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
Pennsylvania Company Helps Rescue Chilean Miners - 10/13/10 02:47 PM
I was just watching the 19 miner exiting the rescue capsule and the news story went to the owner of the company that built the drill used to penetrate over 2000 feet to where the miners have been for 69 days. This is not your standard drill. It hammers on the surface it is going through like a hammer tapping on glass, breaking up the rock as it goes. A series of air jets blow the crushed debris back up the shaft. This is a much more efficient and faster way of drilling. Center Rock Inc. is the name of the (0 comments)
Austin Neighborhood Update - Briarcliff - 10/13/10 01:27 PM
Briarcliff is a community in the Austin area that is an actually small city. It sits around 45 minutes west of downtown Austin and has homes with Lake Travis frontage, golf course homes and homes with amazing Lake Travis and Hill Country views. Searching for Briarcliff homes online can be a bit tricky as most auto-populate from Travis County as being in Spicewood. Spicewood is a larger geographic area that contains the city of Briarcliff as well as some wonderful lakefront subdivisions. Searching by placing the name Briarcliff in the subdivision box, if one is available, will generally pull up current Briarcliff (1 comments)
Austin Home Price Appreciation - 10/13/10 11:02 AM
I listened to a guy present some stats on Austin real estate historical appreciation rates yesterday. Since 1979, our area has seen an average price appreciation of single-family homes, townhomes and condos of 5% We have seen significantly higher and lower numbers, but nothing like other markets in the country. We have never seen an appreciation rate of 17% for the median price of Austin homes and that was in 2000. Then the tech bust hit and the following years were 1%, 0% and 1% respectively. More recently, the Austin housing market has seen a drop from 9% in 2006 to (0 comments)
Attack of the Hummingbird - 10/06/10 02:44 PM
I have some native Texas bushes in front of my Apache Shores home that hummingbirds absolutely love. This season I had a mating pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and what turned out to be a really aggressive Rofous. Almost every time the Ruby-throated pair showed up, the Rofous would chase them away. I started spending more time on the porch to see if they would get used to my presence and they did, often coming around when I was talking on the phone. This little Rufous started getting aggressive with me. He would sit on a tree branch and bark these high-pitched (3 comments)
Call Directly to Someone's Voicemail - 10/05/10 04:23 PM
Ever need to leave a quick message for someone, but don't have the time to have an actual conversation? Try Slydial. Just call 267-759-3425. You will be prompted to enter a valid 10 digit U.S. or Canada phone number - land line or mobile. Slydial will connect you directly to the person's voicemail and you can leave your message. This way you won't risk getting caught on the phone with someone who is a talker. Slydial is also an app for for the iPhone, Blackberry, Androids and Windows Mobile. Posted by Sam Chapman. Check out Sam's Austin real estate blog or (0 comments)
Man-Made Global Cooling - 10/04/10 02:55 PM
OK, not really, but I got your attention. Have you ever read anything about changing ecosystems and how man has been a primary cause? Look at the state of the real estate market. Look at how many buyers have disappeared. Look at how many more can't get a mortgage. The cause? People. Stupid politicians wanted people who could not ordinarily get into homes to have loan programs for them. Banks got greedy because they knew the feds would bail them out if they got into trouble. Investors and investor wannabees speculation caused home prices to soar in many markets. It became (1 comments)
Fall is Here - Will Austin Have Color? - 10/04/10 10:59 AM
Fall is here. When I woke this morning the outdoor temperature was in the low 50s and I was loving that. I thought back to fall of 2008 and the brilliant color we had in the trees. That was unusual and I was wondering if we might see that again this year. What it takes is decent rain throughout the year, which we had. Then it takes sunny days and cool, dry nights, which we have had. It these conditions hold, the Austin area might just see some nice fall colors again. What am I making a big deal out of (0 comments)
Stats - People Not Looking For Homes - 10/01/10 03:24 PM
I just looked at some stats for the last 7 days on my Austin real estate website and found some interesting things. I looked at number of total visitors and the number of visitors going to my Austin home search page. Looking at the data, I found that just 57% of visitors went to the home search page. From looking at more data, 14% of visitors were on my Austin homes by neighborhood page. Most of my traffic comes from outside of Texas so this surprised me at first. People who don't know Austin don't know neighborhoods. However, many may end up (0 comments)
Information and observations on the Austin real estate market including market stats and developments in and around Austin that affect residential real estate conditions. Perhaps a few other odds & ends as well!
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.