Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
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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.
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Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
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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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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
Responsible budgeting and money management are skills everyone needs to learn as is the discipline required to put these skills into action. Many people find it difficult to stick to a budget; oftentimes, this is because the budget they created is not realistic. Regardless of the economic climate, it is important to know how to manage your finances and keep track of your spending. In order to do this, you need a budget that you can live with. Here are a few simple steps to get you started.
First things first: before you can put together a reasonable, livable budget, you have to know what the greater scope of your financial situation actually looks like. This doesn't just mean knowing how much money you make every month you need to take into account your income, your fixed expenses (like rent, gas, groceries, day care, and insurance) you pre-existing debt, as well as other random spending needs (summer vacation, birthdays, etc.).
Once you have all of this information in front of you, organize it into three categories: Income, Needs, and Wants. Income will obviously be your salary and any other wages you may receive. Needs are your fixed expenses, not including entertainment and other superfluous expenditures (just because you like going out to dinner and a movie once a week, doesn't mean you need to). You should, however, include monthly bill payments in your fixed expenses, as paying off debt is a crucial step in establishing financial stability. Finally, "Wants" are things like entertainment spending, new clothes or jewelry, trips, etc.
Now that you have an accurate picture of your financial situation in front of you, it's time to do the dirty work. What can you afford, and where do you have to make cuts? The first things that need to be taken into account when determining where your money goes each month are your "Needs". Once those are accounted for (including, if at all possible, paying into a savings account), you can start adding some of your "Wants" to the list prioritize these, as it's unlikely you'll be able to accommodate them all. Also, be honest with yourself when identifying "Needs" vs. "Wants". A top-tier cable service with 1,000 channels is not necessary. Neither is a fancy gym membership (especially if you don't use it much). Being honest with yourself and limiting over-the-top expenses is not only the financially responsible thing to do, it will free up more cash for other items (like occasional dinners out, or a movie rental membership).
Once you have a budget worked out for yourself, make sure you keep it on hand a budget is useless if you don't use it. Update it often, and feel free to make changes and alterations if you need to. Think of your budget as a fluid, living document. Your needs may change from month to month or quarter to quarter, and your budget should reflect that. Finally, don't get discouraged if you go over budget one month. Remember, it's a tool, a guideline. If you use it correctly, it will help you achieve long-term financial stability.
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.