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

The face of “office” has seen a lot of changes over the years. And 2020 has helped us solidify our needs for an office that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Besides working from home, one of the most interesting methods of conducting daily work came in the shape of Virtual Offices. It is a preferred choice for newcomers who want to have an office of their own to be able to manage their business but can’t afford to pay for a traditional office. Virtual offices are flexible and convenient compared to most other types of workspaces. Here are eight key features of virtual offices that make them so in-demand:EconomicalIf you are a young businessperson with a tight budget looking for office space to run your business according to your needs, virtual offices are probably your best b...
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By Harmony Home Buyers, Home Buyers in Charlotte, NC
(Harmony Home Buyers)
Inheriting a house can be an emotional rollercoaster, wondering “what should I do with this house?” or “how do I even sell a house that’s not in my name?” If the dearly departed did not set up a will (living trust), the property will need to go through the probate process. We are familiar with this process and are here to help with whatever you may need, even if we aren’t the ones that buy your house.  So, what does the probate process look like?Probate is the legal way of administering a property of a deceased person if there was no will or specific set of instructions in place to tell what exactly to do with the property. These specific proceedings take place in what are called probate courts.How Do You Start a Probate Process?The probate process is started after a person passes away,...
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By David Ratowitz, Tax, Real Estate and Bankruptcy Law Firm
(Ratowitz Law Group)
              IRS collection letters arrive in envelopes conspicuously labeled with the IRS logo, as though to inform your mail carrier and neighbors that you have received an IRS collection letter.  Some of these letters contain ominous pronouncements such as: “NOTICE OF INTENT TO LEVY”. Pre-COVID, approximately 1 in 6 American taxpayers owed money to the U. S. Treasury.  This number is sure to grow as Americans file their first post-COVID tax returns and discover just how much of the assistance they received from the Federal Government they are required to return to the Federal Government in the form of income taxes on various assistance programs. Perhaps you have received one of these letters or realize such a letter is on the way.  Here are a few steps you should take that will lead...
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By Phillip Gonzales, We Make It Happen!
(Keller Williams Riverside)
It's definitely a seller's market. I have buyers, and I must write creative offers. I wake up and have my coffee. I then login to flexmls. I see the low inventory we have. I start reserving showings and that's complicated. Listings getting multiple showings. Buyers are making offers without even looking at the house physically. It's hard to get a tour scheduled. Renters are now realizing they want to buy because of the historic low rates. Sellers are on pause because of the pandemic. Demand is higher than supply. There are times a listing sells for 20k above asking price. We are now using an escalation clause. Maybe even 1k towards sellers closing costs. What are you doing to be creative?
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By Richard Harrington, Bringing you relatable home buying information
(Ameritex Homes)
It's time to buy a house. You've dreamed about it. You've talked to family and friends. You're ready to settle down with homeownership. Whether you're single or married, buying a house is a major financial step forward. Here's an abbreviated guide to buying a home. Step-by-Step Guide to Buy a House & Decide Whether You're Ready to Buy a Home Remember: buying a home is a substantial financial commitment. If your finances aren't in order, you will need to wait. Buying a home you can’t afford will do more damage to your financial well-being, your relationships, your mental health, and more than you can imagine.Lenders will look at every aspect of your finances to decide if you qualify for a mortgage. Ask yourself the following questions: Income and employment: Do you have a steady income a...
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There’s no person in the world that didn’t experience any kind of hardships of the global pandemic that locked down the whole world. Since we are talking about a virus that is spread mainly through contact between people, the hospitality and restaurant industry was the first one to suffer the blow. Not just financial, many people have lost their jobs, and the future looks pretty uncertain since we still don’t know much about COVID-19 and when it will end.Just take a look at the official statistics and you will understand what we are talking about. 32,109 (11%) of all the restaurants in the US are not closed. However, 19,590 (61%) of these are closed for good. The highest number of closed restaurants is in the biggest cities in the country, like Los Angeles (15,000), New York (11,200), S...
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Partnering with an honest, professional real estate agent is one of the best things you can do when buying or selling your home. Employing a dishonest or sneaky realtor could end up costing you thousands of dollars and add time to your real estate transaction. If you're new to the home buying or selling experience, shopping for a realtor can feel overwhelming. There are a ton of real estate agencies out there and finding an honest realtor can end up making or breaking your real estate transaction. In order to spot the good, you must first be aware of the bad. Here are a few tricks that DISHONEST real estate agents play, so you can be sure to avoid them during our next real estate transaction.Acting as a Dual AgentIt may seem like the easiest soulution to have your real estae agent also ...
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By Adriana Lopez
Having criminal background does not affect you, but there is a Utah code stating that if you have had a felony over the last 5 years you would have to wait, in other words you would have to wait for 5 years to go by and do the 120 hours of the real estate pre-licensing program. If you have had a  misdemeanor involving fraud, misrepresentation, theft, or dishonesty within the last three years, you wont be able to apply for a real estate license. Being charged with fraud is something really big in the real estate industry, including theft, misrepresentation, or dishonesty. Those are some big factors of why you cant have a real estate license and it also depends in you state. 
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By Emma Swier, Real Estate Marketing Executive
Are you on the verge of giving up on your career as a realtor? Have you tried several techniques but all to no avail? As a listing agent, searching for a homeowner looking to sell a house is one of the most challenging parts, and demands consistent work. The same can be said for winning listings. Most of the time, this may seem so demanding that it appears as though you are fighting an uphill battle. Worry less, as in this post, you will be exposed to some proven tips on how to win real estate listings from homeowners as a real estate agent!   1. Be Strategic Winning a listing from a homeowner is not a tea party. Irrespective of your market, getting a listing agreement comes with great effort and diligence. It is a monster challenge, especially newbies in the real estate industry. As a ...
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By Salvatore Bochicchio, IRS Tax Problem Solver
(East Coast Tax Consulting Group LLC)
In the past, the IRS has assigned verification numbers to victims of identity theft to file their tax returns, if requested by the victimized individual. These numbers are referred to as identity protection (IP) PINs. The IP PIN is a six-digit code known only to the taxpayer and the IRS. It helps prevent identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns using a taxpayer’s personally identifiable information.The IP PIN serves as the key to an individual’s tax account. Electronically filed returns that do not contain the correct IP PIN will be rejected, and paper returns will go through additional scrutiny for fraud.The IRS launched the IP PIN program nearly a decade ago to protect confirmed identity theft victims from ongoing tax-related fraud. In recent years, the IRS has expanded the...
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By David Wood, Southwest Florida Living Begins Here
(Greater SWFL Homes | Premiere Plus Realty)
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By Ryan Sharkey, Condo Specialist
(Keller Williams City Life Realty)
Park and Shore is the newest luxury condominium complex to hit the Downtown Jersey City Waterfront in Newport. Builder, China Construction America teamed up with famed architect, Perkins Eastman, to deliver the latest in luxury living to Jersey City. With homes ranging from studio - three bedroom and a bevy of first-class amenities Park and Shore has quickly become the talk of the town.One Bedroom condos priced from $695,000Two Bedroom condos priced from $999,000For more information on Park and Shore and other luxury communities on the Jersey City waterfront visit:
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These days, with the advent of new technology and hands-on learning techniques online, it’s no longer necessary to obtain real estate training in person. There are many online real estate schools that offer exclusive training and certification courses, all from the comfort of your own home. But choosing the right one can often seem a little daunting.Here you’ll find some important considerations to make when reviewing online schools to train and obtain your real estate or broker’s license.Make Sure the School You Choose is Legitimate  One of the first things you’ll need to do when selecting the best online real estate school is to make certain it’s been legitimately licensed by your state. The real estate commission for your state will maintain a list of approved and licensed online rea...
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When dealing with clients, we would want to ensure they have copies of the documents that are part of their real estate purchase. Using electronic measures would allow one to always offer a blank and finished copy to the signers. If a client doesn't have electronic capabilities to sign, you have to think a step ahead. This means possibly making an extra copy in case they want both the before and after signature copies.  I remember the first time I had the opportunity to use an electric copy. This was a game changer for me! It allows my life to have less clutter but still have any reference I need!
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By Kelly Green-Krist, CPA
(Green Krist CPA PLLC)
The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted on December 27, 2020, deals with the annual tax extenders. Congress made some of them permanent, while others got short- or long-term extensions.These are the big five Form 1040 tax breaks that were scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020: Exclusion from income for cancellation of acquisition debt on your principal residence (up to $2 million) Deduction for mortgage insurance premiums as residence interest 7.5 percent floor to deduct medical expenses (instead of 10 percent) Above-the-line deduction for tuition and fees Non-business energy property tax credit for energy-efficient improvements to your principal residence Here is what Congress did with each of these five provisions: Cancellation of debt. Extended through ...
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By Zachary Parker, Real Estate Marketing Pro | SEO Gun for Hire
(ProSource Media)
While Cambridge is technically outside of the City of Boston, data trends in the housing market and in particular the rental market in Cambridge closely mirror that of Boston.  Both are highly cyclical markets that depend heavily on apartment turnover from the local student population.  So while Boston’s rental market is reeling due to inventory spikes, it should come as no surprise that the same supply issues are occurring in Cambridge.Cambridge may be best known as the home of two famous universities:  Harvard and MIT.  Like most of the area’s Universities, both adopted remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year, severely hampering the influx of students we normally see in September.   As a result, the real estate market in Cambridge has experienced quite a bit of fluctuation in te...
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I am currently enrolled in my real estate course online and we are learning about ethics and conduct. I have reviewed newsletters on the website and researched cases online. I was surprised to discover the number of violations that were associated with misrepresentation in advertising and bad record-keeping. For bad record-keeping, there were a number of individuals that did not supervise individuals under their brokerage. There were instances where people deceived the broker or comingled the funds. When this happens it is my understanding that the brokerage license is revoked. With how severe the penalties in your experience have you ever had this happen or heard of this happening to someone under a broker that was penalized?What type of measures do brokers use to prevent this from hap...
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By Brandii Hollis
(eXp Realty)
So, I've decided to give blogging a try. I'm not completely sure how this is going to go, but I'm hoping it will be informational and fun! I thought I'd start by giving you some information about me. I am a real estate agent in Sacramento, CA. Real estate is a passion of mine. It makes me so happy to see my clients find the home of their dreams or help them sell their home to just the right buyer. Home buying and selling is a very personal process and I think that many people get intimidated by it. So, my goal is to make it a fun and exciting experience for them. In addition to being a real estate agent, I'm a student at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), a wife and mom to two very ornery boys. I love beer and wine tasting with friends, traveling and attending sporting events. (W...
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By Carin Molin, Home - Where Life Happens, We lead You to it!
(Top Agent Realty Group)
The last 6 to 9 months seems to have had so much pent up demand in the areas I sell and do leasing in.. But this month is the first time its seems to have slowed slightly.  Inventory is still super low, but people are slowing with the competitive bidding and have just decided to wait it out if they didnt find what they were hoping for.  I had one client change their plans completely since we starting on the house buying search, and one that is willing to wait and not go crazy with overspending and just wait till they have a better chance against cash buyers paying over list.I hope all is well across the country and I feel so blessed to have 70 degree days right now.. 
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