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 Nic Stohler, Commercial Property Owner & SEO Consultant
(Gateway Private Equity Group)
You likely work with all buyers and sellers as a real estate agent. But have you considered specializing in working with real estate investors? Becoming an "investor-friendly real estate agent" can help you stand out in a competitive market.   So what exactly does it take? First, you need to understand investors' goals and strategies intimately. Investors aren't looking for just any property - they need to find undervalued gems with strong return potential. You should focus on the market's pulse to identify promising deals. You must also grasp investors' unique tactics to finance and negotiate optimal win-win deals. While any agent can facilitate transactions, investor-friendly realtors bring specialized skills to guide clients strategically. You become their trusted partner, helping th...
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By Kim Smith, Real Estate Agent in Escambia & Santa Rosa County
(Levin Rinke Realty)
An important factor shaping today’s market is the number of homes for sale. And, if you’re considering whether or not to list your house, that’s one of the biggest advantages you have right now. When housing inventory is this low, your house will stand out, especially if it’s priced right.But there are some early signs that more listings are coming. According to the latest data, new listings (homeowners who just put their house up for sale) are trending up. Here’s a look at why this is noteworthy and what it may mean for you.More Homes Are Coming onto the Market than UsualIt’s well known that the busiest time in the housing market each year is the spring buying season. That’s why there’s a predictable increase in the volume of newly listed homes throughout the first half of the year. Se...
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By Audrina Stickney
(Agent Professor)
I am going to be writing about dishonesty in real estate and why it's important to be an honest agent. There are a lot of ways to be a dishonest realtor. Dishonesty to me isn't just telling lies. Dishonesty, to me, is lying, white lying, misleading, false advertising, withholding information or being sneaky in any way. Living life honest just in general is a good way to live. Dishonesty can lead to a lost license and the lie wouldn't of been worth it in the end. Even if you get away with something once you won't get away with it forever. How does dishonesty affect others? Let's say a buyer or seller has a dishonest agent. It's a couples first house and they are so excited, it's a really big once in a life time experience. Then their realtor is misleading and false advertising, the realt...
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When your home appliances start acting up, it's tempting to roll up your sleeves and attempt a do-it-yourself repair. However, there are many reasons why hiring a professional appliance repair company can be a smarter choice. In this article, we'll delve into the benefits of relying on experts for appliance repairs instead of embarking on a DIY adventure.The Complexities of Appliance RepairUnderstanding the IntricaciesHome appliances are intricate machines with numerous components that must work together seamlessly. While some issues might appear simple on the surface, they can be indicative of more complex underlying problems. Professional repair technicians have the training and experience to diagnose these issues accurately and provide effective solutions.Avoiding Further DamageAttem...
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By Rex Thomas, Rex Thomas: Redefining Real Estate
(Samson Properties)
Step into the world of luxurious and spacious living with 7407 Federline Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043! This remarkable single-family home is a true embodiment of comfort and style, offering 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and an expansive 3,000 square feet of living space.A Haven of Tranquility and EleganceNestled in the charming community of Ellicott City, this residence harmonizes comfort, style, and convenience. The 4 thoughtfully designed bedrooms strike a perfect balance between personal space and connected living. The primary bedroom suite, complete with its private bathroom featuring a soothing soaking tub and a walk-in closet, promises a retreat-like experience. Each additional bedroom is generously sized and comes with its own closet, ensuring everyone's privacy is respected.​Expansive L...
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By Marcus Maupin, Marcus Maupin is the Co-founder of National Real E
(National Real Estate Investors Network LLC)
What is the Employee Retention Credit program?| What is ERC program?Visit  Or Call Lindsay at  877-506-3999About The ERC ProgramWhat is the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)?ERC is a stimulus program designed to help those businesses that were able to retain their employees during the Covid-19 pandemic.Established by the CARES Act, it is a refundable tax credit – a grant, not a loan – that you can claim for your business. The ERC is available to both small and mid-sized businesses. It is based on qualified wages and healthcare paid to employees.Up to $26,000 per employee- Available for 2020 and the first 3 quarters of 2021- Qualify with decreased revenue or COVID event- No limit on funding- ERC is a refundable tax creditHow much money can you get back?You can claim...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Owning a dream home is a goal that many aspire to achieve. However, it can be difficult to finance your dream home, especially if you are working on a budget. There are several innovative ways to finance your home and make your dream a reality. This blog will explore five strategies to help you finance your dream home, from saving for a down payment to considering a loan with a low-interest rate and seeking financial advice from professionals. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of financing your dream home and making it a reality.Look Into Government-Sponsored ProgramsNumerous government programs are available that can help you finance your dream home. For example, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) offers a variety of programs that can help qualified buyers wi...
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By Tyson Schuetze, Tyson Schuetze Auben Realty
(Auben Realty)
Retired marines, 25% management fees, and why roofs matter…My investment career would have one more sharp detour before I had to deal with the aftermath of 2008. My partner Jeff and I had decided our inter-state enterprise lacked efficiency, along with profitability. He wanted to focus on wholesaling and I wanted to learn how to act like a responsible investor—something that would take another 10 years for me to really figure out. I stopped looking in Orangeburg, Irmo, and Greenwood, SC and narrowed the scope of my search to Augusta and the greater CSRA (Central Savannah River Area). Unfortunately, geography was the only thing narrowed in my search for investment real estate. I still didn’t know how to find or buy investment real estate, but I found a partner named Scott who was known t...
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By Jeff Moore, REALTOR® Specializing In New Construction
(Holt Real Estate LLC)
                                                            Why buy new construction vs used homes?                                                               There are several advantages to buying new construction homes compared to used homes. Here are some reasons why people choose to buy new construction: Customization: When purchasing a new construction home, you often have the opportunity to customize certain aspects of the design and layout. This includes selecting finishes, fixtures, paint colors, flooring materials, and sometimes even the floor plan. This level of customization allows you to create a home that suits your personal preferences and needs. Modern Features and Amenities: New construction homes are typically built with modern features and amenities. These can incl...
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By Haley K, Sales Agent Student
In the early 1960's Disney began looking for a place to build another theme park. He wanted to purchase land somewhere on the East coast. Knowing that an announcement of the area that Disney planned to build would make land prices skyrocket, they decided to be an undisclosed principal. With the sellers of the land not knowing who was purchasing, the price was fair and not inflated.   
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By mark williams, We create cool AI tools for Real Estate Pros
(Virtual House Flip)
In today’s fiercely competitive real estate market, standing out as an agent requires something truly exceptional. While many rely on traditional methods, the evolving landscape demands innovative approaches. Discerning buyers and sellers now seek more sophisticated solutions that go beyond conventional offerings.Revolutionizing Property Redesign: Confronting Challenges Head-OnIn the face of ordinary or challenging listings, a groundbreaking web app emerges as a powerful tool. Utilizing cutting-edge AI technology, it empowers agents to transform both the exterior and interior of properties, influenced by the expertise of renowned architects and interior designers.Key Features: Unlocking Potential with Your Home Design/Room Planner/Interior Designer ToolAI-Powered Redesign: Transforming ...
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By Derek Vaughan, Your Real Estate Friend
The community of South Pasadena (in Los Angeles County) is a relatively small community by Los Angeles standards. It measures just 3 square miles and is home to around 25,000 people. Despite its size, South Pasadena is a giant in real estate demand. The fact that the schools are among the best in Southern California along with the safety and security of its own police and fire departments make this small city a particularly desirable location to raise a family. Due to the small size of the city, South Pasadena housing inventory is usually quite low. At any given time there are around 15 single family homes for sale. As of the date of this article, there are currently 20 single family homes for sale.1003 Monterey Road in South Pasadena is currently for sale in the city. The historic home...
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By Loretta Lowe, Associate Broker/Residential & Commercial
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Good afternoon.  A business acquaintance of mine has a relative in Detroit, Michigan who is looking to sell a family home asap.  The home is being sold "As Is" and they are looking to sell asap.  Can someone recommend an experienced, reliable Realtor servicing the Detroit, MI area who can contact the family asap? They are also willing to speak with investors.  Feel free to contact me at (770) 256-1963 or via email at with any questions. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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By Manuel Angeles, Real Estate Investment Finance, Acquisitions
(Integrous Real Estate Capital)
Los Angeles Multifamily Market Report As of June 8, 2023Los Angeles apartment market conditions provide mixed signals. Several data points suggest the market has stabilized in 2023. Rents, which saw slight declines late last year, reached a floor in early December. Renter demand has improved in recent months compared to the negative net absorption witnessed late last year. While property managers are providing more generous incentives than a year ago, the percentage of properties offering concessions, around 16% at the end of April, has declined from a recent peak of 22% in October 2022.However, on a market-wide basis, vacancy, at 4.6%, continues to increase and is up from a recent low of 3.7% in 22Q1. Both demand and supply have precipitated the increase. Net absorption during the past...
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By Patrick O'Sullivan, CCIM
(Get MULTIfamily)
We are pleased to announce the 2nd Arizona MULTIfamily Investors Networking Event will be on June 7th.The premier networking and educational event for Arizona MULTIfamily Investors will be held in Tempe, AZ, and begins at 4 pm.To register, visit, please register before June 7th as space is limited to 100 multifamily owners and soon-to-be multifamily owners.We look forward to seeing you at the 2nd Arizona MULTIfamily Investors Networking Event!
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By Jason Mathis, Certified Tax Representation Consultant
(Mathis Tax Service)
Are you struggling to keep up with your tax payments, especially when finances are tight? Ignoring your tax debt is not the answer. Instead, taking action and getting into tax compliance should be your top priority. The good news is that the IRS is usually willing to work with taxpayers to resolve their tax debts. However, it's crucial to have a clear understanding of the collection alternatives available to you. In this blog post, we'll discuss what to do when you can't pay your taxes and how to resolve your tax debt. Tax Compliance: The First Step to Resolving Your Tax DebtThe initial step in addressing your tax issue is to get into "tax compliance." This means filing all tax returns due for the last six years and making your current tax payments. Once you're in tax compliance, you ca...
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By Troy Elston, Your Phoenix Neighborhood Real Estate Agent
(West USA Realty)
Stay ahead of the curve with the latest new home builder trends and build the perfect new construction home for your unique lifestyle with our ultimate guideLooking for a comprehensive guide to help you make informed decisions when searching for your dream home? From energy efficiency to sustainable design and smart home features, we cover everything you need to know to build the perfect new construction home for your unique lifestyle.Our guide highlights popular trends that are in, such as multifunctional spaces, outdoor living areas, and personalized design elements, while pointing out trends that are out, including formal living and dining rooms and unused spaces. Check out our blog article "Phoenix New Home Trends in 2023" for a deep dive into the latest new home trends specifically...
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By Joel Richardson, SVP-Central Texas Mortgages, Home Reno Loan "Go-To
 Home renovation can be a great way to add value to your home and make it more comfortable and enjoyable.  There are many different types of renovations that you can do, from minor cosmetic improvements to significant structural changes. Before you get started, it's essential to do some research and create a detailed plan.  This can help you save time, money, and energy in the long run. Working with experienced professionals who can help you make the most of your renovation is also essential. You can open the door to a beautiful new home with the proper knowledge and resources. Assess Your Needs and ResourcesAccording to the article, Craig Webb, editor-in-chief of Remodeling and ProSales magazine, advises: ask yourself what is essential in your ideal home. As an investment, one needs to...
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By Austin McKenzie, Who you work with matters.
I listed a house. In a hot market a home might appraise more than expected. Appraisal passes great according to lender. However deal falls through due to buyer financing. Next buyer agrees to increase their offer if they can see that home really appraised as high as Lender said. Do I have any right as listing agent to get my hands on the appraisal?
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By Nitesha Armstrong
One of the most common ways to lose your license in real estate is mishandling funds. It's one of the most important fiduciary duties of an agent and broker, yet I have read so many articles in the licensing and disciplinary actions section related to money problems in real estate.Money Problems:Failing, within a reasonable time, to account for or to remit money that belongs to another and comes into the person's possession.Commingling money with the person's own money.Diverting money from the purpose for which the money is received.Here are some articles that I came across while learning about the grounds for disciplinary actions. above article is about an agent / bro...
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