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 Cathey Lue, Follow Real Estate information
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 John Carlson, Specialists in Custom home builds, home renovation
(All American Custom Home Builders LLC)
Now that you've decided to start building your home addition, good for you! Extensions are a great way to personalize your home and add the extra space you want because you have so many options. The first step is to decide whether or not to build, but many homeowners get stuck at this point. You've heard horror stories about contractors who start work, don't care about the deadline or budget, and quit halfway through the project. You don't want a headache that costs a fortune and never gets finished in your house. You want a beautiful, useful new room! So, how can you keep your house expansion project from being held up or interrupted as little as possible?HOW TO AVOID DELAYS AND DISRUPTIONS IN BUILDING A HOME?Following are some of the ways to avoid delays and disruptions in house build...
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By Lanell Osinga, REI
(O'Spire Realty Investments, LLC)
Hi, My name is Lanell; I am a wife of nineteen years and a mother of four incredible humans. My husband joined the military, which left me to become a stay-at-home mom for quite some time. I had no desire to stay home to clean and cook for the humans God placed in my life. Little did I know my daughter would have a stroke at age five while I was thirty-eight weeks pregnant with our third child while stationed in Germany.My son was born at forty weeks, healthy and calm. I was blessed he was so quiet. It's like he knew what he would have to face in the world he was born into. While facing such devasting news about my daughter's future, we returned to the states to get proper treatment from English-speaking doctors. While living in the hospital/ rehabilitation center, we faced many defeats...
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By Ann Huddock, MN & WI REALTOR®️ with eXp Realty
(Southeast MN Homes)
It can happen in minutes — first a spark of a flame, that spreads rapidly as it searches for fuel. The next thing you know, you could have a life-threatening fire on your hands. But many fires can be prevented with these simple precautions. Most fatal fires in Minnesota happen where people feel safest — in their homes. That’s the bad news. The good news is that most fires are preventable if families simply take the time to discuss fire prevention.Some interesting MN fire facts: Home fires in Minnesota resulted in 64 deaths in 2020 and 37 in 2021. There are 725 fire departments in MN with nearly 87% of all firefighters across the state being volunteer firefighters (data source here).Minnesota wildfire danger & burning restrictions are updated daily on the MN DNR Website. And for an inter...
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By DJ Parker, Realtor serving Hampton Roads Virginia
(EXP Realty LLC)
Pros of Living in Chesapeake Virginia: Schools My #1 pro of living in Chesapeake, Virginia is the main reason my family and I live here.  Chesapeake is well known for its high ranking Public Schools.  According to, Chesapeake Public Schools are ranked 14th out of the 131 school districts in Virginia.  Additionally it was given an A- as an overall grade on that website.  Chesapeake has 7 high schools throughout the city in addition to 10 middle schools and 28 elementary schools.  If you have school aged children, the school system is definitely something you want to consider when looking where to live.  Even if you don’t have children this is an important factor as it improves the overall value of the homes in the area.    2. Crime One of the major pros of living in Chesapeake,...
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New beautiful Canopy Park in Miami BeachIn the heart of South Beach, in one of the most desirable residential areas South of Fifth, you will discover the new hidden gem Canopy Park. Located right by the upcoming Five Park luxury development, Canopy Park is an excellent addition to the area. Canopy Park consists of 3000 acres of green paradise covered the most unique spot in Miami Beach. Residents of the nearby residential towers such as Icon South Beach, Murano Grande, Continuum Miami Beach and more are regular visitors of this beautiful park.This fabulous island of Canopy Park is strewn with the greenery of various trees, flowers, shades, and palms of the Miami flora. A great place for a refreshing morning jog, evening walk, yoga, meditation, or a personal trainer session. In green lan...
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By Sakari Duvall
Imagine seeing an ad for this beautiful house with over 6,000 sq. ft for only $150,000 dollars! That would be everybody's dream and wouldn't last on the market for no longer than an hour! Now, imagine seeing that same house and going to look at it the same day, only to find out it's really listed for $1.5 million. Wouldn't that be such a disappointment after being really excited about seeing such a low price? That is why it is very important to make sure that all your information about property is factual. You will gain no clients if you can't be honest when trying to sell property. 
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Professional photography that captures the true essence of your commercial real estate property is an essential part of its appeal to any possible customers. Photographs that present your property in the most attractive and beautiful way possible make the customer more willing to inquire and invest into your property. High quality commercial real estate photography can attract the right investors, while making sure that an accurate and detailed image of the property is being put forth. Without a high quality commercial real estate photographer, most clients end up presenting a bland and forgettable perception of their property, which leads to less leverage on their behalf. There are a lot of factors that affect the quality and acceptability of the photographs captured by commercial real...
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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 Mike Powell, Hiring Another is a Red Flag You Cannot Miss
 During our wind mitigation inspections, we look for evidence of how your house was built to withstand severe winds, such as those encountered during a hurricane. These include "hip" roofs and other unique design elements (which you can read more about HERE). During the inspection, the Inspector will look at and document any construction/configuration characteristics in your home that might assist in safeguarding it against storm damage.Scientific/research-based guidelines for alerting and warning the general public about these storm-saving, safety-protecting building items are endorsed and applied by the Florida Department of Financial Services, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida's Foundation, and the Florida Safe Homes Alliance. Following this advice, you should be ...
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By Barry Nelson, CPA to assist clients with IRS issues/compliance
(Barry C. Nelson, CPA)
From the Federal Tax Weekly...A taxpayer’s offer in compromise (OIC) was rejected by the IRS when the collection specialist reviewing the file closed it and returned the OIC to the taxpayer. Because this occurred within 24 months of submission, the Tax Court rejected the taxpayer’s argument that the OIC had been accepted under the deemed acceptance rule. 
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By Ember Storrs, Earning a license for the "what ifs" of tomorrow.
(Storrs & Such)
Remember when you were young 😉 & didn't even know the important questions to ask...that is how I feel posting to a community of experienced professionals.I have worked in K-12 public education for almost 30 years.  I have been going back to school every year since I was 5 years old.  Teaching high school math and helping teachers is wonderful.What's scary and amazing to me about real estate?How each of you found a brokerage to hang your license with initially - seems to be a big step.  
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By Brenton Segler
    It was amazing to me how many videos there were on the dishonesty portion of the course. While searching on YouTube, there were many different videos that showed how dishonest people were even with simple little acts. There was one video that stood out to me when a guy who dropped money and the majority of people picked it up and claimed it as their own instead of giving it back to him. This made me think of how quickly one small dishonest act can ruin someones reputation for life.
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By WE Buy Houses ddd, We Buy Houses Fast
(We Buy Houses In Dallas)
Relocating When You Own a House In DFWRelocating When You Own a House is a complicated exercise in coordination. We get local Dallas home sellers calling us or submitting their house info on this website every week saying “I’m relocating and need to sell my house in Dallas“.  The great thing is that we’re able to help a good many of those sellers sell their house quickly (because we’re actively buying houses in Dallas right now!).There’s an insane amount of details to keep together, plus the stress of whatever is making you move in the first place – often it’s a new job or a sick relative, but the true need to move always comes with a dramatic change.So how do you make the most out of a difficult situation?Don’t Agonize – Organize.You don’t want to be in a situation where you end up pay...
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By Seán Milroy, GM - Nation-wide Private Money Lender/Broker
(Sandy Beach Capital, LLC)
Do you need money for investment properties? I have more funds than deals. We are a Private Money Lender/Broker. Investment properties 1-4 unit residential properties.New investors welcome.  We lend on the strength of you deal, so your credit score won't hold you back.  Call or click today.   (You Can Even Apply Online!) Sandy Beach Capital, LLC. Call Us Toll Free in the USA:  1~800~369~3797 "We have all the dollars you need."        
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By Catherine Emert, Residential, land, commercial, businesses
(Strategic Realty, LLC)
Developed in 1972, Crooked River Ranch was originally meant to be a destination resort. Now covering over 10,000 areas it is home to over 2,500 privately owned lots in 16 separate phases. The homes are a great mix of single-family homes and manufactured homes with each being it's own unique property. All lots are divided into 1, 2 and 5 acre parcels giving each owner plenty of space! Did you know that Crooked River Ranch is also in BOTH Deschutes County and Jefferson County?At Strategic Realty, LLC we want to make sure our clients have as much information as possible to help them make the hard decisions when it comes to buying and selling homes. If you are in need of a real estate broker we would love to have the opportunity to represent you! Give us a call at 541-595-8444 or if you pre...
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It was really interesting to notice as I took the required 120 hour pre-licensing classes, just how much of it consisted on lessons promoting honesty. At first I was impressed! Wow, I'm so glad they're putting so much emphasis on this! Then I started to have different thoughts come to my mind: Isn't being honest just a normal everyday thing for most people? I believe it is! And because I believe that way, and live my life that way, it's easy to spot those who aren't living according to the same code.  Cliche as it may sound, doing unto others as you'd have them do unto you, really sums all of this up. We are surrounded by abundance! There is more than enough for each of us to go around, and if we're struggling, there are so many places to go to get you unstuck. Life is a work in progres...
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By Shaun Bannon, Home Inspectors Serving NC & SC
(Bannon Home Inspections )
1. Lot grading and drainage have a significant impact on the building, due to the direct and indirect damage that moisture can have on the foundation. It is especially important that surface runoff water be adequately diverted away from the home. Lot grading should slope away and fall a minimum of one (1) inch every foot for a distance of six (6) feet around the perimeter of the building.Read more here.Bannon Home Inspections provides quality, affordable home inspection service solutions to the greater Charlotte, NC area including: Monroe, Gastonia, Concord, Rock Hill, Fort Mill and more. Learn more about how we can help you by visiting our website. 
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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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