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
It was the best of furnaces. It was the worst of furnaces.
Now, if I was to truly wax Dickens, this would be a REALLY wordy post (Dickens was paid by the word).
When one is buying new, and buying a $1.5 mil house NEW, one has great expectations. My clients carefully poured over the sales literature of many builders to see what they were getting for their money. Then they selected a builder, and for two reasons - house design and stuff. When the ad says, "Starting in the mid $700's," it means, "You get the normal, builder grade everything, until you upgrade. We make lots more money when you upgrade, so please do!" That's the stuff.
UPGRADE SHOULD MEAN UPGRADE!
The sales information for this house said this about the HVAC systems: "All homes are standard with a Carrier gas furnace on Zone1 and a Carrier heat pump on Zone 2. All HVAC joints are sealed with mastic. A/C Units: 13 Seer".
Now that is basic. That screams BUILDER GRADE and minimum code. Which is fine - unless you are paying $1.5 mil for a "custom" home!
My clients thought they might be in this house a while so they wanted especially to upgrade the HVAC systems. They are thinking efficiency and savings long term. That is only smart. So they did.
How do you rank the energy efficiency of most everything?
By consulting the EnergyGuide chart, which is supposed to be put on every appliance.
It says various things: model number, model size, energy rank as the appliance compares to all similar units, estimated annual costs, etc.
It is a useful guide.
So my antennas went up when I saw this.
Checking energy efficiencies of appliances is not something I typically do on a home inspection. But in this case I had to find out because the sticker had been INTENTIONALLY removed.
Now, if you are providing an UPGRADED good or service for your client, wouldn't you be proud and anxious to show that client just what they are getting for their trust in your ability to provide that good or service?
But this is a $1.5 mil house! I wanted to see what the "upgrade" gets them.
So I got the model information for this unit. I suggested that they, and I, go home and research where this particular model number stacks up against other high-efficiency condensing gas units offered by this manufacturer. The whole line!
I know what you're thinking! You are probably right!
THIS UNIT COMES IN NEXT TO LAST IN A LINE UP OF 16 MODELS!
On a scale of 1-7, with 7 as the highest, this manufacturer ranks this unit as 4 of 7 in efficiency and 5 of 7 in noise level. This is the same ranking the last in the line up comes in. Four is the lowest number for anything.
We both arrived at the same conclusion. My client is not impressed. I don't know what he can do, but he is not impressed.
Is this kind of research the job of the home inspector? On a pre-drywall inspection, with this kind of house, why not? I did not throw a wrench into the works - the builder did.
My recommendation: on new construction it might be wise to investigate what your clients get for their money when they "upgrade" in any way. While if we were going to do something for ourselves, we might not buy the top of the line, we probably would NOT buy the lowest of the line either. We would likely buy upper middle or more toward the top.
Doing to and for others the same way we would do to and for ourselves never puts us in a bad light and creates only good feelings. I would call it brotherly love.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia
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.