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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 Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 30
  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 Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 21
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 Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 29
Beware of Dropbox Phishing Attempt   As Realtors we are definitely used to receive our share of dubious email scams promising us the moon and the stars in exchange for some small "favor" on our part.  These are easy to recognize and usually dismissed and deleted quickly.  It seems though that the...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 13
Three Meet-ups in one: The Marathon Meet UP in Los Angeles! Dick Greenberg in Los Angeles? Is this an optical illusion? The faces of Ron & Alexandra Seigel  & Michael Jacobs  were priceless.          We covered a lot of territory for starters. The Meet up started at 1pm and it went on strong  and...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 19
Debbie Reynolds' Singing in the Rain challenge has been tremendous fun, providing us with a great excuse for some real-world interaction with our fellow AR members.   But as I wrote that, I thought "wait a minute, a telephone conversation isn't really real world", remembering those times before t...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
Comments 15
The ActiveRain OC Meet Up in Newport Beach What a great time!!! Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor and I hosted this fantastic event at the Yard House in Fashion Island in Newport Beach. I have attended other ActiveRain meet ups and this was my first time to co-host with Karen. Karen and I work at the...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 10
  I am Frustrated My Husband will not Open up to Feng Shui! ....Take a Breath   Email: My husband is not open to Feng Shui. I have made changes, noticed a lot of great energy coming into our home but my husband is not participating with the changes. I am Frustrated my husband will not open up to ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 23
Do you know how to pick a door lock?  Um, I mean, choose...? Door locks are essential.  Too bad, but that's the way it is.  And you get what you pay for. WHEN YOU CHOOSE A DOOR LOCK, DON'T GO CHEAP! How do you know what to choose?  Go to the hardware store and look around.  There is a lot to choo...
By Will Hamm
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 12
Singing in the rain is so much fun and Joy Daniels is a special person to sing about!  She and her company, The Joy Daniels Real Estate Group  covers Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Cumberland County, Lancaster County, York County, Perry County and Lebanon County in Pennsylvania.  She moved around l...
By Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor
(Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael))
Comments 13
I love Spring….and spring buying season is almost upon us.  Spring is typically the time that I really come alive...and, believe me, being a redhead, at least by nature, I am always alive!  This weekend the man of the house was busy in his workshop making birdhouses which he puts on pitchforks. ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 14
How to Heal From The Loss of a Parent    This is probably one of the hardest experiences to go though as a child (and really for anyone).  To watch one of your parents or loved ones spiritually transformation from life to death. It is a heart breaking experience while also a huge leap into spirit...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 10
Saturday Subscriber Finds 88  It's Newbie Week in the Rain and many new faces are being seen and new people are joining in on the fun. Could it have to do with New Year's Resolutions or the word getting out that ActiveRain in the best Real estate blogging community on the web? I think it may be s...
By William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 0
Berry-lishious   These Raspberries are one of the essentials to an awesome fruit smoothie. I use a hand full of fresh Strawberries, a Banana, fresh Pineapple, a Mandarin Orange, Blackberries and Blueberries  and these Raspberries along with 2 tablespoons of 100% Organic Honey. It is a great way t...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 17
The Importance of Rest in Weight Training This is a common mis conception that in order to develop muscle you have to workout all parts of your body 7 days a week with no break! Overtraining will actually have negative results on your ability to build muscle which is why rest and recovery is so i...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 6
Ron's post was a good way to begin my morning's time on Active Rain. He clearly 'gets' how to create strong connections on a social media platform. (And his birdhouses are a joy to see!)     Serendipty Sunday – The Importance of You Being Present in the Moment!   I have been so very fortunate thi...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 30
Have you ever seen a slot in a medicine cabinet like this? When I have inspections with younger buyers who are purchasing an older house I ask them. Seldom do they know what the slot is for. I don't remember a young person who did! That slot comes from a bygone era.  And a bygone personal-hygiene...
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 53
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 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...