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
Professionals Share Their Knowledge - Amateurs Hoard What Little They Know
A couple days ago, I was sitting in my Madeline Island real estate office at the computer when I noticed that one of my area competitors was standing outside our building, staring at our property listing sheets on display. She spent quite a long time there and in particular it looked like she was gazing at our property flyers (with multiple large color photos).
I waited quite awhile, then stuck my head out the door and asked if I could help her. She walked into the office and asked me, point blank, "how do you take those big color photos?"
She deserves credit for asking. And I was glad to give her some pointers about wide-angle photography. She said "I don't have thousands of dollars to spend on cameras and lenses". I replied that there are ways to get great results without spending top dollar, and I mentioned that I teach courses in real estate and architectural photography. I gave a condensed version of my photo course in March of this year, at a CRS regional meeting in Chicago, and the portion about photography for virtual tours was a hit. I received half a dozen emails from agents who attended that mini-course, asking me for more information.
This wasn't the first time that a fellow Realtor has asked me "how do you do that?" Just about two weeks ago, I received a phone call from an agent in Boston, Massachussetts who had been perusing my blog and looking at our TourFactory virtual tours, as well as our listing videos on YouTube. During the twenty-minute phone conversation, I introduced him to Microsoft PhotoStory and gave him some tips about using ultrawide lenses or photo stitching to create panoramic views of a property.
It's flattering when colleagues, whether local or from halfway across the country, ask how you do what you do. To an extent, it validates what you're putting into your real estate marketing and tells you that you must be doing something right. Another of my Madeline Island competitors recently made the comment to me that my photos of an Island log home "make the place look so warm!"
A friend asked me why I share marketing "secrets".
In the first place, there's nothing secret about photography (and real estate photography isn't rocket science). Photography is a hobby of mine and that means I take the time to learn from others, whether it's on the Web or by word of mouth.
People who refuse to share their tips and techniques are pretty sad. They're hoarding what they consider this little treasure trove of what they perceive to be "valuable" information (which will likely become obsolete within a year or two). Holding back on information just makes them look paranoid. Pros aren't insecure about sharing what they do and how they do it.
Sharing your marketing techniques with a colleague is no guarantee that they'll ever be able to duplicate your results. And sharing means trading information with others. It's a matter of give and get. It's one of the reasons why I teach other real estate professionals. Teaching is some of the best networking you'll ever do in this business.
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.