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
When my mother's health was in a major decline, she did not want to go to a hospital or nursing home. She knew (at least on some level) that she wasnt' going to be around much longer, and she wanted to be at home when the end came. And we honored her wishes.
A few months after she passed, we listed the house, and during the first week or so that the house was on the market, a prospective buyer wanted to make an offer. When she learned that the sale was to settle an estate, she asked if the seller had died in the house. I sent the listing agent an email to pass onto the buyer explaining that yes. My mother died in the house, peacefully and surrounded by children and grandchildren who loved her. I explained that she basically died of very old age, and she had had a wonderful life in this house. Alas, the buyer had a thing about this particular issue, and she decided against the house.
And it reminded me of a transaction I had back in the '80s. It was the stone house on the right. And it had been owned by a lovely elderly gentleman who always wore (at least in the winter time), a cashmere coat and bowler hat, and every day he took a walk through the neighborhood into his 90's. For many decades, he served as the president of the neighborhood association.
Then one day, he didn't take his walk, and people noticed. A neighbor had a key, and he went into the house and found that he had died peacefully in his sleep.
One of my investor clients bought the house from the estate, and I worked with him to get it removated and back on the market. And he gave me strict instructions to put on the fact sheet that this lovely old gentleman had passed in the house.
At the first Open House (for neighbors only on Saturday), a bunch of the neighborhood little old ladies dropped by. They all had had crushes on him and may have, um, dated him? OK, and at the time they were probably the same age that I am now.
And several of them said, "Honey, there's no ghost here! He's moved on!"
And at the second Open House for the public the next day, the couple who bought the place thought it was a very good sign that the previous owner had died in his sleep in his own home in his 90's.
So what am I saying here?
If you have an elderly parent who is in failing health, and if they want to opt for home hospice, I think you owe it to them to honor their wishes. But there are some people who come from cultures where it's not cool to live in a house where someone has died. They don't care that the seller lived for 200 years old and had a wonderful life and won a Nobel Prize for Peace and a Pulitzer for a the novel of the century. They don't notice that the house has a great vibe and that Elvis (or in this case, Alice) has left the building.
But I gotta say, the people who eventually bought my mom's house didn't even ask. If they had, I would have sent them the same email that I sent to the first buyer, and I doubt that it would have mattered. Oh! And I'm sure that my morther would have loved them.
If you are planning a move to or from the Washington area, I can help. I am licensed in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Please email me at Housepat@mac.com or call 202-549-5167.
Pat Kennedy -- author of The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate -- gives you a look at life on the streets as a real estate broker in our nation's capital. And her blog is peppered with great advice combined with humor!
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.