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Being part of the largest real estate related social network has its perks; the community of ActiveRain is on top of that list. Our vast array of real estate professionals have been in the business since the beginning. Not only do they know best practices when it comes to real estate, social media, personal life and beyond but they share their insight so freely with one another. Our mantra of Connect, Share, Learn is taken to another level because of the valuable members of ActiveRain.

Here you will find all sorts of information about what makes ActiveRain members tick. We are spread far and wide and come from all walks of life together to build this one-of-a-kind platform. Anything to do with the community and happenings in the 'Rain can be found here. Dive in and take part of something uniquely special.

Trending blogs on ActiveRain Community

By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 74
Many of the people who are beginning a blogging career on ActiveRain are, at the same time, beginning a career as some type of real estate professional. And this challenge is all about giving our newbies a leg up in this rewarding, and sometimes scary, profession.So the challenge is simple.  If y...
By Gwen Banta
(Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 115
Welcome back - it's Blooper Time. I am all for having a martini or two, folks. Maybe even three if it’s at least 10:00 AM. (I have my standards, you know.) However, I do draw the line at drinking and typing. Read these real estate bloopers and tell me if you agree that there should be a breathaly...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 79
ActiveRain Practices: Welcoming New Members When I joined ActiveRain many years ago, I do not recall being welcomed by other members and nobody offered suggestions on how to make my membership more meaningful or more profitable. Now we have volunteer Ambassadors and other members who are usually ...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 26
What Does It Mean To Be A MULTI-MILLIONAIREIt's been a long journey. Or it feels like one.This journey started accidentally for me, like many of us. Who knew I'll see myself here, celebrating two million points?There was not much importance of blogging back in 2007 when I started. And there was a...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 14
This is an old townhouse with a newly finished fourth level - insulation anyone?The all-brick townhouse now has everything - new kitchen, new floors, new shape inside, new bathrooms, new electrical, lots of new plumbing, new HVAC, new windows, new roof - you name it.  And all done with a permit!A...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 4
This week is over, and it's time for the Big Reveal.  So here goes:This Is Not About Real Estate. It Is About Life!  Margaret Rome:  Margaret's post is one where you might need a hanky. And It's just lovely.Welcome to the World Bei Bei - The Name for the DC Panda was Announced - Lise Howe:  This ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 18
Do You Text at the Dinner Table? It seems almost no one is without a smart phone these days: Kids walk to and from school with them There seem to be more drivers on their cell phones than not, and not using hands-free devices…illegal in many states, including CA People stroll the aisles at the su...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 21
     Today ActiveRain has yet another 2 Million point addition to the leaderboard. Praful Thakker is the latest addition to the list of dedicated bloggers who have persevered and reached this plateau. There are approximately 270K members here in the rain and only 150 members have hit the milliona...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 4
 When I was about 5 or 6 I got my first bicycle for my birthday. We lived in a small community in Wilcox Arizona. I was determined to teach myself to ride this bike.  Both my parents were busy and could not assist me so I took the bike out to the sidewalk I got on the bike rode about 3 feet fell ...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 4
 My Favorite Time To Sell Is Now!     Many people think spring is the only time to sell because that's when most houses look their best with green lawns and flowering trees.My favorite time to sell is right now. Always build  listing inventory even if others  suggest waiting. The time to buy and ...
By Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group
(Real Estate in IL & NV; Digital Marketing Consulting)
Comments 6
Like most people around the world, I used to set goals on New Years Eve. Also like most people I failed at following though usually sometime in January or February.My life really started to improve and my business became more successful once I realized one simple thing.CHANGE IS NOWThere is no re...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270,
Comments 7
This post is being written as part of ActiveRain's October 2015 challenge, "Your Best Advice for Real Estate Newbies."  The goal of the challenge is to provide the one piece of advice that a new real estate agent could use to help them be successful. So here is HouseKat's advice... The one thing ...
By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
Comments 1
Gulf Breeze Real Estate Happenings 32561, 32563, 32566,  Why is the new-home market still lagging?Housing analysts blame sluggish entry-level demand, higher land and labor costs, tight mortgage credit and lower builder profit compared to higher-end homes. Read more.  Homes in Gulf Breeze, Florida...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 42
This Is Not About Real Estate.  It Is About Life We often take things for granted..things that are in front of us the whole time. This man's wise wife encouraged him to realize that.Please take a moment to read this article found on one of my client's social media pages.   "After 21 years of marr...
By Irina Netchaev, Pasadena CA Real Estate
(Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc.)
Comments 18
Pasadena is getting ready for the biggest event of the year- Tournament of Roses Parade! Folks are already setting up their mini camps in the center divider as I'm driving down Sierra Madre and along the Colorado Blvd.  It's fun to see so many people getting into the Rose Parade spirit! The first...
By Sheryl Moser
(Coldwell Banker Twin Rivers)
Comments 3
A Need Or A Want? Credit Card Debt. Delinquent Credit card bills reached an all time high this month. The problem hasn't been this bad since 1998. It unfortunately goes along with the high unemployment rate. During the housing boom more consumers could tap into their home equity to pay off bills ...
By Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
Comments 69
How to Blog to Get Real Estate BusinessThe title of this post really should be why so many bloggers on Active Rain fail. A few years ago I used to be extremely active here. In fact I was on the top 20 list of most subscribed bloggers for years. This was until I realized that having my own self ho...
By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
Comments 47
This has happened to me but when it does I cringe. A client should never, never, never have to ask about an update. "How is my loan doing?", "Will the tenants be moving out on time?" "Who pays for this?" - ouch-I demand of myself that I communicate completely, clearly, and before the customer can...
Contest Below - But First, a story........In a recent featured post, Cari Corbalis wrote "I've NEVER heard a buyer or seller say their agent contacted them TOO MUCH!". In her post, Cari speaks about how she is always ensuring that her clients know what she is doing for them, no matter how small i...
By Tammy Lankford, I love Lake Sinclair, it shows (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 53
I have a few pieces of advice on this.  Today I clicked on a post and I didn't read it.  It was a tiny print wall of words. It may be really good content. But the fact is, I have really old and tired eyes. And I'm human and it's human nature to want something you are looking at to be look good. T...