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 Lori Benson, Success With Lori
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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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WOW... I'm so excited to become a Realtor! This is part of my 120-hour Sales Agent Pre-Licensing! I have always understood the value of and have used realtors but did not understand what it took to become a realtor that someone knows, likes, and trusts :-) During my studies, it has been made clear that the training is intense! It's not hard per se, but evidence of everything involved in becoming the best sales agent a person could become is very eye-opening. I've learned that honesty, integrity, and competency are the most valuable asset you could possess when becoming involved in real estate. I was also shocked at how many realtors end up losing their license for either:  Not disclosing criminal activity Committing criminal activity  While everyone should be given a chance to rectify, ...
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Don’t miss out on this elegant abode that is up for sale in Rochester, MI. The search is over for the home of your dreams with this craftsman-style and custom-built home. Live in a home with timeless elegance set in a perfect location in Cumberland Pines with a walking distance to downtown Rochester.  Impressive craftsman-style gables and exposed rafters accentuate the earthy elements of this humble home. Featuring 4 bedrooms, 4.1 bathrooms, and 3834 square feet of living space, including a lower-level basement.  Custom-built in 2009, every detail and corner of this home is skillfully decorated. Take special note of its innovative open floor plan with beautiful Brazilian cherry hardwood floors that extends all throughout the main level.  As you step into the foyer, you are greeted by a ...
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I have bought and sold rural homes around Flagstaff, Sedona, Cottonwood for nearly 8 years now and it's getting more difficult to find a good value up north.  Demand is as high there as anywhere in the state, escpecially now that the Pandemic of one year ago has changed the work scene.  We all know employers are allowing more and more "work remote", and it's driving up the demand for rural and smaller-town properties.  I don't see any end in sight for the rise in value at this point.  I've had both listings and buyers successfully buy and sell however it's clearly a seller's market and inventory priced under $300 per square foot keeps getting hard to find.  Paulden, Parks, Cottonwood, Cornville, Chino Valley, Williams, Doney Park, Flagstaff Sedona and Prescott, there are no exceptions t...
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By Loren Rea
(Truman & Co. Real Estate Services)
There is no time like spring time in the Keys. The islands come alive with flora and fauna and the waters surrounding our islands are teeming with great fishing opportunities.  May is always an attractive month for anglers to come try their skills fighting the 'silver king' - - the tarpon. My move to Key West in August 1996 was mainly to go fishing. I moved here from southern Connecticut and my first trip to the Keys was in the early 90s. I had never seen clear water before and fell in love with the charm of the island and friendly people. My first job was at the Key West Citizen, the only daily newspaper in the Keys. I am a graphic artist by trade so I got a job, rented my place in Connecticut and moved down to Key West. I never looked back. There is plenty to be thankful for here in p...
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By Victoria Manayan
Hello Fellow Active Rainers! Today I, Victoria Manayan, am making my first Blog Post here as an assignment in my curriculum for licensing in Utah as a Real Estate Agent. While working through the Ethics material in the course I found that there are MANY ethics problems with Agents that have resulted in disciplinary action. These disciplinary actions taken against the Agents will absolutely affect their ability to do business and earn money. Isn't making money to be a self sufficient citizen and contribute to society, why they chose to be an Agent to begin with?  This leads me to a very important and self- searching question: Why after going through the trouble to take time to be educated in this profession, not to mention the expense, only to sabotage their own efforts by taking risky a...
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By The Residential Buyer - North Carolina, The Residential Buyer | Top Dollar Offer to Sell Y
(The Residential Buyer)
If you’ve inherited a home or are knee deep in navigating through probate, it can be difficult to grasp the tax implications on the sales proceeds you receive. Here’s some common questions we’re going to breakdown: Will the “home sale tax exclusion” apply to a inherited/probate property? What is “stepped-up” basis and how does it impact taxation on an inherited property? How do I calculate “capital gains” tax on the sale price of an Inherited property? How do I calculate “capital loss” on the sale price of an Inherited property? Do I need to pay FEDERAL estate taxes on a probate property? Do I need to pay STATE estate taxes on the probate property? When do I become responsible for Property Taxes on an inherited property? How soon until can I sell this inherited home? Tax laws can alrea...
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By Gerold Ausbon Jr, MOVE CONFIDENTLY WITH A REALTOR YOU CAN TRUST!
(Exp Realty )
When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top four recommended repairs to make before selling your home.Repaint wallsGiving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.Repair floorsHardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their bestby fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider repla...
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Planning Rockport Vacation fishing can be an ultimate bonding experience. Or if you are going to marry, it can be a great bachelor party daytime activity, just a spontaneous weekend trip, or family vacation. Get a group of friends out on the water with some rods and tackle brings you closer.A fishing trip can be a story to be told for a lifetime; unfortunately, a terrible fishing trip can be just as memorable. With the great outdoors, the unpredictability of weather, an uneven bite, there is a lot to plan to make sure you have fun. Here is the surefire way to plan a fishing trip, have a look: Pick the right spot Find the right body of water is a very crucial part. If you are camping, make sure there is a nearby campground accessible for everyone you are bringing. If required, look up ba...
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By Claire Hudson
Money problems are a possible way to lose your real estate license. Failing to pay, borrowing clients' money, using the money for unintended purposes, and combining personal accounts with those meant for work are some examples of many mistakes that can cause a person to lose their license. Many people will trust a licensee in handling their funds. It is important that the licensee is trustworthy and responsible with their money to avoid disciplinary actions and ruining an agent's reputation. 
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By Cristina Ortega, Arizona's Favorite Home Buyer 😊
(Mrs. Property Solutions )
The basics of how to sell your house fast don’t change whether you are selling in a buyer’s or seller’s market. The first few weeks of you selling your house is very crucial. Most buyers will be interested to check out your home during this time so make sure that it is ready to sell on day one. Here are 8 inexpensive tips to help you. Follow these and you will surely get an offer in no time.5 easy steps to sell your house fast 1. Decide if you are really ready to sell You will save a lot of time and effort if you don’t start the process of selling your house before you are even ready or decided. Here are some questions that you gotta ask yourself to know for sure:   Do I have enough to sell this house? If you owe more than your house is worth, it wouldn’t make any sense to sell. It migh...
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By Scotty Gifford, Openning Doors To New Beginnings
(The Gifford Group)
Life is a constant balancing act, and divorce is just another ball to juggle that you might not have seen coming. Staying focused on what is best for you and any children that may be involved. We're no benefit to our children if we are not in balance with ourselves. Divorce comes with huge decisions, and balancing those decisions with making, what we feel is the right choice for all involved. There is the home to contend with and any repairs it may need. We can help you understand what you should know before getting a divorce. Are we keeping the home or selling the home?  The economic consideration is big, and it may play a role with who can afford to keep the house.  Does one of you have to go back to work, or to go to work for the first time after raising a family? The separation of a...
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A few groups want to turn around homes for an addition. It could be a magnificent wellspring of additional money. Continue to peruse to discover some great suggestions which can permit you to discover fantastic properties and opposite them for acquire. In the event that you are buying a house to dwell in, you may get emotional about the space, yet there is no space for this in contributing. Survey on Kingsford Emerged As Normanton Park designer. Committing a foreordained measure of time to learn and making property investments. Therefore, you might want to slice various things to have the option to support your chances of bringing in a lot of cash. Stopping your bowling alliance, as an instance, possibly something that necessities to happen with the goal for you to be prosperous. Try no...
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By William E. Bowles, Richmond's Historic Neighborhood Specialist
(Grand Heritage Homes)
Why So Many Offers on Homes?In this year's fast-paced market, many home buyers are constantly being out-bid on the home of their dreams and many sellers are reaping much higher offer prices than they ever would in a NORMAL real estate market. What is causing such a frenzy and such a hyper-market?The short answer is that there are simply not enough homes on the market from which buyers may choose, ending up in multiple, often unrealistic, offers. The longer answer is a combination of the following:The reasons to the cause of this hyper-over -heated situation lay in what are known as the Five L's:During the housing crisis of 2007-2008, builders were reluctant to build - not knowing whether buyers could or would want to buy. In the ensuing years the 5 L's have made this reluctance worse:LA...
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By The Woodland Companies of Alaska, Alaska Forest Land Experts!
(Woodland Management Service)
Alaska Forestland; Hunting, Timber, Investments! When looking to Buy, Sell or Invest in Forestland anywhere in Alaska, there is only one place to call. When you need an Expert in all facets of Timberland, Hunting Land, and Investment Properties; Call on the Forestland Experts at Woodland Management Service and Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities and their Alaska real estate associates. The experts at Woodland Real Estate and Woodland Management Service have over 30 years of experience in working with hunting and timber land investments throughout North America. When you are ready to get serious about your forestland investments, call on the Forest Land Professionals.
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By Eleanor Mann, Marketing ideas for Real Estate Pros
     You’ve made a new blog post for your real estate website, now what?You’ve carefully written and revised a fantastic real estate blog post for your website. You’ve handed it over to your web designer and they posted it on your website. Are you done? Like, “set it and forget it”?No way, Jose! No one in the world will see it, except your friends and family that you insisted look at it. Are they your homebuying prospects? Nah. You need to shout it out so the world can see it. But how?Here are some quick and easy things you can do to get the word out; Use a ping tool to send your new post out to the search engines. Post the article url on all your social media with a provocative comment to let people know it’s worth clicking on. Go on to Quora, write a question that your article answers...
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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen I have recently started taking my real estate classes and was instructed to do a blog on this page. I have read a few blogs from a few months ago to recent. I chose a topic from my class as money fraud as the title states and the reason I chose it was because I as a trainee to this amazing profession never really thought about or even heard about agents doing this to their clients. I done a few google researches and saw a lot of scams on this and how to avoid it but I wonder how legit those are as well. If anyone has information on them feel free to let me know because as a new soon to be agent I am curious to know what to be informed of and how to deal with those situations if any ever occur. Thank you your comment will be appericate and I hope to po...
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By Cardinal Creek Properties, realestate
(Cardinal Creek Properties)
Cardinal Creek Properties is a real estate solutions company based out of Trenton.  We’re a family owned business and focus on helping homeowners like you find solutions for your problem whether you’re going through a foreclosure, can’t sell your property, or just need to sell their house for all kinds of reasons. 
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By ActiveRain Dev, Continuous Improvement
It's been a busy week for us ActiveRain developers.  We have released a number of changes  that will hopefully make your experience better.Here's what we've released this week:- Minor formatting and text changes to the site layout and several pages- Bug fixes to the front-end codeHope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
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