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 Chris Steele, Investment Sales Broker in San Francisco Bay Area
(Equity Real Estate Solutions RE/MAX GOLD)
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Welcome to Tomasini Canyon Road!  Fabulous 4.19 acre Tomales Bay view lot available to build your dream home.  Highly desirable location at the gateway to the Point Reyes National Seashore with rolling hills and coastal living.  Zoning C-ARP-3.  Great opportunity. More information >>
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By Doug Anderson
(Blue Fence Real Estate)
Looking for a new home in Libertyville? Look no further! Our website is updated every 10 minutes directly from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and offers a wide selection of homes for sale in  Libertyville, Illinois, making it easy  to find the perfect home for you. From charming historic homes to modern new construction,  Libertyville offers a home for every taste and budget. Whether you're looking for a comfortable starter home or a luxury estate, our site has something for everyone.Our website is designed with your comfort in mind, making it easy to search for homes based on your  needs and preferences. You can search by price, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and more.  Additionally, we provide detailed information about each home and...
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By Marissa Sutorius
Hello!For my first blog entry I wanted to focus on an issue that has been effecting the real estate community and customers for as long as it has been around. Unfortunately we sometimes have to work with dishonest people and that can be very challenging. They can effect the way that you are working by being a potential influence or they can create a unstable work environment. I truly believe that if everyone was a little more honest, the world could get so much better.  The kind of people who are dishonest in their work, don’t care about the real estate community.  Their focus and drive is only money oriented.  It is unfortunate that this goes on, but with more awareness, hopefully we can root those guys out. 
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By Bruce Breton, Content Marketer For MyState MLS - New Agent
(MY State MLS)
Texas is the home of one of the best barbecue briskets, a large population, and a strong feeling of pride in this State. Texas also offers lower living costs than other regions of the United States and reasonable median home prices.However, buying your first home may take a lot of work, particularly in areas with higher costs, such as Austin. If you need a little help to become a Texas homeowner, one of these programs for first-time buyers will offer a lower interest rate, closing cost, and down amount aid.Fourth Texas Loan for First-time Homebuyers.Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and The Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) provide various opportunities for prospective Texas homeowners.TDHCA My First Texas HomeThis program is only available to fi...
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By Lisa Carroll, Real Estate Team serving the Greater Tampa Area
(Team TLC - Mihara & Associates, Inc)
Our family enjoys using our pool year round in our Land O Lakes, Florida home. Many people heat the pool in the winter and enjoy year round use. While we do not heat ours we enjoy the hot tub during the colder months and the refreshing pool in the warmer months. The pool area becomes part of the living and entertainment space because of our beautiful year round warmer climate!Owning a pool in Florida can be a great way to enjoy the warm climate and make the most of your outdoor space. Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about owning a pool in Florida:Maintenance: Pools require regular maintenance to keep them clean and safe for swimming. This includes regularly testing the chemical balance of the water, cleaning the pool walls and floor, and maintaining the filtration a...
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By Alexa Bergstrom, Property manager from the city of Fort Worth
When purchasing an old house, it is essential to remember that some need repairs before being sold. This could include electrical problems, roof leaks and foundation cracks.Home renovations are an excellent way to increase the value of your property and attract more potential buyers. Before beginning renovations, however, make sure there are no problems present so as to save time and money in the long run.If you plan to do your own home remodeling, make sure that you hire qualified professionals for assistance. Doing so will guarantee the best results and that the work is completed promptly.These professionals can be found at trade shows or by asking around in your vicinity. These individuals may provide some helpful tips and tricks for completing your home improvement project quickly a...
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By Troy Emehiser, Real estate agent serving metro Phoenix (westside)
(Realty One Group)
What social media platform seems to give you your best interactions and potential leads?
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By Susanna Haynie, Real estate agent serving El Paso & Teller county
(CORE Group, LLC)
It’s hard to believe it’s almost Valentine’s Day here in Colorado Springs. We hope you’ve had a good start to 2023 and had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve had. We created a list with a variety of options to celebrate the occasion. You’re in luck if you’re hoping to plan something a little different this year. We love a good list of activities, so be sure to check out our other offerings. You can bookmark them or pin them for later: Things to Do in Colorado Springs, Things to Do This Spring, Fall Activities Near Colorado Springs, and Top 10 Colorado Springs Christmas Activities.{Click here to subscribe to our blog to receive updates about Colorado Springs lifestyle, home ownership, and real estate}Here is our Valentine’s Day list for 2023:#1 DATE WITH YOUR DOG MOVIE NIGHT, ...
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By Christina OHalloran, Serving the Lake Sunapee Region
(O'Halloran Group, Keller Williams Lakes and Mountains Realty)
The desirability of the Lake Sunapee market continues to increase, keeping options limited. In 2022 there were 17 waterfront property sales on Lake Sunapee (compared to 19 in 2021 and 25 in 2020). The average sales price increased by $1,800,000 since 2019 and the cost per foot of Lake Sunapee waterfront has practically doubled from 2021.Out of the 17 waterfront sales, 4 were in Sunapee, 7 in Newbury and 6 in New London. View our 2022 Lake Sunapee Waterfront report at report covers Lake Sunapee homes sales going back to 2003 including median and average sales price, days on market, total sales volumes and number of sales by town.   
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By Jack Rupp, We provide quality built homes in Cincinnati.
(Ashford Homes)
At Ashford Homes, we provide quality built homes with values you can appreciate. But we don’t stop there! We are also dedicated to providing exceptional customer service before, during and after the purchase of your home. We build in a variety of neighborhoods with price ranges to compliment every lifestyle. We pride ourselves in understanding your needs and desires and will help you determine the best community, home design, homesite, and finance program for your family. Our carefully selected staff is committed to making your dream a reality.Services: Community, Market homes, Single family homes, real estate, custom built homes, custom home builder, home builder, property development company, quality built homes, property developerAreas: Trails of Greycliff, Franklin Twp, Sonoma Trail...
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By Ted Wedewer, Mortgage broker serving throughout Colorado.
If you’re in the process of buying a home, you’ve probably heard a bit about FHA loans. This type of home loan might be an ideal choice for you, depending on your circumstances. But before you pursue a loan that’s wrong for you, or worse, take out a loan that doesn’t give you what you need or desire, it’s important to understand exactly what FHA loans are and how they might apply to your situation.This article will provide an in depth look into FHA loans, who can benefit from them, who is eligible to receive them, and how they work.What is an FHA Loan?The FHA in FHA Loan stands for Federal Housing Administration, and the reason for that is that the FHA is the government agency that makes these loans possible. They do so by providing mortgage insurance on loans made by FHA approved lende...
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By Best Fort Myers Real Estate, Fort Myers Real Estate
(Best Fort Myers Real Estate)
If you are looking for Fort Myers Real Estate and homes for sale in Fort Myers, FL, there are many options available. The city is known for its beautiful beaches, warm weather, and vibrant community, making it a popular destination for both residents and tourists. There are many different neighborhoods and communities to choose from, each offering its own unique style and amenities. You can find a variety of homes for sale in Fort Myers, ranging from single-family homes to condominiums, townhomes, and more. There are many affordable options available, as well as luxury properties for those who are looking for more high-end features and amenities. The prices of homes for sale in fort myers in Fort Myers can vary greatly depending on the size, location, and age of the property. If you are...
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By Cassisy Lynch-Solis, A real estate student
Dishonesty in any work place is frowned upon, but when working face to face with principals and their hard earned money... Unacceptable. I am new to the real estate world (still taking classes) and learning on the 21 ways to lose a license. This has to be the most common sensed way to lose a license. It also falls into almost all the other 21 ways as well. Who wants an agent who is dishonest with your money? your future? Nobody is the right answer. And who wants to hire a liar? someone who can not be trusted? Again, nobody. When you think about your future in real estate think about the people you are going to be blessed to come into contact with, and grateful to work with, and really think about how you would want to be treated in that situation. Don't take advantage of your future!
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By Nephi Sorenson, experienced real estate agent
(Nephi Home)
Are you in the market for a new home? If so, you may want to consider the state of Utah as your next destination. With its stunning natural beauty, thriving economy, and friendly communities, Utah has a lot to offer those in search of a new place to call home. Stunning Natural Beauty: Utah is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, from the red rock formations of southern Utah to the snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch Mountains. Whether you're looking for a peaceful retreat in the countryside or a bustling city with access to outdoor recreation, Utah has something to offer everyone. Thriving Economy: Utah's economy is booming, with a low unemployment rate and a high rate of job growth. This makes it an attractive place to live for those looking to start a career or grow their business. ...
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By Zachary Boutin, CPA, Oregon's Tax Problem Solver
(First Response Resolution, LLC)
Welcome to the first blog post from First Response Resolution, LLC! We are a specialty tax firm located in Eagle Point Oregon and the focus of my practice is solving tax problems for individuals and businesses and representing taxpayers before the IRS and State Departments of Revenue. We offer our services online nationwide from the comfort of our client's homes and will provide services on-site to businesses in our area upon request. The goal of this blog is to provide insight and information that is helpful to real estate professionals and the community at large. As we continue to post additional content, feel free to reach out with specific requests for topics that would be useful to you or your clients.Taxes are complicated and tax problems can be incredibly stressful. The longer th...
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By Breanna Archuleta
While learning the 21 ways to lose your real estate license, the top one that stuck out the most to me was Failure to respond.While most of us know how complex and crazy life can be and how it can certainly get at times, having a career in the real estate industry can add to that stress but what if it meant losing the livelihood it gives you? By failing to respond to inquiries and failing to respond to when something has taken place that the Utah department of Commerce needs to documentation for can lead to you losing your license or being placed on probation.Failure to respond could also lead to not maintaining clientele, I personally don't think I would be able to entrust a agent, or broker if they did not respond in a timely manner.I do find failure to respond coincides with not givi...
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By Jeff Cody, Cash Home Buyer & Investor
(NextBridge Home Solutions, LLC)
How To Sell A House In Probate You may have heard the term "Probate" before, but not really understood what that means, let alone how to sell a house during a probate. Very simply, "Probate" is the legal process of how a deceased person's property is properly and legally transferred to the heirs so that they can hold title, sell the property, or otherwise take action on a piece of property after a loved one passes away. Probate is easier if the estate has a will or living trust that explicitly outlines the wishes of the deceased.  They will name beneficiaries, an executor, and instructions for the distribution of your property.  The Executor is in charge of overseeing the wishes of the estate. When it comes to real estate in Probate, we are talking about the process a house needs to go ...
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By Kelly McQuien, Greater Scottsdale, AZ Home Sales (480) 923-5174
(eXp Realty)
Scottsdale and Paradise Valley AZ HikingScottsdale and Paradise Valley Arizona offer some of the most scenic, picturesque hiking trails in the country!  The area provides a diverse range of outdoor experiences, from easy strolls through the desert to challenging hikes up towering mountains. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just looking for a leisurely nature walk, there's something for everyone in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Many trails offer unique experiences and breathtaking views, making them popular destinations for both locals and tourists.  It is recommended to come prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen, a completely charged cell phone, and appropriate gear.  Please follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural beauty of the area.Popular Hikes in Scottsdale an...
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By Tammy young, Accurate Building Company is more than qualified a
When protecting your home from the elements, your roof and gutters are essential. Without them, your home’s systems will be exposed to harmful elements that can cause damage and even depreciate its value.It’s crucial to find a reliable North Myrtle Beach roofing company that can help keep your home’s roof and gutters in good condition. A professional roofer should be able to promptly inspect your property and provide an estimate for any necessary repairs.A North Myrtle Beach roofing company can also install and repair your home’s roof if it needs to be replaced due to storm damage or aging. These contractors can use various materials, including metal, tile, and asphalt.They’re licensed and insured so that you can trust them with your property’s exterior. They offer free estimates and ar...
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