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 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 Bree Wiest
(observer)
I am working to obtain my real estate license. As I have gone through this process I have found it interesting that there are 21 ways a licensee can be revoked. There are many that are intertwined and related to one another.In this blog post I want to focus on bad record keeping. We live in a day and age where hard copies of documents are less and less prevalent. Docusign and other digital tools allow for quick signatures and are more environmentally friendly. Since real estate transactions are large in nature, it is critical that documents are keep, a good recording tracking everything is up to date and everything can be easily accessible.When everything is clearly documented and put into place, no one can question what actions have been completed and performed. It also helps the sales...
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By Lori Rosenbarker, Mobile Loan Signing Agent
(SigningsByLori)
I'm a new AR member and wanted to share my first blog of never blogging in my life!  HA!  I'm loving all the blogs and learning about all you wonderful peeps in the RE world!   What a wonderful platform for real estate! I've been in real estate for years in many roles; property management, real estate agent, multi-family & mobile home park investing and now as a mobile loan signing agent.   Real estate is one of my biggest passions to read and learn about.   There are so many aspects to this business.A little about me; I moved from San Diego Ca. to Arizona about 4 years ago and I'm loving all that AZ offers from weather to things to do as well and probably the most important for me right now is living a quieter life.  A little notary humor to end with;A Notary Signing Agent goes to a re...
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By Vivian Horton
Hi everyone, I'm exciting to join the group. My connection with real estate is I'm a Mobile Notary in South Florida serving as a Loan Closing Agent. I love my job because I like helping others. I meet some amazing people every day in this business. I can honestly say It's never a dull moment. I'm looking forward to connecting with people on this platform and sharing our experiences. Much success to everyone!!
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By Cassie Bradford, Memories Are Made With Home.
(Luxury Realty Of America)
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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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Let's talk about ways you can lose a real estate license, specifically neglecting fiduciary duties. The core fiduciary duties which are owed to clients include, accounting, care, confidentiality, disclosure, loyalty, and obedience. These are the highest duties known to the law and a real estate agent or broker, is held to owe these duties and any other obligations on a contract to their principal.I want to talk about loyalty because it is the most important out of the fiduciary duties. Real estate agents need to Stay loyal to their principal which means not accepting employment from offers that counteract the Interests of the principal or gaining a profit which was "stolen" from the principal. Breaching the duty of loyalty will result in not only revocation of a license but a bad reputa...
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By Christine Farnsworth, Just a TN/KY Home Inspector and Chimney Sweep
(White Oaks Home Inspection)
Nothing makes me smile as much as helping a First Time Home Buyer.  Years ago they were nervous, but so excited even if it wasn’t “perfect”.In today’s world, these first time home owners aren’t happy.  They want perfect, no matter what.  It makes it hard to help them.  They can freak out, back out of their deal for no reason other than they do not like the color of paint.  Being a home inspector, I have been blamed for more than enough clients walking away from a house because the client couldn’t afford “perfect”, or could not see the possibility of the house down the road.So, I changed how I inspect.  I take the clients with me, and agents if they would likke to come along and learn.  I hold their hand, especially if they are nervous, jumpy, or just not sure.  I explain things as I go,...
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By JAMES NGUYEN, Condos For Sale In Irvine Ca
(JAMES NGUYEN HOMES)
jamesnguyenhomes.com is the best place to buy & sell a house from real estate in Irvine. Our aim is to find out a house according to your need and show the right properties to buy right one. Get more details, visit our website.Best Irvine Real Estate Agent
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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 www.digshomeinspections.com and schedule an appointment now.
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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 Cari Edwards, Mobile Notary + Certified Loan Signing Specialist
(People Are My Priority! 619-634-5011)
Ever since I can remember, I have loved venturing out on my own, breaking free from the stifling demands of the conventional.  This translated over the years from teaching English in Thailand to smuggling Bibles to Laos, Cuba, Vietnam, and China. Eventually, I came to the realization that I really, really wanted to break free from my 9-5 job.  Don’t get me wrong, the San Diego Public Library system is a great place to work and the benefits and paid vacation is a plus, however, after nearly fifteen years, my soul was slowly withering.  I plotted my escape.   My first attempt was to try my hand at blogging and affiliate marketing.  I had a passion for achieving health and vitality through non western methods and had witnessed my mom's miraculous recovery through using such means.  She sur...
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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 ...
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I was approached by my friend to stage her first buy to let property using my old furniture (I had them in storage) because she felt I have "the eye" for decorating.That got me very excited, I have never done this before and I never refused a challenge, so I thought - why not?I arranged a meeting with her and the current tenant to get their point of view on what they will like to see in their new home.After going through my storage unit I ended up having one couch, three armchairs, three tables and lots of other stuff that I think will look good in a rental.I went through the different rooms and tried to make them as inviting as possible, also, I phoned a friend who works for a furniture company to help me out with some cheap items that I could bring from her warehouse.  In the end, all...
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By Jeremy Jareckyj, Short Term Rental Agent and Manager
(Airdream Utah)
I’ve heard cases when a client provided a cheque for down payment, the sales associates deposited the money in their personal bank account and used it for their own spending. When they got caught, a typical excuse was that they were merely borrowing the money temporarily, and were planning to return it afterward. However, regardless of the intention, such practice is unacceptable.  Furthermore, mishandling can also be a result of poor money management or bookkeeping. This problem is more commonly seen in property management. (In case you don’t know, some states do require their property manager to hold a real estate license.) Most scenarios are due to negligence rather than theft. For example, a property manager forgot to deposit rents into the bank account or did not generate a stateme...
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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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A number of mortgage companies are now able to impose various default and late payment overlays on your credit scores.Lenders must provide mortgage requirements that are above and beyond the federal HUD minimum lending guidelines. It is not illegal or discriminatory for a bank or mortgage company to refuse to follow the minimum FHA lending guidelines. Lenders need more standards to be required. Borrowers who meet FHA Guidelines but are told they do not qualify with the bank or mortgage company. The FHA guidelines on under 620 credit scores and debt to income ratio requirementsFHA guidelines have set a lower debt to income ratio cap for borrowers with credit scores under 620. If your credit scores are at least 620 and higher, the maximum debt to income ratios allowed on FHA Loans is 46.9...
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By Paul Martin, bettercallpaul
(Blue Skies Realty)
https://blueskiesrealty.com/search/combined?share=activerain#?q_limit=36&mlsId=141&price=450000:600000&multi_search=Bend,%20OR%7CRedmond,%20OR&multi_cat=CityState%7CCityState&status=1%7C3&q_sort=createdAt-&q_offset=0&ssa=1
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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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