ActiveRain Community Resources - Updated 06/18/08

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

At times we will be refeaturing this post so new members can see it and as we add some of your excellent posts to this list of Resources!

The wonderful thing about Active Rain is the fact that members share their knowledge with each other. Several new members have asked about a help facility and we have pulled together several resources here at ActiveRain that are not easily found when you are in the need for an answer.  

The answers you seek are from your fellow Active Rain members actual posts.  If you see a post that should be ease email us the link to the post that should be added and the category you think it should be in.  We will be updating this document on a regular basis.

In the coming months there are going to be many exciting changes here at Active Rain and we will be keeping you up to date as these changes happen.   

The collage on the left of the title paragraph was created by Blanca.   The photos to the right of all the posts are taken from Localism.  Here are a few excellent examples of photos in Localism...

Community Guidelines


About Our Community 

Groups To Check Out



Blogging - Basics

Writing Basics to Help You

 The 8 P's to Blogging Success - The Real Estate Tomato

 Your Blog Is Bait - The Real Estate Tomato

 "If You Write It They Will Come!" - The Real Estate Tomato

 Who Are You Blogging For? - The Real Estate Tomato

Generating Ideas

So You Want to know more about SEO

Tools that will Help You 




Commenting on Posts

Photos & Videos 

Reading Posts


Getting Along in the Rain

Introduction to Localism

  Networking with ActiveRain and other really good habits


Community - Getting Involved 

Configuration and How Did They Do That?

Addiction to ActiveRain 

Humor around the Rain


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Comments (185)

Ryan Martin
Pacific Continental Realty, LLC - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Commercial RE Broker

I have been a member of ActiveRain for over a year and I just discovered this community resource.

Nov 04, 2008 08:54 AM
Colleen Lane
Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale - Kennewick, WA
Realtor(r) 509.438.9344

What a great resource list.  I was perusing the home page and found this!  :)

Nov 04, 2008 10:55 AM
Mobile Austin Notary
Apostille/Authentication/Embassy Legalization, Notary Public, Loan Signing Agent & Process Server Services - Austin, TX

Thanks so much, this told me everything that I needed and wanted to know.Feather Pen

Dec 02, 2008 01:50 PM
Omega Omega
Omega - Glendale, CA

This is a hella of a resouce.  Who cares if I have information overload!!!!!!!!  I love it and will keep blogging until my Bailout comes!!!!!!!

Fred T

Dec 16, 2008 07:17 AM
Tom Giansante
The Title Company of Jersey - Wildwood, NJ

AR simplified.  Thanks for taking the time to put this valuable resource together for us!!!

Dec 18, 2008 04:02 PM
Colleen Lane
Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale - Kennewick, WA
Realtor(r) 509.438.9344

Very nice list of resources.  I wonder if there needs to be an update to the original post as things have changed, at least a little, around ActiveRain lately.  ;)

Jan 09, 2009 12:04 AM
Stevie Bear

Fabulous - a lifeline I can truly trust and use!! Many thanks for this valuable compilation!

Jan 12, 2009 08:47 AM
Michael Hege
Beach Villa Realty,LLC - Kapolei, HI

I really do like the resouces that are available if one needs to figure out what the policies are. Active Rain is such a well oiled community. Thanks for all you do

Feb 19, 2009 12:55 PM
Wendy Kuhn
Webster Realty, LLC - Webster Springs, WV

Great thing to bookmark!  Will definately use this resource...a lot! 

Apr 20, 2009 12:27 PM

Good information, & thank you for sharing.  Here's an article I wrote, which might further assist & was recently published in several trade magazines:

Expanding the Realtor Reach - Five (Free) Building Blocks to Fast Forward Future Sales

Realtors don't need to be reminded how competitive it is to gain new clients, nor do they need to be reminded how the recent economic turmoil affects local transaction activity. Instead, well-healed Realtors are better served focusing on the future and how they can progressively promote their skill sets to attract and retain new clients. Below are five free building blocks to expand the Realtor's reach and gain new clients:

Website - Okay, this may be a bit obvious, but let this be your core - your foundation for the building blocks that follow. Make sure it presents well, personifies your abilities, showcases your listings, and conveys confidence. 
Blog - Consider the website your formal business card and your blog is the less formal conversation you have as you exchange business cards. Make sure you have something good to say. Chronicle a unique experience. Feature timely information about the local market that only you know best. Feel free to provide tasteful links to your listings, but don't dilute your blog with that (admittedly important) content. Instead, let that content reside on your website. If your reader likes what you share in your blog, then they will find you and your listings on your website. 
Facebook - A nifty profile with lots of friends just isn't enough. Instead, create a fan page and encourage all your friends and past clients to "fan" you. Using this platform, broadcast recent listings (with links, of course), sales, recent blog posts, open houses, and all other meaningful activity. 
Twitter - Twitter is now the medium where news breaks first. Think of it as your personal news room. Create an account, follow only those who interest you most (not the whole planet), and encourage your clients and prospective clients to follow you. After all, this is the platform you will use to broadcast the latest listings - in most cases before they surface anywhere else. This is your chance to get a leg-up on the competition. Do not underestimate the power of this free resource! 
Village Voyage- The Internet is an abyss of information and you've worked hard to build your brand. Tie it all together with Village Voyage. Similar to Wikipedia, Village Voyage is a wiki and anyone can participate. Think of it as your on-line cocktail party with many different conversations all centered around your community, your target audience, your clients. Create a Village Voyage page to further expand your online presence, while at the same time, taking advantage of the opportunity to add valuable back-links to your website, blog, and other online pages. Beyond that, be bold. Use Village Voyage to meet new clients, build credibility, and differentiate yourself by demonstrating your local market knowledge and expertise. (See the State index to locate the market(s) that interest you most: )

May 06, 2009 06:35 AM
An Marshall
Berkshire Hathaway - St. Augustine - Saint Augustine, FL
Your St Augustine Real Estate Consultant

As a new member guess I have some work to do to become knowledgeable about the ins and outs of active rain, explore all that it has to offer, and not infringe on any "rules".

May 24, 2009 02:41 AM
yanni raz

I really like this blog 

Please check my sites as well. 

Jul 05, 2009 03:46 PM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Hey, Yanni...  Just a couple of suggestions - you might want to check out the ActiveRain Community Guidelines. Promoting yourself or your business in the comments of another's blog is looked down upon. Also, in posting to your website blog, you might want to consider publishing your own original content, rather than simply copying & pasting from other sources. Consumers want to read your own original thoughts and perspectives.

Jul 05, 2009 04:55 PM
Kevin Cottrell
Austin Real Estate Today - Austin, TX

What a great set of resources.  Can't wait to dig in and implement a bunch of these items. Great set of resources for St Louis Real Estate market including real estate stats by Altos.  Look for more of this in our blog on AR.  Thanks again for all the resources note above - they are awesome.

Jan 19, 2010 10:33 AM
Dinah Stallworth-Lewis
Priority Real Estate LLC - 318.332.8281 - Natchitoches, LA

Thanks for the link!  There is so much great info here...

Mar 16, 2010 11:50 AM
Debra Loan Originator/TrueCompass Lending
TrueCompass Lending - Twin Falls, ID

I just joined AR. There are so many good Profiles here. I am a simple person I hope I can get someone to see me as someone to work with. I am trying to follow direction here. I know I neeeed alot of help. I am so glad my  broker showed me this place. I am still learning.Can you look at my profile and give me some hnts as to what I am doing wrong?? :)

Debra Denny Idaho

Mar 21, 2010 06:26 AM
Mark minds
International, IT

Excellent resource . This is going to be very helpful for new and old members alike. Great job putting this together.

Thanks for the link!

Mar 23, 2010 12:42 AM
Emma Sagoe
Keller Williams Realty - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

I signed on to AR a week ago and really does get easier each day. I could use some tips to help me blog good like all you seasoned bloggers. This link does it. Thanks to all who have shared their contribution.

May 20, 2010 09:23 AM
Colleen Lane
Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale - Kennewick, WA
Realtor(r) 509.438.9344

A most excellent list of resources.  Anymore, Colleen and I simply search within ActiveRain when we need a resource for something.

May 22, 2010 02:41 AM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Hey Joe! I'm the same way. Whenever I need a resource for real estate or social media, I usually find it here! ActiveRain, Your One-Stop Real Estate/Social Media Resource Shop!...

Dec 01, 2011 03:15 PM