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
As a buyer or seller choosing the best real estate agent is a big decision. There are many factors you should consider.
How much experience does the real estate agent have in the business? This is an important factor to consider but sometimes having a relatively new agent can be a bonus. They are just getting started and have a fresh perspective on the industry. They also may not have many clients as an experienced agent may have. If you are fairly savvy on real estate yourself, choosing an agent who is still fresh and enthusiastic may be the right choice for you. If you are totally new to the business of buying or selling, choosing a more seasoned agent may be a better way to go.
How available is your agent? If you continually call your agent and get their message machine and no return calls on a timely basis - your agent may either be too busy, working another job or just not into their career. Let this go once or twice...more than that, you may want to continue shopping around.
Does your agent listen to you? Is your agent showing you homes that are way out of your price range, not in the area you like or don't fit any of your search criteria? Or do they only show you their listings and no other agents? If so, it may be time to look for someone else. One of the most important things an agent can do is LISTEN to their clients, learn what they like and keep their eye out for properties they think their clients will like.
What do past clients say about the agent? This one is very important. Agents can be very good at selling themselves but if you hear from people that their service was less than acceptable, you may want to reconsider using them as your agent. Of course, not everyone walks away from a real estate transaction happy - but if you are hearing this from more than one person, red flags should go up.
Do you have good rapport with your agent? Sometimes your agent can be the most experienced, most knowledgable, most available one out there. But if you just don't LIKE them, it may a painful experience for you to go through with a transaction. Sometimes finding a house can take awhile so you may need to spend alot of time with these people. You should feel comfortable with them and trust them.
Does your agent have a website? In this day and age, websites are essential to any real estate business. If the agent doesn't have one or has one that looks like a grade school kid built it...you may want to continue looking. Or you can "google" the agents name. If you get alot of hits, this means they have taken the time to make their internet presence strong.
What are some other things consumer looks for in an agent? Send me a comment and let me know!
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.