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
Wellington Events: Polo Season Starts Soon- Get Your Polo Teams Here! - 10/31/10 10:11 PM
Wellington Polo Season Starts Soon- Get Your Polo Teams Here! Wellington Florida is the Polo capital of the world. If you have not watched a game of Polo you are missing out at being a spectator at one of the most exciting sports in the world. Polo is known all over the world and played in first class venues throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia. There are many other countries that indulge in this graceful sport as well. Polo players come from all over the world to play Polo here in Wellington Florida. We have some of the best (2 comments)
Wellington Events: Palm Beach Steeplechase: Kick off the Equestrian Season with a fun, fast paced exciting event we all look forward to each year here in Wellington Florida. Saturday November 27, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thanksgiving weekend. If you have not been to a Steeplechase now is your time to go! It is a lot of fun. The Steeplechase started in Ireland in the 18th Century and is just as exciting today as it was back then for participants and spectators. There are five sanctioned races over hurdles so get your sports cameras ready. You can (23 comments)
Wellington Fl Annual Trunk Or Treat - 10/27/10 02:34 AM
Wellington Fl Annual Trunk or Treat is happening this Friday October 29, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We will be having our annual Trunk or Treat event in the parking lot of our church at the corner of Big Blue Trace and Wellington Trace. Be there promptly at 7 p.m. to set up and decorate your car in the parking lot. As soon as your car is decorated bring your kids into the Cultural Hall for the Annual Costume Parade. Remember, NO MASKS allowed. Bring your camera to take some great photos of (12 comments)
SEO EXTREME Bootcamp starts in just 2 days! I am so excited to teach this bootcamp. The early bird special ends tomorrow at 12 noon Eastern time. And we only have 6 more seats left! SEO EXTREME filled up fast. We start on Wednesday at 12 p.m. Eastern Time. It is a webinar so you will need to be in front of a computer. All the sessions will be recorded in case you have to miss any of the sessions. Here are just some of the things we will be covering: Google Secret Agent SEO Link Building Secrets Video (6 comments)
EMC- FASLO- Wins The Prize For Worst Servicer Of The Year- Short Sale Nightmares - 10/25/10 12:11 AM
EMC gets the prize for the servicer that is the best at Being the WORST Servicer to deal with. We have a lot of short sales with EMC and they have never been easy to deal with however lately, they are even worse . They are totally unresponsive. They are totally arrogant, nasty and unprofessional. But if you read their mission statement right here you will see that they say right in print- that they" do not tolerate abuse... " read for yourself. Facts are facts. Everything I write in this post is backed up here with facts. I am even (7 comments)
Did You Miss SEO EXTREME Q and A Call Yesterday? Get The Replay Call Now! - 10/21/10 01:31 PM
Did you miss SEO EXTREME Q and A Class Yesterday? Get The Replay Call Now! WOW, that was one informative session! The questions were really good and extensive. I love that, keeps me on my toes! We got tons of great positive feedback! Thanks to those of you who were on the call because it was your questions that made the call great! If you already registered for the call but then missed the call for one reason or another, not to worry- you will be getting an email with the replay call details tomorrow, that is Friday. If you did (8 comments)
QR WEBINAR Starts Today- Thursday- At 12 Noon Eastern Time! - 10/21/10 12:01 AM
Don't forget to get on our QR Webinar Call hosted by Realbird, taught by Coach Katerina today - Thursday- at 12 p.m. Eastern Time! You are going to learn how to use QR codes, what a QR code is and how you can market yourself and your listings with QR codes and more.... Don't miss out on this Free QR Webinar! Go here to sign up- here is the webinar link to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/133656241 Or use your smart phone and scan this QR code with your QR reader app- it will take you right to the registration page:
SEO EXTREME Q and A Call Starts In One Hour! - 10/20/10 02:19 PM
SEO EXTREME Q and A Call starts in one hour! Get on the call. You do not need to be on a computer for this call. This is a teleconference call, just dial in and put in your code and listen in. If you want to ask a question you will need to be on the computer on the call site, there is a place there to type in your questions. See you on the call!!!
Here are your call in details! EVENT: SEO Extreme Call DATE & TIME: Wednesday, October 20th at 3:00pm Eastern FORMAT: Simulcast! (Attend via Phone (6 comments)
Coach Katerina's Webinar and Call Schedule- Mark Your Calendars - 10/18/10 09:41 PM
Coach Katerina's Webinar and Call Schedule- Mark Your Calendars with these important events, times and dates for this week and next week. Wednesday October 20- 3 p.m Eastern Time-. SEO EXTREME BootCamp Q and A call and overview of SEO EXTREME. Thursday October 21- 12 p.m. Eastern Time- Marketing Yourself and Your Listings with QR Codes, sponsored by Realbird. I will also be going over how to use QR codes with Realbirds' new QR codes for listings. Tuesday October 26- 3 p.m. Eastern Time- SEO TO THE TOP updates, questions and answers for those of you who are new to SEO TO THE TOP (4 comments)
When The Going Gets Tough... - 10/17/10 09:19 PM
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. You have heard that before. It is through your biggest trials that you have the most opportunity for growth. Victory goes to those who do not give up, who fight the good fight and stay on their course to achieve their goals. When the going gets tough you will not find a shortage of pity party invites. Choose to turn them down. Don't attend pity parties and don't invite anyone to yours. Misery loves company and that should be a warning sign to you to stay away from stinkin' thinkin'. Your dream party (28 comments)
Madoff Mansion Sold In Palm Beach Florida - 10/17/10 01:21 PM
The Madoff Mansion was sold after being a year on the market. The Madoff Mansion is located at 410 N Lake Way in Palm Beach Florida. It is a 5 bedroom, 7.5 bathrooms and is 8,800 square feet. The original listing price was $8.9 Million. It was reduced to $6.9 Million. After a year on the market it got an offer and was closed this past Friday for $5.56 Million. Palm Beach has seen some decline in market values but not that much compared to other parts of the county. Donald Trump sold a mansion in Palm Beach for $95 Million (15 comments)
Florida- Vote For Marco Rubio on November 2- Sun - Sentinel Endorses Rubio - 10/16/10 09:20 PM
Florida- Vote For Marco Rubio on November 2nd. The South Florida Sun- Sentinel endorses Marco Rubio this week. The Orlando Sentinel endorses Marco Rubio. I can not let this election cycle pass without doing my part in helping to elect the best candidate for Florida. I will never understand why any one would vote for Crist who only became an independent candidate because he is a sore loser and he only thinks about himself and what is best for Charlie. Two more democrats just endorsed Crist against their own democrat candidate Kendrick Meeks, who by the way, is an honorable (5 comments)
Our Newest Baby Grandchild Is Born! Welcome Micha To Our Family. - 10/16/10 03:28 PM
Another addition to our growing family. We have 9 children and now we have 3 grandchildren. Our youngest child is 8 years old and our oldest son is 30 years old. Our oldest son who lives in Canada with his wife who is a Native American just had their first daughter together. Here is our little Micha in her papoose. She weighed 9 pounds and 13 ounces when she was born! Our youngest daughter who is now 21 weighed 10 pounds. Now we can say our family is truly multi national, multi racial and culturally diversified. Nestor is Cuban and (43 comments)
It could not happen to a "Nicer" Guy - 10/16/10 10:09 AM
Deborah did a good job explaining the greatest scheme of all time, Mozillo and our government officials. So they settle on a fine instead of jail time but if this were you or me or anyone we know, we would have ended up like their decoy- Madoff. Via Deborah Garvin California Mortgage Financing (Gateway Diversified Funding): That’s right: It couldn’t happen to a “nicer” guy....Mozillo finally gets some comeuppance.
Just reported: Anthony Mozillo, former CEO of Countrywide Mortgage (now part and parcel of Bank of America) has settled with the SEC for violations of defrauding investors of the looming certainty of (9 comments)
Answer to your biggest question about climbing your way to page one on Google. As we are getting ready for the BIG SEO Q and A Call next week on October 20th- Wednesday at 3 p.m. we asked you what is your biggest question about climbing your way to the top of Google page one and staying there. There were a lot of questions asked and we will try to answer all of them on the call next week. In the meantime we want to answer the most asked question here on our blog so that everyone can benefit from the (28 comments)
MERS. Who Will Kill The Beast? - 10/14/10 12:56 AM
Go to the link and read the article that Bryant is talking about in his post here. It is quite the read! Looks like we are in for a bumpy road for a time.
Via Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc: Hi folks. While cruising around Face Book this morning I found a link posted by Matt Heaton that really helps to explain the beast that is MERS (Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems). The key points.....in a nut shell are: * Tax Avoidance. In the mid 1990s Mortgage Bankers set up MERS to avoid paying State and County transfer taxes. All the assignment of (11 comments)
QR Webinar: Marketing Yourself and Your Listings With QR Codes - 10/13/10 07:55 PM
Thanks to Realbird for being so generous to support us in hosting the QR webinar. You will see how we use realbird property searches with QR codes along with many other marketing strategies for QR codes. We are excited to share with you exciting information and show you ways in which you can use QR codes to market yourself, your company and your listings with this trending marketing. COST- FREE Click on the URL below- this link will take you to the GotoWebinar registration page where you can register for the QR code webinar. Or scan the QR code above with your (3 comments)
Where Do We Get Our Clip Art and Images From? - 10/13/10 12:48 AM
I get asked at least twice a week where we go our images and clip art from that we have on our blog. Most of the time we take our own photos. I like to use the photos we take on our website and on our blog. But there are many times where the post or the article needs an image or a piece of clip art to convey the message of the post. You can NOT copy other people's images on the internet. You can not take other people's photos or artwrok from Google.com or from Google Image search without (29 comments)
Sail On! What we can learn from Christopher Columbus. "By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination." Christopher Columbus Take the time to read this entire post. It is long but worth it. Today- October 12- is Columbus Day. The first recorded celebration of Columbus Day was in New York City in 1792 honoring the 300th anniversary of Columbus landing in the New World. In 1892 President Harrison asked people to participate in the 400th anniversary and that is also the day that our Pledge of Allegiance was first recited (31 comments)
Who Wants A FREE Webinar on Marketing With QR Codes? - 10/12/10 09:38 AM
Who wants a FREE webinar on marketing with QR codes? QR codes have been used in Japan for many years now. In fact, in Japan they use QR codes for information on posters that are placed in their stores. 90% of the Japanese population use QR codes in their shopping and every day mobile living. They even have QR codes next to the fruits and vegetables for sale where after they scan the QR code with their smart phone, they are taken to a site that tells them where the fruit was grown, how it was grown and what kind of (11 comments)
The biggest obstacle to one's success is who you see in the mirror. Most of the time we are the best at sabotaging our own success. There are many outside forces that attempt to creep in to rob us of our time or to attempt to hold us back but we are the ones who have a choice whether to allow this to take place or not. When we turn our power over to others who seek our failure it is only us that we can then blame. For it is our choice to turn that power over to someone (14 comments)
Little League Wellington Fl- Is Too Stressful For Moms! - 10/10/10 07:39 PM
Our son loves baseball and he has the talent to play well in this game. He played his first season last spring in Little League in Wellington Fl- Coach Pitch. Since we have nice weather here in Florida in the winters, they have winter Little League also. He was picked up very quickly during the try-outs for the team he is on. It is really something to watch these 8 and 9 year olds play baseball. His team has not lost a game until today ( Saturday). They lost their first game and these boys were pretty bummed about that. (7 comments)
Realtors® specializing in short sales have a lot to keep informed about. We meet regularly with attorneys keeping abreast of new laws and procedures. We have ongoing conversations and fact gathering sessions with executives from different servicers. Your servicer is who you pay your loan payments too. Most often, the bank you pay your mortgage payment to is not the same bank that holds your note which is the promissory note that you signed when you bought the house. Just because an agent has a short sale designation does not mean they know how to negotiate short sales. We (6 comments)
Do you actually read an entire post before you scroll down to make your comment? There was this great featured post the other day where a member of Active Rain was asking for advice about starting her own wordpress blog/site. Reading through the comments I noticed that there were comments giving Debbie advice about what she has to have on her wordpress blog/site. Some of the commenters said she needs to have ways that a buyer can search for their home and things related to real estate buyers and sellers. Her post is 'members only' so I won't link to (57 comments)
Bank Of America Leaves Mortgage Brokers and Buyers In The Dust - 10/09/10 03:09 AM
Bank of America announced that they will no longer be working with mortgage brokers. They are leaving the wholesale part of the loan business. They will no longer be working with mortgage brokers to do loans. They say that the broker part of their business was only 4% in the first 6 months of this year. President of Bank of America Loans- Barbara Desoer made this comment: " By exiting the first mortgage wholesale channel, we can redirect critical operational resources to further enhance our capabilities in direct- to -consumer channels." Hmmm, let's see. I wonder if that will be any consolation (98 comments)
What Is Your BIG Burning Question About SEO? - 10/08/10 08:43 PM
What is your BIG burning question about SEO? We will try to answer as many questions as possible on our Q and A call and give you an overview of SEO EXTREME Bootcamp line up. Hurry to get your Biggest Burning Question turned in by going here to post your question: MY BIGGEST BURNING QUESTION Make sure you are also registered for the call so you can hear your answer. I will also answer the top 2 or 3 questions here on our blog so make sure to subscribe to this blog so you don't miss getting the answers to the top (6 comments)
Thank you for attending the Realbird SEO Tutorial last week. For all of you who came to the webinar or registered for the recording- you get a 20% discount off of the SEO EXTREME Bootcamp. Register now for the SEO EXTREME BootCamp FREE overview call so you can find out more about what you are going to be learning in the bootcamp. After you register you will receive call in details. We have a limited amount of seats available for the call and for the SEO EXTREME Bootcamp so don't hesitate in reserving your spot. Please remember that SEO EXTREME is for agents and small business owners who (6 comments)
Chinese Drywall- Did you replace your Chinese drywall? Have you suffered property losses because of tainted drywall commonly known as Chinese drywall? If you have suffered losses because of Chinese Drywall between 2001 and 2009 the IRS is allowing you to treat your repairs and household appliances as casualty losses. You can file an amended tax return, according to the IRS if you want to claim these losses. Please contact your accountant of go to the IRS.gov website to learn more about it. Chinese drywall was installed in a lot of homes here in South Florida. You can learn more (9 comments)
Or do you go day by day flying by the seat of your pants going wherever the wind takes you? There are agents who have been in this business for years and still have no plan for their business. Treating your business like a job is going to get you a paycheck, treating your business like a business will create profits. Getting the right things done at the right time in the right (32 comments)
South Florida Homes for Sale- Use these QR Codes to help find your new home. - 10/03/10 06:39 PM
Search for your new South Florida home for sale with your smart phone right here and now. Here are the links to direct South Florid markets, some of the most popular towns with complete search fields so you can narrow down your search even more. Next to each link is the QR Code for that search. Download your QR Reader App on your smart phone. There are many FREE QR reader apps that you can choose from, most of them work well. After you have downloaded your QR reader app, using the app on your smart phone, take a snapshot of (19 comments)
Reaching Beyond The Borders For News and Current Events- Disturbing Trends - 10/03/10 12:49 AM
One of the many things my mother taught me was to do research on topics, politics and issues. She told me many years ago, way before the internet and before cell phones and way before computers were available to regular households- to get a variety or sources, examine all of them, establish the facts and then form my opinions. Since my mother went to Stanford University and was a Phi Beta Kapa along with receiving her PHD there I had an entire campus at my disposal. The Hoover Tower at Stanford was full of great information from many different sources. Back (25 comments)
Port St Lucie Homes For Sale - 10/02/10 11:40 PM
Port St Lucie Homes For Sale- Port St Lucie Florida has a lot of homes for sale. If you are looking to invest in the South Florida market you can get some great deals in Port St Lucie Florida. If you are looking for a single family home in for under $250,000 Port St Lucie may just be the right move for you. You can find homes under $250,000 that have 4 bedrooms, a pool and fenced in yards. You can also find smaller homes under $100,000 with no HOA fees. Live close to the beach, top rated golf courses and (7 comments)
Google's goo.gl is a free URL shortener but is much more than that. First off, you can be in all of your google applications working and not have to go out to other sites to do your URL shortening. Secondly, you can track the history of the clicks to your url for those that have clicked on your shortened URL. You can track the last two hours, the day, the week, the month and all time. This is great if you are trying to make a tweet go viral and want to measure the activity for the last two hours. (54 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.