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 Yuliya Kachko
(Oceanfront Group)
New beautiful Canopy Park in Miami BeachIn the heart of South Beach, in one of the most desirable residential areas South of Fifth, you will discover the new hidden gem Canopy Park. Located right by the upcoming Five Park luxury development, Canopy Park is an excellent addition to the area. Canopy Park consists of 3000 acres of green paradise covered the most unique spot in Miami Beach. Residents of the nearby residential towers such as Icon South Beach, Murano Grande, Continuum Miami Beach and more are regular visitors of this beautiful park.This fabulous island of Canopy Park is strewn with the greenery of various trees, flowers, shades, and palms of the Miami flora. A great place for a refreshing morning jog, evening walk, yoga, meditation, or a personal trainer session. In green lan...
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By Sakari Duvall, *in school
Imagine seeing an ad for this beautiful house with over 6,000 sq. ft for only $150,000 dollars! That would be everybody's dream and wouldn't last on the market for no longer than an hour! Now, imagine seeing that same house and going to look at it the same day, only to find out it's really listed for $1.5 million. Wouldn't that be such a disappointment after being really excited about seeing such a low price? That is why it is very important to make sure that all your information about property is factual. You will gain no clients if you can't be honest when trying to sell property. 
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By Catherine Emert, Residential, land, commercial, businesses
(Strategic Realty, LLC)
Developed in 1972, Crooked River Ranch was originally meant to be a destination resort. Now covering over 10,000 areas it is home to over 2,500 privately owned lots in 16 separate phases. The homes are a great mix of single-family homes and manufactured homes with each being it's own unique property. All lots are divided into 1, 2 and 5 acre parcels giving each owner plenty of space! Did you know that Crooked River Ranch is also in BOTH Deschutes County and Jefferson County?At Strategic Realty, LLC we want to make sure our clients have as much information as possible to help them make the hard decisions when it comes to buying and selling homes. If you are in need of a real estate broker we would love to have the opportunity to represent you! Give us a call at 541-595-8444 or if you pre...
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It was really interesting to notice as I took the required 120 hour pre-licensing classes, just how much of it consisted on lessons promoting honesty. At first I was impressed! Wow, I'm so glad they're putting so much emphasis on this! Then I started to have different thoughts come to my mind: Isn't being honest just a normal everyday thing for most people? I believe it is! And because I believe that way, and live my life that way, it's easy to spot those who aren't living according to the same code.  Cliche as it may sound, doing unto others as you'd have them do unto you, really sums all of this up. We are surrounded by abundance! There is more than enough for each of us to go around, and if we're struggling, there are so many places to go to get you unstuck. Life is a work in progres...
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By Autumn Rivera, Real Estate Student in Utah
(Agent professor)
It baffles me to think about people going through all the steps to become a Realtor and once achieving their goal they think that they can be deceitful.  How can a person think that they are not going to get caught for little white lies?  I don't know of one person that has actually became successful based on lies and continues to be successful.  Sure you maybe lucky to get away with a lie but the tricks and games that must follow the lie is simply just more work than it would be to be honest to begin with.  I feel being honest from the beginning would be much more profitable and beneficial for the long run, I choose honesty.  Does anybody out there want to share a recent or past mistake that they had seen another make that just makes their blood boil in disappointment?
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By Landmark Finance, Benefits of hiring a mortgage broker
(Landmark Finance)
Hiring a mortgage broker comes with numerous benefits whether you plan to refinance your current loan or purchase a new house. As a matter of fact, you will have to decide whether to hire a mortgage broker or work directly with a lender. Usually, a broker is referred to as someone who connects the buyer with the seller. They work hard to ensure that they find the best loan package for their clients. Therefore, they work as intermediaries and in most cases, they do everything to ensure that their clients get good value for their money or the fee cost.  First of all, mortgage brokers are considered the best choice by lenders. The reason behind this is because they have carried out numerous transactions with various banks hence they have most of their contacts. For example, banks in Montre...
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By landmark realties, Landmark group specialize in Montreal Real Estate
(Landmark Realties)
Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa's housing markets will most likely be the ones to set the pace for price changes across the country. According to CMHC, prices will range from $743,100 to $831,100 on average in 2023 and from $756,500 to $867,800 on average in 2024. The federal government outlined a strategy to lower the cost of homeownership in Canada for first-time buyers in its 2022 budget. By the end of 2022, the average home price in Montreal is predicted to rise by almost 12%. Despite government vows to cool the market, house costs are expected to climb even more in 2022. This year's average price of a Montreal home is expected to rise even further, according to Royal LePage's House Price Survey and Forecast, which was issued on February 1. The average price of a property i...
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By Thomas Myers, We Buy Houses AS IS, No Fees, Close in 7 days!
(Need To Sell My House Fast in Denver)
Social Media Marketing Tips For Real Estate Agents  Social media is a one-stop shop for buyers and sellers looking to either sell a property or buy their first or second home. For many realtors, conventional marketing strategies like bandit signs, radio ads, cold calling, and running newspaper ads to sell properties quickly worked well in the past. However, things have changed, and now social media is the new marketplace. What Social Media Platform is Best For Realtors?The best social media platform for realtors is either Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn at the moment. Facebook is arguably by far the most popular social media platform in real estate, followed by Instagram and last but not least LinkedIn. Social media marketing for real estate agents involves building trust among your au...
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By Luke Marshall, Mortgage Broker Serving Colorado
(Millennium Mortgage LLC)
For longer than I've been alive, my dad, John Marshall has been a hockey fan. From the Colorado Rockies to the Denver Grizzlies and then finally Colorado got an NHL team the year after I was born, the Colorado Avalanche.Their first year in Colorado they won the Cup, the first major Colorado sports team to win a championship EVER! That's when it all started, since day one our family has been supporting the Avalanche. Then in 2001 they won the Cup a second time but since then they've struggled to get close.The Avalanche had the fewest points in the NHL in the 2016-2017 season, over 20 points behind the second worst team. They've since rebounded and been in the playoffs the past 5 years and made the dream of winning a Cup a reality!In 2017 moved to Oregon and never took a break from follow...
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One thing that all house purchasers have in common is that they don’t want to be taken advantage of. Whatever the situation of the property market, it’s critical to ensure that you pay a reasonable amount. But, even in a tight market, how can you know you’re getting a fair price before you make an offer? To make a solid investment selection, you must understand how to evaluate the price of any home. The  4 suggestions below will show you how to get a good price on a home.Compare Similar Properties on the MarketIn this situation, you may really go to different houses and feel how their size, quality, and facilities compare to the one you’re looking at. Then you may compare pricing to see what appears reasonable. Reasonable sellers understand that if they wish to compete, they must price ...
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By Arisay Otero-Sánchez, EA, CFE, New Jersey's local Tax Resolution Firm
(AMOS Tax Services, LLC)
I represent taxpayers in Mercer County and the rest of New Jersey with tax problems that need to be resolved.  The IRS is ramping up its efforts to collect unfiled taxes.  The IRS has over 7,000,000 taxpayers who have unfiled taxes and plans outreach to collect what is due.  Many of those affected will probably have a substitute for returns prepared by the IRS as third-party information is available to the IRS or have penalties and interest assessed for untimely filings. In addition, those who were not able to pay their tax liabilities due to the restraints of COVID or losing their jobs for any reason may, as a result, find themselves in a predicament of receiving notices from the IRS asking them to pay the tax liability or can be imposed with a lien or levy.  This is an enormous strain...
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By Seth Halstead, Husband, Father, Realtor
(JLA Realty)
I think that we can all agree that this market has been super crazy for the last two years, and while it may be slowing in other parts of the country, here in Texas it is still super strong.  Today I am going to tell you about the town that I live in, Mont Belvieu.  My wife and I moved to Mont Belvieu in February of 2019 and have been blessed since moving here.  The schools are the highly rated, Barbers Hill ISD.  The property values in the city have skyrocketed and the builders (there are many) just keep building homes. Tax rate remains low at around 2.2% on the North side of interstate 10 and 1.7% on teh South side of I-10.  City hall is currently being renovated and expanded, a new park is being added, and traffic has greatly improved recently (FM1409 has been finished to I-10 and wi...
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Ok, here goes, my first blog post. I sit here hopeful and excited and scared.In 2018 I sat at my computer and Googled every single thing I could think of to begin on my journey to success. If you ask anyone who knows me what I do for a living, they will all tell you the answer of what they know to be my day job. But in my head, my career is ahead of me and I have a huge dream. That's all it is though, a dream that I can't shake off. I have spent four years relentlessly working on my blog, thinking about my future work in real estate. I want to focus on my passion of interior design, home staging, house flipping and everything real estate to show how I can bring my vision to old and tired spaces. So in June 2022,  I made a huge decision to start afresh. I finally accepted that my current...
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By Bailee Hutchinson, Let's live a life of changing the world together.
(Bailee Hutchinson)
Anytime you are furthering yourself to push forward in your career, sit back, and realize the chip on your shoulder leaves once you are completely honest.
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By Michael Al, Specializing in FHA 203k Consulting
(Michigan Inspection Services, LLC.)
Just signed up and I'm looking forward to leaning from the community. My specialty is renovation loan consulting.
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By Jon Hempel, A Trusted Source for Home/Well/Septic Inspection
(New Age Inspection LLC)
We get questions on this sujbect all the time. Everyone wants to know how many 203k loans were done in our area during the last year?  LIke the original blog states however it really doesn't matter as we can create 203k projects all over the place from scratch and increase these numbers dramatically. Let me know if we may be of assistance on your next 203k project. How many 203k's were closed in my area last year? I get asked this question regularly, so I posted it on my website and still get asked so here is the link. Now that you know that information who cares? It really doesn't matter how many were done last year in your area. I can go into any city in the USA and get 40 jobs in 60 days.  What? That would be 40 property sales, 40 loans,...
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By Christopher Robson
(Educators Realty)
Great deal in Syosset - cash buyers are preferred due to very minor CO issue.  If you have any, come to the open house Saturday from 11-1.
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By Silvia Stewart, Buying, selling, or investing in real estate
(Crosby Home Team)
Dane & Sandi Crosby offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Diego, California real estate market. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.When it comes to buying, selling, or investing in real estate- we are here to guide you every step of the way. As home owners and investors in San Diego, you can count on us for the most up to date knowledge in the industry, exceptional communication, and always working with your best interest at heart.Whether you are considering buying a home, selling a home or both, we know the area inside and out.Featured Property for Sale: Some of the best properties for sale are displayed right here. As experts in the San Diego, California real estate market, we can provide you detailed information o...
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By kim sungnyon, Banking Instruments
(ABI Euro Finance Service Limited )
As a Finance and Investment Company who is a Premier Provider of Trade Finance, Project Finance & Funding; We also offer discountable Bank Instruments at rates being as low as Two Percent (2%) of the required BG | SBLC | DLC | LC | PB | MTN | Bank Drafts Face Value.We offer basically a wide range of Financial Instruments including;- Standby Letters of Credit- Bank Guarantees- Deferred / Documentary Letters of Credit- Red Clause Letters of Credit- Usance Letters of Credit- Performance Guarantees- Demand Guarantees- POF messages- Pre Advice Message- Comfort Letters- Ready Willing and Able (RWA) messages; and we are able to complete a transaction within 48 to 72 hours depending on the requirement of the Lessee / Buyer Side.Should you have an interest in the Lease and Sale of these, kindly ...
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By Kourtney Thompson
(Agent Professor)
When becoming a real estate agent and choosing a brokerage to start your career in, it's important to gauge what kind of supervisor you will have. Are you going into an environment where you will be supported, given guidance, and managed properly; or, are you going to be walking through your career blindly with no structure or anyone to turn to in difficult situations? Having a good relationship with your broker is extremely important to you and your success. It is imperative that they take their role as your supervisor seriously. As we step into the real estate world, we typically only see the good side of things from our peers and influences in the community. We see the "freedom" they have the social events they get to attend, and of course the money. What we don't often see are the s...
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