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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
Yes it's true. I'm getting older. I've been removed from high school for more than a decade and the last college course I took was in the 90's. However, I always try to learn something on a daily basis (and thanks to my fellow AR addicts, I do). While it has been some time since I was in a formal educational setting, one thing I remember from my Writing class was the "Five W's (and One H)". It was pretty much the basis of all the articles and short stories I wrote. It's the building blocks of all great writing: novels, news articles, movies, and even blogs!
But I'm not here to give a lesson on how to use this fundamental foundation to help you Rainers write better blogs or get started on the novel or self help book you've been planning. No, I'm here to talk about a new set of alliteration. The "Three D's (and One H)"of Identity Theft: Deter, Detect, and Defend. And as a bonus, reprising his role, the magnificent How!
1. Deter Identity Theft by safeguarding your information:
Shred all personal information
Protect your Social Security number
Don't give out personal information to strangers
Never click links on unsolicited emails
Don't create passwords with obvious information
Keep your personal information PERSONAL.
2. Detect suspicious activity by monitoring your finances:
Be aware of bills that do not arrive at all
Unexpected account statements and bills
Denials of credit that you didn't apply for
Follow calls or letters regarding purchases you never made
Inspect your credit report yearly, if not every 6 months
Review your credit card and bank statements regularly
3. Defend against Identity Theft ASAP:
Place a Fraud Alert on your credit report
Close accounts that were fraudulently opened
File a police report
Contact the FTC and report the theft to them
4. How Identity Theft Happens:
Dumpster Diving - Finding personal information in the trash
Skimming - Stealing credit/debit card numbers by using a special storage device when processing your card
Phishing - Sending BOGUS emails pretending to be legitimate lending institutions or businesses tp get you to send them your information
Changing Your Address - They divert your mail to another address by completing a "change of address" form
Stealing - They steal wallets and purses as well as mail directly from the mailbox. Some of them even steal your sensitive information from their employers
There's no end all be all to preventing ID Theft. The best you can do to prevent this from happening to you is being cautious and taking the necessary precautions to keep it from happening to you. And if you are unfortunate to be a victim of this CRIME, contact your local law enforcement agency, the FTC, and of course the creditor and the bureaus!
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.