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 Edward Kingsnorth, 3D Solutions for the Luxury Real Estate Market
You may be sick of hearing all the time that “you have stand out from your competitors,” but it’s true, especially when selling high end real estate. Obviously this is easier said than done, but there are several ways of enhancing your real estate marketing strategy in order to achieve this, with offering photorealistic renderings being one of them. 3D architectural renderings are pretty standard in the real-estate market these days, but many people fail to see the importance of achieving top quality when offering these renderings. For those of new to 3d world, architectural 3D rendering is a tool that is used primarily to market unbuilt properties and help architects show their clients what unbuilt property will look like once construction has finished. Obviously there are cases where ...
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You’ve seen the “we buy houses in Pennsauken” and “cash for houses” signs all around town when you’re driving around… even in other cities across NJ … so who are these cash house buyers in Pennsauken NJ?  Are they legit? How does it work?  Who should I trust? We’ll dive into these questions here in this article… and don’t be afraid if you have other questions to hit us up on our Contact page or comment at the bottom of this article anytime as well!Selling Fast: Who Are The Cash House Buyers in Pennsauken NJ?Selling your home in today’s real estate market, isn’t always the easiest thing to do.If you need to sell fast due to divorce, job loss, pressures of relocation, or any other of life’s tribulations, this process can be especially formidable.Luckily, there are ways for you as a local ...
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Braden Group buys 1-4 unit single-family houses for cash in the Oklahoma City metro that could be facing foreclosure, requiring extensive repairs, with fire damage or undesirable tenants. Our capital independence and market flexibility allow us to close on properties quickly and as-is for fair prices with cash payments. We leverage our extensive network of homeowners, realtors, landlords, property wholesalers, and local investors to maximize your selling experience, including: Reasonable, no-obligation estimates within 24 hours Closing as fast as 7 days—no wait period Scheduling on your terms and your time Accepting property as-is—no inspections and no requirement to clean, repair, or renovate the property Cash for your property Visit us today!
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For many investors, real estate is a very attractive value, but at the same time unknown. If you are planning to make a real estate investment there are some important points that you should consider.Although it is widely accepted that a strong real estate investment has the potential to generate considerable returns, until recently, relatively few investors had the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with this asset class. And despite its many advantages, real estate is a complex type of investment. Although there is currently a wide availability of opportunities to invest in real estate, it is important to know how to approach all kinds of real estate investment methods, both active and passive, from rental properties to crowfunding platforms like housers.com.But before making a...
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The land has generally been a road for impressive speculation essentially and ventures opportunity for High Net-worth Individuals, Financial foundations just as people taking a gander at reasonable options for putting away cash among stocks, bullion, property, and different roads. The cash put resources into the property for its pay and capital development turns out steady and unsurprising revenue restores, like that of bonds offering both a standard profit from speculation, if the property is leased just as probability of capital appreciation. Like any remaining speculation choices, land venture additionally has certain dangers connected to it, which is very not the same as different speculations. The accessible speculation openings can extensively be sorted into private, business offi...
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According to https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title13/Chapter11A/C13-11a_1800010118000101.pdf, here is the law:Chapter 11aTruth in Advertising13-11a-1 Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to prevent deceptive, misleading, and false advertising practicesand forms in Utah. This chapter is to be construed to accomplish that purpose and not to prohibitany particular form of advertising so long as it is truthful and not otherwise misleading or deceptive.Enacted by Chapter 205, 1989 General Session13-11a-2 Definitions. As used in this chapter:(1) "Advertisement" means any written, oral, or graphic statement or representation made bya supplier in connection with the solicitation of business. It includes, but is not limited to,communication by noncable television systems, radio, printed brochures, ...
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By The Residential Buyer - North Carolina, The Residential Buyer | Top Dollar Offer to Sell Y
(The Residential Buyer)
If you’ve inherited a home or are knee deep in navigating through probate, it can be difficult to grasp the tax implications on the sales proceeds you receive. Here’s some common questions we’re going to breakdown: Will the “home sale tax exclusion” apply to a inherited/probate property? What is “stepped-up” basis and how does it impact taxation on an inherited property? How do I calculate “capital gains” tax on the sale price of an Inherited property? How do I calculate “capital loss” on the sale price of an Inherited property? Do I need to pay FEDERAL estate taxes on a probate property? Do I need to pay STATE estate taxes on the probate property? When do I become responsible for Property Taxes on an inherited property? How soon until can I sell this inherited home? Tax laws can alrea...
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By Gerold Ausbon II, Available to assist with all Real Estate matters
(Realty ONE Group (Summerlin))
When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top four recommended repairs to make before selling your home.Repaint wallsGiving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.Repair floorsHardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their bestby fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider repla...
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It's important to let your client know what to expect before the closing experience.  For example, buyers will want to make sure sellers' close dates match their mortgage lenders' timelines. By setting expectations you are taking control of the transaction. Make sure to work with top home inspectors and title companies in your region to assure prompt service.  There should be no surprises upon a closing time!
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By Jason Polancich, MLS listings plugins for websites
(MyOwnMLS)
www.crystaltowe.com Squarespace is slowly but very surely becoming the website platform of choice for small businesses across all industries. In particular, real estate agents and brokerages are beginning to embrace the platform in numbers. Courtesy of Drift Why all the success? Let’s run down some Squarespace advantages: All-in-one platform for small business with website, blogging, email marketing, and SEO Managed SSL certificates for data security 24/7 support via email, phone, or chat Custom domain names Mobile-optimized for any device Highly-affordable website plans Lots of 3rd party business & marketing integrations Wide variety of pre-built and beautiful templates Social integration, as well as Google Maps “Popovers” and “Toaster” for lead collection Faster custom development fo...
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As I am studying to become a Real Estate Agent I learned about transaction agents. I wonder who would want to hire a transaction agent?I am a homeowner and when buying a house I would not have hired someone as a transaction agent. I think Homie does that in a sense. I preferred having a buyer agent. The one who helped me was very personalized and knowledgeable. She is the one who got me started looking into becoming a real estate agent. What are your thoughts about transaction agents?
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By Jim Smrt, Reno Custom Home Builder
(LakeCrest Builders)
 The median house price in Reno reached surpassed $500,00 with no signs of slowing. This begs the question: Who is buying up all the new homes in Reno, NV? We're experienced home builders in the area and we work with locals, out-of-state, and foreign clients. The answer is that people from all walks of life are buying homes in the area as a place to live and as an investment. Reno presents a unique opportunity to live in a thriving city with jobs and business while being close to nature and enjoying beautiful weather throughout the year. We're only a short drive away from Lake Tahoe and numerous scenic mountains. The primary demographic that owns most homes in the area are baby boomers with disposable income. They don't buy new builds in Reno to show off, but as an investment opportunit...
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By Jett Arcy, Houses For Sale Thornlands
Due to a large number of facilities and employment opportunities in Australia, people are moving to Australia. Moreover, people want to settle in Australia with their families, but finding it difficult to select their homes for sale. If you are one of them and need an experienced real estate agent in Australia, then visit Soho Property Pte Ltd. For more information about houses for sale in Thorlands, visit the website.
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Planning Rockport Vacation fishing can be an ultimate bonding experience. Or if you are going to marry, it can be a great bachelor party daytime activity, just a spontaneous weekend trip, or family vacation. Get a group of friends out on the water with some rods and tackle brings you closer.A fishing trip can be a story to be told for a lifetime; unfortunately, a terrible fishing trip can be just as memorable. With the great outdoors, the unpredictability of weather, an uneven bite, there is a lot to plan to make sure you have fun. Here is the surefire way to plan a fishing trip, have a look: Pick the right spot Find the right body of water is a very crucial part. If you are camping, make sure there is a nearby campground accessible for everyone you are bringing. If required, look up ba...
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By Kyle Scott, Home & Termite Inspector Serving San Antonio
(Ensure Home Inspections)
Getting ready to sell your San Antonio Home? Want to ensure the smoothest transaction possible? Take these steps to make the buyer's home inspector a happy camper. Doing these things may prevent the home inspector from having to make a return visit on the seller's dime! If you're a homeowner and have a home inspection scheduled in the near future, we've compiled a list of things that may really help speed up the process and give you a better, more accurate report. In addition, a lot of the items listed can also be indicative of the condition of the home to a potential buyer. Utilities Turned ONMake sure the water, electricity, and gas are turned on. A home inspector can't effectively inspect some systems or components without these utilities. If any of these are turned off at time of in...
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By Claire Hudson
Money problems are a possible way to lose your real estate license. Failing to pay, borrowing clients' money, using the money for unintended purposes, and combining personal accounts with those meant for work are some examples of many mistakes that can cause a person to lose their license. Many people will trust a licensee in handling their funds. It is important that the licensee is trustworthy and responsible with their money to avoid disciplinary actions and ruining an agent's reputation. 
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By Connie Nowell, Creative Real Estate Buying and Selling Specialist
(SWFL Homes LLC)
So, I've sold all of my listings in SW Florida!  Recently I've been working with buyers trying to help them find a home.   Oh, my!  This market has changed, and so quickly!  It was nice when I was selling my listings.  The buyers were fighting for the homes I had for sale.   Now, dealing with the other side of the transaction, helping buyers, is quite painful.  All those buyers who drug their feet and waited.  They've got to be kicking themselves!  Every home I see has multiple offers and seems to be over priced.   Housing is out of control!  How long this will last, who can say?  New construction is booming now.  I remember when nearly all the builders when bankrupt and closed their shops.  For nearly 10 years, very little construction happened in our area.  We're making up for it now....
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 5 Tips to Refresh Your Space Embrace natural light With warmer weather days comes more sunlight, so open these dividers and bask in the pure light. Rather than turning your own lighting in the morning, pull the drapes and let sunshine lighting the way. The easy action of opening your windows will help lift your mood, and you're going to save yourself a bit in your electrical bill also. Do not have windows? Fake it by utilizing big mirrors to reflect light and brighten up your space. Bonus: mirrors also offer the illusion of a larger space, which makes your home feel fuller, bigger and clearer.  Give your furniture a clean slate  Spring is the best time to split out your cooler and lighter clothing -- and this goes for furniture. A white, beige or light grey sofa is the best nesting pla...
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Everyone always tries to time the market to buy at the perfect time.  When we’re in a seller’s market and engaging in bidding wars, everyone looks back nostalgically to previous years and wish they had been in the market back then (even though no one wanted to buy then either!).  We are currently in a time that people are going to look back on as one of those ideal times to purchase.  Prices have fallen from their highs in 2017, on average about 5%, and interest rates are now at historic lows.  In December 2018, interest rates were at 4.625% and they are now at 3.5%. Pricing Trends in Downtown Jersey City*DOM = Days on MarketAs a result, purchasing power has increased significantly over the past year.  If you were looking for a property in 2018 and your price range was $730,000, you can...
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