ActiveRain Community

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 Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 69
My best advice to a newbie in any sales related business. It doesn't matter if you're selling real estate, cars, furniture, advertising or toys.....this advice applies, because we are always selling ourselves.....and I got it from a very reputable source. The advice:  Keep your mouth shut and lis...
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 Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 1
Maybe it's time to be The Little Engine That CouldLife ain't always easy, and many folks accept difficult and miserable conditions for long periods of time . . . unnecessarily!To some degree, this is personal surrender to the "destroyer" of quality of life when, in fact, the only thing keeping th...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 7
Put it simply - this roof finding is the result of not having a home inspection.And it wasn't hard to find.  But it was a bit shocking nonetheless.The sellers are two elderly women who bought this home during the "bubble."  Their agent advised them not to get a home inspection so their contract w...
By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
Comments 5
Wild Fires...Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find yourself. Imagine walking away from everyone you know and love, forsaking the comforts and warmth of hearth and home to make your bed on a narrow green 6 foot folding Army cot. An uncomfortable, uncompromising, miserable little bed nestled ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 85
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 Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 15
We like to think that we really know our coworkers and colleagues but how much do we not know about them? Behind every success story is some type of adversity buried in the past. When we see a successful person we tend to think “Wow, he’s a lucky person” or “I wonder how she got to where she is?”...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 23
ActiveRain Practices: Q&A Section It appears that only a small percentage of the members of ActiveRain regularly participate in the Q&A section and the purpose of this blog is to encourage your participation. Members do appreciate your answers to their questions and they will readily respond when...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 13
  There is some staining/discoloration and/or mold or mold-like fungal growth present on the roof sheathing in the attic. This condition may be consistent with the effects of Night Sky Radiation. Night Sky Radiation is when the roof sheathing temperature falls below the ambient dew point temperat...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 30
Celebrating People  How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.Wayne Dyer Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.   Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown ...
By Janet Brooks, Integrity and Excellence in Life & Real Estate
(Brooks & Associates)
Comments 0
I am comfortable with who God made me to be. In a world where most people want to be someone else I rejoice in who I am now, in this time and this space. Each of us was created with unique talents, gifts, strengths and abilities that are designed to mold us into the person we were designed to be...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 38
     29 September 2007, I became a member of a relatively new real estate platform called ActiveRain. The point system was not as liberal as it is today and it took forever to one to inch their way up the point system. Napoleon Hill and several others talk about the value and virtue of perseveran...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 14
When I saw this I thought, not quite!  Drywall in the shower is not the way to go.In the olden days, when I was a contractor, what we put on the walls for showers and bath tubs was regular old drywall.The problem was, when it got wet it soaked up the water and damaged really quickly, leaked, made...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 39
Can you see the leak behind the wall?  A thermal camera can.Of course, a thermal camera doesn't really "see" anything.  But it detects electromagnetic radiation that you and I cannot see. Looking behind the water heater there seemed to be some small spots of mold.And on the floor molding there lo...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 0
We REALTORS like to coddle our clients! Yep! We pour our hearts and souls and seemingly limitless energy and time into being sure that our client gets EVERYTHING she wants while experiencing minimal angst and inconvenience. Buying or selling a house is a process with many moving parts and myriad ...
By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
Comments 3
The asking price on 1320 Olivia Street in Key West just got a lot better. As a rule newly built houses in most parts of the United States pretty much go un-noticed but here in Key West new houses are the exception rather than the rule. 1320 Olivia Street is one of those exceptions - it is a two s...
By Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & area authority!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
Comments 3
Forget what hurt youbut never forgetwhat it taught you...UnknownThank you for reading my blog post! This post was researched, authored and photo taken by Paul Henderson, © 2015, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any ...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 2
Discover how you can be the top listing agent in your market!    I created a series of 3 FREE training videos for you to learn the 4 core essentials of a successful listing agent.   We will go over the new changes in the real estate landscape and how you can establish yourself as an authority and...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 14
We who love dogs have a lot of questions about their behavior. Most of us know, or think we know, why they take an instant dislike to a few people, while being friendly to everyone else. They have some kind of 7th sense that tells them that some people are just not to be trusted. There are other ...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 0
Good food for thought from David Gibson.  We used to have a "MiFi" backup for internet in case Cox went down, or the modem, or the router, and now use iPhones as hot spots if needed.  We do have "spare parts" as well.  Most of what we do is "cloud based" so the risk of loss is very low. Printers ...