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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.

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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 29
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 Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 71
I was an older newbie. I had a couple of careers before I got my real estate license and owned numerous properties. My accountant told me to buy something and I did, and then I bought another and another. After  waitressing in my late 30's, I decided I wanted to make a living at something I enjoy...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 5
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 Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 15
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 Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 21
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 22
     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 Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 9
I have not read anything about how the new website Peeple will impact real estate agents, but I am already easily imagining the horrible fallout from this monstrosity. What budding entrepreneuers will do to make a buck these days does not surprise me. What astonishes me is the number of people wh...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 7
I Could not wake up!  This morning started with that hazy dreamlike state when you’re not really asleep and you’re not really awake.  Your mind wanders and things that you’ve been pondering make total sense until you wake up and try to figure it out and then it makes no sense at all.   In that st...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 40
Success can't always be defined by process, but without it there can be none. I actively listed and sold homes for close to thirty years and now while still licensed in New Jersey largely make referrals and do training. I work a couple days a week at a local historic site and sell memberships and...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 25
Finding an Old Note-to-SelfThoughts About Social MediaI was feeling philosophical about blogging one day. Had some thoughts and jotted them down.Tucked them away and forgot about it.Found it. Here's what I wrote:Remember that what you put out there will surface again and again—even if you become ...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 5
 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 Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 6
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-September 27 to October 3, 2015 I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, something about Real Estate, about a place or person!  ...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 24
On Thursday evenings there is always music and a sunset to enjoy at my little center of the Berkshires. This past Thursday was an apple cider event and it was spectacular. We had a cold but great evening with a new three piece band whose members played numerous instruments and old American songs....
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 53
It's been a long eventful week.  There was a birthday party at El Tapatio for a family member. There was a  more relaxed day at Lodi Lake yesterday.  And, early this afternoon, my new Dell computer was delivered.  I've spent the last few hours introducing myself to Windows 10, and loading softwar...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 16
History of a Painting - Brown Covered Bridges, Set of 4The first Covered Bridge I saw when I moved to Georgia in 1983, was the Euharlee Covered Bridge, which I painted on commission.  It was in the fall season.  Several years later a lady wanted the same bridge painted, but a different view with ...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270,
Comments 8
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 ...