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
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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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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
How can you improve your FICO score? To improve one’s credit score, it’s critical to understand the factors influencing a credit score. The factors that contribute to a FICO score and the weighted percentages for each are as follows: • 35% — timeliness of payments • 30% — the ratio of used debt to allowable debt for consumer credit • 15% — length of credit history (the more credit history and showing proof of consistent timely payment, the better the score) • 10% — types of credit used • 10% — recent credit inquiries and recent new credit The greatest driver behind a score is making timely payments on all accounts. Scores will be adversely affected for any payment that is 30 days late or more. Being late on a mortgage payment will not only crush one’s score, but will also make qualifying for a new home loan extremely challenging. Collections and past due accounts are obviously bad; however, paying off old collections can actually hurt FICOs in the short term. Many collections report from years past. If that collection is paid off, the account activity date is brought current, which could initially drive down the score. A common misconception is that having one’s credit pulled is the worst thing you can do to your scores. While it’s wise to keep credit pulls to a minimum, keeping the proportion of monthly debt to allowable debt at low ratios is far more critical in improving one’s score. For example, if a borrower has a credit card with a maximum limit of $15,000 and they owe $14,000, the proportion is almost 100% and the borrower is close to being maxed out. Getting the ratio below 50% would help and below 35% would be optimal. For revolving debt, I recommend borrowers contacting their credit card companies every six months to request increased maximum limits. It is vital not to use this new allowable debt, rather, use it as a means to always keep the proportions in check. Additionally, many borrowers will spread out their credit debt over a few cards to keep the ratios below 35% on all of the cards. Or, if liquid funds are available, it could make sense to pay down the debt. Another method of improving FICOs is to establish credit history over prolonged periods of time. By doing so, the scoring formula treats longer credit history as a means of proving that a borrower can be extended credit, but do not put themselves into a compromising situation. Many borrowers will keep inactive credit cards open, instead of closing them, in order to increase credit history. Most lenders like to see at least four lines of credit on a report (called tradelines) that are open with at least two years of history. Of these tradelines, it’s ideal to have balance between the types of accounts: mortgages, installment loans, revolving debt. Too much revolving debt, such as credit cards, can adversely impact scores as it can make the borrower to appear to be over-extending themselves.
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.