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 Wilson Graves, Real Estate Agent serving Utah's SLC area
(Real Estate Student)
Failure to Respond- A costly mistakeI am new to this.  This is my first blog here, and I am trying to finish up my course for my real estate license here in Utah.  But something has really struck me, and I feel the need to vent for a minute.  A real estate agents small mistake in failing to respond and how it can affect others.  Let me give you some backstory.I have seen both sides of this.  I was on vacation with a friend once and watched how he struggled to both be available to call and send emails rapidly, while still being present with everyone and enjoy his time.  I know that everyone deserves a break, but he definitely should not have been there this weekend.  He spent more time being chewed out and stressed for his mistakes in fumbling the ball than he spent doing anything else. ...
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By Brayden Adamson, Real Estate Agent (currently in schooling)
As I am beginning my training in the real estate field I am learning more and more just how important a good code of ethics is. You are only as good as your weakest link. Thats why I have chosen to write this blog post on dishonesty, and why it is one of 21 ways you can lose your license in the State of Utah.     Dishonesty has the ability to quickly ruin a broker and agents hard earned name. Dishonesty, in my opinion, is also where all 21 of the other ways to lose a license stem from. Dishonesty is a slippery slope. Being dishonest can range from small things, such as saying a water heater is supposed to leak in a certain spot, too much bigger things concerning the entire house. Either way, as an agent, it is incredibly important to stay honest in you business dealings.
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At the end of the day, corporate contacts are just another lead source. I've put together a playbook for targeting HR departments so that Realtor's can build referral friendly relationships. In the thousands of conversations I've had in the past two years with real estate practitioners, only one has proactively taken this strategy seriously. It has enabled him to build a $15 Million dollar business in 18 months. Do you have experience building your busines with corporate partnerships? Let me know in the comments below.  Here's The Motivation 🔥Corporate America has a vested interest in helping their employees achieve homeownership. As real estate practitioners, we know being a homeowner comes with a sense of stability and security, which leads to job satisfaction and productivity. Homeow...
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By Christine Kim, Real estate agent serving Los Angeles' Westside
Trousdale Estates, CA Homes for Sale | History of Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills, CATrousdale Estates is a neighborhood in Beverly Hills, California. It is one of the most exclusive residential areas in the state, boasting lush homes and beautiful views. But what makes Trousdale Estates so special? Its history! Let’s take a look at how this luxurious area became what it is today.Trousdale Estates was established by Paul Trousdale, an entrepreneur and real estate developer from Tennessee who moved to Los Angeles in 1952 with his wife Anna May. He quickly saw potential for profit in Los Angeles due to its rapidly growing population and lack of housing options, so he began buying up parcels of land around the hills north of Sunset Boulevard – eventually amassing some 1,200 acres stretc...
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By Christopher Arnell, Austin Real Estate Agent
(RE/MAX Posh Properties)
If you've started to think about buying a home, you may already be feeling overwhelmed, especially if this is your first time. There's so much to think about and so many new terms to learn, and on top of that, you're making a substantial financial commitment. You might be mentally making long lists of what could go wrong before you've even got a good handle on what the process involves. Before you panic and talk yourself out of it entirely, read the buying a home checklist below so that you better understand the steps that you need to take.Making the DecisionShould you even buy a home? There are a lot of factors to consider, including how long you plan to live in your area and your financial situation. You don't have to stay in the same house for the next 30 years, but if you're thinkin...
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By Sonia Rodriguez
(Sonia Mobile Notary & Live scan )
Hi, my name is Sonia Rodriguez, CEO, and Co-founder of Sonia Notary & Live Scan LLC. Turning My Dreams into Reality, without both hard work and persistence, this new journey of mine would have taken me longer to reach. I have been guided, inspired, coached, and mentored during the worst times of my life. I have been lifted, taught to dust myself off, and keep pushing forward. Those that believed in me, built my confidence up and taught me to believe in my own imagination and vision. To know that I can accomplish anything that I want. I was motivated and encouraged so much, that I had no other option but to soar. I was taught to fly; my flight may have taken off very slowly at first. I am still learning the dos and don’ts of this business world. A world that I might add, in the first par...
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By Christian Halas, Tax, Insurance, Investment Specialist
(Halas Consulting)
I perform tax prep and planning, as well as IRS and state civil tax representation for Pittsburgh and vicinity, as well as the rest of the Commonwealth of PA. The time is now to make your last-minute tax moves for 2022. Not a whole lot can be done after December 31st. 1. Prepay rent using IRS Safe Harbor RulesThe tax rules allow you pay up to 12 months in expenses in advance without challenge, adjustment or change by the IRSExample: Your rent is $3000 per month and you would like a $36,000 (or less) deduction for 2022, so on Friday December 30th you mail a check your landlord for up to $36,000. He receives the money on Tuesday January 3rd. You deduct the up to $36,000 in rent in 2022, the year you paid it. He claims it in 2023 the year he receives it. You get a tax deduction in 2022, an...
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By brian traichel, LinkedIn Social Selling & Sales Coaching
(My Target Client, Inc)
Greetings activerain! It was a pleasure to speak to your group this week. I am very thankful for all the positive feedback. Here is a short summary of the topics we covered. Privacy settings:There are many settings in the LinkedIn in profile when it comes to privacy and notifications. The top 3 I feel are the most important are the following:1. Set your profile viewing options to Private Mode. By doing this you will no longer leave a digital trail showing you viewed someone's profile. 2. Turn off your connections. Once you have turned your connections off, people will only be able to see who you have in common. By not turning these off makes you vulnerable to others scraping your entire database which is never a good idea considering cybersecurity and giving your competition access to y...
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By Aavas Financiers LTD, housing loan finance company in India
If you’re in the market for a new home, one of the first things you’ll need to do is apply for a home loan. Taking out a loan is a big financial decision, so it’s important to understand the process and what you’ll need before you get started. Here’s a step-by-step guide to applying for a home loan: 1. Check Your Credit Score One of the first things you’ll need to do when applying for a loan is to check your credit score. This will give you an idea of where you stand financially and whether or not you’ll be able to qualify for a loan. You can check your credit score for free on websites like Credit Karma or Annual Credit Report. 2. Shop Around for Lenders Once you know your credit score, you can start shopping around for lenders. There are many different lenders out there, so it’s impo...
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By Alice Brown, Docupile is a Cloud Document Management System
Every real estate document related to any deal, legal aspect, or partnership is crucial when leading a real estate syndication. Traditional ways of keeping records are now inadequate as it takes too long to find a certain document when required.Many savvy business owners are choosing to implement a well-designed real estate document management system. The top six benefits are listed below:Minimal Storage SpaceMaintaining physical folders and files takes up a lot of expensive space, both in terms of the storage cabinets themselves and the amount of room they require. To keep your documents organized and easily accessible, it's best to store digital copies of them. The cloud-based real estate document management system allows you to store all your critical deal documents and legal documen...
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By Easy Street, Hard Money Lender Tampa Florida
(Easy Street Capital)
 Our loan procedure is the fastest and most efficient in the market, helping investors to win more projects and develop their businesses. It is possible to finish in less than 48 hours. We've reduced the underwriting red tape and simplified our loan process to avoid the problems of traditional finance and allow investors to focus on finishing their acquisition. We take pleasure in being incredibly upfront and responsive when it comes to constructing your loan. All of our loans are funded in accordance with the terms agreed upon by our borrowers. There are no last-minute modifications. There are no unexpected outcomes. That’s why we are the best Hard money lender in Tampa Florida
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By PAUL KAPLAN, Coachella Valley Local Real Estate Experts
(Bennion Deville Homes)
Rimcrest Development Cascading down the hillside below John Lautner's Bob Hope House, Rimcrest is a mid-century modern enclave built in 1967, located on nearly 12 acres of the Southridge hill.  Each of the 51 units are approximately 1600 square feet and offer two bedroom and 2 baths.  The open floor plans include walls of glass to take in the valley views, plus a spacious outdoor deck.  This is the only hillside development in Palm Springs and features some of the most spectacular views in Palm Springs. The beauty of hillside living is reflected in a view from Rimcrest, unique development clustered in the foothills of Palm Springs.   Search for Homes
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By Monique Hanson, I assist home buyers and sellers in West Michigan
(Five Star Real Estate)
  Question: Do I need to save a 20% downpayment? Answer: No, The average first-time home buyer puts just 7% down and 17% for repeat homebuyers. Certain loan programs allow as little as 3% or even zero down. Bottom Line: The idea that you have to put 20% down on a house is a myth. . . . The right amount depends on your current savings and your home-buying goals. Ready to get signed up for your personalized property search? Reach out today! 616-805-9177   Source: NAR
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By Guy Alberghini, I help real Estate investors get the best loans
Need money for your fix and flip’s? Rentals? Cash out refits?I have millions of dollars to lend!    Private lender    Competitive rate    Quick closing     Lend nationwide (almost)    Non owner occupied    Credit not an issue    Single family to fourplex Message me or call today!
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
Is it better to go through a mortgage broker or direct to a bank?A mortgage broker is an intermediary between you and the lender. Their job is to find you the best deal. They have a selection of hundreds of different lenders.A bank can only show you what they have to offer. A mortgage broker can show you what that bank has to offer, as well as all of the other options available to you and your needs. Their knowledge of your specific situation and goals combined with their abundance of resources enables them to find the perfect deal for you.A mortgage broker’s pre-approval letter can mean the difference between having your offer accepted or losing out to another potential buyer. This is because listing agents are familiar with a bank’s bureaucracy, which causes them to be slower. But, mo...
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By Michael Smith, Real estate agent serving Santa Monica
(Success Realty)
One of my favorite staples in westside, Los Angeles, ca is California chicken cafe. If you have never been there I recommend getting a chicken pasta side on the side with whatever you decide to order as your main item. I tend to get a whole chicken vs. the wraps because it's the bang for your buck.
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By Scott Schulte
(Scott Schulte LLC)
Sun City Grand Surprise ArizonaIf you are searching for a home to spend your retirement in style or you are looking to make some new friends, the Sun City Grand Surprise, Arizona, offers you a chance to get out and enjoy the Arizona sunshine. Whether you enjoy hiking, golfing, fishing, or just being out in nature, you'll find plenty to do here. Sun City Grand PickleballLocated near Phoenix, Sun City Grand is one of the greatest active adult communities in the state. The community has nearly 4,000 acres of land and almost 9,500 residences.Sun City Grand is not a gated community but features several amenities. It features two fitness centers, four golf courses, and many other recreational facilities. The community is also home to several bocce ball courts, tennis courts, and pickleball co...
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By Stephanie Huber, Real Estate Brokerage serving Port St. Lucie, FL
( | Huber Real Estate Group of Florida)
 Price spikes might have come to an end in the third quarter as rising mortgage rates dampened expectations for real estate appreciation according to the most recent NAR report.The third quarter of this year saw a continuation of the increasing trend in home prices, but the National Association of REALTORS®' most recent quarterly report suggests that the trend may be finally coming to a stop. Although home prices rose in almost every major metro in the third quarter, higher mortgage rates are starting to slow down the increase of home prices. 46 percent of the 185 markets that NAR monitors even saw double-digit growth.In the third quarter, the national median price for a single-family existing home increased by 8.6% to $398,000. The median price increased 14.2% year over year in the sec...
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By Josh Dotoli, Principal & Luxury Real Estate Advisor
(Dotoli Group)
If you're wondering Why Should I List My Condo With Dotoli Group, keep reading. Dotoli Group makes use of market-leading marketing techniques to advertise your home to potential customers who are ready, willing, and able to make such a pricey purchase. We are aware that only 0.5 percent of real estate buyers can afford a property of this caliber. As a result, we are experts in marketing directly to that specific target and the people who have the most influence. The decision-making procedures of those people (CPAs, accountants, attorneys, fund managers, etc.).The Dotoli Group consistently generates between 8 and 10k unique visits per month, according to analytical data. The Top 10% of American income earners make up about 90% of that readership.The majority of's clientel...
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By Sergio Vasquez, Realtor in Los Angeles
(Millennium 1st Team Realty, Inc)
27130 Shadowcrest Lane, Cathedral City  CA 92234  3 bed 2 bath - 1549 sq/ft - 7405 sq/ft Lot.  MLS ID: RS22217060This home is a must see and ready to move in!! Very nicely single family residence in the Shadowcrest 42 Home Gated Private Community. All amenities conveniently located very close to the home that offer tennis court, swimming pool and spa. Come check out all upgrades that included, kitchen, baths, wet bar, flooring and beautiful illumination of recessed lights thru out the home.   This home can be use as a primary, vacation or rental property.     
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