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
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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
I've always been a big fan of Clint Eastwood. When I served onboard a submarine in the US Navy, we watched "The Outlaw Josey Wales " a gazillion times while out on patrol. There's just some very basic and wise counsel we can derive from the rich history of 'Clintisms' found in his archive of quality male-bonding films.
From Pink Cadillac: "I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be the one controlling it."
From The Rookie: "If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster."
From Dirty Harry: "Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?"
The other day, I was responding to a question I had received through Trulia's Voices . This is one of the better features of their platform where consumers accessing their site can pose questions relating to real estate. ActiveRain used to have something very similar that had dominant placement, but its been lost in the wake of other value-added features.
On Trulia, if you register for a specific geographic market area, they will automatically notify you whenever a question is submitted for that area.
Unfortunately, Trulia has the same kind of problems we experienced here on ActiveRain. Everyone's an expert. It doesn't matter if you're licensed in Alabama, and the consumer is submitting a question from Alaska, everyone with a question is fair game!
On Trulia, you can gain some notoriety for being one of the 'Top Real Estate Professionals on Trulia Voices .' All you have to do is answer the most questions. It doesn't matter if your advice/answers have any bearing on the question, or provide any substantive value to the consumer. Whoever has the most answers earns the Top Spot, period (And I thought we had problems with people gaming the point system here on ActiveRain!). Personally, I think there would be greater value in scoring/ranking their top members by using the rating they receive from the actual consumers who are posing the questions. To me, that would be the most realistic and meaningful measure of a real estate professionals worth.
Regardless, the bigger problem, as I see it, relates to so-called real estate professionals who are attempting to answer questions beyond their area of expertise. Now granted, there are aspects to our business that apply to virtually all markets. And some people are legitimately licensed to conduct business in more than one State. But that's usually the exception, and not the norm, in these kinds of forums.
For me, it's normally a dead give-away when the first part of their answer begins with "I don't know how they do it in your State, but here in XYZ we".....
If you're not licensed to do business in a particular State, or aren't familiar with their specific State laws or statutes, don't answer! There are few things worse than giving unqualified advice. You end up being like that guy on the Holiday Inn Express commercials:
"No, I've never performed open heart surgery, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night! "
And who in their right mind would open themselves up to the increased exposure for potential liability by giving an unqualified answer on the Internet where the digital record is such an enduring source of incrimination?
The other thing that really bothers me (and this is more of a personal pet peeve), are those whose actual answers are shorter and of less substance that the incessant volume of blatant self-promotional banter that they cram into the body of their weak, emaciated answers.
Do you really want to earn the consumers trust? Do you really want to provide them with information that is relevant, helpful, and practical? Do you want to establish your credentials as the local resident real estate expert? Do you want them to contact you if they want further assistance? Then answer only the questions you are clearly qualified to respond to, and make your answers complete/meaningful. Don't try to bait them into accessing your website, or contacting you by email for more details. Give them the good stuff, right up front, and in its entirety.
"Go Ahead, Make Their Day!"
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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com , SOUNDBITEBLOG , and Crabbing in the Hood , or e-mail: email@example.com
Providing Knowledgeable Empowerment and Relentless Representation of Real Estate Clients throughtout the Western Puget Sound, including all of Kitsap County WA, and portions of Mason, Pierce, and Jefferson Counties.
"Helping You to Successfully Achieve Your Next Adventure in Life!"
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.