Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
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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
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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.
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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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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
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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
Whether you are interested in buying a home or selling one, you may be interested in hiring a real estate agent or a Realtor® to help you through the process. Hiring a qualified agent-someone who will be able to take you step-by-step through the process-can be difficult.
Here are some things to consider when selecting an agent:
Is the agent you are planning to work with a Realtor®? A broker? The term Realtor® describes a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors® (the world's largest professional organization) and who subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. In states such as California, the term Broker refers to a real estate salesperson who has had additional schooling and passed additional licensing examinations and is also licensed to manage other agents and/or an office.
How long has the agent been in the business? How many transactions does the agent close annually? Many agents have been in the business for quite a long time. Some agents have dabbled in the business for a number of years. Learn how many transactions the agent closes annually. In real estate, experience is vital. An agent who has closed hundreds of transactions may be better equipped to deal with potential problems and head off possible ones along the way.
Ask About Marketing Techniques and Strategies. Inquire about the agent's marketing plan. If you are a potential seller, ask about how the prospective agent will market your home to potential buyers. Will the agent use postcards, mailers, newspaper ads? Or, will the agent be doing Internet-based advertising? According to a National Association of Realtors® study conducted last year, 90% of buyers begin their home search on the Internet. So, you will want to be sure that the agent you have in mind is using the Internet is his or her advertising campaign.
Find Out About Specialties and Areas of Expertise Learn more about the agent's expertise. Are their certain neighborhoods that he/she knows more about? Is the prospective agent a specialist in luxury or vacation homes? In our neck of the woods, distressed properties are very common. So, if you are interested in buying or selling a short sale, you will want to work with a San Diego County agent who has closed a significant number of short sales and who knows the process like the back of one's hand.
Do a little recon work. You can always use Google to learn more about an agent you are about to hire. Also, in the State of California, you can look up any real estate agent's license through the Department of Real Estate website. This will show whether the license is current and if there is any pending or past disciplinary action. It's important to know who you are dealing with, and it doesn't hurt to do a little recon work.
Agents are sales people. Believe it or not . . . all sales people are NOT bad, pushy, and annoying. Most Realtors® take the Code of Ethics and their fiduciary obligation to their clients very seriously. Asking probing questions and conducting a short interview before hiring your agent is one way to assure that you will be working with someone you trust. . . and that's a good thing!
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.