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 Catina Willis, Real Estate Broker, Business Loans, Coach
(Next Level Realty & Investments)
TikTok is quickly becoming one of the most popular social media platforms, and it's perfect for real estate marketing. Why? Because TikTok is all about short, attention-grabbing videos. And what's more attention-grabbing than a beautiful property or the crazy real estate business? If you're thinking about joining TikTok or are simply curious about how to use TikTok for business read on for everything you need to know.How to Use TikTok for your Real Estate Business Create a personal TikTok page with a branded profile that promotes your real estate business. Use relevant keywords in your profile name and bio. Make sure your account is public and include a link in the bio to increase traffic to your website or blog. Use TikTok to share behind-the-scenes footage of what it takes to sell a h...
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By Hubert Miles, Certified Master Inspector
(Home Inspection Insider)
If you're considering getting an electric fireplace insert, you might wonder what your options are. I'll give you a rundown of the different types of electric fireplace inserts and the pros and cons of each one. That way, you can decide which type of electric fireplace insert is right for you and your home.1. Standard Electric Fireplace InsertsThese are the most common type of electric fireplace inserts. They typically come with a metal surround and a glass front. The standard electric fireplace insert is designed to be placed into an existing fireplace opening. Electric fireplace inserts are insertable units that can be placed into an existing fireplace. They come in various styles and can be used with or without gas lines. Many people choose electric fireplace inserts because they off...
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By Brian Kidder, Analyst and Writer
Despite not yet reaching pandemic levels of affordability, Austin's real estate market has slowed down slightly as its number of home sales decreases. Other major cities across America are experiencing similar trends. Despite this slowdown in the number of homes sold, the average home price has remained relatively stable since the beginning of 2022, indicating that there is still plenty of room for buyers to bid up prices even if they aren't buying at the rate they were before COVID-19 hit. As a result, the Austin real estate market is still favoring buyers, but the signs of slowing down cannot be overlooked. Therefore, they should be considered when making future market analyses and forecasts for the city. Will this market moderation impact Austin's commercial real market as a whole?Au...
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By Samuel Rhoads, Title and Escrow Services
When buying or selling a property, it’s important to have all the details and paperwork in order. You don’t want to lose your rights as a buyer or seller, and you certainly don’t want to miss deadlines for taxes and other fees. In addition, the title of your property is one of the most important considerations when purchasing real estate. To ensure everything goes smoothly during your property transaction, you will need to hire third party services like buyers and sellers title services to assist with these concerns. If you are looking to buy a home, sell an existing home, or even lease a place to live, you may need services that help manage the titles of your property. It is important that if you are on either side of this transaction that you understand what buyers and sellers title s...
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By Susan Aincham, Real Estate Investor
Misrepresentation The example given in my training is “agent showing potential buyer notices that there is a water leak coming out the bottom of the water heater.  Agent is worried that this might deter the buyer from buying the home, so the agent misleads the buyer into thinking that all water heaters leak in that area…”This sounds like the agent does not have much experience, so thinks it is ok to say the first thing that come to their mind, this is always the wrong thing to do!  Any problems seen on a walk through should be noted and brought to the listing agents attention, especially water as it can get worst and the damage spread.  In addition to getting the leak fixed but, because the buyers heard you voice you were reporting the issue, they also know now you will not let somethin...
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By Brian Petruzzelli, LA and Las Vegas Homes For Sale
(LA and Las Vegas Real Estate)
Hermosa beach is one of a kind. The beautiful weather lends itself to year round fun and it is a go-to place for travelers and locals looking for an excursion. Fill your itinerary with these activities for your next trip in Hermosa Beach. Take a Walk on the Hermosa Beach PierTake in views of the beautiful hermosa beach pier which forms an important part of the neighborhood's identity. The structure extends 1000ft into the ocean. It offers sweeping views of the adjacent Santa Monica Bay and is especially breathtaking at sunsetWalk or Bike the StrandEnjoy a pier to pier to walk on the strand.  This walk connects the Hermosa Beach pier with the nearby Manhattan Beach pier. The 2-mile path is perfect for a scenic bike ride or stroll. For more ambitious bike riders, consider riding the 22-mi...
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Hello readers my name is Justice Sumnall, and this is my first blog post. My topic will be about dual representation and the importance of being an ethical agent regarding the topic.As real estate agents our jobs depend on our clients, and they depend on us. We are their connection to the real estate world as well as the link between them and the seller. They rely on us to have their best interest in mind as we deal with their money to get them what they need. As such it's important to be ethical since being unethical has the potential to ruin your reputation and connections with the clients.That being said it is unfortunate that there are still some agents that will represent both parties and either fail to or refuse to inform the parties of the representation. The reason as to why it ...
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By Tony Laurendi, Mortgage and Real Estate Professional
(Reliable Mortgage)
MortgageOrb, Sept. 2, 2022–Michael BatesThe average home sold for less than its list price for the first time in over 17 months during the four-week period ending August 28, as the housing market cooldown continued, according to a new report from Redfin.
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By Joshua Zorn, Full-time Real Estate Agent serving tri-county, FL
(True Florida Real Estate - Side Inc.)
Welcome home to The Watergarden. 18th-floor unit overlooking pool, elevated green-space, and gorgeous view of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Beautiful property grounds include a pool, spa, movie theater, library, club room, gym, billiards room, & more! Rental payment includes water, trash, cable, & wifi. Complimentary valet & 1 parking spot in garage. Walking distance to beautiful Las Olas Boulevard, restaurants, Riverwalk, museums, nightlife, beaches, and airport.Offered at $4,500/mView listing at:
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By Prime Realty, The best boutique firm in South Carolina!
(Prime Realty)
Interior Designers and Home Stagers are similar but also, very different.The Real Estate industry contains several professions and services that are instrumental to the success of the transaction. Several buyers and sellers are familiar with the importance inspectors, lenders, and appraisers hold to the transaction. But what about the individuals that arranges or stages the furniture? These individuals are referred to as home stagers.Different from interior designers, home stagers must appeal to the buyers by personalizing or depersonalizing the space in preparation for the sale. Prior to designing, an interior designer must consider the customer’s individualistic or familial personality and lifestyle to deliver a tailored environment perfectly suited to them. What advantage do staged h...
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By Shay Brown, McCann’s Roofing is passionate about
(McCann's Roofing and Construction)
A roof that squeaks, creaks, or, worst of all, leaks. When you are dealing with a leaking roof, here are some things to keep in mind. McCann’s Roofing & Construction is one call away, (405) 259-9998!Remember the acronym R.L.D.F., which stands for rain, lightning, damage, and flood, since there are many different ways your roof might get damaged.R – Reach for a towel or bucket to stop the immediate drip. Next and most importantly, immediately reach out to your local contractor for review.L – Locate and look for the leak before it becomes a bigger problem. Leaking roofs are often detected by the sight and sound of dripping water. Despite rain or shine, there are other signs you must look out for if you’re suspicious about roof leaks, including: Rooms with a musty smell.  Water stains on y...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Are you selling your house? If so, you likely want to find the best offer as quickly as possible. Ensuring that you get the best deal is important to you as well.Though there are plenty of ways to sell a house, selling a house for cash is one of the best. Why?Going this route can ease a lot of stress while giving you a lot of advantages. Is this option right for you? Read on to learn more about the benefits of selling a house for cash.1. Time SavedThe traditional home-selling process can be time-consuming and often takes months to complete. Selling for cash eliminates the need to wait for mortgage approvals, home inspections, and appraisals. This can save home sellers considerable time and allow them to move on with their lives more quickly.2. Money SavedThe amount of cash sales among e...
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By Hard Money Colorado, Colorado Hard Money Loans
(Good Funds Lending, LLC)
“Hard Money Loans” are underwritten primarily based on real estate (the “hard asset”) value. In contrast, banks often focus on borrowers’ income, credit history, etc. to underwrite loans in addition to real estate value.The hard money loan process is often much easier and faster than a bank (days or weeks rather than months). This is because hard money lenders are typically not concerned with income, etc., and all the related documentation and verification.Hard money lenders will often will only provide loans up to 70% of the real estate value (even less for some property types). Interest rates (and/or APRs) are typically, but not always, higher with hard money lenders compared to banks.People use hard money loans when: A bank is too slow, and the deal or situation requires quick fundin...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
A backyard is one of the most versatile things about a home. There are so many things that people can do with them. As a result, allowing your backyard to sit empty and unused is a massive waste of potential. The following are some of the best things you can do to your backyard this summer.Have a Pool ConstructedYou can make your backyard a place of play and relaxation by adding a gorgeous pool to it. Doing so would offer you the benefit of giving you a place to cool off during the summer heat. In addition, it would also allow you to go swimming whenever you feel like it since you would be able to access it from the comfort of your own home. Plus, it would be a great way to make your backyard look more beautiful in general.One of the best things about deciding to add one to your home is...
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By Cassandra Casto, Helping to make your "home sweet home" a possibili
JUST LISTED! 914 Lilac Street, Celina Ohio $220,000 Welcome home to this beautiful Cape Cod home in Celina's Kessler's 3rd addition, a short distance from area schools. This home offers just under 1400 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. Kitchen with breakfast bar. Appliances include Range/Oven, Microwave & Refrigerator. Lots of cupboard and counter space including lazy susan and breadbox. Separate Dining Room with French Style door leading to the backyard. Front Living Room with Bay Window in addition to the Family Room is the perfect amount of space for entertaining family and friends. Built-in's separate the family room from the den/office with roll top desk. Laundry and 1/2 bath on main level. Large Master with walk-in closet, full heated bath, and second & third bedrooms up...
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By Thomas Harder
(Solar Energy)
7 Best 500 Watt Solar Panel (Reviews)We're confident you've decided to go solar. You want to find the greatest solar panels. A reliable manufacturer will increase the efficiency of your solar panel. Recent advances in the solar sector include the 500-watt solar panel, which is among the most innovative.The maximum solar power required for big and medium solar systems is 500 watts. This capability may be employed to reduce space while also producing more power. You can obtain the same amount of solar electricity from a 500 watt solar panel as you can from a 200 or 300 watt solar panel. It is intended to connect to any device.What Factors Should You Consider When Purchasing A 500 Watt Solar Panel?Before choosing a 500-watt panel, consider the following critical qualities. Low-quality, sub...
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By Ryan Zomorodi, Real Estate Investing Expert - Real Estate Skills
Wholesaling real estate is a great strategy for beginners who want to get into investing but don’t have the funds or the experience to do it on their own. It involves scouting potential deals on behalf of an investor and collecting substantial fees just for acting as the middleman in a transaction. After teaching thousands of real estate investors around the country to flip contracts on houses for profit, I know that anyone who follows a tried and true process can earn five to six figures per month with this strategy.It doesn’t require a license or years of schooling to wholesale real estate, but it requires patience and a thorough understanding of the local market. So, if you’re thinking about wholesaling houses, here’s a step-by-step look at how it’s done.What Is Wholesaling Real Esta...
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By Darryl Shurgin, Multistate Mortgage Pro 25+ years
(Contour Mortgage)
I find alot of agents shy away from transactions with a veteran getting VA financing.  Often more from rumor than actual experience.  If so, you're missing a wonderful market, and also these are extremely advantageous loans for qualifying  veterans.While the VA program has certain requirements that a conventional mortgage does not, they happen to be one of the lowest rate loan product on the planet, allow veterans to borrow 100% of the purchase price of the home, 3% seller concession towards closing costs, and usually don't take any longer to close than a conventional mortgage.  I will always offer eligible veterans both options, first for VA and then for conventional.  So if you've had a bad experience in the past, possibly the problem was with the lender having limited experience with...
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By Ann M Huddock, MN & WI REALTOR®️ with Fathom Realty
(Southeast MN Homes)
It can happen in minutes — first a spark of a flame, that spreads rapidly as it searches for fuel. The next thing you know, you could have a life-threatening fire on your hands. But many fires can be prevented with these simple precautions. Most fatal fires in Minnesota happen where people feel safest — in their homes. That’s the bad news. The good news is that most fires are preventable if families simply take the time to discuss fire prevention.Some interesting MN fire facts: Home fires in Minnesota resulted in 64 deaths in 2020 and 37 in 2021. There are 725 fire departments in MN with nearly 87% of all firefighters across the state being volunteer firefighters (data source here).Minnesota wildfire danger & burning restrictions are updated daily on the MN DNR Website. And for an inter...
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By DJ Parker, Realtor serving Hampton Roads Virginia
(EXP Realty LLC)
Pros of Living in Chesapeake Virginia: Schools My #1 pro of living in Chesapeake, Virginia is the main reason my family and I live here.  Chesapeake is well known for its high ranking Public Schools.  According to, Chesapeake Public Schools are ranked 14th out of the 131 school districts in Virginia.  Additionally it was given an A- as an overall grade on that website.  Chesapeake has 7 high schools throughout the city in addition to 10 middle schools and 28 elementary schools.  If you have school aged children, the school system is definitely something you want to consider when looking where to live.  Even if you don’t have children this is an important factor as it improves the overall value of the homes in the area.    2. Crime One of the major pros of living in Chesapeake,...
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