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
Shopping for a new home is an exciting, yet stressful, process. Most potential homebuyers visit and consider several different homes before they find what they consider to be the best match for their lifestyle and price range. Not every buyer is looking for a brand-new home with all of the most modern amenities, so it is important to know how to spot potential. This means looking past superficial flaws and knowing which amenities represent the best savings in the future.
It is a buyer's market. Many homes available for sale and that buyers are more likely to find the right home at the right price. Buyers can also be more particular about homes' amenities and condition.
Almost every potential homebuyer dreams of moving into the ideal home with no need for improvements or updates. However, great deals can be had when you are willing and able to look past the blemishes and see the true value of a home.
Buyers are looking for the right floor plan. This is a personal choice, and no two buyers are looking for exactly the same thing. This is good news for buyers. But keep in mind that sometimes it is possible to simply rearrange a floor plan or plan for a future addition to a home that offers everything else you are looking for.
When you are shopping for a home, pay particular attention to the following items.
Walls - You can quickly and easily update the color and appearance of your home's walls. Often potential buyers are not attracted to a home simply based on the color of the entranceway. Remember that homeowners may not have had time to repaint walls or remove outdated wallpaper or paneling. This is often true for estate-owned homes.
Floors - Modifying floors can be more expensive and time-consuming than painting walls, but the changes are not difficult or time-consuming. If the floors are carpeted and you prefer hardwood, find out whether the floors underneath are hardwood. If so, then the refinishing process could be quick and inexpensive. If the floors are currently exposed and you prefer carpeting, this is another quick change.
Closets - Closet space is a must-have in today's world. Home shoppers are often disappointed with older homes that have minimal closet space. Fortunately, closets are inexpensive and easy to add in a home. Also, consider external options like wardrobes. If storage closets are unavailable, take a look at the basement area and see where you might be able to add some storage space to the home.
Kitchen - A home's value is often judged by the size and usability of the kitchen. People spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and therefore it is one of the things that home shoppers are particular about. Even if a home does not have the perfect kitchen, consider the possibilities. Can a wall be removed to widen the room, or can the existing room be rearranged to better suit your requirements?
Never rule out a home without first trying to look past the cosmetic and sometimes functional flaws in order to see the home's true potential. This is particularly true when you are shopping on a tight budget. Great bargains exist for potential buyers who can use their imagination and be flexible about their requirements.
Not every home that you look at will work for your situation. Otherwise, every home would be identical! However, when you have a good eye and are able to see past the things that you do not like about a home, you can determine whether a few small improvements could make the positives far outweigh the negatives.
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.