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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
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AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
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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
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Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
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Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
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Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
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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
Q: If I am an Illinois real estate licensee who sends commercial e-mail messages, or those messages where the primary purpose is to promote a commercial product or service, how can I comply with both federal and state e-mail statutes?
The federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 preempts most provisions of the Illinois Electronic Mail Act of 2000 (Illinois Act of 2000). In other words, if you send commercial e-mail messages, you will need to comply with the federal provisions. Under the Illinois statute, you would not need to be concerned if you had an existing business relationship with or prior consent from the recipient to send commercial messages. However, under the federal law that became effective January 1, 2004, you must include certain items in your e-mail message if it is commercial in nature and does not constitute a "transactional or relationship message." (See the National Association of REALTORS Web site for a definition of transactional and relationship messages as well as other Q&As on the subject.)
In short, commercial e-mails, whether they are unsolicited or not, must contain the following:
a legitimate return e-mail and physical postal address;
a clear opportunity to opt-out of any further messages;
a way for the recipient to e-mail the sender for at least 30 days his desire not to receive any further messages;
a clear and conspicuous notice that the content is an advertisement; and
if the content is pornographic or sexual in nature, a clear notice to that effect should be put in the subject line.
The portion of the Illinois Act of 2000 that prohibits hiding the identity of the sender or falsifying the subject matter of the message seems to remain in effect. In other words, the federal law preempts all state laws regarding commercial e-mail except for those laws or portions of those laws that prohibit falsification of the source or content of the e-mail transmission.
One positive development for the real estate practitioner may be that under the Illinois Act a real estate broker would have had to identify an unsolicited e-mail message with the mark "ADV:ADLT" given that a minor cannot enter contracts in Illinois. Under the federal statute, which purportedly now controls, the identifier "ADLT" or some similar identifier is only required in the case of pornography or other messages with sexual content.
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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.