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 Cynthia Buffington
(Fremont Bank)
Rates and terms are subject to change without notice. Actual rate will be determined after application and prior to execution of loan documents. "No Closing Costs" loans are subject to terms and conditions of Fremont Bank's Application Fee Agreement, which lists the specific costs and fees the borrower will not pay. An application fee may be required after a loan application is submitted, which will be refunded (credited) at loan closing. Borrower is responsible for paying all fees and charges imposed by an existing third party lender (such as, a payoff demand statement fee and/or a reconveyance fee) as well as any prepayment penalty imposed by any third party lender or Fremont Bank. First Mortgage Rates are for refinancing of existing loans with no cash out and no subordination of non-...
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By Sandy Blue, Helping you maximize Real Estate investment!
We know buyers are looking for 'move in ready' .. so what does that mean to for sellers? Of course sellers want to get the most they can for their property.Where to start? When you're thinking of selling a car, having it detailed is a step that ensures it shows at its best and therefore sells for top dollar. And so it is with home selling.For most people their home is their biggest investment - so investing in a few simple upgrades just makes sense. And doing so can make all the difference in days on market and how much the home sells for. You may have seen signs that read 'Sold over asking in just one day'.  After a home inspector has done their work, savvy realtors / home owners are bringing in a Certified Staging Professional CSP International to: conduct an audit of the home identif...
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By Travis Tew
You've all heard the saying nice guys finish last, well I think that depends if you include honesty in that. I real estate  as well as life it always pays to give your honest opinion and truth. If your showing a client a house that may not be the right fit for their needs tell them the pros and the cons. You might miss out on the sale but you will gain a life long client and you will find the right house for them. If your client wants too much for their house tell them what you think, you can always list it on the higher side for a few weeks and after they don't get any offers they will see and you can lower the price. Salesman have a bad rep because of the dishonest ones. Don't be a used car salesman you are better then that. You might lose out on a few short term sales but in the long...
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By NB Construction
(NB Construction)
In case you're on the lookout for another home, it is vital to hire your builder as cautiously as you pick a home. Whether you plan to buy a condo, a townhouse, a house in a subdivision, or a custom-built house, you should be aware of the fact that you are buying a good quality home from a reputable builder.The following are some of the effective tips that will help you select a builder.Make a list of possible home buildersWhenever you have found out with regards to the sort of house you need, you can make a list of potential top new home builders in Los Angeles. Reach out to your local home builders’ association to get a list of builders who build homes in your locality/area. Make sure to look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for popular builders and projects. Glancin...
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By Dave Smith, Realtor & Mortgage Pro Business Coach
This article and blog is about writing targeted messages for your target market. I teach how to isolate your target market, and then how to use market research to gather information about that group of people to use in your Marketing Strategies …With this lesson, I am going to take this market research and use it to create a powerful Marketing message. The strength of your Marketing message lies in its ability to speak to the specific wants and desires of your target market, and tap into their emotional reactions, or hot buttons. When you push those hot buttons, you motivate your audience to act. The more people you can motivate to act, the more leads you will have in store and on the other end of the phone line, or at least in your inbox … In this article/blog, I cover:How a strong Mar...
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By Scott Beard, Making Memories One Home at a Time
(Denver Realty Pro, LLC)
That is the question many of today's buyers are wrestling with. Soarning prices, inflation and steep competition have some buyers feeling hopeless. Many have given up on purchaseing a home. By waiting to purchase your home you risk prices and interest rates climbing which will hurt your chances of being able to get the home you want. Lets take a look at the cost of  waiting to buy a home. As you can see in the chart, what you could afford last year you may not be affordable this year. If the market continues to be strong what you could afford today may be out of reach next year. Interest rates have been at record lows for several years and are not forcasted to stay this low much longer. Couple that with the skyrocketing home values we have experienced over the past few years, you may en...
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By Ariana Mortenson, Professional writer and blogger in Australia
For the majority of households, an inch of rainfall isn’t a big deal. However, when it tumbles down on your median-looking roof, it will flood, drenching off the roof’s overhang. That will be the frightful phenomenon, which can vandalize everything around (even your peace!) if your gutters aren’t performing the task of controlling it. If you find clogged leaves and debris there, that’s the time to think about it.Maybe it simply needs cleaning. By the way, regular gutter cleaning is important as that can prevent clogged gutters. But perhaps it needs a replacement.If your case matches with the latter one, then this blog is for you. Here you’ll find the most crucial information – the best styles and materials for rain gutters. Also, we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions (FAQs)...
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By Kris Anderson
In today's review of the "21 ways to lose your real estate license" the Agent Professor course had me visit the Licensing and Disciplinary Action section on the Utah Division of Real Estate's website and research some of the cases.  A few of the instances I reviewed seemed (to me at least), to be minor indiscretions such as failing to update a record.  However, the majority of those I came across were blatant dishonesty such as, acting as sales agent without affiliation to a principal broker, managing properties without a license, and forging a party's signature.  I imagine the pressures to "close the deal" are really intense as sales agents acting as independent contractors with "bills to pay."  I can only hope I'll have the courage to be honest in all stages of real estate and all of ...
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By Corinne Segura, Green Building Materials Specifier
(My Chemical-Free House)
I work with folks disabled by Multiple Chemical Sensitivities who face a lot of obstacles when accessing rental and sale home viewings. With 1/4 of the US population reporting some level of chemical sensitivities I think it's important to take some steps to make home viewings more accessible. 1. Paint The first thing we can do to help is if we are repainting to use a zero-VOC paint. There are so many now, they range in price from very inexpensive lines like Valspar Pristine to high-end brands like many Benjamin Moore lines. This is something that can now be easily found in hardware and paint stores locally. On the trim we can avoid oil-based paints to minimize offgassing. 2. Use of air fresheners The second part is to avoid the use of air fresheners that contain compounds that bother th...
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By Ali Gaus
(Buy Missouri Homes)
Original published on is a powerful word… it brings feelings of comfort, happiness, security, and love. Finding the right place to call home is one of the most important decisions an individual will ever make. Where you live becomes the center of your universe:  the beginning to your beautiful life’s story. The center of our universe is Missouri. At Buy Missouri Homes we focus on showcasing the best Missouri has to offer you. Whether it’s the roar of the Mizzou Tigers that draws you to the exciting college town of Columbia, the enticing vibrancy of the culturally diverse hubs of Kansas City and St. Louis, or the beautiful serene and adventurous lifestyle that whispers your name through the shortleaf pines of the Ozark Mountains, we are here to assist you i...
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By Momentum Property Solutions, House Buyer in Huntsville & surrounding areas
(Momentum Property Solutions)
We're Jordan & Melissa, and we got started investing in real estate about four years ago. We're both mechanical engineers, so buying houses (or being business owners, for that matter) was not always at the front of our minds. It wasn't until Melissa's friend at work started his own paper company and left his job that the wheels began to turn. I still remember his words when he turned in his two weeks notice: "I can't work here any more; I'm losing too much money." At that point, Melissa was hooked. She started picking his brain every day about how he did it and how she could do the same thing. So of course, he gave her Rich Dad Poor Dad, the entrepreneur right of passage. Around that time, I was on a work trip with a colleague who owned a handful of rental properties. He told me about t...
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By Lequita Gray, I help people with tax debt.
(Alexandria Louis Tax Solutions LLC)
One of the most common questions asked this year from my self-employed clients was “Lequita, how can I reduce my tax bill?”  The answer was the same for most of the clients.  “There are some deductions we are not taking that we should consider for next filing season.  What most of the clients were missing were deductions that directly reduce the amount of taxable income.Health Savings Account: Depending on the amount you spend annually on out-of-pocket medical expenses, it may be beneficial to explore opening a health savings account.  A health savings account is type of savings account that lets you set aside money on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualified medical expenses. By using untaxed dollars in a Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and som...
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Decorating the windows with drapes, valances, and curtains is an excellent way of adding style, color, and personality to your beloved living room. Here are spoof the best curtains that fit your living room.Breezy Linen CurtainsYou can go for linen curtains. It offers your living room a summery vibe. Earthy shades work the best with the material. You can also create your style statement by combing the light and dark shades of the same tone.Brocade in Metallic TintsGolden hues work the best if you want to give your living room a bold and royal look. You can go for the glitter of gold or any other metallic shades, as it is best brought out by brocade.Floral Printed CurtainsIf you love adding some colors to the look and feel of your living room, floral-printed curtains are the best choice....
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By Gino Reyes, #YourRealtorsFavoriteRealtor
(ERA Brokers Consolidated )
 Some would say it is a seller’s market. Some will also tell you everything you want to hear and agree with everything you have to say, to get your listing. Every seller thinks they have the best house on the best street in the best neighborhood. Using real world data can help you move sellers toward reality and looking out for their best interests will definitely earn you loyalty points. If a seller is unrealistic, I’d rather walk away and be their second or third agent. Walking away is one of the most powerful choices we can make. Not everybody is for everybody, but one thing that is for sure is that I am always authentically me. Honesty and integrity help me ensure that that my clients know and believe that I care about more than just a check.  
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
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By Nathan Phan
As I progress from a career in pharmacy to a career in real estate, I notice just how similar some of the demands are...mainly for a person's character.  Now diving deeper into learning about this business I can't help but to appreciate everything I learned in another job sector and am glad I can bring those lessons to this new adventure.  Both require honesty, trust, professionalism, among other attributes.  Had a successful pharmacy career and now hoping for a successful real estate career.  Stay tuned for updates...
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By Signature Group, Your Go-To Tucson Real Estate Team
(Signature Group with Realty Executives)
Hello Tucson residents, transplants, visitors and those of you wanting to know more about our amazing city! We are the Signature Group at Realty Executives - more specifically, I'm Jason, one of the managing partners of this top-notch team (the guy in the middle of Mount Crushmore for reference). Rebecca Crane, the accountability master, is to my right and Tanner Herbert, the numbers guy, is to my left! Together we coach and train our real estate agents to be the very best for the many buyers, sellers and investors we have the honor of representing in Southern Arizona! Yes, this is our very first blog post so I figured I'd lay the groundwork, introduce myself and give you a little insight on what we hope to use this platform for! Will there be market information? Of course. Will there b...
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By Steve Connolly, the Rockin Broker
(steve connolly realty)
The price of homes in recent days has gone through the roof in Reno NV and the surrounding areas.  Investors are having a hard time finding anything reasonable to flip.  I happen to have a listing over 2000 sq ft that needs updating in Silver Springs and priced to sell at 159k sitting on .70 acre with all utilities there--ready to move into.  Its a MF home with a stick built.  There is nothing lower in Reno, Carson City or even in Silver Springs this big for that price.  You may check and see  Call me if interested  3609 Atkins, Silver Springs, NV 89429  I also have a duplex priced to sell in Hawthorne NV at 742 D St at only 49k  thanks
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By Karl R Schulz
(Innovative Mortgage Services Inc. #250769)
We just had a spot open on the first page of Google! That was the opening pitch the last SEO sale rep told me! He was able to say that with what sounded like a straight face. If I had $2 (with todays inflation it's now recommended to use $2) for all the SEO sales calls I've received since SEO became a thing, well I could pay a real SEO guru to optimize my web site. If it was only that easy to rank as a Mortgage Lender in Florida, by having them swap out first page rankings.What are some of the best or let's say the worst SEO call's you have gotten? 
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