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
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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.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
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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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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
Have you recently bought a new home that needs a new roof, or are you having a new home built and need a roof? Most homeowners or homebuyers don't know that they can save up to $5,000 on a new roof, but it's true. Usually, when we hear a savings like that for a new roof, we automatically think it can't be true.
The key to saving so much money is to get as many bids as you can. Ask your Realtor® to give you some of their roofing contacts. They will usually have some great contacts to choose from. Studies show that homeowners with more bids paid less for their roofing services. Even professional roofers say they have to lower their price to win the bid.
When you're ready to have your new roof done, use Consumer Checkbook. Consumer Checkbook is an online service that reports the business practices of contractors. Look up the roofing contractors that are giving you bids to ensure you are getting a licensed, insured, bonded, and professional roofer. The lowest price isn't the greatest price if you have to fix a bad job because you hired someone who really didn't know what they're doing.
After you have decided on the roofer you think is the most qualified for the job, what do you do next? First ask him to adjust his price, letting him know the other bids you've gotten. Think of it like this; a twenty percent discount on a roof job for $500 is only one hundred dollars in savings, but a twenty percent discount on a $10,000 roofing job is a total savings of $2,000.
Make sure the price you get is a fixed price, not an estimated price range. Sometimes the difference can be as much as $3,000. Also you will want to ask each roofing contractor what exactly he will do to the roof. Some contractors will do more, some will do less. Question each part of the project. Find out how much labor and materials are going to be billed separately.
Last, but not least, get a written guarantee and don't accept any contract with loopholes for additional damage. Most contracts should be done on a time and materials basis or on a per foot basis. Let the contractor know that you plan to pay in payments as the work is done. Never pay the total job up front or until the job is complete.
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.