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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 Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
"Working with Ritu Desai was an absolute pleasure. Her attention to detail and commitment to providing exceptional service made selling our home in Aldie, VA a stress-free experience. Ritu was proactive in her communication, keeping us informed at every step of the process. Her knowledge of the area and guidance, helped us make informed decisions. I would highly recommend Ritu Desai to anyone in need of a top-notch real estate agent"ūüôŹ Thank you so much, Mihai, for your kind words! It was truly a pleasure working with you to sell your home in Aldie, VA. Your satisfaction is my top priority, and I'm thrilled to hear that my attention to detail and commitment to exceptional service made the process stress-free for you. I strive to keep my clients informed every step of the way and your rec...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Like Kathy Streib¬†has said...There's still time!!! Please consider submitting an entry to this month's ActiveRain Challenge: February Challenge | Dream Boards: What‚Äôs On Your Wish List? This will be a fun activity to explore, you might just uncover some hidden desires and aspirations awaiting discovery.¬†We'd love for you to participate!¬†If you need help or have further questions, please reach out.¬†Contact myself - (435) 632-9374 or me (Kathy Streib) - 561-914-6224. We‚Äôre both happy to help with your Dream Board!!!¬† There‚Äôs Still Time!!! ¬† Count us lucky because 2024 is a Leap Year which means we have one extra day in February!!! ¬† If you‚Äôre considering participating in this month‚Äôs ‚ÄúFebruary Challenge | Dream Boards: What‚Äôs On Your Wish List?‚ÄĚ you have 10 more days!!! ¬† If you need some...
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
To add or edit a link to your Facebook account or page on any AgencyLogic PowerSite Pro single property Website, follow these steps. Step 1: Visit PowerSitePro.com and login:  Step 2: Click the "Agents" link:  Step 3: Click the "Edit" icon:  Step 4:Add or edit your Facebook account or page in the "Facebook" field and click the "Update" button. This is not a free form, text field. Please make sure you add "http://" or "https://" in front of your Website address. Not doing so will prevent you from editing or adding the information. :  If you have additional questions, email: support@agencylogic.com Or give us a call on: (888) 201-5160
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
ActiveRain is a great way to build relationships with other professionals in the industry. This can lead to amazing friendships, new knowledge and referrals.   Getting Started on ActiveRain - This is a "what now?" for those of you who just joined ActiveRain, and can also be a refresher for those who have been here awhile. So you've just joined ActiveRain and are wondering, what is next? Here are a few suggestions to help you get started. The ActiveRain Members and Ambassadors wish to welcome you to the ActiveRain community.  We know you have limited time to spend on social networking sites. We are glad you've chosen our network as a place to connect with others, grow relationships, support your local neighborhoods and of course grow your business. Before you begin your journey here, the...
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Do you like to read?  Do you love a good page turner, a book that will make you want to stay up all night and hole up all weekend to read?  If yes, then have I got a book recommendation for you.     The Exile by Allan Folsom, a book review by Endre Barath, Jr. a Beverly Hills Realtor   Do you like to read?  Do you love a good page turner, a book that will make you want to stay up all night and hole up all weekend to read?  If yes, then have I got a book recommendation for you.  The Exile is my fourth book by author Allan Folsom; the first three I read were The Day After Tomorrow, The Machiavelli Covenant and Day of Confession.   I loved all of them.  For no good reason, I went on a book sabbatical, just not having the motivation or the inclination to read.  With a houseful of books, thi...
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By Ralph Magin, Miami Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
¬†It‚Äôs Time To Prepare Your House for a Spring Listing in Miami-Dade FloridaIf you‚Äôre thinking of selling your house this spring, now is the perfect time to start getting it ready. With the market gearing up for its busiest time of year, it‚Äôll be important to make sure your house shines bright among the competition.Here are some valuable tips you can use to get your house market-ready.Declutter and OrganizeFirst impressions matter, and if your house is a mess, that can easily turn off potential buyers. Before listing, take the time to declutter and organize each room. Decluttering is about more than just tidying up ‚Äď it‚Äôs about creating a sense of space and openness that allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home. According to Moving.com:‚ÄúDecluttering and organizi...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Thinking about selling your home? Before you do, let's talk about one of the most common slip-ups people make: getting the price wrong.The Problem with PricingWhen you put your home on the market, pricing it too high or too low can cause problems. If it's too high, you might scare off potential buyers who think it's not worth the money. But if it's too low, you could end up getting less than what your home is really worth.Why It MattersGetting the price right is super important. You want to attract buyers without giving your home away for less than it's worth. That's where a good real estate agent comes in.The SolutionA good agent knows the market and can help you figure out the best price for your home. They'll look at similar homes in your area, consider their condition and location, ...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
The Exile by Allan Folsom, a book review by Endre Barath, Jr. a Beverly Hills Realtor Do you like to read?  Do you love a good page turner, a book that will make you want to stay up all night and hole up all weekend to read?  If yes, then have I got a book recommendation for you.  The Exile is my fourth book by author Allan Folsom; the first three I read were The Day After Tomorrow, The Machiavelli Covenant and Day of Confession.   I loved all of them.  For no good reason, I went on a book sabbatical, just not having the motivation or the inclination to read.  With a houseful of books, this was not a good thing.  Thanks to my Active Rain friend and author,  Ricki Eichler McCallum , I got back to reading again with her two novels Snow Fire and Snow Fire Revenge and Justice.  Which brings...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  Help Me Find A Baltimore Home!   I am searching for a small, distinctive home with a garage and a greenhouse in the Baltimore Area.      Gardening is a top priority, and while the lot size doesn't have to be big, it should be large enough to accommodate a planting area and some greenery.    This buyer is attracted to unique homes like historic properties, cottages, or mid-century modern homes.  Relocating cross country, they will be starting a new job next month.  It would be ideal if they could find a home to purchase quickly instead of renting before the move. Are you selling? Please reach out if you have or know of a home that fits the bill.   If you are selling a home,  Call Margaret Rome.
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By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Thirty-four years ago, I started an adventure. No, I did float down the Amazon or climb a mountain (though some days seemed like it). I didn’t buy an island or fly on the Space Shuttle, no, I started investing in real estate. OK, too much build up? Hear me out. If you’ve tried something you had never done before you may be a bit like I was, cautious. Maybe a little apprehensive, and probably a little scared. Those of us who have been in real estate forever are likely a little amused by our beginning days. There is a lot to learn and a lot to experience.When you take on a new adventure, like real estate investing, let me caution you to pick and choose your confidants carefully. As a young investor, I had no money. So, the only way I could invest in real estate was through no money down p...
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
An ActiveRain Meet-up in FloridaWe are in escape mode from the winter in Connecticut and are appreciating some of the sunny days in Central FL.  With a little bit of conversation and a heartfelt invitation we ventured north to the area known as The Villages.  It is a well-established community and from what one can see as we got closer to the area, it is very much a community of active adults, and the primary mode of transportation is a golf cart.They are all over the lace nd one has to keep an open eye as those who live here have a sense of entitlement and as they own the road, one needs to respect that.Our purpose, however, was to sit and engage in some time with Dick Betts, an ActiveRain member that lives in the Villages, but also heads a very successful Team of agents under the brok...
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By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393
Testing Patience and Participation As Pondering Continues. . .  My first thought when the February ActiveRain Challenge was announced in a post by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! was that it was interesting but likely not one where I would participate.  I have entered (and not entered) many AR challenges and contests over the years.  For a number of reasons.  However, as the number of days in this short month increased, I became a bit more intrigued by a vision of possibilities. Maybe my initial reluctance had changed. That realization didn't come to me in a dream but in reading some very creative entries.    Plus, the informative follow-up post by Kathy Streib about Canva captured my attention. Although I recall some things from the past about Canva, perhaps I could take this reclaimed...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Motivation Monday: Please let me know what you think of these quotes. Just as a background I bought this book in 2002 and the quotes are from it. I met the author, and she personalized it for me, and I am grateful for it. The book is called "Business Etiquette" by Ann Marie Sabath. I loved her quotes hence I thought I would share it here." Civility costs nothing and buys everything" Lady Mary Worley Montagu "Nature has given men one tongue and two ears, that we may hear twice as much as we speak" Epictetus. "All sins cast great shadows." Irish proverb "The central problem of our age is how to act decisively in the absence of certainty" Bertrand RussellWishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriente...
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
We're Celebrating A Wonderful AnniversaryOh, what a ride! Today has a significance of being President's Day but for me that pales in comparison to the reality of being my anniversary on joining ActiveRain.I got a call from a loan officer, no longer in the business and he was intrigued by the site he had found and believed it had a value for someone in the business. His expertise, however, was in getting his company's mortgage business Internet exposure and he found that this site gave almost instantaneous response, at the time with the search engines.On February 19, 2008, I signed up and then just lurked. It seemed so intimidating. I knew little about blogging and just read blogs and tried to find my way to post. With time, the writing started as well as signing up for all the instructi...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
There‚Äôs Still Time!!!¬†Count us lucky because 2024 is a Leap Year which means we have one extra day in February!!!¬†If you‚Äôre considering participating in this month‚Äôs ‚ÄúFebruary Challenge | Dream Boards: What‚Äôs On Your Wish List?‚ÄĚ you have 10 more days!!!¬†If you need some ideas you can check out some of the Dream Boards already submitted in the comments section of the Challenge post.¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Carol Williams BoardIf you need assistance, here is a ‚Äúhow to‚ÄĚ post on using a Free Vision Board from Canva.¬†¬†Or‚Ķcontact Wanda Kubat-Nerdin -(435) 632-9374 or me (Kathy Streib)- 561-914-6224. We‚Äôre both happy to help you with your Dream Board!!!¬†Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543's Board.¬†¬†So‚Ķcome on‚Ķtake advantage of the extra day!¬† ¬†(yes, this has be...
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By Jane Nicastro-Disch Warren NJ, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
200+ Luxury New Apartments Walk To Train No/Central NJ.Westfield Crossing Westfield NJ (17 of 26 on 2nd Fl Building 1) https://bit.ly/3s1x7L5Berkeley Crossing Berkeley Hts NJ. (53) https://bit.ly/3Tgay0fBuilder: Elite Properties Watchung NJ. https://bit.ly/3t0mqbWWEICHERT WARREN TWP NJ 908-757-7780 https://bit.ly/2Z3wlfDWEICHERT WESTFIELD NJ 908--654-7777 https://bit.ly/494QqTlCall Andy Weissman 917-885-3792 https://bit.ly/44DTnZ6or Paul Stillwaggon 908-310-1358 http://bit.ly/3lKA13GWestfield Crossing Westfield NJ (17 of 26 on 2nd Fl Building #1 04/24) https://bit.ly/3s1x7L5 WEICHERT WARREN TWP NJ 908-757-7780 https://bit.ly/2Z3wlfD WEICHERT WESTFIELD NJ 908--654-7777 https://bit.ly/494QqTl Call Andy Weissman 917-885-3792 https://bit.ly/44DTnZ6or Paul Stillwaggon 908-310-1358 http://bit...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Great information in the Captain blog here, you should catch it. Welcome, fellow real estate enthusiasts, to another insightful discussion on the vibrant platform of ActiveRain! Today, we delve into a topic that serves as the cornerstone of success in our dynamic industry: Attitude. In the bustling world of real estate, where every transaction is a blend of excitement, challenges, and negotiations, one's attitude plays a pivotal role in shaping outcomes. It's not just about the properties we sell or the deals we close; it's about the mindset we bring to the table each day. So, let's explore why fostering a positive attitude is not just a cliché but a powerful tool in our real estate arsenal. Resilience in the Face of Challenges: Real estate, like any other profession, has its fair share...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
¬†New rental listing alert! ūüŹ† This charming property in Columbus is now available for rent. Featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, it's perfect for anyone looking for a cozy place to call home. Contact us today to schedule a viewing!¬†Interested? Contact us Now!‚ėé +1 614-431-1770 | ūüď© erikhiss@gmail.com¬†Click HERE for more information!¬†¬†¬†
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Just sold this beautiful property to a wonderful Buyer This will be a full renovation on this Olde Town East home! Thank you to everyone involved for making this happen. Looking forward to helping more families find their dream homes!¬†Looking to sell or buy? Let's make your real estate dreams a reality!‚ėé 614 - 431 - 1220 | ūüďß rjoe@kw.com¬†
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By Philip A. Raices, 1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!
(Turn Key Real Estate)
Our Global Committee had an excellent networking and celebration on February 12, 2024, for the Lunar New Year, Year of the Dragon event @LOL Barbecue 66 Middle Neck Rd Great Neck NY  11021 (516) 708-1682.  This was the first time that I had ever eaten Korean Cuisine and was curious as to the different tastes and delicacies that they would offer.   It was set up to be a smorgasbord self-serve-styled venue.  What I discovered was so very tasty and well-presented cuisine.  The barbecue ribs, which I found out is what Korean food is known for as a specialty, were supreme.  The meat just rolled off the bone, just like excellent barbecue ribs.  There was the spicy and delicious string beans with some amazing sauce, that I couldn't get enough of.  They also had a popcorn-type chicken dish that...
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