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
I just crossed over the threshold of 200,000 points, another milestone in a series of personal achievements over the past 17 months since I joined Active Rain.
I’ve attended a Rain Camp, three meet ups, posted 78 blogs with 7 features and I've made 4650 comments on other’s blogs. I've received over 1,000 comments on my blogs, called 25 shots and made many friends all over the US and Canada. I’m still quite a “lightweight” by comparison with many of the other members, but coming from not having a clue, I feel I’ve come a long way over the past year and a half.
With over 30 years as a mortgage loan originator, I’m very good at what I do.I joined Active Rain because our industry is constantly changing and staying ahead of those changes is critical.Increasing my internet presence and being able to communicate with industry professionals was my goal, but I was surprised at the quality of the members and information that they were willing to share.
Until I joined, I didn’t know what a blog was or how to create one that would be good enough for anyone to want to read. I quickly learned by reading posts from the best of the best, followed with a visit to AR University where I took some basic classes. After a few phone calls and some encouraging emails from other members, I was well on my way to posting my first blog. Since becoming a rainmaker, I have learned to put together a relatively interesting blog and display myself as a reasonably professional mortgage originator.
Active Rain has become a daily routine for me as part of my business day, which often turns into my business night, as I blog and comment late into early morning. I laugh when I make a comment at 1:00AM and someone answers me right back. Doesn't anyone ever sleep around here?
I look forward to my next milestone at AR, as 200,000 points is just another marker along the road. I've only scratched the surface of what's out there and I know just enough to be dangerous. Over the next year I hope to blog more, make new friends, learn Photoshop so I can create funny things like Craig Rutman does, take more AR University Classes and become a more active member so I can share with others the way they have shared with me.
We live in a world where far too many people think that “Everyone Should Get A Trophy”. After a short time in the Real Estate or Mortgage Industry, it soon becomes apparent that this is not the case. Nationally, about 20% of Realtors close around 80% of the business. Joining Active Rain will not automatically make you a success, but it will provide the platform, complete with the necessary tools and support that will allow anyone the opportunity to increase their presence in the industry and become part of the 20%.
Doug Bullwinkel is a licensed California MortgageLoan Originator, NMLS #281609 for Vitek Mortgage with over 30 years in the Real Estate and Mortgage Industry. He specializes in Niche loan programs including the CalPERM-CalPERS Member Program, VA and CalVet for Veterans, FHA, USDA, FNMA Homepath, CalHFA and down payment assistance programs. His website is LenderSolutions.com. Doug can be reached at (800) 636-8910 for more information.
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.