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 Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Google is the most popular search engine on the internet. It's also a ranking system, and you can use this to your advantage by making sure that when people do searches on Google they will end up seeing your business listing first! The 5 Pillars of Google discusses how one should dominate listings at #1 for their keywords so it looks like what users expect - which means higher rankings than ever before possible. Want to get your business at the top of Google search? Check this out!We're hosting a FREE webinar weekly: "How to Dominate the First Page of Google for Hot Leads?" hosted by Greg Tresler of Digital Marketing Evolutions.Join us to learn how to grow your business with the help of Google. You can also check out our Facebook group namely "How to Dominate the First Page of Google" t...
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By Alejandro Ferro, Real Estate Professional
(Ferro Home Buyers)
After two years of dealing with the pandemic and setting up forbearance plans, many homeowners will be looking for solutions to get back on track.Did you lose your Job during covid? Did you need to relocate or change careers and your income has changed? I want to go over some of the options available and give you some industry insight. It is expected within the next several months there will be a lot of forbearance plans due as Covid-19 relief programs will soon expire.Depending what your current situation with your home will depend on the path taken.Here Are Possible Solutions To Avoid Foreclosure and Get You Back On Track.   Reinstate the past due balance (large sum payment) Repayment Plan (pay more monthly till caught up) Payment Deferral (puts a lien separate amount to be paid later...
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By ALEXIA DALEY, The Hardest Working Agent in this Town!
(REMAX Crosstown-Kempenfelt Group Inc.,)
Offers anytime on this charming FREEHOLD TownHome! Are you tired of renting? This Sun-Filled 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom home, located in a Friendly Neighbourhood AND close to amenities may be exactly what you're looking for. One of the larger models on this street, 6 Parkside features a Freshly painted Main floor, a Large Living Room, Spacious Kitchen for delicious meals, and Bright Dining Room to enjoy meals with family and friends. The convenient Sliding Door right off the Dining area makes it easy to access Deck & Backyard. Enjoy Either The Front Porch with privacy to People Watch Or relax on the back Deck For Peace And Quiet. The updated private ensuite adjoining the primary Bedroom is a delightful space to use. Roof reshingled ( 2013). Steps To Park, Dog walk, and schools make this ho...
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By Norbert Fabre, MRSA, Mold Inspector & Mold Assessor
(Indoor Microbial Specialist IMS)
Hello, ActiveRain community, this March ActiveRain Challenge 2022 has been educative and a great ice breaker not only to create an effective blog signature but to present myself to the community as well. My name is Norberto Fabre, I'm a Florida State Licensed Mold Assessor in the Fort Lauderdale area and an engineer. I decided to join ActiveRain after my mentor John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA recommended it as an opportunity to meet professionals, expand my network around Fort Lauderdale, FL and learn from the experiences of others. If you are ever in the need of mold assessments, mold remediation protocols and post-remediation verifications feel free to reach out! My contact information is on my new signature. Coming back to the main topic, I got very excited when I started reading how to cr...
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By Cary Nemeroff, Austin Lakeway Realtor Fluent in ASL Sign Language
(Keller Williams Realty Lake Travis)
Hands down, the Lake Travis area in the Hill Country has got to be one of the most topographically beautiful places to live in Texas.Just click on the link below... it's got everything!Cary Nemeroff - Lakeway, Bee Cave & Hudson Bend, Texas Expert Realtor(512) 409-4047cnemeroff@kw.com,maximum%20width%20is%204.5%20miles.
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By Chris Neidig, Home safe home!
(Dig's Home Inspections, LLC)
Some home buyers elect to not have a home inspection completed before they buy the home only to find out they have to make some expensive repairs.  Home inspectors are affordable.  Don't make the mistake of not hiring an inspector before you buy your home. I have over 30years in the home design business.  I have an associates in architecture, a bachelor's in engineering and my professional engineer's license in Pennsylvania.  I am an InterNACHI certified inspector.  Proudly serving northcentral Pennsylvania.Visit my website and schedule an appointment now.
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By Pete Beeda
(Keller Williams)
Preparing To Qualify For Mortgage: TipsAs you could imagine, there is a common theme amongst potential borrowers when it comes to buying a home and it is how they can go about Preparing To Qualify For Mortgage. This isn’t just something most people can just walk into and just get the best rate or the exact loan they want. Potential borrowers are going to have to have patience as this process takes time.Typically, if a borrower has documented income they will be able to qualify for a mortgage. Having documented income is key so that you can go through the pre-approval process to see if your finances can handle a loan at all.A common misconception is that if you have bad or damaged credit with derogatory items in your history you will not be able to obtain a home mortgage, well this is no...
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By Byron Henry - eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty - Calgary)
Why Now is a Great Time to Buy a Hi-Rise Condo in Downtown CalgaryAccording to Calgary Economic Development's  Calgary Head Offices - Fact Sheet 2021, Calgary contains the highest concentration of head offices in Canada with 71% of them being oil and gas companies.Boom and Bust Leads to Head Office ReductionThe Calgary economy has been tightly tied to the oil and gas industry. When oil prices are high, the city and province reap the rewards. When prices are low, it is just the opposite. It has been a constant cycle of boom and bust.The last seven years however have seen an unprecedented exodus of head offices from the downtown core. This started with the sudden reduction in WTI crude prices from $93.17(USD) in 2014 to $48.66(USD) in 2015. This caused many oil and gas companies to re-eva...
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By Fanta Kaba
(OnPoint Resolution LLC)
Opening the mailbox and finding a letter from the IRS is frightening, but what happens next can be even scarier. The tax agency wields incredible power, and if they claim you owe additional taxes they have many different options for forcing you to pay. When the IRS claims you owe additional money, they will act quickly, and that could leave you reeling, and trying hard to preserve the money you need to pay your bills, feed your family and keep a roof over your head. If you are employed, the IRS can reach into your paycheck, forcing the company you work for to withhold part of what you are owed until the tax debt has been satisfied. The IRS can also hold onto any refunds and government payments you would otherwise be due. If you have been waiting for that big fat refund check to arrive, ...
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By Michael St. Germain
(The St. Germain Group, LLC brokered by eXp Realty, LLC)
Are you curious about the worth of your home in Albemarle, NC? As of November 2021, Albemarle, NC homes’ current median listing price is $222,400. That's about $135 per square foot. The median price for homes that have sold is a little lower at $212,000. The value of your home will depend on the historical sale price and the market conditions. The home's location, size, appeal, age, and shape play a role as well.Because of these varying factors, it’s best to get an appraisal to get the actual value of your home. Let’s explore these details - and how they affect the cost of your home. Albemarle, NC Housing Market TrendsThe current Albemarle, NC housing market is booming. It remains a seller’s market. That means there’s a high demand for multi-family homes for sale in Stanly County, NC. A...
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By Angela Graziano, I Love Serving My Clients
(Baird & Warner Residential Services, Inc.)
Home Improvements During Labor Shortage Tight labor markets are affecting industries across the country. Skilled and unskilled jobs remain unfilled as employers struggle to find prospective employees. For anyone ready to hire a contractor or handyman to perform home improvement projects, this shortage is causing frustration. As more people embrace the “staycation” and seek ways to upgrade their homes, many are finding few tradesmen to even come to provide estimates, much less schedule the work.If you are trying to find good people to help with home improvement projects, there are still a few ways to achieve your goals. Here are a few tips to help you find a professional to help with your project.• Social Media – One great way to find reputable laborers is to ask for help from local soci...
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By Dave Smith, Realtor & Mortgage Pro Business Coach
This article and blog is about writing targeted messages for your target market. I teach how to isolate your target market, and then how to use market research to gather information about that group of people to use in your Marketing Strategies …With this lesson, I am going to take this market research and use it to create a powerful Marketing message. The strength of your Marketing message lies in its ability to speak to the specific wants and desires of your target market, and tap into their emotional reactions, or hot buttons. When you push those hot buttons, you motivate your audience to act. The more people you can motivate to act, the more leads you will have in store and on the other end of the phone line, or at least in your inbox … In this article/blog, I cover:How a strong Mar...
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By Ariana Mortenson, Professional writer and blogger in Australia
For the majority of households, an inch of rainfall isn’t a big deal. However, when it tumbles down on your median-looking roof, it will flood, drenching off the roof’s overhang. That will be the frightful phenomenon, which can vandalize everything around (even your peace!) if your gutters aren’t performing the task of controlling it. If you find clogged leaves and debris there, that’s the time to think about it.Maybe it simply needs cleaning. By the way, regular gutter cleaning is important as that can prevent clogged gutters. But perhaps it needs a replacement.If your case matches with the latter one, then this blog is for you. Here you’ll find the most crucial information – the best styles and materials for rain gutters. Also, we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions (FAQs)...
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By Kevin Rego, IRS Collections Representation
(Rego Tax Law)
Once you are in the IRS's collection system, it is very important to know the system roadmap. Collections run in pretty much a linear manner--step by step until the collection action is resolved, the statute of limitations runs, or any number of other possible outcomes.One of the "stops" on the collection roadmap is an IRS levy. If you do not pay your taxes or make arrangements to settle your tax debt, the IRS may determine that a levy is the next appropriate action. An IRS levy permits the legal seizure of your property to satisfy a tax debt. It can be in the form of a wage garnishment, social security income offset, taking money out of your bank or financial account, seizing and selling your vehicles, real estate, and other personal property.Generally, the levy is put in place after s...
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By Lequita Gray, I help people with tax debt.
(Alexandria Louis Tax Solutions LLC)
One of the most common questions asked this year from my self-employed clients was “Lequita, how can I reduce my tax bill?”  The answer was the same for most of the clients.  “There are some deductions we are not taking that we should consider for next filing season.  What most of the clients were missing were deductions that directly reduce the amount of taxable income.Health Savings Account: Depending on the amount you spend annually on out-of-pocket medical expenses, it may be beneficial to explore opening a health savings account.  A health savings account is type of savings account that lets you set aside money on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualified medical expenses. By using untaxed dollars in a Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and som...
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
✨OPEN HOUSE✨ Join us this Sunday, Nov. 7 from 12pm-2pm and tour one of the finest Estate Waterfront homes in "Harbor West" gated waterfront community in South Gulf Cove featuring a heated pool, spa, private deeded Dock & 7500lb boat lift with GEM remote! "DEEP SAILBOAT WATER ACCESS"For more information, call or text 941-426-4394 📲
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By Brian Read, Real Estate Investor and Broker
(Bright Idea House Buyers & Executive Capital Group Inc.)
With the high cost of real estate in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, many people are looking towards other states when deciding to purchase a home or raise a family. Taxes, Jobs and Cost of Living California has one of the highest state income taxes in the country, so that alone is a factor that can put more money in people’s pockets and allow them to spend more of it on housing and other costs.   The job market in California has been strong recently, and while there may be better paying jobs and opportunities in certain areas and industries like Silicon Valley or the newer Silicon Beach area of Los Angeles, on a relative basis, it may not make that much of a difference once the high cost of living is factored in. California has a net Out-Migration to other states as can...
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By Kim Rosenstein, Selling Luxury At Every Price Point
(Realty One )
Surprise home in Orchards Parcel is a beautiful home on a corner lot with all new appliances, a new water heater, and a new pool pump for your private pool located within walking distance to Spring Training Facility. This gorgeous 2 story home is perfect for entertaining with an open chef's kitchen complete with cherry cabinets and granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a gas stove. The open kitchen flows into a spacious family room and sliding glass doors to your private pool and covered outdoor patio. Easy entertaining. Formal dining with new lighting (new lighting throughout the home) creates a perfect family home. New shaw carpets compliment the wood flooring and tile. 3 car garage houses all your toys (one is even extended and oversized with separate direct entry). Ne...
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By Linda Peltz, It's The Sold That Counts
(eXp Realty)
There are a lot of choices you've got to choose from a new home. From location, cost or several factors that may affect the unit value. You’ll be forced to understand many things that you haven't heard before. One among the foremost ones: what type of home do you wish for? Which one will I prefer in Townhouse vs Condo ? If you’re not into a single-family home, you may consider the option of Townhouse vs Condo. Both options have similar square measure and quite a few variations. Deciding which suits your real estate needs may need a further analysis and understanding the pros and cons of each of the unit. Here’s to kickstart our knowledge about Townhouse vs Condo, especially Townhouse Fresno for your ideal home;Basic of CondoA condominium is designed pretty similarly to a flat or an apar...
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