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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.

Recent blogs on ActiveRain Community
By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Real Estate 101  1/24/2023  (Quotes to help & motivate you!)Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier!Attributed to Colin PowellThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2023, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author…
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By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs
(RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
It may not look like much at the start.Bare dirt, but there's potential.  Some ideas of what can be done to add value and put some demand in place.Much like undeveloped land, that's how our blog begins.  Not much there, but ideas to follow and if we do it right, there's something of value in the future.There are many ways you can use your blog to build your business.One of the better ones for us?Providing information about new construction opportunities in our market.While we can double dip our niches with posts about new construction patio homes and new construction condos, there's no reason to be limited.  We can cover new construction "regular" homes too, because often buyers don't know exactly what they want, and offering the full slate may be just the ticket to getting them to call...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
"When you know what you want, you realize that all there is left then is time management. You’ll manage your time to achieve your goals because you clearly know what you’re trying to achieve in your life.” – Patch Adams ❤🙏💪..Let us help you manage your priorities and maximize your time! 💼🎯📌 It's our job and expertise to free-up your time for more revenue-generating tasks. 📊📈.Find out how we work with you by texting, “Get Started” to 561-502-1577 today! 📲📞💻.. #Delegate #VirtualAssistant #VirtualServices #SeeYouAtTheTop
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
I have long enjoyed getting up early.  Watching the North Idaho morning wake up.  The special serenity that is secreted to those who venture out before sunrise. This view is from turn 7 as one heads towards Schweitzer Ski Resort, from The Barn, Schweitzer free parking and shuttle to resort.  Having traveled the road many times, including my bike, I am aware of the special views from turn number 7.  Anyone not familiar with the road, or Schweitzer Mountain Resort, would miss it most of the winter due to the snow banks left from the snow plows.    I thought you might enjoy the City Lights wrapping around the Northern most portion of Lake Pend Oreille, the fog on the lake and the ominous black clouds overhead.   Yes getting up early is well worth while in North Idaho.   'Experience the Dif...
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By James Millan
(ZENDLAY LLC)
Nothing gives us more happiness than spending some quality time under the sun with fresh air to fill our lungs and the beauty of nature to soothe our souls. But we do need protection from the not-so-kind aspects of nature. The UV radiation in sunlight can do some serious damage to our skin and untimely showers can leave us drenched when we aren’t looking for it. Thankfully there are canopy tents to protect us when the weather decides to play spoilsport.The materials used to manufacture modern tent canopies are inherently waterproof, UV-resistant and insulating, meaning you are safe and cosy in the shade of your tent at all times. Besides, materials like PVC and polyester – popular choices for canopy construction – are lightweight and durable, enabling pop-up tents to be carried around w...
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By Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Professionals
(MyOutDesk)
Inflation is high, the job market is low, the economy is a roller coaster... the business world is at war. And what does every army need?A wartime leader. As a business owner, that needs to be you. Your fitted suit is now your army fatigues. This video is your battle briefing. I'm going to brief you on how you can be an effective, hard-hitting wartime leader in 2023 and ensure your business survives unscathed.Watch and learn. 
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
Grab your tooth brush and move right in to this fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with covered carport located in the wonderful 55+ community of Tala Lakes! This friendly gated community is located just minutes to shopping, restaurants & churches! Minutes away to downtown shops, restaurants, iconic Fisherman's village & the new Sunseeker resort! This lakefront condo has a cozy kitchen, spacious living & dining rooms, a master bedroom with walk-in closet and a fully equipped guest bedroom. Also included is a stacked washer & dryer! Relax and unwind on your own private screened lanai while soaking in the serenity of the peaceful lake view! A new outer glass storm door on the front door is being added. This home is immaculate and ready for immediate occupancy. Tala Lakes is a great c...
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
 Immaculate 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with a bonus room that could be used as an office or 3rd bedroom! This one fits your budget and would make a terrific vacation home or permanent residence! The kitchen comes with wood cabinetry, high level granite countertops, and a breakfast bar that overlooks the living room. Perfect for entertaining your guests! The 2nd bedroom has its own private entry door from the outside and a bonus room too! This can be used as a separate suite area for visiting family or a young adult who needs their own private space. The inside laundry room and screened covered lanai are located off the family room. Home has been freshly painted. Laminate and tile flooring throughout the entire home! The yard is just the right size to take care of with a shed included too. T...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Click on the link below to find out the answer. Also, do not forget to subscribe to my YouTube page to see my other videos on similar topics. I am a loan officer who lends in 45 states and I handle the loan from start-to-finish. My cell phone is 1-216-780-1103 and I can be reached at anytime for questions, Pre-Approvals or anything else needed.
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Real Estate 101  1/23/2023  (Quotes to help & motivate you!)Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment!Attributed to Jim RohnThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2023, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author…
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
If you are a Texas Realtor®, the upcoming Winter Meeting is coming up next month. This year the meeting will take place in Austin, Texas. The Hyatt Regency, located directly across the street from the Austin Convention Center is the place to be.Many agents ask why they should attend a Texas Realtor® Winter Meeting. I have been attending these meetings since 2005 and can attest to the value I gain from being a part of these meetings. Networking - networking - networking. Because I know agents from all over Texas, receiving referrals is a big deal. We have a large state and in-state referrals are the best. MCE Courses - the Winter Meeting has many MCE courses providing you with a great way to knock out a lot of hours in just a few days. Committee Involvement - I have found that being invo...
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By Tim L. Ramey
(RG Realty Group)
 Good afternoon and hello again. Hope this email finds you doing well. having a great Monday and had a fantastic weekend.  Wanted to share Tim's Time Outs: POWER WORDS:  I will use words which emanate power, strong words to guide me..   My words today will be strong and powerful.  I will choose words that convey a sense of master, competence, and ability.  I CAN,I WILL, I AM, I DO... I will NOT limit myself by using words that convey indecision and weakness.  I will avoid say:  "I can't..."It's impossible".. "no way" "I'm not smart enough or good enough"..."I give up" Today I'm on the lookout for self-defeating messages sent from me.. to myself, welling forth from my inner self in a stream of negative chatter.  Today I will end the negative chatter.  I see that I can change negative tho...
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By Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329, Northern VA - VHDA, 100% Loans - Jumbo Loans
(FHA, VA, Jumbo, Downpayment Assistance, Conv.)
The very first step in buying a home is making the decision that you’re ready to buy.  The next step after that is determining how much you can afford and what your financing options are.Getting pre-approved by a lender will help you accomplish both of those. It will also help set you apart from other potential buyers, showing a seller that you’re serious about buying and have the ability to get approved for a loan on the home.Now that you know you need to get pre-approved, you’re probably still left with some questions. What does pre-approval entail? How long does the process take? We will explain all the basics of getting pre-approved for a mortgage below. What Does Mortgage Pre-Approval Mean?You could guess that mortgage pre-approval means just that – you are pre-approved for a home ...
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By Channing Boucher, Crested Butte's Trusted Real Estate Advisor
(LIV Sotheby's International Realty)
Skyland’s latest and most luxurious offering, this new construction, second generation townhouse at Golf Villas enjoys many upgrades from our successful 1st generation homes. The list of improvements includes adding Pella windows, adding a full bath to the top floor bedroom suite, improving the living room’s fireplace design and upgrading all of the interior elements with designer lighting and hardware, wide plank oak flooring, beautiful tops and cabinets and a full Thermador kitchen appliance package with an Anzio hood. Other highlights include in-floor radiant heat throughout, a covered front porch and two covered decks on the west side of the home. Located across the street from the Club at Crested Butte and facing west, you’ll enjoy beautiful sunsets, awesome mountain views and the ...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
Hey, TEXAS Active Rainers:Let's do an old-fashioned Active Rain Meet-Up in Austin during the Texas Realtors® Winter Meeting.WHEN:Friday, February 10 - 6:30 p.m.WHERE:Hyatt Regency on Barton SpringsMarker 10 Spirits & Cuisine (inside the Hyatt)WHY:To have an opportunity to meet personally with our AR friends. And, just because it's fun to hang out with great people.WHO:The cool peeps from AR :)CONTACT:Paula McDonald - 936.203.0279paula@beamandbranchrealty.comHaving a headcount will help me reserve a table or area for us. I hope you will consider coming out!
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
“Your behavior reflects your actual purposes.”― Ronald Heifetz   . . Coach Katerina’s proven methods and strategies are used to train our highly-skilled VAs and ISAs.   Find out how we work with you by texting, “Get Started” to 561-502-1577 today!          
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
I was nominated to speak at the eXp Realty Summit 2023!! I need your vote!!! Vote for me if you want to hear me speak about the new trends in social and SEO and delegating to VAs! You can vote 10 times per day for me. The voting starts today and ends on Friday! You don't have to be an eXp agent to vote for me  https://expshareholdersummit.com/contestants/coachkaterinagmail-com/
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty Monday Motivation may help us heading into the 2nd half of what has already been a long winter for many of us.  I can not help but think back but a day or two on a sincere comment I made to Nina Hollander, Broker on her recent marketing post, one you should read if you have not.  I complimented her on the excellent post, but more on the fact I knew her words on marketing to be true, in that I had witnessed her doing so over the years in Active Rain.  Nina's response to me warmed me far beyond what my comment could have done for her.  Both of us having warmed a heart with a sincere warm word.  Amazing!Proof again that it is not in the receiving but the giving that our real rewards are found.    'Experience the Difference' in working with a full time Professional Sandpoin...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
      This is Part 2 of How to Sell my Real Estate Business.If you are serious about getting Top Dollar and getting a stream of income for your Retirement Years , you will need a well organized Succession Plan . And ideally it should start 8-10 years before you completely leave the Real Estate Business. I will address 3 steps .       Step #1-  Interview and choose a Successor. For the next three years you will work as Partners on all of the Buyers & Sellers you have received . You willgo on Appointments together and promote the two of you as interchangeable parts . You will receive the bulkof the income and pay the new partner a agreed uponReferral Fee . The Public sees the two of you as a Team .        Step #2- starting in years 4 through 6 When you have a solid lead you and your partn...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
We went to see it Sunday at 2 pm. It seemed like the right house. A quick call to the son for his opinion, and we waited for him to tour the property at 3 pm.A contract offer was written, signed, and delivered by 10 pm Sunday. Confirmation that the listing agent received the offer and would present this morning. A home inspection, radon, and termite have already been scheduled, the title company chosen, the lender approval letter supplied, and the EMD delivered.  A call from the listing agent with a tiny negotiating point, and we have a ratified contract less than twenty-four hours after touring the home. If only all offers would be treated with such efficiency! Thinking about buying or selling a homeCall Margaret Rome 
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