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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 Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 56
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- August 10 to August 16, 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! August 10:...
By Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114)
Comments 35
Comments are the key to community-building on Activerain. Or should I say they "can be" the key. It's not automatic, but it is simple.    Someone comments on one of your blog posts. You comment on one of theirs. They comment on one of yours. You comment on one of theirs. Etc., Etc.,...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 42
This is a custom home pre-drywall inspection - and a steel beam that's too short. How does a home inspector know that a steel beam is too short?  By looking at it.  This is what you can see. It is a large bump out, bay window style. The span is 16', supporting a load-bearing wall above. A...
By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(Total Realty Corp.)
Comments 50
Upon Further Review... Takeaways From My First ActiveRain Contest Upon Further Review... Takeaways From My First ActiveRain Contest   Well, I've had a bit of time to get past hosting my first ActiveRain contest- and to all who entered my "Under The Influence(s)" contest, I thank you...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 46
Meet Up at Dagny's in Wilton, CT 8-14-14 We had record numbers !!!!   27 attendees!  We all had a really great time! Phil Faranda needed to do the ALS Ice Challenge with some witnesses..... Kirk's (Kirk Eason  = Dagny's husband) book was also admired by all - some actually bought it o...
By Bob Stewart, Community Evangelist
(ActiveRain)
Comments 73
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 Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 5
Yin and Yang Shapes According to Feng Shui   Feng Shui very much takes into consideration shapes and forms that help contribute to energy flow and tell the story of your home.  Straight lines and hard edges relate to fast moving energy which is associated with yang energy.  Curved, rounded and i...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 13
It was almost to the minute a year ago that I lost my sweet cousin Ryan.  He hit a deer while driving a motorcycle and didn't survive.  I still miss him and I grieve over it deeply.  I like to remember my favorite things about him and celebrate his life, but sometimes I'm just very sad he...
By LLoyd Nichols, SW Florida Homes
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
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Some days I long for days which I never knew. Sure the island has also improved with times. We can't just dump chemicals and such in the back bay like in the 70's and 80's. We are way more greener. Sure some of these slick looking homes are just a combination of Key West architecture...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 40
This morning I was going through old photos taken in the 1960s, when I came across this one below.  I snapped this picture back in summer of 1967.  We had taken a vacation, in the pictured GMC pickup, with a camper shell.  The destination was Yosemite National Park.  The famous Wawona Tree was on...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 4
It's about 1 AM and I have every light on in my house. There was or may still be a bird in my house. This happened once before and it took half the night to get it out. I am terrified of birds, was attacked as a child and never got over it. I have three dogs who are no help either. One of my ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 5
  The Amtrak Exhibit Train Coming To Essex, CT.  Amtrak Exhibit Train will pull into the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat on August 23-24 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Amtrak Exhibit Train is a mobile Amtrak Museum, and this will be the visit it will make to Connecticut this year. The Amtra...
By Tammy Adams, Are You Looking to Sell or Buy in Maricopa?
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
Comments 12
I Have the Solution!!   Have you heard? We need to have 1,000 words to our posts to maximize our SEO.  Ok, I'll give you a minute to catch your breath... tic toc tic toc   I'm 100% positive that 95% of the people will not read that many words.  So I have thought and thought and then thoug...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 3
Traveling Can be an Adventure Well I'm spending the night at Denver International Airport. Here's the story.  As some of you know, I went to Chicago for the National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Summit. The trip out from Colorado to Chicago couldn't have gone smoother, but I gu...
By Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney
(THE ZARETSKY LAW GROUP P.A. - Board Certified Real Estate Atty and AUTOMATED LAND TITLE COMPANY)
Comments 70
We get so many questions about what is a DEFICIENCY JUDGMENT and how it differs from other possibilities including DEED IN LIEU OF FORECLOSURE or SHORT SALE.  Recent blogs and Broker Bryant provided a request that I write a detailed article explaining and differentiating these three items. This a...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 92
Staging Your Offer   Yes, it can be done. And probably should, in particular if there are multiple offers and you want your offer, like a home, to show its best.   Perhaps the subtitle should be "Dressed for Success!"   Let’s face it – you want your offer to look great! You’ve made an e...
By Candy Miles-Crocker, Realtor - Real-Life Real Estate Training
(Online Real Estate Agent Training)
Comments 56
It used to be that real estate agents, and sales people in general were judged on how successful they were based on the car they drove. First Impressions Although I never bought into this notion, I knew a lot of sales people and real estate agents who did...and still do.   I was sometimes asked w...
By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Comments 95
A very important part of your ActiveRain blog is your profile page. In a recent post, I discussed all sorts of  things to consider for your profile photo. Now let’s look at the Cover Photo. I’ll follow with another post soon digging into the particulars of setting up your cover photo. In this pos...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 41
 It was one of those weeks that left just enough time for me to find some terrific posts on ActiveRain.  So here they are: Sharon Milligan:  No Thanks, I Can't Take the Commission. You Keep It!  Sharon clearly knows how to create raving fans who will send lots of future referrals. Chris Ann C...
By Tim L. Ramey
(LaBelle Real Estate Group)
Comments 25
Procrastination is something I must admit I have struggled with in my life. This complex psychological behavior affects almost everyone I know to one degree or another, and it seems a most difficult habit to break. Indeed, most of us even tend to procrastinate about getting rid of our practice o...