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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
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
The First Annual ActiveRain Talent Competition has motivated me to learn more about video blogging as a way to improve the amount of people that I "connect with" in my daily blogging. This is something that I have wanted to learn for quite a while, but due to time constraints, it always seemed to be put on the back burner.
I wanted to get started, so I created a how-to video showing how to put your website URL on the back of your car. I used a question from 'Rainer Debbie Sagorin and turned it into a video tutorial on How To Use Your Car For Offline Marketing. I was planning on this being my submission to the Talent Competition, but after viewing it a few times, I was not very proud of the effort.
Video Real Estate Market Reports
I have always wanted to produce quality real estate videos featuring housing market conditions, but this very-dry subject requires some skills to make a video that many people will want to watch. Being resolute in my pursuit of gaining this knowledge, I have produced the following video for entry into the competition.
This video was shot in front of a "green screen" like the weatherman uses every day on TV, so my learning curve has been very steep. After watching the video (and sharing it on facebook, google and twitter of course) you can find the "how I did it" below the video.
How I Made My Real Estate Market Report Video
In order to produce this real estate video, I created a green screen (plenty of "how to" videos on youtube) and shot several different sessions with my son Max. I used a simple flip video camera with no special sound equipment, though I did do some narrations with my computer microphone.
I used Adobe Premiere Elements to assemble my video. I had never used this program before so there was a learning curve involved. In order to soften the curve, I subscribed to Lynda.com for basic software training.
As all video was shot in front of a green screen, I needed to create my "movie set" online. I used google to find a decent entertainment center, and a flat screen TV, and then put them together with Adobe Photoshop to create the image below. It served as my background layer in the real estate video. I suspect I will be able to improve on this quite a bit in my future videos.
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.