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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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
Any real estate agent working for a broker/member of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) can provide you with commodity services. The Internet has played a major role in commoditizing these services and given the FSBO easy access and use.
Commoditized services are mostly those services that are “passive”, i.e. you sign up for the service, input your data, then WAIT for a consumer to find your home. Internet sites, by their nature, wait for you to find out about them and wait for you to visit them. Almost all of these services are readily available to you as a FSBO. Unfortunately, many “old school” real estate agents rely on passive sites and processes that you can use yourself, so there really is little justification for their fees and purported services. Passive web sites and services do not provide a predictable, repeatable and consistent process for finding qualified buyers for your home.
A sample of passive commodity services that can be provided by any real estate agent …
Open house, broker tours, signs
Yard signs & lock boxes
Flyer production & distribution
MLS listing entry
Realtor.com & broker/agent web sites
Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)
Advice on property repairs, fixes, upgrades
Showing agent & buyer feedback
Google Base, Zillow, Trullia, Craigslist entries
Setting asking price with “room to negotiate” (not priced to cause a sale)
Market activity updates
Financing availability and rates
Tile & Escrow company recommendations
Seller’s Net Sheets
Buyer’s Net Sheets
Contracts, forms & disclosures
Recommendations for Inspections & Contractors
As can be seen by the above list, the majority of these services are easily and readily available for your use as well.
It is easy for owners who see tools readily available are tempted to sell a home themselves. Please understand that having access to the tools is just a small piece of the puzzle. Just because I can go to Sears and buy a full set of auto mechanics tools does not make me a qualified auto mechanic.
Paul Caloca Realtor, EcoBroker
Paul Caloca The Papas Group Real Estate Broker (DRE #01766524) Mobile: 831.515.3010
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.