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 Karena Jolley, Jolley Realtor
(RE/MAX Gold Selzer Realty & Associates)
country home less than 30min to Ukiah OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhoodMarket Stats $449,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 1,300 sqftLot: 0.32 acre(s)Year Built: 1979MLS #: 322103223 Location 14501 Powerhouse RoadPotter Valley, CA 95469USA Karena Jolley Kelsi Ryan Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty(707) 354-2999mendorealestate@gmail.com   Listed by: Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty Our recent listings Craftsman charm in Ukiah | $369,000 | Ukiah, CA2 parcels with amazing Clearlake views | $99,900 | Lucerne, CALand with potential to build! | $149,000 | Willits, CAGorgeous views and private acreage | $550,000 | Willits, CAFlat and buildable lot in Ukiah Westside Area | $115,000 | Ukiah, CA Subscribe to our listin...
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By Jon Nelson, Real Estate Agent/Auctioneer - Valuation/Advisory
(Seaport Real Estate Services)
Seaport Real Estate Services is not just where I keep my license, its why I keep it. Here are the Reasons:       Culture – From the beginning, my intention was to become licensed in real estate with a specific purpose beyond just “selling”. The goal was to merge a real meaning with the financial rewards it can provide, doing something I truly believe in. This is the guiding principle at Seaport.       Systems & Resources – With a previous appraisal background, I’ve had the advantage of adopting my own “numbers” approach, leveraged by access to proprietary valuation systems and software engineered in-house at Seaport. When consulting Buyers, Sellers, and other Agents on property values, I don’t have a “presentation”, I have a specific philosophy rooted in Valuation, and I stand behind it...
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By Steve Depoe, Taking the stress out of Buying and Selling
(The Rose Realty Team)
Though the housing market is no longer experiencing the frenzy we are experienced a year ago, buyers are showing their interest in purchasing a home. According to U.S. News:Housing markets have cooled slightly, but demand hasn’t disappeared, and in many places remains strong largely due to the shortage of homes on the market.That activity can be seen in the latest Showing Time Showing Index, which is a measure of buyers actively touring available homes. There was a  62% jump in showings from December to January is one of the largest on record. There were also more showings in January than in any other month since last May. As you can tell, it’s normal for showings to increase early in the year, but the jump this January was larger than usual, and a lot of that has to do with mortgage ra...
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By William Koonce
(Chicago Realtor Group)
The sewer camera inspection is a vital process for maintaining a healthy and safe sewer system for homes. It is a cost-effective way to identify potential problems and keep the sewer system running smoothly. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of sewer camera inspections and how it can help keep your sewer system in top condition. If you are buying or selling a home it is good to know your sewer line and drains are all in good working order. Sewer Line Inspections  Sewer line camera inspections are important for identifying potential problems and keeping the sewer system running smoothly. During a sewer scoping inspection, a qualified plumber will inspect the sewer line using a specialized video camera that has a flexible rod attached. This allows the plumbing technician to ge...
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By The Global Real Estate Guy, #GetForeclosureHelpNow
This chapter of the Bankruptcy Code provides for adjustment of debts of an individual with regular income. Chapter 13 allows a debtor to keep property and pay debts over time, usually three to five years. The provision of legal advice will often involve analysing a set of facts and advising a person to take a specific course of action based on the applicable law. 
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By Paul Stokes, North County Rocks!
(Harcourts JADE Properties)
Search current inventory of all Cardiff CA real estate.Cardiff CA Home for Sale Near Beaches, Shopping, Schools and ParksCardiff, CA 92007Reduced Price: $1,195,000MLS number: NDP2300534Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 2.5Square Footage: 1040Call or text Paul and Dean at 858-876-7792 to see if this Cardiff property is still available and arrange a showing.You Will Love the Location and Indoor-Outdoor Lifestyle of This Home!Single story detached Cardiff home with spacious front yard and back yards. Covered patio, built-in barbeque, granite countertops, outdoor shower. New heating system installed 2/24/23. Freshly painted interior. Stainless steel appliances, wine refrigerator. Plantation shutters, blinds and double paned windows. Separate laundry room. Washer and dryer, refrigerator included. Minute...
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By Bruce Breton, Content Marketer For MyState MLS - New Agent
(MY State MLS)
Texas is the home of one of the best barbecue briskets, a large population, and a strong feeling of pride in this State. Texas also offers lower living costs than other regions of the United States and reasonable median home prices.However, buying your first home may take a lot of work, particularly in areas with higher costs, such as Austin. If you need a little help to become a Texas homeowner, one of these programs for first-time buyers will offer a lower interest rate, closing cost, and down amount aid.Fourth Texas Loan for First-time Homebuyers.Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and The Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) provide various opportunities for prospective Texas homeowners.TDHCA My First Texas HomeThis program is only available to fi...
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By Lisa Carroll, Real Estate Team serving the Greater Tampa Area
(Team TLC - Mihara & Associates, Inc)
Our family enjoys using our pool year round in our Land O Lakes, Florida home. Many people heat the pool in the winter and enjoy year round use. While we do not heat ours we enjoy the hot tub during the colder months and the refreshing pool in the warmer months. The pool area becomes part of the living and entertainment space because of our beautiful year round warmer climate!Owning a pool in Florida can be a great way to enjoy the warm climate and make the most of your outdoor space. Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about owning a pool in Florida:Maintenance: Pools require regular maintenance to keep them clean and safe for swimming. This includes regularly testing the chemical balance of the water, cleaning the pool walls and floor, and maintaining the filtration a...
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By Cassisy Lynch-Solis, Real Estate Agent
(Nexthome Navigator)
Dishonesty in any work place is frowned upon, but when working face to face with principals and their hard earned money... Unacceptable. I am new to the real estate world (still taking classes) and learning on the 21 ways to lose a license. This has to be the most common sensed way to lose a license. It also falls into almost all the other 21 ways as well. Who wants an agent who is dishonest with your money? your future? Nobody is the right answer. And who wants to hire a liar? someone who can not be trusted? Again, nobody. When you think about your future in real estate think about the people you are going to be blessed to come into contact with, and grateful to work with, and really think about how you would want to be treated in that situation. Don't take advantage of your future!
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By Zachary Boutin, CPA, Oregon's Tax Problem Solver
(First Response Resolution, LLC)
Welcome to the first blog post from First Response Resolution, LLC! We are a specialty tax firm located in Eagle Point Oregon and the focus of my practice is solving tax problems for individuals and businesses and representing taxpayers before the IRS and State Departments of Revenue. We offer our services online nationwide from the comfort of our client's homes and will provide services on-site to businesses in our area upon request. The goal of this blog is to provide insight and information that is helpful to real estate professionals and the community at large. As we continue to post additional content, feel free to reach out with specific requests for topics that would be useful to you or your clients.Taxes are complicated and tax problems can be incredibly stressful. The longer th...
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By Kelly McQuien, Greater Scottsdale, AZ Home Sales (916) 880-8994
(Realty Executives )
Scottsdale and Paradise Valley AZ HikingScottsdale and Paradise Valley Arizona offer some of the most scenic, picturesque hiking trails in the country!  The area provides a diverse range of outdoor experiences, from easy strolls through the desert to challenging hikes up towering mountains. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just looking for a leisurely nature walk, there's something for everyone in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Many trails offer unique experiences and breathtaking views, making them popular destinations for both locals and tourists.  It is recommended to come prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen, a completely charged cell phone, and appropriate gear.  Please follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural beauty of the area.Popular Hikes in Scottsdale an...
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By Justin Rollo, Broker serving Greater Boston, MA
(Signal Real Estate)
South Boston Condo Market: A Look at the Current LandscapeThe South Boston real estate market is heating up, and the condo market is no exception. With 53 active listings, South Boston is seeing a high demand for its prime location, vibrant community, and growing dining and entertainment scenes. The average list price for condos in the neighborhood is $1,156,231 and they have been on the market for 57 days.Comparing this to a year ago, we see a significant increase in the average list price for condos in South Boston. In the same time period last year, there were also 53 condo listings in the neighborhood, with an average days on market of 75. However, the average list price was significantly lower, at $950,789. This shows that the South Boston condo market is in high demand, with price...
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By David Ramirez, Tax Representation at its Best
(Tax Relief Services)
How to Resolve Your IRS Tax ProblemsIt’s no secret that dealing with the IRS can be a daunting task for business owners. From tax audits to missed payments, there are plenty of ways to get on the wrong side of the IRS. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to resolve your IRS tax problems and get back on track with the government agency. Understand Your Tax Problem – One of the first steps in resolving an IRS tax problem is understanding what kind of issue you’re facing. Are you dealing with an audit? Do you have overdue taxes? Knowing exactly what kind of tax problem you’re facing is key to finding a resolution. The more information you have about your situation, the easier it will be to come up with a solution. Seriously Consider Professional Help – If you’re not sure how to ...
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By Team Tapper, Serving the SF Peninsula & Beyond
Well okay, it's not our first ActiveRain blog post. Team Lead David Tapper, started blogging on ActiveRain over 13 years ago. This is the first post at the team level. On May 10th, 2022, Team Tapper started a new marketing push and initiative which we are calling, "Team Tapper 5.0". In short, it's a buyer focused website & blog where we can post and highlight our featured listings to buyers at various points in the purchasing process. While the team has several outlets to connect to house hunters & home sellers, we are looking for a medium to connect with other Realtors, real estate teams, industry professionals, and brokerages. Our intention is share best practices, industry knowledge, and network with fellow real estate industry stakeholders.  Enter the Team Tapper Realtors ActiveRain...
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By Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso, Professional REALTORS® and Real Estate Investors
(Keller Williams Main Line)
Welcome to our blog. We are Carmine and Debbie Rauso, a married couple who work together in our passion: real estate! We take tremendous pride in being REALTORs® and it never feels like work. We love what we do, and we love who we work with. When we are not immersed in real estate, we enjoy spending time together. As a married couple of over 23 years, we still seek out opportunities to relax and have fun together. We enjoy exploring different cuisines from around the world and cooking together. We relish gathering with family and friends, exploring scenic bike trails in the area, and spending time with our three kids and our rescue dog. We are 15 year residents in Newtown Square, PA, although we are collectively licensed in PA, DE and MD, serving the greater Philly, Wilmington and Balti...
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By Kimberly Chadwick, Residential realtor with team to serve!
(Keller Williams Realty Group)
Meet Matthew Strauss of the M. Walter Group.  Matthew has been exposed to real estate buying, selling, investing, and managing his entire life.   He specializes in many types of commercial real estate estate, which brings a whole new level of service, knowledge, and expertise to my clients. Together, we proudly work under the Keller Williams brand, specializing in residential, commercial, luxury, land, relocations, business expansion, investment, and OGM (oil, gas and mineral).....nothing is too big or too small.Kim Chadwick 215-527-5134Matthew Strauss 484-961-0731#realestate #luxury #commercialsales #commercialrealestate #leasing #residentialrealestate #realtor #officespace #industrial #OGM #business #kimchadwick #mwalterstrauss  
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By Rhona E. Bryant, Project Management Consultant
Would you take your money now or wait?Have you ever wondered why someone receiving a large payout would take it in a lump sum instead of installments over time? It boils down to economics. The principle is that a dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow because it can earn you money NOW and grow your wealth exponentially for your future.  This principle is known as the time value of money.  How does this apply to you as a commercial property owner?Is there a lottery for commercial property owners that you can start playing? In all jest, no, but there is money waiting for you to claim right inside the walls of your building.Most commercial property owners depreciate their buildings over 39 years.  But there are better ways to do it.  The components of your building depreciate mu...
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By Candice Silverthorn, "Let me do all the heavy lifting!"
(Candice Silverthorn, Realtor, RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks)
Having a dock on the Lake of the Ozarks requires a little maintenance, right?? Anybody that has a dock on the lake would probably say "a little??" Ha ha. Yeah maybe more than just a little lol.Well my husband and I tackled our dock after we bought a home on the lake. We knew it needed a lot of repair. But my husband is a carpenter, so how bad could it be?? We managed to fix three areas by ourselves. That includes the walkway in the water, which was detached from the pier, and two areas with the boards popped up with the floats sticking out.Well our dock did not have big enough floats, so we bought 6 4x8x20 new floats, ($469 a piece) and hired two fantastic companies to help finish the hardest part! They were both a Godsend! Beasley's Mobile Welding & Repair LLC. and Wicked Welding LLC. ...
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By Kent Brown, Your IRS Tax Attorney
(Strong & Hanni)
Salt Lake City, Utah, 2023.  You have been watching late night television, you have seen the commercials - "take care of that tax debt", "pay pennies on the dollar."  "Enough of those sleepless nights" you tell yourself, it is time to pay those pennies and move on.  The late night commercial then shows a happy couple on a golf course after they have paid those pennies.  Is this to good to be true?  Yes!!!To pay those pennies on the dollar the taxpayer usually does this through what is called an offer-in-compromise.  There are two types of offers-in-compromise: Doubt-as-to-Collectability Offer: this is where the taxpayer does not disputes the amount owed in back taxes, but the taxpayer cannot pay the tax debt in full; or Doubt-as-to-Liability Offer: this is where the taxpayer offers to s...
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By Sean Gilliam, Real Estate on the Front Range
(LoKation Real Estate)
Metropolitan Districts, also known as metro districts or metro tax districts, have become an integral part of local new construction communities in recent years. Here in Northern Colorado, homes are being built in or reside in these districts and they have important implications for home buyers. I’ll share with you the purpose and definition of a metro district per the Colorado Revised Statute, some research completed on the implications for homeowners, pros and cons and finally some due diligence you can do to see if living in a Metro District is a good fit for you.  
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