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
However, every year, here in the Valley of the Sun, we get "no burn" days, when we are not allowed to burn wood in our fireplaces. Supposedly, because of the "mountains" surrounding our HUGE valley, the soot and pollution caused by the burning logs is extremely BAD and cannot escape over those huge large tall mountains hills. It causes too (15 comments)
Tuesday Tickler - with age comes wisdom - 11/23/10 01:54 AM
One day an old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.The old German Shepherd thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in trouble now!" Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder, if there are any more around here?"Hearing this, the young panther halts (18 comments)
Cave Creek homes for sale - Tatum Ranch; golf course community in Cave Creek - 11/22/10 04:39 PM
TATUM RANCH in Cave Creek, Arizona is a wonderful subdivision. Located just minutes north of the expressways and the quaint western downtown area of Cave Creek, you're sure to find just the home you're looking for. There are gated neighborhoods for additional security, homes on the golf course, patio homes, and homes on up to an acre lot. The sizes range from 1190SF to 3800SF and are currently priced from $114,900 to $419,000. Tatum_Ranch_11/22/2010_active listings
For your private viewing of any of these great homes in Tatum Ranch or any of area homes in Cave Creek, AZ, email or call (8 comments)
Tatum Highlands homes for sale; Phoenix real estate; Cave Creek real estate - 11/22/10 04:25 PM
Tatum Highlands in Phoenix and Cave Creek, Az offers a wide variety of homes for sale. Ranging in SF from 1285 to 3165 and priced from $185,000 to $354,900, it's no wonder the active listings are at a low of only 20 homes actively listed. Located just north of the expressways and all amenities such as Desert Ridge, you'll love this great neighborhood for it's location and the amenities, such as a huge community park. Tatum_Highlands_11/22/2010_active_listings
For your personal viewing of any of these great homes, email or call me. If you'd like to list your home, I'll (3 comments)
If you're looking for a gated community near all amenities, call me for your private viewing of the active listings in this great neighborhood. If you'd like to list your home in Dove Valley, email or call me. Homes are selling very quickly in this subdivision and, with only 27 active listings in the entire subdivision, the competition is (1 comments)
Saguaro Highlands homes for sale - Scottsdale real estate - 11/22/10 01:44 PM
Saguaro Highlands located just west of Scottsdale Rd off Dynamite, current inventory is remaining constant with 4 active listings. If you're looking for the security of a gated community along with well built homes on 1/2 acre or larger lots, you'll probably want to check out Saguaro Highlands in north Scottsdale, AZ.
Saguaro_Highlands_11/22/2010 If you would like a private tour of any of these great homes or any of the available homes in the north Scottsdale area, email or call me. If you want to list your home and have it featured here and on other major websites - call me for a (3 comments)
Sunday snicker - 11/21/10 02:18 PM
Sick Leave I urgently needed a few days off work, but, I knew the Boss would not allow me to take leave.I thought that maybe if I acted 'Crazy' then he would tell me to take a few days off.So I hung upside-down on the ceiling and made funny noises.My co-worker asked me what I was doing.I told her that I was pretending to be a light bulb so that the Boss might think I was 'Crazy' and give me a few days off.A few minutes later the Boss came into the office and asked, 'What in the name of good (12 comments)
Since all home inspectors must be certified, is the home inspection paid by the seller transferable to the potential buyer? Is it an actual incentive to be able to say in MLS: home has been professionally inspected and all items of concern corrected? What happens if the home buyer insists on his/her/their own inspector who comes up with some "major" items needing correction that (79 comments)
A poignant story - 11/16/10 09:19 PM
The Sneeze They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt. Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears. This class would NOT pray during the commencements, not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it.
The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked (8 comments)
Cave Creek homes for sale - Tatum Ranch - 11/15/10 02:24 PM
TATUM RANCH in Cave Creek, Arizona, is a great subdivision offering a wide variety of homes sure to meet your southwestern lifestyle. Whether you're looking for a second home to escape the cold or a family home within one of the top rated school districts in this state, you're sure to find just the right home in this wonderful neighborhood. With prices ranging from $123,750 to $419,000 and homes ranging in size from 1190SF to 3730SF, the 72 active listings will certainly have the right home to fit your needs. TatumRanch-11/15/2010
For your (3 comments)
Phoenix homes for sale - Tatum Highlands - 11/15/10 02:06 PM
Since last week's blog, 5 more homes have gone to contract in TATUM HIGHLANDS in Phoenix and Cave Creek, Arizona. Why? Because it's conveniently located near all amenities and expressways and is a great subdivision. Not to mention that the prices are very attractive right now. TatumHighlands-11/15/2010
Priced from $185,000 to $354,900 with sizes from 1285 SF to 3165SF, you're sure to find the right home to fit your lifestyle. Located just 2 miles north of Desert Ridge and the expressways, this conveniently located subdivision has much to offer. For your personal viewing of any of these (0 comments)
Saguaro Highlands - Scottsdale homes for sale - 11/15/10 01:10 PM
SAGUARO HIGHLANDS in north Scottsdale, AZ is experiencing an all time low of currently listed homes for sale. I'm sure it's due to the wonderful, gated community and the quality homes on 1/2 acre to 1.5 acre homesites not to mention it's great, convenient location. SaguaroHighlands-11/15/2010
With homes ranging from 3469 SF to 3809SF, you'll love these homes and the great views they offer. Located just minutes from the expressways, Desert Ridge and the historic western town of Cave Creek, our area has so much to offer. For your personal tour of these great homes or any of the neighboring homes, (5 comments)
Things to do in Scottsdale, AZ - 11/15/10 11:28 AM
Since we're known for our beautiful weather, I'm blogging this week about great things to do outside. One way to spend a fall afternoon is to go to the Borgata of Scottsdale shopping center, enjoy shopping and dining, then relax at the outdoor market and enjoy the live concent series on Fridays - a perfect way to end the week.
This year's line up of local groups: 11/19/10 OTIS & THE BEAT/Variety covers 11/26/10 LYN JACKSON/Classic to current hits 12/03/10 RAVE /Variety 12/10/10 CHUCK E BABY/Blues, Jazz, Rock 12/17/10 OTIS & THE BEAT/Variety covers 12/31/10 PETE PANCRAZI/Jazz
Located (3 comments)
Things to do in Scottsdale, AZ - 11/15/10 11:09 AM
Have you ever wanted to "get away from it all?" How about escaping in a hot air balloon and soaring over our magnificent Arizona Desert!! Hot Air Expeditions offers great hot air balloon trips throughout the Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ area. After your great trip, they'll even arrange for a gourmet picnic. Take the sunrise flight with champagne breakfast or the sunset flight with hors d'oeuvres.
Contact Hot Air Expeditions to schedule your get away. http://www.hotairexpeditions.com/
ZooLights When the sun sets and the animals go to sleep, the Phoenix Zoo magically transforms into a wonderful display of holiday lightswiht over 3.5 million lights and more than 500 custom made animal and nature light sculptures. The atmosphere is fun and inviting and the kids will have a blast. The perfect weather in the evenings makes this a must see event in the valley. Tickets are $10 and kids 2 and under are free. Check out their site for a great video highlighting the event
Things to do in Scottsdale, AZ - 11/15/10 10:20 AM
As the weather starts to cool off, the events in Scottsdale, AZ, start to heat up. Here are just a couple of the great, upcoming events: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Experience the magic of Dr. Suess classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage! Featuring the songs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," this heart-warming holiday classic shows how the Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for. Saturday and Sunday matinees, as well as evening performances, are idea for kids of all ages. Priced from $23.50 to $71,50 Located at ASU (3 comments)
Speechless Sundays ~ it's all about perception - 11/14/10 06:26 PM
A reminder of things to come for many of you!! Comments have been disabled. If you would like to leave a comment, please go to the original blog from Leolinda Bowers.
Via Sun City Grand Real Estate Surprise AZ Leolinda Bowers,MBA,CRS,Associate Broker (Ken Meade Realty): I good friend of mine took this picture while in Scipio, Utah last week.
On the same day I took this picture in Surprise Arizona as I drove past Cimarron Golf Course in Sun City Grand.
If you are thinking about a winter residence, consider Surprise Arizona and its numerous retirement communities. Subscribe to my Blog (0 comments)
Pay it Forward - Tis the Season for Crabs! - 11/14/10 06:18 PM
Another reminder about the power of giving. This is a great post by Kathleen Daniels. Comments have been disabled. If you'd like to leave comments, please go to the original post.
Via Kathleen Daniels, CDPE, CHS, RDCPro (San Jose Real Estate ): Pay it Forward - Tis the Season for Crabs! My brother and two nephews were crab fishing all last week. The drove from San Diego with boat in tow to participate in the opening of crab season. They got up at 4am every day and drove to Pillar Point Harbor near Half Moon Bay. Each morning they would (0 comments)
Pay it Forward With a Little Color! - 11/14/10 06:13 PM
I caught this blog by Joni Staples and it reminded me to do something nice for someone - to really make their day. Thanks, Joni. Comments have been disabled - if you want to leave a comment, please go to the original blog.
Via Joni Staples Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (Joni knows Lake Livingston! 935-650-9017): Today TPM (The Princess Mama) and I paid it forward with a little color at Ella Smither in Huntsville. After reading Cinnamon's blog, You Can Make a Difference, I was reminded that I have not been to see my girlfriends at Ella in too (0 comments)
Odd Google searches - 11/14/10 11:33 AM
Yesterday, I was checking my blogs on google and bing to see where they're placing. Not bad - 4th on one page and 5th on the other. So, then I decided to google my name. Not my married name of 23 years, but my maiden name: Juli Storms. Imagine my surprise when Julie (with an "e") Storms came up and she's a Realtor® in the Atlanta area. And, get this, she specializes in horse properties, just like I do. So, I sent her an email. Today, I got a response back and she, too, thought the whole thing was great. However, (20 comments)
What is this? - 11/14/10 12:37 AM
I was letting my puppies out for their last trip for the night and this fellow was on the patio. It's nothing I've seen before (and don't really care to see again.) Does anyone know what it is?
It looks like some type of beetle? I just don't know bugs and don't really want to know them, LOL.
Twice a year, Fountain Hills, Arizona holds this AMAZING arts and crafts festival. It's this weekend, November 13th and 14th and is such a GREAT event. With over 500 vendors, it's a great time to kick off your holiday shopping. Or, if you're in the market for home decor, you're sure to find just that right thing for your bare walls or your patio. There's also great entertainers and plenty of FOOD!!! Best of all - it's FREE. So, head on out to Fountain Hills, walk around and see some really great artists and enjoy our beautiful weather. I'm (6 comments)
A cancer survival kit - 11/10/10 11:06 PM
Recently, one of my dearest friends was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She's only 33 with two young boys aged 8 and 5. The ordeal she's going through is brutal, but she's staying strong. Another good friend of mine, a breast cancer survivor and a nurse, put together a package she used to hand out to all of her breast cancer patients. I've put this into a blog because it's a small thing we can do to help our loved ones through this struggle. Maybe you can use it for someone you know.
A stick of (36 comments)
Cave Creek real estate - Dove Valley Ranch - 11/08/10 04:48 PM
If you're looking for a great neighborhood to call home, check out DOVE VALLEY RANCH in Cave Creek, AZ. Located within gated communities, this area offers security and a great location near all activities and expressways. Located within the highly rated Cave Creek/Carefree school district, a short drive to the quaint historic town of Cave Creek and great desert activities such as horse back riding and hiking trails, you're sure to find just the right home to fit your lifestyle in this great neighborhood. DoveValleyRanch-11/8/2010 The link above will take you to the most recent inventory in this wonderful town. (9 comments)
Cave Creek, AZ homes for sale - Tatum Ranch - 11/08/10 04:13 PM
TATAM RANCH in Cave Creek, Arizona is a wonderful community located within one of the highest ranked school districts in the state of Arizona. With homes priced from $123,750 to $459,777 and ranging in SF from 1190 to 3800, you're sure to find a home that fits your lifestyle. There are some gated neighborhoods ideal for the second homeowner or anyone wanting additional security. Located just minutes north of the expressways and all shopping as well a the quaint old west town of Cave Creek, you'll find plenty of things to do within a very short drive. There are community (1 comments)
Phoenix/Cave Creek AZ real estate - Tatum Highlands - 11/08/10 03:46 PM
TATUM HIGHLANDS in north Phoenix and Cave Creek, AZ, is a great subdivision of newer homes built in the 1990's to early 2000's. Located just minutes from the expressways and Desert Ridge mall, you'll love the convenient location but can enjoy our beautiful starry nights as well. The current market trend of this popular subdivision has actually INCREASED 2.6% since the first of the year and average days on the market is a low 85 days - showing just how popular this area is. There are 20 active listings and 18 homes pending sale in this great community. For the (3 comments)
Scottsdale, AZ homes for sale: Saguaro Highlands - 11/08/10 01:17 PM
This past week saw another home sell and close in the great gated community of SAGUARO HIGHLANDS in north Scottsdale, AZ. Conveniently located just 4 miles north of the expressways, this neighborhood of homes on 1/2 acre plus sized lots is an awesome place. The current availability of homes on the market range from 3469 SF to 3809 SF and prices haven't been this low since the homes were originally built. For the available homes listed for sale for the week of 11/8/2010, please click on the link: SaguaroHighlands
For your private viewing of these fine homes or any (0 comments)
Calling all computer savvy people............your help, please - 11/04/10 10:44 PM
On Monday, my HP 6500 all in one printer died. I tried their online support guidelines and their AWESOME on-line email/live chat feature. Unfortunately, nothing worked and we're having to play taps over this printer. Then, the nightmare happened - they called and offered me this "screaming" deal with rebates and such - too good to be true - it was. They sent me a refurbished piece of caca that didn't even get past the set up stage. So, I went back to their "awesome" on line "instant chat" website. Told them the problem, they walked me through a couple of steps (15 comments)
Improving Arizona real estate market - 11/03/10 02:11 AM
Many of you know I do a lot of BPO's - broker priced opinions - in which I give the banks an "opinion" on what a home will currently sell for. Yesterday and today, November 1st and 2nd, 2010, I did sixe different subdivision in which the values were APPRECIATING!!! While some were as slight at 2.1%, one area in Mesa, Arizona, was up 7.2% over last year's figures. I literally had to redo the search because I didn't believe it - but it was true!!! There are strong signs of improvement in the Maricopa, Arizona market - one of the (8 comments)
Today's vote - 11/2/2010 - 11/03/10 12:24 AM
I really meant to send in that early ballot - honestly!!! It was on my desk right in front of my computer. But........didn't get to it. So, I trotted off to the polls today and saw two really amazing things. A minivan pulled up and two people got out of the front seats. They went around to the side door and helped out two meticulously dressed and coifed elderly ladies. Both were blind. So, I held the doors to the building and watched as these regal ladies. holding their heads up high, entered into the polling place. They were escorted up (16 comments)
I hope you'll vote tomorrow/Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 - 11/01/10 09:17 PM
It's election time again. This is a plea for your VOTE!!!!! If like me, you forgot to send in your early ballot (it was sitting on my desk - I really meant to get to it,) then PLEASE, get to the polls. I don't really care who you vote for, (okay, I do) but if we turn out in numbers not heard of before in mid-term elections, we'll be sending the mouths that say we don't care a HUGE message. So, this blog isn't about who to vote for, but simply to VOTE. Millions have died to give us that right. (17 comments)
Cave Creek real estate, homes for sale in Cave Creek, AZ: Tatum Ranch - 11/01/10 05:56 PM
TATUM RANCH in Cave Creek, Arizona is a wonderful neighborhood. I know - I've lived here. There are 84 active listings of homes as of November 1, 2010 and they range in asking price from $124,900 to $464,000. Home sizes range from 1190 SF to 3800 SF. Located just minutes north of Desert Ridge and the expressways and a quick drive to the historic town of Cave Creek, AZ, you'll love all that this great neighborhood has to offer. For this week's current inventory, click on the link below: TatumRanch For a private viewing of any of these great homes or to list (3 comments)
Phoenix real estate - Tatum Highlands - 11/01/10 05:43 PM
I moved to this great neighborhood in 1998 and have enjoyed great neighbors along with the very convenient location. Located at Tatum Blvd and Jomax Rd just north of Desert Ridge, this community is just minutes from all activities and the expressways, but far enough away to enjoy our wonderful starry nights. There's great community parks located throughout and lots of activities for you to enjoy. With homes ranging in size from 1285SF to 3165SF and priced from $215,000 to $369,900, you're sure to find the home that fits your lifestyle. This week's inventory, November 1,2010, shows only 18 active listings (0 comments)
Scottsdale, AZ properties for sale - Saguaro Highlands - 11/01/10 05:28 PM
Saguaro Highlands, located at Scottsdale Rd and Dynamite, is a great gated community built by Toll Brothers. With lots ranging from 1/2-1.5 acres and home sizes from 3400 to over 4500 SF, you'll be sure to find a home that fits your lifestyle. Located minutes away from employment centers and the expressways, but far enough away to enjoy our wonderful starry nights, you'll love this neighborhod with tennis courts and a park. For the current inventory, click on the link. SaguaroHighlands For your personal viewing of the four active listings in this desirable neighborhood, or to list your home in Saguaro (0 comments)
Breast Cancer Awareness video and a "free donation" - 11/01/10 02:55 PM
About 136 former cheerleaders got together to do a dance routine to benefit "Susan G. Komen for the Cure" (Breast Cancer). Each time someone views the video, United Healthcare will make a donation to the Komen organization. Their goal is to get a million hits, which will lead to $100K raised. Please can you take a moment to watch the video - and, just as important, pass this link onto your network of friends, family and colleagues? It benefits a very important cause!
A friend of mine sent this to me and I thought it well worth the time (0 comments)
Monday funny - 11/01/10 02:34 PM
Mike, a smallish man, was sitting at the bar staring at his drink when a large, trouble-makingbiker steps up next to him, grabs his drink and gulps it down in one swigand menacingly says, "Thanks little man, whatcha going to do about it?" Mike burst into tears."Come on, man," the biker says, "I didn't think you'd CRY.I can‚t stand to see a man crying. What‚s your problem?""This is the worst day of my life," Mike says."I'm a complete failure.I was late to a meeting and my boss fired me.When I went to the parking lot, I found my car had been stolen (3 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.