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 Phillip Syrios, Investor and Property Manager
We broke down how to deescalate conflicts with tenants; whether it be over rent, late fees, moveouts, maintenance, etc. This skill is essential to staying sane in the property management business.  We're both partners in Stewardship Investments, LLC, which owns just shy of 500 units in the Kansas City metro area.   This video can be found here and please to subscribe to our Youtube channel.  
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By megan clark
(Real estate )
    As many Of you may know, there are so many different principals of real estate, as well as different types of agensts. Some of you may not know the differences between them.                    Lets start off with the different types of agents. The first one is a Special agent which can also be defined as a specific agent. Being a special agent represents one client in only one transaction. This is the most common Agent in the real estate world. This type of agent is tasked with finding a ready, willing and motivated buyer or seller. After those tasks are completed the agency is terminated. General Agent represents a client in sveral transactions. Univeral agent is another type of a general agent that has power of attorney to represent and act on the clients behalf. Now lets talk abo...
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            Forming an offshore company today is easier than ever. Many countries are advertising themselves as havens for those that seek fast banking services, low taxes, and a good business climate to work in. Various types of companies can be formed in various offshore destinations. Most of the companies that are formed offshore have similar characteristics to the corporations in the US. Limited Liability Company and International Business Company are also popular forms of companies that are formed in offshore destinations. If you want to form an Offshore Company, a good thing to do is to visit the Offshorecorptalk forum, where you can read and discuss many different things regarding the formation of offshore companies.Who Should Consider Establishing An Offshore Company            ...
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By Team PNW, Your Clark County WA Real Estate Experts
(Team PNW)
Market Insights, Statistics, Graphs and Infographics Covering the real estate market for Battle Ground, Camas, Ridgefield, Vancouver and Washougal Washington.        Virtually sold out in Clark County up to $750,000       Frenzy activity will continue into 2021       Strong price appreciation due to low interest rates and low inventory       Historically low interest rates of 3.00%  The real estate market activity in Clark County continues to rise, even as temperatures fall. Each new listing is being watched by the whole market. 92 percent of home sales in Clark County are priced under $750,000 and we are virtually sold out of inventory for all homes in this price category. Home sales continue to be in the Frenzy and Extreme Frenzy classification, while homes above $750,000 are still sh...
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By Farva Jafri, IRS representation services for NY, NJ, CT
(Jafri Law Firm)
 If you currently own or manage a small business, you’ve probably experienced an extremely high demand or you’re preparing for the worst – to be shuttered by law for a few weeks or longer.  In either case, your business needs a whopping dose of resilience right now. Here are four steps to safeguard your business and discover where you need to build resiliency.  1 – Protect Your Employees  The most important thing to do is to protect your employees. OSHA demands that we give them a safe working environment, and the definition of this just changed! If possible, make it mandatory for workers to work at home, and if not, get your workers protective gear and make sure your workplace is cleaned constantly.  There are brand new laws regarding sick leave; you will need to learn them and incorpo...
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By Resorts Gal, Writer and Realtor
Do Real Estate agents ever retire?  This is something I noticed pretty early on in my real estate career.  It's something I've even asked myself over and over. Is it the drive to make the next sale that lives inside most of us?  Or the fact that we are always so busy making most of us poor financial planners?  Maybe we are just nice people and we can't say no when a friend or family member needs our expert help.  Whatever it is, I accepted a long time ago that I would probably never retire from real estate. Not fully anyway. But somewhere in the middle, I found something else I enjoyed doing, and that was writing.  And the funny thing is I didn't start writing about real estate. That seemed boring.  I actually started writing about my favorite vacation destination.  Which has lead to ma...
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By Andrew Syrios, Real estate investment and property management
(Stewardship Investments, LLC)
So will it? And what should real estate investors do in the meantime? Go big? Twiddle your thumbs?The economy, as you have probably noticed, is a mess right now: The unemployment rate topped out at 14.7% is still at a very high level of 7.9%. Many states have an eviction moratorium.  The government brought in $2.82 trillion in revenue while spending almost twice that much ($5.63 trillion) for a record-setting deficit. Delinquency is up and several studies predict a major increase in evictions soon. Yet the real estate is doing quite well. Real estate prices are up over 4% from the beginning of the year and, as anyone looking to buy a home has seen, inventory is extremely low; only 3.1 months of inventory (six months is balanced). Does that mean real estate will ride this recession out a...
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By Randy Tudor, EA, CTRC, Certified Tax Representation Consultant in Phoenix
(Tudor Financial Group, LLC)
Many years ago after leaving the corporate tax and finance, Fortune 100 world, I became a real estate professional here in Phoenix, Arizona. I did okay with it, but yet I knew it just wasn't my thing. From there, because of my love of numbers, I became a mortgage broker for a while. Again, I did okay, but something was still missing. So, I decided to get my CPA certificate and to open an accounting and tax firm. I was much more comfortable and happier being back to working with taxes and those kinds of numbers. That was 35 years ago.However, I always will remember my experiences as a Realtor and as a mortgage broker. I learned a lot about people while working in those professions. I have always maintained a close relationship with the real estate community. I built my tax business by re...
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By John S. Wood, CPA, Every Tax Problem Has A Solution!
(Suncoast Tax Solutions)
I represent taxpayers in Sarasota and throughout Florida who have federal and state tax issues. I have recently seen an uptick in the number of people contacting me who have not filed tax returns, some for many years. In fact, the non-filer issue is a priority for the IRS and they recently announced that they will increase face-to-face visits to high-income taxpayers who have not filed tax returns for prior years in an effort to increase tax compliance.More importantly, it is worth noting that the willful failure to file a tax return is a federal tax crime under the Internal Revenue Code Section 7203.So, what can non-filers do, and how can we help them get their tax return issue resolved with the IRS? It depends on why they failed to file a return in the first place.If the failure to fi...
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By Cora Carleson, Existing homes, new construction, commercial, land
By Cora Carleson: I know, I know, I have said this all summer, but now….it’s even more true!  We actually have people out there who have money, and cannot find a home to suit their needs! I have had multi offers on a listing where of the 5 offers 2 of them were CASH!  So here are a few things that happen when inventory is low……Prices go up!  Yup that old Supply and Demand thing.  If there isn’t much the price goes up!  If you are just thinking about maybe you might want to sell your house in the next 12 months, now is your opportunity get the most for it. Values go up. Just because prices go up, doesn’t necessarily mean that values go up.  I know that sounds strange, but here is how real estate works with value. Appraisers use information from 6 moths to a year ago.  A year ago, our mar...
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By Waleed Mohammed
Florida is one of the most popular states in the US. With a population of 21.48 million, as reported by the 2019 census, Florida is located close to the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic on the other. This state is famous for its numerous beaches, Latin American cultural influence, vibrant nightlife, and remarkable art scenes. This diverse state is made up of several ideal communities that continuously attract new residents and with good reason. In this article, we will discuss the best cities to live in Florida. Sit back, relax, and read on. Miami PropertiesYou can’t talk about Florida without mentioning Miami! Officially known as the City of Miami, this community is one of Florida’s finest neighborhoods. This landmark city is not only one of the best cities in Florida but on...
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By Howard Richardson, IRS and State Tax Representation
(Richardson Accounting and Tax)
The IRS has announced this week that they will start to mail out notices for unpaid tax debt. They had suspended the notices in May 2020 due to their inability to timely process mail sent to the IRS because of COVID-19. This series of notices can lead to IRS seizures through a tax levy on assets such as bank accounts and financial accounts. The IRS can also seize your income through wage garnishments and social security garnishments. Lastly, the IRS has the right to file a federal tax lien that attaches to all the property of a debtor with tax debt over a certain level. This can cause problems for real estate owners trying to sell a piece of property with a tax lien attached. The real estate buyer also is impacted because they will want to acquire property with clean title. Property own...
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By Johnny Spencer
(In training)
I would like to start off with a short intro. Hi everyone, my name is Johnny Spencer. I currently live and grew up in Vernal, Utah. I was born in Sacramento, California and am 24 years old. I am new here and just starting my career in real estate. I have decided to join the real estate industry because I have always liked to help people, for the life changing experience and of course for the possible outcomes of profit. So, I was assigned a lesson.. or I probably wouldn't have ever figured out about active rain. A great way to interact with others in the same field. This lesson was titled blog activity. I would especially enjoy all comments, questions and advice from other students that are still in training. And of course from the professionals, trainees as myself are looking forward t...
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By Zivak Realty Group, Local Nashville Real Estate Broker
(Zivak Realty Group)
When it comes to selling a home in Nashville Real Estate market, the cost to sell your home always adds up. Seller’s closing costs are an expenditure consisting of taxes, fees, prepayments, and service costs that vary from location to location. The closing costs can differ because of variations in lender costs, local tax laws, company fees including title & settlement. To pay the closing cost, sellers in Tennessee pay an average of 1-3% of their home’s sale price. However, at the time of selling a home in Nashville, both buyer and seller need to pay closing costs that include expenses required for a Homes for Sale in Nashville TN As per the purchase agreement, there are several fees involved in the closing cost process. Let’s discuss each one. Read More 
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By CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS, EA, Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems
(Number Cruncher LLC)
Dealing with the IRS is scary.  Owing the IRS money is even scarier.  Here at Number Cruncher LLC, we help our clients to know and understand the Collection process.  Thiscan help you avoid having enforced collection action taken against you.  Below is the step-by-step process the IRS uses:  1.  The tax is assessed 2.  The billing notice is sent,  If it goes unpaid 3.  A silent lien is attached, by statute, to all the taxpayer's assets owned and later acquired 4.  Final notice of the IRS's intent to levy the taxpayer's income and assets is sent.  This begins the 30-day window for the taxpayer to request a collection due process hearing.   5.  IRS files a Notice of Federal Tax Lien in the public records if the taxpayer owes more than $10,000.  This will result in marketing mail from nati...
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By Jason Danzi, Photography & Video, Virtual tours & Drone Photos.
(Danzi Photography)
Any good real estate agent knows this crucial secret: if you want to sell a property, you have to have high-quality real estate photographs.While the photos won’t be enough to get people to say “I’m buying it!” they can help people decide if they’re interested enough in it to stop by for an open house or a phone call to a real estate agent.Many of us work on the same principle. Think of when we’re online shopping, and stumble upon a product that has no pictures. Would you consider buying it? Maybe if you really need it, but most likely you’ll keep looking.The same can be said for real estate. However, not every agent or private home seller can afford to hire a professional photographer to snap these pictures. Sometimes, all you have is your smartphone. Is smartphone real estate photogra...
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By Christopher Payne, Gainesville Home Builder and Remodeling
(Payne Construction Group)
Homeownership is one of the things everyone hopes to achieve; it’s part of the American dream! This should be an exciting time as you watch your new home transform from just a plan on a blueprint to somewhere you will live and become the place you will call home. For most people, it is also the single largest investment they will ever make. Payne understands just how important and stressful the home building process can be, especially if you are going to be a first-time homeowner. Which is why we will do whatever necessary to make the home building experience as pleasant and easy as possible. From design to build, Payne will be there every step of the way with your new home construction. We will always be available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Find out m...
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HardiePlank is an architectural framing system manufactured by James Hardie that offers many options for fiber cement siding products, as well as insulation to protect your home against the elements. This fiber cement is also called Hardie board or marketed as HardiePlank. People use fiber cement for material because it has the highest durability, color, and resistance to fire. When homeowners install this type of siding, they get a warranty of up to 30 years on the finish, and the materials are fire, rot, insect, and water-resistant. This type of siding is available in many textures and colors to match your style.What is HardiePlank fiber cement or Hardie board?To be sold as fiber cement, this material must meet specific standards, as you will see in greater detail below. Many elements...
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By Bill Foss
(EXIT Realty Massachusetts)
Are you brave enough to go out on your own? Then you’re going to need a mentor who took the risk and lived to tell the tale.  Real estate coaching is guidance in real estate and business from an experienced REALTOR® It is knowledge in building a sales funnel and becoming a savvy online marketer. It is interpersonal instincts passed on. Real estate coaching will provide you with a holistic plan for business growth. My name is Bill Foss and I started my real estate career without the benefit of a college degree. But I had a lot of grit and determination, and I became the Vice President of Personnel for what grew to become a multi-location regional home center.   After this, I went on to enjoy success in real estate investing realm as well. And I decided that I wanted to help others realiz...
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By Larris Hutton, Property Management Company in Fayetteville, NC
(Linchpin Property Management)
I get it. I understand that working for a national brand has advantages. Names like Keller Williams, Coldwell Banker, and Century 21 go a long way in building trust for the consumer. Aside from trust, there is a huge SEO benefit for real estate professionals, as these large companies often rank in the top of the search results in Google for highly sought after keywords. If you are on page 10 of the Google search results, your chances of being seen fall dramatically. Ultimately, however, real estate professionals fall short when it comes to developing their own brand. Hear me out. Most, if not all, real estate agents are independant contractors. The companies many real estate agent work for are franchisees of a larger organization. When asked who they work for, most real estate professio...
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