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
A little while ago, I received an alert about a seller question from one of the real estate advice sites that I monitor. The question was from a local home seller who hadn’t gotten much interest in their home. After a recent price reduction, she felt it was now priced competitively, and was considering hosting a brokers’ open to help drive traffic, and was asking if it was a good idea.
Several real estate agents, both local and far-flung, offered all kinds of advice. One suggested having a twilight wine & cheese reception, since the seller’s home has a view of a nearby lake. Another suggested sending flyers to all of the local real estate offices to get a good turnout. Someone also suggested lowering the list price even more. Someone else was more concerned about who would pay for the event—the realtor or the seller. But my favorite advice came from the realtor who suggested offering a home warranty, paying for closing costs, creating a kick-ass video, or giving away an iPad as an enticement to get more showings.
Not one realtor advised consulting with a home stager.
I have to admit, I was kind of shocked.Advising the seller to make sure that her home looks its absolute best online, in print, and in person should have been a no-brainer. All of the suggestions the real estate agents made would have cost more than a one-hour consultation with a professional stager, and none of them addressed what may well be the root of the problem—the house does not look fresh, bright, uncluttered, and updated inside and out.None of those other suggestions will work if the house doesn’t look move-in ready.
What this experience made painfully obvious is that the concept of professional staging has not yet penetrated the consciousness of the average real estate agent, and we stagers have a lot of educating to do before it becomes ingrained in agents’ minds as an integral part of preparing a home for sale. So keep doing your office presentations, webinars, demonstrations, and whatever you need to do to drive the message home; we’ve got a long way to go.
Copyright 2011 Happily Better After Room Redesign & Home Staging
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.