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 STEVE PFAFF, IRS Tax Representative for Real Estate Businesses
It's very tempting when cash gets tight to dip into the funds you have reserved to pay employment taxes. It sounds easy to just use the money and repay later. However, you face 2 problems. The first is that you'll find it hard to come up with those funds later. The second and most critical is that the IRS strictly enforces the payment of employment taxes.We have all heard about the hiring of many new IRS agents. One area they will concentrate on is making sure business are depositing their employment taxes on a timely basis. The penalties for failure to deposit are very significant. They can also include an additional penalty on the members of your business who are responsible for depositing the taxes. This additional penalty called the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP) attaches person...
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Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Southern California, San Diego is renowned for its stunning beaches, pleasant climate, and vibrant lifestyle. Amid this captivating backdrop, the concept of enhancing property value through residential artificial turf installation is gaining significant traction. In this article, we'll delve into why opting for artificial turf in your San Diego home can be a smart investment, driving up both curb appeal and real estate worth. A Perfect Match for San Diego's ClimateSan Diego's climate is a unique blend of Mediterranean and semi-arid, characterized by mild temperatures and relatively low rainfall. These conditions can put natural lawns under stress, leading to brown patches and uneven growth. Artificial turf, however, thrives in San Diego's clima...
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By Marcus Maupin, Marcus Maupin is the Co-founder of National Real E
(National Real Estate Investors Network LLC)
What is the Employee Retention Credit program?| What is ERC program?Visit  Or Call Lindsay at  877-506-3999About The ERC ProgramWhat is the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)?ERC is a stimulus program designed to help those businesses that were able to retain their employees during the Covid-19 pandemic.Established by the CARES Act, it is a refundable tax credit – a grant, not a loan – that you can claim for your business. The ERC is available to both small and mid-sized businesses. It is based on qualified wages and healthcare paid to employees.Up to $26,000 per employee- Available for 2020 and the first 3 quarters of 2021- Qualify with decreased revenue or COVID event- No limit on funding- ERC is a refundable tax creditHow much money can you get back?You can claim...
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By Greg Bacheller, Real Property Management Colorado
(Real Property Management Colorado)
When it comes to making your business prosper, you've likely heard many opinions on the topic. You may have received some helpful suggestions, as well as not so helpful ones. Either way, you likely keep coming back to the same question, how can I effectively manage multiple properties, keep tenants happy, and maximize my profits? Face it, no one person is superman/woman. Thus, if you are looking to better manage your business, rent properties faster, excel at tenant satisfaction, and grow your business, there is only one tried and true way to take your business to the next level: professional property management. With the right company at the helm, you can rest assured knowing your business will be properly cared for, so it can prosper. Read on to learn more about how investing in profe...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Owning a dream home is a goal that many aspire to achieve. However, it can be difficult to finance your dream home, especially if you are working on a budget. There are several innovative ways to finance your home and make your dream a reality. This blog will explore five strategies to help you finance your dream home, from saving for a down payment to considering a loan with a low-interest rate and seeking financial advice from professionals. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of financing your dream home and making it a reality.Look Into Government-Sponsored ProgramsNumerous government programs are available that can help you finance your dream home. For example, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) offers a variety of programs that can help qualified buyers wi...
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By Matt Head, We offer the best real estate service in Maple Rid
(Lesley Tucker - Cloud Real Estate Group)
Buying your first home can be an exciting, yet overwhelming experience. As a first-time home buyer, you may be wondering how to navigate the complex real estate market. You want to make sure you get the best deal possible while avoiding costly mistakes.Here are five expert tips to help you on your home buying journey.Get Pre-Approved for a MortgageBefore you start house hunting, it’s crucial to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will give you a clear understanding of how much you can afford and help you avoid the disappointment of falling in love with a house that’s outside your budget. Pre-approval also shows sellers that you’re a serious buyer and can give you a competitive edge in a hot housing market.Work with a Reputable Real Estate AgentWorking with a reputable real estate agen...
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By Kirk Linehan, Luxury Agent
When you close out a listing, you need to ensure you close it out with all the correct information.  Mis-representing your property or sales history should never happen. We all need to make sure we follow the standards set forth and give each other accurate information.
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By Tyson Schuetze, Tyson Schuetze Auben Realty
(Auben Realty)
Retired marines, 25% management fees, and why roofs matter…My investment career would have one more sharp detour before I had to deal with the aftermath of 2008. My partner Jeff and I had decided our inter-state enterprise lacked efficiency, along with profitability. He wanted to focus on wholesaling and I wanted to learn how to act like a responsible investor—something that would take another 10 years for me to really figure out. I stopped looking in Orangeburg, Irmo, and Greenwood, SC and narrowed the scope of my search to Augusta and the greater CSRA (Central Savannah River Area). Unfortunately, geography was the only thing narrowed in my search for investment real estate. I still didn’t know how to find or buy investment real estate, but I found a partner named Scott who was known t...
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By Luisa Cruz
(Prosperity Real Estate Pros)
Welcome home and enjoy the perfect blend of elegance, space, and privacy that this perfectly situated, corner, cul-de-sac, full brick front home in desirable Belle Mead has to offer! Featuring 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a 3-car garage, this expanded Classic Bentley I, freshly painted home, provides an estimated 3800 square feet of arguably the best floor plan for both entertainment and family living! Upon entry, greet and impress your guests in the large, two-story foyer with a breathtaking crystal chandelier that can be seen through the portico transom window above the Whether you are hosting a dinner party, a game night, or an intimate gathering, this home has a space on its main floor that will suit any occasion, from the formal living room, formal dining room, grand game room with ...
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By Beth Skinner, The Skinny on Real Estate
(LoKation Real Estate)
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In a significant stride towards redefining India's educational paradigm, the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) has emerged as a beacon of change. With a comprehensive vision to revolutionize the learning ecosystem, the NEP 2020 brings forth a holistic approach that spans from early childhood education to higher studies. This landmark policy is set to reshape the educational landscape, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and holistic development. Let's delve into the key tenets and implications of the NEP 2020 and explore how it is poised to shape the future of education in India.Embracing Change: The NEP 2020 UnveiledThe new education policy, often referred to as the NEP policy 2020, is a monumental document that outlines the transformational roadmap for India's education s...
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By Jason Visconti, Real Estate Agent in Summit County Utah
(Jason Visconti )
This is a small problem, that can lead to a brokerage suffering long term.  Poor supervision within a real estate brokerage can lead to far more reaching problems.  All realtors from sales agents, associate brokers to principal brokers hold responsibility in adhering to the standards and expectations of their managers.
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By Jennifer Badner, For Immediate Response (805) 404-9653
(Paramount Estates)
Market is still strong and continues to be a sellers market.
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By Shane Rankin, Real Life | Real Decisions | Real Estate
(Rankin Realty)
Back-to-school with no stress? Make it happen!   When the warm summer months begin to wind down and the days become a little shorter, you can almost smell it in the air–back-to-school time is here! And, just as fall and cooler weather approach, so does back-to-school anxiety. Between kids fearing they'll miss the bus and won't make new friends, and parents feeling stressed about hectic mornings and carpooling chaos, how can anyone get excited about the first day back to school? Parents, however, can set the tone for a smooth transition from summer to the new classroom by proactively addressing their children's concerns.     Here are a few tips to help ease your family's back-to-school anxiety. Be enthusiastic.If you are excited and confident, your child will be, too.Prepare yourself.No...
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By Nicholas McDaniel
(Nicholas McDaniel)
 Alabama is becoming a very popular place for families relocating for a number of reasons, including work, low cost of housing, and low cost of living, among other reasons. Huntsville is consistently included in national rankings. This time, Alabama is also being recognized for it's value. CNBC reports a 10.25% appreciation rate for the state. This ranking reenforces the growth, value, and culture of Alabamians. Alabama stands out as a captivating gem in the southern region. From its diverse landscapes to its vibrant cultural heritage, Alabama has much to offer. Alabama boasts an impressive array of natural wonders that rival those found in any other state. The state's pristine Gulf Coast beaches, with their sugar-white sands and azure waters, are a tourist's paradise. Meanwhile, the ma...
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By Masie Pitchard, Passionate about all things home improvement
(Masie Pitchard)
As the temperature drops and the first snowflakes start to fall, I can't help but feel a sense of excitement mixed with a tinge of worry. Winter is a beautiful season, but it also brings its fair share of challenges, especially when it comes to protecting our homes. That’s why I’m here to share with you some of the best ways to prepare your roof for the winter. As a DIY enthusiast and a blogger who loves writing about roofing, commercial painting, and home improvement tips and advice, I have learned a lot about how to keep your roof in good shape and prevent costly repairs. In this blog post, I will cover the following topics:  How to inspect your roof for signs of damage or wear How to repair or replace damaged shingles, flashing, caulking, and other components How to clean your gutter...
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By Karla Jusko, Team Leader/REALTOR Serving South Jersey
(Exit Homestead Realty)
Multigenerational Living, is it really a trend? The New Jersey Association of Realtors (NJAR) thinks so. The July/August edition of New Jersey Realtor Magazine outlines recent upticks in families purchasing homes with both parents and children in mind.  Multigenerational homes are designed to provide space for multiple generations to live under one roof. I know the demand for these types of living situations has grown, especially in the Southern New Jersey market, where I primarily work with clients. Clients are requesting first floor bedrooms and full bathrooms, in addition to the living spaces they desire for themselves and their children. If the space has a separate entrance, that is even more desired. You may be thinking of the traditional "in-law suite" with totally separate living...
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By Catherine Torres, Home Advisor serving Central Florida
(LPT Realty)
Come check this home out!!!
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By Kirk Burningham
(EMSilverlakeHome LLC)
Honesty in any industry is important. It wasn't until starting the Real Estate courses that I realized how important it is for professionals in real estate. I feel like there is a difference between being strictly honest and being discreet and maintaining confidences for clients. I know that it is our duty to real estate professionals to stay in the framework of the law but to also make sure we are always working in the best interests of our clients. Once we start thinking how can I benefit from this real estate transaction is when dishonesty and unethical practices can start to creep into our thinking and lead us down the path to poor decisions. After watching a video where a real estate agent was sleeping and using a client's home for his own benefit caught be off guard. I couldn't be...
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By Mary-Ann Semen, Broker of Record, Sutton Realty Toronto
(Sutton Group Realty Systems Inc. Brokerage)
While we were posting our featured homes in our real estate office window we noticed the little ones bored while their parents were browsing our listings.So we thought let's feature one of this summer's most sought-after designs - the Barbie Malibu Dream Home.  The hot pink is so full of fun and positive vibes.It is amazing watching everyone's reaction.  Smiles!And we learned a little bit about ourselves in the process as well.  See our realization:
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