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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 George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 44
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 Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 36
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 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 Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 13
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 12
ActiveRain Blog Post Cap - 10 Per Week     Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Months and months ago a decision was made to raise the blog post point cap from 10 to 20 per week.  The thought was that this move would increase our content thus making AR's domain authority ...
By David Saks, Memphis
((retired))
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By Lynn B. Friedman, REALTOR ATL BuckheadMidtownWestside 404.939.2727
(- - - Concierge Real Estate Services for YOU - - - Providing SERVICE for Sellers & Buyers is our BUSINESS)
Comments 10
Dear Readers - Kerrie LaGuardia, our ActiveRain Community Manager, clarifies the situation about posts and comments. AR moved back to the previous standard for posts.   POINTS FOR POSTS ???AR members may write up to 10 posts per week for points. Of course, one may write as many posts per week as ...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker, NW Metro Atlanta
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 5
I can only hope that this post is selected as a feature.  I would be interested to see the responses of other agents.  This is not a discussion about commission per se but one about public opinion, the source and how it can/should be changed. Fellow Active Rainer's I come to you for advice.  I re...
By David Saks, Memphis
((retired))
Comments 2
real estate fraud: Miami-Dade Residents Convicted in $8 Million Investment Fraud Scheme - 10/23/14 05:42 PM Miami-Dade Residents Convicted in $8 Million Investment Fraud Scheme Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Ch...
By Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate, 25 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner)
Comments 9
Pumpkin - Pie -  Cupcakes ...with cinnamon cream cheese icing.   Does that sound good or what? I just may have to try these as the Thanksgiving dessert this year. For that matter, add a little orange food coloring to the icing and they can even be a dessert for Halloween...  If you would like to ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 0
  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 Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
Comments 3
Do your clients REMEMBER you? Did you know that 80% of people say that they would use the same agent but only 12-17% actually do?!  If you don't stay in front of your database, you will definitely lose out on the opportunity for repeat business.  Join us for class this week to find out how you n...
By Jim McCormack, Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure
(Reliant Realty - Nashville Short Sale & Foreclosure Help)
Comments 2
Waiting Periods to Buy a Home After Foreclosure, Deed-in-Lieu, Short Sale and BankruptcyBuying a Home and Getting a Mortgage Loan After Foreclosure, Deed-in-Lieu, Short Sale and Bankruptcy (Updated 10/24/2014) Many financially distressed homeowners who are facing foreclosure and considering a dee...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 123
Months and months ago a decision was made to raise the blog post point cap from 10 to 20 per week.  The thought was that this move would increase our content thus making AR's domain authority that much stronger. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.  A concern about the quality of posts being create...
By Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!
(BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES HOMESALE REALTY)
Comments 68
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 85
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 Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 62
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 Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 105
 What Form of Communication do Your Sellers Prefer?   Communication is obviously essential during our real estate transactions, in particular between us and our seller clients. This is true before they get an offer, and perhaps more so afterwards.   What form of communication do your sellers pref...
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 44
Everyone who does some sort of work on their home has this question come up and it must be answered too. It cannot be ignored. You either decide YES or NO. I have done both in my lifetime. Many things cross into the mind of someone who approaches this subject. Let's look at a few yeses and no's W...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 48
In thinking about writing an entry for this contest, I kind of fell down a rabbit hole and got distracted with the whole idea of going "above and beyond".   It started simply as an exercise in picking the best instance of Mary and I doing something beyond the ordinary for a client. There was a lo...