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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 Will Hamm
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 11
Lucky my grandson turn 4 today so it is a great reason to take a mini vacation to see him and enjoy the day at the zoo with him and the family.  Last night was bowling for all of us and cards after than.Later tonight he wants MacDonalds (his choice) but he is the birthday boy.  Tomorrow my 10 yea...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 50
When it comes to attic access ladders you don't want to say, "Close, but no cigar."Every now and then things are installed almost correctly - well, incorrect is incorrect.  Nothing should have to be called "almost."Take this attic access ladder.This is new construction and we are on a final walk ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 15
This is new construction - and you call this finish work?There were so many problems on this house that within a couple of months the homeowners knew they had huge problems.  The builder is no where to be found.  Disappeared!  The phone answering machine is "full."  Nobody responds to emails - co...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 14
A Cool Surprise Here in The Rain!Today I received a notification from AR that a new member was following me.  When I went to see who this awesome person was, I was excited to see that she is the wife of a fellow college graduate of mine! Now how cool is that? Let me introduce you to Shannon Slate...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 6
My annual advice to graduates.  It's graduation time, and students all over the United States will be walking the final leg of one of their greatest accomplishments.  But, it's really only the end of the beginning.  School, whether it is high school or college is really a time of incubation.  Dur...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 97
Be an Ambassador for Your Community - ActiveRain ChallengeIt's getting closer to summer and thoughts turn to taking trips, going to new places and exploring unknown parts. There is nobody better than those in the real estate industry to tout the features of a city or town. So with this challenge ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 15
My grandson, Joshua, is graduating next friday from Franklin High School and last night was awards night.  Joshua received his invitation and was awarded a scholarship from the Franklin Republican Town Committee.  Yes, Joshua is a registered Republican, and he wrote a powerful essay to receive th...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 32
Bungee me. The Bungee cord (sometimes spelled Bungie Cord) is an elastic cord originally developed for the airplane industry.  As a strong elastic cord, surrounded by a woven wrapping, it was able to be wrapped around early-on airplane parts to hold them in place.If you go to a site that describe...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 20
The Story of the Sensei and the Grasshopper. We Were All New Once Upon a Time.I try to check the first post list on the blog roll and leave comments for the Newbies to encourage them and offer my help. I noticed one new member was also a new agent to the business and was asking questions in her b...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 9
The Millennials are Savvy BuyersThe generation of potential buyers born between 1980 and 2000 are referred to as the Millennials as they were born within the span of Millennial change.  Another term for them would be Generation X.  I believe both to be wrong as they are best known as the Tech Gen...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 7
I have been to some meetings and read some blogs on how it is suggested to deal with "Millennials" Stuff like only text them. What they want and don't want. Well I do not buy it. I treat people like people and everyone is different.I do not prejudge folks. I feel them out and treat them the way t...
By Steve Reed, Steve Reed Branch Manager | Benchmark Home Loans
(Benchmark Home Loans)
Comments 3
U.S. economic growth in the first quarter of this year fell into negative territory, due in part to the West coast port strike, harsh winter weather, along with a widening trade deficit. The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on Friday that the second estimate for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) f...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 24
Asian Chicken Noodle Soup with Lemongrass and Ginger I am now in my 8th  day of suffering from a significant head cold.  I don’t get sick often.  When I do, I take it personally.This morning I cooked up a witch’s brew, to help alleviate symptoms.  And, it seems to be working a little magic.It’s a...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 26
There are no words or pictures that can truly convey the experience that is Machu Picchu. Some places are just magical and this is certainly one. I have never been anywhere, save Meteora in Greece, that is so soulful and so overwhelmingly incredible. From the breath and depth of this arena you kn...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 9
A Year Has Passed but, Not A Day Goes ByA year ago today our family had to say goodbye to my Grandmother. A year might seem like a long time but, not a day goes by that I don’t miss her and think of her.  Flora Stallings Gentry was the classiest lady I have ever known. She always put her family b...
By Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner
(Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate)
Comments 15
Do you worry about climate change?Do you know how a magician works?Do you even care?We have a lot of real problems. We have problems with our economy. We have problems in our big cities. We have problems in the Middle East. We have problems with Chinese and Russian aggression.And we have the prob...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
(REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 )
Comments 4
This post by Tammy Adams is a great write and Vegas Bob featured it to one of his groups. I am hoping that Tammy figures out what exactly she needs to do so this post can be part of the contest going on at the Activerain network. Vegas Bob has decided to reblog this post by Tammy so he can featur...
By Inspiration Station
Comments 5
The Spring selling season is here.  With that brings of course buyers and buyers need information. One of the most important questions in the pre-qualification process is the necessary down payment.  As the professional, having the answers ready furthers your client's faith in you.First time home...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 8
Expecting technology or people to always work well together, take your pick, is like beating your head into the floor. Most days you don't beat your head into the floor because it's pointless. But some days, it can seem to pile up. Like yesterday our Realist service by Corelink offered through Me...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 13
I am back in Cusco after two days in a magical area. I wasn't able to post many pictures because the signal was weak. Now that I am here again, I will try a few more, so you can get a better idea. So varied, so overwhelming and so other wordly.