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
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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.
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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.
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Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
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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.
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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
Effective April 22nd, 2010, all renovations performed by contractors on homes or buildings built before 1978 must be performed under the new guidelines set forth by the EPA. These guidelines include requiring the firm and the renovator to be certified in lead-safe work practices by the EPA under the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program. This program applies to residential houses, apartments, and child-occupied facilities such as schools and day care centers built before 1978.
All contractors are required to distribute a lead pamphlet before starting any renovation work. In general, any activity which disturbs paint in an area greater than 6 square feet indoors or 20 square feet on the exterior of a building is subject to this program, including remodeling, repairs/maintenance, electrical work, plumbing, painting, carpentry, and window replacement. Exceptions to this are housing built after 1978, housing for the elderly or disabled, studio apartments/dormitories, or housing declared lead-free by a certified inspector.
As part of this program, contractors must test for lead-based paint using an EPA acceptable test kit, post informational signs noting the extent of the renovations, contain work areas to prevent the spread of lead paint dust and debris, prohibit certain work practices such as open-flame burning and the use of power tools without HEPA exhaust control, and perform a thorough clean up followed by a verification procedure to minimize lead paint exposure.
How will this potentially affect you? When you hire a contractor to perform a renovation on your home, they will be required to test for lead based paint if it was built before 1978. If lead paint is discovered, you could be required to disclose this fact to any potential buyers when you go to sell (depending on which state you live in - in DC and Maryland, you WOULD be required to disclose this fact).
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.