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.
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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
With all of the talk about being environmentally friendly, green certified, and Eco-chic I thought I'd take a moment to share a bit about energy conservation. A great place to start is with your home insulation. Heating and cooling a home account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. Adding insulation is one of the least expensive ways to boost efficiency to save energy, protect the environment, and save a chunk of money in the process.
R-Value measures insulating power.
Insulating your home can dramatically cut down on home heating and cooling costs. When you shop for insulation, always look for the "R-Value" - the higher the R-Value, the better the insulating power. Be careful not to mistake thicker insulation as better insulation. Thick insulation does not necessarily mean higher R-Value.
To find the R-Value you need, check with your local utility company. Recommended levels vary depending on where you live. Remember, if you install more insulation than necessary, you'll be wasting money. If home contractors install your insulation, be sure to discuss what R-Value is best for your home.
Ask retailers and home installers for a fact sheet on insulation before buying. This fact sheet, required by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), tells you the type of insulation, its R-Value, and the area it will cover.
If home contractors install your insulation, they must give you a contract or receipt showing the insulation's R-Value, coverage area, and thickness. If loose-fill insulation is installed, the number of bags used also must be included.
These are just a few things to consider when adding or upgrading the insulation in your home. As always, consult with a local professional in order to uncover any additional regulations for your area. Your real estate agent will likely be the best resource for a qualified referral to a contractor in this area. Give them a call and ask for their advice. They will appreciate your call and ensure that your needs are taken care of.
This information is included in the Ultimate Home Journal, the best home diary available on the market today. This high quality, 160 page book is the place to keep all of the who, what, when, why and how's of your home.
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Here are a few more e-terms for you:
Carbon footprint A measured amount of greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide which are released into the atmosphere by manufacture, transport, products, materials, activities etc. Footprints are described in CO2 equivalent grams.
Close the Loop To buy a recycled product which has been remanufactured / reprocessed / reused on more than one occasion. This eliminates waste and creates a complete product cycle.
Eco-chic / Green Chic The trend and fashion of being environmentally conscious and buying 'green’ products.
Eco-elite A person who is environmentally conscious and who has the finances to support their environmental preferences.
Green Building / Sustainable Building Design Building design and construction which uses methods, systems and materials that have a lower negative effect on the environment than conventional building design. Typical features are energy efficiency, daylighting, renewable energy, water conservation, waste management, eco building materials and brown land use.
Holistic Interior Design / Zen Interior Design A complimentary way of designing interiors based on achieving a balance between; design principles, human health and well-being and our natural environment.
Post-Consumer A product or material which has been recycled or reused after its original purpose has completed. An example would be PET plastic bottles which have been recycled into new plastic bottles. The label may say “made with 95% post-consumer waste”.
What is your favorite e-word or phrase. I'm awarding a special prize to the funniest, best, most entertaining reply!
Referrals are the lifeblood of the real estate and mortgage industries. The percentage of transactions that are initiated through personal referrals from friends, family, past clients and other sphere of influence members is staggering.
Anyone who desires a long and profitable career in the real estate industry should actively pursue referral strategies that are cost-effective yield high results.
I'll be posting referral marketing strategies that have worked for me over the last 15 years of highly successful real estate industry experience.
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.