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 Bob Stewart, Community Evangelist
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ActiveRain Traffic Skyrockets Over 65% In The Last Three Weeks I've been looking at the traffic numbers on ActiveRain for 8 years. Not since our very first year, in 2007, have I seen the type of traffic growth in such a short period of time that we are currently experiencing on ActiveRain. In...
By David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
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The best part of providing superior service to both your borrower and the Real estate agent is when they have the courage to not only write out a testimonial for you but also give you permission to post it.  Below are some of the recent testimonials that I have recieved for you to review.  Hopefu...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
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FHA Condo Approvals – Subjectivity in Project Approvals   In working with HUD over the years, I have noticed quite a range of strictness among the project reviewers.  In fact, there is one project reviewer in a Homeownership Center (HOC) with whom I hope my files are not placed! Different reviewe...
By Right Choice Realty, Buying or Selling a Home, Make the Right Choice
(Right Choice Realty)
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Right Choice Realty   Twitter fast facts   There are over 175 million Twitter users Twitter entertains 26 million unique visitors monthly The vast majority of Twitter users are over the age of 25 The most active tweeters are over the age of 45   Top 2 tips for using Twitter as reputation manageme...
By Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
(Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy)
Comments 73
I was just notified that the Inter-Active ActiveRain Business Card is now available on iTunes.   Last week, I posted a video on how the app works and received a great response from many of you iPhone users.  That's not to say I didn't hear from the BlackBerry Crowd too!  lol~  As promise...
By Susan Doig
(Charlesgate. Realty Group)
Comments 75
300 Days on Market? What’s wrong with this house?     BUYING ADVICE “What’s wrong with that property?”   “I don’t want to see this property. It has been on the market for over 300 days.” “Something has to be wrong with it! If it was a good property, wouldn’t someone else have bought it by now?” A...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." Benjamin Franklin   There’s an article in Copyblogger , a content marketing company, I read just the other day that I wanted to share with you.  The title was“How to Be in the Top 5% of Bloggers:New Research results.”...
By Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert
(Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.)
Comments 58
I recently wrote an article about the Lake Marion Golf Resort community. It was essentially just an informational post about the community and how to get in touch with the HOA. A few weeks after I wrote the post I got a call from a lady who was planning to stay there on vacation. The community is...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
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The thrill of the closing day can be truly felt by the glow on the home buyers face in that conference room.  However once you buy a home beware of the following scam that has been ongoing and targets newly home owners in the Northern Virginia area. After you sign the closing documents the deed a...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
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Hello Rainers!  Bob and I are headed to San Francisco next week.  You know me, I'll seize any opportunity to have an AR MeetUp so I'm calling all Bay Area Rainers and visitors in town for Inman.   Just a little informal get together to hang out with other Rainers and share a few laughs.  ...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 2
FHA Condo Approvals – FEMA Letter of Map Amendment In working with HUD to get condominiums approved, I have encountered many different levels of scrutiny amongst the project reviewers.  Some are more lenient with budgets than others; some want very explicit explanations regarding outstanding loan...
By Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.
(Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.)
Comments 25
This is a great platform to meet potential clients.  Clients see your posts, they keep you as a favorite  (hopefully), they get to know you.    I have a website. And, I get clients from there as well, but here I can comment, and the clients can Google that and get an even better feel for how I wo...
By Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
Comments 44
How can I hear you when you aren’t talking? In this day in age when texting is king; people are confusing conversation with texting. Case in point; an agent who was texting with her client while meeting with me. We were talking terms and she was conveying terms with her client by text. “Did you o...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 37
Walking around back I saw a custom-fit patio. There's nothing wrong with that, if it is professional and takes common sense into account. In this case there is not a lot that takes common sense into account. For example, a small pocket was created in the patio to house the AC compressor. OK, ...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 68
36,500 ActiveRain Points Available            Points are a topic that comes up pretty regularly here on ActiveRain.  Whether it's status, personal satisfaction, membership discounts, the highly coveted free membership, or entry to the millionaires club, everyone seems to want their points.  I...
By Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 46
Showing vacant homes this time of year can be a challenge in many areas. Here in Maryland, the temperatures outside have been in the mid to high 90's the last couple of days. I've shown two houses where the air conditioning was turned off...not just down, but off. Yes, it does cost money ...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 51
  Capturing New Audiences “Plus” Create a Competitive Sphere     If you’re like me, you haven’t created a real estate video yet. I have wanted to do short real estate based videos for the longest time, but for whatever reason “procrastination keeps rearing its ugly head.   I was reading an articl...
By Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403)
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This post is in memory of my Golden Retriever. Her name was/is Maggie and she left this earth yesterday. It was sudden and quick and as many pet owners know ever so heartbraking. She was so much more than a pet to me. She was my best friend, my office buddy, my constant companion around the house...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Fishhawk Lake Real Estate--I'm ALL OVER GOOGLE! In lieu of Bob Stewart's recent blog about our ActiveRain Traffic skyrocketing numbers, it prompted me to check out Fishhawk Lake on Google. This was page one of Google (see below).  Check this out: On the first page I start with my website ...
By Gary DiGrazia, Sr., Probate Real Estate Expert Training
(ReMax Accord)
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I am just about ready to release my New Book,  “SIX FIGURE PROBATE AGENT”  and we are excited about the response we have been receiving.   This book is JUST for real estate agents who want to increase their yearly production but can’t break into the REO or TS world (which I don’t like). Last mont...