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!
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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
A recent survey of college graduates found that 63% of those grads think the American dream is dead, and you know what? They're right. The American dream their parents grew up with, or the one they see on Mad Men and other 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s vintage TV shows is definitely cold in the grave.
Ironically, knowing that is good news. The likelihood that they will go to work for a major corporation, spend 30 years there and collect a nice pension and a gold watch at the end is no longer the norm. Actually, it was on life support in the mid-90s. What the average American didn't see in the mid-90s was the alignment of growing out of control government spending, more sophisticated manufacturing with higher levels of automation and less people, cheaper labor in foreign markets, higher costs of producing goods and services in the U.S. and more college graduates with less marketable degrees.
The good part of all of that is knowing that the burden of taking care of yourself and your future falls on your shoulders. If you're of the belief that your job is never fully secure, the government will not have sufficient resources to support you in your old age and you can only depend on you - you're on the right path. With those simple observations, you should become more proactive in saving, building and creating sources of wealth creation.
My wife and I came to this conclusion in the mid-to-late 90s. We had accumulated a substantial portfolio of stocks, mutual funds and real estate. We decided we would live more humbly and frugally. When the markets took a hit in September 2008, we lost 90% of our investment portfolio. If we had gone out in the 90s and early 2000s and bought the McMansion, high-end cars and all the trinkets of the image of wealth when we had the resources, we would have been swept away with the rest of masses.
Did we take a hit? Absolutely. Was it devastating? You bet. Can we ever recover? Without a doubt. We're doing it now. We're rebuilding wiser and more aware than ever that there is no bailout for the average American. If we want to accomplish the American dream it will depend on what we do, not on what someone else does for us.
The markets are always shifting in this country. The constant uncertainty that is born out of Washington makes employers nervous about hiring, continuing business and raising wages and benefits. If you desire those things, they are out there, but this time you will have to provide them for yourself. That's good to know. If you want to accomplish the American dream, roll up your sleeves and get busy. It is your responsibility now (and it really always has been).
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.