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
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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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
I started lenderama in January of 2005 as a way to keep in touch with my old client base. I had left my position as an account executive for a wholesale mortgage lender, and wouldn't be making sales calls to all the client relationships I had forged of the years. I had 54 clients. My hope was that 27 (half) of them would read my blog. I underestimated this medium.
Today, thousands of loan professionals visit lenderama every week. I've received press in Investors Business Dailey, RIS Media, Inman News, and Inside Mortgage Technology. I was interviewed and quoted for the McGraw Hill published book, Realty Blogging, and even invited to be a contributor to the Inman News Blog. I've been called a pioneer in realty blogging, but from day one, I've been tracking the successes and failures of what other bloggers are doing to better my own efforts.
Along the way, I've always tried to share what I found. At first, I simply maintained a long list of Real Estate and Mortgage Bloggers. Then I turned it into a search engine. Lately I have been interviewing other bloggers to see what they are doing, and even maintain a list of great posts that I think would benefit other bloggers. I've come to the realisation that no one person is the last word in RE blogging. So I've taken the opposite approach. I'm seeking everyone's opinion.
In 2009, I became the Manager of Social Mediafor The National Association of REALTORS. I'm helping NAR to create a social communications strategy for it's membership.
My first job in the Mortgage Industry was over summer vacation between my junior and senior years of high school. I used to curiour VOE's and VOD's around town for pruchase deals that couldn't wait for the US mail. I was actually born into this industry as my mother was an RE agent while I was growing up, then later went into mortgages herself.
I originated my first loan in 1991.
In 1998, I switched to client representation in wholesale lending.
In 2000, I became a sales rep for Myers Internet. I sold web solutions for mortgage brokers across the country.
In 2002 I went back to wholesale, working for the broker division (Commonwealth United Mortgage) of National City Mortgage.
In 2005, I started blogging. Now, I'm drawing from this divergent career path to find ways to help other Real Estate and Mortgage Professionals harness technoligy to make themselves more effective.
Testimonials - what other bloggers are saying about me
Dustin Luther - Rain City Guide "He seems to quickly pick up on real estate and mortgage technology trends, making his blog a great read."
Gregg Swann - Bloodhound Blog "Todd is also father of REMBEX, the uncontested best search engine for the RE.net. How well do I like it? It sits just below the WordPress search in our sidebar"
Dan Green - The Mortgage Reports "I think Todd Carpenter may have been the first mortgage industry blogger. I remember when I started blogging in early-2005, Todd's Lenderama was already chock full o' posts and I aspired to be Todd."
Jim Duncan - Real Central VA "One of the best real estate resources on the web"
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.