First Blog Posts

Sometimes, it can be scary to write your first blog post! Luckily, the supportive community of ActiveRain is just the place to start.

On this page you will find a running list of “first blog posts” written on ActiveRain by members of the real estate industry. These new bloggers have taken the leap to begin their blogging journey. Our first-time real estate bloggers deserve a big welcome and some extra encouragement from you!

Take a read, leave a comment, and say hello. You'll make that author’s day and help to give them a great first impression of our community.

Agent's first blog posts on ActiveRain

By Jerri Ingram, 100% Mortgage Broker serving TN, FL, AR, GA
(Volunteer Home Mortgage )
Hey everyoneI'm new here. Just a quick intro, broker owner here.  Just looking to make some awesome connections. Why are mortgage brokers better?  Who do you know that can close down to a 500 credit score on FHA and VA?  Answer the right mortgage broker.  
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By Prabhu Kumar, PropTech Consultant, Property Manager & Realtor
(Acrebook Realty Solution)
Unleashing the Power of AppFolio:A Game-Changer for Property ManagementIn the fast-paced world of property management, efficiency and organization are key. That's where AppFolio comes in. As one of the leading property management software solutions, AppFolio offers a comprehensive suite of tools designed to streamline operations, enhance communication, and boost profitability. In this blog, we’ll dive into what makes AppFolio a standout choice for property managers and how it can revolutionize your property management business. Comprehensive Property ManagementAppFolio provides a robust platform that covers every aspect of property management. From residential to commercial properties, the software is equipped to handle diverse portfolios. It offers tools for managing rent payments, mai...
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By Marcus Springs, Mr. Aloha
(Keller Williams)
 Life on Maui is famously set at a relaxed, slow pace. For those who watch the Maui housing market daily, changes can seem gradual. However, for those who check in less frequently, the pace might appear faster. If you haven't been following the Maui housing market lately, you might be surprised by how quickly things have changed. Over the past few years, we typically saw 30 to 40 properties hit the market per week. As of this writing, we've seen 97 new properties in the past 7 days alone.In May 2022, we saw the lowest point of available condo inventory at only 172 across our entire MLS, which includes Molokai and Lanai. Over the past couple of years, that number has steadily increased. By September 2023, there were 231 condos actively for sale across all three islands in Maui County. Ho...
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By Bill Bentzen, Real Estate Marketing Specialist Costa Rica
SEO is like a never-ending sitcom. Just when you think you've got the plot figured out, the writers – in this case, Google – throw in a new twist. Suddenly, the entire script changes, and you're left scrambling to keep up. One significant change in this ongoing SEO saga? Headings. Yes, those little H1, H2, H3 tags that we all love to ignore until they bite us in the rankings.  They may not seem important but they are an intricate part of the overall SEO puzzle and they have not been left out of the picture when it comes to Google's algorithm changes.What's the Deal with Headings in SEO?Alright, so let's talk about headings. You might think they're just a way to make your property listing or blog post look pretty, but they're actually the unsung heroes of SEO. They organize your content,...
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By Small Brands Media, Small Brands Media is a web-development company
(Small Brands Media)
Your clients may think they are priced out of the market, but that may not be the case depending on where they live. Even in California, we have found some locations that you can purchase a home for under $300,000...sometimes even under $200,000. Temecula CA: Hardy Realtors has a list of homes at an affordable price in the area. One listing is even under $200,000. Live between LA and San Diego for next to nothing. Asheville NC: Asheville Luxury Brokers can help you find that mountain valley home you've been looking for as low as $125,000. Asheville is a hot market for you to consider moving in order to cool off in the Blue Ridge. Shreveport LA: HomeSmart Realty South highlights homes in the 318 area code, including investment properties under $50,000 in the Shreveport metro.Greater St L...
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By Anne Hwang-Burnell, Real Estate Agent Serving Southern California
(Fathom Realty Group)
Grateful for the trust & loyalty of my amazing clients, marking our 3rd successful real estate journey together! Closed in just 19 days, we didn't just sell this house. We set a record with the highest-priced Barrington home sold in the neighborhood!     https://www.california-houses.com/
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By Erin OConnor, All loans, no hassle!
(Lantzman Lending)
Brought to you by Lantzman Lending in San Diego – Your trusted partner in hard money loans for real estate investments.   Why would you call Lantzman Lending? Simply put, we're the go-to experts for hard money loans tailored specifically for savvy real estate investors like you. With over two decades of experience, we understand the fast-paced world of real estate and the need for quick, reliable financing. Whether you're flipping houses, building new constructions, or expanding your rental portfolio, we provide the flexible, customized solutions that traditional lenders can't match. Our team is dedicated to ensuring a smooth, hassle-free process, so you can focus on what you do best – making profitable deals and growing your investments. Let Lantzman Lending be your trusted partner in ...
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As a full-time mom, full-time employee and full-time student; it is difficult to cope with the everyday life challenges. I currently work as a healthcare recruiter from home while taking care of our toddler. It is very challenging doing so, and it took me over a year to get the hang of it and set a plan to make this work. The key to my success was creating a good organizational system. Having something in place helps you follow a routine and it makes it easier for you to remember steps at doing anything. For example, I know my toddler wakes up, I get her ready for the day, make her breakfast, plays for a period of time, learns for a few minutes, we go for a small walk before she gets too cranky, and all of these activities make her tired and ready for a nap. When talking about good reco...
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By Chad Goldwasser, As your professional real estate advisor, I focus
(Pure Gold Realty)
House Description City views from the 5th floor of this 1117sf 2/2, East facing unit! Watch the fireworks shows from the living room balcony. Kitchen has granite counters and Bosch stainless appliances. Custom California Closets in the Master and a custom-built Murphy bed in the secondary bedroom. Perfect for a bedroom/office space. Full size washer and dryer. Two full sized parking spaces close to the elevator. Rooftop deck with grill just one floor up from unit. Walk to Zilker Park and several restaurants, A hidden gem location. Barton Place is 5-minute walk to Downtown Austin and surrounded by green space.HighlightsListing provided courtesy of :Janie HunterAustin Homes Realty, (512) 507-8252Property TypeCondo/TownhomeLot/Acreage0.02HOA Fee$747.27/MonthlyYear Built2010CountyTravisArea...
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By The Boyd & Berend Group, Specialized real estate team in a ski resort town.
(The Boyd & Berend Group)
Nestled along the 7th fairway of the esteemed Catamount Ranch golf course, a mountain retreat awaits discerning buyers seeking the pinnacle of luxury living. Listed for $7.5 million, this estate offers 8,731 square feet of meticulously crafted living space on 6.42 acres.Just minutes from Steamboat Resort, the property's private driveway leads to a 3-car garage and a grand entrance adorned with wood-beam vaulted ceilings and two-story stairwells. These set the tone for the lavish experience on both levels of the home.The home offers practical one-level living, with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, including a primary suite on the main level. The main level features a chef's kitchen equipped with granite countertops, custom cabinets, and top-of-the-line appliances. The adjacent dining r...
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By Ali Khan, Provide Buying and Selling Services
(Jenny G Realtor)
In the grand quest to sell your house, a single feature emerges as the most powerful attraction, the equivalent of the One Ring that draws hobbits and wizards alike. But unlike Tolkien's fictional artifact, this "one feature" isn't universally identical. It depends on the desires burning brightest in the hearts of potential buyers.So, what is the biggest selling point of a house? The answer, like a well-crafted treasure map, unfolds with a series of considerations.Location: The Enduring Power of PlaceThey say it all the time in real estate, and for good reason: location reigns supreme. A desirable location can elevate an average house and make a less-than-stellar one more attractive. Here's why: Lifestyle Synergy: People buy into a lifestyle as much as a structure. A house close to good...
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By Kelly DiRisio, Serving the Carolinas
(NorthGroup Real Estate)
1. 🏡📈 Market Update: Charlotte, NCLooking to buy or sell in Charlotte? As of April 2024, there is a 1.77 Months Supply of Inventory, with a 38.28% increase over the past year. The median days on market is just 14, and the list to sold price percentage is 100%. The median sold price is $427,500. Let's chat about how these trends could impact your real estate goals!2. 🌟🏠 Hot Market Alert: Charlotte, NCBuyers and sellers, take note! Charlotte's real estate market is on fire. With a low 1.77 Months Supply of Inventory and a 100% list to sold price percentage, now is the time to make your move. The median days on market is just 14, so properties are selling fast. Reach out to me for personalized insights into how these trends could benefit you.3. 🏡💰 Charlotte Real Estate UpdateAttention pote...
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By Kelly DiRisio, Serving the Lakelands of SC & GA
(Impresa Realty, LLC)
1. 🏡 Attention Greenwood residents! 🏡 Did you know that there is currently a 4.92 Months Supply of Inventory in our area? That's an increase of 583.33% over the last 12 months! Now is a great time to buy or sell - let's chat about your options! #GreenwoodRealEstate #MarketTrends2. Looking to sell your Greenwood home? With a List to Sold Price percentage of 98.2%, you can trust that you're getting top dollar for your property. Contact me today to learn more about how I can help you maximize your return on investment! #GreenwoodHousingMarket #SellWithKelly3. 📅 The median days on market in Greenwood is currently 52 days. With properties moving quickly, now is the perfect time to make your move in the real estate market. Let's work together to find your dream home or sell your property fast...
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Imagine searching for your dream home with an app as easy and powerful as Property Finder. That kind of tool could be amazing for both buyers and sellers! Whether you're a new business owner with a similar idea or an existing company looking to step up your digital game, this post is for you. We'll break down the costs of building a real estate app so you can plan your budget effectively.In this post, we'll explore what makes building a real estate app cost more or less, including design, features, and what platform you choose (like iPhone or Android). We'll also show you what costs to expect at each step of development and how to keep your project on budget. Let's get started and see what it takes to build your own Property Finder app!Overview of Property Finder and Its Key FeaturesPro...
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By Raul Morales, Real estate Buyer's agency helping Buyers
(mycasa real estate)
Considering retirement in the picturesque locales of Mexico? Our guide delves into the intricate planning necessary for enjoying your golden years south of the border, blending financial, healthcare, and lifestyle insights into actionable advice.Why Retire in Mexico? Mexico's allure as a retirement destination is undeniable, offering a fusion of breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultural tapestry, and an affordable lifestyle. As the cost of living continues to appeal to retirees, understanding the nuances of the country’s retirement savings landscape, including government pensions and private retirement options, becomes crucial.Navigating the Financial Terrain While the Mexican government has suggested reforms to provide full-wage pensions, these are not yet guaranteed, making it essenti...
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By Tess Marquez, Tess Marquez Real Estate Group has been the leadin
(Tess Marquez Homes)
The Role of a Certified Probate Specialist Realtor Part 1 🏆When it comes to navigating the complex world of probate real estate, having a certified probate specialist realtor by your side like Tess Marquez can make all the difference. Dealing with the legal and emotional aspects of probate can be overwhelming for petitioners and administrators alike.In this blog, we will dig into the crucial role of a certified probate specialist realtor and the invaluable benefits they bring to those involved in the probate process.Understanding Probate Real Estate:Probate real estate refers to properties that are involved in the probate process after the passing of the owner. This can be an intricate and time-consuming procedure, as it requires legal documentation, court approval, and various other co...
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As a real estate agent or broker, understanding your fiduciary duty to your clients is paramount. Fiduciary duty refers to the obligation to act in the best interests of someone else. In the context of real estate, this means that agents and brokers are obligated to act in the best interests of their clients and disclose any information that could impact their decision-making process.One vital component of fiduciary duty in real estate is disclosure. Disclosing information to your clients is vital because it enables them to make informed decisions regarding the sale or purchase of property. Failing to disclose significant information could have legal consequences and damage your reputation as an agent or broker.The most prevalent form of disclosure in real estate is material facts discl...
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In the ever-evolving landscape of real estate, where dreams are built and futures are shaped, lies a shadowy realm that often blurs the lines between reality and illusion. False advertising in real estate is not a new phenomenon, yet its repercussions continue to reverberate through the industry, leaving buyers and sellers alike disillusioned and disheartened.At its core, false advertising in real estate encompasses a spectrum of deceptive practices, ranging from exaggerated property descriptions to manipulated photographs that paint an unrealistically rosy picture. While the allure of a perfect home or investment opportunity is undeniably enticing, the repercussions of falling prey to false advertising can be financially and emotionally devastating.One of the most common manifestations...
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By Evie Johns, Helping Families in the Probate Process
(E & J Real Estate Solutions)
  Open Communication: Foster open and honest communication among family members involved in the process. Seek Professional Guidance: Engage the services of professionals such as probate attorneys, estate planners, financial advisors, and real estate agents who specialize in probate or trust matters. Their expertise can streamline the process and provide valuable insights. Develop a Plan: Create a clear plan of action for the real estate in question. such as property maintenance, repair, sale, or transfer of ownership. Consider Mediation: In cases where there are disagreements among family members regarding the handling of real estate assets, consider mediation as a means of resolving conflicts amicably. Prioritize Family Harmony: Take Care of Emotional Well-being: Best Wishes, Evie Joh...
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By Stuart Sheinfeld, Real estate agent serving Las Vegas & Henderson
(Stuart Sheinfeld)
 Discover the epitome of 55+ living in this exquisite 3-bed/2-bath pool/spa haven nestled within the coveted community of Sun City Aliante. This 1-story home boasts a seamless flow of space, accentuated by an abundance of windows that invite natural light to dance across the porcelain plank tile. Stainless steel appliances(less than 2 yrs old)& granite counters add a touch of sophistication to the kitchen.The primary suite is a serene retreat, boasting a luxurious ensuite bath w/ travertine shower & walk-in closet. Outside, the backyard provides a tranquil oasis, perfect for relaxation & entertaining guests. The refreshing pool/spa, fruit trees, rose bushes & spectacular mountain views create a picturesque backdrop. Its prime location is close to Aliante Casino, parks, shopping centers,...
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