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 Keller Williams Preferred Properties, We are the #1 Real Estate office in Prince George'
(Keller Williams Preferred Properties)
Embarking on a real estate journey in Maryland is an exciting venture, but it comes with its share of challenges. To ensure a smooth transaction, it's essential to be aware of the potential pitfalls that can arise. In this blog, we'll delve into the common stumbling blocks in Maryland real estate and provide practical strategies to sidestep them, empowering you to make informed decisions on your property journey.1. Lack of Proper Research and Due DiligenceOne of the cardinal sins in real estate transactions is the neglect of thorough research and due diligence. To mitigate this risk, prospective buyers must invest time in gathering comprehensive information about the property and its surroundings. This includes researching the neighborhood, nearby amenities, schools, and any future deve...
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By John Weber, Real estate Agent, Bluffton Real Estate,
(The John Weber Team)
Sun City or Latitude Margaritaville | Bluffton Real Estate | Which one is better?A  good video that may educate you on which 55+ community is right for you. Watch and learn how John Weber explains which is better, Sun City or Latitude Margaritaville.  As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, Sun City and Latitude Margaritaville are both popular active adult communities in the United States, but they are distinct and operated by different developers. Keep in mind that the details provided here might be outdated, and it's recommended to verify the latest information before making any decisions. Additionally, the comparative advantage of one over the other can depend on your personal preferences and priorities. Here's a general overview:Sun City:Developer: Sun City communities are o...
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By Cabo San Lucas Real Estate, Best Place to Buy Homes in Cabo San Lucas
(Cabo San Lucas Real Estate)
Cabo San Lucas, situated at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, offers an irresistible blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and luxurious living. With its stunning coastline, crystal-clear waters, and a dynamic atmosphere, it's no wonder that Cabo San Lucas has become a sought-after destination for individuals seeking a slice of paradise.Overview of Cabo San Lucas Real Estate MarketThe real estate market in Cabo San Lucas presents a diverse range of properties, from oceanfront estates to modern condominiums, catering to various tastes and lifestyles. Prospective homeowners have the opportunity to invest in breathtaking residences that embody the essence of luxury living or find cozy homes nestled in serene neighborhoods.Types of Homes Available Oceanfront Villas: Ex...
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By Judy Michaelis, Real estate agent serving Westport, CT
(Coldwell Banker)
Westport homeowners: Our October real estate market figures are in: just as they've been all throughout 2023, Westport homes for sale and inventory are down about 30%. The big question everybody is speculating on is which way the Westport market is going: will it soften? It really depends on Westport commuter habits. Are commuters traveling to their New York City offices five days per week, or three? If all remains the same at roughly three days per week, then the market will follow. But if NYC office workers begin commuting to the office five days per week, our market will soften.Sitting down with a top realtor is vital in helping you understand your options. If you'd like to know what's going on in your part of Westport, or you’re looking for any further detailed analysis, feel free t...
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Its Monday and todays topic is Failure to Respond.This is a way to cause problems in your career every quick.  If you organize your time around the tasks that are required to be accomplished, and include the timely response to all professional matters in any form of communication. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of creating a schedule so you can internalize the value and importance of doing what you set out to do.When you receive an offer from a potential buyer you must provide it to your client the seller. All offers will be given and if you do not want to accept an offer make sure  the offer is marked rejected and sent back to the buyers broker. If you choose to not respond to the offer it is possible that the buyers broker or the buyer or even the buyers agent have the powe...
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By Catherine Torres, Home Advisor serving Central Florida
(LPT Realty)
Let's get your clients in their new home before Christmas.
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Licensees should be careful to always represent facts and figures as they really are. Something that may seem as small as a realtor showing a potential client a property a day earlier than the available agreed date is already misrepresenting. Not only is this a breach of the realtor code of ethics due to the fact that realtors are obligated to cooperate with other brokers, but its misrepresenting the availability of access to the property.
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By Sandy Keller, Top Producing Real Estate Agent in Prescott, AZ
(Team Keller Homes - Realty One Group Mtn Desert)
Nestled amidst the pine-covered hills of central Arizona, Prescott offers residents and visitors a unique blend of a mild desert climate with a touch of winter magic. While snowfall might not be as extensive as in colder northern regions, Prescott experiences a delightful winter season that transforms the landscape into a serene and picturesque scene.Typical Snowfall in Prescott:Prescott's winter weather brings a charming dusting of snow, adding a layer of beauty to the already scenic surroundings. The city, situated at an elevation of approximately 5,400 feet, enjoys a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Snowfall in Prescott is usually moderate, creating a winter wonderland without the extreme accumulations often seen in higher elevations.Average Snowfall:On average, Prescott...
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By Tom Hurley, Residential and commercial inspector.
(Double H Inspections)
Hello! I'm Tom Hurley, the proud owner of Double H Inspections, based in the beautiful Sheridan, Wyoming. My journey in the world of construction and real estate began during my high school years, starting with hands-on experience in a roofing and remodeling company. This foundational period ignited a passion that led me through a diverse career in general construction, specialized roofing projects, low voltage, and alarm systems installation, and eventually into construction management and sales.Alongside my wife, I ventured into real estate, purchasing and renovating multiple homes. This experience gave me a unique insight into the property lifecycle—from acquisition to transformation. In 2020, driven by a passion for excellence and equipped with a comprehensive skill set honed over t...
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By Triple Diamond Real Estate, Committed | Caring | Connected
(Triple Diamond Real Estate)
💎THIS IS THE ONE!💎🏡 2075 Pokeberry Ln, Lampe MO, 65681🏡 Total Bedrooms: 5Total Bathrooms: 3 FullTotal Sqft: 4,160Garage: 3 Spaces MLS # - 60250736  This custom all brick and stone house has room for everyone with 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, oversized 3 car garage and a little over 2 acres. If that's not enough, this home has a beautiful view and a cleared trail right down to the beautiful useable shoreline of Table Rock Lake! Yep.....that's right, WALK to the lake! The inside of the home is just as immaculate as the outside. Some of the interior highlights include all granite counters with custom cabinetry throughout, wood burning fireplace with plenty of cut firewood, all upgraded appliances, large master bedroom with spacious master bathroom, and so much more! This home also has a f...
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By Jeff Pivo, Real Estate 3D Tours & Imaging Expert
(Pivo Inc.)
When you're selling your home, you want to make it as attractive to buyers as possible. Here are seven tips to help you do just that:Declutter and depersonalize your home. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, so it's important to declutter and depersonalize the space. This means removing any personal items, such as family photos and souvenirs. It also means getting rid of any clutter, such as piles of laundry and stacks of dishes.Make minor repairs. Buyers are more likely to make an offer on a home that is in good condition. Take some time to make any minor repairs that need to be done, such as fixing leaky faucets, patching holes in the walls, and painting chipped trim.Clean your home thoroughly. A clean home is more inviting to buyers. Make sure to clean e...
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By Jeff Parcheta, Director of Sales at Chetu - Real Estate Software
(Chetu Inc.)
Greetings! I'm Jeff Parcheta, Director of Sales at Chetu Inc. Our company delivers world-class custom software solutions to empower businesses, including major players in real estate.With over 15 years of experience in the industry, I've witnessed firsthand the paradigm shifts driven by technology. Today, I'd like to share my perspectives on how emerging innovations are redefining real estate.The Tech Landscape in Real Estate: A Paradigm ShiftThe real estate landscape today is markedly different from the one I entered back in the early 2000s. Tech has transformed how properties are marketed, bought, sold, and managed.As an industry veteran, I've guided many client accounts through this transition at Chetu. Change can be uncomfortable, but resisting progress stagnates growth. My approach...
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By Kim Devlin, Realtor in St Augustine Florida
(Kim Devlin Team @Keller Williams Atlantic Partners)
Welcome to our community tour of the picturesque Aberdeen, a master-planned community nestled in the scenic landscapes of northwest St. Johns County, Florida. As a resident of beautiful Northeast Florida and a local Realtor®, I am excited to take you on this virtual journey. Whether you are a homebuyer searching for your dream property or a homeowner looking to sell, this tour will provide you with valuable insights into the offerings of Aberdeen. Let’s dive in!Northeast Florida Living1. Aberdeen: Nature’s Beauty Meets Modern Living Aberdeen sits on a sprawling 1,316 acres of wetland conservation, surrounded by the captivating longleaf pines and an impressive 501 acres of on-site conservation land. The community boasts 68 acres of serene lakes, accentuating the natural beauty of northea...
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By Matthew Scarborough, Local Market Expert
(Scarborough Realty LLC)
Top Reasons People Are Moving to Santa Fe, NM Enchanting Culture and Arts Scene One of the primary reasons people are drawn to Santa Fe is its rich cultural tapestry and thriving arts scene. Homebuyers seeking a vibrant community will find art galleries, live performances, and a history that permeates every corner of the city. This allure is a significant boon for real estate agents listing properties that dot the culturally rich landscapes of Santa Fe. Serene Lifestyle and Natural Beauty Those looking for tranquility and inspiration often turn to Santa Fe for its serene lifestyle and breathtaking natural beauty. The city's calm vibe and picturesque surroundings are perfect for buyers wanting a peaceful retreat or scenic luxury real estate. With so many seeking a sanctuary away from th...
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By The Property Warehouse, The Property Warehouse is a real estate solutions
(The Property Warehouse)
When it comes to selling your house in Hartford, Connecticut, it can be a daunting task filled with uncertainty and stress. Traditional real estate methods can often be time-consuming and frustrating, leaving homeowners searching for a better solution. That's where The Property Warehouse comes in as your trusted partner in the real estate market. We Buy Houses Hartford, and we're here to provide you with a hassle-free and convenient way to sell your home. In this informative article, we will explore why The Property Warehouse is the go-to option for homeowners looking to sell their houses in Hartford, highlighting our unique approach, the benefits we offer, and the steps involved in our process. Why Choose The Property Warehouse? A Proven Track Record The Property Warehouse has establi...
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By Eric Engelbert, Broker/Owner
(Orange County Real Estate, Inc.)
Welcome to Orange County Real Estate, Inc.'s latest market report. Our mission is to provide you with valuable statistical insights directly from the MLS, ensuring you're well-prepared to make informed decisions regarding real estate in Orange County, California. Whether you're a buyer, seller, or considering a relocation within or outside the state, we're here to empower you with the information you need.Analyzing Recent Trends:This week, we've observed an uptick in inventory both in Orange County and nationwide. Interestingly, this increase comes at a time when historical trends would typically indicate a decrease in inventory levels. However, if buyers remain diligent and continue to take advantage of the current inventory, we could see a significant drop in available homes. The late...
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By Seth Miller, Student
I’ve served in my current profession for more than two decades. During this time, I have seen plenty of record keeping. However, the record keeping that I have seen ranges from ok to not so great. While there were plenty of ways to keep records, the biggest challenge to good record keeping is being able to get people to modify their desk top procedures to fit a larger record keeping scheme.Microsoft Excel is the middle ground for the record keeping that I have seen. While Excel is decent at storing and processing information with formulas it is not wonderful either. As a supervisor I saw people sorting and filtering the same spreadsheet daily to get the information they needed.Microsoft PowerPoint is at the low end of the record keeping spectrum. PowerPoint’s strength is showing a group...
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By James Peterson, Top-Producing RE Team Serving Nor Cal for 19 yrs.
(Keller Williams Realty)
 The Rumored Crash: A Look Back at 2022Mid-2022 was a tumultuous time for the housing market. Interest rates, which had been comfortably low at around 3%, suddenly spiked, reaching up to 7% by the year's end. This surge had a significant impact, particularly in areas like the Sacramento region, where home prices saw a decline of up to 15% from June through December 2022. This downturn was accompanied by a noticeable drop in new inventory, leading to a market slowdown.A Turn of the Tide: Stabilization in Early 2023As the new year dawned, the market began to show signs of stabilization. Inventory levels were low, echoing the scarcity seen in previous all-time lows. Despite interest rates hovering around 7%, home prices started to climb once more from March through September. This resilien...
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By Rob McConville, CT Shoreline Real Estate Expert
(Coldwell Banker Choice Properties)
The concept of homeownership has been a cornerstone of the American dream for centuries, and one of the key components of achieving that dream is securing a mortgage. Throughout history, mortgage rates have fluctuated significantly, reflecting economic conditions, government policies, and societal changes. This article explores the fascinating journey of historical mortgage rates, from their humble beginnings to modern trends.The Early Roots of MortgagesMortgages, in some form, have existed for thousands of years. The word "mortgage" itself comes from the Old French "morgage," meaning a "dead pledge." In medieval Europe, a mortgage was essentially a conditional conveyance of land, where the borrower held the land but promised it as security for a loan. Interest rates during these times ...
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