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
Making The Grade - 09/29/10 02:20 PM
I would like to welcome you to an evaluation. Oh, I know. You weren’t quite ready for this. You didn’t come here thinking someone was going to grade you. But you’re here. And I am. You get an “A” grade for that smile. You always greet people with a smiling and happy face. (Right?) You are cheerful and that rubs off on clients. Makes them feel comfortable. Excellent job. You make eye contact, too. (Open your eyes.) That is very good. It shows you’re engaged and care. You get an “A” for eye contact, too. (That’s 2 “A’s” so far.) Phone (1 comments)
What If You Lost It All? (Social Media Meltdown) - 09/27/10 12:43 PM
What if you woke up one morning, turned on your computer, opened up your browser only to find you had no visitors to your blog or comments. (They couldn’t comment. They didn’t come.) Oh no. Then you went on over to Twitter to see your @ replies and, sure enough, no replies there either. And no retweets. And no direct messages. (That last one isn’t so bad. We all hate those auto DM's.) “Well, at least there’s still Facebook,” you think to yourself. And off you go. But there it’s the same story. No writings on your wall. No friend requests. (1 comments)
Mother Lode Real Estate "Must Reads" for September - 09/23/10 05:26 PM
This blog post is the next in a continuing monthly series where I'll pass on some information of interest that you may not get the opportunity to see otherwise. (Links to the other 22 posts in this series at the end of this one.) It won't take long for you to check out the three articles and one free download covering real estate and more. Best Chance To Sell Your Home Is The First 5 Days on Market by Tom Royce. A New Zealand study reminds us what we already know. Pricing a home right from the get go is the (1 comments)
A "Mouse" of a Dream - 09/21/10 02:11 PM
"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse." I'll tell you who said that in just a moment (just in case you don't figure it out). But before that ~ We never really know what's gonna work, do we? We never really know what's gonna be the breakthrough idea (versus wrong). We never really know how something's gonna pan out over the weeks and months ahead of the choices we're making today. "How about a mouse?" we say. "That's crazy." And we sleep on it. And we wake up (0 comments)
Test Your Knowledge of Real Estate Terms (1st Edition) - 09/20/10 12:47 PM
Click on each term to see if you're right. (All answers below.) (1) True or False. Deed. "A written instrument which when properly executed (signed) and delivered (accepted) conveys title to real property from one party to another." (2) True or False. Maturity. "A state of being that a person achieves when they've been in the business for 5 years." (3) True or False. Elasticity. "Character trait of a real estate professional who gives in to every client's whim." (To read the final seven statements and view the answers of this test, click HERE.) (0 comments)
Calaveras County Residential Sales Stats - 09/20/10 12:31 PM
I've got the latest Lake Tulloch / Copperopolis area residential sales statistics for you to see in four clickable graphs. As usual, the first three graphs cover three years including 2008, 2009 and 2010. The first graph spells out the Residential Unit Sales. The second graph highlights Residential Sales Volume. And the third graph shows Residential Average Sales Price. And finally, the fourth graph focuses on the price range breakdown of Residential Units Sold through September 17, 2010. Before you click on the graphs, here are some of the numbers in simple black and white... Total Residential Unit Sales: Aug 2010 (0 comments)
Stuck On Stupid - 09/15/10 12:26 PM
Estupido. Dur. Dumm. Wajinga. Stupid. (Spanish. Irish. German. Swahili. English.) No matter how you say / slice it, we've all done stupid things before. (It happens.) But some of us become paralyzed by our "stupid-ness". (Ya think?) Some of us have a harder time getting over it / letting go. (Is it you?) Some of us fall in a ditch and can't get out. (Our minds don't let us. It's like a prison.) You can help someone who's in this mess to be free. Here's how: If the stupid they did was against or included you, forgive them. "Oh, but you (0 comments)
Just Have Fun With It - 09/13/10 02:05 PM
Do you like what you do? I'm talking about your career, your job, your primary focus day in and day out (whatever it is) ~ 8 to 5. (Does anyone work those hours anymore?) I bring this up because so many of us, we just hate what we're doing (frank quitely). Maybe "hate" is too strong a word. Maybe I should have used "endure" or "settle for" or "put up with." So many of us just "go through the motions." That's another way of saying it. (Do you think it's true? Or am I way out of line?) And what if (3 comments)
Not Taxed Enough? (guest post) - 09/09/10 01:49 PM
Not one of these taxes (see below) existed one hundred years ago and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no National Debt and the largest middle class in the world. Moms stayed home to raise the kids. We were also a common Law country. 48 Different Taxes: 1. Sales tax 2. Hotel tax 3. School tax 4. Liquor tax 5. Luxury tax 6. Excise tax 7. Property tax 8. Cigarette tax 9. Medicare tax 10. Inventory tax 11. Car rental tax 12. Real estate tax 13. Well permit tax 14. Fuel permit tax 15. Inheritance (0 comments)
How Not To Be A Jerk (33 Don'ts) - 09/07/10 02:02 PM
All of us don't much like jerks. But sometimes we are one? (Bad English?!) If you're a part of the human race there will be times where you do "jerky" things. That's what I meant. (And I'm not talking about eating dried out beef sticks.) And I guess the goal is to become less and less "jerky." (If we want any friends, it is.) It's this kind of thinking that's given birth to the following list. And if you're wondering how I could come up with so many "don'ts", maybe it's because I'm familiar with some of these from a personal (0 comments)
Mother Lode Area Real Estate Stats - 09/03/10 12:03 PM
I've got the latest Mother Lode market numbers for you to look at today. To begin with, you'll notice the overall sales picture including all sales classes. CLICK HERE to view August 2010 compared to August 2009. CLICK HERE to view January-August 2010 compared to January-August 2009. You'll also want to notice the graphs including the Mother Lode Residential Unit Sales through August 2010 graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 1 on the above left) along with the Mother Lode Residential Volume Sales graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 2 on the right) and the Mother Lode (0 comments)
The Case "For" Home Ownership - 09/01/10 12:35 PM
Let's just say you wanted to persuade someone that owning a home was a bad thing and renting was better/best. What would you do? Well, if you were a writer for Time Magazine you might write an article using phrases like: "Homeownership has let us down," "the dark side of homeownership," "[t]he inflexibility that pervasive homeownership brings," "[s]ince the benefits to society of owning a home are hazy," "What is perhaps the worst side of the homeownership fetish is dark indeed," etc. These are just a few of Barbara Kiviat's words in her Time Magazine article entitled (click title to read): (0 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.