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 Orlena Roland, Working Endlessly For You...
(Infinity Realty)
We hope this email finds you well and thriving in your real estate endeavors. As a fellow industry enthusiast, we would like to extend a warm invitation to you to join our exclusive Real Estate Business Network.We understand the power of collaboration and the immense value that comes from connecting with like-minded professionals. That's why we have created a thriving community of real estate experts who are passionate about expanding their networks and exploring new business opportunities and revenue streams through our dedicated affiliate marketing program.Monetize your expertise by recommending trusted services, products, or partners within our network, earning additional income while providing value to your clients.To learn more about how can benefit you as real est...
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By Haley K, Sales Agent Student
In the early 1960's Disney began looking for a place to build another theme park. He wanted to purchase land somewhere on the East coast. Knowing that an announcement of the area that Disney planned to build would make land prices skyrocket, they decided to be an undisclosed principal. With the sellers of the land not knowing who was purchasing, the price was fair and not inflated.   
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By John Rapasky
(Counsel Mortgage Group, LLC)
FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER VIDEO SERIES - COMFORTABLE PAYMENT If you are a first-time homebuyer, be sure you are comfortable with your new payment.   Lenders may pre-qualify you for a higher loan amount and monthly payment than you want to spend.  Don’t fall into the trap of going for the higher payment just because the lender says you can qualify for the mortgage.  In determining your qualification, lenders do not take into account your cell phone bill, streaming services, internet, electric and utility bills.  You will have to pay these in addition to your monthly mortgage payment.   The monthly mortgage payment includes principal, interest, taxes, insurance, and mortgage insurance (known by the acronym “pitimi”).   As real estate taxes and homeowners insurance are collected monthly, the le...
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By mark williams, We create cool AI tools for Real Estate Pros
(Virtual House Flip)
In today’s fiercely competitive real estate market, standing out as an agent requires something truly exceptional. While many rely on traditional methods, the evolving landscape demands innovative approaches. Discerning buyers and sellers now seek more sophisticated solutions that go beyond conventional offerings.Revolutionizing Property Redesign: Confronting Challenges Head-OnIn the face of ordinary or challenging listings, a groundbreaking web app emerges as a powerful tool. Utilizing cutting-edge AI technology, it empowers agents to transform both the exterior and interior of properties, influenced by the expertise of renowned architects and interior designers.Key Features: Unlocking Potential with Your Home Design/Room Planner/Interior Designer ToolAI-Powered Redesign: Transforming ...
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By Janet Duffy, DrDuffy
(Dr. Jan Duffy REALTOR ® - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Calling all homebuyers! Get ready to discover this week's treasure hunt in the amazing New North Las Vegas! Dr. Jan Duffy, your trusted REALTOR ®, has hand-picked unique finds and new listings just for you! Whether you're looking for a home with a reduced price or a fresh listing to tour, Jan has got you covered. Don't miss out on the chance to find your dream home in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods. Just call or text Jan at 702-500-1955 to schedule your tour today! And if you're already out and about, text LOOK1130 to 32323 to access the best FREE GPS app to find a home near you. Let's find you the home of your dreams! 
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By Joshua Paul, Orlando REO Professionals I, Inc:
(Orlando REO Professionals)
Are you looking to buy or sell a Real Estate Owned (REO) property in Orlando? Look no further! Orlando REO professionals are here to assist you in navigating the intricacies of the REO market. With their expertise and knowledge, they can help you make informed decisions and maximize your opportunities in this unique real estate industry sector.1. Introduction to REO PropertiesReal Estate Owned (REO) properties are homes that have been repossessed by the lender due to the previous owner's failure to meet mortgage obligations. These properties are typically sold at discounted prices, making them attractive to investors and homebuyers looking for affordable options.2. What Makes Orlando REO Professionals Special?Orlando REO professionals are experts in dealing with REO properties specifica...
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By Brenda Benavides, Mobile Notary w/ 10+ years of mortgage experience.
(Brenda INK Notary)
I've been practicing gratitude meditations in the mornings as part of my mental health upkeep. I've decided to do an exercise where I think of something I am grateful for, or love, about my job every day.So today I thought about it, and the first thing that came to my mind was...I love paperwork!I know that sounds weird, most people are like, ugh, I hate paperwork. People will literally hire other people to do their paperwork for them.But there is something about shuffling through papers, organizing them, looking through them, that just really comforts me.That was my favorite part of my job as a mortgage underwriter, and it continues as a Notary Public! I love looking through POWs, loan docs, you name it! If you don't love something, why do it right?What's something about your job you l...
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Transforming your home into an environmentally friendly and carbon-friendly space is not only beneficial for the planet but also contributes to a sustainable lifestyle. By implementing a few changes and adopting eco-friendly practices, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. This article provides practical tips and suggestions to make your home more energy-efficient, promote sustainable materials, conserve water, manage waste responsibly, and encourage a greener lifestyle.Improve Insulation:Enhancing the insulation in your home is a fundamental step towards reducing energy consumption. Proper insulation minimizes heat loss during winter and prevents excess heat gain during summer. By maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature, you can significantly reduce the need for exce...
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By Charlie Cameron, Top 1% Influencer, Team Leader, & Coach at eXp!
(eXp Realty)
In today’s competitive real estate market — especially with the distinct lack of buyers and sales activity in 2023, generating quality client leads is crucial for the success of real estate agents. We’re already seeing Realtors exiting the industry for lack of business. Let’s fix that right now. Of COURSE markets are cyclic and today’s hardships will be a thing of the past before long and literally any agent with half a brain will be able to use any lead generation strategy to get clients — no matter how difficult, expensive, or stressful these methods may be.Photo by Merakist on UnsplashMany agents get stuck on a never ending hamster wheel of having to put a bunch of work in to get more clients — not only is this incredibly exhausting, but it also means that agent can literally NEVER r...
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By khitam saffah
The agent must always be able to disclose the truth … be it about the market and the trends that affect your decision to buy or sell or the actual valuation of the property concerned. To do this the agent must always be up to date with the latest market information and trends.
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By Columbus Realtors Association®, Top Real Estate Agent in Columbus Ohio
(Columbus Realtors Association®)
Key Takeaways: What is The Safest Area To Live In Columbus Ohio What is the safest area to live in Columbus Ohio? Columbus, Ohio, has various neighborhoods that are considered safe, providing a range of options for residents seeking a secure living environment. When examining crime statistics in Columbus, it is important to consider both property crime and violent crime rates to evaluate safety levels comprehensively. Neighborhoods with lower property crime rates tend to offer a higher level of security for residents due to a reduced risk of theft, burglary, and vandalism. While evaluating the safety of neighborhoods, it is crucial to consider factors beyond crime statistics, such as access to amenities, quality of schools, and community involvement, as they contribute to the overall we...
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By TaSonja Mungro, Mind On Growth - RE Leads and Mortgage Sales
(More Options Realty)
Is there someone who can start working with a buyer in Palm Springs this week, who is physically IN Palm Springs? I have pre-qual and referral paperwork via Dotloop.  It's very important that you are local. This could be a quick and easy close for the right agent. Text/Call 267-904-9448
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By Ryan Moberly, Top 1% Agent in Colorado Springs, #1 H4H in CO
(EXP Realty LLC)
  7545 Dobbs DR Colorado Springs CO 80817   Welcome to your dream home in Fountain, Colorado! This stunning tri-level residence offers a perfect blend of comfort, style, and modern amenities. With 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a range of recent upgrades, this home is ready to welcome you with open arms. Step inside and be greeted by the beautifully updated kitchen, featuring new stainless steel appliances that will delight any culinary enthusiast. The under cabinet lighting adds a touch of elegance and creates an inviting atmosphere. The adjacent dining area is perfect for enjoying meals with family and friends. Feel the plush new carpet beneath your feet as you explore the spacious living areas. The open layout provides seamless flow and abundant natural light, creating a warm and invit...
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By Derek Vaughan, Your Real Estate Friend
The community of South Pasadena (in Los Angeles County) is a relatively small community by Los Angeles standards. It measures just 3 square miles and is home to around 25,000 people. Despite its size, South Pasadena is a giant in real estate demand. The fact that the schools are among the best in Southern California along with the safety and security of its own police and fire departments make this small city a particularly desirable location to raise a family. Due to the small size of the city, South Pasadena housing inventory is usually quite low. At any given time there are around 15 single family homes for sale. As of the date of this article, there are currently 20 single family homes for sale.1003 Monterey Road in South Pasadena is currently for sale in the city. The historic home...
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Earnest Money is a part of nearly all real estate transactions.  We need to get them into the appropriate agency escrow accounts as soon as possible.  And we must meet required by law deadlines for their deposit.Communicating with principals and clients can help with any misunderstandings.  We need to rely on REPC language to deal with any issues that arise.  
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By Jessica Chadwick, Loan Signing Agent
(Jessica Chadwick's Notary Services)
Getting started is hard.Life happens. Things change at the drop of a dime. Best thing to be the woes is to JUST ... GET ... STARTED. Trust me to help take some of the stress off with a flexible schedule. 
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By Tammie Jungling NMLSR ID 455110, VP of Mortgage Lending
(Certainty Home Lending NMLSR #2611)
✨ Ready to make dreams come true again! 💰✨ After a brief hiatus, I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be originating loans once more! 🏦✅ But that's not all... I'm beyond excited to attend the highly anticipated 'Invincible Lender' event hosted by the amazing Tiffany Rose over the next three days! 🎉💼 Brace yourselves for the latest insights, trends, and strategies in the lending world. 📈🔍 Can't wait to share the game-changing results with you all this Friday! Stay tuned! 📆💥 #BackInBusiness #InvincibleLender #LoanOrigination @tiffrosecoach
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By Roger Ramos, Licensed & sell Off-Market properties to investors
(New Western)
Off-Market Flower Mound, Tx 75028 | Flip/RentalPP: $300,000 | Private showing Friday, 6/154bed | 2.5bath | 2 car garage | $100k+ spreadCall/Text me at 214-901-1179 for more info & access
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By Meghan Stanworth
Dishonesty can cause many problems, not just at home but in your career as well. A person's reputation relies on if a person is honest or not and when you are a real estate agent it also reflects back onto the agent's broker. Being a dishonest sales agent or broker can send a person down a rabbit hole of problems in the future.Many people discover agents through referrals and word of mouth so when somebody is informing another person about you as an agent, you want them to have good things to say, which is where honesty comes in to help you. If you are honest and open with your clients they will recommend you to others and have great things to say. If they notice you lack honesty throughout their time with you, they will have negative things to say which will make another potential clie...
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By Malenys Hernandez
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
HERE’S A GENERAL HOME STAGING CHECKLIST THAT CAN BE USED Declutter: Remove any unnecessary items, including personal items, excess furniture, and clutter. Clean: Deep clean the home, including floors, walls, and surfaces. Repair: Fix any minor repairs, such as leaky faucets or loose doorknobs. Paint: Consider painting the home’s walls with a neutral color to make the space feel more inviting. Stage Furniture: Use furniture to showcase the home’s best features and create a welcoming atmosphere. Lighting: Make sure that the home is well-lit, with natural light as much as possible. Curb appeal: Ensure the exterior of the home is attractive by adding landscaping, repainting the front door, and ensuring the exterior is clean and tidy. Neutralize: Remove any decor or furnishings that could be...
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