ActiveRain Quick Tip - Navigating In The Rain

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

I'm sitting at my desk, shaking my head in disbelief over how incredibly simple and easy this "improvement" tip is and how much time it would have saved me if only I knew it existed. 

Groups link on ActiveRain


While reading a post this morning by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Marylandshe referenced how to find contests at the "bottom of the screen".


Hmm, I haven't looked at the BOTTOM of the AR page in, well, forever. When I wanted to find a group, I'd go about it the "long" way or the "wrong" way, by going to MY POINTS PAGE,  scroll down to Groups, click on it, then select the group I wanted.


After seeing Margaret's reference, I quickly looked at the bottom of the page, and there it was, hiding in plain site.


A quick link to groups, contests,  first blog posts, etc. All the categories one needs to find their way around the ActiveRain site.


And it had eluded me for months.

ActiveRain quick links

There's no excuse for me not to have known this information. Maybe I missed the tutorial, maybe I was absent "that day", or maybe I just never looked at the bottom of the page. 

Shaking My Head bitmoji

Go ahead. Scroll down and take a look. I'll wait.




There it is!

At the risk of making myself look foolish in front of the entire AR community, I'm sharing this tip with you, because if I missed it, maybe some of you did, too.


I'm still "shaking my head", but at least now I know!

Comments (17)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Pat

It's certainly worth spreading the word like this since I am betting there are plenty of others who never scroll all the way down and see the wealth of information there. And we have seen questions on the Q and A section asking about things like contests.


Aug 15, 2017 05:05 PM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Good reminder! Your post should be featured so the rest of us can get a little smarter 

Aug 15, 2017 05:50 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Dave Halpern Click the "LIKE" button above and that will give this post a better chance of being featured.

Aug 15, 2017 06:04 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Pat Starnes 

 Thanks for taking my call and for the generous shout out.

 I remember feeling the same way when I found the contests and the leaderboard down below.

And now I know what 'SMH' means.


Aug 15, 2017 05:51 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Jeff Dowler - It was an aha moment for me! Seriously, never looked down. If it had been a snake... :)

Dave Halpern - From your lips to the AR Gods. Thank you!

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - It was a delight talking with you this evening. Thanks so much for the phone call and the tip you shared. I loved hearing your voice and look forward to learning from each other for years to come!

Aug 15, 2017 06:02 PM
Patty Mortara | Hunterdon County (NJ)
Hunterdon County Homes - Flemington, NJ

wow, you're right! I tend to skim the blog posts and scroll a little, but never seem to look all the way to the bottom of the page!  

Aug 15, 2017 06:25 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Patty Mortara REALTOR, ABR, CRS | Hunterdon County (NJ) - Right? I always look for instructions at the top of the page. Now we know!

Aug 15, 2017 07:09 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Glad you wrote all those great tips up.  This is a wonderful contribution to all the newbies who may have questions on navigating.  A

Aug 15, 2017 07:30 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS 

Glad you found it and shared with the rest of us. There are times when I spend too much time looking for things

Aug 15, 2017 07:50 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pat, just an FYI I saw there is a secret beta testing going on and I prefer what we have now:))Endre

Aug 15, 2017 11:13 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Now, that is very odd!  But I haven't looked at the bottom of the page either. Absolutely amazing!

Aug 16, 2017 02:29 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - now that I know, it will make finding my favorite categories much easier.

Doug Dawes - If there's an easier way to do something, I want to know about it. 

Endre Barath, Jr. - More change? Say it isn't so!

Aug 16, 2017 06:33 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, I am glad you blogged about it, as I didn't see the post from Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland and I rarely look at the bottom of the page either.  I will now though!

Aug 16, 2017 09:02 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Hi Brian Brian England  Good to see you and thanks for the mention.

Aug 16, 2017 04:51 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I didn't know you could find contests at the bottom of the screen either.  I always go to the AR Contests Group to find them.

Aug 16, 2017 09:33 AM
Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate Agent

Hi Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS thanks for the tip. I am learning my way around now and I didn't know that.

Aug 16, 2017 11:10 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I usually just use ''search'' for a specific topic or checking people I follow:) 

Aug 24, 2017 09:57 PM
Ivica Vulic
Broker real estate - Sydney, AU
Croatia real estate agency real estate in Croatia

I tried to activate my account, but can not find Europe or Croatia?
Is it possible?

Sep 11, 2017 07:13 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Ivica Vulic - that's going to be a question for the AR staff. I'm sorry I can't help. Click on the Help/FAQ section, and good luck!

Sep 11, 2017 07:30 AM

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