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 Nataliya Isom, CPA helping taxpayers with IRS problems
Tax resolution is the process of developing and executing a solution to resolve a taxpayer’s IRS problem for both individuals and businesses. In the truest sense, the ideal resolution will solve the challenge permanently and settle the tax burden for the lowest amount allowed by law.There are quite a few distinct possibilities the taxpayer has at their disposal to sort out their tax problem with the IRS. However, relatively few taxpayers are aware of the options. Often, the taxpayer is not effectively informed by the IRS of all alternatives, let alone which option may best match the taxpayer’s individual situation. This is notwithstanding both guidance and rules from the U.S. Senate Finance Committee overseeing the IRS.Amond resolution choices are filing missing tax returns, disputing t...
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By Hagen Smith
After a year and half out of the business, I have to redo the schooling and practices of the business to get my license back and running. They want me to write a blog post about the 21 ways to lose a license in this industry. One of the topics really always catching my eye that i am even familiar with in this industry and that is "failure to respond". I know this is a big issue because i tend to see it over and over when i did have an active license. The whole job as an agent is to best represent someone who wants to buy and sell right?? I'm sure people are busy with showing, writing contracts, etc. But to never respond to somebody trying to put a deal together for their client? Thanks for reading! ;)
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By Joshua Delhomme, Remodeling Professional Lafayette, Louisiana
(Lafayette Home Renovation)
Let's face it our bathrooms are often our place of respite and peace and quiet.  They are also our safe spaces and the one room in our home that we can completely relax and de-stress from the day.  However, our bathrooms can often times become outdated and old.  So much for relieving stress if everytime we walk into our bathroom we feel the pains of flooring or leaking faucets, chipped or yellowed tubs.There is nothing like a fresh take on a new bathroom.  There are some things that can be done on your own and some things that need the help of a professional.  Let's take a look at just what can be accomplished either way.  DIY:A fresh coat of paint in a beautiful and serene soft white, blue or green is not only relaxing but is also a great way to brighten a bathroom, especially if natur...
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By Helen Harb, Transforming Lives Through Real Estate
(Harb DeSa Realty) you live at 129 S. Gay St., Ste. 301 you will step into historic charm & sophisticated elegance. Upon entrance even the most discerning eye will appreciate the attention to detail. Soak up the sights of panoramic urban views of Downtown Knoxville & the hills beyond while relaxing on your rooftop deck. The built-in outdoor firepit on the rooftop deck will make a perfect gathering place with family and friends. It will be the best spot to watch the many parades and happenings Knoxville has to offer. Enjoy your coffee surrounded by trees in the quite solitude of your balcony conveniently located off master bedroom suite. Spend mornings getting ready in your master bath retreat complete with double vanity, oversized soaking tub, and walk-in ...
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Buying a home is a major life decision and should not be taken lightly. There are many factors that go into the purchase of a home, but there are some basic steps to get started on your journey. The first thing you need to do is decide what type of housing you want: buy, rent, or buy-to-rent? After this decision has been made, it's time to start looking for homes! You can use websites like Zillow as well as real estate agents to find listings in the area that meet your needs. Then once you have found your perfect house it will be time for paperwork!This includes:-A home inspection. This will allow you to get a sense of the condition and general maintenance from someone who knows what they are doing. It's also important to make sure that anything promised in the contract is fulfilled so ...
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By Kai Min, The Real Estate Guy
(Meadowtowne Realty Brokerage)
June home sales were up compared to last year, but remained below the March 2021 peak and were lower than the number of transactions reported for May 2021, consistent with the regular seasonal trend. The average selling price in June increased by double digits compared to last year as well, but the annual rate of increase moderated compared to the previous three months.... US, Britain, Australia, Singapore are great places to call home! So is #Canada! Have a plan to #RelocatetoCanada ? If #Vancouver is too hot to trot, how about the city of #Toronto? Don't know who to speak to? Why not #TalktoTAN now? Call now 905-821-...
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By Patricia Tabachuk, Your Lakeshore Real Estate Advisor
(CENTURY 21 Affiliated )
  There’s no denying we’re in a sellers’ market. With low inventory and high buyer demand, homes today are selling above the asking price at a record rate. According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR): Homes typically sell within 17 days (compared to 26 days one year ago). The average home sold has five offers to pick from. 54% of offers are over the asking price. Because so many buyers are competing for so few homes, bidding wars are driving up home prices. According to an average of leading expert projections, existing home prices are expected to increase by 8.9% this year. Yet even in today’s red-hot sellers’ market, it’s important to price your house right. While it may be tempting to price your house on the high side to ca...
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By Cole Davidson, Previous Oregon Real Estate Agent, Military EXP
As a former Oregon Real Estate Agent,I have seen plenty of good and bad agents but now getting my Utah license I have an activity to post a blog about Ways to Lose your license. -- Dishonesty in Property Value --One thing I would hear often is "I could sell your home for $20,000 over what you're asking". This would typically be an Agent to a FSBO looking for the listing.Looking back, this could be a dishonest sales tactic in order to get a listing. Sometimes listing the sale 20k over asking worked and sold higher but most of the time it didn't. -- IN TODAYS MARKET, Is over-value a more common proposal to Home Owners due to the inflated Property Values? If anyone has any comments that would be great. :)
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By Tami Hansbrough, Realtor and Home Staging
(Tami Hansbrough)
 The work from home life that many of us are facing today can be, in reality, quite a blessing. Think about it…as you sit in your home office yet another day, don’t you find yourself taking a peek around and saying to yourself ‘I have all this time at home now, why not take a little break here and there and get to some projects that I’ve been meaning to do?’. I know I do! The key is finding something that relatively quick and easy to do that is also kind to your bank account. Why not start with what is probably the smallest space in your home–the powder room, also known as a ‘half bath’? Let’s look at 3 ways you can easily, and affordably, give that powder room of yours a facelift. The Miracle of MirrorsStart with some mirrors, especially if you can fit in a floor-to-ceiling mirror. One...
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By Michelle Shelton, It's not just business, it's PERSONAL
(Life Real Estate)
Are you looking for an amazing opportunity to trail ride off your own property? This is it! Or maybe you are looking for million-dollar views? This is it! Check out this equine property located on the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, this is a rare opportunity. Watch the video on this Luxury Horse Property located on the Phoenix Mountain Preserve 
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To build a client base, we invest a significant amount of time, money, and personal effort in marketing our expertise and qualities to the public. Of course, we'll get repeat business and referrals if we do an excellent job for them. But first and foremost, we must conduct business with them. Marketing that emphasizes the skills and qualities they value will give us an advantage in this area.If you are looking for the Best Real Estate agent in Pembroke Pines contact us for the best advice as we have professionals in the real estate world. Buyers have various Agent Requirements.Buyers cannot be lumped into a single category. There are various levels of experience and qualifications required. First-time buyers require a lot more assistance. Investors want a lot of information. Most people...
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By Ericka Williams, Your IRS Debt Negotiator
(Trinity Global Financial Group PLLC)
Haven't Filed Tax Returns In A While? How Many Years Do You Need To File?I represent taxpayers in Tallahassee, Florida who have federal tax debts and need assistance filing tax returns and negotiating payment with the IRS.Dealing with the IRS can be a scary daunting thought for those who haven't filed their tax returns in years. Most taxpayers fail to file tax returns because a situation or events occurred that made them think this was not a priority. The IRS will sometimes mail notices to taxpayers (Letter 4903) when there's no record that a tax return has been filed. This letter will have a deadline of 10 days to respond to the IRS.  Before filing any unfiled tax returns, you want to first consider IRS Policy Statement 5-133. First, determine if you are required to file a tax return b...
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     Did you know that there are 3 different types of agents? Before starting real estate school I had no idea that there was so much that went into being a real estate agent. The one thing that really has surprised me is that there are 3 different types of agents. The first one is a Special Agent. A Special Agent which is also known as a specific agent, is an agent that represents a client in one transaction. It is typical in most real estate transactions, in that the agent is tasked with finding a ready, willing, and able buyer or seller. The second type is a General Agent. A General Agent represents a client in several transactions or several aspects of a single transaction. The third type is a Universal Agent. A Universal Agent is a type of general agent that has power of attornery ...
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By Brenda Wilson REALTOR, Your strategic Real Estate Agent in WV
(Fathom Realty, LLC)
Tomorrow I'll have full access to the Greenbrier Valley Board of REALTOR MLS. Summers County, WV is with the Greenbrier MLS. I would like to see the coordination of MLS districts with Tourism only makes sense to me. As it stands now, if you want to see tourism in Summers County, WV, you won't find a thing about it in Greenbrier County, WV, the location where Realtors sell property in Summers County, WV. Summers County tourism is linked with Beckley, and areas further away. Thoughts?
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By Brendan Hall, Stress-free Homeownership
Meet Raquel... Raquel is a Real Estate Broker on Long Island NY. She is changing the way Agents and Brokers are servicing clients, networking with the community, boosting local business around her, generating new leads and building life-long customers. She uses the following strategies and partnerships.Her 360 degree scope of services...We all know Realtors show houses, list houses, handle closing processes, give the occasional Contractor recommendation and some design advice.Raquel does all of the above but her clients benefit from just a few more services.Her clients book there Inspections, Attorneys, Insurance and Mortgage Approvals with 1 click on her Mobile APPWhen they close the moving company is booked, the new home is cleaned, the painter is booked ( only after Raquel shows them...
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By Jorden Fife, Highschool graduate, working toward my future.
Dishonesty, the act of stretching the truth to better a situation for yourself or for no reason at all. In the normal world you may be able to lie about whether or not you used the last of the toliet paper, but in the real estate world you have to be one hundred percent honest, it will make or break your whole career. For example say you were helping a client buy a home and they ask "is there anything we should know about? any exterior or interior damage?" and lie about the quality of the house in order to close the deal, that is being dishonest and will come back on your career. If you are always lying about major details or even small details you may lose your license and if not you will lose all respect from clients. Don't be that guy that no one wants to go to because you have no in...
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By Mackenzie Ertmann
I have been thinking a lot about honesty lately.  It helps that I am taking these classes to become a real estate agent.  There is a huge emphasis on being trustworthy and honest.  On one level, that makes complete sense.  We are asking people to let us into their homes unaccompanied and we are being trusted with many people's most expensive asset.  And yet, in some ways, it seems ridiculous to spend this much time on such an easy topic.  Honesty is a value that is taught to us early on in life.  We are taught to be honest with our fellow men (women).  We expect people to be honest with us.  So, why do some many people fail at this value?Personally, I think it has to do with selfishness.  Honesty is great when it benefits us, but frequently it doesn't.  We justify little white lies as c...
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By Sell My House In Arizona, Real estate investors and cash buyers
(Desert Pro Home Buyers)
Having a real estate license can come in handy as an investor, but is it worth it?  Specific license requirements will vary by state, but regardless of where you are there will be a time and money commitment to obtain one.  For me, it was 90 hours of classroom training and several exams which were no walk in the park.  There are both monthly and annual expenses I have to pay to various parties along with continuing education requirements to keep it active.  As a new year turns and another round of the bigger fees are due, I always ask myself the same question:  Do I still want this?Here are some of the ways I’ve found a license benefits me in the REI world.1) Access to the MLS.  Always stay current with listings and get private notes that agents leave other agents that aren’t visible to...
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By Joseph "Joe" McInerney, Owner of Eddie Realty
Technology has changed commercial real estate in these four ways.Virtual toursReal estate agents no longer need to show properties to potential tenants physically. This has been a lifesaver during the pandemic. With the use of high-quality video cameras, agents can give beautiful virtual tours. They can do this in real-time with each tenant and personalize the experience. They can also prerecord one virtual tour and publish it on a website. Anyone interested can then watch the video. This technology has benefited everyone involved. Tenants can view properties at home, while agents can efficiently interact with more people.For more, visit
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