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
Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Real Estate New Year’s Eve - 12/31/08 06:44 PM
Ok, Dick Clark is not hosting this blog... and there's no music or dancing so it's really not rockin' either... but this is the Omaha Real Estate Blog and it is New Year's Eve! I would like to wish all of my clients both past and present a joyous New Year's Eve and a prosperous 2009. As the clock counts down tonight I hope you have a loved one close by to kiss at the stroke of midnight.
Troy Trumm, Trumm Team - Omaha, NE Omaha Homes For Sale Omaha Real Estate (1 comments)
Omaha Real Estate Blog Monthly Review - 12/30/08 10:07 AM
For those of you that weren't able to keep up with my blog with all of the holiday festivities, here is a review of some of the more notable blog posts in December. e-Pro Designation - This month I earned my e-Pro designation. What is an Appraisal? - Covers the basics of what an appraisal is. Appraisals are Getting Tougher as the Omaha Real Estate Market Declines - Declining sales are causing homes to appraise for less. Real Estate Licensing Fee Raised to $10,000 a Year - It wasn't really raised to $10k a year, but it should be. Omaha New Construction Real Estate Market - (0 comments)
One Man Wins Fight over Property Assessment - 12/29/08 03:43 PM
In spite of the fact that the Douglas County Assessor's Office has agreed to a home valuation of $210,000, Troy Hodge is still waiting for the hassle to finally be over. For the past four years, he has won appeals at the County Board and the state for the $210,000 valuation only to have the Assessor set a higher rate. Roger Morrissey, Douglas County Assessor said the values often rise after appeals because the property values have to reflect the true market value of sales. Because of the amount of time between the appeal process and the inspection, home values can (0 comments)
e-Pro Designation - 12/28/08 11:46 AM
As the real estate market continues to change and marketing practices evolve, I too must change and evolve. Part of staying current is through ongoing education. I recently received my e-Pro Designation. The e-Pro certification course is a comprehensive education on how cutting-edge technologies can be applied to the real estate industry to sell homes faster and provide clients with the best service possible. Some of the topics covered include email marketing, Internet marketing, website design, and creating and developing an online presence. I am excited by how this new knowledge will benefit my business and my clients here in Omaha. (0 comments)
HOPE Program Hopes to Help Homeowners that are behind on Mortgages - 12/27/08 01:32 PM
There is literally HOPE for homeowners worried about defaulting on their mortgages. HOPE is a program created by Congress that lowers monthly payments by refinancing mortgages and extending the mortgage out to 30 and 40 years. The mortgages would be at fixed-rates and the program is aimed at keeping homeowners in their homes. The program started on October 1, 2008 and will continue until September 30, 2011. Information is available through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Also, homeowners can obtain eligibility requirements by contacting their existing lender or a new lender. All mortgages must have existed before January 1, 2008 and (0 comments)
My Real Estate Christmas Wish List (a day late) - 12/26/08 01:12 PM
Here is my Christmas wish list. Of course it is a day late but maybe Santa can save the list for next year. In addition to peace on earth, I would like: To go all of Christmas day without a phone call. Agents to read the agent remarks so they know to call the showing desk rather than me to schedule showings. Agents to let me know when I schedule a showing if there is a combination lockbox instead of an electronic one, and if so what the combination is. Agents to respond to my requests for feedback after they show a (0 comments)
With the Decline of the Real Estate Values in Omaha Appraisers are Getting Tougher - 12/24/08 01:50 PM
Appraisers are Getting Tougher As real estate values have slipped the last few years and with lenders tightening their standards for writing mortgages, appraisals have become much more stringent. If you are not familiar with the basics of an appraisal, check out What is an Appraisal? In the heyday of real estate appreciation, and by that I mean 2005 and the several years prior, nearly every house appraised for more than it sold for. At that time lenders did not scrutinize appraisals as they do now; after all since property values could only appreciate, or so people thought, why would anyone (0 comments)
Nebraska Astronaut Going back into Space - 12/23/08 11:10 AM
Nebraska's very own astronaut, Clay Anderson, was surprised to learn that he is scheduled to go on another space flight in March of 2010. Since he spent five months aboard the International Space Station last year, he figured that he would not be scheduled for another flight for quite awhile. In fact, when he was recently summoned to the Johnson Space Center, he thought he had done something wrong. Anderson was Nebraska's first astronaut launched into space and he spent most of the five months aboard the International Space Station. His next mission will only last 12 days. He will dock (0 comments)
Four Omaha Teachers Receive Grants for Innovative Ideas - 12/22/08 10:01 AM
Four area teachers each received $10,000 for the innovative ideas they submitted to the Quest Foundation. The money was awarded with the intention that it will be used for classroom technology to help them implement their ideas. The teachers are from Omaha, Millard, Ralston, and Plattsmouth. The grants were presented by the Nebraska Department of Education and the Quest Foundation on Wednesday to the four surprised teachers. The new technology will be for handheld systems and multimedia software for reading comprehension (Millard's Willa Cather Core Academy program), science documentaries of service learning projects (Omaha's Morton Middle school), electronic tools to improve (0 comments)
What is an Appraisal? - 12/21/08 03:54 PM
I think everyone knows the basics of what an appraisal is. But do you know why it is done or how the appraised value is reached? An appraisal is a report produced by a licensed appraiser to establish the fair market value of a property. The appraisal is paid for by the buyer but is done to protect the lender. Lenders of course don't want to loan more money on a property than it is reasonably worth (the appraised value). If a property does not appraise for the agreed upon purchase price or more, then the buyer will have to make (0 comments)
New EKG Technology Saving Lives in Omaha - 12/21/08 01:08 PM
The Metro area is using interesting technology that saves time in getting medical help to heart attack patients before they even get to the hospital. The technology is called a "12-lead EKG" which transmits information by cell phone directly to the emergency room. So, when the patient arrives at the emergency room, the cardiac staff is ready for heart catheterization and the appropriate care necessary to prevent further damage to the heart muscle. The EKG is called a 12-lead because it sends 12 views of the heart to the cardiac staff. In order to utilize the 12-lead EKG, a person suffering (0 comments)
Brad Andersohn Seminar in Omaha - 12/21/08 09:32 AM
Brad Andersohn of Active Rain will be giving a seminar in Omaha, NE on 1/15/09. It will be hosted at the Omaha Area Board of Realtors Education Center. The subject he will cover is Maximizing Your Online Presence. It will touch on blogging, social networking, search engine optimization, and of course the importance of the Active Rain real estate community. The five hour seminar is $25 and will include lunch.
Troy Trumm, Trumm Team - Omaha, NE Omaha Homes For Sale Omaha Real Estate (2 comments)
Creighton Students among Finalists in Google's Juicy Ideas Competition - 12/20/08 09:04 PM
Three Creighton University students accepted the Google challenge hoping they will win a trip to Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. The challenge by Google was called the Juicy Ideas Competition in which students were to find a productive use for items normally regarded as trash. The creative idea was to be submitted within ten days on YouTube. This challenge was available to students in the five regions where Google has data centers. The three Creighton students, Michael Mahoney, Joy Schafer, and Christopher Tooker took first place in the Iowa region for their design of a coat insulated with shredded plastic. (0 comments)
Unique Punishment for Juvenile Shoplifters - 12/17/08 03:03 PM
It appears that the recent shoplifting incident at Dollar General by two Gering, Nebraska brothers, ages 12 and 15, has drawn the attention of John Rosemond, family psychologist. (Article in the Omaha World Herald on December 16, 2008) The story got his attention, not for what the boys did, but for how their parents handled the situation. Both boys were required to stand outside of Dollar General with large poster-size signs that stated they were caught shoplifting at the store and that they would never shoplift again. The signs also added that both stealing and lying are wrong. According to Rosemond, (1 comments)
Christmas Shopping for Blind Childer in Omaha - 12/16/08 01:51 PM
High school students helped spread the Christmas spirit by volunteering for the Nebraska Foundation for Visually Impaired Children and helping visually impaired children do their Christmas shopping. On Sunday, December 14, about 150 children were each given $100 to spend as they wished and they were then paired with high school students who assisted them in shopping at Westroads Mall. The children bought gifts for their families, friends, and themselves. The event allowed the children to make purchases that would be a surprise to their family and allowed them to have their own unique, special holiday fun. Following the shopping spree, (0 comments)
Real Estate Licensing Fee Raised to $10,000 a Year - 12/14/08 09:18 AM
Currently the cost of maintaining a real estate license in Nebraska is minimal. The costs include: Omaha Area Board of Realtors® (OABR) dues $475/year Nebraska Realtors Association $90/year Great Plains Multiple Listing Service dues $30/month Errors and Omissions Insurance $135/year eKey for GE Supra lockboxes $15/month The OABR and National Association of Realtors® (NAR) go to great lengths to keep these costs down so that membership is affordable. In my opinion, that this is entirely the wrong thing to do. Getting and keeping a real estate license shouldn't be easy. People depend on their Realtor® to assist them with one of (3 comments)
Chip Davis Donation to the Military - 12/12/08 01:23 PM
Chip Davis of Omaha was recognized by the Pentagon on December 10th for his support of the military. The proceedings took place at the Pentagon with Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England present. Not only has Davis shown his support of the military in the past, he is endorsing the campaign "A Million Reasons to Be Thankful" which is donating a million CDs to the military and the Veteran' hospitals throughout the country. Our own Offutt Air Force Base and the Nebraska National Guard will be among the recipients. All of the CDs should be distributed by Christmas. Chip Davis lives North of (0 comments)
A New Home for the Omaha Royals? - 12/11/08 05:42 PM
Sarpy County gets closer to having the Royals play ball in their ballpark. For the past few months, there has been interest on the part of the Royals in Sarpy County. This interest developed once plans were made in Omaha to build a large stadium for the College World Series. On Tuesday that deal took a giant step as the Sarpy County Board voted 5-0 to sign a memorandum of intent with the Royals. Both parties will work together over the next hundred days to work out a deal. During that time, the Royals will only deal with Sarpy County. Currently (0 comments)
I'd like to thank Kelly Gitt at Gitt Real Estate - 12/09/08 01:00 PM
Kelly represented the buyer on the sale of my listing at 18679 V St in the Coyote Run subdivision of Omaha. Working with a good agent makes my job much easier. Kelly did a great job and made the sale very smooth. Kelly made this a smooth transaction and I hope we can do busines again in the future. Trumm Team - Alliance Real Estate, Omaha, NE Your Home Sold within 120 Days or I will Buy It! (0 comments)
Von Maur Shooting in Omaha Remembered - 12/08/08 10:10 AM
A community touched by tragedy one year ago stopped to remember and pay respect. The Westroads shopping center where eight people were killed was a year ago. Six of the victims were Von Maur employees. On Friday, December 5, a large crowd gathered outside of the Von Maur store for a planned remembrance. The crowd was comprised of Von Maur employees, customers, police officers, and citizens lending support. The president of Von Maur, Jim Von Maur, remembered each of the victims by name and spoke briefly to the crowd. His words were followed by silence for reflection and remembrance of the (0 comments)
Troy Trumm - Trumm Team Omaha Homes For Sale Omaha Real Estate (1 comments)
Omaha MLS absorbs Fremont MLS - 12/07/08 11:15 AM
On November 28, 2008 Fremont MLS was merged into the Omaha Area Board of Realtors' Great Plains MLS. As a result the Omaha MLS will now cover a much broader area of Eastern Nebraska. I would like to welcome all of the Realtors in Fremont to our MLS. I hope this will create more sales opportunities for everyone and benefit our clients with greater exposure resulting in quicker sales.
Trumm Team - Omaha, NE Omaha Homes For Sale Omaha Real Estate (1 comments)
Omaha Day Shelter for the Homeless - 12/06/08 12:45 PM
Until a permanent facility is available, Omaha's homeless people will have a day shelter in a renovated construction warehouse. It is anticipated that a permanent facility will be available in about two years. The shelter opened on Monday, December 1 as part of the Siena-Francis House and will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will have the capacity to help 160 people. In addition to services for basic care, such as showers and bath tubs, the day care will have case managers, social workers, and staff trained in drug and alcohol counseling. There will be an employment (0 comments)
Omaha Real Estate Market – November, 2008 - 12/04/08 01:51 PM
Now that November is over we can take a look at the statistics for the month of how many homes in Omaha are selling and how many there are left to sell. If you look back at the numbers for October - Omaha Real Estate Market - October, 2008 - you'll see that the rate of sales is relatively unchanged and we still have over a 12 month supply of homes for sale. Normally sales slow significantly during December as people are more focused on the holidays but this might be slightly offset by the recent drops in interest rates. * (1 comments)
I want to thank Kelly Hatfield at CBS Home - 12/03/08 04:52 PM
Kelly assisted with the sale of my listing at 15902 U St in the Autumn Grove subdivision by representing the buyer. It takes more than comprehensive marketing and outstanding service to sell a home. It also requires a competent agent on the other side of the sale. Kelly did a great job. She was a pleasure to work with and I hope we can do business again. Trumm Team - Alliance Real Estate, Omaha, NE Your Home Sold within 120 Days or I will Buy It! (0 comments)
Omaha Police and Open Door Mission Provide Kids with Shopping Spree - 12/03/08 01:38 PM
It may not have been Santa and his sleigh, but a police cruiser and a cop served the same purpose for 51 children. The homeless shelter and the police union worked together to provide a fun Christmas shopping spree for children from the Open Door Mission. This is the eighth year for the outing. Each child received a gift card in the amount of $150.00 to be spent at specified Wal-Mart stores. The money was from the Wal-Mart Foundation and funds raised by the police softball tournament. The children were paired with officers who used their free time or vacation time (1 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.