Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
Sign up for the Daily Drop so you don't miss out on AR's daily happenings
Find answers to most FAQ's
Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
Get your content in front of more eyes
Search by location or type
Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
In charge of ActiveRain community support. I'm the link between ActiveRain and our great members. Are you having an issue? Get a hold of me, hopefully I can work it out for you.
ActiveRain Community Evangelist......What the heck is that?
Glad you asked :-). My job here is to make sure that your experience is second to none when getting started or becoming deeply engaged on (or it is 'in'?) ActiveRain. If you'd have told me when I graduated from college with a Business Finance degree that I would be helping real estate agents makes sense of blogging and social media, I would have asked 'What the heck is blogging and social media?'.
I'm right on the cusp of having grown up with a computer. I was born in 1977. We had one in our home from the time I was in about 7th or 8th grade but it was a novelty; something to be used for games, or to get on prodigy and talk to nameless, faceless people around the country. Even in high school, my school only had a few computers, in the library. I think the extent of my use of them included 'Oregon Trail' and 'Risk'. I kicked ass in 'Risk' by the way!
But, I learned how to type on a typewriter.
After college, I would soon hook up with ActiveRain Co-founder Jonathan Washburn through my college roommates. My first experience with Jon was building out a referral network in Southern California for a website that we ran, Briorealty.com. We got really good at generating leads online, to the tune of a few hundred a day at one point. These were all people looking for homes to buy and it was my job to find and train real estate agents on the finer points of lead conversion. Lead conversion is one of those things that can be super time consuming, but it's fundamental if you want to be successful online. We didn't have Facebook yet, or Twitter, or even blogging. In those days lead conversion was about being tenacious on the phone and creative with your email. Of course, that's still a fundamental component of lead generation.
We would soon after open our own real estate company in the Seattle area. At our height, our company had about 150 agents and it was my job to oversee that operation. Never again I told myself will I manage real estate agents where their livelihood depends on our company. And then came ActiveRain...........
The idea for ActiveRain, as you know it today, came from a failed attempt
by us to build a transaction management piece for our business. In 2004 we already had a lead management tool that would still rival many products you will find on the market today. Sure, some bells and whistles have been added over the years, but our system still gave the consumers what they wanted, new and fresh listings, and it still drove them back to our agents. If you know lead generation, you know this is as important today as it was in 2004.
Once we stumbled into the idea for the community of ActiveRain, I would stay behind for another year and run our real estate company to help pay the bills at ActiveRain. In those days, everything on ActiveRain was free and something had to pay the bills. In 2008 I finally made the move to full time ActiveRain and we've done an amazing job (if I do say so myself) of building one of the most supportive, engaging, friendly communities on the internet.
Jonathan, our Founding CEO, had the mantra to 'wow one person everyday'.
If everyone in our company could do that, we knew that we could build something special. It's still our mantra and each of our employees attempts to completely wow at least one person a day. I'd love the chance to wow you today!
I tell you all this because I want you to know that we came from the real estate industry and we set out to make a special place where the real estate industry could come together and help each other to make our entire industry better.
Connect with Me Outside ActiveRain
What ActiveRain Means to Me
Never am I more humbled or more excited than when someone I meet for the first time in person says to me "ActiveRain saved my business and allowed me to provide for my family". I can't tell you how many times I've heard that over the years. It literally shakes you to your core. To know that we created something that has touched so many people brings a lump to my throat every time I think about it.
This community will change you. This community will make you a better real estate professional. This community will teach you things you never knew you needed. This community will teach you things you knew you needed but you didn't know how to find the answers. This community will support you in your business when ask for support. This community will reach out to you and support you even when you don't ask for support.
The only thing stopping this from happening for you if it's not already is you! Jump in and get engaged, you will be a better real estate professional because of it.......and if you don't be careful, a better person :-)
My Personal Life
A little bit about me personally. I have a son that I absolutely adore. He is the reason I get up in the morning. He is the reason I push myself to be a better person each day. He is the reason I live.
My son is Kelan. I have him for one week every month (and more time in the Summer). He lives with his mother in Seattle. He is an absolute joy to be around. Terrible twos? Never heard of them with this kid. He's always smiling and now, at age 5 he loves guns, cars, and sports. He's definitely my son!!
I like to golf. I suck......bad. But I still like it. Alright, I'm not that bad. On a good day I've gone under 90. On a bad day I'll hit over 100. Most days I'm somewhere in the middle. The reason I like it so much can best be defined by hitting a tee shot on a par 3 to inside 10 feet. Or smashing a drive off the tee that goes 270 yards. Since I can do these things (usually at least once a round) I know that it's possible for me to do them consistently. So I keep coming back.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.