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 Justin Marshall, Kickass Real Estate Team
(Marshall Team - Remax Results)
So happy to be in the great community of Real Estate Agents.  Can't wait to chat with you and grow together! https://www.marshallteamsells.com/
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By JAMES W HOOKER, Realtor serving Greater Columbia Area
(LPT Realty, LLC)
  Being intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this season. That’s why pre-approval is so important today. Pre-approval from a lender is the only way to know your true price range and how much money you can borrow for your loan. Peter Warden, Editor of The Mortgage Reports, explains: “The lender will check out your personal finances and issue you a letter confirming the amount you’re eligible to borrow. This not only gives you a firm budget for house hunting, but also lets sellers know you’re qualified to make an offer.” Why does that matter so much today? There are many more buyers looking for homes today than there are homes available for sale, and that’s creating some serious competition. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average home is g...
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By Norbert Fabre, MRSA, Mold Inspector & Mold Assessor
(Indoor Microbial Specialist IMS)
Hello, ActiveRain community, this March ActiveRain Challenge 2022 has been educative and a great ice breaker not only to create an effective blog signature but to present myself to the community as well. My name is Norberto Fabre, I'm a Florida State Licensed Mold Assessor in the Fort Lauderdale area and an engineer. I decided to join ActiveRain after my mentor John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA recommended it as an opportunity to meet professionals, expand my network around Fort Lauderdale, FL and learn from the experiences of others. If you are ever in the need of mold assessments, mold remediation protocols and post-remediation verifications feel free to reach out! My contact information is on my new signature. Coming back to the main topic, I got very excited when I started reading how to cr...
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By Cary Nemeroff, Austin Lakeway Realtor Fluent in ASL Sign Language
(Keller Williams Realty Lake Travis)
Hands down, the Lake Travis area in the Hill Country has got to be one of the most topographically beautiful places to live in Texas.Just click on the link below... it's got everything!Cary Nemeroff - Lakeway, Bee Cave & Hudson Bend, Texas Expert Realtor(512) 409-4047cnemeroff@kw.comhttps://laketravis.com/visiting-lake-travis/#:~:text=Lake%20Travis%20is%20a%20BIG,maximum%20width%20is%204.5%20miles.
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By Chris Neidig, Home safe home!
(Dig's Home Inspections, LLC)
Some home buyers elect to not have a home inspection completed before they buy the home only to find out they have to make some expensive repairs.  Home inspectors are affordable.  Don't make the mistake of not hiring an inspector before you buy your home. I have over 30years in the home design business.  I have an associates in architecture, a bachelor's in engineering and my professional engineer's license in Pennsylvania.  I am an InterNACHI certified inspector.  Proudly serving northcentral Pennsylvania.Visit my website www.digshomeinspections.com and schedule an appointment now.
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By Byron Henry - eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty - Calgary)
Why Now is a Great Time to Buy a Hi-Rise Condo in Downtown CalgaryAccording to Calgary Economic Development's  Calgary Head Offices - Fact Sheet 2021, Calgary contains the highest concentration of head offices in Canada with 71% of them being oil and gas companies.Boom and Bust Leads to Head Office ReductionThe Calgary economy has been tightly tied to the oil and gas industry. When oil prices are high, the city and province reap the rewards. When prices are low, it is just the opposite. It has been a constant cycle of boom and bust.The last seven years however have seen an unprecedented exodus of head offices from the downtown core. This started with the sudden reduction in WTI crude prices from $93.17(USD) in 2014 to $48.66(USD) in 2015. This caused many oil and gas companies to re-eva...
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By SCOTT FREERKSEN, Changing lives, one lake house at a time...
(Lakefront Living Realty, LLC)
As the winter sets in and the lake starts to freeze over, the season for ice fishing is just beginning! Ice fishing is one of the most enjoyable and inexpensive winter activities. It is a perfect activity for everyone, from anglers who are just starting out to the most experienced.If you plan on going ice fishing there are some important things you should know before heading out…Safety First:You might feel a little uneasy while standing on top of the ice seeing as hypothermia is something you do not want to mess with. Therefore it is important to take the proper safety precautions. It is essential to check the thickness of the ice. This is why it’s essential to check if the ice you’re standing on is thick enough. You can do this by piercing the ice with a spud bar or an auger. A good ru...
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By Cynthia Buffington
(REeBroker Group)
Rates and terms are subject to change without notice. Actual rate will be determined after application and prior to execution of loan documents. "No Closing Costs" loans are subject to terms and conditions of Fremont Bank's Application Fee Agreement, which lists the specific costs and fees the borrower will not pay. An application fee may be required after a loan application is submitted, which will be refunded (credited) at loan closing. Borrower is responsible for paying all fees and charges imposed by an existing third party lender (such as, a payoff demand statement fee and/or a reconveyance fee) as well as any prepayment penalty imposed by any third party lender or Fremont Bank. First Mortgage Rates are for refinancing of existing loans with no cash out and no subordination of non-...
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By Karen Young
(FLORIDA REALTY)
You have to Know How to Work it in a Fast Market!Ye, thee are alot of Buyers and investors but! You have to Know how the market works to GET THE DEAL! There are savy ways now to become Special! Do you think it is by slamming in an offer>? Fast?, Creative? or Right on? Just got 2 under contract in the Last 2 days Y'all. Let's Go! Get 'em under contract! For Real!Contact me!Karen YoungFlorida RealtyTampabay Region727-455-2993Floridahomesandgardens.com
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By Dave Smith, Realtor & Mortgage Pro Business Coach
This article and blog is about writing targeted messages for your target market. I teach how to isolate your target market, and then how to use market research to gather information about that group of people to use in your Marketing Strategies …With this lesson, I am going to take this market research and use it to create a powerful Marketing message. The strength of your Marketing message lies in its ability to speak to the specific wants and desires of your target market, and tap into their emotional reactions, or hot buttons. When you push those hot buttons, you motivate your audience to act. The more people you can motivate to act, the more leads you will have in store and on the other end of the phone line, or at least in your inbox … In this article/blog, I cover:How a strong Mar...
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By Kevin Rego, IRS Collections Representation
(Rego Tax Law)
Once you are in the IRS's collection system, it is very important to know the system roadmap. Collections run in pretty much a linear manner--step by step until the collection action is resolved, the statute of limitations runs, or any number of other possible outcomes.One of the "stops" on the collection roadmap is an IRS levy. If you do not pay your taxes or make arrangements to settle your tax debt, the IRS may determine that a levy is the next appropriate action. An IRS levy permits the legal seizure of your property to satisfy a tax debt. It can be in the form of a wage garnishment, social security income offset, taking money out of your bank or financial account, seizing and selling your vehicles, real estate, and other personal property.Generally, the levy is put in place after s...
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
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By Jocelyn Ucedo, Your Island Home Finder!
(Island Homes in Puerto Rico)
Hello,For years I have been trying to understand why Puerto Rico is not added to the list.  I was working the Dominican Republic market and they added this option and I made my profile.  When I became licensed in Puerto Rico, I was told time and time again that ActiveRain does not want to add international areas- even after having been a paid member, which of course I had to cancel. Dominican Republic is international.  Also, the other US territories are added on the list. Yet PR is refused a spot.
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By Linda Peltz, It's The Sold That Counts
(eXp Realty)
There are a lot of choices you've got to choose from a new home. From location, cost or several factors that may affect the unit value. You’ll be forced to understand many things that you haven't heard before. One among the foremost ones: what type of home do you wish for? Which one will I prefer in Townhouse vs Condo ? If you’re not into a single-family home, you may consider the option of Townhouse vs Condo. Both options have similar square measure and quite a few variations. Deciding which suits your real estate needs may need a further analysis and understanding the pros and cons of each of the unit. Here’s to kickstart our knowledge about Townhouse vs Condo, especially Townhouse Fresno for your ideal home;Basic of CondoA condominium is designed pretty similarly to a flat or an apar...
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By Aura Alex, Retired Real Estate Pro
Before writing was invented, humans shared stories orally.  Ancient Chinese, Egyptians, Indians, and others told their stories and created myths and legends through drawing, painting, and poetry spanning thousands of years and several cultural milestones of human history.In modern days, we listened to our ancestors telling their stories and learned about history through many forms of communication.  A love of stories is encoded into our DNA.  Stories matter to us on a deep, emotional level. As a business owner, as a leader, as an entrepreneur, your story matters. Tell that story to your employees, investors, customers, and potential clients.  Keep them listening.  Consider why to tell your story.Create and Strengthen RelationshipsInternet-savvy consumers don't just want to "buy stuff" f...
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By Cheryl Crocitto
(Keller Williams Village Square)
Listing DetailsMixed Use for Sale, Prospect Park, NJPrice: $299,000 Taxes $7000Square Footage: 1800 Call Cheryl Crocitto 201-341-5770 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing. You Will Love the Multiple Uses of This PropertyMixed use Building for sale ! Located in primarily a residential area with schools, stores and shopping close by.  Borders Bergen County and close to major highways. Can be used as apartments / residence. Zoning is B-C Community Business: retail sales and personal services Professional executive administrative Restaurants Institutional Theatre Apartments  Financial institutions Funeral homes Recreational facility commercial or private Child-care center Contact me to see ! Great opportunity!!Don't have a use for one of the above ??  Then call m...
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By Aaron Mears, Real Estate Analyst and Writer
(House Stories)
If you are considering selling your home, chances are you will be looking for top dollar out of the deal. While there are many things one can do to help the sale process, there are also a handful of things you will want to avoid as well.  Here are 5 mistakes you will want to steer clear of when selling your home.Mistake # 1: Letting Your Emotions Run The ShowThe biggest mistake you can make is to let your emotions get in the way of good judgment when it comes to selling your dream home. The moment that you begin losing sight of practicality and reason because of an attachment to an item or a memory, it will be time to re-evaluate your strategy so as not to miss out on opportunities that might come. It's okay if you are sad about leaving a place behind, but don't lose sight of your ultim...
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By Scott Garrison, Top ORLANDO AREA Realtor…this Realtor WORKS!
(Re/Max Town & Country Realty)
Central Florida Home Prices Can't Go Straight Up Forever… …But this isn't a bubble!       Home prices in the Orlando Area and all across the United States are climbing at the fastest pace in history, eclipsing even the boom in the days leading up to the Great Recession. Bidding wars have become common, many are forced to pay all cash and some bids are coming in $1 million over asking.      It's all sparking fears that the United States is in the middle of another housing bubble that will end in a terrible crash. Industry executives and economists agree this explosion in home values is unsustainable, as home prices can't go up 20% year-over-year forever.      Yet today's housing market is very different from the mid-2000s bubble that wrecked the economy.       Unlike then, there is curre...
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