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 Kai Min, The Real Estate Guy
(Meadowtowne Realty Brokerage)
June home sales were up compared to last year, but remained below the March 2021 peak and were lower than the number of transactions reported for May 2021, consistent with the regular seasonal trend. The average selling price in June increased by double digits compared to last year as well, but the annual rate of increase moderated compared to the previous three months.... US, Britain, Australia, Singapore are great places to call home! So is #Canada! Have a plan to #RelocatetoCanada ? If #Vancouver is too hot to trot, how about the city of #Toronto? Don't know who to speak to? Why not #TalktoTAN now? Call now 905-821-...
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By Cole Davidson, Previous Oregon Real Estate Agent, Military EXP
As a former Oregon Real Estate Agent,I have seen plenty of good and bad agents but now getting my Utah license I have an activity to post a blog about Ways to Lose your license. -- Dishonesty in Property Value --One thing I would hear often is "I could sell your home for $20,000 over what you're asking". This would typically be an Agent to a FSBO looking for the listing.Looking back, this could be a dishonest sales tactic in order to get a listing. Sometimes listing the sale 20k over asking worked and sold higher but most of the time it didn't. -- IN TODAYS MARKET, Is over-value a more common proposal to Home Owners due to the inflated Property Values? If anyone has any comments that would be great. :)
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By Tami Hansbrough, Realtor and Home Staging
(Tami Hansbrough)
 The work from home life that many of us are facing today can be, in reality, quite a blessing. Think about it…as you sit in your home office yet another day, don’t you find yourself taking a peek around and saying to yourself ‘I have all this time at home now, why not take a little break here and there and get to some projects that I’ve been meaning to do?’. I know I do! The key is finding something that relatively quick and easy to do that is also kind to your bank account. Why not start with what is probably the smallest space in your home–the powder room, also known as a ‘half bath’? Let’s look at 3 ways you can easily, and affordably, give that powder room of yours a facelift. The Miracle of MirrorsStart with some mirrors, especially if you can fit in a floor-to-ceiling mirror. One...
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To build a client base, we invest a significant amount of time, money, and personal effort in marketing our expertise and qualities to the public. Of course, we'll get repeat business and referrals if we do an excellent job for them. But first and foremost, we must conduct business with them. Marketing that emphasizes the skills and qualities they value will give us an advantage in this area.If you are looking for the Best Real Estate agent in Pembroke Pines contact us for the best advice as we have professionals in the real estate world. Buyers have various Agent Requirements.Buyers cannot be lumped into a single category. There are various levels of experience and qualifications required. First-time buyers require a lot more assistance. Investors want a lot of information. Most people...
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     Did you know that there are 3 different types of agents? Before starting real estate school I had no idea that there was so much that went into being a real estate agent. The one thing that really has surprised me is that there are 3 different types of agents. The first one is a Special Agent. A Special Agent which is also known as a specific agent, is an agent that represents a client in one transaction. It is typical in most real estate transactions, in that the agent is tasked with finding a ready, willing, and able buyer or seller. The second type is a General Agent. A General Agent represents a client in several transactions or several aspects of a single transaction. The third type is a Universal Agent. A Universal Agent is a type of general agent that has power of attornery ...
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By Brenda Wilson REALTOR, Your strategic Real Estate Agent in WV
(Fathom Realty, LLC)
Tomorrow I'll have full access to the Greenbrier Valley Board of REALTOR MLS. Summers County, WV is with the Greenbrier MLS. I would like to see the coordination of MLS districts with Tourism only makes sense to me. As it stands now, if you want to see tourism in Summers County, WV, you won't find a thing about it in Greenbrier County, WV, the location where Realtors sell property in Summers County, WV. Summers County tourism is linked with Beckley, and areas further away. Thoughts?
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By Jorden Fife, Highschool graduate, working toward my future.
Dishonesty, the act of stretching the truth to better a situation for yourself or for no reason at all. In the normal world you may be able to lie about whether or not you used the last of the toliet paper, but in the real estate world you have to be one hundred percent honest, it will make or break your whole career. For example say you were helping a client buy a home and they ask "is there anything we should know about? any exterior or interior damage?" and lie about the quality of the house in order to close the deal, that is being dishonest and will come back on your career. If you are always lying about major details or even small details you may lose your license and if not you will lose all respect from clients. Don't be that guy that no one wants to go to because you have no in...
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By Mackenzie Ertmann
(Coldwell Banker)
I have been thinking a lot about honesty lately.  It helps that I am taking these classes to become a real estate agent.  There is a huge emphasis on being trustworthy and honest.  On one level, that makes complete sense.  We are asking people to let us into their homes unaccompanied and we are being trusted with many people's most expensive asset.  And yet, in some ways, it seems ridiculous to spend this much time on such an easy topic.  Honesty is a value that is taught to us early on in life.  We are taught to be honest with our fellow men (women).  We expect people to be honest with us.  So, why do some many people fail at this value?Personally, I think it has to do with selfishness.  Honesty is great when it benefits us, but frequently it doesn't.  We justify little white lies as c...
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By Sell My House In Arizona, Real estate investors and cash buyers
(Desert Pro Home Buyers)
Having a real estate license can come in handy as an investor, but is it worth it?  Specific license requirements will vary by state, but regardless of where you are there will be a time and money commitment to obtain one.  For me, it was 90 hours of classroom training and several exams which were no walk in the park.  There are both monthly and annual expenses I have to pay to various parties along with continuing education requirements to keep it active.  As a new year turns and another round of the bigger fees are due, I always ask myself the same question:  Do I still want this?Here are some of the ways I’ve found a license benefits me in the REI world.1) Access to the MLS.  Always stay current with listings and get private notes that agents leave other agents that aren’t visible to...
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By Chuck Gonzalez, Real Estate Expert in the Metro Denver Area
( | My Colorado Move | 720-507-6683 | RE/MAX Alliance | Westminster, CO)
What's going on with Denver real estate market? The latest Greater Denver real estate market report is OUT!It is important to understand what is happening currently in the Greater Denver housing market and as well as why it is happening if you are thinking of buying a home in Colorado this 2021. Real estate market reports are only the beginning of the process of understanding the changes, opportunities, and challenges in the Greater Denver real estate market. My Colorado Move is here to dive deep into these numbers with you.Greater Denver Housing Market ReportThe Greater Denver real estate market has been hot, hot, hot. April 2021 depicts increased opportunities in an extreme real estate market, with the Luxury Market showing the possibility for buyers who outlast the fatigue of competi...
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By Angelique Tittensor, In Training/Real Estate Agent
I don't know about you but how I have memorized my fiduciary duties is this....A.C.D.C   L.O.LA - accounting C - careD - disclosureC - ConfidentiallyL - LoyaltyO - ObidenceL - Learn it and don't forget it!   This might sound dumb but I will never forget it.  I hope I make you laugh.Angelique/Geek     
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By Tony Smith, St Pete Talk | Real Estate Agent | Dalton Wade
(Dalton Wade Real Estate Group)
St Pete Talk is a popular Dalton Wade Real Estate blog that is primarily spearheaded by Tony Smith who happens to be one of the most popular local real estate agents.  The St Petersburg area has several houses up for sale. Similarly, there is a lot of demand for buying houses too. The St Pete Talk blog focuses primarily on the Dalton Wade Real Estate Group listings and promotes them well too.He has also done massive research in the field of Canadian snowbirds who make a major contribution to the economy of St Petersburg area. The kind of taxes these Canadians have been playing and the massive property that they hold means that despite the pandemic, they continued to contribute to the economy.Tony Smith was quoted as saying, "I am aware of how important it is to market and promote the re...
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By Michelle Dumas, Personal Branding & Career Marketing Expert
(Distinctive Career Services, LLC)
So, you have found an advertised opening for a real estate sales agent on a job board, in a real estate group that you would love to be a part of and you want to apply. The only problem...your resume is terribly outdated! You know you can't submit it as it is. Not only is it missing the last five years of your experience -- and all the stellar sales accomplishments you have accumulated in that time -- it is still in the old-fashioned-looking style you learned to write in college. You've seen the resumes of some of your colleagues and you KNOW without a doubt that your resume also needs a modern makeover. TIME FOR A RESUME MAKEOVER It is true. As a professional resume writer who has been working in the industry for more than a quarter-century, I can confirm that resume styles and best pr...
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Being in a whole different career for the past 25 years, at this point in my life with all this uncertainty in the world; changing my career might be a big mistake or a blessing in disguise.  Well, I took the plunge into real estate. I signed up for online classes to get my real estate license 14 hours into the lesson, I come upon a section that makes me rethink my choices. The chapter on how you can lose your real estate license. I have never thought about how it is so easy to lose your license. as I'm going over the chapter I realize that an error on your dates or simply not giving a copy of the paperwork can have you lose your license and have disciplinary effects.Further, I read the chapter I understand how it can affect thousands of dollars to you and your customer. What I walk awa...
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By Adam Dilger
(JP and Associates)
While many areas of the economy have contracted, the housing market has stayed remarkably strong. But can the good news last? When COVID-related shutdowns began in March, real estate brokers and clients scrambled to respond to the shift. Record-low interest rates caused some lenders to call a halt to new underwriting, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market. However, those first days of uncertainty ushered in a period of unprecedented demand in the U.S. real estate market, which ended the year with increasing average home prices (up 13.4% from the previous year) and shrinking days on market (13 fewer than in 2019).1Now, as the spring market approaches, you may be wondering whether the good times can continue to roll on. If you’re a homeowner, should you t...
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By Riaz Ghani, Top Real Estate Agent in Mississauga & Brampton
(RE/MAX Gold Realty Inc.,Brokerage )
Though it may sound counterintuitive, prices don’t sell houses. That’s why Riaz Ghani instead prefers to focus on properties: making them irresistible to buyers through breathtaking transformations. “My focus isn’t the price, my focus is the offers,” he says. “The higher the offers the higher the price.” It’s a strategy that has clearly worked for Ghani. After more than 10 years of selling in Mississauga, Oakville, Toronto and throughout the GTA, he has developed a knack for getting his clients the maximum possible return for their homes. He’s in the top one percent of all RE/MAX sellers in Canada, his properties generally get an average of 10 to 15 offers and he even recently sold a Brampton semi-detached home for $200,000 over asking.
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          False Advertising in the Real Estate market can be extremely hurtful and misleading for all parties that we work with. We as Agents, need to make sure that we are being as transparent as possible when working with our clients. Setting expectations low and over delivering on them is good way to make sure your client has a wonderful experiance with you.           As Real Estate Agents we are fortunate to be in the U.S. W have several laws and rules in place making sure that we stay in line. This is important because outside of the U.S false advertising is a very real and serious problem that they face. Without these guidlines it would make it hard to gain your clients trust as they might not believe the information that you are giving them is true and accurate.          It is in...
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WOW... I'm so excited to become a Realtor! This is part of my 120-hour Sales Agent Pre-Licensing! I have always understood the value of and have used realtors but did not understand what it took to become a realtor that someone knows, likes, and trusts :-) During my studies, it has been made clear that the training is intense! It's not hard per se, but evidence of everything involved in becoming the best sales agent a person could become is very eye-opening. I've learned that honesty, integrity, and competency are the most valuable asset you could possess when becoming involved in real estate. I was also shocked at how many realtors end up losing their license for either:  Not disclosing criminal activity Committing criminal activity  While everyone should be given a chance to rectify, ...
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Don’t miss out on this elegant abode that is up for sale in Rochester, MI. The search is over for the home of your dreams with this craftsman-style and custom-built home. Live in a home with timeless elegance set in a perfect location in Cumberland Pines with a walking distance to downtown Rochester.  Impressive craftsman-style gables and exposed rafters accentuate the earthy elements of this humble home. Featuring 4 bedrooms, 4.1 bathrooms, and 3834 square feet of living space, including a lower-level basement.  Custom-built in 2009, every detail and corner of this home is skillfully decorated. Take special note of its innovative open floor plan with beautiful Brazilian cherry hardwood floors that extends all throughout the main level.  As you step into the foyer, you are greeted by a ...
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I have bought and sold rural homes around Flagstaff, Sedona, Cottonwood for nearly 8 years now and it's getting more difficult to find a good value up north.  Demand is as high there as anywhere in the state, escpecially now that the Pandemic of one year ago has changed the work scene.  We all know employers are allowing more and more "work remote", and it's driving up the demand for rural and smaller-town properties.  I don't see any end in sight for the rise in value at this point.  I've had both listings and buyers successfully buy and sell however it's clearly a seller's market and inventory priced under $300 per square foot keeps getting hard to find.  Paulden, Parks, Cottonwood, Cornville, Chino Valley, Williams, Doney Park, Flagstaff Sedona and Prescott, there are no exceptions t...
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