ActiveRain Community Guidelines

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

The following are the ActiveRain Community Guidelines. For an expanded explanation/definition of each point, simply click on the highlighted links.

Respect the Real Estate Industry 

ActiveRain is a place where real estate professionals can network with their peers and discuss industry insider topics. It is also a public forum where consumers can pull back the curtain and see what the real estate industry is really about. 

Because of this level of transparency and openness, ActiveRain members must remain zealous in their quest to represent our industry in as true and professional of a light as possible, for both their fellow professionals, and the consumers who access this platform.

Respect the Fair Housing Ethos

You must not violate any Fair Housing Laws, posts that could be interpreted as indicating a preference of a protected class will be removed. Violations of this guideline may result in loss of access to the site.

From HUD's website:
"It is illegal for anyone to Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act."

Respect the ActiveRain Community

Being a part of any community requires a certain level of trust. Don't abuse the site or your fellow members. By joining the ActiveRain community you are given a platform to present your ideas and opinions to a large number of people. We trust you to be responsible with that platform; thousands of other ActiveRain members are also counting on your trustworthiness.

Please take these rules seriously. Don't try to look for loopholes or ways around them; please take them to heart and try to respect the spirit in which they were created. We administrate this community using logic and common sense, and we will give greatest regard to the intention of the rule. If we decide to terminate your account as a result of a violation of these Community Guidelines, you will be prohibited from ever signing up for another account!

We Review Content Flagged As Inappropriate

When content on ActiveRain is flagged as inappropriate, we will review the content to determine whether or not it violates our Community Guidelines. If we remove content after reviewing it, you should assume that we removed it purposefully, and you should take our warning email seriously. If you find content on ActiveRain that you believe violates the intention of our Community Guidelines please flag it for our review. If the content does not have a flag feature available, please contact support with the details of the violation. Please do not attempt to correct or discipline another ActiveRain member directly!

ActiveRain is built for Community

We built ActiveRain as a place for real estate professionals to network and create a sense of community/belonging. This is your community! It is our members that make ActiveRain such a special place.

  • Have fun with the site. Don't be afraid to dig in! There's a lot to do and learn here.
  • Let ActiveRain staff and other members know what you are thinking. Member feedback is essential to our continued growth and development
  • Get connected. At first ActiveRain may seem, both at the same time; so big that you could never be heard, and so small and cliquish that you will never be a part of it. Everyone experiences this phenomenon. Our suggestion is to start off slow; read blogs, then start commenting on posts that interest you, and once you feel ready, blog away!

—The ActiveRain Team

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Comments (798)

Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Let it Rain you guys!  And don't be shared to reach out should you need anything.  This Community is FULL of encouragement and love!

Sep 18, 2012 03:24 AM
Blake Voorhees
Coldwell Banker Danforth & Associates - Seattle, WA

I just joined AR this evening and also upgraded to RainMaker.  I am likely going to join Market Leader here in the next couple of days after I review the contract.  In turn, I would like to know whether the RainMaker mo. fee is absorbed or in addition to the ML monthly fee.  Would you happen to know the answer?  I also actively publish articles re various market issues and post them to my existing WordPress blog page, which leads me to my next question.  Does it make sense to keep my WordPress site and blog in both locations  (AR & WP) or migrate its contents to my AR blog.  Any thoughts? 

Many thanks!   Blake

Oct 25, 2012 01:11 PM
Ramon Vega
Better Homes Rand Realty - New Windsor, NY

Just joined active rain! Short and to the point guidelines work fro everyone. Hoping to have fun. learning and sharing work knowledge and experiences.

Nov 25, 2012 09:13 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Welcome Blake and Ramon!!  Reach out should you need anything at all, we have ActiveRain University classes, blogging ideas and inspiration all for you!

Nov 26, 2012 01:58 AM
Sandy Williams
eXp Realty, - Sarasota, FL

Thanks for the reminder.  It's always good to keep the rules out in front of everyone.

Nov 28, 2012 12:43 AM
Carolyn Fish
REMAX Advantage Realty Group - Bangor, ME

I joined AR some time ago, but never took the time to participate. I commend you on the guidelines, and agree with a previous post, that it's too bad they have to be spelled out, but may also be helpful to people who are not as familiar with blogging etiquette as they are REALTOR ethics. I will watch some of the webinars and look forward to learning, and, hopefully, contributing something bac..

Feb 04, 2013 01:37 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Carolyn, just by being here and commenting you've already started giving back.  Please do take advantage of the webinars and all AR has to offer.  If you ever need help along the way, we are here for you to keep you on track!

Feb 04, 2013 02:08 AM
Dottie McDaniel
Bray and Company Real Estate - Grand Junction, CO
Dottie McDaniel

I honestly don't know a lot about AR, but met a member and she invited me.  After readying the code of ethics and code of conduct, I'm actually very excited to be a part of a professional group with strict standards.  I'm not familiar with blogging, but look forward to participating and listening to my piers!

Feb 10, 2013 11:49 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Welcome Dottie!  Please thank your friend for us.  You'll want to go to your profile and choose your State, County & City to fully activate your profile.  Upload a photo at least 600x600 and your photo will appear alongside your comments too!  Please reach out to me for any help getting you started Dottie, we're so happy you're here!

Feb 11, 2013 02:17 AM
Cheryl Dickson
Retired Realtor / Retired Home Inspector - Oklahoma City, OK
Retired Realtor, GRI / Retired Home Inspector

Welcome Dottie! So glad you joined us. There is a wealth of info here and everyone is so helpful. :) You will really enjoy time spent in the rain! Let me know when you have some spare time and I'll come by and show you around the Rain. :)

Feb 12, 2013 10:17 PM
Charlotte Ruden
Re/Max Central Manalapan, Marlboro Real Estate - Colts Neck, NJ
-Colts Neck,Manalapan,Marlboro Real Estate Expert

I recently joined active rain and can already see that it can be addictive! looking forward to sharing ideas and becoming an active member!

Mar 23, 2013 09:59 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Charlotte - So happy that you're already seeing a benefit.  You will learn and grow your business with the help of this amazing community.  Let it Rain!

Mar 25, 2013 01:50 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Patrick - You've come at the best time. Our Bootcamp 3-class series is kicking off Thursday at 9am Pacific via live webinar.  We'll teach you exactly how to blog to be the best!  Check it out here.

You can also check out the AAA group for many informative posts if you're new to the 'Rain.  The Ambassadors are there to help you with anything as well.  We look forward to watching your success grow!

May 29, 2013 01:44 AM
Karen Hunter
Jericho, NY

Hi, just joined and looking forward to hearing about whats going on with other stagers and realtors that use stagers. 

Aug 27, 2013 05:41 AM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Welcome to ActiveRain, Karen! You'll quickly grow to love this place and find some really valuable resources here! Let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you!

Aug 28, 2013 02:34 AM
Olney, MD

Active Rain helps me see other agent's prospectives. Improving myself makes me evaluate myself so I can always have a fresh outlook on what others see in the marketplace and better serve my clients!  Thank you everyone.

Feb 23, 2014 12:45 AM
Becky Barbour
Charlotte, NC

Just joined and would like to know how worth while it is to upgrade and create a blog. I have a wordpress blog but want to explore my options.

Mar 17, 2014 11:43 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Anybody who engages in this behavior is not very fit to be here. I would like to think that respect would be the norm. :)

Jan 11, 2018 09:32 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Becky, welcome and I’m glad you’re exploring and came along here to hang out with us here! Becky Barbour

Jan 11, 2018 09:33 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Great guiding principles.

Aug 04, 2020 12:03 PM