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 Richard Ugbah, Richard Ugbah: Atlanta GA. based real estate agent
In a seller’s market, the sellers are likely to make good, steady profits. There are more buyers contacting them than they’re used to. However, this is bad for buyers because they have more competitors to deal with, and the sales prices will increase. There are obvious signs for real estate buyers and sellers to look out for in a seller’s market.   Human Migrations There are certain points in time when large influxes of people move from one location to another. A modern example is the large migration of Central Americans into North America, particularly to the U.S. When there are massive waves of migration into specific cities and towns, most people would assume that many of these migrants will become homeowners. They may plan to purchase the home upfront, make an inspection or they pl...
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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 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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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.... https://www.tanteam.com/2021/07/07/gta-realtors-release-monthly-resale-housing-figures-for-june-2021/?fbclid=IwAR1fi22buYg8wJMbZxfnJIomrZWM4pBcs7vP61MUlUEm4NqHL19LW8tJQqw 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
(TBD)
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 Ericka Williams, Your IRS Debt Negotiator
(Trinity Global Financial Group PLLC)
Haven't Filed Tax Returns In A While? How Many Years Do You Need To File?I represent taxpayers in Tallahassee, Florida who have federal tax debts and need assistance filing tax returns and negotiating payment with the IRS.Dealing with the IRS can be a scary daunting thought for those who haven't filed their tax returns in years. Most taxpayers fail to file tax returns because a situation or events occurred that made them think this was not a priority. The IRS will sometimes mail notices to taxpayers (Letter 4903) when there's no record that a tax return has been filed. This letter will have a deadline of 10 days to respond to the IRS.  Before filing any unfiled tax returns, you want to first consider IRS Policy Statement 5-133. First, determine if you are required to file a tax return b...
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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 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 Joseph "Joe" McInerney Chicago, Owner of Eddie Realty
Technology has changed commercial real estate in these four ways.Virtual toursReal estate agents no longer need to show properties to potential tenants physically. This has been a lifesaver during the pandemic. With the use of high-quality video cameras, agents can give beautiful virtual tours. They can do this in real-time with each tenant and personalize the experience. They can also prerecord one virtual tour and publish it on a website. Anyone interested can then watch the video. This technology has benefited everyone involved. Tenants can view properties at home, while agents can efficiently interact with more people.For more, visit josephmcinerney.net
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By Chuck Gonzalez, Real Estate Expert in the Metro Denver Area
(www.myCOmove.com | 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 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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I am Michael Redden and I am a tax lawyer in Minneapolis, MN.  A focus of my practice is civil and criminal taxpayer representation.  There are a lot of people out there that haven't filed their tax returns.  According to recent IRS estimates, there are at least 10 million tax payers that the government has identified as "non-filers."  There are many reasons why it happens, but, for whatever reason, these folks have at least one or more tax returns that were never filed. Some folks haven't filed returns for over ten years.  Every year that you fail to file a tax return your problems with the IRS can compound.  If you happen to owe money, the failure to file penalty is 5% each month with a cap of 25% per tax year.  This penalty can quickly bring the bill out of reach for many to pay.  If...
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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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By Victoria Manayan
Hello Fellow Active Rainers! Today I, Victoria Manayan, am making my first Blog Post here as an assignment in my curriculum for licensing in Utah as a Real Estate Agent. While working through the Ethics material in the course I found that there are MANY ethics problems with Agents that have resulted in disciplinary action. These disciplinary actions taken against the Agents will absolutely affect their ability to do business and earn money. Isn't making money to be a self sufficient citizen and contribute to society, why they chose to be an Agent to begin with?  This leads me to a very important and self- searching question: Why after going through the trouble to take time to be educated in this profession, not to mention the expense, only to sabotage their own efforts by taking risky a...
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By Kyle Scott, Home & Termite Inspector Serving San Antonio
(Ensure Home Inspections)
Getting ready to sell your San Antonio Home? Want to ensure the smoothest transaction possible? Take these steps to make the buyer's home inspector a happy camper. Doing these things may prevent the home inspector from having to make a return visit on the seller's dime! If you're a homeowner and have a home inspection scheduled in the near future, we've compiled a list of things that may really help speed up the process and give you a better, more accurate report. In addition, a lot of the items listed can also be indicative of the condition of the home to a potential buyer. Utilities Turned ONMake sure the water, electricity, and gas are turned on. A home inspector can't effectively inspect some systems or components without these utilities. If any of these are turned off at time of in...
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By Scotty Gifford, Openning Doors To New Beginnings
(The Gifford Group)
Life is a constant balancing act, and divorce is just another ball to juggle that you might not have seen coming. Staying focused on what is best for you and any children that may be involved. We're no benefit to our children if we are not in balance with ourselves. Divorce comes with huge decisions, and balancing those decisions with making, what we feel is the right choice for all involved. There is the home to contend with and any repairs it may need. We can help you understand what you should know before getting a divorce. Are we keeping the home or selling the home?  The economic consideration is big, and it may play a role with who can afford to keep the house.  Does one of you have to go back to work, or to go to work for the first time after raising a family? The separation of a...
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By Eleanor Mann, Marketing ideas for Real Estate Pros
     You’ve made a new blog post for your real estate website, now what?You’ve carefully written and revised a fantastic real estate blog post for your website. You’ve handed it over to your web designer and they posted it on your website. Are you done? Like, “set it and forget it”?No way, Jose! No one in the world will see it, except your friends and family that you insisted look at it. Are they your homebuying prospects? Nah. You need to shout it out so the world can see it. But how?Here are some quick and easy things you can do to get the word out; Use a ping tool to send your new post out to the search engines. Post the article url on all your social media with a provocative comment to let people know it’s worth clicking on. Go on to Quora, write a question that your article answers...
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