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
Sign up for the Daily Drop so you don't miss out on AR's daily happenings
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
This is a recent article that I read recently from Active Rain. I thought I would use this re-blog feature, so I can share it with my readers as well. I thought this was very interesting. Have a great day!
I have heard so many people talk about waiting until the time is right to buy or sell. Lets put some historical perspective on this conversation. The interest rates for buyers are now at an all time low. This Cape house built in 1932 was able to be purchased at an interest rate you can obtain today. These are special times. A low interest rate reduces the cost of your home considerably over the course of the loan. This translates into lower monthly payments each and every month. It is true that the banks are making it a bit more difficult to obtain one of these loans requiring higher credit scores and the like, but for those who qualify there is no better time to get out there and buy. Or if you have a home and are considering selling it to move to another, possibly larger home it is quite likely you can obtain a larger home for the same or lower price than you have right now.
The last time interest rates and housing rates were low at the same time was in 1978. We here in Massachusetts remember that year because of the snow storm that dumped 55 inches of snow on our homes. While this event may seem close to those who were homeowners at the time, the average age for new homeowners is 34 and they were two years old at the time.
Our government and many of our industries are in flux right now and that is an unsettling time for everyone, but it is true that in unsettled times those with the foresight to take advantage of the opportunity are those who succeed. When things become more stable the interest rates will be headed back up as will with the prices of homes. It makes sense for you to consider what you can do right now rather than wait.
Many economists and real estate analysts believe that prices will not inflate for 3-5 years. I am reluctant to believe any of these professionals. I think we are in a very unique time and it is up to the individual to determine what they think it right for them. What is not in doubt is what the interest rates are today and what the cost of housing is today. Those of you who are selling are probably not getting all that you want for your home, but those who have owned there homes for 10 years of more have had incredible value added to their home. It may be time to take your profit (smaller than it might have been a couple of years ago) and put it into a new home at a lower price with a lower interest rate. In another 5 to 10 years you will be thrilled you did and feel very smart about your move.
Buying and selling a home is emotional. Don’t get covered over in emotion. Think about this as a long range wealth program and see how very unique the times are right now. Call a real estate professional and tell them what your goals are. If you are in and around the Boston area, call me and come in out of the bad weather.
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.