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 Greg Vetter, 30+ year Productivity Speaker, Trainer and Coach
(Vetter Productivity, Inc.)
Tip 60. Keep a clear pathway to your desk.   Do you have to turn slightly or watch where you step just to get to your desk?Think about the width of a doorway. The opening is usually at least 30 inches wide. There’s a reason—so you don’t have to turn your body to fit through it. The same is true about getting to your desk. You need an unobstructed pathway of at least 30 inches to be able to easily glide through to that comfy chair of yours.Every twist, turn, and extra step will cause you to spend more time at the office, and we know how much you like that. Time to clear that path.   Timber!   © Greg Vetter 2022. All rights reserved Photo from Unsplash.com
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First, you’ll need to get an accurate, full picture of the extent of the damage. If there is major fire damage, before you enter your home you may need permission from your local fire department. You should also contact your utility provider to let them know about the fire and then call your homeowner’s insurance company to start claims.Next, be sure to document the damage through video, photos, and complete notes. You’ll want to share the information with a fire restoration expert if needed to begin the process of cleanup needed to sell your fire-damaged property. You can do a little bit on your own — open the windows to eliminate smoke, clean hard services — but you’ll likely need some help when it comes down to selling your fire damaged house fast for cash, Selling a Fire Damaged Pro...
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By Dylan Draper, Transactional Funding for Wholesalers
(junegrassmarketing@gmail.com)
Hard money is a loan that is secured by a “hard” asset. In most cases, that asset is real estate. The most common hard money loan is for a fix-and-flip loan. If you are a real estate investor in North Carolina that is looking to flip houses, a hard money loan is a good option for you.Traditional Financing vs. Hard MoneyA traditional mortgage is a lengthy process that caters to homeowners looking to secure long-term financing. A hard money loan usually has a much shorter loan term and much higher interest rates. While a traditional mortgage is much cheaper, a hard money loan can be processed and funded much, much quicker. Traditional financing is contingent on the borrower’s creditworthiness, a hard money loan is primarily asset-based.When would someone use a hard money loan?An investor ...
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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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The past couple of years might have been a roller coaster ride on many fronts, but fortunately, the ride has provided a silver lining for many homeowners. In particular, there has been a considerable rise in the prices of homes. So you might be wondering if you should take advantage of the climb in home values. You might also be wondering if putting a home in Oak Ridge, NC up for sale is a good idea. As you consider the thought of doing so, a good starting point is to ask yourself, “what’s my home value in Oak Ridge, NC?”On average, the home value of properties in Oak Ridge, NC is $227,465, according to Zillow. This value only includes the middle tier of homes, though. The average can also fluctuate depending on the season, so homeowners need to be aware of that.Read on to learn more ab...
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By Wanda Richards, Real Estate Photographer
(Shows Great Photography LLC)
The real estate market is on fire for sellers and has been for the past couple of years, so why do you need professional listing photos? Why not just "snap" a few with your cell phone? If it doesn't matter...the home will sell in a matter of days and, in some cases, a matter of hours. Your listing photos will be seen online, in some cases for years after the home sells, and will be attached to your name. Your listing photos are a part of your brand and what other potential sellers will see when they search for you online. Your sellers have spent days and sometimes weeks getting their homes just right for the market, only to have their homes show up online with dark cell phone photos. I know you are probably thinking, but you are a real estate photographer. Of course, you will push profe...
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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.comhttps://laketravis.com/visiting-lake-travis/#:~:text=Lake%20Travis%20is%20a%20BIG,maximum%20width%20is%204.5%20miles.
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By McKenzie Smartt
As a Real Estate Agent, there are various ways to lose your license. Of the 21 ways to lose your license, most of them stem from just one principle. Dishonesty. While dishonestly can be something big, most of the time it starts with little things. Whether you are dishonest about an aspect of a home, criminal history, disclosing an unnamed principal, lying to clients, making false advertising claims, using clients money for personal expenses, etc, all of these stem from being dishonest. Honesty can go a long way and can contribute to the success of your career. By establishing honest practices in the workplace, we can protect our clients, our brokerage, and ourselves. 
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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 Compare Closing LLC, Let the lenders compete for your business!
(Compare Closing LLC)
 About Loan Origination FeesWhen you are looking to buy a new home or refinancing the current mortgage, it comes at a cost. Multiple charges are included in a property purchase or a refinance transaction. Most of the fees are standard. However, there are a few which could affect the cost of borrowing. One of them is loan origination fees. In this post, we will learn what is an origination fee in detail.What is the Loan Origination Process?Property purchase or refinance is funded with a mix of debt and equity. To secure debt funding, borrowers go through a multi-step process called loan origination. This process begins with the borrower submitting financial information to the bank or the lender for a purchase or refinance of the property and getting the loan.What is a Loan Origination Fe...
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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 Torri Brown
(SmartZip)
How and Why to Use Real Estate Direct Mail Postcards Agents are constantly bombarded with new ways of reaching potential clients, and most of these marketing gimmicks are just that: gimmicks. Why do the latest fads always get the most attention? The truth is pretty simple. You can’t trick someone into working with you, and there are no shortcuts to getting consistent results. Proven marketing tactics, like farming postcards for realtors, still work incredibly well. When consistently used with other reliable farming techniques, direct mail can be one of the best ways to keep your brand, messaging, and contact information directly in front of qualified prospects. Here are a few stats about real estate direct mail postcards that you might find surprising:  Response rates for real estate ca...
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By Chelani Espinoza
Now a days honesty is the key to everything. Dishonesty in the real estate community is very dangerous and will always turn around and hurt you. That may sound harsh at first, but if you practice honesty and integrity you will have more success with clients. If you plan on being in this industry you repuatiuon spreads very quickly. The best thing you can do for yourself and your buisness is to show your honesty, hardwork, and passion towrds real esate. I work in property management... I am working on my license right now, and going over this in school reminds me of when im in the office and everyone I am surronded by has a great reputition and are always honest. I have seen people lose their license for lying about things that are very important. Honesty is just a great trait to have in...
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Recently, my fiancé and I went to one of our town's most popular furniture stores to buy a couch and a table. It wasn't long until we found the perfect couch at the perfect price that would fit well in our living room space. Then, it was time to search for a table. Almost immediately, we found a table that was perfect for us and worked well for any dining room space. The table was good looking, however it was the beautiful chairs that were modeled with it that really convinced me. We brought over the salesman so he could see exactly what to ring us up for. The checkout was perfect and the salesmen were very polite and seemed to be honest. It wasn't until later that week, when our furniture was being delivered, that it was revealed to me that they delivered the wrong chairs! Sure that it...
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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 Ashok Kumar, MyGoToAgent
(Exit Results Realty)
Buying a home and selling your home is an important and complicated decision. It's important to know all of the available options and what they can mean for you.Before diving into the details, here are some things you should know:-If you're buying, there are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a house such as the price, location, and amenities.-You can also get creative with homes by considering something like a townhome or condo.-If you're selling your home, it's important to consider how much money you'll need up front to cover the closing costs.-Once you've got your ducks in order and found an agent, it's time to list your property on the market! Let us discuss this in more detail. Contact or call me.
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By Willis Allen, We give you peace of mind... the gift of time...
(Concept 360 Property Management)
Long Beach Property Management Got you Down?—                                           Are you frustrated with your tenants not paying rent during Covid?          Have you been dealing with maintenance issues while getting little to no rent to support those efforts?Do you resent your tenants? Are you consumed with anger every time those tenants light up your phone? Have you lost sleep, or even worse… is your blood boiling because of those tenants? Are you at the end of your rope?                              If you answered YES to any of those last few questions, it might be time to consider hiring a property management company to step in and take things off your hands.Over the last two years, the laws affecting rent collection during Covid have changed about every eight weeks. There a...
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There are many different types of agents. The most common is a listing/seller's agent and buyer's agent. A listing agent is a professional who represents the person that's selling their property. They will find buyers that are interested in the seller's property. When you want to buy a property, you'll need a buyer's agent to look at properties with you and negotiate on your behalf.  A real estate agent could be both buyer's and seller's agent. they will help take you to see houses, show you properties suggestions, and help you negotiate. A real estate agent could represent both parties the buyer and the seller and that is called Dual agency.
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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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