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 Jessen Reckling
Dual representation without consent is an easy way for a Realtor to lose their license. If I was a buyer or a seller, and my agent failed to disclose they were representing both parties, I would be very upset. This would make me feel like they didn't have my best interests at heart, and were manipulating the situation for their personal gain.Disclosing the fact that they are representing both parties would be the honest and ethical thing to do, as it gives the buyer and seller an opportunity to evaluate the situation from there and make the determination for themselves if it's a good fit or not. In many cases, it would probably go very smoothly after that fact was disclosed. Not disclosing it, however, would be a brutal and license killing mistake.At the end of the day, buyers and selle...
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By Susan Hatfield, In Real Estate, I'm the Real McCoy!
(Hatfield Group-JLA Realty Friendswood)
From Spotlight: See All Steps to Buying a HomeHow to find exactly what you want, and how to work with the experts who’ll help you get it. Image: HouseLogic           So you’re thinking about buying your first home. Your very own house (and mortgage). A place to call — and make — your own.It’s a big move, literally and figuratively. Buying a house requires a serious amount of money and time. The journey isn’t always easy. It isn’t always intuitive. But when you get the keys to your new home — that, friend, can be one of the most rewarding feelings pretty much ever. The key to getting there? Knowing the home-buying journey. Knowing what tools are at your disposal. And most importantly? Creating relationships with experts who can help you get the job done.That’s where this guide comes in. ...
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By Leimomi Alapa
Aloha!  My name is Leimomi Alapa.  I am new to this.  Currently studying to be a Real Estate Agent with Pro Agent School of Real Estate.  I am looking forward to be working and learning from professionals in the same field.  Thank you.
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By Char Fears, Buyers, Sellers, New Construction, Investors
3036 DEL MONICO DRIVE DECATUR GA $425,000 | 3 BEDROOMS | 2 BATHROOMS | 1+ CAR PARKING | 1699 SQUARE FEET | MLS: 7025688   BELVEDERE PARK GEM! Renovated modern ranch just waiting for you to stake your claim! The charm of old and new world flare describes the featured  Chef's Kitchen, full of natural sunlight and sleek finishes throughout to make this home perfect for entertaining. Expansive private backyard with ample space for any outdoor activity. Beautiful wood deck and Privacy Fence are just a couple of features that add to the appeal of this amazing home! CONTACT Char Fears Fathom Realty NE, Atlanta P: 4702859982 M: 4049819511 FEATURES   Open Concept Design Quartz Kitchen Counter Tops Grand Island 52 Bottle Wine Cooler Private Fenced Backyard Samsung Appliances Italian-Made Hardwoo...
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By Tom McVeigh
(Christopher Real Estate Services)
I have very important information from my buyer that I believe is not being communicated to the seller by the sellers agent. We are under contract and the transaction could fall apart if the seller is not being given the information. The sellers agent is possibly trying to sink the transaction so another buyer of his can take over. ... Very ugly situation.
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By Erica Gonzalez, Real estate student
Misrepresentation is a horrible thing to do to clients as an agent. For one thing the clients think they are getting one thing and in the end they are getting another . If an agent portrays a certain thing in order to get a client or get a sale then that is wrong or ethically immoral and they should definitely not be licensed. .   
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By Jennifer Schafer, Specialist in Client Advocacy
(LoKation Real Estate)
Jennifer Schafer, known as the People's Realtor of Colorado, is the creator of a new YouTube video series called The 48 Laws of Power - Applied to Real Estate Transactions, which combines entertaining stories with useful information to help home-buyers and property-sellers apply Robert Greene's 48 Laws of Power in order to position themselves for maximum success in their real estate deals.  She can be reached by email at "If you’re selling your home right now—or thinking about doing it soon—you should know that today’s housing market is unlike anything we’ve seen or experienced lately, maybe ever. In the past, home sellers might have waited weeks or months to get an offer that might not be as high as they’d hoped. Buyers may have lowballed, or driven a hard ...
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By First Commercial Association Services, A Property Management Company In Tulsa
(First Commercial Association Services)
Responsible for the day-to-day management of a propertyA property manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of a property. Some of their most time consuming tasks include collecting rent, handling maintenance and repairs, and dealing with tenant issues.A property manager may manage several properties at once if they are in the same area, or may focus on one specific property.Some property managers will only oversee rental properties that are close to their own homes, while others may travel to where their clients' properties are located. They may manage multiple types of properties for different clients, including retail stores, office buildings, industrial warehouses, apartments and condos.  Working with TenantsIt's the property manager's job to ensure that tenants pay their...
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By Tekce Overseas, Leading real estate company in Turkey
Yes, you can buy property in Turkey and get residency. Moreover, buying property is the best way to get residency. Because it is easy to get and renew residence permits in Turkey through property ownership.People easily move from one country to another in today's global world for different purposes. Therefore, obtaining residency is an excellent tool to start a life in a foreign country because most countries do not allow foreigners to stay for long periods without residency.If you are visiting Turkey as a tourist, a tourist visa will be enough for your stay in the country. However, if you want to relocate to Turkey for a long period or intend to stay for more than 90 days at a time, you will need to apply for a residence permit.There are six types of residence permits in Turkey. Reside...
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By Connor Martellaro, Pre License Real Estate
(Agent Professor)
Hello everyone,I'm new to the Real Estate pre licensing course. I've been asked in my training to write a blog on a topic of my choice. I've chosen to write about a personal experience that I've seen in this crazy market that I didn't know wasn't acceptable but is very common now. This subject is about love letters being sent to sellers. I've heard stories of people writing these love letter attempting to pull at the heart strings of the sellers in the attempt to secure the home. I've also heard of people attaching photos to these letters. This clearly is "breaking rules" as it's against the rules to discriminate based off sex, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. Clearly if pictures and letters are being sent the majority of these are going to be broken....
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By Norbert Fabre, MRSA, Mold Inspector & Mold Assessor
(Indoor Microbial Specialist IMS)
Hello, ActiveRain community, this March ActiveRain Challenge 2022 has been educative and a great ice breaker not only to create an effective blog signature but to present myself to the community as well. My name is Norberto Fabre, I'm a Florida State Licensed Mold Assessor in the Fort Lauderdale area and an engineer. I decided to join ActiveRain after my mentor John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA recommended it as an opportunity to meet professionals, expand my network around Fort Lauderdale, FL and learn from the experiences of others. If you are ever in the need of mold assessments, mold remediation protocols and post-remediation verifications feel free to reach out! My contact information is on my new signature. Coming back to the main topic, I got very excited when I started reading how to cr...
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The past couple of years might have been a roller coaster ride on many fronts, but fortunately, the ride has provided a silver lining for many homeowners. In particular, there has been a considerable rise in the prices of homes. So you might be wondering if you should take advantage of the climb in home values. You might also be wondering if putting a home in Oak Ridge, NC up for sale is a good idea. As you consider the thought of doing so, a good starting point is to ask yourself, “what’s my home value in Oak Ridge, NC?”On average, the home value of properties in Oak Ridge, NC is $227,465, according to Zillow. This value only includes the middle tier of homes, though. The average can also fluctuate depending on the season, so homeowners need to be aware of that.Read on to learn more ab...
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By Cassie And Guy, We Buy Houses In Califonria
(Empty Nester Investors)
Hi!We are Cassie and Guy and we became empty nesters a few years ago.  I have been in real estate for just over 20 years and Guy has had several businesses.  The last being a couple of UPS Stores here in the Coachella Valley. Guy sold those last year and we decided to start investing in tax deeds and use my knowledge in real estate to start flipping.  We buy houses cash, AS-IS, no repairs required, no cleaning, no commission, no hidden fees, any reason, any situation.
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By Rocket Homebuyers, Real Estate Investors and Cash Buyers
(Rocket Homebuyers)
Should I Sell My Home 'As Is' or Fix It Up? Let's Take a Look Whether your home is a few years or many decades old, its physical condition is going to be a significant factor in the sales process. Below are a few questions that can help you to determine whether you should sell your home 'as is' or fix it up before placing it up for sale. Have You Had A Home Inspection? A great first step is before selling your home is to book an inspection by a licensed home inspector. This will provide you with a full list of minor and major issues with your home. If your only issues are small, minor ones then it is worth your time to patch them up before you sell. However, if you are facing costly repairs such as a roof replacement or foundation repair, you will have some thinking to do. Can You Affor...
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By Elicia (Eilly) Hodge, Specialize in high-end, new builds, & design
 Buyer's Guide: New Construction HomeMany Colorado home buyers consider a new construction home as they are searching for the perfect home. REcolorado offers tips for buying new construction homes in Colorado, resources for home buyers, and the most accurate information about new homes for sale in Colorado.Tips for Buying New Construction in ColoradoBuying new construction in Colorado may seem similar to purchasing a resale home, but there are some important differences in the process for a home buyer. New homes offer some benefits, including picking your own finishes and working with the builder. However, like any real estate decision, there are pros and cons to buying a new construction home.If you're considering a new construction home, start with these tips:Use your own real estate ...
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By Bree Wiest
I am working to obtain my real estate license. As I have gone through this process I have found it interesting that there are 21 ways a licensee can be revoked. There are many that are intertwined and related to one another.In this blog post I want to focus on bad record keeping. We live in a day and age where hard copies of documents are less and less prevalent. Docusign and other digital tools allow for quick signatures and are more environmentally friendly. Since real estate transactions are large in nature, it is critical that documents are keep, a good recording tracking everything is up to date and everything can be easily accessible.When everything is clearly documented and put into place, no one can question what actions have been completed and performed. It also helps the sales...
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By Lori Rosenbarker, Mobile Loan Signing Agent
I'm a new AR member and wanted to share my first blog of never blogging in my life!  HA!  I'm loving all the blogs and learning about all you wonderful peeps in the RE world!   What a wonderful platform for real estate! I've been in real estate for years in many roles; property management, real estate agent, multi-family & mobile home park investing and now as a mobile loan signing agent.   Real estate is one of my biggest passions to read and learn about.   There are so many aspects to this business.A little about me; I moved from San Diego Ca. to Arizona about 4 years ago and I'm loving all that AZ offers from weather to things to do as well and probably the most important for me right now is living a quieter life.  A little notary humor to end with;A Notary Signing Agent goes to a re...
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By Cassie Bradford, Memories Are Made With Home.
(Luxury Realty Of America)
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By Cary Nemeroff, Austin Lakeway Realtor Fluent in ASL Sign Language
(Keller Williams Realty Lake Travis)
Hands down, the Lake Travis area in the Hill Country has got to be one of the most topographically beautiful places to live in Texas.Just click on the link below... it's got everything!Cary Nemeroff - Lakeway, Bee Cave & Hudson Bend, Texas Expert Realtor(512) 409-4047cnemeroff@kw.com,maximum%20width%20is%204.5%20miles.
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