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

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen I have recently started taking my real estate classes and was instructed to do a blog on this page. I have read a few blogs from a few months ago to recent. I chose a topic from my class as money fraud as the title states and the reason I chose it was because I as a trainee to this amazing profession never really thought about or even heard about agents doing this to their clients. I done a few google researches and saw a lot of scams on this and how to avoid it but I wonder how legit those are as well. If anyone has information on them feel free to let me know because as a new soon to be agent I am curious to know what to be informed of and how to deal with those situations if any ever occur. Thank you your comment will be appericate and I hope to po...
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Moving is always stressful especially if you moving long-distance.There are a few ways to move to Miami - renting a van and moving with help of your friends or hiring some movers to help you load and unload the truck, hiring van lines, if you are flexible with the delivery days, or hiring a local moving company who can help you with express delivery.Renting a van is always a good idea if you have some moving experience and want to save some cash, and also a pretty strong person because it requires a lot of power to move couches, boxes, and other heavy stuff. It's definitely impossible to move alone, that's why you have to make sure you ask a couple of your friends or hire helpers to help you with a task. Moving takes a lot of energy and is very stressful, that's why in some cases saving...
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By ActiveRain Dev, Continuous Improvement
It's been a busy week for us ActiveRain developers.  We have released a number of changes  that will hopefully make your experience better.Here's what we've released this week:- Minor formatting and text changes to the site layout and several pages- Bug fixes to the front-end codeHope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
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Each day is a new year for a marketer, you have to study the market each day and have to build a new strategy. In case you’re a social media marketer, you might be working on your strategic plan for success in this as well as in the coming years. Congratulations! You landed on the right page, we’ve got you a variety of resources so that you can settle your marketing plan for the rest of the year and obviously for the year. We have tried to cover most of the important aspects which will help you in growing your business. However, before you get started and know how to manage your social media strategy, it is important for you to look ahead and ensure that you’re using your precious time and efforts well. In this blog post, we will take you to the expected and current trends and how you c...
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As agents, Real estate professionals have a responsibility to act honestly and to put their clients first. This is clearly stated throughout an agents licensing training. The National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics set the standard for Realtor business practices. This means that any REALTOR you work with has voluntarily agreed to abide by the Code Of Ethics. These Ethics are one of the best safety measures for an agent and their clients. When you set out to buy or sell a house, there is a lot of money on the line. A consumer needs to know that they can trust their agent. Which is why Honesty is mentioned twice in both Article 1 and 12 in the Code of Ethics. Real Estate professionals are held to certain standards to keep their clients, customers, general public, and other agents ...
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By Zachary Parker, Real Estate Journalist
(ProSource Media)
While Cambridge is technically outside of the City of Boston, data trends in the housing market and in particular the rental market in Cambridge closely mirror that of Boston.  Both are highly cyclical markets that depend heavily on apartment turnover from the local student population.  So while Boston’s rental market is reeling due to inventory spikes, it should come as no surprise that the same supply issues are occurring in Cambridge.Cambridge may be best known as the home of two famous universities:  Harvard and MIT.  Like most of the area’s Universities, both adopted remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year, severely hampering the influx of students we normally see in September.   As a result, the real estate market in Cambridge has experienced quite a bit of fluctuation in te...
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By Kelly Sollinger, People over profit every time.
(Georgia Fair Offer)
If you’ve inherited a property and you’re planning to sell it, make sure you read this blog post for 3 tips about how to price your inherited home in Atlanta for sale…Did you inherit a property that you’re now thinking about selling? While an inherited property can be a wonderful gift from a loved one who has passed on, it can also (quite frankly) be a costly burden. So selling it makes sense and allows you to use the gifted equity for some other purpose. But selling an inherited property may not come easy to you, especially if you haven’t sold a property in a while. So here’s how to price your inherited home in Atlanta for sale…Tip #1: Price Quick To SellSome people price their inherited property at an amount they think the market might pay for the house. However, there are many factor...
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"21 ways to lose your real estate license" it sounds like a Paul Simon song. If you lose it, it's time to "make a new plan, Stan".  Though there are many ways to lose a real estate license, one that is pretty interesting to me is the False Advertising. With all of the ways to market these days it seems like we are surrounded by click bate and mislead around every corner. This is true when it comes to online shopping, politics, and even subscriptions and memberships. I feel victim to this recently when I purchased a family pass to the local aquarium. They had no mention of any attractions being closed, but once we got in we found that all of the attractions that our children enjoyed were closed due to covid policies. To top it off when we asked for a refund they said they were not offeri...
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By Paige Dominguez
         When a client trusts a real estate agent with their transaction, that real estate agent has fiduciary duties that are important to follow. The client need to know that their confidentiality will be safe and that agent will remain loyal. When an agent breaks that trust, they are breaking their reputation as well as their broker's reputation. A real estate agent has a potential to ruin a clients life if they break that confidentiality, as an agent you need to remain loyal to that confidentiality and your client.          Accounting is a huge part of a real estate transaction and you as an agent are responsible in making sure money goes where it's supposed to. Clients are trusting you as their agent to handle their money and not lose it. Accounting definately ties into another way...
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By CORY WEIKEL, Jacksonville Real Estate
(Julington Group - Realtor - Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage)
Riverside is a small community located in the Urban Core neighborhood of Jacksonville Florida. The designated historic community is mainly compromised of homes built before the 1930s. The community is largely residential but does have commercial areas including Five Points and King Street. King Street is the bar area of Riverside and is the hotspot for young military personnel stationed on NAS Jacksonville. There are multiple parks in the neighborhood including Memorial Park which is located on St Johns River.  The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is a popular art museum in the Five Points area that houses 5,000 works of art.  The Museum has a beautiful large garden that is located along St Johns River. The museum is an easy bike ride or walk from the majority of the homes available in Ri...
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By Nermeen Ghneim, Banking and Personal Finance Blogger
(SavvyDollar)
A larger house has several advantages, including more space for your family, more room for entertaining, and the chance to designate specific areas as an office. However, the decision to purchase a bigger home should not be taken lightly, as bigger houses cost significantly more to purchase and maintain. If you are considering purchasing a larger property, below are a few signs that indicate it is time to do so: You Don't Have Enough Storage Space Mounds of clothing on furniture and floors, books everywhere, and kitchen appliances and other items cluttering up your kitchen are indications that you need more space. Not only does clutter hinder movement, but it can also leave you feeling stressed and prove to be a fire hazard. There is also the risk of attracting vermin such as rats and c...
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By Ernie Laprairie, Real Estate Problem Solver
( Jayman Built)
Check Google for all the Brothers and Cousins in Calgary Real Estate:Ray, Ernie and Michael Laprairiewww.jayman.com  40 years
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By Nick Johnson, Marketing Specialist for Luxury Homes, Investments
(Coldwell Banker Global Luxury| Pacific Heights)
7-Unit Building 553 29th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94121 GREAT POTENTIAL WITH 4 VACANT UNITS Coldwell Banker Commercial is pleased to present the opportunity to acquire 553 29th Avenue, San Francisco, a 7-unit building located one half block from Geary Blvd in the sought after Central Richmond District of San Francisco. Built in 1966, this asset consists of Five (5), 2-Bedroom, 1 Bath units and Two (2), 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath units. All units have wall heaters and separate gas and electric meters. Some units have spectacular Golden Gate Bridge and water views. 4 units are vacant. This is a value-add opportunity for investors looking to add value through renovation and potential ADU.Probate Sale:  Contact Listing Agent for more information.  For offering memorandum email nick.johnson415@gmail...
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Blue River Apartments is a boutique block of 4-holiday apartments located at the ocean end of Wooli, on the north coast of NSW. We provide activities like fishing, kayaking, cycling, walking, boating, whale watching, oysters, diving, mud crabs etc.Blue River Apartments has a fabulous 2 person ocean Kayak with fishing rod holders if required available for FREE use to guests. Kayaks can also be hired from the dive shop. Wooli River Kayak experience starts directly in front of Blue River Apartments and offers you some 30 kilometers of pristine national park waterways to explore.There is always something happening in Wooli but not like the city.  Here it is nature that dictates the action.  Is it the whales passing on their annual migration, the snapper running in June, the full moon rising...
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By Corinne Borio, You'll want Corinne on YOUR side of your next real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Looking back at 2020 has certainly not been fun. Many of us probably wish we could wipe the slate clean and start over. I certainly do, this year was suppose to be an exciting year of personal and professional accomplishments...and wait... it WAS. Central New York real estate was one for the books. COVID struck and shut down our industry for what seemed like years, but we came back with avengance. Buyers showed their will to move into homeownership, and many sellers realized they needed out of the state. Regardless, I was there with them every step of the way, all 48 of them. Yes, in 2020 I excelled with selling 48 homes! That averages to almost one home under contract each week. Not too shabby for a "rookie" agent on her 3rd year. But, this was no easy feat. My first two years of Real ...
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By Rachel Morin, morin2realty
(New Star Real Estate)
Testing this out! I haven't done a blog since I was a founding distributor with DoTerra in 2008! So this is pretty foreign to me.  I'm looking forward to learning a lot and meeting wise people who can help me on my journey into the real estate world! 😄
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By Rodney Downs, Making your dreams a realty.
(Infinite Real Estate Group)
In brosing the blog posts here I noticed a post about Unauthorized Consideration. Some knew the term. Some had never heard it. For those unfamiliar with the term:Paying or offering to pay valuable consideration, as defined by the commission, to a person not licensed, except that valuable consideration may be shared as follows:- With a principal broker of another jurisdiction.- As provided under: Title 16, Chapter 10a, Utah Revised Business Corporation Act; Title 16, Chapter 11, Professional Corporation Act; or Title 48, Chapter 2c, Utah Revised Limited Liability Company Act, or Title 48, Chapter 3a, Utah Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act.When a person, not a licensed agent, might give you a referral. If this happens, you will need to remember not to give or even offer them a...
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By Peter N. Mitchell, EA, NTPI Fellow, IRS Enrolled Agent, Tax problem resolution
(Tax Pro Advisor, LLC)
I represent taxpayers in Leander and the rest of Texas who have civil and criminal tax issues, and have recently seen an uptick in those folks coming to us who have not filed tax returns, some for many years. In fact, the non-filer is a major priority for the IRS, who have stated publicly that they have identified more than 7 million taxpayers who have failed to file returns, and that the IRS plans to roll-out an initiative to target these tax scofflaws.In addition, it is worth noting that the willful failure to file a tax return is a federal tax crime under the Internal Revenue Code's Section 7203.So what can non-filers do, and how can we help them get their tax return issue resolved with the IRS? It depends upon why they failed to file in the first-place.If the failure to file the tax...
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By Phillip Syrios, Investor and Property Manager
(333Rent)
We broke down how to deescalate conflicts with tenants; whether it be over rent, late fees, moveouts, maintenance, etc. This skill is essential to staying sane in the property management business.  We're both partners in Stewardship Investments, LLC, which owns just shy of 500 units in the Kansas City metro area.   This video can be found here and please to subscribe to our Youtube channel.  
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By Katy Klesitz, We buy houses in Omaha. Sell your home fast.
(Katy & Frank Home Buyers)
Have you reached that tipping point with your Omaha home? Do your fixed income or endless project list have you saying, "sell my home fast"?If you drive around Omaha on the regular, you'll likely notice signs stating, we buy houses for cash or we pay cash for your home. Does someone paying you in cash for your home sound pretty appealing? You may want to make a sell house for cash pros and cons list of your options. Weighing the factors of each choice will help you answer the question, "What's the best way to sell my house now in Omaha?"What About an Omaha Realtor?Using a real estate agent, or Realtor, is very likely how you purchased your home. Until recently, it was considered the only real way to sell or buy a property. But, if you're thinking "I need to sell my Omaha house fast" or ...
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