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
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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
Time is a precious commodity. It would seem that as new technologies were developed to maximize our efficiencies, it actually creates new work.
Yes, we know that over 90% of buyers and sellers go on line to do their search. And if so, wherever they are, that’s where we should go. Increasing our market presence, our brand, has never been more challenging that it is now when there is a lot more competition among people who think and act the same way we do.
Thus, finding time to devote to increasing and improving our online presence necessitates taking time away from other activities.
Electronic fax. I use MyFax. Sending and receiving fax is accomplished through email.
Faxes sent to me are automatically converted to pdf which I can file electronically. I convert documents to pdf and email them!
Better than feeding over 120 pages of documents in a fax machine, especially when sending short sale packages to the bank.
Hard drive documents
Even when you have a back up drive, accidents can happen. You can have a computer crash...and then you spend inordinate time recovering backed up files and reinstalling software. In the meantime, you’ve lost valuable time you could spend elsewhere.
Files in the cloud!
I use Dropbox. Now, I don’t even bring my computer to the office. I can use any at-large computers, log on, and get my documents that are filed away in Dropbox.
I can even visit my folks, and when I need to, log on to their computer, and pull information from Dropbox.
Email --- accessible from any computer, I’ve given up on Microsoft Outlook. Backing up emails and retrieving them after a crash is too much of a bear.
Synching When I had my TREO, then Blackberry, the Droid and now iPhone, it was challenging to get my calendar and contacts synched between my computer and my phone. I spent so much time researching how to do this, and visited so many online forums.
Gmail -- everything is synched among my iPhone, my iPad, my MacAir, and my older Dell Vostro PC. I make a change on one, and it’s synched everywhere else.
Multiple chargers for different electronics for use in my traveling office, my car. I never seem to have the right one when I needed it.
With over 500,000 apps, how can I lose? Found some fabulous apps specifically developed for REALTORs. like Magic Plan (which enables the realtor to develop a floor plan by taking pictures at strategic points in the rooms.)
Craigslist Like it or not, Craigslist has become an integral part of one’s marketing plan. How does one post an attractive ad? And how to do it quickly without having to recreate the ad?
Electronic flyers. If your company doesn’t have a craigslist wizard (Alain Pinel does), one can still create attractive ads through Vflyer or Postlets.
I signed up for my free craigslst account (to manage ads), then I simply copy paste the html from my Vflyer ad.
Photos I can take decent photos, but it takes me a long time to make the photos look nice.
Picasa --- if I take the photos myself, this is easy enough to do with this free photo-editing software. I don’t have time to learn Photoshop.
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.