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 David Liberatore, GRI, CLHMS, SRS, AHWD, ABR®
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Atchley Properties)
Hiring a Contractor Checklist and TipsChecklist compiled the top 10 tips to consider when selecting a contractor for your home renovation project. From getting multiple estimates to checking the contractor's insurance and bonding, it's crucial to do your due diligence before making a decision. Taking your time, getting everything in writing, and understanding your right to cancel are key steps in ensuring a successful renovation process. Anticipating delays and keeping a thorough job file can also help you navigate any challenges that may arise. Follow these tips to hire a contractor that meets your needs and delivers quality work for your home improvement project.Key Takeaways: Get Multiple Estimates: Compare at least three written estimates from different contractors to ensure you're ...
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By Sean Harron, Home Builder, Land Developer and Realtor
(Dirt Road Real Estate / AZ Rural Land Pro)
Buying rural property Buying rural land can be a rewarding investment and lifestyle choice, but it comes with its own set of considerations. Here are some important tips to keep in mind when purchasing rural land: Research Zoning Laws and Restrictions: Understand the zoning regulations and any restrictions that apply to the land. This includes knowing if there are any limitations on building structures, farming activities, or other land uses. Make sure to research any CC&R’s that might be in place. Restrictive conditions might easily upset your whole apple cart. Survey the Land: Get a professional land survey done to determine property boundaries, easements, and any encroachments. This will help prevent boundary disputes in the future. Many of the rural parcels in my area have very good...
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By Tanzania Daniel, REALTOR | REALTIST serving the Metro Atlanta area
(eXp Realty LLC)
Search current inventory of Homes for Sale in Clayton CountyListing DetailsCharming Home for Sale in Clayton County!!8354 Willows Terrace, Riverdale, GA 30274Price: $269,500MLS number: 10266020Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 3Square Footage: 1614Call Tanzania Daniel (REALTOR) at 770-355-5128 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing. Don't Miss the Chance to Own this Spacious Home in Riverdale!This charming split-level abode offers comfort, convenience, and style. With 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a versatile flex room, there's ample space for your family to thrive. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by the warmth of new carpeting and freshly painted walls throughout the home. The inviting den features durable laminate flooring, perfect for both relaxation and entertainm...
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By Abby Riordan, Putting in the miles for your perfect deal.
(Real Broker)
The younger the agent the better?? There exists a common stereotype that younger adults venturing into the real estate industry lack the experience and knowledge compared to their older counterparts. However, it’s essential to recognize the numerous advantages associated with engaging a younger agent in this field. These advantages include fresh perspectives, technological proficiency, greater accessibility to younger clientele, and a high level of energy and enthusiasm that can drive exceptional service and results. If someone has decided to pursue and successfully obtain their real estate license at such a young age, shouldn’t that be seen as an accomplishment and someone that is a responsible and dedicated person?
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By Abigail Bullock, In the process of obtaining my Real Estate License
As I have been learning about real estate, I have found interest in disciplinary actions that occur through out the state of Utah. I was unaware of how serious the consequences were and that the actions are posted for the public to view. During my research, the majority of disciplinary actions were due to criminal convictions in Utah. Do you know someone that has been on the disciplinary action list? Is so, what was the reason?
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Real estate transactions are complex symphonies conducted by a diverse ensemble of agents and principals, each playing a crucial role in the buying, selling, or leasing of properties. Agents, including real estate agents/brokers, buyer's agents, and seller's agents, act as facilitators, leveraging their expertise and market knowledge to guide clients through the intricacies of the process. For instance, Mark, a seasoned real estate agent, assists first-time homebuyer Sarah in finding her dream home, while Rachel, a buyer's agent, helps John and Emily navigate a new city's housing market. On the other side of the coin, principals—the buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants—make the ultimate decisions regarding properties. Sellers like Maria trust agents like Michael to market their prope...
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By Kalynn Bustle, Real Estate Agent Serving Statesvillle & surround
(Real, Broker LLC)
Happy Monday!!This weeks “Deal of the week”! 3 bedroom 2 bathroom 1598 Square Feet .57 acre Super nice neighborhood Great location Updated kitchen, flooring, master bath and more! Under $400,000!   Presented By: Kalynn Bustle 704-450-4009 Real, Broker LLC   283 Alpine Circle, Statesville, NC 28625
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By Heather Seropian, As a REALTOR®, Heather provides superior service.
(Meant2b Realty)
Announcement! Exciting Opportunity: Desirable Pool Home Now Available for Sale! OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhoodOpen House $573,900 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 2,187 sqftLot: 10,000 sqftYear Built: 2017MLS #: RX-10954482 Location 1619 SW Escobar LanePort Saint Lucie, FL 34953USA Heather Marie Seropian Meant2b Realty(954) 734-0558heathermeant2b@gmail.com      Listed by: Edward Myers Our recent listings Announcement! Exciting Opportunity: Desirable Pool Home Now Available for Sale! | $573,900 | Port Saint Lucie, FLIncredible Rental Opportunity for a Pool Home! | $3,500 | Port Saint Lucie, FLPrime Oceanfront Development Opportunity on Hutchinson Island | $2,200,000 | Jensen Beach, FL...
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By Boko Media, Texas Real Estate Photography Experts
(Boko Media)
As the real estate marketing industry continues to evolve, so too must the businesses that operate within it. This rings especially true for Boko Media, a leading player in the Austin real estate photography industry, which has recently made a significant move to expand its footprint in Central Texas.It is with great excitement that we announce the opening of our new office in Horseshoe Bay. This strategic decision comes in response to the soaring demand for our services in the Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay real estate market. The vibrant community and burgeoning business landscape make Horseshoe Bay an ideal location for our expansion efforts.Central Texas Real Estate Photography HubWith this new office, Boko Media aims to establish a central hub in an area that is experiencing rapid ...
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By Peter Fife, Realtor in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley
(Peter Fife with Coldwell Banker Northland)
Navigating the landscape of home financing can often feel like trekking through a dense forest, full of unknowns and possibilities. Especially in a scenic locale like Prescott, Arizona, where the allure of owning a home is as captivating as the city's natural beauty. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or looking to expand your investment portfolio, understanding the myriad of financing options available to you is crucial. This comprehensive guide aims to illuminate the path to securing the right financing for your dream home in Prescott, ensuring your journey is as smooth and informed as possible.A Spectrum of Financing OptionsThe world of real estate financing is vast and varied, offering a palette of options to suit different needs and circumstances. Let's look at the most prominen...
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By Spencer Rivers, Specialist in marketing Calgary luxury homes
(Synterra Realty)
Calgary Real Estate Market April 2024 Update: Key Insights for Home Buyers and Sellers [Comprehensive Guide]The Calgary real estate market for April 2024 is a critical focal point for home buyers and sellers alike. Staying informed about the latest trends, statistics, and insights in Calgary's real estate landscape is paramount for making informed decisions. As a home buyer or seller, understanding the current market conditions can significantly impact your real estate journey.In this update, we delve into the key trends and statistics shaping the Calgary real estate market in April 2024. A deep dive into the market data can provide valuable insights for those looking to buy or sell properties in Calgary. By staying abreast of the market dynamics, you can position yourself strategically...
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By Kymberli McDowell
(Raise the Rank)
Hey there, friends! Have you ever wondered how to keep your sinks and toilets happy and running smoothly? Well, you're in luck because today Admiral Plumbingtn is going to talk about some super simple tricks to keep your drains clear and clog-free, whether it's in the kitchen, bathroom, or toilet. Let's dive in!Tricks for Kitchen Sinks: No Grease, please: When you're cooking up a storm in the kitchen, it's important to remember not to pour grease down the sink. Grease might look all liquid when it's hot, but as it cools down, it can turn into a sticky mess that clogs up your pipes. Instead, let the grease cool off in a container and throw it in the trash. Be Kind to Your Garbage Disposal: Garbage disposals are like superheroes for your sink, but they have their limits too. Avoid shoving...
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By Star Real Estate, Premier Realtor in California
(Star Real Estate)
Whether you're looking to buy your dream home in Roseville or sell your property  for top dollar, Star Real Estate is your trusted partner in navigating the Roseville real estate market with ease and confidence. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the essential steps, expert tips, and invaluable insights to help you make the most informed decisions when buying or selling a home in Roseville. Understanding the Roseville Real Estate Market: It's important to understand the current situation of the Roseville real estate market before beginning the purchasing or selling process. Roseville is a dynamic real estate market with shifting house prices, variable inventory levels, and changing buyer preferences because of its advantageous location, strong economy, and variety of housing ...
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By Jeromy Black, Aspiring agent
Let us talk about your license and how to lose it before you even have it. Most people would never willingly break rules, but it happens. Intentionally or not, if you break rules your license could be suspended and you will likely face sanctions from the commission. One individual in charge of a campground and paid a portion of the campsite fees faced legal trouble since neither himself nor the owner were aware that he needed a real estate license to do so but still faced a $5,000 fine. This could also be considered incompetency for not researching the requirements for such a position, which is another way to lose your license. While he could still get a license after facing the sanctions of the commission and paying his fine it could cause anyone who looks him up to have doubts due to ...
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By Marina Ellis, I am writer by choice
(Sterling Homes Edmonton)
Building your dream home can be an unbelievably rewarding experience, offering the ultimate in customization and personalization. However, starting on this journey can feel daunting, especially if you're exploring the process for the first time. But fear not! With careful planning, the right home builder, and a clear understanding of the steps involved, building your dream home in Canada can be a smooth and even stress-free experience.   This guide will provide you with the knowledge & resources, including the best home builder Edmonton, to make informed decisions and confidently begin the journey.  Is Building a Home the Right Move for You?It's important to determine whether construction is the correct decision for you before jumping in wholeheartedly. Consider your timeframe, desired ...
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By Misti Davis
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Seems like a straightforward scenario, right? Well as a matter of fact, it is pretty straightforward when it comes to what you do that can jeopardize a real estate license. What is less straight forward is which classification your infraction will fall under. There are so many to choose from, and very likely if you have committed an action that qualifies as one of them, it will likely constitute as another one as well! I am not sure how the regulation authorities handle such complaints, as I am still new to this education, but how interesting it must be to hear some of these disciplinary meetings. For example, let's say that there was an agent who completed the documentation that was needed and received funds due, then when it came to getting that documentation where it needed to go, th...
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In a landmark decision that promises to reshape the landscape of real estate brokerage, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has reached a proposed $418 million settlement in a lawsuit concerning real estate commissions. This pivotal moment marks a significant shift in the way real estate services and compensation are managed, offering both challenges and opportunities for realtors. Here’s what you need to understand about the changes ahead… The Essence of the SettlementThe NAR has brokered a deal to settle claims related to broker commissions, a move aimed at eliminating litigation for over one million NAR members and numerous real estate entities. This settlement, pending court approval, encompasses all NAR members, state/territorial and local REALTOR® associations, association-...
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Are you planning a getaway to the beautiful Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area? Look no further than our exquisite condo rentals, where luxury meets comfort, and breathtaking views await you at every turn. Whether you're seeking a romantic escape, a family adventure, or a relaxing retreat with friends, our Gulf Shores Orange Beach condo rentals provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable vacation.Gulf Shores Condo Rentals: Your Gateway to ParadiseImagine waking up to the sound of gentle waves lapping against the shore, with the sun peeking through your window, inviting you to start another day in paradise. Our Gulf Shores condo rentals offer just that and more. Nestled along the stunning coastline of Alabama's Gulf Coast, our properties provide direct access to pristine beaches, whe...
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By Dan McElfresh, Your St. Louis real estate & lifestyle guide
(St. Louis Living powered by ExP Realty)
Purchasing a home is a milestone that many of us dream of, but the journey to turning that key for the first time can be filled with uncertainty and stress. That's where Emily and the team at Flat Branch Home Loans shine, transforming the daunting into the doable, the complex into the clear.The Journey to Mortgage MasteryEmily's venture into the mortgage industry was sparked by her own home-buying experience. Understanding firsthand the rollercoaster of emotions and the avalanche of questions that come with purchasing a home, she embarked on a mission: to demystify the mortgage process for others. Emily is not just any loan officer; she's a guide, a supporter, and, most importantly, a listener who knows that at the heart of every mortgage is a dream waiting to be realized.A Personal Tou...
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By Chris Tritter, Home Inspector for Calgary & Surrounding Areas
(The Calgary Home Inspector Corp.)
Purchasing your first home is a thrilling adventure, filled with hopes and dreams of the future. Yet, amidst this excitement, it's essential to ground your decision in the reality of the home's condition. This is where the crucial role of a home inspection comes into play. For first-time buyers, understanding and participating in this process is vital, not just for peace of mind but also for the longevity and safety of your investment.Understanding the Purpose of a Home InspectionA home inspection is a thorough examination of the property's physical structure and systems, from the roof down to the foundation. For a first-time buyer, this process serves as a safeguard against unseen issues, offering a transparent view of the home's condition. It's an educational opportunity, providing a ...
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