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.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
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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.
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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
Monica Hubert asked for frugal advice for new agents on how to succeed. My comment became so long I thought I'd make a post out of it instead. Here's the advice I give to agents with little means just starting out:
Find a good mentor to ask practical day to day questions like how to fill out a purchase agreement or what to do in a negotiation!
Join Active Rain or another network of real estate professionals that can give you advice so you don't have to go to your competitors
Make a business plan. Both the Keller Williams "red book" "How to Become a Millionaire Real Estate Agent" and Carla Cross' books "How to Get Your Business Up and Running in 30 Days" or the one on business planning are good for beginners.
Choose the area you want to work. You can do this randomly by personal preference or in a businesslike manner based on number of sales compared to number of listings and factoring in market time. Also look at whether other agents are deeply entrenched in marketing that area and decide if you want to compete or not.
Decide in your business plan how much you want to make this year and break that down by number of transactions needed to make that amount. Break the number of transactions into how many marketing things you have to do to arrive at that one transaction (i.e., number of cold calls, network meetings, church services, mailings, walks in the neighborhood). Begin working the marketing to arrive at the transactions needed.
Buy a web domain for under $10. The domain should be named so searches for your farm area will bring up your domain name. (First mistake I made!)
Start a blog and focus it on your farm area (mistake #2 that I didn't do!). Check out Teresa Boardman's StPaulRealEstateBlog as an example of the way a blog should work.
Everything you create for marketing should be able to be sold to another agent when you leave the business, therefore, using your name in titles or domain name is probably not a good idea!
After you have purchased a domain from a place like GoDaddy! sign up for a free Point2Agent website and start writing 13 pages of web content directed at the consumer. As you earn more money you can upgrade to other websites, but this free will give you a start.
When you get your first transaction, keep very good conversation logs. This habit is a good one to start immediately and will cost you NOTHING but could save you much if you ever go to court!
When you finish your first transaction, don't quit working but do take a few minutes to pat yourself on the back and say good job!
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.