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 Al Cochran, The Best Agent in Arizona
(Northside Floor Care)
If you have carpeting in your house, you’ll have to get it cleaned at some point. But some cleaning products on the market contain harsh chemicals which may be harmful to your pets and family. Whether you’ll be doing the project yourself or hire a carpet cleaning company, you ought to seek cleaning methods that will eliminate odors and stains. Using environmentally friendly techniques will allow you to accomplish that without any risk to your family members or damage to your carpet. Below we offer some benefits of green carpet cleaning to know.Are you searching for a company in Phoenix, AZ that offers eco green carpet cleaning services? Get in touch with Northside Floorcare and call us right away  at (602) 799-6508!Green cleaning offers a healthier alternativeUsing environmentally frien...
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By Michelle Dumas, Personal Branding & Career Marketing Expert
(Distinctive Career Services, LLC)
So, you have found an advertised opening for a real estate sales agent on a job board, in a real estate group that you would love to be a part of and you want to apply. The only problem...your resume is terribly outdated! You know you can't submit it as it is. Not only is it missing the last five years of your experience -- and all the stellar sales accomplishments you have accumulated in that time -- it is still in the old-fashioned-looking style you learned to write in college. You've seen the resumes of some of your colleagues and you KNOW without a doubt that your resume also needs a modern makeover. TIME FOR A RESUME MAKEOVER It is true. As a professional resume writer who has been working in the industry for more than a quarter-century, I can confirm that resume styles and best pr...
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By Brian Chandler, Create work in the real estate space in So. Denver
(RE/MAX Alliance)
  21120 Saddleback Circle Parker CO 80138   Wow! Unique 2 bedroom apartment with full kitchen set up in the basement of this fantastic 7 bedroom home in Hidden River 2. Situated on a quiet street, this wonderful home with a three-car garage leads you to the formal entry, spiral staircase, and 4579 square feet of living space. There is one bedroom on the main level with double doors leading to a private deck. Adjacent to the kitchen, the family room has 20-foot ceilings, recessed lighting, and a gas-burning fireplace. The white plantation shutters allow you to adjust the lighting in this very bright room. There are built-in speakers. The kitchen is spacious with a center island and ample cabinet space. The stainless steel appliances were upgraded 7 years ago. There's an intercom system a...
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There are more prospects for hard money lenders to expand outside of New York City and the boroughs than ever before.Due to lower demand, the NYC economy's closure, harsh legislative limitations on property owners, and general mass migration out of the city, real estate investors are looking for alternate destinations around the country.Here are some broad pointers for hard money lenders wishing to extend their businesses outside of New York City.Outside of the New York City area, educate your staff about prospective areas and investment and development trends.Concentrate your efforts at first on a particular place, and try to personalize your loan services to meet the local lending demands in that region.Examine the general level of competitiveness and private money available in those ...
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By Mark Motes, We Buy Houses for Cash in Birmingham, AL
(Mark Buys Houses)
It is common belief that a beautiful website is what you need to convert the most website traffic. Hiring a web designer for several thousands of dollars then seems like a great investment. The problem that a lot of businesses then face is this: your website doesn’t convert traffic.If your conversion rate is less than 2% on your homepage, then consider the following tips to help tweak your results.Tip #1: Make your Call-To-Action ClearThis might seem like a no brainer to some, but your CTA(Call-To-Action) needs to be crystal clear on your home page. More importantly, you should have your main CTA at the top AND bottom of your page. This Real Estate Investor has their CTA clearly at the top and bottom of their pages. Moreover, the CTA button is a different color scheme than the rest of t...
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Acquiring your dream home can be a daunting task. Many various features need to be considered to ultimately get down to your dream home. There are many checklists to support you determine what to look for when examining a home before you buy and You may have gone through some checklists to assist you to find what to view when inspecting a home. But most of the time these lists just contain very crucial features such as room dimensions, area, etc. These are the most prominent points to look out for, but there are many other features to be taken into account to help you plan a home that is suitable for you and your family. In this section, we will look into the list of factors to consider, which can be overlooked when purchasing a home.Child security and SafetyEven though we regularly mak...
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Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions most people will make. It can be overwhelming to think about navigating everything on your own, especially for first-time homeowners. The thing is, the real estate market is not the same as it used to be. In Lake Sunapee Region alone, there are many new laws and regulations that can make the process of renting, buying, or selling a home complicated and time-consuming. With an experienced professional on your side, you'll save yourself from missing out on important deadlines or end up with a deal that's not in your best interest. Hiring a real estate agent will ensure that you get the most money for your property and find properties that match what you're looking for, so there's no need to waste time searching endlessly online.Besid...
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New York City Taxi Fare Information If you are traveling to a foreign country and would require a taxi, there are three options available. You can opt for a taxi driver who speaks English or for a cabriolet that speaks your language. Alternatively, you can travel with a regular taxicab that can take you to the airport or any other point of destination. In all cases, you will need to contact a taxi driver to book a vehicle. Hiring a taxicabriolet is more convenient than speaking to a taxi driver. It is no surprise that these taxis are usually reserved for corporate travel and company events. You should not only be able to get a good feel for the company through the driver, but also by talking to people who have gotten rides from it. Another important aspect of operating a taxi is vehicle...
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Being in a whole different career for the past 25 years, at this point in my life with all this uncertainty in the world; changing my career might be a big mistake or a blessing in disguise.  Well, I took the plunge into real estate. I signed up for online classes to get my real estate license 14 hours into the lesson, I come upon a section that makes me rethink my choices. The chapter on how you can lose your real estate license. I have never thought about how it is so easy to lose your license. as I'm going over the chapter I realize that an error on your dates or simply not giving a copy of the paperwork can have you lose your license and have disciplinary effects.Further, I read the chapter I understand how it can affect thousands of dollars to you and your customer. What I walk awa...
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By Adam Dilger
(JP and Associates)
While many areas of the economy have contracted, the housing market has stayed remarkably strong. But can the good news last? When COVID-related shutdowns began in March, real estate brokers and clients scrambled to respond to the shift. Record-low interest rates caused some lenders to call a halt to new underwriting, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market. However, those first days of uncertainty ushered in a period of unprecedented demand in the U.S. real estate market, which ended the year with increasing average home prices (up 13.4% from the previous year) and shrinking days on market (13 fewer than in 2019).1Now, as the spring market approaches, you may be wondering whether the good times can continue to roll on. If you’re a homeowner, should you t...
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By Justin Montoya, We are experts at home buying.
Selling your house can be really tiresome and emotionally difficult, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. People don't realize that it's more than just four walls and a roof to you. Sometimes you will feel like it's a breach in your privacy because of unknown people coming to your house and roaming around. They will open your closets and check your cabinets, sometimes they will stick their nose in your personal things. They might say things about your house which you may not like. And one thing for sure they will never be ready to pay you the correct worth of your house. Being a first timer, having no experience in this field, there are high chances that you will end up making a lot of mistakes. To avoid many of these pitfalls that's where “We Buy Cash Kc” comes into play. ...
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By Matthew Gromadzki
(Lokation RE)
Aventura Condos for Sale Building List with address:  3030 Aventura - 3030 NE 188th St, Aventura, FL 33180Admirals Port - 2801 - 2851 NE 183rd St, Aventura, FL 33160Alaqua - 3001 NE 185th St, Aventura, FL 33180Atlantic at the Point I - 21200 Point Pl, Aventura, Florida, 33180Atlantic at the Point II - 21150 Point Place, Aventura, Florida 33160Atlantic at the Point III - 21050 Point Pl 2006Aventura Marina - 3340 NE 190th St Aventura FL 33180Aventura Marina II - 3330 NE 190th Street, Aventura, FL 33180Del Prado - 18011, 18021,18031, 18041, 18051, 18061 & 18071 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180Delvista Towers - 20225 & 20355 NE 34th Ct, Aventura, FL 33180Echo Aventura - 3250 NE 188th Street, Aventura FL 33180Eldorado Towers - 3625, 3675 N Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180Hampton West - 2...
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When comparing insurance policies such as life insurance, health insurance, and car insurance, you’re going to want to conduct research and get the best deal. According to a 2020 Forbes advisor article, the most common way to save money on insurance is to bundle home and car insurance, which can save you somewhere between five and 25 percent.While you’re going to want to shop around a little bit to ensure you’re getting the best deal, there are some basic things to consider that can affect the cost of safety insurance.The Safety of Your HomeWhen it comes to safety insurance, you can often get discounts not only if you bundle insurance policies such as home and auto, but also for safety initiatives. For example, if you have burglar alarms, fire alarms, and you don't have a pool, then you...
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By Andrew Herrig, Real Estate Success Education
(Interurban Properties)
Spring is here, and with it comes lots of rain (at least where I live). Being a homeowner and rental property owner, there are several things to do to keep my houses in top shape during this season.The true cost of homeownership is higher than you think, but keeping up with preventative maintenance will lower costs in the long run! 1. Clean out the guttersGutters are great for diverting water off of your roof and away from the foundation. But if they are clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris, they aren't doing their job.Make sure to keep you gutters clear to keep the water going where it's supposed to. It will also help prolong the life of your siding and fascia as the water isn't sitting in and around the gutters and rotting the wood.2. Give your HVAC a tune-upWith the warmer w...
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By Alan Trauger, Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Metro Orlando
(Consenus Realty Solutions, Inc)
How will you know when your elderly parents need help at home? One thing is certain: your parents aren’t likely to be the ones who tell you they need a helping hand! Admitting the need for help and accepting assistance are not easy for people as they age. The responsibility often falls on family members to recognize the signs that an aging loved one might need support with completing activities of daily living (ADLs). Seniors have a strong desire to remain independent and in control of their own lives for as long as possible. Typically, an older adult will experience a traumatic event precipitating the realization that they need assistance. Because adult children are often unable to participate in making care decisions before a crisis takes place, the added emotional stress of a sudden ...
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By Riaz Ghani, Top Real Esate Agent in Mississauga
(RE/MAX Gold Realty Inc.,Brokerage )
Though it may sound counterintuitive, prices don’t sell houses. That’s why Riaz Ghani instead prefers to focus on properties: making them irresistible to buyers through breathtaking transformations. “My focus isn’t the price, my focus is the offers,” he says. “The higher the offers the higher the price.” It’s a strategy that has clearly worked for Ghani. After more than 10 years of selling in Mississauga, Oakville, Toronto and throughout the GTA, he has developed a knack for getting his clients the maximum possible return for their homes. He’s in the top one percent of all RE/MAX sellers in Canada, his properties generally get an average of 10 to 15 offers and he even recently sold a Brampton semi-detached home for $200,000 over asking.
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By John Shramko, Owner of RC Investment Group, LLC
(RC Investment Group, LLC)
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how we live our lives, which strongly reflects the real estate market. It’s changed what kind of houses people want to buy. Also, the real estate market has been booming during this time, though the future will see a drop in the percentage of homeowners- down to 62.1% from 65% over the next two decades, and younger generations will see the decline more sharply. Let’s further break down the ways the pandemic has impacted the real estate market.A Different Way of LivingAs we’ve said before, the pandemic has affected how we live our lives. Before, people would often seek out larger homes in busy areas with many restaurants and amenities close by. This naturally meant that homes in cities were popular and came at a high price. But now, people are thinking ...
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By Steve Schultz
(KW Smart Lakeland)
Like so many people, I was brought up to believe that a “good life” means getting a “good education” so one can get a “good job,” and then make lots of money. Lucky are those who never bought into this lie. The rest of us must learn the lesson the hard way. As St. Augustine observed, the happiness one enjoys from material things has the brilliance of fragile glass. By this, he meant we shouldn’t place all our hopes in material things, since, ultimately, material things pass away; they are fleeting.Completely oblivious to Augustine’s advice, my wife and I sought to live the “good life,” which in reality meant working so hard we hardly had time for anything else. I was gone from home for nearly half the year first as an Air Force pilot and then as a commercial airline pilot, while my wife...
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By We Buy Houses In El Paso, We buy houses in cash, any condition!
(RIM Buys Houses In El Paso)
Relocation is a complicated exercise in coordination. We get local El Paso home sellers calling us or submitting their house info on this website every week saying “I’m relocating and need to sell my house in El Paso“.  The great thing is that we’re able to help a good many of those sellers sell their house quickly (because we’re actively buying houses in El Paso TX right now!).There’s an insane amount of details to keep together, plus the stress of whatever is making you move in the first place – often it’s a new job or a sick relative, but the true need to move always comes with a dramatic change.So how do you make the most out of a difficult situation?Don’t Agonize – Organize.You don’t want to be in a situation where you end up paying to own and maintain a vacant house for 2 years. T...
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The desire to own a home is growing among the population of developing economies, aided by the ease with which banks and other financial institutions can provide financing. This has prompted builders and architects to look for ways to develop homes at a quicker pace and at a lower cost in order to accommodate the customer's budget. Prefabricated homes are one such common alternative that has entered the fray. Often known as 'Modular Homes,' 'Prebuilt Homes,' or 'Prefab Homes,' these homes are built in one location and then transported to the desired location.Prefabricated homes are a convenient and cost-effective way to buy a house. The added advantage of constructing a prefabricated home is that the materials used are generally more environmentally friendly than traditional constructio...
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