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 Mackenzie Ertmann
(Coldwell Banker)
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 josephmcinerney.net
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By Chuck Gonzalez, Real Estate Expert in the Metro Denver Area
(www.myCOmove.com | My Colorado Move | 720-507-6683 | RE/MAX Alliance | Westminster, CO)
What's going on with Denver real estate market? The latest Greater Denver real estate market report is OUT!It is important to understand what is happening currently in the Greater Denver housing market and as well as why it is happening if you are thinking of buying a home in Colorado this 2021. Real estate market reports are only the beginning of the process of understanding the changes, opportunities, and challenges in the Greater Denver real estate market. My Colorado Move is here to dive deep into these numbers with you.Greater Denver Housing Market ReportThe Greater Denver real estate market has been hot, hot, hot. April 2021 depicts increased opportunities in an extreme real estate market, with the Luxury Market showing the possibility for buyers who outlast the fatigue of competi...
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By Angelique Tittensor, In Training/Real Estate Agent
I don't know about you but how I have memorized my fiduciary duties is this....A.C.D.C   L.O.LA - accounting C - careD - disclosureC - ConfidentiallyL - LoyaltyO - ObidenceL - Learn it and don't forget it!   This might sound dumb but I will never forget it.  I hope I make you laugh.Angelique/Geek     
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By Rodney Whitehouse, Home Inspector in Charleston and surrounding ares
(Cardinal Home Inspections, LLC)
Most microwaves have hot spots, and if you eat the food directly from the oven, a few areas could be superheated and will burn you.  Therefore you always stir and rotate your food, and allow standing times.
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By Tony Smith, St Pete Talk | Real Estate Agent | Dalton Wade
(Dalton Wade Real Estate Group)
St Pete Talk is a popular Dalton Wade Real Estate blog that is primarily spearheaded by Tony Smith who happens to be one of the most popular local real estate agents.  The St Petersburg area has several houses up for sale. Similarly, there is a lot of demand for buying houses too. The St Pete Talk blog focuses primarily on the Dalton Wade Real Estate Group listings and promotes them well too.He has also done massive research in the field of Canadian snowbirds who make a major contribution to the economy of St Petersburg area. The kind of taxes these Canadians have been playing and the massive property that they hold means that despite the pandemic, they continued to contribute to the economy.Tony Smith was quoted as saying, "I am aware of how important it is to market and promote the re...
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By Michelle Dumas, Personal Branding & Career Marketing Expert
(Distinctive Career Services, LLC)
So, you have found an advertised opening for a real estate sales agent on a job board, in a real estate group that you would love to be a part of and you want to apply. The only problem...your resume is terribly outdated! You know you can't submit it as it is. Not only is it missing the last five years of your experience -- and all the stellar sales accomplishments you have accumulated in that time -- it is still in the old-fashioned-looking style you learned to write in college. You've seen the resumes of some of your colleagues and you KNOW without a doubt that your resume also needs a modern makeover. TIME FOR A RESUME MAKEOVER It is true. As a professional resume writer who has been working in the industry for more than a quarter-century, I can confirm that resume styles and best pr...
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Being in a whole different career for the past 25 years, at this point in my life with all this uncertainty in the world; changing my career might be a big mistake or a blessing in disguise.  Well, I took the plunge into real estate. I signed up for online classes to get my real estate license 14 hours into the lesson, I come upon a section that makes me rethink my choices. The chapter on how you can lose your real estate license. I have never thought about how it is so easy to lose your license. as I'm going over the chapter I realize that an error on your dates or simply not giving a copy of the paperwork can have you lose your license and have disciplinary effects.Further, I read the chapter I understand how it can affect thousands of dollars to you and your customer. What I walk awa...
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By Adam Dilger
(JP and Associates)
While many areas of the economy have contracted, the housing market has stayed remarkably strong. But can the good news last? When COVID-related shutdowns began in March, real estate brokers and clients scrambled to respond to the shift. Record-low interest rates caused some lenders to call a halt to new underwriting, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market. However, those first days of uncertainty ushered in a period of unprecedented demand in the U.S. real estate market, which ended the year with increasing average home prices (up 13.4% from the previous year) and shrinking days on market (13 fewer than in 2019).1Now, as the spring market approaches, you may be wondering whether the good times can continue to roll on. If you’re a homeowner, should you t...
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By Justin Montoya, We are experts at home buying.
(https://webuycashkc.com/)
Selling your house can be really tiresome and emotionally difficult, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. People don't realize that it's more than just four walls and a roof to you. Sometimes you will feel like it's a breach in your privacy because of unknown people coming to your house and roaming around. They will open your closets and check your cabinets, sometimes they will stick their nose in your personal things. They might say things about your house which you may not like. And one thing for sure they will never be ready to pay you the correct worth of your house. Being a first timer, having no experience in this field, there are high chances that you will end up making a lot of mistakes. To avoid many of these pitfalls that's where “We Buy Cash Kc” comes into play. ...
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By Matthew Gromadzki
(Lokation RE)
Aventura Condos for Sale Building List with address:  3030 Aventura - 3030 NE 188th St, Aventura, FL 33180Admirals Port - 2801 - 2851 NE 183rd St, Aventura, FL 33160Alaqua - 3001 NE 185th St, Aventura, FL 33180Atlantic at the Point I - 21200 Point Pl, Aventura, Florida, 33180Atlantic at the Point II - 21150 Point Place, Aventura, Florida 33160Atlantic at the Point III - 21050 Point Pl 2006Aventura Marina - 3340 NE 190th St Aventura FL 33180Aventura Marina II - 3330 NE 190th Street, Aventura, FL 33180Del Prado - 18011, 18021,18031, 18041, 18051, 18061 & 18071 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180Delvista Towers - 20225 & 20355 NE 34th Ct, Aventura, FL 33180Echo Aventura - 3250 NE 188th Street, Aventura FL 33180Eldorado Towers - 3625, 3675 N Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180Hampton West - 2...
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When comparing insurance policies such as life insurance, health insurance, and car insurance, you’re going to want to conduct research and get the best deal. According to a 2020 Forbes advisor article, the most common way to save money on insurance is to bundle home and car insurance, which can save you somewhere between five and 25 percent.While you’re going to want to shop around a little bit to ensure you’re getting the best deal, there are some basic things to consider that can affect the cost of safety insurance.The Safety of Your HomeWhen it comes to safety insurance, you can often get discounts not only if you bundle insurance policies such as home and auto, but also for safety initiatives. For example, if you have burglar alarms, fire alarms, and you don't have a pool, then you...
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By Andrew Herrig, Real Estate Success Education
(Interurban Properties)
Spring is here, and with it comes lots of rain (at least where I live). Being a homeowner and rental property owner, there are several things to do to keep my houses in top shape during this season.The true cost of homeownership is higher than you think, but keeping up with preventative maintenance will lower costs in the long run! 1. Clean out the guttersGutters are great for diverting water off of your roof and away from the foundation. But if they are clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris, they aren't doing their job.Make sure to keep you gutters clear to keep the water going where it's supposed to. It will also help prolong the life of your siding and fascia as the water isn't sitting in and around the gutters and rotting the wood.2. Give your HVAC a tune-upWith the warmer w...
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By Riaz Ghani, Top Real Estate Agent in Mississauga & Brampton
(RE/MAX Gold Realty Inc.,Brokerage )
Though it may sound counterintuitive, prices don’t sell houses. That’s why Riaz Ghani instead prefers to focus on properties: making them irresistible to buyers through breathtaking transformations. “My focus isn’t the price, my focus is the offers,” he says. “The higher the offers the higher the price.” It’s a strategy that has clearly worked for Ghani. After more than 10 years of selling in Mississauga, Oakville, Toronto and throughout the GTA, he has developed a knack for getting his clients the maximum possible return for their homes. He’s in the top one percent of all RE/MAX sellers in Canada, his properties generally get an average of 10 to 15 offers and he even recently sold a Brampton semi-detached home for $200,000 over asking.
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By John Shramko, Owner of RC Investment Group, LLC
(RC Investment Group, LLC)
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how we live our lives, which strongly reflects the real estate market. It’s changed what kind of houses people want to buy. Also, the real estate market has been booming during this time, though the future will see a drop in the percentage of homeowners- down to 62.1% from 65% over the next two decades, and younger generations will see the decline more sharply. Let’s further break down the ways the pandemic has impacted the real estate market.A Different Way of LivingAs we’ve said before, the pandemic has affected how we live our lives. Before, people would often seek out larger homes in busy areas with many restaurants and amenities close by. This naturally meant that homes in cities were popular and came at a high price. But now, people are thinking ...
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By We Buy Houses In El Paso, We buy houses in cash, any condition!
(RIM Buys Houses In El Paso)
Relocation is a complicated exercise in coordination. We get local El Paso home sellers calling us or submitting their house info on this website every week saying “I’m relocating and need to sell my house in El Paso“.  The great thing is that we’re able to help a good many of those sellers sell their house quickly (because we’re actively buying houses in El Paso TX right now!).There’s an insane amount of details to keep together, plus the stress of whatever is making you move in the first place – often it’s a new job or a sick relative, but the true need to move always comes with a dramatic change.So how do you make the most out of a difficult situation?Don’t Agonize – Organize.You don’t want to be in a situation where you end up paying to own and maintain a vacant house for 2 years. T...
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I am Michael Redden and I am a tax lawyer in Minneapolis, MN.  A focus of my practice is civil and criminal taxpayer representation.  There are a lot of people out there that haven't filed their tax returns.  According to recent IRS estimates, there are at least 10 million tax payers that the government has identified as "non-filers."  There are many reasons why it happens, but, for whatever reason, these folks have at least one or more tax returns that were never filed. Some folks haven't filed returns for over ten years.  Every year that you fail to file a tax return your problems with the IRS can compound.  If you happen to owe money, the failure to file penalty is 5% each month with a cap of 25% per tax year.  This penalty can quickly bring the bill out of reach for many to pay.  If...
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          False Advertising in the Real Estate market can be extremely hurtful and misleading for all parties that we work with. We as Agents, need to make sure that we are being as transparent as possible when working with our clients. Setting expectations low and over delivering on them is good way to make sure your client has a wonderful experiance with you.           As Real Estate Agents we are fortunate to be in the U.S. W have several laws and rules in place making sure that we stay in line. This is important because outside of the U.S false advertising is a very real and serious problem that they face. Without these guidlines it would make it hard to gain your clients trust as they might not believe the information that you are giving them is true and accurate.          It is in...
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