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
Home buyers sometimes find that their wants in housing exceed the limits of their qualified resources. Their preferred type of home in their neighborhood of choice is priced too high for them. Some folks in this situation decide that maybe they should find something that needs work in order to reduce their costs.
Rationalizing a major project disguised as the perfect home for you could be a huge mistake. We hear some common things said by first time home buyers that are potential disasters. Everyone knows somebody or has a relative who is good at ...(fill in the space with plumbing, HVAC, electric, excavation, etc.). Somehow, those friends, acquaintances, relatives become free labor in the minds of home buyers. Almost always those sources of help do not materialize. They either want to charge retail, they really don't know how to do what you thought they knew, or they simply don't have enough free time to help you.
It's possible to get a construction loan or an FHA 203K loan that will finance the cost of the repairs and upgrades, but you have to be able to qualify for the higher amount. If you're looking at homes in need of some work already priced at your maximum budget, it's not going to happen.
The worst possible scenario is buyers who find a house that needs work, buy it with the limits of their resources, and then use their 24% builders store credit card to purchase the needed materials. It's pretty easy to run up a huge bill for materials that could take years of financial stress to pay off.
When you're shopping for a new home and find that the prices don't quite match your budget, you're either not ready to make that lifestyle upgrade, or more likely, you're shooting just a bit over your target. It would probably be wise to go over your choices and find a way to get closer to your economic comfort range.
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.