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 Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 24
Tonight I watched a movie entitled "The Book Thief".  I was not able to see this movie when it first came out but was lucky enough to watch it this evening.  If you haven't had the opportunity to see it, make it a priority.   A beautiful yet heart-wrenching story set in Germany during the 2nd Wo...
By Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!
Comments 7
How can you save money on your energy bill this winter?   Hundreds of dollars can be saved this winter season if you use you know when to turn up the heat and when to turn it down when heating your home. Turn the temperature down 10°, 15° if you can stand it, and you’ll save some money.  During t...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 12
Red Neck Stemware This is a festive time of the year and many people bring out their best china and stemware for their guests to use on these special occasions. I have heard other families have resorted to paper and disposal dinnerware so that the clean up is easy and there is less stress on the ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 5
During one week in January or February (Kerrie will let us know soon), it will once again be time for ActiveRain meetups.  In my area, we tend to have a lot of them.  Typically, there will be events in Northern Virginia, the Maryland suburbs, Baltimore and the District of Columbia.  And I love th...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 1
Thought you would enjoy the news that Wiley went into his A-frame/tee-pee house tonight! Just now in fact! We have bought the house and set it up about a week or so ago. He cautiously looked at it and chose to sleep next to it not trusting, not being sure it was safe....   If you enlarge the pho...
By Tom White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN--South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 870-8169 or
Comments 3
It's not a pleasant thought when I think back to three years ago. No, I wasn't going through any life threatening illness, and my family was healthy. The problem was in me...that I didn't feel I had a purpose. That sounds silly, but anyone who has retired after having a very successful career fac...
By Jack Mossman - The Nines Team in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams
(The Nines Team At Keller Williams)
Comments 48
What do you do about GHOSTS in the neighborhood? A colleague and I recently listed a home in the Hellyer Park area of San Jose, California.  Since the home was tenant occupied and difficult to show, we decided to bring it to market with a price under the current comps and see how we would fair.  ...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
Comments 16
For the past 10 days, I've been playing with Podio, a cloud-based "work" collaboration platform, as they call it. In the real estate world, we can call it CRM - Customer Relationship Management tool. It's also been described as the Facebook for Work. However, in my personal opinion, it is more th...
By Ron Holborn, Commercial & SFR, Anaheim CA, Real Estate & Short Sale Specialist
(Short Sales, Foreclosures, Rentals, Income Real Estate)
Comments 2
It's not very often you can own a really unique piece of property, one which also happens to be a Historical Landmark. Here is your chance!  The Cresent Bath House in Lake Elsinore CA This is how it looked in the late 1800's.  It was reportedly built in 1887. It was a prominent stop along the But...
By David Dee, Real Estate - San Gabriel Valley (L.A.) & N. Orange County CA
Comments 3
3 units triplex for sale in Alhambra - $888,000   All 2 bedrooms and 1 bathrooms Upstair unit has a walk out balcony area Downstairs units have decent size backyard 3 covered carports with additional parking available on the property Water, trash, gardening covered Tenants pay for gas, electric  ...
By Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
Comments 11
With the Christmas holiday just 4 days away, I just couldn't resist featuring this "property" on my blog. This Victorian masterpiece not only makes your mouth water but your jaw drop! At 16-feet tall, it takes approximately 800 pounds of flour, 1,050 pounds of honey, 700lbs of chocolate, 600lbs ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 36
     As a home inspector, I am paid to notice things. However, there are some things that I notice that have noting to do with real estate transactions. I have long suspected that a member has found a way to “game the system” in an attempt to rack up points. So I started tracking. I noticed that ...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
Comments 2
Somerset County New Jersey Commercial Listings For Rent  NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors offers a diverse inventory of commercial property for lease in North Central New Jersey. Here you will find commercial real estate for rent including retail space for lease, office for rent,...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 41
The updates, glitches, and fixes to the AR platform this past week got me thinking about the sea of changes we have seen on ActiveRain in 2014. There have been plenty of highs, a few lows, lots of debate, some surprises, and in the end I believe the changes/updates have helped the community grow ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 42
I get this question a lot:  What do I do about broken window seals? For sure, sooner or later, most double-pane windows (gas filled) will develop a broken seal.  The intert gas inside, argon or krypton, will leak out, get replaced by air, and that air will bring in condensation. People often ask ...
By Fred Griffin, Real Estate Technology
(Get There Social Media, LLC)
Comments 83
     Are YOU making these Social Media and Blogging Blunders?  These mistakes can cost you Followers, Connections, and Friends.  More important, these gaffes can cost you Business!          Read along and look for places where YOUR social media and blogging presence might need improvement.     1....
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 29
This week, there is a collection that range from whimsical to really helpful, practical stuff.  Here's this week's list! Customer Service-There's Got To Be A Better Way Toni Weidman:  Here is a reminder of how we can learn from the companies we rely on. 3 Ways Kim Kardashian Could Help Real Estat...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 47
Thanks to my lovely community for getting my butt in gear.  I miss you guys and I know you miss each other so let's plan our next round of MeetUps. For those who have no idea what I'm talking about...MeetUps are informal get-togethers for members of ActiveRain to hang out and talk business, sport...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 51
Most Realtors have a plan and a way they like to do a listing presentation. That is likely to involve a thorough study of the subject property, area comps and the market's strengths and weaknesses. It's always good to be prepared, but sometimes you come prepared and your potential client has alre...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 67
Updated 11/20 at 3:30PM... All of the Fixes in this post are live on the site.  You're good to go! We appreciate all of the troubleshooting you've sent our way the last couple of days (that was an awfully political way to say it, right?!). At 3:30PM Pacific on Thursday 11/20, our team of develope...