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 Danny Stewart, PR Rep for Pillar To Post in the US
(Pillar To Post)
Pillar To Post, the largest home inspection company in North America, has announced a complete brand refresh that is intended to provide new and existing franchise business owners with a more enticing and profitable franchise opportunity than ever before. The systemwide revamp is also intended to keep Pillar To Post on track with its anticipated growth goals.To expand its network of franchise business owners, Pillar To Post is actively seeking individuals interested in building multi-inspector teams. While home inspection or real estate experience is welcomed, it is considered optional. The brand aims to accelerate its growth in both new and established markets through streamlined training approaches, technological advancements, and the proven support of a traditional franchise system. ...
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By Kukun--240-483-3649 Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
While all realtors recognize the importance of generating leads and dedicate significant time to it, far fewer invest substantial efforts into customer retention. Consequently, despite achieving high levels of customer satisfaction, many struggle to secure repeat business. Research conducted by Remax indicates that although approximately 90% of clients were happy with their realtors and expressed willingness to do business with them again, a mere 17% actually did. While some of this discrepancy may be attributed to clients no longer residing in that local market, after all many people selling a home do so because they are moving far away, those who used a realtor to buy a home could be expected to return when selling later down the road. Assuming that roughly half of the polled individu...
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By Dustin Pitts, Realtor serving Dallas, Texas
(Dustin Pitts, REALTOR® | Dallas Real Estate Agent)
Overview of Disney Streets Dallas Homes for SaleThe history of the Disney Streets neighborhood in Dallas traces back to the mid-1950s when the area was developed with a whimsical touch by naming streets after beloved Disney characters like Cinderella Lane and Snow White Drive. These unique street names add to the neighborhood's charm and appeal, creating a distinct identity for the community. Furthermore, the original homes in Disney Streets date back to the 1960s, showcasing a rich architectural heritage that contributes to the area's character and allure. For instance, the ranch-style homes built during this era reflect the postwar housing trends prevalent at the time, offering a glimpse into the neighborhood's evolution over the years.Moreover, the emphasis on maintaining quality and...
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By Your Building Team, Home Builder
(Your Building Team)
Construction enthusiasts and DIY builders often find themselves seeking new and more efficient ways to build. The realm of construction is vast, comprising various building structures, each with its unique characteristics. One structural framework that has particularly stood out in recent years is the rigid frame building. Rigid frame buildings have carved a niche for themselves in the construction industry due to their remarkable durability and versatility. Suitable for a variety of applications, these buildings can withstand a range of pressures and conditions, making them an increasingly popular choice for today's construction projects. Exploring the Features of Rigid Frame BuildingsSo what exactly is a rigid frame building, and what makes it unique? As opposed to traditional constru...
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By Middy Matthews, The Arbor Move Team: The #1 team in Whitmore Lake
(Arbor Move)
Celebrity Connections: Stars Sending Their Kids to the University of Michigan Explore the connections between celebrities and the University of Michigan, including famous parents who have sent their children to U of M, emotional college transitions, and the impact on the university community. Introduction: Exploring Celebrity Connections to the University of Michigan The University of Michigan stands as a beacon of academic excellence that attracts students from diverse backgrounds, including celebrities entrusting their children's education to its renowned institution. [Arbor Move Real Estate Team](https://www.arbormove. href="">University of Michigan is showcased as a top-notch educational experience for f...
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By Nancy Moore, Assoc.Broker/Realtor In my hometown of Needham,MA
(Gibson Sotheby's International Realty)
 A pre-approval is  an indication from your lender that they're ready to finance a specific amount for your future home. Remember, the pre-approval amount is their maximum offer; only borrow what you're comfortable repaying. With more homes listed but inventory still below the norm, coupled with a recent decline in mortgage rates, competition is fierce. A Pre-approval not only demonstrates your seriousness to sellers but also positions you strategically in a market where demand outweighs supply. It showcases your financial readiness, having undergone credit and financial checks, giving you an edge in a competitive market. The expertise and support provided by an experienced Realtor such as Nancy Moore Needham Realtor, can significantly enhance the home buying process. Her knowledge, neg...
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By Klapperich Real Estate, Family-owned Wisconsin real estate firm since 1979
(Klapperich Real Estate)
Klapperich Real Estate continues to help guide buyers and sellers as it celebrates its 45th year as an independent real estate firm. The real estate company specializes in single family homes, condos, waterfront, investment properties, and land sales.“The growth of the company can be attributed to our customers, agents and support staff, past and present, that share in the same culture of high standards, professionalism and ethics. We realize there are a lot of options today when selecting a firm or agent to help you buy or sell. It’s important to choose wisely because there can be huge differences.” said Steve Klapperich, managing broker.Trusted guidance to buying and selling homes has always been the foundation to success at Klapperich Real Estate. There is an unrivaled dedication tow...
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By Robb Harpster & Tera Barker, Residential real estate services in Central Ohio
(Century 21 Excellence Realty)
Dublin, Ohio, is known for its scenic beauty, a vibrant Irish festival, and as the home of Wendy's fast-food chain. But for those looking for more than just the average suburban dwelling, Muirfield Village stands out as a premier destination. Packed with charm, luxury, and a host of amenities, Muirfield Village homes are the epitome of modern, comfortable living. Let's explore why home buyers and Dublin residents are flocking to this one-of-a-kind neighborhood.Unveiling Muirfield Village: Your Idyllic Home AwaitsTucked in the heart of Dublin, the Muirfield Village community has an allure that's hard to resist. From its inception in the 1970s to its ever-evolving present-day charm, Muirfield Village offers residents a taste of the good life. With meticulously planned neighborhoods, each ...
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By Michael Lamirande, Listing&buyer Agent/ leasing and investment proper
(Long & Foster)
Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, lies the quaint and charming village of Skippack. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of big city life, Skippack offers a serene retreat for those seeking a tranquil yet vibrant community to call home. From its rich history to its thriving local scene, there are countless reasons why choosing to live in Skippack is an exceptional decision.Embracing Small-Town CharmSkippack exudes a timeless small-town charm that instantly captivates visitors and residents alike. Stroll down its tree-lined streets adorned with historic buildings, boutique shops, and cozy cafes, and you'll feel transported to a bygone era. The sense of community here is palpable, with neighbors greeting each other warmly and local businesses ...
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By Jose Segarra, When Experience Matters, Hire Real Estate Veteran
(Homevets Realty LLC)
Embarking on unexpected journeys is a hallmark of life, and my recent venture from the world of real estate into the realm of politics, and back again, has been nothing short of enlightening. In this blog post, I want to share the valuable lessons I've learned along the way. From Property Listings to Political CampaignsThe transition from real estate to politics was not a leap I had initially planned. However, the experience proved to be a unique chapter in my professional life. Here are some insights gained during this unexpected detour: Lesson 1: Embrace the UnpredictabilityThe real estate market, like politics, is inherently unpredictable. Economic shifts, policy changes, and community sentiments all play a role in shaping both landscapes. Embrace the uncertainty, and rather than fea...
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By Linda Rike, Just Add Water To Your Lifestyle
(Linda Rike Real Estate)
Today, on National Compliment Day, we want to help you find the perfect home that perfectly compliments your lifestyle. At Linda Rike Real Estate, we understand the importance of finding a home that not only meets your needs but also complements your personality and style.
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By Philip Bennett, Mortgage Brokerage
(Bennett Capital Partners Mortgage)
The Best Miami Warrantable Condos: A Condo Financing GuideWelcome to the vibrant world of Miami real estate, where sun-kissed beaches merge with urban charm. If you're drawn to the allure of condominium living, understanding warrantable condos is key in this bustling market.These gems are favored by lenders like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, making them a smart investment for savvy buyers—the promise of lower down payments and competitive mortgage rates await.Nestled on Brickell Avenue, Bennett Capital Partners stand as seasoned stewards in mortgage brokerage. They bring a wealth of experience to the table—navigating complex financial waters to anchor your dream property at terms tailored just for you.With Miami's condo scene flourishing from Sunny Isles Beach to Coconut Grove, let's dive...
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By John Turner-McClelland, Real estate agent serving Greensboro
(Century 21 Total Real Estate Solutions)
Looking for a great dining option in Greensboro NC for Valentine’s Day? We’ve curated a list of restaurants that could be the next choice for your and your loved one on February 14th. The list is below, along with this interactive map to help you locate them.Fleming’s Prime SteakhouseB. Christopher’sRuth’s Chris Steak HouseThe MarisolGreen Valley GrillDiValletta RestaurantUndercurrent RestaurantPrint Works BistroMJ’s Restaurant and CateringOsteria
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By Francisco Romo, Home Inspections you can trust in South California
(Strong Tower Home Inspections)
Buying a home is an exciting and significant investment. However, it's crucial to conduct a thorough home inspection to ensure that the property is in good condition and meets your expectations. To help you navigate the home inspection process, we've compiled a list of our top 10 tips.Follow us on Social MediaTip #1: Hire a Professional Hire a certified home inspector: They offer a professional, unbiased opinion. Their job isn't to make or break the deal, but to provide an honest evaluation.   Tip #2: Attend the Inspection Being present during the home inspection allows you to ask questions and gain valuable insights into the property's condition. For a successful home inspection, attending is ideal however if it is impossible, you can always Review the inspection report. TIP #3.    Tip...
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By Lisa Fuit
(Student )
What is Dual representation and what happens when consent isn't given? Dual representation or dual agency is when the same real estate agent is representing both parties (buyer and the seller).  An agent would need to get written consent first to be able to represent both buyer and seller. If one or the other doesn't provide consent, then they have the right to opt out of the deal.  Representing them without written consent is a breach of the agent's fiduciary rules and can cause an agent to lose their real estate license or have it revoked. It also affects the broker in a poor manner and will cause everyone to lose the deal or transaction. There is a financial incentive for a dual agent to be over the entire transaction and receive full commission and that is why caution should be used...
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By Ali Anwar, Principal at Aarco Contarcting
(Aarco Contracting)
In the face of today's economic challenges, with mounting inflation and escalating energy costs, the importance of improving home energy efficiency is paramount for homeowners. A significant yet often overlooked aspect of this energy-saving equation is the roofing system. This article will explore the extensive benefits of upgrading your roof, an initiative that promises substantial energy savings and enhanced comfort across all seasons.The Role of Roofing in Thermal RegulationThe emphasis on roofing upgrades is critical for energy efficiency throughout the year. While the focus is often on winter for its role in preventing heat loss, the impact of a well-maintained roof during summer is equally significant. In the warmer months, an efficient roofing system helps in reducing heat gain, ...
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By Ken & Ari Walker - Husband & Wife Team, Your Direct Private Money Source
(Pacific Direct Mortgage)
In 2024, homebuyers can expect lower mortgage rates, higher home prices and a lot more competition. After nervously watching mortgage rates get two-decade highs and inventory plunge in 2023, many hopeful homebuyers are eager to get off the sidelines and into a home.While 2023 was a better year for real estate in many respects, many buyers still struggled with affordability. If you are planning to buy a house in 2024, here is what you can expect, according to some experts: Fannie Mae sees home prices rising 2.8% year over year by the end of 2024. The Mortgage Bankers Association believes prices could rise as much as 4.1% next year. The National Association of Realtors has more conservative expectations and predicts existing-home prices will inch up just 0.7% over next year. p...
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By Tommy Crivello, We specialize in South West Ranches
(Tommy Crivello Real Estate Group)
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By Connor Kobilarcsik, Think of me when you think of Real Estate
(Russell Real Estate Services)
What makes Cleveland so great? Why do "Clevelanders" choose to not only stay in the city and never move - but always come back for more? As a lifelong "Clevelander" and real estate agent who knows the city like the back of his hand - I can attest to the greatness of Cleveland and know that it is truly our "little known secret."Cleveland not only has some of the most affordable homes in the country - but it's forward thinking, sports fanatic residents know that it a treasure that the rest of the country ignores. Cleveland is full of culture and grit that you just won't find in most midwest cities...It's what continues to bring residents back after their time living in the bigger cities of America.  
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By LeAnne Carswell, Real estate broker in charge of large team
(Expert Real Estate Team)
Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Greer, South Carolina, golf course homes offer a unique blend of luxury living and scenic beauty. Imagine waking up to the lush green fairways, enjoying breathtaking views, and having easy access to world-class golf facilities right outside your doorstep. In this blog, we will explore the charm and allure of Greer's golf course homes, highlighting the features that make them the epitome of upscale living.Click here to see available homes:  Greer, SC Golf Course homes Prime Location: Greer, SC is renowned for its ideal location, providing a serene and peaceful atmosphere while being conveniently close to urban amenities. Golf course homes in Greer are strategically positioned, offering residents the best of both worlds – tranquility and accessibili...
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