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
The changing of the calendar year in Northern Nevada is simply a measurement of time so how can it have any effect on real estate? The calendar rolling from one year to the next actually has a major impact on real estate in a variety of ways. Some involve law and policy changes, others are psychological. Regardless of what it is, there is a definite cumulative effect of change when we enter a New Year.
The most impactive New Year effects can be the changed tax consequences of a real estate transaction. These can be due to law/policy changes, or by a change in income. For example, an interim IRS policy was enacted in 2008 eliminating the tax consequence for qualifying primary residence short sellers, or foreclosures. That policy precludes income tax being paid on the debt relief, but it sunsets in September of 2012. If it isn’t extended one would be wise to choose this year to sell short or hope that your foreclosure is completed.
The New Year might be the year you retire resulting in income changes that impact what you can buy, or even where you can buy. Some communities are income restricted, and your retirement might qualify you to live somewhere that you previously wouldn’t have been able to. If this is the year you receive a large settlement, an inheritance, etc. you might need to buy a lot of real estate to offset your gain to minimize your tax burden.
Other law changes may come in to play as local communities, counties, states and the Federal government make changes to protect the public or stimulate the economy. Real estate is often affected by such changes, sometimes on purpose, other times by accident. Regardless, new changes in the New Year can affect how real estate business is conducted, values, and the salability of certain properties.
Many personal changes will have an effect on your real estate reality. Your children may change schools, advance to high school, leave home to the university. Likewise, the addition of a baby, elderly parents, or boomerang children, can force a change in real estate wants and needs. Such changes can have an impact on where you want to live and the size of the dwelling that you need.
The New Year can have a psychological effect on people. To some it is the opportunity for a new start, others a chance to forget the old and make changes. Some see it as a measuring device, how much gets done in a year. Regardless, the change in attitude/perspective can have an impact on the decisions of a Buyer or Seller. Don’t assume all is as it was last year when they didn’t accept your offer – they might be ready to move on this year.
Our Advice: The cumulative effect of the New Year change is undeniable. It is important to determine how the changes impact you in achieving your real estate objectives. Real estate decisions are multi-dimensional, even the price. There are many things that impact value, demand, want and need and they must be realistically evaluated in terms of the New Year and its effect on real estate.
There are many real estate predictions in all media types surrounding the New Year change. Which should you believe? Ask yourself, why does a year change make the difference – what is different in January 2012 versus December 2011? Consider the many factors that can have a New Year effect on real estate, which ones may affect you this year, and have a great 2012!
Lisa Wetzel and Jim Valentine have been selling real estate in Northern Nevada over 33 years. They work at RE/MAX Realty Affiliates in Gardnerville, Nevada. All blog entries are based on their combined experience working daily as top producing real estate agents in their market. Feel free to post your questions or comments.
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.