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
Check your contractors' licenses if you're having work done at your home
California is not known as a business-friendly state, which I'm sure is part of the state's budget problem since many businesses are fleeing to other states and taking their tax base with them. Part of the problem is the paperwork burdens and fees required to operate a business in California. Small businesses and family operations just can't afford the time to complete all the paperwork and don't have the money to hire someone to do it, nor do they have the money to pay all the various fees associated with working in the city, county, and state.
Contractors working on our homes are often found to be negligent in applying for and renewing their licenses, and they are often the subject of enforcement stings. Recently, law enforcement officials arrested 111 people in a statewide enforcement sting. They posed as homeowners and community volunteers seeking bids on various home and building projects ranging from tree trimming and painting to pool construction.
Of the 111 people arrested statewide, 9 were arrested in San Diego County for illegal advertising (contractor's license must be on the advertising) and contracting without a license. They represent seven companies:
A-1 Custom Shower Door, El Cajon
David's Handyman Service, San Diego
Ground Control Landscape, El Cajon
Handyman Hollister, San Diego
Harley Home Services, San Diego
Landscape Design and Project Management, San Diego
Mendez Remodeling, Spring Valley
Unlicensed contractors won't be carrying workers' compensation insurance, a significant business expense, so if a worker is injured on your property, you might be paying the medical bills. Also, if you have problems with the work, you have little recourse with unlicensed contractors.
A contractor's license is required for work bids higher than $500, and it is up to the public to make sure companies are licensed. You can check the California State License Board web site or call 800-321-2752.
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.