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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 Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 93
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 Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 36
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 Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 66
The Adventures of Whaa Cow at The Cody Hotel in Cody Wyoming- Customer Service Above and Beyond!!!   After spending the night in Custer South Dakota we made our way on our road trip to Cody Wyoming which is about 45 minutes outside of the east entrance of Yellowstone Park.    The Cody hotel is ou...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 81
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 38
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 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 38
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 Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 34
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 Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 45
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...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 46
When your client has a home inspector at their beckon call, it is best to dot I’s and cross T’s.  This is even truer if that home inspector happens to be your father or father-in-law. When my eldest son sent me pictures of the completed exhaust fan installation, that was done in conjunction with ...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 8
USA Today in its September 14, 2014 publication outlined 5 mistakes first-time home buyers made.   Contrary to what the author wrote, first-time home buyers are not naive. Corollary, they are very resourceful and educated. Hence, they seek the expert's advice and assistance to guide them througho...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 64
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- October 12 to October 18, 2014   I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it co...
By JM Padron, ACP, CCIM, CDPE, CRB, Ft. Lauderdale-Doral-Sunny I
(REMAX PREMIER-COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATES)
Comments 0
  Star Major Leaguer Settles in Weston  LA Dodger’s Alex Guerrero Buys Windmill Ranch Home  With REMAX Agent Hector Vidaurre   (Weston, FL October 21, 2014) – Alex Guerrero, the Los Angeles Dodger’s up and coming second baseman, has just closed on a spectacular multi-million dollar home in presti...
By Kimo Stowell, Real Estate Merchandiser
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 23
Build It and They Will Come...but who is THEY? Controversy in Kaka'ako - Ward Village - and the Transformation of Kaka'ako, Honolulu The Howard Hughes Corporation in conjunction with Victoria Ward Ltd. is one of many developers with their hand in reshaping a huge swath of Honolulu into what some ...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 8
Whew, I just had a Monday of biblical proportions, literally. My day started out with tenants calling to alert me that their house was on fire. That's not an alarm message I ever want to hear again. Shortly after, I was standing in a client's place of business that was just flooded. We're helping...
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 3
This works when you are doing it. Don't think about it, just get out there and practice your beliefs, habits, profession and activities. Life has a way of prodding us along and then ever so often, allowing us to see the human nature part up close. Two steps forward is the LIFE part, one step back...
By Bob Stewart, Community Evangelist
(ActiveRain)
Comments 21
I missed a week of my favorite real estate links from around the web. But this is what I found interesting in the last week on the real estate interwebs......   On Rupert Murdoch Buying REALTOR.com I think I'm weird. If I didn't live in California, where it's between 75 and 85 every single day, I...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 2
Scarcity is a driver of demand but scarcity is not the ONLY driver of demand. If it were, people would “settle” for whatever is “Getable NOW?” rather than taking the time and energy to find something better. This is true in most everything. This week, I have seen a series of mutually exclusive bl...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 6
I've had a little time in the office today, and one thing I've discovered is that a lot of computers have found jobs. The human unemployment rate may be higher than we want, but I haven't heard a single computer complain about being out of work. How do I know they have jobs? Robo-calls. Over a 3 ...
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 meet quite a few hikers, bikers, joggers and fast walkers as I am out and about huffing and puffing away some pretty bad too. It is not so much that a person is out of shape as it is that they may be missing a few pointers that make it all work into a little smoother workout and outing too THE ...
By Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
(RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com)
Comments 4
Read this one carefully. Then reread it. Then realize the importance of getting permits before you have to see so when you do this choice does not present a problem. It will. It does in resale price and disclosures and back stepping to correct problems and in damages from incorrect work. Get perm...