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 Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
Comments 50
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...
By Mark Piscitelli & Theresa Ziebro
(Remax Trinity)
Comments 3
I wish every deal were easy.  I wish every client were as sweet as a lamb.But it's real life in real estate, so some of our clients are prickly, angry, demanding, questioning, and dissatisfied.Yesterday we were in the park and I snapped this image of my nature-loving son:  This morning, as i work...
By David Gibson, Colorado Springs, Briargate, Pine Creek, Manitou
(Colorado Home Sales LLC)
Comments 48
Have you thought through where your tech could fail you and what your back up plan would be? # 1 Internet router. Whether you use DSL or cable for your Internet connection this is the magic box that allows you to connect the Internet to your computer. These routers are now cheap enough that it ma...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 107
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 C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
Comments 8
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 Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Comments 7
We are able to do just about anything that comes to mind. Doesn't matter about the subject either. We have that capability and I prefer to call it more accurately a privilege. Consider this. To go or do most anything you can think of or stumble into and repeat it if to your liking. However, what ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 61
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 Gwen Banta
(Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 133
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 Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
The not often used hose bib.And this would be it!  It looks lonely, doesn't it?I have heard of decking the halls with boughs of holly. But what's the point of decking the hose bib with thick boughs of Southern Pine?I looked at this little fellow from every angle.It is quite near impossible attach...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 9
    To help change the energy of your home and self it is suggested to use aroma therapy, as one of many healing modalities. Yet, you NEED to be aware of the details and read the lables.    A study completed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that most common household air fres...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 95
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 C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
Comments 2
All American Red Cross (ARC) disaster assistance is free...Considering what it takes to get the job done, I find that fact truly remarkable. It is probably why I enjoy being a cog in their corporate, non-profit wheel. Wearing the Red Cross Volunteer mantle is like Clark Kent hiding his Superman s...
By Jan Sohlman, RE/MAX Integrity
(RE/MAX Integrity)
Comments 2
Open House Sunday 1pm to 3pm! 3305 Paula Court, Eugene 97404Stop on by and see Brandon Fletcher from RE/MAX hold open this wonderful home.Details:3 Bedrooms2 Baths1288 SQFTVaulted CeilingsRV ParkingMLS# 15056354Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings makes the home light and bright. The kitchen has...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 87
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 3
I have seen very interesting entries for this contest - very good suggestions!Are you 'All in' to win?If you have missed this post, here's a reminder about the contest. Contest Below - But First, a story........ In a recent featured post, Cari Corbalis wrote "I've NEVER heard a buyer or seller sa...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 13
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 Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate®
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 7
 Time to Fill Your Yard with Monsters, Spiders, and Snakes to Really Grab Buyers Attention…Here's an old entry from the spirited Haunted Open House Notebook that I dusted off recently and just like the old Halloween decorations tucked away in the attic or basement, if it scares up some buyers att...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 4
We've all heard of the books "If you give a Moose a muffin" or "If you give a mouse a cookie", but how about If you give a Realtor a referral? I've been away at a conference all week and with a pinch of ADD, my mind wanders and zany ideas come about. So, here goes, "If you give a Realtor a referr...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 21
ActiveRain Practices: Photographs in Blogs It is my personal experience that your blogs are likely to attractive a larger audience when you include one or more photographs in each blog. I like to use my own photographs and have developed a following of those who enjoy my photographs. If you want ...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 34
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 ...