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 Ryan Bullock
(Keller Williams Philadelphia )
It's essential to approach eviction matters with a thorough understanding of the legal processes and regulations involved. Remember that landlord-tenant laws can vary by jurisdiction, and for specific guidance, it is strongly recommended to consult with a legal professional familiar with the laws in Philadelphia. Below is a general guide on the eviction process in Philadelphia, but please use this as a starting point and not as legal advice.Renting out a property can be a lucrative venture, but it comes with its own challenges, one of which is the possibility of evicting a tenant. Understanding the eviction process is crucial for landlords to navigate this tricky situation effectively. Like in many other jurisdictions, specific legal procedures must be followed in Philadelphia.Grounds f...
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By Freeman Wang, Real estate agent serving in California
(Freeman Wang Team)
Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty (YHSGR) is excited to introduce the YHSGR Advantage, a revolutionary marketplace poised to transform the home buying and selling experience. This pioneering platform provides a diverse array of state-of-the-art solutions, empowering both sellers and buyers to navigate the real estate market with unwavering confidence and achieve their goals with unparalleled success. Discover the Seamless Functionality of YHSGR Advantage: Uniting Offers in a Single Marketplace: YHSGR agents leverage the transformative capabilities of YHSGR Advantage by soliciting offers from a myriad of providers. This consolidation creates a singular, user-friendly marketplace that simplifies the intricate processes of buying and selling homes. Profound Expertise at Your Disposal: Our d...
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By Donna Eller, Luxury is Feeling not a Price Point!
(Keller Williams Domain)
During this time of the year, agents seem to calm down and do holiday cheer. I'm out to say in last 3 months all 6 of my listings which happen to be all over Michigan got Multiple offers. 3 selling in 3 days with 6 or more offers. 2 sold in 7 days and had at least 3 offers and the last one sold in 1 day. The other thing to note is THEY ALL SOLD over asking, anywhere from 2k to 27k.BAM! - Here's my Holiday Cheer to those of you not working, PEOPLE are still selling and buying! BRING ON THE REFERRALS - I'm working!Donna Eller, KW Domain, Birmingham Michigan
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By Ana Elizarraras
In a real estate transaction, there are a few parties involved. One of which would be the principal. A principal is the individual that is being represented by a licensed agent to manage the transaction to sell or buy real estate. There are three different types of principals. First, you have a disclosed principal. A disclosed principals identity is known. A partially disclosed principal allows for the opposite party to know they exist but the identity of the principal is remained private. Lastly, there can be an undisclosed principal. This means that the principal is not revealed. No details are given regarding who the principal can potentially be. The principal can be the agent themselves or someone completely different.
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By Rent Digi, Rentdigi: Your Partner in Apartment Listing
If you're on the quest for the perfect dwelling in Alberta, look no further. Our comprehensive guide to house listings in this vibrant province will streamline your search and help you find the home of your dreams.Metro Housing Apartment Listings: A Diverse Array of OptionsAlberta's metropolitan areas boast a plethora of apartment listings, catering to various preferences and budgets. From chic urban lofts to cozy suburban flats, our guide will navigate you through the metro housing landscape.Affordable Housing Rental Listings in Alberta: Your Gateway to ComfortEmbarking on a budget-friendly journey? Our curated selection of affordable housing rental listings in Alberta ensures that you find the ideal residence without compromising on comfort or amenities. Let's explore the possibilitie...
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By Keller Williams Preferred Properties, We are the #1 Real Estate office in Prince George'
(Keller Williams Preferred Properties)
Embarking on a real estate journey in Maryland is an exciting venture, but it comes with its share of challenges. To ensure a smooth transaction, it's essential to be aware of the potential pitfalls that can arise. In this blog, we'll delve into the common stumbling blocks in Maryland real estate and provide practical strategies to sidestep them, empowering you to make informed decisions on your property journey.1. Lack of Proper Research and Due DiligenceOne of the cardinal sins in real estate transactions is the neglect of thorough research and due diligence. To mitigate this risk, prospective buyers must invest time in gathering comprehensive information about the property and its surroundings. This includes researching the neighborhood, nearby amenities, schools, and any future deve...
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By Judy Michaelis, Real estate agent serving Westport, CT
(Coldwell Banker)
Westport homeowners: Our October real estate market figures are in: just as they've been all throughout 2023, Westport homes for sale and inventory are down about 30%. The big question everybody is speculating on is which way the Westport market is going: will it soften? It really depends on Westport commuter habits. Are commuters traveling to their New York City offices five days per week, or three? If all remains the same at roughly three days per week, then the market will follow. But if NYC office workers begin commuting to the office five days per week, our market will soften.Sitting down with a top realtor is vital in helping you understand your options. If you'd like to know what's going on in your part of Westport, or you’re looking for any further detailed analysis, feel free t...
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By Tom Hurley, Residential and commercial inspector.
(Double H Inspections)
Hello! I'm Tom Hurley, the proud owner of Double H Inspections, based in the beautiful Sheridan, Wyoming. My journey in the world of construction and real estate began during my high school years, starting with hands-on experience in a roofing and remodeling company. This foundational period ignited a passion that led me through a diverse career in general construction, specialized roofing projects, low voltage, and alarm systems installation, and eventually into construction management and sales.Alongside my wife, I ventured into real estate, purchasing and renovating multiple homes. This experience gave me a unique insight into the property lifecycle—from acquisition to transformation. In 2020, driven by a passion for excellence and equipped with a comprehensive skill set honed over t...
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By Jeff Pivo, Real Estate 3D Tours & Imaging Expert
(Pivo Inc.)
When you're selling your home, you want to make it as attractive to buyers as possible. Here are seven tips to help you do just that:Declutter and depersonalize your home. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, so it's important to declutter and depersonalize the space. This means removing any personal items, such as family photos and souvenirs. It also means getting rid of any clutter, such as piles of laundry and stacks of dishes.Make minor repairs. Buyers are more likely to make an offer on a home that is in good condition. Take some time to make any minor repairs that need to be done, such as fixing leaky faucets, patching holes in the walls, and painting chipped trim.Clean your home thoroughly. A clean home is more inviting to buyers. Make sure to clean e...
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By Matthew Scarborough, Local Market Expert
(Scarborough Realty LLC)
Top Reasons People Are Moving to Santa Fe, NM Enchanting Culture and Arts Scene One of the primary reasons people are drawn to Santa Fe is its rich cultural tapestry and thriving arts scene. Homebuyers seeking a vibrant community will find art galleries, live performances, and a history that permeates every corner of the city. This allure is a significant boon for real estate agents listing properties that dot the culturally rich landscapes of Santa Fe. Serene Lifestyle and Natural Beauty Those looking for tranquility and inspiration often turn to Santa Fe for its serene lifestyle and breathtaking natural beauty. The city's calm vibe and picturesque surroundings are perfect for buyers wanting a peaceful retreat or scenic luxury real estate. With so many seeking a sanctuary away from th...
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By Eric Engelbert 949-430-7500, Broker/Owner
(Orange County Real Estate, Inc.)
Welcome to Orange County Real Estate, Inc.'s latest market report. Our mission is to provide you with valuable statistical insights directly from the MLS, ensuring you're well-prepared to make informed decisions regarding real estate in Orange County, California. Whether you're a buyer, seller, or considering a relocation within or outside the state, we're here to empower you with the information you need.Analyzing Recent Trends:This week, we've observed an uptick in inventory both in Orange County and nationwide. Interestingly, this increase comes at a time when historical trends would typically indicate a decrease in inventory levels. However, if buyers remain diligent and continue to take advantage of the current inventory, we could see a significant drop in available homes. The late...
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By Seth Miller, Student
I’ve served in my current profession for more than two decades. During this time, I have seen plenty of record keeping. However, the record keeping that I have seen ranges from ok to not so great. While there were plenty of ways to keep records, the biggest challenge to good record keeping is being able to get people to modify their desk top procedures to fit a larger record keeping scheme.Microsoft Excel is the middle ground for the record keeping that I have seen. While Excel is decent at storing and processing information with formulas it is not wonderful either. As a supervisor I saw people sorting and filtering the same spreadsheet daily to get the information they needed.Microsoft PowerPoint is at the low end of the record keeping spectrum. PowerPoint’s strength is showing a group...
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By Rob McConville, CT Shoreline Real Estate Expert
(Coldwell Banker Choice Properties)
The concept of homeownership has been a cornerstone of the American dream for centuries, and one of the key components of achieving that dream is securing a mortgage. Throughout history, mortgage rates have fluctuated significantly, reflecting economic conditions, government policies, and societal changes. This article explores the fascinating journey of historical mortgage rates, from their humble beginnings to modern trends.The Early Roots of MortgagesMortgages, in some form, have existed for thousands of years. The word "mortgage" itself comes from the Old French "morgage," meaning a "dead pledge." In medieval Europe, a mortgage was essentially a conditional conveyance of land, where the borrower held the land but promised it as security for a loan. Interest rates during these times ...
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By Julia Charters, Assistant in pre-licensing training
(Agent Professor)
In Utah, the water system we use is called prior appropriation. This system was developed by early pioneers. They knew that the riparian system used in the eastern, wetter states would not work in arid Utah, so they came up with the doctrine of prior appropriation. Unlike the riparian system, which allocates water rights to those who own the land on which the water exists, the prior appropriation system allocates water based on two main considerations: who was using the water first (also said as "first in time, first in right"), and whether the use is considered beneficial (usually economically). If someone with water rights is not using their rights, or not using them for a beneficial purpose, the rights may be taken away. This system helps to optimize water use in a state where water ...
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By Thomas Bouda, ADU and Renovation Loan Officer at Guild Mortgage
While I'm certainly not new to Renovation Lending and ADU additions, I am new to ActiveRain and look forward to learning from the group. 
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On October 12, 2023, California implemented four significant housing laws aimed at addressing the state's ongoing housing crisis. These laws are poised to have a far-reaching impact on housing development, affordability, and property rights. Let's delve into the details of these new laws and their implications for Californians. Law Name Brief description Link AB1033 Accessory dwelling units: local ordinances: separate sale or conveyance. Allows the sale and condo-ization of ADUs built on residential property. Individual cities and counties would have the freedom to decide if they want their residents to have the option to sell their ADUs. Assembly Bill 1033 AB976 Accessory dwelling units: owner-occupancy requirements. Permanently disallows owner occupancy requirements on ADUs. AB 976 As...
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By Dale McCarthy Real Estate, Realtor (R) | Property Manager
(Dale McCarthy Real Estate)
Nestled in the heart of the Silver State, Henderson, Nevada stands as a shining testament to quality living and education. For families looking to nurture their children in an environment of excellence, Henderson is the destination par excellence.Why Choose Henderson for Education? Rigorous Academic Standards: The Nevada State Department of Education ensures that Henderson's schools consistently surpass educational standards. Regular evaluations and accreditations keep the institutions in check.   Exceptional Educators: Henderson takes pride in its dedicated teachers. Many boast advanced degrees and specialized training, emphasizing their commitment to shaping future leaders.   Focused Learning with Small Class Sizes: Individualized attention isn't just a tagline in Henderson. Smaller c...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Hello, friends! October is upon us, and that means Q4 is in full swing. With the year-end approaching, it's an opportune moment to reflect on what might lie ahead in the Philadelphia real estate market and the surrounding areas. In this blog, I'll share some of my thoughts and opinions on various aspects of the real estate market as we navigate through Q4.1. Housing Inventory:Traditionally, Q4 sees a decrease in the number of homes on the market as kids go back to school, and the holiday season approaches. However, this year might bring some surprises. I don't believe we can see much lower inventory levels than we have recently experienced. In fact, inventory in Montgomery County has slightly increased in the past few weeks, moving from under one month of inventory to just over one mont...
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By Debra Stockton, Everything DIRT!
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
So when I signed up with Active Rain, I had no idea what a blog was or even how to "blog". (To be honest, I still don't😄) I'll figure it out!
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By Dave Livingston, Painting Company Serving the Natick Area
(Natick Painting Company)
Selling a home is not just about bricks and mortar; it's about selling a dream, a lifestyle, and an emotional connection. One essential aspect of this is the choice of paint colors. In this article, I'll dive into the fascinating world of color psychology, exploring how it can play a pivotal role in capturing the hearts and minds of potential buyers.The Impact of Color on EmotionsColors have the remarkable ability to stir emotions and influence our moods. When it comes to a new home, these emotions can be a deciding factor for buyers. Picture yourself walking into a home with walls painted in warm, inviting tones of beige or soft blue. These colors create an immediate sense of calm and tranquility, which can be immensely appealing to homebuyers.On the flip side, picture yourself walking...
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