ActiveRain/KeepSum Contest: Cut Your Business Expenses by 60%

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

At ActiveRain, we're small business owners too. So are the folks at KeepSum!

We know first hand that being an "independent contractor" or running your own real estate brokerage or any small business for that matter is not easy. Yes, many believe that being a real estate agent is easy and glamorous: you make your own hours, you collect what appear to be huge commission checks, and you drive fancy cars. However, what the public doesn't see is what really goes on behind the curtains.

  • You have to split commission checks with everyone - even your kids.
  • Post cards, websites, signs, and other marketing services and materials are not free. And have you seen the price of stamps lately?
  • You have a staff or team that count on you to close X number of deals every month.
  • Your car is only 6 months old and it already has 18k miles on it. Gas costs the same even if it's a hybrid!
  • After you spend countless months trying to keep a deal tallied your hourly-pay just above minimum wage.
  • There's subscription to this, that and the other thing, networking events, conventions, open houses...everything cost money!
  • And what about your dues... you got office dues/rent, board of REALTOR® dues, Sentry Card dues. A fee here, a fee there, a fee everywhere.
  • And it's only Wednesday. It literally never ends.

By the way, next month we get to do it all over again. Wouldn't it be nice if you could KeepSum (pun intended) of that money you worked 16 hours a days for?

is a group-buying service for business owners in the real estate industry. They offer up to 60% savings on the products and services you already use (or do not use but should) to run your small business, except at a much lower group rate. Deals range on everything from:

  • Accounting Tools
  • Training and Education
  • Printing and Marketing Services
  • Social Media Tools
  • Tech Tools
  • Website Development
  • And anything else you think you may need

We are very excited at ActiveRain to introduce you to KeepSum. Now the group buying power of the real estate industry can help you get deals on lots of great products and services. KeepSum will be launching at the end of August with weekly deals for the real estate industry and we wanted to have a contest to tell them what you'd like to see by way of deals in your inbox.

The Contest:

1. Join the Savings by subscribing to KeepSum below:
2. Leave a comment below telling us a product or service or even a category you would like to see featured on KeepSum.
3. Like us on Facebook -- (not required...against Facebook Policy)
4. Follow KeepSum on Twitter and and get their attention by tweeting them the one thing you wish you could get a discount on.

Contest Prizes:

Chance to win #1: $20 credit on KeepSum towards your next purchase(s) for every 20th person that signs up for KeepSum below. The more people that sign up, the more folks that get a chance to win $20.

Chance to win #2: We will randomly draw one first place and three second place winners from the comments left. The first place winner will receive a $50 credit toward the purchase of a KeepSum deal(s). Three second place winners will receive a $20 credit toward the purchase of a KeepSum deal(s).

Chance to win #3: The person that sends the best tweet (as gauged by no specific factors other than humor, poignancy, or practicality) will receive a $20 credit toward the purchase of a KeepSum deal(s).

Everbody Who Comments Will Win: Every member who leaves a comment suggesting a product or service that they would like to see featured on KeepSum will be awarded 500 ActiveRain Bonus points.

The Dates:

You can sign up between now and August 26th at Midnight Eastern Time to be eligible to win one of the $20 credits for being the 20th, 40th, 140th (or any multiple of 20) person to sign up. Comments left before that same date and time will be thrown into a hat (alright, we might use a more technological solution to get random winners) for the four prizes offered at random. Any Tweets sent to @KeepSum prior to that date and time will be eligible to win the prize.

Will be officially launching on August 30th and we will announce the winners here on the ActiveRain blog on that date as well as tell you about the first KeepSum deal specifically for the real estate industry.

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Comments (236)

Mark Geis
Coldwell Banker, Mulleady, Inc. Realtors - Eagle River, WI

Definitely, Definitely, without any doubt -  Health Insurance is #1 ... 



Aug 25, 2011 04:23 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Wow!  With so many comments I think about everything is covered - and everything with a discount would be greatly appreciated ;o) 

I would appreciate cell phone plan discount (AT&T family smart-phone plan more specifically) and Website design and maintenance plan discounts.
Thank you & Good Luck with your launch 8/30,


Aug 25, 2011 08:21 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

The big two I would like to see savings on are postcard mailings and IDX discounts!

Aug 25, 2011 12:43 PM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi...I'll try to add a couple of others.

  1. Efax
  2. (marketing materials)
  3. Quantum copying
  4. Verizon cell phone service
  5. Comcast (land phone and Internet service)




Aug 25, 2011 01:36 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Wow, it is difficult to believe that this is the direction AR is moving. Itis a freaking sheerful suicide. Mass suicide...

Aug 25, 2011 02:56 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Initial cost of smart phones
Monthly cell, data, text fees
Monthly DSL / phone charges
Photo sites such as iPhoto

Aug 25, 2011 06:16 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

A group health insurance plan would be awesome! Discounts @ restaurants, gift cards....

Aug 25, 2011 11:24 PM
Ron Tarvin
Residential, Investment properties, rehab projects, property management, luxury homes, new construction! - Katy, TX
Broker, Katy, Houston, Cypress 77450,77494,77095

Savings on PRINT media, custom signs and NAR DUES! LOL!

Tweeted, liked, followed, pushed, pulled and everything else you can think of if it helps the KEEPSUM crew get real estate agents discounts on things that matter! 

Aug 26, 2011 11:13 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

1) Quantum Digital printing/mailing services

2) Copier purchase/lease services

3) Office Depot / Staples

4) Technology... meaning the iPad

Just our $.02 cents

Aug 26, 2011 02:20 PM
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

1) Office Depot / Staples

2) E & O Insurance

3) Ink for my HP Color Printer

Any or all of those with significant discounts is great!

Aug 26, 2011 04:26 PM
Lisa Wetzel
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Carson City, NV

I'd love to see deals on packages and also  Also ... How about group health insurance and disability insurance ... everyone talks about it but no one ever solves the problem!

Aug 27, 2011 01:09 AM
K.C. McLaughlin
RE/MAX United - Cary, NC
Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC

Would love to see deals on Cell phone/iPad plans. Business websites.

Aug 28, 2011 12:29 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Professional high volume copy/print/fax machines. The types that cost $6,000 to $15,000 and can be leased for several hundred dollars a month.

Aug 28, 2011 02:05 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Well, the deadline for this one is past, so now we are awaiting the points distribution..................

Aug 28, 2011 03:45 AM
Robert & Leslie Lang
Weichert, REALTORS® - McKee Real Estate - Hawthorn Woods, IL

signs, sign riders, etc... and we'll echo cell plans, technology (CDW discount?) and printer ink

Aug 28, 2011 09:29 AM
Steve Warrene
Your Town Realty - Lower Burrell, PA
Pittsburgh Real Estate Investment Specialists

I know there is everything in the business that we would all like to see at a discount but I thing web site hosing and marketing are the big ones for me.

Aug 28, 2011 11:36 AM
Susan Gaieski
Water Pointe Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
Director for Social Media & Technology
Already responded to this...what's up? When does the contest end and show results
Aug 28, 2011 02:38 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Looks like a lot of people have already said it, but anything technological especially cell phone deals (verizon!) and computer and tablet deals (desktop, laptop & ipad!).  That would be great!


Aug 28, 2011 06:50 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Uh oh, am I too late?  Ack!  Do I still get my 500 bonus points? I did everything else... :-P

Aug 28, 2011 06:53 PM
Pam Jank
Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro

AR, KeepSum was fun!  Don't forget to let us know who the top 3 winners were.


Aug 31, 2011 03:09 PM

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