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 Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 38
Winter MeetUps are just around the corner.  The community voted for the week of January 19-24th and the gracious Rainers below have volunteered to host a MeetUp in their area.   The MeetUp locations and hosts are listed below.  If you have questions regarding a specific one, please contact the ho...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 17
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers! This is often the busiest month of the year for many of us with new biz, existing clients, family time, shopping, parties, events, travel, etc. and it is very easy to put our online presence on auto-pilot until the new year. Do. Not. Do. That. As Barbara Todaro m...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 225
  Pay It Forward ActiveRain Challenge For December   Are you up for a fun challenge this month?  I know we are all caught up with our holiday plans, but surely there is time to jump into this challenge.  It’s all about helping others and I know that the family at ActiveRain is chock full of big h...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 33
I'm glad there is not a song called Frosty the Freezer.  Okay, it just doesn't have the same ring to it. One of the great innovations to the freezer was making it frost free!  No more defrosting!  No more blocks of ice forming inside!  It's frost free! While perhaps not so visible in a photograph...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 35
So What Was In The Box Tom? A Whole Lot Of Love Mostly!   Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman had sent me a text yesterday saying that my package was “near”, she was concerned about it getting to me and it did arrive. Though it arrived yesterday, I was not home until late because of a busy day. Sally sent...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 27
Sometimes you can have a lot of balls in the air, but that doesn't mean things won't work out. I'm closing two sales this week that are very intertwined. I listed a house for a great family, and I also helped them find a new home. Ironically, I also found a buyer for their house. My sellers had t...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 68
Gravity works, and I can see it especially in older homes when I perform the gravity check - insulation slips inside walls! This house was built in 1951.  And I see this all the time. Doing a thermal sweep around the house each room demonstrated exterior walls that looked something like this. Cav...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 90
For  a few bloggers, today was a day of lunch at the Bistro 9 in East Greenwich. In some circles, a gathering of ActiveRain bloggers at this time of year might be called a Meet-up. That's when all are invited by a host, we had Ginny Gorman filling that role, and we had 10 people show up to meet a...
By Tim L. Ramey
(LaBelle Real Estate Group)
Comments 2
4 Keys to Prospecting Success Proper prospecting is the lifeblood of a successful practice. Here are 4 ways to develop your prospecting skills into a art:   Ask for referrals, but at the right time. Timing is everything when asking for referrals, and asking prior to a closing is a tactless mistak...
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
I don't usually watch videos or get involved in politics as a rule but there are exceptions and this is one of them. Some guy was being interviewed by police and for minutes at a time conversed in a acceptable non-threatening manner when all of a sudden, a policeman jumps on his back and choke-ho...
By Joanne Gillet & Danah Prophet The Edge Of The Beach Team, Top Producers
(Pawleys Seaside Realty, Pawleys Island SC)
Comments 1
We are your Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet, Surfside beach, Myrtle Beach and Georgetown Realtors.  Our motivation is your satisfaction.  We are customer service specialists and have been working with consumers our whole lives.  The customer is always right ~~ is still our motto.  We invest in you...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 7
In the scheme of things this is not a big deal, but there is a concept known as “best practices” for a reason.  Take a look at the following picture and see if you can tell what is “wrong.”    Well, in the picture there is actually nothing wrong other than the hole needs to be properly sealed.  W...
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 20
You can be an ACTIVE-REIN-DEER and all it takes is to do a post on anyone you wish to have a very Merry Christmas and a most satisfying New Year too while you are at it. Visit your favorite restaurant, movie house, shopping center or store or perhaps a tribute to someone who touched your life or ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 15
This is an older log home, and meets the "over the river and through the words song," and while I liked the house I wondered why the staircase was so wobbly... The staircase was the circular kind, and exactly what you would expect to find in a log home. It makes for a fun way to get to the upstai...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 8
Today is the closing for my listing in Middletown. Thank you Joe Petrowsky for being a part of this process-- the loan officer for the buyers.   My folks told me that you can't please everybody. That is just the way it is.   Anyway, the real testimonial from the parents is still in the works :) T...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 19
When these Gen Y  First-Time Home Buyers started looking, they were hunting down their home in four towns. At  first, they were not sure of the style of home to pick. They could not decide between a condo and single family house. And the distance to work also played a role in the process.   It wa...
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 8
This Holiday season, the Riverside Trader Joe's and the Inland Valley Association of Realtor both share a very uplifting, edifying common gifting ground for all the employees of both these fine businesses. In their Stockings and under their trees the PEARLS FOR THE SOUL book will be awaiting to s...
By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
Comments 0
Many smart investors incorporate the strategy of investing in deeds of trust as an easy and relatively low risk way to help grow their retirement accounts. With rates of return as high as 12% and real estate collateral, investing in trust deeds can be a good addition to a well-rounded investment ...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 1
“Turn the other cheek” “Take the High Road” How many folks take the “Ostrich Approach” and look the other way when they witness others committing professional or societal transgressions? When do we stand up for what’s right? How far do we let the offenders go before we intervene? After all, it’s ...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
In business and personal communication effective listening is vital. Commit to getting better at it going forward. REDISCOVER IT FOR YOURSELF AS A NEW ARTFORM. Two things: Listen twice as much as you talk. Remember the two ears one mouth visual In keenly listening to another in a conversation, wo...