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 Lisa Thornton, Real Estate Guru
There is a lot that can go wrong with home improvement projects. Remodeling or fixing up your home can make it a much nicer place to live and can raise your property value if you do it correctly. This is a bit of advice we have put together for you to keep in mind on your next home improvement weekend.Stay true to the property and the neighborhood when you take on major renovations. If you live on a street of suburb ranch-style homes, then putting in a colonial mansion is not going to get you the desired result you're after. It will be out of place and not something anyone else will be willing to pay for later.Decorating your walls on a tight budget can be quite simple and requires no painting. Consider buying a large quilt or an interesting piece of tapestry and affixing it to your wal...
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Each day is a new year for a marketer, you have to study the market each day and have to build a new strategy. In case you’re a social media marketer, you might be working on your strategic plan for success in this as well as in the coming years. Congratulations! You landed on the right page, we’ve got you a variety of resources so that you can settle your marketing plan for the rest of the year and obviously for the year. We have tried to cover most of the important aspects which will help you in growing your business. However, before you get started and know how to manage your social media strategy, it is important for you to look ahead and ensure that you’re using your precious time and efforts well. In this blog post, we will take you to the expected and current trends and how you c...
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By Ryan Hendrix, "We know real estate"
(Grandiose Real Estate )
Contact us today to tour one of only 20 residences in the Conrad building. A grandeur private beach villa complimented with breathtaking ocean views and one of a kind craftsmanship and attention to detail. Unit boast the most sqft for this floor plan in the whole building. Over 500k in fine upgrades. Not one inch spared in absolute beauty. Completely energy efficient smart-home that allows you to control everything in the condo from an I-pad. Custom Princeton kitchen cabinetry, sub-zero refrigerator & stove, custom built bar with sub-zero refrigerator and freezer drawers, miele whole bean coffee/espresso maker, custom glass shelving. Marble bathrooms. Two indoor linear fireplaces. Housekeeping and laundry services are included in the ownership of the property. Pet friendly. One of a kin...
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Structural engineers are those engineering professionals who help the owners by checking the important factors such as force, air, water, and how a building can strongly withstand them without causing any damage. Structural calculations are done to estimate whether or not a building can hold up and resist these natural forces when they are caused. Universal Engineering has expertise in structural engineer West Palm Beach, who offers reliable calculations for any type of construction.What is the necessity to hire structural engineering west palm Beach service, providers?Hiring structural engineers became a necessity in the present days, it is because the buildings are huge and at the same time these constructions need to stand for the strong wind or other natural disasters too. Here are ...
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As agents, Real estate professionals have a responsibility to act honestly and to put their clients first. This is clearly stated throughout an agents licensing training. The National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics set the standard for Realtor business practices. This means that any REALTOR you work with has voluntarily agreed to abide by the Code Of Ethics. These Ethics are one of the best safety measures for an agent and their clients. When you set out to buy or sell a house, there is a lot of money on the line. A consumer needs to know that they can trust their agent. Which is why Honesty is mentioned twice in both Article 1 and 12 in the Code of Ethics. Real Estate professionals are held to certain standards to keep their clients, customers, general public, and other agents ...
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By Ralph Williams, "The very best in sales & leadership training."
(Bottom Line University)
This isn't just about our businesses, it's about life and the way we all treat each other as well.
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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 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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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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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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By Kelly Sollinger, People over profit every time.
(Georgia Fair Offer)
If you’ve inherited a property and you’re planning to sell it, make sure you read this blog post for 3 tips about how to price your inherited home in Atlanta for sale…Did you inherit a property that you’re now thinking about selling? While an inherited property can be a wonderful gift from a loved one who has passed on, it can also (quite frankly) be a costly burden. So selling it makes sense and allows you to use the gifted equity for some other purpose. But selling an inherited property may not come easy to you, especially if you haven’t sold a property in a while. So here’s how to price your inherited home in Atlanta for sale…Tip #1: Price Quick To SellSome people price their inherited property at an amount they think the market might pay for the house. However, there are many factor...
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By Blake Joerger, "Your Realtor® for Always" serving Portland area
(Coldwell Banker)
It was a strange year.... probably the strangest I've ever had.... sales were good, yet social distancing made it odd for sure!  
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By Hilary Johnson, Selling Colorado Springs By The Yard!
(eXp Realty LLC)
How To Launch Your Own BPO "Side Hustle" In The Next 30 Days!Looking for a side hustle that will improve your Real Estate knowledge then I might just have the answer! No one gets into Real Estate thinking they won't make any money. But even though the market is still really good there are agents still struggling to make any money as a Realtor. In 2007 I was a Realtor in a small brokerage in Orange VA. Our market of farms and land had been one of the last to experience the fall out and I am sitting in the office on floor duty when a company called looking for an agent to do a BPO. Little did I know a year later that same company would refer me to one of largest Asset Companies as an REO agent.I completed a few BPO's for them but very soon other companies started calling or emailing me wi...
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By Jodi Juranty, Real Estate Investor
(JEM Purchases)
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By Austyn Ekker
Money Problems is one of the 21 ways that you can lose your Real Estate License.  Money problems can include commingling, failing to account for funds, or failing to remit money that belongs to another.  I feel that money problems is the biggest threat to principals and of the 21 ways to lose a license this one impacts the principals the most.It is prudent that you have a seperate bank account for Real Estate funds and that you deposit any funds that a principal is trusting you with into that seperate bank account.  An agent must not touch these funds as they do not actually belong to the agent.  If the funds are deposited into an agents active bank account, the funds could get confused with their own and spent.  Commingling of funds has resulted in many Real Estate fraud cases.Your pri...
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