The Official ActiveRain Guide


Resources for ActiveRain Training and Support

Resources for ActiveRain Training and Support

Are you a new member on ActiveRain?  Are you looking for the manual or guide?  Do you have questions, feel lost or overwhelmed by all the cool stuff ActiveRain has to offer?  Help is here, but do you know where to find it?  Many of the questions, calls, emails, and tickets I receive always start off with, "How do I.....?"

Here are some of the best resources for ActiveRain training, coaching, and support. 

  • The ActiveRain "HELP" Toolbar for Browsers
    Add It To Your Browser, Never Get Lost Again!
  • Getting Started on ActiveRain - A post to help you get started
    The "Getting Started" link located on the main ActiveRain Page
  • ActiveRain Training Webinars - Webinars for new members
    Webinars held Tuesdays and Thursdays - Here's the Calendar
  • ActiveRain University & On-line Campus - "Live" support webinars.
    Training, Q&A, Support, Presenters, Guest Speakers 3 X per week.
  • Real Estate RainCamps - "Live" Conference for Members and Non-Members teaches you more in a day than you could learn in a year
  • The Help/FAQ Group - Multitude of member contributed tutorials
    Help/FAQ group provides members a place to share and learn
  • The ActiveRain Guide - Blog featuring multi-authored Instructions culmination of members posts to support YOU
  • The "Search" Tool - Keyword or Phrase Search Tool for members
    Searching ActiveRain couldn't be easier using the AR "Search"
  • The ActiveRain Manual - Blog posts written for members needing help
    This is an eBook I have been building since I joined ActiveRain back in 02/07

Now that you've seen all the places to learn and get support, are you still unsure where to start?  Here's my suggestion.  If I were brand new to ActiveRain, or had signed up a while back and were just returning, I would make it a point to at least visit each of the above links to become familiar with what help, support, and training is available here, then I would go sign up for one or two of the ARU Training webinars

For details on what's covered, here's a link.

We are constantly trying to improve and enhance the Network and Community.  We will continue trying to provide you with the support and necessary tools and training to help you make the most and best use of your time here.  If you are new to ActiveRain, we welcome you aboard. If you're a returning member and notice things look a bit different around here, then this post is for you too, and we welcome you back.  I'm excited and looking forward to witnessing your growth and successes in the "Rain!"

The ABC's of ActiveRain

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"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 52 commentsBrad Andersohn • December 18 2009 11:06PM



Loved you and the family at RainCamp SF.  Walked away as inspired as I expected.  Your team does rock, no doubt about it.  I have upgraded my membership and am in contact with James to upgrade my proper blogging skills.  See you in the Rain.

Posted by Cathy McAlister, Sacramento DRE#00648507 (Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento ) about 10 years ago

Hi Brad, excellent post with so many resources spotlighted all in one area. Kudos for pulling this together.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Brad, great post with a lot of excellent links to the resources here at Active Rain and this is a good post for beginners and old timers alike to bookmark. I still learn something new every time I am here and thankful for a teacher like you! Have a great evening!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Brad - Nice idea to group all of the resources into one place.  Very succinct!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 10 years ago

Brad ~ A great tutorial for beginners!  I love the ABC's of Active Rain :)

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS (Real Estate Cafe LLC) about 10 years ago

Wow, what a great list of ways to make the Active Rain experience an even better one! 

Posted by Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR© 512-845-4204, My knowledge is your power | eXp Realty (eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

Brad - What a great tool for Active Rain members. This is a great start up guide fot any new comer.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) about 10 years ago


A terrific compendium, no wonder it was reblogged (and that;s how I found it). Somethhing I will be checking quite often.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 10 years ago

Nice package of resourses.

Posted by Jim Cheney, Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055 (Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA) about 10 years ago

Hey Brad,

I'm very impressed with your eBook's style and format.  I want to talk to you about it when you have a few extra minutes...yeah, right!  :~)

Posted by Dale Kreiser (Washington Broker - eXp Realty, Bellingham, WA) about 10 years ago

Hey Brad..Great Post full of lots of usable information for Newbies and us old guys.

I'll Re-Blog to my subscribers and book mark this Great Post full of great references here in the Rain for Blogging.


Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Brad, as always you have great information and links for us!

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) about 10 years ago

Brad!  Thank you for helping me to get the most out of AR!!  Happy Holidays!

Posted by Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor/Broker Associate, Getting you to your next with a zero failure rate! (Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor) about 10 years ago

Blog-N-Roll Brad...

The only thing Broker Bryant and I need right now is to be able to access the comments on our Blog posts that have been shut down. BB's last post was shut down in the middle of an extremely useful educational discussion. It's such a shame. Please, please, please do what you can to get this problem resolved. If you've come up with a work around could you let me know? I'm all for a good work around or temporary fix.


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 10 years ago


And just so you know we use our Blog with every email we send out. I can't help but wonder what the Consumer thinks when they click over and see BB's second post on the page has been closed. They can't even click in and read the comments our peers have made, much less participate in the discussion, which some of them do. 


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 10 years ago

I could use some training. I hardly use active rain any more.  Is there any training where they use a rolled ip newspaper?  That is what I respnd to the best

Posted by Teresa Boardman (Boardman Realty) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the info Brad, extremely useful for old hands as well as the newbies!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 10 years ago

Brad and TLW - I started to write a comment about TLW's issue in comment # 15 but it grew so quickly that I wrote a post at

(Brad, I thought it was best to link to my post since your post is on other topics and I didn't want comments to my post to hijack your post.  Hope you find it useful. :) )

Posted by FN LN about 10 years ago

Great stuff - and love your ABC's - that's funny/cool.

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) about 10 years ago

Perfect timing, Brad! Just yesterday I encouraged 2 colleagues to get Active and come to RainCamp with me. Now I have a perfect post to which I can direct them.

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 10 years ago

This is excellent, I will use this for my agent partners

Posted by Ricky Khamis, NMLS 173141 | CADOC 173141 - 480-339-1565 (Amerifirst Financial, Inc. (NMLS #145368)) about 10 years ago

This is great! What a good source to go to when needed. Thanks

Posted by Diane Williams about 10 years ago

That's a great ABCs for Active Rain.  And what happened to the days of "trial and error" around this place? That's how I learn best...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago


AR is continually improving and it shows their desire to have a quality product.  I do like they way you used the ABC's too.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 10 years ago

Amazing, Brad. There is a wealth of information and opportunity for folks who are new to AR...and those who are not. I wish this had all been available to us when WE started so long ago. Then we learned by T and E. Today's bloggers are indeed fortunate that they have so many resources.



Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) about 10 years ago


Awesome post - I am putting together a 30 minute class for my local board in February and will look this material over - the problem is I have so much I want to cover and ONLY 30 minutes to do it.

I'm going to go ahead and reblog so I have easy access to this on my blog.


Posted by John Occhi, SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate (Mason Real Estate) about 10 years ago

This is so cool.  It is exactly what is needed for newbies, oldies, and wannabes!  I am bookmarking it, and appreciate the share very much!

Posted by Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC ( Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL) about 10 years ago

I am loving the training made available by the active rain, thank you so much.

Posted by Lane Midgett (1776 Real Estate Group Richmond, VA Local Expert ) about 10 years ago

Thanks Brad - I'm going to make it part of my 2010 plan.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) about 10 years ago

Brad -- thanks for the summary and calendar.  Lots of great opportunities for the AR family to learn and share.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago

Brad ~ Thanks for putting this together -- I get so many emails from folks wanting to know how to find all the A/R Resources.  Now I can point them all to this post!  I'm reblogging too for some of the staging groups.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) about 10 years ago

Brad, you must have written this post just for me!  I'm not as new as I used to be but still find I have lots of gaps in my overall understanding of Active Rain.  Thanks for all the links.  -Marian

Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis, Metrowest Boston (Fieldstone Historic Research) about 10 years ago

Brad,  I am thrilled, as this will help me organize for 2010!  Yeah!  I am so happy to have found AR.  All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

Brad, thanks for the tips... Merry Christmas!

Posted by Dan Haggerty (RE/MAX RESULTS) about 10 years ago

Great information....not just for new folks...though that would be an "outstanding site coming gift"'s a refresher for folks who have been here a while...thank you !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 10 years ago

What a resource!! Thanks for posting and Happy Holidays!!

Posted by Stephen Arnold, CRS, GRI, SFR (HomeSmart Elite Group) about 10 years ago

Regardless of what your calendar says, I think you have class every day...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 10 years ago

Exactly what I need - an AR newbie.  Thanks Brad!

Posted by Mike Barilone, Lawrenceville Georgia Realtor (RE/MAX Legends) about 10 years ago

Thanks Brad !!   You da man!

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) about 10 years ago

Thanks Brad for "the guide" to activerain training! I will re-visit this blog often!

Posted by about 10 years ago

The ebook is awesome!

Posted by Linda Lohman, Former Teacher/Broker (Fonville Morisey Realty) about 10 years ago

Hello Brad,

Thank you for the tips & links!  I appreciate it!  Happy Holidays!



Posted by Rita Minion (O'Brien Realty) about 10 years ago

Thanks everyone, I'm in the process of remodeling the eBook I created and hope to have it ready to show off first part of 2010. 

I'm kickin it up a notch, BAM!   Hope you're all having a low stress High return Holiday week!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

Wow thanks Brad, of course I am gonna need some time to get through all this but I know I am gonna enjoy it...

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) about 10 years ago

Thanks Brad.  Somehow I missed this blog, although I've seen parts of it.  Now I've bookmarked it and I will be back.  Thanks again  Margaret C.

Posted by Margaret C. Taylor, St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent (Century 21 New Millennium MD) about 10 years ago

Christine Donovan told me there is an Active RainCamp in OC in the next couple of weeks.  Count me in and I want Platinum Access!  I think the website is brilliant and I love having the ability to pull up my chair and roundtable with fellow professionals anytime I want - insomnia at 3am or a few minutes between appointments at 3pm.  I am hooked and I am committed to helping you make the site even better.

Concierge Man Serves a Home


Vic Steele, Broker, Valet Real Estate Services

Serving my Clients for Life and the people they care about in Southern California!

Posted by Vic Steele, Broker/Consultant (Vic Steele, Broker CA BRE 01349863) about 10 years ago

Thanks Brad, Your post is very useful and educational. I am marking it on my to do list for 2010.

Posted by Ralna Burridge (The Mortgage Centre) about 10 years ago

Don't forget to add ActiveRain University to youre list too!  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

Great resource.

Posted by Paul Smith, BRE# 01107845, Servicing the Lake Tahoe area Real Estate Needs (Sierra Sotheby's International Realty) almost 10 years ago

Invaluable, simply invaluable! Teaching a blogging class in the market center today and it's all here for me!

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Invaluable, simply invaluable! Teaching a blogging class in the market center today and it's all here for me!

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

ps-You could sell advertising on your ebook for Active Rain! I consistently recommend it to other agents.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 10 years ago