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
Archives of real estate blog entries for September 21, 2006 (Page 6)
Crocs - 10:33 AM
I found thee most comfortable shoes in the world. They are called Croc's Athens and they are the most comforable flip flops you ever put on. I was in Key West this last weekend and what else besides drinking can you do but SHOP. I walked into a store that had them for sale. I tried them on and never took them off the rest of the weekend. I go home thinking about my crocs and can't wait to get them on. OK, I know you are asking, Where can I buy them? answer is on line at http://shop.crocs.com/c-4-Footwear.aspx?reqid=4&reqProdTypeId=4&subsectionname=footwear. I ordered (10 comments)
Write Offs - 11:20 AM
I write off everything. Let me start with my work shirts. I have a my teams logo on all my shirts and I write off the dry cleaning bills. It is also a great way to get business. This morning a Mortgage Broker gave me his card said he noticed I was in Real Estate because of my shirt. I write off my SUV. I have a BMW X5 and when I bought it I recieved the 6000 tax credit. Which mean't I could write off 50% of the purchase price the first year. It has been a big help. It has (6 comments)
Blogging Off - 11:34 AM
Blogging on Active Rain has been a good thing. It allows me to get things off my chest. It also allows me to share information with others that are trying to better themselves. I laugh sometimes when reading some blogs and get my blood boiling on some of the others. Topics, some are interesting and some aren't. When some things bother me I need to get them off my shoulders and vent. I can always tell when what I wrote aboutyou guys could give a ____t. I will keep writting and misspelling as long as I can. And one more point I (4 comments)
Has anyone ever heard of Guerilla Marketing before? Well, if you haven't, here is the definition: Guerilla Marketing-Unconventional marketing intended to get maximum results from minimal resources. I ran across a few articles online talking about the subject and I decided to give it a whirl. Last week I went out to dinner with a few friends and after dinner I went to the bathroom. Inside the bathroom was a post up board with a few business cards and some misc information. I figured, "why not!" I put a few of my business cards up and went on my merry way...Well, I got (6 comments)
I'm the Chairman of the Affiliate Committee for our local Association of Realtors and we conduct a Fall and Spring Mixer for the local Realtors. During the mixers, Realtors and Affiliates network with each other and we usually throw a theme behind each one. For our Fall Mixer in October, we are having a wine night theme. We will have a wine tasting and appetizers. We decided to raffle off wine coolers, filled with bottles of wine that were donated by the Affiliates. Each Affiliate had the opportunity to decorate their bottles the way they wanted and everyone had a lot of fun (3 comments)
As a business owner and Real Estate professional, I have recognized that there are numerous directions you can go with marketing yourself and your business. Think about it, there's: Internet,Television Commercials,Magazines,Newspapers,Radio,Mailings,Chamber of Commerce Events,Charity Events and so on...With having a set budget of what you are able to spend every year on advertising, where is your money best spent? What offers the best "bang for the buck?" I'm curious to see what other AR members have found to work for them. It seems like if you make one bad move you can pay the consequences severely! And finally, what percent of you annual income do (5 comments)
Bridging the Gap between Tenants and Landlords - 08:08 AM
Every landlord will pay a premium to purchase a property in which tenants will line up to live in. But, as a landlord, do you know what is important for your tenants? Is it the location? Schools? Transportation? There is a gap between what a landlord thinks is important for the tenant and how tenants "buy" into a lease. Here is what your tenant thinks is important by priority: Distance from public transport Distance to shops Local crime rate Distance from work Noise pollution Distance from green spaces Distance from restaurants or bars Distance from social housing Distance from sports or gym facilities Distance from good schools Prestige associated (0 comments)
Update on the most difficult loan - ever. Boring stuff, sorry. :) - 08:20 PM
Two other lenders fell through, numbers 82 and 83. Both shredded the appraisal. Not necessarily unfair of them, it is their money after all. But in principal I disagreed with their reasoning - lender didn't want to extend in one case. Well then just say you don't want to extend the credit, don't use the appraisal as a red herring. Other lender had too much inventory and still blamed the appraisal. Okay. Anyway, short sale package is in and naturally the lender didn't like that. Actually the lender probably didn't care, it was a pretty good offer. I'm sure the lawyer didn't like (0 comments)
Raleigh NC Real Estate>> North Hills Real Estate Development Moving Forward - 01:23 PM
I wanted to share with you the latest community coming to the newly redesigned North Hills area with an exclusive Midtown address. Kane Residential is pleased to announce that, on October 10th, pre-sales will begin for Ramblewood at North Hills, a community of brick townhomes, brick condominiums, and single-family Garden Homes. This project, introduced by Kane Residential, has been anticipated by the Triangle community and I wanted you to be the first to know. Appointments will begin to scheduled on October 2nd with a start date of October 10th. Completion date for the first homes is scheduled in the summer of (1 comments)
What are you doing for your community? - 12:18 PM
As a Realtor, I consider it part of my job to get out and interact with the community. I love living in the East Valley, and I love the people here. I believe that we should all give back to our communities. This year, I'm the chair of fundraising for my son's PTSO. I also give financially to The House of Refuge, which supports parents trying to get out of abusive relationships and rebuild their lives. If a kid comes to my door trying to raise money for a cause, I almost always beeline for my checkbook. The other thing that I do (3 comments)
"Don't like Your Agent?" - 01:21 PM
Okay, so you've been working with your realtor, Agent Jones, for a couple weeks now and you just don't feel like the relationship is working out very well. What should you do? As licensed, professional real estate agents, we work very hard and diligently at representing our client's best interests. We take our duties and obligations to you very seriously. And as much as we may try, we can't always be all things to all people. Every once in a great while we enter into a relationship with our clients where things just don't seem to click, regardless of how hard we (0 comments)
Open Wide and say "AHHHHHHH!" - 06:29 PM
I was just thinking back to a quote I read earlier this morning here on AR. "Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant." Mitchell Kapor Isn't that the truth?!?! I had the pleasure of having coffee today with a fellow AR member, Mark Flanders, with Olympic Northwest Mortgage. Mark has held the #1 AR spot in Washington State for quite some time, but was just recently unseated by Ben Kakimoto. Mark possesses an impressive understanding of all things web-related. He was giving me some incredibly helpful and practical insights on how to best optimize my website and make (4 comments)
Social nights - 09:13 PM
We, at Keller Williams have Social Nights once a month. I have to say that I am surprised about how much business we conduct after a couple of glasses of wine....everyone shares what they did and what kind of trouble they've got into. Then all the secrets are coming out. Including some hot stuff that will be discussed later in the office on the sober head. It's a lot of fun. I can actialy compare it to blogging but with agents within the our office. Wow, what this red wine can do to you..... (0 comments)
Not enough discription on MLS - 09:55 PM
OK, I am trying to figure out why sometimes agents deliberately or not puting really minimal description in their MLS listings. Is it because they don't know or don't want to know anything about the property they are listing, or they deliberately not putting information in, so they get more phone calls.....or do they??? Probably not. I was searching today for single family homes and one of the listings that fell under the search criteria had 6 pictures...but they were ALL THE SAME, all of the front of the house. Wasn't there anything remarkable inside? Guess what, choosing out of 50+ properties (3 comments)
Great Family Home in Komohana Kai - Big Island of Hawaii - 05:57 PM
This large well maintained home in Komohana Kai features an open, bright and airy floor plan. All public rooms and the Master Suite face the Ocean and large lanai which is perfect for indoor/outdoor living. Exceptional open kitchen and large entertainment area. Home features lots of tile for easy care. Garden is well maintained and has room for a pool. Oversized garage with work area, room for expansion with separate entry. Also, extra parking for a boat. Listed at $895,000 Alex Davidson R(S) For more information please visit: www.AliiHomes.com (0 comments)
Zillow - Going deeper and deeper - 01:52 PM
There are some companies that really should not try to over think what their purpose is. Zillow happens to be one of them. They should not have annouced this great new Z2 - Letting the homeowners "Adjust" the Zestimates. I think that if they felt that they had a good product - they should have stood tall and strong. Even though almost 99% of realtors told them thier pricing was wrong. They have / HAD a product and they clearly were not set out to cater to ther realtors, so if the homeowners were not complaining (which some were) - to the extent (0 comments)
New construction as an investment - 03:33 PM
I have a client that is interested in new construction homes for investment properties. They want new construction because they want a home warranty on the home in case of repairs. My broker says that I should try to talk them into other homes since this is a buyers' market and they would get better negotating power. Is there something I'm missing? I don't understand why a broker would try to push someone to get a older home when they specifically asked for new construction. Since I'm new to this...is there something I'm missing when it comes to new construction? Is (3 comments)
Home Remodel Pet Peeves - 12:17 PM
When the real estate market slows down as it is doing in some parts of our country, many homeowners decide to remodel their existing home instead of moving. One of my big pet peeves is converted garages. Most often we see a garage that is turned into an extra bedroom for a growing family. I have also seen garages converted into living rooms and home offices. Not one of these is a good idea for resale. Yes, you get extra square footage, but buyers still need a garage. Do you see homebuilders building new homes without garages? No! You see them building (1 comments)
A Little Perspective - 09:13 PM
After Wednesday afternoon's FOMC meeting, and the Fed's decision to not raise rates for a second meeting in a row, there have been a number of articles written expressing the belief that perhaps the Fed is now finished raising rates. They appear to be satisfied that the economy is healthy, and that the slowdown in the national housing market is not a great threat. That is great news, and perhaps it will help everyone step back a bit and gain a little perspective. Over the summer we all heard the "Break Your ARM Today!" commercials, with the dire warnings that (0 comments)
Very Aggrevating! - 08:02 PM
Well I just returned home about an hour ago. I had a prospect who lives three houses down from who I have been helping look for land for over a year now. They were looking for some acreage to build on. I showed them a lot of stuff and most of it he seemed to really like but just wasn't ready. Then a month later he would be ready to look again and we would look again and all of a sudden not ready again. Kind of reminded me of the movie Groundhog with Bill Murray. Well I guess it was (7 comments)
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.