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 Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 45
External Obsolescence ,as defined by the Real Estate Appraisal , is "An element of accrued depreciation; a defect, usually incurable, caused by negative influences outside a site. External obsolescence causes a loss in value to your property caused by forces that you can not control. That's what ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 49
Identity Theft And What We Can Do To Prevent It.  Identity theft is one of those things that never goes away, and those who steal other peoples identity keep on coming out with more and more creative ways to do it.  Therefore, we need to always be on the lookout for anything which looks unusual w...
By Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!
(BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES HOMESALE REALTY)
Comments 72
Everyone involved in marketing and sales should be familiar with the Fair Housing Act.     Buzz words in advertising, often associated with discriminatory actions of the past, especially those based upon race, religion, gender, disabilities, or familial status should be avoided. Be especially vig...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 89
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Don't Blog Angry! One of my favorite movies is Bill Murray's Groundhog Day.  SPOILER ALERT:  There's a scene where Bill's character groundhognaps Puxatawney Phil and includes one of my favorite quotes from the movie: Don't drive angry, right?  Bad things happen, mmmmkay? Well ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 48
Overall, it is important to be consistent when installing vinyl siding. However, the consistency should be in the GOOD department, not the BAD. On a one-year warranty inspection, which I seem to do a lot of, I look top to bottom, inside and out. Walking around the house I have 20X binoculars that...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 65
Having recently moved to Albuquerque, I am noticing a lot of things that you just don't see back in Florida. The first thing I came across was the use of Evaporative Coolers, or "Swamp Coolers" in place of the standard refrigerated type of air conditioning systems. Ok so how can you say Albuquerq...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 17
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers! I get it. Using Facebook as part of a social media plan is not in the cards for some. Perhaps you have no idea how to do it, maybe you are holding a grudge against FB, hey you might be skeptical about its effectiveness, or you just cannot find the time. I get it ...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 4
Our instructor last Monday for the 2016 continuing education requirement shared one of her most recent endeavor involving Fair Housing.   This lady instructor was summoned by a huge real estate company to conduct a Fair Housing Training Seminar to its 300 plus licensees.   Title VIII of the Civil...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 16
The Numbers Say FHA Should Be More Affordable     480,650 funded @ 1.35%   949,295 funded @ .55%           These numbers represent the amount of FHA endorsed purchase loans thru 10 months of the fiscal year 2010 (the 949,295 figure) and 2014 (the 480,650).  The reason HUD increased the costs asso...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 36
Two of my favorite "Rainers" got me thinking...that could be trouble.   But it was not.....it's all good stuff.   ********************   Miss Banana wrote a post: "Going above and beyond or is it just being you?"     She writes about doing things for clients because she cares, and it doesn't seem...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 21
There Are No Limits On How Many Times a Topic Can Be Covered! One of the hardest things a new blogger has to overcome is finding a topic.  This is especially true if you are attempting to write a 30 in 30 challenge. (Keep your eyes open for one coming up via Donna Foerster) I know that when I beg...
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 14
That's right! After this paragraph, everything in this post will mean the opposite. Your comments must mean the opposite as well. Do not forget this while reading as some words may sting you but not if you remember its the opposite of the word used and not the words. This is all the warning you g...
By Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate, 25 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner)
Comments 11
If you have been keeping up, you know that it has been more than a week since the last entry to this series... That is because I have been trying to actually do the items in each post, and it has taken me a little longer than a week on several of them. Truth be told, I'm still not done! That clut...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 14
Patch work is great for quilts.  But roofs? This is a condo building, just over a year old, with roof leaks repaired many times. Sooner or later enough layers might just get put over something that it controls leaking, or at least forestalls it until after the warranty period. Glue and layer.  La...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 26
Disappearing Points, An ActiveRain Mystery    For several months, ActiveRain bloggers have noticed that points regularly disappear with no notice or explanation. This issue was supposed to be cured by the system upgrades. However, disappearing points are still a problem and a very discouraging fa...
By David Saks, Memphis
((retired))
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By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 20
“Need a Realtor that Handles Port Charlotte, Florida”   As I search to find someone on Activerain, I could find no one that did any blogging recently. There were a number of folks that posted some blogs over the last few years, but nothing recently. So, I need your help, I want to refer a client ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 9
  I live right by the South Fire District Fire House in Middletown, CT, and it is not unusual to see the Firemen and other rescue personal out on their parking lot practicing their vehicle rescue skills.  Every time I pass the South Fire District Fire House and see the vehicles they use to train...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 14
It dawned on me the other day in asking myself, Are you suffering from communication OVERLOAD? It is something we all should ask? Too much email, text, phone calls, web pages, news on TV, etc. Even adding more connections with additional social media platforms requires staying up with them. Balan...
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 30
Throwback Thursdays- Tea Anyone? This tea set was a wedding gift to my parents back in the late 40's. I always thought it was really pretty and am surprised it survived five rowdy kids. I asked if I could have it because it is vintage looking and still in perfect condition and a part of my past. ...