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 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 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 Matthew Gromadzki
(Lokation RE)
Aventura Condos for Sale Building List with address:  3030 Aventura - 3030 NE 188th St, Aventura, FL 33180Admirals Port - 2801 - 2851 NE 183rd St, Aventura, FL 33160Alaqua - 3001 NE 185th St, Aventura, FL 33180Atlantic at the Point I - 21200 Point Pl, Aventura, Florida, 33180Atlantic at the Point II - 21150 Point Place, Aventura, Florida 33160Atlantic at the Point III - 21050 Point Pl 2006Aventura Marina - 3340 NE 190th St Aventura FL 33180Aventura Marina II - 3330 NE 190th Street, Aventura, FL 33180Del Prado - 18011, 18021,18031, 18041, 18051, 18061 & 18071 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180Delvista Towers - 20225 & 20355 NE 34th Ct, Aventura, FL 33180Echo Aventura - 3250 NE 188th Street, Aventura FL 33180Eldorado Towers - 3625, 3675 N Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180Hampton West - 2...
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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 Loren Rea
(Truman & Co. Real Estate Services)
There is no time like spring time in the Keys. The islands come alive with flora and fauna and the waters surrounding our islands are teeming with great fishing opportunities.  May is always an attractive month for anglers to come try their skills fighting the 'silver king' - - the tarpon. My move to Key West in August 1996 was mainly to go fishing. I moved here from southern Connecticut and my first trip to the Keys was in the early 90s. I had never seen clear water before and fell in love with the charm of the island and friendly people. My first job was at the Key West Citizen, the only daily newspaper in the Keys. I am a graphic artist by trade so I got a job, rented my place in Connecticut and moved down to Key West. I never looked back. There is plenty to be thankful for here in p...
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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 Brian Hyde, Your ATX Realtor
Wow, I am having the first post jitters! 😬 Here it goes🙀My name is Brian Hyde 👋 and I am a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty-Lake Travis.  I work mostly in the beatiful Austin suburb of Lakeway and I would love the opportunity to help you with the sale or purchase of your home in Austin TX.  My main focus is residential real estate.  So if you are looking to buy/sell any residential real estate in Austin TX, please give me a call and I am happy to help in any way.If you are moving out of the Austin TX area, I can also help link you with an equally fantastic agent😄 in the area of the country you are moving to.  Choosing the right agent will make your transition smooth and worry free.  Buying and Selling homes can be a stressful process, especialy if you are a buyer in Austin TX.  I ass...
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By William E. Bowles, Richmond's Historic Neighborhood Specialist
(Grand Heritage Homes)
Why So Many Offers on Homes?In this year's fast-paced market, many home buyers are constantly being out-bid on the home of their dreams and many sellers are reaping much higher offer prices than they ever would in a NORMAL real estate market. What is causing such a frenzy and such a hyper-market?The short answer is that there are simply not enough homes on the market from which buyers may choose, ending up in multiple, often unrealistic, offers. The longer answer is a combination of the following:The reasons to the cause of this hyper-over -heated situation lay in what are known as the Five L's:During the housing crisis of 2007-2008, builders were reluctant to build - not knowing whether buyers could or would want to buy. In the ensuing years the 5 L's have made this reluctance worse:LA...
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Moving is always stressful especially if you moving long-distance.There are a few ways to move to Miami - renting a van and moving with help of your friends or hiring some movers to help you load and unload the truck, hiring van lines, if you are flexible with the delivery days, or hiring a local moving company who can help you with express delivery.Renting a van is always a good idea if you have some moving experience and want to save some cash, and also a pretty strong person because it requires a lot of power to move couches, boxes, and other heavy stuff. It's definitely impossible to move alone, that's why you have to make sure you ask a couple of your friends or hire helpers to help you with a task. Moving takes a lot of energy and is very stressful, that's why in some cases saving...
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By ActiveRain Dev, Continuous Improvement
It's been a busy week for us ActiveRain developers.  We have released a number of changes  that will hopefully make your experience better.Here's what we've released this week:- Minor formatting and text changes to the site layout and several pages- Bug fixes to the front-end codeHope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
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Each day is a new year for a marketer, you have to study the market each day and have to build a new strategy. In case you’re a social media marketer, you might be working on your strategic plan for success in this as well as in the coming years. Congratulations! You landed on the right page, we’ve got you a variety of resources so that you can settle your marketing plan for the rest of the year and obviously for the year. We have tried to cover most of the important aspects which will help you in growing your business. However, before you get started and know how to manage your social media strategy, it is important for you to look ahead and ensure that you’re using your precious time and efforts well. In this blog post, we will take you to the expected and current trends and how you c...
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By Emma Swier, Real Estate Marketing Executive
(roof RE)
Are you on the verge of giving up on your career as a realtor? Have you tried several techniques but all to no avail? As a listing agent, searching for a homeowner looking to sell a house is one of the most challenging parts, and demands consistent work. The same can be said for winning listings. Most of the time, this may seem so demanding that it appears as though you are fighting an uphill battle. Worry less, as in this post, you will be exposed to some proven tips on how to win real estate listings from homeowners as a real estate agent!   1. Be Strategic Winning a listing from a homeowner is not a tea party. Irrespective of your market, getting a listing agreement comes with great effort and diligence. It is a monster challenge, especially newbies in the real estate industry. As a ...
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By Kelly Green-Krist, CPA
(Green Krist CPA PLLC)
The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted on December 27, 2020, deals with the annual tax extenders. Congress made some of them permanent, while others got short- or long-term extensions.These are the big five Form 1040 tax breaks that were scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020: Exclusion from income for cancellation of acquisition debt on your principal residence (up to $2 million) Deduction for mortgage insurance premiums as residence interest 7.5 percent floor to deduct medical expenses (instead of 10 percent) Above-the-line deduction for tuition and fees Non-business energy property tax credit for energy-efficient improvements to your principal residence Here is what Congress did with each of these five provisions: Cancellation of debt. Extended through ...
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By Zachary Parker, Real Estate Journalist
(ProSource Media)
While Cambridge is technically outside of the City of Boston, data trends in the housing market and in particular the rental market in Cambridge closely mirror that of Boston.  Both are highly cyclical markets that depend heavily on apartment turnover from the local student population.  So while Boston’s rental market is reeling due to inventory spikes, it should come as no surprise that the same supply issues are occurring in Cambridge.Cambridge may be best known as the home of two famous universities:  Harvard and MIT.  Like most of the area’s Universities, both adopted remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year, severely hampering the influx of students we normally see in September.   As a result, the real estate market in Cambridge has experienced quite a bit of fluctuation in te...
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By We Buy Houses Cash Atlanta, Real Estate Investors and Cash Buyers
(Georgia Fair Offer)
If you’ve inherited a property and you’re planning to sell it, make sure you read this blog post for 3 tips about how to price your inherited home in Atlanta for sale…Did you inherit a property that you’re now thinking about selling? While an inherited property can be a wonderful gift from a loved one who has passed on, it can also (quite frankly) be a costly burden. So selling it makes sense and allows you to use the gifted equity for some other purpose. But selling an inherited property may not come easy to you, especially if you haven’t sold a property in a while. So here’s how to price your inherited home in Atlanta for sale…Tip #1: Price Quick To SellSome people price their inherited property at an amount they think the market might pay for the house. However, there are many factor...
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"21 ways to lose your real estate license" it sounds like a Paul Simon song. If you lose it, it's time to "make a new plan, Stan".  Though there are many ways to lose a real estate license, one that is pretty interesting to me is the False Advertising. With all of the ways to market these days it seems like we are surrounded by click bate and mislead around every corner. This is true when it comes to online shopping, politics, and even subscriptions and memberships. I feel victim to this recently when I purchased a family pass to the local aquarium. They had no mention of any attractions being closed, but once we got in we found that all of the attractions that our children enjoyed were closed due to covid policies. To top it off when we asked for a refund they said they were not offeri...
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By CORY WEIKEL, Jacksonville Real Estate
(Julington Group - Realtor - Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage)
Riverside is a small community located in the Urban Core neighborhood of Jacksonville Florida. The designated historic community is mainly compromised of homes built before the 1930s. The community is largely residential but does have commercial areas including Five Points and King Street. King Street is the bar area of Riverside and is the hotspot for young military personnel stationed on NAS Jacksonville. There are multiple parks in the neighborhood including Memorial Park which is located on St Johns River.  The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is a popular art museum in the Five Points area that houses 5,000 works of art.  The Museum has a beautiful large garden that is located along St Johns River. The museum is an easy bike ride or walk from the majority of the homes available in Ri...
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