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 Logan Cicotte
Real estate agents can lose their license or suffer other consequences for unethical behavior. For example, agents cannot engage in false advertising. Such conduct would warrant some kind of legal consequence from the agent's state's governing body.False advertising consists of misrepresenting goods or services. Often, it entails misrepresenting qualities of a property. For example, an agent might include a 3ft-tall dirt-floor cellar in the square footage of a home, even though it does not provide living space. As a consequence, that agent could be subject to fines, revocation or suspension of her license, or some other consequence as outlined in the state's code.
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  Communication is everything. When it comes to business, communication can make or break you. Whether it be between clients, other parties, your brokerage, or the general public, your ability to effectively communicate will affect you. So, what are you missing?  It is important to note that communication is two-way. If you think you your communication tools may need some sharpening, then I suggest you turn outward, not inward. Your ability to communicate relies less on what you are saying and more on what your are hearing. What your client has to say about their interests, their dreams, their concerns, and their thoughts will influence you and your ability to help them far more than your own ability to convey what is on your mind. How could anyone help someone they know nothing about? ...
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By Elisa Thomas
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By Judd Gillespie, Relationships Built
(Brooke Butler Homes at Mobile Bay Realty)
Phone rings. Zillow Lead. Can I take it? Should I take it? Busy day with the fam - Sunday no less. Do I let my teammate answer? Nah… I am too new and too hungry to let it go. I can apologize later… Meet the client - who will remain unnamed as she is a very private person. We connect. Not surprisingly I have this uncanny way of finding Seven Degrees of Judd Gillespie. She is from a town very close to a town we lived in as a child in Northern Idaho. My sisters were born there. She knows the lake. She knows the streets we used to play on. She rides bikes in the parks I would watch the Broom Hockey League my dad used to coach in. She flew in one day to check out a property and did not love it. Called me and wanted to check out another property. We looked at a home that just hit her deep in ...
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By Erin Harper, REALTOR®
(Erin Harper Homes)
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By The Ana and Melissa Team - Weichert Realtor, The Power of Two in Alexandria | VA
(Ana & Melissa Team)
For SaleSee Properties For Sale190Active Listings$365,260Listing Price33Days on Market0.5%Foreclosures / REORentalsSee Properties For Rent$1,513Studio$1,5481 Bedroom$1,7652 BedroomProperty Ownership9.59% of properties in 22304 are unoccupied - below the national average.23.89% of properties in 22304 are owner-occupied - below the national average.36.28% of properties in 22304 are rentals - above the national average which is typical for urban areas.Housing InventoryThe median number of days active properties have been listed in 22304 is 33.Understanding how quickly properties sell, and the ratio of active to sold houses can help you determine where property values are going in an area. 
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By TU LE, Real Estate Marketing Specialist
Getting new leads is hard. Converting them into customers is 10 times harder.  The truth is, your buyer and seller lead, more often than not, needs at least 3-5 touchpoints in order to take action. It's the same for sales - 80% of sales require 5 follow-ups  Most of the time real estate agents give up too early, and it's easy to understand why there have been so many times they can schedule a meeting but eventually can't make any sales. In this article, you’re going to discover the proven way to follow up your real estate prospects after a meeting and close the deals without being sales-y or obnoxious. But before we go to the meat and potatoes of this article, you've got to know…  1) Why you can't close the deals As a real estate agent, your role is nothing different from a salesperson....
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Why should you choose a car shipping company instead of driving? It’s cheaper, safer, and probably even more convenient. I’ll explain why.Yes, I know, we may be a bit biased because we're a car shipping company.But hear me out, shipping your car could be more convenient once you look at the factors that go into driving your car compared to transporting it with an auto transportation company.In this article, I will show you the upside of shipping your car compared to driving it. Without further due, let's dive right in! Car shipping companies are convenientOnce you know your exact destination, write the address somewhere handy (and ensure you’ve included the correct zip code). Then, do the same thing with your pickup location. Having this information readily available will ensure your ca...
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By Jigar Shah, Product Manager (Prop-Tech) at Houzeo Corp.
(Houzeo Corp.)
With COVID-19, real estate professionals across the board experienced unprecedented shocks. Showings came to a standstill, open houses couldn’t be hosted or advertised, and buyer creditworthiness dipped with unemployment peaking to record levels. 2007-2009 housing crisis was fresh in people’s minds, so the general consensus for the housing market was rather dire. Real estate agent incomes were decimated, home builders sat on half-developed projects. Banks were obviously writing off Commercial Real Estate (CRE) loans, but they weren’t very optimistic about residential real estate either.No one predicted the strong housing market that followed in the wake of the lockdowns. But although the strong housing market is back, how we do things are vastly different from the pre-pandemic era. The ...
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By Ben Pruett, Professional tax representation and advice
(Pruett Tax Law)
Few things are as frightening as opening the mailbox and finding a letter from the IRS, especially when you know you owe them money. The much feared tax agency does not contact taxpayers just to say hello and receiving communication from them is not likely to be good news. When your heart stops pounding and you get the courage to open the letter you get another shock - in the form of a large amount due, one you cannot possibly afford. So what do you do, and how do you react?  The steps you take next could make all the difference, and here are some immediate actions you need to complete right away. Step #1 - Stop Panicking and Take Action If you owe back taxes, our firm can help negotiate with the IRS and potentially settle your tax debt. Call us today. Our tax resolution specialists can...
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By Monte Gillespie, Monte Buys Houses - Orange County
We see many homeowners waste time trying to sell their houses. Some homeowners fail to sell their houses because they do not have the experience and the know-how.If you want to sell your house for fast cash, call We Buy Houses. We will give you an offer. If you accept our offer, we will pay cash for your house in a few days. How Can I Sell My House Quickly? We want to help you sell your house quickly. Firstly, use a qualified realtor. Realtors can sell your house quickly because they have the experience.We know reputable realtors have a good relationship with a lot of buyers. So, your realtor will sell your house quickly to one of these buyers. Secondly, you can use the internet to sell your house for fast cash. Some people are searching for a vacant house.And several online real estate...
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Are you worried about selling your home quickly?Let's dive into some ways you can start to look at to sell your local house more quickly.There are lots of reasons people need to sell their house fast.For instance, some of these reasons may include: need to relocate to another city because of a job change vacant property is being a burden on you divorce financial hardship you inherited a house that you don’t want to keep … among other reasons for needing to sell your house So, if you’re looking to sell your local house fast (which who wants to sell their house slowly anyway?)… check out some of my tips below in this quick article.Leverage The Web To Get The Word OutStats have shown that over 80% of house buyers go to the web first to research and find houses.So if your house isn’t on the...
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By Frank Procopio, Procopio Real Estate Buy or Sell in CNY
(Procopio Real Estate )
With a genuine passion for Central New York and a dedication to my clients success, I help to guide them through every step of the buying and selling process, taking a patient and enthusiastic approach to every transaction. There is nothing more exciting than helping my clients find their dream home and moving on to the next phase in their lives. I bring integrity, professionalism, and a personal nature. I understand the value of making sure every client feels comfortable and safe placing their real estate needs in the hands of an agent who cares. With my background in various trades, I can also provide insight to the home and process of building, renovating, and mechanical functions. Offering services in all areas of real estate, I have the experience and the training to guide you thr...
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By Stacey Smith, Tax Problem Specialist for Real Estate Agents
(HofflerSmith Financial Services)
The IRS has sent out thousands of letters in recent weeks to unsuspecting taxpayers ... many of which are aimed at people who are behind in filing their tax returns. The IRS is actively targeting these Non-Filers.In fact, most people react with surprise, anxiety, or even panic when they receive an IRS letter. It’s important that you handle this situation  with careful consideration.  Here are some insights from our experts. 6 COMMON REASONS FOR AN IRS LETTERWhen you get a letter from the IRS it’s often for one of the following reasons:    - You have an existing balance due.   - The IRS changed your tax return.  - The IRS needs additional information  - The IRS changed your refund.  - The IRS has a question about your tax return.  - The IRS needs to verify your identity. So, what do you ...
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By Cheryl Crocitto, Live where you LOVE! Love where you LIVE!
(Keller Williams Village Square)
Listing DetailsMixed Use for Sale, Prospect Park, NJPrice: $299,000 Taxes $7000Square Footage: 1800 Call Cheryl Crocitto 201-341-5770 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing. You Will Love the Multiple Uses of This PropertyMixed use Building for sale ! Located in primarily a residential area with schools, stores and shopping close by.  Borders Bergen County and close to major highways. Can be used as apartments / residence. Zoning is B-C Community Business: retail sales and personal services Professional executive administrative Restaurants Institutional Theatre Apartments  Financial institutions Funeral homes Recreational facility commercial or private Child-care center Contact me to see ! Great opportunity!!Don't have a use for one of the above ??  Then call m...
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Locally Owned and Operated Coffee Shops seem to have so much uniqueness about them that you just don't find in a chain store, that's why two best friends decided to go into business this past year to create an independent coffee house on the East side of Newnan.  Located at Summer grove's Market Square, Percolate Coffee and Boutique opened up with a goal in mind to provide a welcoming atmosphere for folks to enjoy a terrific coffee drink, maybe a muffin or two and hang out. When I frequent a coffee house, I like to know where the beans come from and a little about the roaster.  Aundrea (one of the owner's) said that they get their coffee from an in State Coffee Roaster, Jumpin Goat Coffee.  First off, the name is captivating!  Jumping goats have lots of energy, and besides the flavor, t...
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By Surprise Arizona Realtor Brandon Coulston, Surprise AZ Real Estate & The Phoenix West Valley
(Paramount Valley Realty - HomeSmart)
Over the next year or two what is more likely to happen is home prices will continue to rise, but at a much slower pace. Most of the bidding wars will simmer down, and the insane offers over asking price will eventually come down.That said that doesn’t housing mean prices will return to their pre-pandemic 2020 levels. Listing prices are expected to continue rising to meet sale prices, but the overall annual increases should not be as brutal.The only way you would see housing prices significantly change would be if the mortgage rates shot up pretty substantially along with a lot of homes flooding the market. Record-low mortgage rates have allowed current buyers to purchase much more expensive homes all while keeping their monthly payments within their budgets. As the lending rates rise, ...
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Buying or selling a home can be a complicated, emotional, and stressful process, which is why you hired a real estate broker to help. Hopefully, you interviewed her beforehand, and hopefully, the broker is someone you can trust. But what happens when that trust is broken?Of the many legal issues facing real estate brokers, lawsuits for misrepresentation are by far the biggest. So how do you know if your real estate broker has made misrepresentations, and when can you sue because of them?Misrepresentations and Failures to DiscloseLegally, a misrepresentation is when a real estate broker misstates some material feature of the property. Often lumped in with misrepresentations are failures to disclose, which is when a broker fails to address or reveal a material feature of the property enti...
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By Rajbir Athwal, Your IRS Tax Representative
(Tax Raj Solutions LLC)
I represent taxpayers in Boulder, CO and Denver, CO Metropolitan, CO who have issues with unpaid taxes  and outstanding tax liabilities, back taxes and wage garnishments. The majority of taxpayers filed their 2020 tax returns on or before May 17, 2020. For taxpayers who requested an extra six months to file their 2020 tax return, a deadline to file your tax return is fast approaching. As a reminder, Friday, October 15, 2021 is the extension deadline for most taxpayers. Taxpayers who owe taxes, even those who did not request an extension, and who have yet to file their 2020 tax return can generally avoid additional penalties and interest by filing the return as soon as possible and paying any balance due.Taxpayers should keep the following things in mind regarding the extension deadline ...
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