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
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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!
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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
Want to save some money? Create a little extra room in your budget? Here is my list of 10 things that you should pay attention to and try to limit!
•1. Coffee- Spending 2-5 dollars on a cup of coffee is really going to add up. Especially for the people who go everyday or even twice a day. If you truly love coffee then I suggest making it at home or stopping at a gas station. These coffee chains are an easy way to throw your money away.
•2. Tobacco- Smoking is also another way to just throw your money away. With tobacco prices where they are today I couldn't even imagine buying a pack a day. Obviously you know that you should quit because of the health impacts but think of it as a financial decision as well. You could save a lot of money if stopped smoking.
•3. Bottled Water- I use to spend hundreds of dollars a year on bottled water. The worst part is I typically never finished a bottle. I would either end up tossing it or losing it. Then I decided to start using water bottles and a filter at home. I save so much money by doing this. Also it helps the environment now that I am not throwing away 2-3 water bottles every day.
•4. Vending Machines- Simply try to avoid vending machines. Everything in that machine is overpriced.
•5. Car Washes- I personally love getting my car washed and detailed. However getting your car washed is starting to become more expensive, and you should really start doing it yourself to save some money
•6. Work Week Lunches Out- I never plan ahead and never pack a lunch for myself. So I spend 5-10 dollars everyday paying for my lunch. I could easily avoid that cost by thinking ahead and packing myself a nice lunch. It would also be healthier for me because I am always hitting up the fast food places for my lunches.
•7. Gas- With gas prices going through the roof people should really try other forms of transportation. Whether that means carpooling or public transportation. If you really want to you could save a lot of money!
•8. Interest Charges and Late Fees- Try to avoid putting a lot of money on your credit cards, all you doing is piling up interest. Yes, I understand that credit cards are nice and can help you get something you either want or deserve. However, if you don't pay it off right away you are just throwing money away. Also avoid late fees. Most of the time late fees happen because some forgets, write yourself a note or something. 20-30 dollars in late fees could easily be spent on something else
•9. Unused Memberships- Do I even need to go into this. I know many friends who have memberships they never use, or rarely use. Even if you are in a contract you might want to look into it and see if breaking the contract would be cheaper than keeping it.
•10. Refinance your mortgage- With rates hitting all time lows for the year this is a great time to refinance your mortgage. You can either refinance so your monthly payments are lower or refinance to pay off your mortgage faster! Call me today if you're interested in hearing all the possibilities! 952.417.8481
Residential Mortgage Group ( A division of Alerus Financial)
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.