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 Rhona E. Bryant, Project Management Consultant
Would you take your money now or wait?Have you ever wondered why someone receiving a large payout would take it in a lump sum instead of installments over time? It boils down to economics. The principle is that a dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow because it can earn you money NOW and grow your wealth exponentially for your future.  This principle is known as the time value of money.  How does this apply to you as a commercial property owner?Is there a lottery for commercial property owners that you can start playing? In all jest, no, but there is money waiting for you to claim right inside the walls of your building.Most commercial property owners depreciate their buildings over 39 years.  But there are better ways to do it.  The components of your building depreciate mu...
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By Candice Silverthorn, "Let me do all the heavy lifting!"
(Candice Silverthorn, Realtor, RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks)
Having a dock on the Lake of the Ozarks requires a little maintenance, right?? Anybody that has a dock on the lake would probably say "a little??" Ha ha. Yeah maybe more than just a little lol.Well my husband and I tackled our dock after we bought a home on the lake. We knew it needed a lot of repair. But my husband is a carpenter, so how bad could it be?? We managed to fix three areas by ourselves. That includes the walkway in the water, which was detached from the pier, and two areas with the boards popped up with the floats sticking out.Well our dock did not have big enough floats, so we bought 6 4x8x20 new floats, ($469 a piece) and hired two fantastic companies to help finish the hardest part! They were both a Godsend! Beasley's Mobile Welding & Repair LLC. and Wicked Welding LLC. ...
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By Kent Brown, Your IRS Tax Attorney
(Strong & Hanni)
Salt Lake City, Utah, 2023.  You have been watching late night television, you have seen the commercials - "take care of that tax debt", "pay pennies on the dollar."  "Enough of those sleepless nights" you tell yourself, it is time to pay those pennies and move on.  The late night commercial then shows a happy couple on a golf course after they have paid those pennies.  Is this to good to be true?  Yes!!!To pay those pennies on the dollar the taxpayer usually does this through what is called an offer-in-compromise.  There are two types of offers-in-compromise: Doubt-as-to-Collectability Offer: this is where the taxpayer does not disputes the amount owed in back taxes, but the taxpayer cannot pay the tax debt in full; or Doubt-as-to-Liability Offer: this is where the taxpayer offers to s...
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By Sean Gilliam, Real Estate on the Front Range
(LoKation Real Estate)
Metropolitan Districts, also known as metro districts or metro tax districts, have become an integral part of local new construction communities in recent years. Here in Northern Colorado, homes are being built in or reside in these districts and they have important implications for home buyers. I’ll share with you the purpose and definition of a metro district per the Colorado Revised Statute, some research completed on the implications for homeowners, pros and cons and finally some due diligence you can do to see if living in a Metro District is a good fit for you.  
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By PAUL KAPLAN, Coachella Valley Local Real Estate Experts
(Bennion Deville Homes)
Rimcrest Development Cascading down the hillside below John Lautner's Bob Hope House, Rimcrest is a mid-century modern enclave built in 1967, located on nearly 12 acres of the Southridge hill.  Each of the 51 units are approximately 1600 square feet and offer two bedroom and 2 baths.  The open floor plans include walls of glass to take in the valley views, plus a spacious outdoor deck.  This is the only hillside development in Palm Springs and features some of the most spectacular views in Palm Springs. The beauty of hillside living is reflected in a view from Rimcrest, unique development clustered in the foothills of Palm Springs.   Search for Homes
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By Scott Schulte
(Scott Schulte LLC)
Sun City Grand Surprise ArizonaIf you are searching for a home to spend your retirement in style or you are looking to make some new friends, the Sun City Grand Surprise, Arizona, offers you a chance to get out and enjoy the Arizona sunshine. Whether you enjoy hiking, golfing, fishing, or just being out in nature, you'll find plenty to do here. Sun City Grand PickleballLocated near Phoenix, Sun City Grand is one of the greatest active adult communities in the state. The community has nearly 4,000 acres of land and almost 9,500 residences.Sun City Grand is not a gated community but features several amenities. It features two fitness centers, four golf courses, and many other recreational facilities. The community is also home to several bocce ball courts, tennis courts, and pickleball co...
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By Stephanie Huber, Real Estate Brokerage serving Port St. Lucie, FL
(www.thehubergroup.com | Huber Real Estate Group of Florida)
 Price spikes might have come to an end in the third quarter as rising mortgage rates dampened expectations for real estate appreciation according to the most recent NAR report.The third quarter of this year saw a continuation of the increasing trend in home prices, but the National Association of REALTORS®' most recent quarterly report suggests that the trend may be finally coming to a stop. Although home prices rose in almost every major metro in the third quarter, higher mortgage rates are starting to slow down the increase of home prices. 46 percent of the 185 markets that NAR monitors even saw double-digit growth.In the third quarter, the national median price for a single-family existing home increased by 8.6% to $398,000. The median price increased 14.2% year over year in the sec...
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In the summer, the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to stop working. A hot, stuffy house is no fun for anyone, so if your AC isn't doing its job, it's essential to find out why and get it fixed as soon as possible. Follow this guide to understand some of the most common reasons your air conditioner might not be cold and what you can do about it. The Filter Might Be CloggedOne reason your AC might not be blowing cold air is that the filter is clogged. The filter's job is to prevent dust and dirt from entering the air conditioner, but over time, it can get full. When this happens, the airflow is reduced, causing the AC to work less efficiently.To fix this, simply locate the filter and clean or replace it as needed. Depending on how often you use your AC, you may need to do ...
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By Eunice (Santos)Martinez
Why is it best to be authentic and honest in all of our interactions? Something that comes to mind when I think of this question is, because sometimes we only have one opportunity, one shot and no second chances. Either way being honest will always save you from experiencing the horrible feeling of regret and stress. Dishonesty on your part will always catch up to you.Friendly reminder that being honest can help build your confidence and also a good reputation. You're word becomes more valuable therefore more will trust, respect you and will want to work with you!Honesty brings peace of mind that I believe makes it totally worth it in the long run! 
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By Dimitri Zubrich, Sell your home quickly - call Dimitri!
(Re/Max Affiliates)
When it comes to great suburbs in America, Westerville, Ohio consistently ranks among the best of the best. Sitting just under 15 miles to the northeast of the City of Columbus, you’re just a stone’s throw from the major business and cultural center of Columbus while remaining nestled in a perfectly picturesque suburb with a lively community of its own.You might be attracted to Westerville because of the great quality of life and reasonable cost of living, but you’re also bound to fall in love with the vibrant community, storied past, incredible schools, and strikingly low crime rate.There are many things to love about Westerville, and that’s exactly why the Westerville real estate market is hot right now. Let’s break down what makes Westerville such an appealing place for purchasing pr...
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By chris hoffman, real estate broker serving the Lehigh Valley
(Lehigh Valley Just Listed)
A lot of people ask, is the Lehigh Valley PA a good place to live? I grew up here so of course my answer is going to be yes! but let's talk a little bit more about the Lehigh Valley and see if it really makes sense for you. The first thing you might want to know is where is the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania? The Lehigh Valley is located in northeast Pennsylvania, about 1.5 hours north of Philadelphia, right along the Jersey border. It's also known as the Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton metropolitan area which is comprised primarily of two main counties, Lehigh county, and Northampton County  Pennsylvania is a very large state and Lehigh Valley is the third most populated area next to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. One of the reasons why they have all these great place to live, is the location. ...
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By Catina Willis, MBA, Real Estate Broker, Passive Income Coach
(Next Level Realty & Investments)
TikTok is quickly becoming one of the most popular social media platforms, and it's perfect for real estate marketing. Why? Because TikTok is all about short, attention-grabbing videos. And what's more attention-grabbing than a beautiful property or the crazy real estate business? If you're thinking about joining TikTok or are simply curious about how to use TikTok for business read on for everything you need to know.How to Use TikTok for your Real Estate Business Create a personal TikTok page with a branded profile that promotes your real estate business. Use relevant keywords in your profile name and bio. Make sure your account is public and include a link in the bio to increase traffic to your website or blog. Use TikTok to share behind-the-scenes footage of what it takes to sell a h...
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By Anthony Camardella, Transforming Lifestyles
(Exit Realty Everyday )
    It can be intimidating buying a home in todays transitioning market place. The real estate market is cooling down in some markets after record breaking quarters for multiple running years. The general feeling is uncertainty for many purchasers in todays market.     For many experienced in the transitions of Real Estate markets, transitioning back into an average market brings a sigh of relief. For those new to the industry and still recovering form the last economic recession these transitions are all to reminiscent of the real estate crash of 2008.    However, unlike the Great Recession of 08, many mortgages obtained in the last decade were done at interest rates below 5% and a majority of loans issued were fixed rate mortgages. In contrast to the last collapse which if you have se...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
A backyard is one of the most versatile things about a home. There are so many things that people can do with them. As a result, allowing your backyard to sit empty and unused is a massive waste of potential. The following are some of the best things you can do to your backyard this summer.Have a Pool ConstructedYou can make your backyard a place of play and relaxation by adding a gorgeous pool to it. Doing so would offer you the benefit of giving you a place to cool off during the summer heat. In addition, it would also allow you to go swimming whenever you feel like it since you would be able to access it from the comfort of your own home. Plus, it would be a great way to make your backyard look more beautiful in general.One of the best things about deciding to add one to your home is...
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By Cathey Lue, Follow Real Estate information
(PaperPlanningMomma)
If you're like most women, you've probably daydreamed about the perfect home at some point in your life. Maybe it's a sprawling white house with a wraparound porch and perfectly manicured gardens, or maybe it's a cozy cabin in the woods where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.  What if you're just starting out as a family, and are looking for your first home? If that's the case, then there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind when choosing your new place to live. Four things to remember. Size of the home - make sure it's big enough to accommodate your familyIf you're in the market for a new home, it's important to make sure that the size of the home is right for your family. If you have a growing family, you'll want to make sure that there's enough space for...
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By Tracy LeRoux, Tracy LeRoux founded The Link Agency
(The Link Agency)
Buying a property is a huge milestone, and it’s one that should be celebrated. But it’s also a big financial decision that requires a lot of thought and planning. If you’re thinking of buying your first property, here are five tips to help you make the most of your investment. Do your research The first step in any major financial decision is to do your research. This is especially true when it comes to buying property. There are a lot of factors to consider, from location to price to the type of property you want. It’s important to take the time to learn about all of these factors before making any decisions. Get pre-approved for a mortgage One of the most important things you can do when buying your first property is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will give you a good idea ...
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By Ailina Nelson, Learn To Dance In The Rain
(Vision Drive Realty)
Well some will accuse me of being biased but I could not help but re-blog my husband‘s post about our for baby Mr. Whiskey-A-Go-Go😍😊 Welcome to my new blog series: Whiskey's Wisdom! It's really just "Get After It" renamed, which was just "Take Action" renamed. So, really just an excuse to exploit my cute puppy😂!!!     "Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble."French Proverb     Your action for today is to remember someone who has been kind to you.     I did, and I sent her flowers.Would it shock you that it was the agent on the other side ofthe escrow I just closed?!She was awesome!   Design An Extraordinary Day!   👉 Get After It / Take Action Archives 👈   We work 100% By Referral! Our experienced team is coached by the #1 businesscoaching company in North America:Buffini & Company...
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By Brandt Ellwood, Real estate agent serving Denver
(Keller Williams)
  8751 Pearl Street G1 Thornton CO 80229   You do not want to miss this immaculate 3-bedroom, 3-bath townhome on a corner lot in the Town Center Estates. Pride of ownership shines through in this meticulously maintained home ready for you to move right into. The spacious kitchen boasts beautiful wood cabinetry, newer flooring, and a slider leading to a private patio. Enjoy an open concept main floor layout with a cozy fireplace in the living room. Upstairs, the primary bedroom is accented by an en-suite bathroom. Other features include plenty of storage space in the attached 2-car garage. You will love the easy access to the multiple grassy areas around the home. Conveniently located within walking distance of plenty of shopping and dining, and 5 minutes from I-25 to make commuting to w...
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By Seth Halstead, Husband, Father, Realtor
(JLA Realty)
I think that we can all agree that this market has been super crazy for the last two years, and while it may be slowing in other parts of the country, here in Texas it is still super strong.  Today I am going to tell you about the town that I live in, Mont Belvieu.  My wife and I moved to Mont Belvieu in February of 2019 and have been blessed since moving here.  The schools are the highly rated, Barbers Hill ISD.  The property values in the city have skyrocketed and the builders (there are many) just keep building homes. Tax rate remains low at around 2.2% on the North side of interstate 10 and 1.7% on teh South side of I-10.  City hall is currently being renovated and expanded, a new park is being added, and traffic has greatly improved recently (FM1409 has been finished to I-10 and wi...
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By Kaitlyn M
(Student )
There are many ways to lose a Real Estate license. One of those ways is having a criminal conviction within five years of an application for a Real Estate license. Also, partaking in criminal activity while having a license can cause you to lose your license or have it suspended.Honesty and a good moral code are very important when being in the Real Estate industry. Many people count on you to be trustworthy, especially when you are dealing with such a big thing in people's lives like purchasing or selling a home.  
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