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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.


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Trending blogs on ActiveRain Community

 
By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 13
Gosh, it's been too long since I've written and I usually write about SEO and such but this week has brought a new topic to light... the school shooting at Marysville Pilchuck Highschool. You see, I'm in Marysville; just about 5 minutes away. My Facebook blew up with the news since so many people...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 61
Do you feel like you are a hamster on the running wheel? You just keep running and running and running, but you never seem to reach your destination? The pace of today's society can be overwhelming.  We live in a world of instant communication. As one example, our clients expect instant answers f...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 51
Can You Ask "That Question" Here In ActiveRain? Last night I received an email from a friend here in Active Rain.     It was a confidential sort of email, with a request for me to call sometime today when it was convenient.   I, of course, called right away, because I wanted to help, but I was al...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 35
There is a key word in this phrase:  Furnace Safety Switch. AND THAT WORD IS "SAFETY" ! It is not a good practice, or a best practice, to fool with the furnace safety switch! So, when I took the cover off this furnace and saw what the homeowners had done with the safety switch, I was concerned. D...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 60
I went to Traders Jo's and bought some cornbread mix. Its good stuff and very easy to use. You go home, get the one egg, 1/2 cup of oil and cup of milk beat it all up and then put it in a greased pan and 40 minutes later, coming out of your oven is a golden brown, sweet smelling hot delicious cor...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 57
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Don't Be An Invisible Blogger, Expose Yourself! A polar bear in a blizzard. Wonder Woman's airplane. A black cat on a moonless night. YOU.   Which one of these doesn't belong?  We'll give you ONE guess!   But if you're choosing to blog on ActiveRain without a Rainmaker account...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
You might not think it possible to do, but this is a lesson on how to improve duct tape. When I pulled up to the house and saw rolled asphalt roofing OVER an entire roof and could see that this rolled asphalt roofing was laid over a previous layer of shingled asphalt roofing I thought to myself t...
By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
Comments 26
Are you headed to the annual NAR Convention in New Orleans next week?  As a NOLA native, I love when we get visitors to the city, especially those that haven't been here before.  What you might not know about New Orleans We are home to one of the largest ports in the U.S. We have recently been na...
By Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647, Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
(RE/MAX Realty Center )
Comments 7
The Raven Edgar Allan Poe (1845)   Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.“ ’Tis some visiter,” ...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 7
Having plenty of hot water is not just a convenience, it is considered a necessity in modern homes. However, there are competing concerns related to having plenty of hot water.  On the one hand we want to prevent scalding.  On the other hand it is a good idea to keep water hot enough to prevent w...
By Ryan Cummings, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!
(The Cummings Company)
Comments 5
 FIVE WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY IN THE COLDER MONTHS   November is a great month-the holidays are fast approaching, we get to visit more often with family and friends, and colder weather makes us feel like getting cozy in our homes.  Since you'll want to keep warm in the coming months, we’re  including...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 1
The Little Things A featured blog by Richie Alan Naggar. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. I went to Traders Jo's and bought some cornbread mix. Its good stuff and very easy to use. You go home, get the one egg, 1/2 cup of oil and cup of milk beat it all up and then pu...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 6
  Halloween doesn't need to be a holiday just for kids! Although it always brings back great memories of trick or treating days for me back in the 1950's. And why resist any opportunity to enjoy some sweets? I'm looking forward to the parade of wonderfully costumed children in my neighborhood wh...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 3
We’re in a rather unforgiving Mortgage Loan Approval environment. During this fragile period of time between when the House Buyer and Seller reach agreement (Bind a Contract) and the closing, inattention to detail and/or silly mistakes can provide the gust of wind that razes the house of cards (k...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 10
When I was a kid, you don't know the obvious things but you will in time. The question is what will it cost to learn them and when of course. Take learning to ride a bike. It is rewarding when things are going well but you have to be prepared for the falling off part. When I fell, I scraped a kne...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 2
This is a selective place to stay in and only the chosen get the privilege. Lenn Harley has it set-up so that if one of her clients has to have a place to stay during a transaction scheduled to close, she lets them stay in her home. Yes, you heard me right. Its not in the Realtor code of ethics, ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 10
     There are those days that after dealing with people, traffic and extremely challenged properties all I want to do is turn out the lights because it is time for the party to be over. Sitting in my home office, I wake up the laptop and login to see what's going on here in the rain. I start to ...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker, NW Metro Atlanta
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 14
Real estate agent, people pleaser, do whatever it takes...fresh out of my first sales training class, I finally had a listing and I was DETERMINED! I listed a home in my neighborhood, about 2 blocks from my house, I was riding a wave of real estate euphoria.   My seller was under contract with a ...
By Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
(RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com)
Comments 10
I pick up a six pack of cookies and share them with friends on the way home. Or I get a big pot of soup going in the crock pot and send some to Mom. Or I share my Jelly Bellies this  Halloween with a friend who does  not yet know her Halloween Treat is a favorite sweet.  I went to Traders Jo's an...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 33
“Being a Rainmaker Pays Dividends”   Whenever I get an email that comes through Activerain, it always brings a smile. Most of the time, the emails come from other rainers, but when I get one AR email that comes from the public, that is extra special. I have had more of them lately.   Janet sent m...