deal” at one time or another and it just isn’t true. The home inspector is hired to discover whatever they can to “inform...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 52
Who's ready to rock and roll?!?!?  I'm so very happy to announce the 2014 Summertime ActiveRain Meetup Locations!!  Thank you to the hosts for organizing this round, without you there would be no MeetUp love.   If you have any questions regarding the MeetUp, please feel free to contact th...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 60
IT'S A HOT MARKET ~ I THINK I WILL GET IN TO REAL ESTATE!   Our south Texas market is HOT, HOT, HOT right now!  With this real estate boom, I hear from more and more people that they are getting into real estate because they believe that they will make some quick and easy money?  WHAAAATTTT??...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Comments 21
This is a bit of a twist on those situations where family members use someone other than a family member or friend who is a real estate agent to represent them in the sale or purchase of a house - and it is discovered on accident. For the past four months, at his request, a realtor friend of mine...
By Phil Leng, Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts &
(Keller Williams Eastside Market Center)
Comments 3
Unique Canvas Painting Store in Kirkland, WAUnique Canvas Painting Store in Kirkland, WALooking for a fun and creative way to spend with friends or family? Look no further than Unique Canvas Painting Store in Kirkland, WAUnique Canvas Painting Store in Kirkland, WA is brand new to the neighborhoo...
By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 62
Dear Listing Agent:  Put the details in the MLS sheet If you want feedback, don't get defensive when I give it If I tell you that my client isn't interested, don't continue to bug me Last week, I showed houses all day for three days (25 to 30 houses), and I have been showing houses th...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 60
Remember your firsts? They are markers in your life.   Let me start by saying that this is a bittersweet post. I am losing someone precious to me that is a first. But, to begin, let’s go back to those firsts. The firsts in our lives are true MOMENTS. Remember your first car? Your first kiss? Your...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 103
If Everything goes according to the plan, ActiveRain will release our next round of enhancements to the community on July 28th (along with a squashing a huge pile of bugs.....your 'following' button will definitely be back). On Monday the 28th, we will let you know for sure if the updates...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Real Estate Resource For Life!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC)
Comments 90
  What Will I Do With My Million   Today I became the newest millionaire in ActiveRain.  I’ve been giving some thought to what I might do with my new million.    First – I would like to buy a Winnebago and head across the country visiting all my AR friends.  Wouldn’t that be too much fun! Since I...
By Bob Stewart, Community Evangelist
(ActiveRain)
Comments 63
Inman's Real Estate Connect conference was last week in San Francisco. For those of you not familiar, twice a year the technology crowd in the real estate industry descend on either San Francisco or New York to hash out where the industry is headed technologically.  Just about every great new...
By Dulcey Schuster, Property Management Software
(Rentec Direct Property Management Software Tenant Screening)
Comments 17
OK so attack is a bit dramatic but, my husband ahem, I mean business partner, spent several hours this morning rebuilding a gate at one of the properties we own and manage. The gate that was on the property had recently been kicked in and was in need of some serious repair.  Rumor has it that it ...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
(RISMedia)
Comments 61
Agents everywhere lament the day they take on a buyer who does everything possible to irritate the seller. You know the story… The buyer skips appointments. Missing an appointment without calling ahead of time – is there anything worse? Inconsiderate buyers fail to realize that the seller’s spent...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 19
  I was a design build general contractor for more than 30 years and I have been a home inspector for more than 10 years.  I have seen a lot of interesting things in houses over all those years. At a recent inspection, I found a type of window installation from the 1930’s that I had never seen be...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 55
5 Ways Buyers Annoy Sellers In Wellington Florida   It is very stressful to put a house up for sale. Some buyers don't make it easier either.      However, selling and buying a home is a two-way street. If you are looking to buy a home in Wellington Florida here are 5 things you should NOT do...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 59
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  But I Was Going To Write About That!! It happens regularly!  I'm mulling an idea for a blog post and cruising around in the Rain and ...uh oh....someone beat me to it!  The topic is almost identical to what I'd planned, now what?  There are a few choices: Throw the top...