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 Karen Pizzo, Over 10 Years Experience as a Realtor and Educator
(Homeward Real Estate)
Hi,I'm Karen and I'm looking forward to making connections with fellow real estate professionals to share information and collaborate ideas.I am a real estate agent in Tampa, Florida.  I have an active list of wholesalers and wholesale companies sending me off-market properties daily from all over Florida.I have an active list of investor buyers looking to buy off-market properties as well.I have searched online for information on guidance for realtors to properly execute the wholesale assignment contract to interested buyers with a fee.  Needless to say, I've not had any success.I'm certainly open to information and suggestions.  
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By Mark Sias, Executive Closing Agents
(Noble Notary & Legal Document Preparers)
An Executive Closing Agent (ECA) is a Signing Agent (Notary Public or Closing Attorney) who has honed the craft to perfection such that merits higher than average fees from Vendors for the closing services rendered. In short; You get what you pay for! They will typically handle HIGH NET WORTH CLIENTELE on a regular basis without flaw or intimidation.Please allow me to illustrate this further… A Notary Public is a rather “low entry” field for the most part. Theoretically, any old notary or signing agent can conduct a real estate closing. The bar is low, but the margin for error is HIGH! The larger & subsequently more important the transaction, the higher the stakes become for all parties involved!  Industrious Title & Escrow firms, and those lenders out to make a serious name for themsel...
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By Candice Silverthorn, "Let me do all the heavy lifting!"
(Candice Silverthorn, Realtor, RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks)
Having a dock on the Lake of the Ozarks requires a little maintenance, right?? Anybody that has a dock on the lake would probably say "a little??" Ha ha. Yeah maybe more than just a little lol.Well my husband and I tackled our dock after we bought a home on the lake. We knew it needed a lot of repair. But my husband is a carpenter, so how bad could it be?? We managed to fix three areas by ourselves. That includes the walkway in the water, which was detached from the pier, and two areas with the boards popped up with the floats sticking out.Well our dock did not have big enough floats, so we bought 6 4x8x20 new floats, ($469 a piece) and hired two fantastic companies to help finish the hardest part! They were both a Godsend! Beasley's Mobile Welding & Repair LLC. and Wicked Welding LLC. ...
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By William Culler, Where there's a Will there's a way.
(Coldwell Banker Salute)
Hi everyone,My name is William J Culler and I am a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Salute in Lawton, Oklahoma. If you are considering moving to the Lawton area, I highly recommend checking out our website at or our main website at Our team is dedicated to helping you find the perfect home for you and your family.Lawton is a great place to call home with a rich history and culture. One of the best ways to learn about the area is by visiting The Museum of the Great Plains, which features a variety of archaeological and cultural artifacts, as well as a replica of a trading post. Another great way to learn about the history of Lawton is by visiting the Fort Sill National Historic Landmark & Museum. This active Army fort was established in 1869, ...
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By Monique Couture, 208-627-7564 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Dry Creek Acres1728 and 2026 Dry Creek Road. Clark Fork, Idaho 8381190 Acre Estate, Two Homes with Utilities, 100% surrounded by US Forest Service, with Dry Creek running through it and Year-round Accessibility at the End of a County Maintained road. Main Home is 2,244 sq. ft. 4 bed, 2 bath with multiple outbuildings. Cabin is 1033 sq. ft with 10 GPM artesian well water, pump house, power and 1000 gal. concrete septic. With two hunting blinds, an extensive trail system and panoramic mountain views, this one of a kind acreage last seen on the market 47 years ago is a mountain valley wilderness - wildlife, solitude and spectacular cliff views watching mountain goats out the window. Located minutes from western Montana, excellent fishing on the Clark Fork River and Lake Pend Oreille. Close...
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By Thadeus Brewer, Real Estate Sales & Financing | USMC Veteran
(Pro Mortgage and Real Estate)
You’ve served bravely for our country, and now you’re ready for a new home. A Military Relocation Professional (MRP) has the understanding to address your situation and the knowledge to make the most of every selling and buying transaction. As an MRP, I can help you find a location with convenient access to the military benefits you’ve earned. As an MRP, I understand: You’ll always be a veteran, and we’ll always get you home.♦ VA Financing♦ Military Benefits♦ BAH Rates♦ VA Loan Limits♦ Relocation Requirements
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By Tarun Nagar, Tarun Nagar is the Founder & CEO of Dev Technosys
(Dev Technosys )
Applications related to real estate are a potential industry that firms may develop and make money. People are less stressed because when tech handles your task. Nevertheless, even though real estate professionals are still there, individuals that do not have a digital footprint are losing out on potential clients. The internet can help real-estate agents by increasing customer retention and revenue while simultaneously time. The real estate industry is now even more profitable due to smartphones. Whether it is preferable to buy or rent is a contentious question in many places since the real estate industry is increasing substantially. Investing in Real Estate App Development could be a viable investment option. Due to the increase in demand for building an app like Trulia numbers, indu...
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By Kent Brown, Your IRS Tax Attorney
(Strong & Hanni)
Salt Lake City, Utah, 2023.  You have been watching late night television, you have seen the commercials - "take care of that tax debt", "pay pennies on the dollar."  "Enough of those sleepless nights" you tell yourself, it is time to pay those pennies and move on.  The late night commercial then shows a happy couple on a golf course after they have paid those pennies.  Is this to good to be true?  Yes!!!To pay those pennies on the dollar the taxpayer usually does this through what is called an offer-in-compromise.  There are two types of offers-in-compromise: Doubt-as-to-Collectability Offer: this is where the taxpayer does not disputes the amount owed in back taxes, but the taxpayer cannot pay the tax debt in full; or Doubt-as-to-Liability Offer: this is where the taxpayer offers to s...
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By Paola Oroza, Real estate Property Management serving Utah
(Domus Property Management, LLC)
As part of the Professor Agent course to obtain a real estate license I am invited to write about one of the ways to loose a license. I have chosen to describe the importance of honesty in the real estate profession. During the mentioned course preparation, I visited the public services for the Utah Division of Real Estate. To my surprise, I was able to find a list of professional to various levels of ways to suspend, revoked, surrender and cancelled their real estate licenses.  In my view, one avenue to encounter issues with the real estate license is the increased awareness of exercising honesty. During the course it is mentioned that people are emotionally and financially attached to their homes.  As concur with this thought as I see the housing industry. at the heart of families and...
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By Gregory Pomp, We make you feel "right" at home.
(Just Right Inspection Services)
Home inspections generally take 2 to 3 hours. There are several factors that can cause an inspection to go over that time, such as: Older home: older homes will generally have more delayed maintenance items and items that do not meet the current standards. These all require additional time to document in the report. Clutter: homes with a lot of clutter can take additional time to work around and access crucial components such as attic accesses, panel boxes, and mechanical equipment. Poorly maintained Home: homes that have not been well-maintained often will take longer as well because of the large amount of issues to document in the report. This is usually from elderly homeowners or homeowners that do not know how to maintain their home. Large Homes: larger homes can take more time to n...
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By Rick Robinson, Broker of Real Estate Two70
(Real Estate Two70)
Rexburg Homeowners are Getting Frustrated with Higher Density Zoning Entering Low Residential NeighborhoodsA Growing Issue for RexburgRexburg, Idaho is a growing college town located in East Idaho. It is home to BYU-Idaho which has experienced continual growth for many years. As the college grows, inevitably the city must also grow. Many people in Rexburg, however, are starting to realize the plan for the growth of the city may not be what the residents want as higher-density projects continue to enter low-density residential neighborhoods. A Surprise to HomeownersSadly, many residents of Rexburg are not aware of this growing trend until the higher-density projects are being proposed in their backyard. This was recently the case for the Harvest Heights Subdivision and the Eaglewood Sub...
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By Destany Ramirez, REAL ESTATE AGENT
 Enjoy our Arizona winter weather in this beautiful home. Here in Arizona we shovel sun!This Sun City West home features an updated kitchen with quartz countertops, new hardware, and fresh paint. What sets this duplex apart from the others is the added lanai overlooking out to the full-grown citrus trees. Work was done by licensed contractors according to tax records where the floor was leveled out and enclosed for more privacy. When you enter you will be pleasantly surprised by the open concept, new carpet, and shutters throughout. This home is ideal for a snowbird or year-round resident as the windows can be open during the cool winter days and closed for the hot summer nights.  The bedrooms are perfectly sized to fit king beds, with plush neutral-colored carpet and oversized closets ...
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By Brian Berg, Real Estate Experts in Libby, MT
(CENTURY 21 Summit Realty)
Welcome to Libby, Montana, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts! Located in the northwest corner of Montana, Libby offers a wide range of activities for all levels of experience. From hiking in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness to fishing in the Kootenai River, there is something for everyone in this beautiful area.At CENTURY 21 Summit Realty, we're dedicated to helping you make the most of your time in Libby and the surrounding areas. In this guide, we'll take a closer look at the best hiking and fishing spots in the area and provide tips for enjoying these activities. We'll also highlight some of the other outdoor opportunities in Libby, such as camping and birdwatching. So whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, you'll find plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Libby...
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    As a real estate agent, you are usually helping someone during a big time in their life. Sometimes they are buying a house and you are there to help them find something they like that fits their budget and their needs, both at the time and hopefully in the future. Other times, you are there when someone is selling their house. They might have lived there for years or recently bought it but in either case they want you to help them get a fair price for it and to let them know what to expect.    In both cases, they trust you to put their needs and well being first and to let them know if you believe they lack an understanding of the market. There might be a buyer who likes the first house you show them but you realize it has foundation damage or something else that makes it a bad idea...
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By Jackie Sons
(Native Wildflowers Nursery)
Sometimes, life can be very challenging. You can keep a positive spirit. However, there are times when it seems like something needs to be fixed professionally and/or personally, no matter how a person strategizes. And when this happens, there are things we can all do instead of throwing in the towel, getting angry to the point where it raises our blood pressure, and more. There are healthier alternatives, and the following includes those alternatives: Make a Great ListWhen everything fails, it can be hard to maintain self-confidence. Nevertheless, after going through frustration and other negative feelings, it is vital to get a hold of oneself and start to make great lists. One list is of all the things to be grateful for. The other list should be all the accomplishments one should be ...
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By Sean Gilliam, Real Estate on the Front Range
(LoKation Real Estate)
Metropolitan Districts, also known as metro districts or metro tax districts, have become an integral part of local new construction communities in recent years. Here in Northern Colorado, homes are being built in or reside in these districts and they have important implications for home buyers. I’ll share with you the purpose and definition of a metro district per the Colorado Revised Statute, some research completed on the implications for homeowners, pros and cons and finally some due diligence you can do to see if living in a Metro District is a good fit for you.  
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By Phyllis Ross, Realtor Central Kansas Residential Sales
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
  Are you prepping to buy your first home? If so, one of the steps you should take early on is making sure you’re financially ready for your purchase. Here are just a few of the financial fundamentals you’ll need to focus on as you set out to buy a home. Build Your Credit Your credit is one element that helps determine which home loan you’ll qualify for. It also impacts your mortgage interest rate. While there are many factors that go into your mortgage application, a higher credit score could lead to a lower monthly payment in the long run. So how do you make sure your credit is in the best shape possible when it’s time to buy? A recent article from NerdWallet lists a few tips you can use as you work to build and strengthen your credit. They include: Tracking your credit and disputing...
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By Jan TAYLOR, Dual licensed Real Estate & Mortgage Loan Officer
(Country Pride Real Estate, LLC. | AmCap Home Loans)
2022 was a crazy year for all of us, Real Estate and Mortgage. We started with historically low rates and the Real Estate industry was still going fast and furious - and ended up with a massive rate increase that literally put the brakes on the industry. I felt it - being on both sides, Real Estate AND Mortgage. Buyers are shying away from home purchases because of rate. Others who were preapproved at the beginning of the year simply cannot fit into a home purchase or if so, a much smaller purchase. Yes, I understand that the new catch phrase is "Date the rate, marry the home" - but that is based on IF/WHEN interest rates go down you can always refinance, a very dangerous position. What IF rates don't go down and even scarier -- what if the home value depreciates because of a market cor...
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By Michael Neser, Helping you find your dream home
(Acquisto Real Estate)
If you are in the market for a new home in Texas, you may be wondering where to start. One crucial factor to consider is the price of the house, and if you are looking for an affordable option, you may wonder what is available in your area. In this blog post, we will explore the topic of affordable houses for sale near me in Texas and provide some tips and resources to help you find a home that fits your budget. Know Your Budget:Before searching for an affordable house in Texas, knowing exactly how much you can afford to spend is essential. This will help you narrow your options and avoid looking at homes out of your price range. Consider your income, debts, and any savings or assets available for a down payment. It is also helpful to work with a mortgage lender or financial advisor to ...
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By InstaLend NY
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