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
IF YOU DON'T READ ANOTHER BLOG POST TODAY, READ THIS ONE FROM Charita Cadenhead.
I, for one, have always been quite untrusting of using e-mail for negotiations. Agents no long hand deliver, get signatures, deliver to the opposite agent, and then to the opposite principal.
It's so easy to sit at the computer, type a few words and . . . .
AND THEN WHAT?????
Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, serving home buyers in Loudoun County, VA, 800-711-7988.
WHEN EXPERIENCE COUNTS, home buyers will enjoy our many years of serving home buyers in Northern Virginia for over 25 years. We provide buyers with . . . * Comprehensive home searches, * Personal tours of homes for sale, * Comparative Market Analysis for homes under consideration, * Experienced financial analysis to help you understand different loan opportunities, * Personally manage home inspections, termite inspections, settlement meetings, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE.
For a tour of homes in your location of choice in Loudoun County, contact Homefinders.com. We'll arrange a wonderful tour and you can get to know the county, shopping, recreation, the real estate market and the hardest working Buyer's Agents in the area.
And I've Got the E-Mail to Prove It (and the Court Agreed)
I read a very interesting article on Realtor® Magazine online today. It presented a case whereby a buyer filed a lawsuit against a seller for backing out of a contract for sale. The gist of the lawsuit was that via email, there was apparently an implication that an offer was accepted by a seller. Prior to obtaining signatures on the contract, the seller received a higher offer and then reneged on the agreement with the first buyer.
Fast forward, the first buyer took the seller to court on the grounds that, via email, they had a binding agreement. The seller contested on the basis that a contract had not been signed as required by law under the Statute of Frauds. The seller vehemently denied the existence of a binding contract and filed a motion to dismiss.
I have touched on this subject before and certainly there has been a lot of discussion on ActiveRain about this very subject. Of course there have been staunch supporters of the binding effects of emails as well as staunch supporters holding the opinion that emails cannot bind contracts based on contract law.
Well in this case, it ended up being decided outside of court, but prior to that, the low court judge had denied the sellers motion to dismiss. This particular case was before a Massachusetts court and the judge ruled that "under a state law called the Massachusetts Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, an email signature block or even the 'from' portion of the e-mail may constitute a valid electronic signature in cases where parties are conducting a transaction electronically."
Since the case was settled out of court, precedence was not set, but according to the article, this case left the door wide open for future lawsuites pertaining to agreements made via email.
So what's the moral of this story: It doesn't not matter whether your state current recognizes emails as being acceptable forms of binding contracts. What really matters is:
What you say and how you say it in an e-mail AND
Be sure that your emails contain a disclosure stating that email agreements are not binding and that contracts shall not be considered binding until such time that a contract has been signed by both parties via a wet signature or approved and recognized electronic signature service such as Authentisign, DocuSign or the like.
Below are sample disclaimers that the article suggest that you include in your emails:
Watch what you say in e-mails. If you're representing the seller, always say that the terms of the deal must be approved by the seller and that negotiations are preliminary until an offer or contract is signed. Conversely, if you are representing the buyer, it's prudent to push for confirmation that a deal has been reached, to avoid a situation, like the Massachusetts case, in which the seller jumps at a higher offer at the last minute.
Use a disclaimer. You can insert a disclaimer in your e-mail signature that looks something like this: "E-mails sent or received shall neither constitute acceptance of conducting transactions via electronic means nor create a binding contract until and unless a written contract is signed by the parties."
Charita Cadenhead, Your Metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama Real Estate Broker of Choice
Got a question about Metropolitan Birmingham real estate? Just ask Charita. Need a good Realtor(R) to help you find a new home or sell the one you already own? Just shoot me an email. In need of a rental property? Subscribe to be notified whenever we list a new rental or home for sale.
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.