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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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
The federal government's Home Renovation Tax Credit has been a great success. Many homeowners are now taking advantage by remodeling their homes. Windows, doors, heating systems and insulation are the most popular reno's being carried out. It is a good time to cover an important issue like hiring the right contractor to do your work. Most contractors are honest, hardworking people, but unfortunately not all keep business above board. If you are considering hiring a contractor there are some things to watch out for to help prevent contractor fraud.
•1. The contractor wants all of the money up front. Never pay before the job is finished. You want to be able to get them to come back to correct any mistakes and complete the job to your satisfaction. There is no incentive for them to do the work if they have already received payment.
•2. Insist on a written estimate and receipts.
•3. They will only accept cash. If they will not take a cheque or credit cards, they likely do not want the money to be traced. A variety of payment options should be available. A legitimate company will be claiming their income with the government.
•4. Ask to see proof of Worker Compensation coverage. You can be held liable if someone gets hurt without this coverage.
•5. If they are soliciting door to door, this should cause you to ask questions. A business that is reliable and does good work is usually kept busy just by word of mouth.
•6. They offer especially low rates because your house has been chosen as a "demonstration" project.
•7. The contractor will not provide an address.
•8. You only get a special low price if you sign the contract today.
•9. They will not provide references. Always ask for references and contact a couple of them and always get a couple of quotes for any work or repair work. Don't pay for repairs that are not needed.
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.