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 Shayla Johnson
Buying a home was a goal I always thought to be unachievable for me.  For one, no one in my family except, my grandparents, ever owned a home.  And no one really seemed to care about owning one.  My mom and dad would talk about us one day getting a home of our own but that never happened and they were fine with it.  I always wanted a room to myself that I could decorate as I pleased.  A space that I could personalize to fit my personality. But of course, when you're renting, its only so much you can do.  And we also moved around a lot too.  No, not from state to state but neighborhood to neighborhood. So with that being said, owning my own home, something to call mines was always a dream for me.  It was something that I knew I would one day achieve.  Its been a goal of mine since a teen...
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By Jeffrey MacBain
(Procopio Real Estate)
It will be love at first sight with the awe-inspiring views alone at 8861 W Shellman. Boasting over 6 acres of land & 700 feet of lakefront property, you can have all the outdoor space you want, with the privacy you need. Through the front door, you’re met with a grandiose staircase & immediate view of the water. One step further & find yourself in a spacious open-concept first floor with floor-to-ceiling windows & fireplace with stonework that flows to cathedral ceilings. If the kitchen is the heart of the home, this one beats stronger than most with stainless appliances, a Bertazzoni range & Cambria quartz countertops sure to impress any chef. Direct access to the deck off the additional dining space allows for indoor & outdoor to be one. The first-floor master is truly a “suite” with...
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By Jeff Shipwash, Home Buyer/House Flipper
(Shipwash Properties LLC)
When I first started my business just this year, I was obsessing for days over what my logo would look like. I wanted to stand out from the other real estate investment companies. I hired a freelancer to design my logo. She probably hated me due to the revision requests I sent over. After it was all said and done, I still wasn't happy. It certainly stood out from some of my competitors, but I was never 100% satisfied. I had this obsession that I wanted a brand that would immediately stand out above the rest. I overcomplicated this entire process. After spending hundreds of dollars on marketing materials with my newly designed logo, it hit me. No one gives a crap what your logo is!  A Change of DirectionLet’s face it, real estate is competitive. Whether you are an agent, broker, or an in...
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By Tyson Seable, Working on my license!
While working on my Utah Real Estate Sales Agent License on AgentProfesser, I have become aware of the 21 ways to lose your real estate agent license. One topic that really struck me in these studies was the importance of honesty. I believe honesty applies to almost every aspect of working in the field of real estate.For the past two years, I have worked as a used auto dealer alongside my high school and college studies. Cars are very complicated machines that can have many different problems, and with me selling over 130 cars in the past two years I have dealt with a variety of unique issues. I have personally been cheated by mechanics, auction inspectors, other dealers, and everyday people. Individuals often hide major issues on inspections or downplay problems, which has taught me so...
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By Margie Wright, Helping your dreams become a reality is my passion
(Hurst Real Estate & Auction FL#5744)
Welcome to August! Summer is winding down, and school is starting back up. For some, keeping the house clean with kids back in school can be harder than normal. Who wants to help clean up the house after spending hours at a desk all day? It can be rough to get the motivation going to clean up, and it can be harder on parents to try and tackle it all themselves. Cleaning rarely is a fun activity, but it's not impossible to make it fun - for you and the kids both. With these few easy tips, you'll find that keeping your home clean can be easier! Even if you don't have children, these tips are still very useful. In the long run, these tips will help you spend less time cleaning up and give you more free time to spend as you please.Let's break these tips up by room. KitchenThe kitchen can qu...
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By Jaime Becerra, Houston Premium Homes Realty Group
(Houston Premium Homes Realty Group)
If you are looking to purchase or sell your home in Kingwood, Texas please contact me at 832-479-1630.  I am a designated Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS), Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) and an HAR Platinum Agent with 15+ years of sales and marketing experience (with an MBA).Kingwood is a 14,000 acre master-planned community located in northeast Houston, Texas, United States. The majority of the community is located in Harris County with a small portion in Montgomery County. Known as the Livable Forest, it is the largest master-planned community in Harris County and second-largest within the 10-county Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. It is on the east fork of the San Jacinto River.Ready to Sell your home or thinki...
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By Sebastian Mosquera, One-Stop Shop for all Real Estate
(The Code Solution)
Most people fail to realize the home inspections are not just for potential homebuyers. Sellers can also benefit from a pre-listing inspection before you put your home on the market. Although a seller's inspection is by no means required to sell a home, a recent report by the Zillow Group found that roughly 25% of all sellers elect to have their home inspected prior to contacting a realtor. Not only are pre-listing inspections relatively affordable, but they can also save you a lot of time and headache in not only prepping your home for sale but also once your home is listed. It's also important to note that agents representing buyers are also generally required to complete a walkthrough of your property to help identify potential issues for their clients. Wouldn't you rather have your...
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By Jessica Weaver
Walt Disney is, perhaps, the most famous real life example of an undisclosed principal in real estate and reveals exactly why someone may choose to be undisclosed in a real estate transaction.Walt Disney needed a large plot of land to put his new amusement park. He narrowed it down to the perfect spot in Orlando. The first obstacle was that he needed many different plots of land owned by different people. Walt knew that if he made his plans to place his new park there, the price of the land would go up like crazy. People were curious who could be buying so much land and what for.In order to keep such a large secret, Disney made several fake companies to buy up different plots of land. He used Florida based real estate agents and had them work through his lawyer in New York City. He made...
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By Kokou Michael Logossou
(Tax Resolution Society LLC)
Kokou started managing a tax franchise since 2013 and is a Founder of Tax Resolution Society LLC, a tax firm in Pennsylvania. The mission of Tax Resolution Society LLC is to help individuals, businesses and particularly Real Estate Professionals to resolve their tax issues with the government. Indeed, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants everyone to pay his /her tax on time. That being said, IRS also understands that the life circumstances could cause some taxpayers to be in tax difficulties with the government. For that reason, IRS designs rules for trouble taxpayers to resolve their tax issues. Tax Resolution Society LLC is very effective in representing taxpayers to IRS to help them resolve their tax situations. So, why did Kokou Michael Logossou join ActiveRain?The answer is sim...
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By Andrew Clough, Providing Opportunity
(NuOp)
Buyer Referral, Single Family | Hampton, GA$150 - $175Khttps://open.nuop.com/0RNSHWBuyer looking for a Single Family home in Hampton, GA. If you or someone you know works in this territory please click on the link above to claim the referral.
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By Frank Nute, Tax Resolution Solution Leader
(RTI Solutions Inc.)
Over the past 18 months, many hardworking people and businesses have suffered economic losses through no fault of their own.  Some have failed to file tax returns or even pay their taxes.  During the pandemic, the IRS temporarily ceased collection activity.  Due to increased funding and a need to pay for some government actions, the IRS is ramping up their collection efforts.  Using a myriad of techniques including artificial intelligence (AI), the IRS is identifying and pursuing high income (over $100,000 income) non-filers. The IRS is a collection agency, they have many tools at their disposal, the most effective of which are liens and levies.   So, what happens when your client’s assets are encumbered by a Notice of Federal Tax Lien, and they want to sell their house?Take a deep brea...
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Fundada en Estados Unidos en 1971, la red CENTURY 21 es la principal organización inmobiliaria del mundo, con 9.700 agencias y oficinas independientes y 127.000 empleados en 82 países.Esta red de profesionales inmobiliarios está presente en todos los continentes, desde América hasta Asia, pasando por Europa, Oriente Medio, África, Oceanía y el Caribe. Century 21 France es una franquicia maestra de Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Century 21 fue fundada en 1972 por Arthur E. y Marsh Fisher, dos agentes inmobiliarios californianos. HISTORIA La empresa salió a bolsa en 1977 y fue adquirida en 1984 por Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. En 1995, la empresa pasó a formar parte de HFS, precursora de Cendant, bajo la dirección de Robert W. Pittman, creador de MTV. Cendant se escindió de HFS en 20...
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By Denise Wilson, Here to help you with your real estate needs!
(Leigh, Lori & Associates)
If you’re thinking of purchasing a home and will need mortgage financing, keep reading! Many agents recommend getting a pre-qualification letter because the Seller won't even consider your offer without knowing for certain you can get financing for it. My advise....GET Pre-Approved!A Pre-Qualification is not a guaranteed approval. The lender simply pulls and reviews your credit report and bases your approval off of information you provided on your application. In most cases, underwriting has not seen your loan. With a pre-qual, you run the risk of not being approved later if anything you told the lender was incorrect or changes.A Pre-Approval means your application is submitted into underwriting along with your documention (credit report, bank statements, paystubs, W2’s/ or 1099’s, etc)...
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Fundada en Estados Unidos en 1971, la red CENTURY 21 es la principal organización inmobiliaria del mundo, con 9.700 agencias y oficinas independientes y 127.000 empleados en 82 países.Esta red de profesionales inmobiliarios está presente en todos los continentes, desde América hasta Asia, pasando por Europa, Oriente Medio, África, Oceanía y el Caribe. Century 21 France es una franquicia maestra de Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Century 21 fue fundada en 1972 por Arthur E. y Marsh Fisher, dos agentes inmobiliarios californianos. HISTORIA La empresa salió a bolsa en 1977 y fue adquirida en 1984 por Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. En 1995, la empresa pasó a formar parte de HFS, precursora de Cendant, bajo la dirección de Robert W. Pittman, creador de MTV. Cendant se escindió de HFS en 20...
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By Michael Mikhail, Lending Capital for Real Estate Investors
(Stratton Equities)
So, You Want to Be A Real Estate Investor...The Top Questions Real Estate Investors Ask–AnsweredAs a real estate investor, your number one priority should be to be open to learning and educating yourself on the real estate market's happenings. These frequently asked real estate questions will provide you with a better understanding of what to expect as a real estate investor and provide you with the ability to stand out from your competitors. 1. Is Getting a Real Estate License as an Investor Necessary? It is not necessary to receive your real estate license as an investor. However, numerous benefits come with acquiring a real estate license. As an investor with a real estate license, you'll gain unlimited access to property information, be able to network with fellow real estate entrep...
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As a student of Real Estate looking to obtain my license and this activity is part of my training.  I have never written a blog before but there's a first time for everything.  In this blog we will look at the different types of agents that can be chosen from and hopefully provide the reader with enough information to be able to make the right choice when seeking out a Real Estate professional. Are you looking to Buy or Sell a home or property?  Do you need a Commercial location for a business you are looking to open?Then a Special or Specific Agent is probably the right fit for you.  In this one time transaction scenario a Special agent is able to do many things.  If you are looking to sell your home, the agent can help you through the process of listing your home for sale in the MLS a...
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You don't need to invest in costly, time-consuming renovations if you want to improve your home. All of the projects discussed here are easy enough to do on a weekend, and they're also surprisingly affordable. Here are five ways to improve your home without a lot of hassle. 1. Add New Hardware to Your Cabinets Replacing your cabinets can cost a fortune, but if you'd like to give them a fresh new look, there's a much cheaper solution.By adding new hardware, you can change up your cabinets and improve their appearance. Cabinet hardware can usually be purchased at a very affordable price, and it's easy to install. This is a terrific way to spruce up your kitchen, but it can also be a nice way to add some polish and visual interest to your bathroom. If you don't have any hardware on your ca...
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By Nataliya Isom, CPA helping taxpayers with IRS problems
Tax resolution is the process of developing and executing a solution to resolve a taxpayer’s IRS problem for both individuals and businesses. In the truest sense, the ideal resolution will solve the challenge permanently and settle the tax burden for the lowest amount allowed by law.There are quite a few distinct possibilities the taxpayer has at their disposal to sort out their tax problem with the IRS. However, relatively few taxpayers are aware of the options. Often, the taxpayer is not effectively informed by the IRS of all alternatives, let alone which option may best match the taxpayer’s individual situation. This is notwithstanding both guidance and rules from the U.S. Senate Finance Committee overseeing the IRS.Amond resolution choices are filing missing tax returns, disputing t...
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