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
6518 N. Royal Dr. 199,995 Spokane WA Beauty! - 06/27/08 07:57 PM
Take a moment and look at my new listing with a waterfall ! This lovely home has tons of updates and is conveniently located in Northwest Spokane. They changed the kitchen and opened it up like a great room! 4 bd, 2 ba. Brand new kitchen with solid granite counters, bamboo floors throughout main floor, gorgeuos new bathrooms, MUST SEE!
Here is the VIRTUAL TOUR! http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=435402 This home is priced very well for all of the extra's you get! Call me today for a showing! BethAnn Long ~ Spokane, Realtor 509-362-4607 visit my web site: www.BethAnnHomes.com (1 comments)
Historical Landmark , Spokane WA Clock Tower (1901) - 06/27/08 12:12 AM
In 1974, The Worlds Fair was here in my home town of Spokane WA! The area developed for the Fair was downtown on the Spokane River. The old clock tower from the railroad has become a historical landmark here in Spokane WA , and is now surrounded by Beautiful Riverfront Park where Expo 74 was hosted. Here is a photo pre- Expo 74 (Worlds Fair)
HISTORY OF THE CLOCK TOWER: The Great Northern Railway Depot Tower stands as a physical reminder of the centrality of railroads in the emergence of Spokane as a regional distribution hub (1 comments)
MOLD... a personal close encounter of the 3rd kind... - 06/25/08 09:54 AM
MOLD. How strange that this naturally occuring substance can wreck havoc in our homes and our bodies. I know, this is a very contraversial subject. I am well aware this issue is being debated in nearly every arena, in the building industry and even the legislature. I have a dear friend who started our as a client from my web site. Her story is tragic, and she is now a "mold activist". You see my friend is one of the rare people in the U.S. to win a lawsuit against a builder for negligence which led to her family being (2 comments)
Ready, Fire, Aim! The importance of being pre-approved for a loan - 06/25/08 12:49 AM
This business of purchasing a home involves so many whirling emotions, sometime folks need a little advice on the best order of what to do when. The most important thing is defining your goals and timelines. Evaluating if now is the best time to buy a home, perhaps looking at the big picture and getting advice from trusted loved ones and mentors is a good idea. Before looking at homes, choose a good realtor. You may want to ask friends and family, or interview 3 agents from reputable agencies. A good buyers agent is very important in this major life choice. (0 comments)
Shhhhhhh...Mama is Busy doing NOTHING! - 06/24/08 10:30 AM
I feel like I won the lottery, but it's just a QUAIL NEST IN MY SIDE YARD! I feel like I am getting ready for my first GRANDKIDS. YES that's right! There are 12 of them I believe! I will keep you updated when the darling dozen start darting around my yard trying to aviod my CAT! Here is mama quail sitting on her nest...Shhhhhh....Mama is busy doing NOTHING!
We spotted the nest when Mama was away, and it is so perfectly formed with 12 creamy white eggs. If you haven't observed baby quail, they are the most adorable things! (4 comments)
Spokane WA South Hill Sensations! - 06/23/08 04:35 PM
The South Hill in Spokane, WA is bursting with new activities, and great things to do! I am going to keep you informed of my new favorites. 1. The Village at Regal Pond
A beautiful village of resteraunts and shops with relaxing patios on the pond! Located at the 4300 block of South Regal. All of the resteraunts are good!
The Fountain at the Village at Regal Pond. Wadells and the Laguna Cafe' have LIVE MUSIC!
Twigs has a great room you can rent upstairs for private parties! There is an incredible sculpture at the Pond entitled (6 comments)
The Fab 4 : Price, Location, Condition, Marketing - 06/22/08 04:47 PM
What do you consider when selling a home in Spokane, Wa. or anyplace else ? The FAB 4 in my book are: PRICE: Setting the price carefully is KEY! It is very important, and sometimes difficult to start off with the right price. If you overprice a home thinking " buyers can offer less" well, statistically it just doesn't work that way. Buyers often judge wether or not a seller is resonable just by their starting price. YES you should get market value for your home! You should get every PENNY! LOCATION: Here is the only factor you cannot (2 comments)
Spokane WA Hoopfest 2008! - 06/22/08 02:16 PM
June 28th and 29th2008 - 6300 teams will gather in Spokane WA for HOOPFEST 2008! This is an incredible weekend of 3 on 3 with teams ranging from small children to pro's! Excitment swooshes through downtown Spokane as it is turned into every basketball lovers dream. Spokane is truly anamazing place. We pull off some of the most incredible events. My kids have played Hoopfest several times. If you have never been to Spokane WA you may want to plan a trip sometime and visit during Hoopfest if you love basketball! For more information, visit www.hoopfest.net BethAnn Long, Tomlinson South Inc. (2 comments)
The Power of ONE - 06/21/08 06:52 PM
I would like to address the question is a real estate "team" better in some ways than an individul agent? For me, the answer is CLEAR. As long as the job is being done efficiently, it doesn't matter. However, I chose intentionally to work as an individual agent, and I have a very powerful support team behind me. Allow me to introduce support team! My broker and salesmanager: Tomlinson is a progressive agency. Holding fast to our long term number one position in the marketplace, our resources and knowledge are well established here in the Spokane real estate market. (www.tomlinsonspokane.com ) Our Staff: (1 comments)
Approaching fifty in the near future has made me more contemplative and introspective than usual.You see, I am blessed. I marvel everyday at the simple and the extraordinary.However, my life has been riddled with challenges. I am guessing your has to? Some of my personal challenges have been cancer, experiencing the ravages of addictions in my family, raising 5 children, loss, rejection, and things I just can't share. No pity party here. Each of these challenges have come into my life and changed the fabric of who I am. The most cherished outcome of adversity, is an ever increasing empathy (8 comments)
Understanding Motivation is EVRYTHING - 06/19/08 11:03 PM
Wether you are considering buying a home or thinking of selling a home , or in the procsess of one or both of these adventures, understanding your motivations is KEY.
In the current market there are all kinds of potential reasons to buy or sell. Be clear in your own mind, and communicate your motivations (reasons) clearly with your realtor. Some common motivations include: Increase in Family size, decrease in family size, financial reasons, relocation, and the like. Be reasonable about pricing wether you are selling or buying. As a realtor, my aim is to be a trusted advisor. Sometimes I even hop (6 comments)
Spokane Wa Farmers Market - 06/17/08 10:17 PM
YUM. The Spokane Farmers Market is now open with a variety of local vendors supplying yummy fresh fruits, vegies and much more! Visit their web site for details on their hours, and schedule of events, including LIVE MUSIC! www.spokanefarmersmarket.org
I like to support the local growers and benefit from the delicious organic foods they offer. Make a day of it, and hit the market on your way home to pick up something for dinner!
EAT YOUR VEGGIES!
BethAnn Long 509-362-4607 Tomlinson South Inc. www.BethAnnHomes.com (0 comments)
Historical Sites and Homes of Spokane - 06/17/08 05:49 PM
There are some unbelieveable historical Spokane Wa Homes, mansions, and buildings. Here are just a few of my favorites THE FLOUR MILL:
Directly across the river from Downtown Spokane WA lies an old flour mill filled with great shops, and perhaps my favorite resteraunt, Clinkerdaggers.
THE GLOVER MANSION:
Located on Spokane wa South Hill, we hosted my parents 50th wedding anniversary at this amazing mansion! EJ Roberts Mansion, Brownes Addition
BED AND BREAKFAST! This spectacular home is owned by a friend of my oldests son. ARBOR CREST WINERY The Riblet Mansion
In a fascinating, yet somewhat obscure community here in Spokane Wa. called "Vinegar Flats", sit's a little white house on Chestnut Street. Nestled along Hangman Creek( also known as Latah Creek) between the back side of the South Hill and Highway 195, this charming neighborhood is little known - even by Spokane natives. When I drive through Vinegar Flats, my bones tingle. I am filled with curiosity and fascination of how my grandparents walked these streets and made there way with a dog kennel business here. I guess being a dog lover is just another hereditary thing for me. My (3 comments)
I have been singing and performing since the worlds fair in Spokane Wa. Expo 74 ! (OK that dates me...) My music web site is comprised of 3 custom albums I produced along my life journey. I would love to share my music with you. God Bless! Visit my music web site: www.BethAnnLong.com
BethAnn Long, The Singing Realtor! (7 comments)
Spokane Wa RE Update! - 06/13/08 09:16 PM
Here in Spokane WA There is still alot of homes on the market, in comparison to the past two years. ACTIVE LISTINGS for May 2008 were at 3,354, up from 2,756 in 2007, and 1,971 in 2006. This creates issues for sellers, such as longer days on market, stiffer competition, and buyers who somewhat have the upper hand. In my opinion, this overage is created mostly by current lending factors, and the economy. What we have here is a supply and demand reflection. It is VERY important to have your house IN THE MARKET not just ON THE MARKET if you expect (0 comments)
Summer time...and the living is easy... - 06/12/08 08:58 PM
SUMMER and Real Estate Is summer a good time to buy and sell homes? With the changes in the market from late 07 till now (6/08) I am thinking now that people realize the world is still turning, this will be a great summer to buy and sell real estate. When you look at the big picture, interest rates are still at historical lows. People have gotten used to the fact that it is more of a buyers market, and things are evening out. Lets face it, how many other investments can you live in?
First and foremost, summer is (1 comments)
Spokane Wa Mini Trips - 06/11/08 11:11 PM
I love a good mini trip! There is so much to do close by when you live here in Spokane, Wa.
Here are a few of my favorite day trips and mini trips from Spokane, Wa.
1. Just an hour and a half from Spokane, lies the amazing little town of SANDPOINT, IDAHO. Sometimes we go for the day, and sometimes we stay for a week! The shopping and resteraunts are great. The natural beauty is breathtaking. The public city beach is amazing!
Even when our kids were tiny, we would get a room right on (0 comments)
LOOKING FOR YOUR DREAM HOUSE IN THE SPOKANE, WA AREA?
If you are looking for a home online, you may get tired of going to various web sites and entering and re-entering all of your personal search criteria. SAVE YOURSELF SOME PRECIOUS TIME!
I have a GREAT FREE solution for people looking for a home in the Spokane WA area! Let the "Scouting Report" from Home Buyers Marketing do the work FOR YOU! You won't miss a single potential property that might interest you. In fact, you can wake up in the morning with your coffee, open your e-mail (2 comments)
Fruit Pizza recipe from Meghan Long! INGREDIENTS: 1 package pre-made sugar cookie dough 1 container cool whip 1 small container whipped cream cheese 2 TBS. orange juice concentrate* Fresh Fruit suggestions: Berry's Kiwi Canned mandarin oranges DIRECTIONS: Press cookie dough evenly onto pam-sprayed pizzza pan. Cook according to directions, or until just golden brown. Cool completely. Mix first four ingredients together until creamy and spread evenly on cookie crust. Add fruit in a pattern design. You can add limeaide concentrate for a variation*.
Visit my web site! www.BethAnnHomes.com (0 comments)
Here are three beautiful homes for sale on Spokane's South Hill! Enjoy incredible updates in ESTABLISHED neighborhood! 1.Gorgeous 3 level in the Mullan Road area! Only 249,950 VIRTUAL TOUR: http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=409738Brick 2.Rancer in beautiful Hamblen neighborhood! 4 bd. 3 bath AMAZING! 324,950 VIRTUAL TOUR: http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=418194 3. Classic Rancher just one block to Hamblen school! Solid granite kitchen, stunning remodel! 274,950 VIRTUAL TOUR : http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=409759
Relax by this easy care dipping pool with park like surroundings in your private back yard!
Would you like more information on this beautiful home? visit www.BethAnnHomes.com BethAnn 509-362-4607 VIRTUAL TOUR! http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=429029 $349,950 PRICED TO SELL 4bd 3.5 bathrooms 2 family rooms Quiet Culdesac Incredible yard, hot tub Gas FP Formal living and dining room LISTED BY BethAnn Long Tomlinson South Inc. (0 comments)
Soon my husband Bill and I will be celebrating 30 years of marriage! Could I possibly be that old?I married at 19 and Bill was 23. It was love. At least I thought I knew what love was. I have a much better idea after 30 years of marital bliss...ters.June 17th 1978, we had a dream wedding outdoors at the Bozarth Mansion here in Spokane Wa. A large wedding in the garden of this enchanting place.
Looking back, how could I have imagined what life would bring? The death of both Bills parents, my diagnosis with thyroid cancer, 5 (3 comments)
Buying a home can be a fairly quick procsess or in many cases, can be somewhat exhaustive for both the agent and buyers. But once all is said and done, and you are settled in your new place, it's all worth it! Working with buyers is a very rewarding experience! There's no place like home... ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Anyone thinking of buying or selling their home should seriously consider using BethAnn Long. Being new to Spokane I had no idea what to expect from the housing market here. She spent time educating my wife and I on what to expect, came up (3 comments)
MAY 2008 SPOKANE WA REALESTATE MARKET REPORT FROM THE SPOKANE ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: May sales were up 10.9% over April as sales continue an upward trend. There were 489 sales reported in May compared to 441 reported in April. The average sales price was up 1.3% from April. May's average sales price was $206,284 while the median sales price was $183,000. Year to date sales continue to run behind last year. Through May there have been 1,803 closed sales reported. The average sales price through May stands at $202,626 down 2.6% from the same period last year while the median (0 comments)
Historical Milk Bottle Buildings! - 06/05/08 04:53 PM
It may seem silly, but I think it is really cool, that according to what I have been told, there are 3 historical milk bottle buildings in the United States, and two of them are here in Spokane! This buidling is located on Garland Street in North Spokane,Wa. There is a resteraunt here that serves great milkshakes!
The other one is downtown, and has a business in it.
These buildings are obviously unique so I thought you might like to see them! Jusr a snipet of Spokane history. BethAnn vsisit my web site: www.BethAnnHomes.com (1 comments)
SELLING YOUR HOUSE is not as easy at it sounds...I have been a seller many times, and as a realtor I have been involved with all kinds of "situations" when folks have their home for sale. With all of the thought, time, preparation, blood, sweat. and tears that go into deciding wether or not to sell, getting the home ready, choosing an agent...It's amazing anyone ever moves. I am getting tired just thinking about it! Lets face it, this taxes us on every level. It's exhasuting, It's exciting, it's motivating, it's depressing, it's invasive, it's exhilarating, it's demanding, (3 comments)
A much better question to ask yourself may be... Why NOT Spokane, Wa.? Spokane, Wa. was featured in FORBES.COM in 2008 as the 9th best place to start a new business! (Read on...http://www.forbes.com/business/forbes/2008/0407/097.html ) Spokane has had a stable real estate market since the 1950's! (Ward, June?) Spokane is a beautiful place with lots to do both outdoors and otherwise.(www.visitspokane.com) Spokane has great resteraunts and shopping! www.experiencespokane.com Spokane is the home of incredible sporting events such as BLOOMSDAY (www.bloomsdayrun.org) the worlds largest timed footrace! and HOOPFEST the worlds largest BasketBall 3 on 3 (http://www.spokanehoopfest.net/site/) Spokane is the (0 comments)
Famous People from Spokane, Wa. - 06/02/08 10:38 PM
Here in Spokane, WA. we have turned out some downright amazing people! Here are a few you may or may not heard of!
Bing Crosby was from Spokane, and was a friend of my grandfathers when he attended Gonzaga University. Yes, one of thr worlds best entertainers was from Spokane!
Julia Sweney, comedian best known for her Saturday Night Live performances, was born in my home town the same year as I was!
Patrice Munsel a well known Opera Singer
John Roskelley, famous mountain climber who grew up in the same neighborhood as my husband. His (12 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.