Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
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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
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
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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 time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
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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
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
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
I'm amazed that we're now over 211,000 members...or "so called members." Think about it....210,000, represents a city bigger than Spokane, Washington and almost the size of Scottsdale, Arizona. That ain't no small feat! It's something to be proud of. But I don't want to be like New York, L.A. or Chicago where there are millions of people, but no comraderie. Nope, I'd rather remain like a Green Bay, where the entire town comes out to see and cheer on the Green Bay Packers.
You see, now there are so many people here on A.R. that we do have that danger of losing that sense of community.
Here are the things that concern me most;
1) Too many people join, then....THAT'S IT....THEY JOIN....THEN DISAPPEAR!!!
They do nothing other than just put there name and contact information in AR. That is a useless contributor to our community. We need to have people who seek to add value to others while they seek to grow and expand their business. The failure to do such means that we just have a nice new name to the community, but not a true member of the community.
2) People join, but never contribute to the community.
They just show themselves as a new business card in the pages of AR internet cyberspace. The relatioships that I've devleoped have taken time to create. Trust must be created as well. Relationships aren't born overnight. Neither will success on AR. Perisistence and valuable content are what counts. There are people in my state that only post listings. They'll post 10 listings a week and not change 1 piece of the text other than the property address. Is that adding value to the community? No way! They forget to score major points they need to have posts that people comment on. Otherwise, it's just an exercise in pointing and not an exercise that allows them to grow their business and exposure. A lot of referrals exist from the public, but also from the AR community itself if things are leveraged correctly. By adding value to your fellow AR member you increase your exposure as a competent member of the real estate community.
Posting about your business is huge and an important part of your business plan. But by itself, its nothing more than just placing a sign outside of your house saying that it's for sale.
I also wish that AR could alleviate members who haven't been active for a certain period of time. In other words, if someone joins, but doesn't do anything for a month or two they should receive an e-mail that their "account" is about to lapse. Then if there's no activity, their profile should be deleted. This would give us a better flavor on the real size of AR. Picture provided by www.dreamstime.com.
Having said that, real estate is one of the most the most honorable professions out there. We hare helping people with the largest transaction of their lives. We need to act like professionals and add value to those who want to be true professionals within our industry.
If you choose, you can find me here:
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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.