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 Christie M, Content Marketing Expert at Styldod
Every day, we see multiple new listings popping up in the Real Estate Market, but only a few of them gain customer attention. These projects get a better edge on the market and have a higher sale ratio when compared with the other projects out there. Hence to make your real estate listing stand out in the market, you must have a proper strategy and an efficient plan. This article will discuss the proven ways to make your property stand out in this competitive market. Let's take a look. StagingStaging is one of the key factors that'll help you to make your home stand out in the real estate market. An empty room image gives an idea of what the room looks like, but it doesn't look appealing to the buyer. On the other hand, a professionally staged room looks appealing to the buyer because o...
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By Justin Marshall, Kickass Real Estate Team
(Marshall Team - Remax Results)
So happy to be in the great community of Real Estate Agents.  Can't wait to chat with you and grow together!
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By Sonia Taska
(Adams, Cameron & Co., REALTORS)
Advice For Buying a Luxury HomeOwning a luxury home is an amazing feeling, but before the keys are in your hand, you must first navigate a quite different process than normal real estate transactions. When entering into the luxury real estate market, it's wise to heed the advice of agents and buyers who are familiar with these endeavors. Here are a few tips to consider as you shop for a luxury home. Create a Wish ListBuyers of any home can get easily overwhelmed with their options if they don't have a checklist to keep them grounded. Create a list that details the elements or amenities within the home that you absolutely need, that you would like, and that you don't necessarily want. This will keep you focused on finding the home that accurately meets your lifestyle needs. Explore the A...
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By Alejandro Ferro, Real Estate Agent/Investor Servicing Chicago
(Ferro Home Buyers)
After two years of dealing with the pandemic and setting up forbearance plans, many homeowners will be looking for solutions to get back on track.Did you lose your Job during covid? Did you need to relocate or change careers and your income has changed? I want to go over some of the options available and give you some industry insight. It is expected within the next several months there will be a lot of forbearance plans due as Covid-19 relief programs will soon expire.Depending what your current situation with your home will depend on the path taken.Here Are Possible Solutions To Avoid Foreclosure and Get You Back On Track.   Reinstate the past due balance (large sum payment) Repayment Plan (pay more monthly till caught up) Payment Deferral (puts a lien separate amount to be paid later...
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By Debbie Warner, Lawyer
(Warner & Warner, P.L.)
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By Jason Gavadza, Jason Gavadza The Super Bowl Realtor
(Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty)
The Ground Rules For Home Buying Success   Buying a home is a major decision that should not be taken lightly. There are many things to consider before making an offer on a home. Here are some ground rules for home buying success. Section 1: The Importance of Researching Homes Section 2: How to Make an Offer that is Accepted Section 3: What to do After the Sale is Final Home buying can be a daunting task, and with careful planning and execution, the process can be smooth and successful. There are few purchases in life that carry the financial and psychological weight of buying a home.  Whether you are buying your first home, moving up to your dream home, or downsizing your home and your life after the kids have gone, it is important to understand the ground rules for success in the wor...
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Included below are homes for sale and real estate in Columbai, MO. Below the listings are the top subdivisions in Columbia with videos and links to each subdivisions listing page of homes for sale.  And, for your convenience, feel free to register for a free account to receive email alerts whenever new Columbia area listings come on the market that match your specific criteria. Discover your homes current market value with our free market valuation tool.Columbia is beautiful, exceptionally diverse, and wildly alluring. The people are friendly, the city is cultured, and there is an adventure waiting around every winding country road. Columbia, Missouri, or CoMo to locals, is the state’s fourth-largest city. Every month more and more people are choosing to move to this enchanting Mid-Miss...
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By Matthew Madonik, Real Tech with a wide suite of services
ReadyLead is a seasoned, highly-effective, fast-paced real estate technology company that has recently expanded its suite of services to work directly with real estate agents and brokers. Our service is a needed innovation aimed straight at the heart of real estate agents’ biggest pain point…lead nurturing. The ReadyLead appointment setting and qualifying service is a powerful and innovative product that helps REAs to take back control of their calendars, introducing them to new buyers and sellers every month. Our Inside Sales Agents (ISAs) are qualifying at a 5.07% conversion rate. We can either take your leads and nurture them or generate them for you with our in-house team of PPC experts. We work with many different realtors and brokerages across North America (predominately in the U...
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By JAMES HOOKER, Realtor serving Greater Columbia Area
(eXp Realty, LLC)
  Being intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this season. That’s why pre-approval is so important today. Pre-approval from a lender is the only way to know your true price range and how much money you can borrow for your loan. Peter Warden, Editor of The Mortgage Reports, explains: “The lender will check out your personal finances and issue you a letter confirming the amount you’re eligible to borrow. This not only gives you a firm budget for house hunting, but also lets sellers know you’re qualified to make an offer.” Why does that matter so much today? There are many more buyers looking for homes today than there are homes available for sale, and that’s creating some serious competition. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average home is g...
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By Nicholas Nelson, Aspiring RE
(Stella Development and Construction)
This blog is to discuss the potential affects of the raising interest rates and projected home sales and prices
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By Jen Thomson
(Sutton Group Right Way)
Although the winters we have in Oxford County are milder than those in much of Ontario, we all heave a sigh of relief when we can start spending time in the sunshine again. And what better place to enjoy the outdoors everyday than your own backyard? Turning your backyard into your own personal retreat isn’t difficult and can add to your property’s value. In fact, a study by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) found that adding a wooden deck or patio not only helped homeowners enjoy their properties more but actually helped seal the deal with buyers. Read on for some top tips to turn your backyard into a haven for you to enjoy with your friends and family.DeclutterThe first step is to start decluttering. Recycle old furniture or give it a new life by upcycling it. ...
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By Greg Vetter, 30+ year Productivity Speaker, Trainer and Coach
(Vetter Productivity, Inc.)
Tip 60. Keep a clear pathway to your desk.   Do you have to turn slightly or watch where you step just to get to your desk?Think about the width of a doorway. The opening is usually at least 30 inches wide. There’s a reason—so you don’t have to turn your body to fit through it. The same is true about getting to your desk. You need an unobstructed pathway of at least 30 inches to be able to easily glide through to that comfy chair of yours.Every twist, turn, and extra step will cause you to spend more time at the office, and we know how much you like that. Time to clear that path.   Timber!   © Greg Vetter 2022. All rights reserved Photo from
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First, you’ll need to get an accurate, full picture of the extent of the damage. If there is major fire damage, before you enter your home you may need permission from your local fire department. You should also contact your utility provider to let them know about the fire and then call your homeowner’s insurance company to start claims.Next, be sure to document the damage through video, photos, and complete notes. You’ll want to share the information with a fire restoration expert if needed to begin the process of cleanup needed to sell your fire-damaged property. You can do a little bit on your own — open the windows to eliminate smoke, clean hard services — but you’ll likely need some help when it comes down to selling your fire damaged house fast for cash, Selling a Fire Damaged Pro...
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By ALEXIA DALEY, The Hardest Working Agent in this Town!
(REMAX Crosstown-Kempenfelt Group Inc.,)
Offers anytime on this charming FREEHOLD TownHome! Are you tired of renting? This Sun-Filled 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom home, located in a Friendly Neighbourhood AND close to amenities may be exactly what you're looking for. One of the larger models on this street, 6 Parkside features a Freshly painted Main floor, a Large Living Room, Spacious Kitchen for delicious meals, and Bright Dining Room to enjoy meals with family and friends. The convenient Sliding Door right off the Dining area makes it easy to access Deck & Backyard. Enjoy Either The Front Porch with privacy to People Watch Or relax on the back Deck For Peace And Quiet. The updated private ensuite adjoining the primary Bedroom is a delightful space to use. Roof reshingled ( 2013). Steps To Park, Dog walk, and schools make this ho...
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By Andrea Campanelli, Real Estate Firm in the Heart of Charleston SC
(Coastal House Realty)
Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don’t forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then the price of the home. Here are 5 fees to keep in mind as you begin to budget.1. Home inspection. This is a crucial step in the home buying process. The findings that come from the inspection can help you negotiate price and repairs. Generally, you can expect to pay between $300 to $500 depending on the home and the location.2. Title services. Title services encompass the transfer of the title from the seller and a thorough search of the property’s records to ensure to no one will pop up with a claim to the property. Additionally, you may need to buy title insurance which will protect the le...
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By Dante Campanelli, #1 Lender in the Charleston, SC Area for 20 years
(Anchor Mortgage LLC)
What you’re looking for? We got it!Within the last ten years, the state of South Carolina’s population has increased by over 10 percent. Whether you’re looking for the busy night life of Myrtle Beach, the beauty and industry of Charleston County,  or even just the relaxation of a home by the beach or in nature, South Carolina offers it all.Between the oceanside, state parks, and historical sites, there is nothing this state can’t provide for those who love the outdoors. Some of the largest companies such as Boeing have entered the state and provide jobs and economic production to help fuel the state’s economy and diversity of business.  With temperatures ranging from comfortable to hot year round, there’s little to no worry of freezing roads and being snowed in. Whether this sounds good...
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By Dylan Draper, Top Hard Money Lender in Charlotte, NC
Hard money is a loan that is secured by a “hard” asset. In most cases, that asset is real estate. The most common hard money loan is for a fix-and-flip loan. If you are a real estate investor in North Carolina that is looking to flip houses, a hard money loan is a good option for you.Traditional Financing vs. Hard MoneyA traditional mortgage is a lengthy process that caters to homeowners looking to secure long-term financing. A hard money loan usually has a much shorter loan term and much higher interest rates. While a traditional mortgage is much cheaper, a hard money loan can be processed and funded much, much quicker. Traditional financing is contingent on the borrower’s creditworthiness, a hard money loan is primarily asset-based.When would someone use a hard money loan?An investor ...
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By Brian Sharp, Residential real estate broker. CRS. C2EX endorsed
(Sharp Realty)
When discussing what is worth fixing or not fixing on a house going on the market, my normal rule of thumb is to spend as little as possible, but still get the job done. My thought process here is that you don’t want to spend money on items where you won’t get your money back. For example, it isn’t worth putting in a pool, since it will cost way more to put it in than what you will get in increased sales price.However, I will often suggest paint or putting in new carpet when it’s needed. My clients sometimes resist that idea and say, “Let’s just offer them a credit for the carpet (or paint, or whatever). I’m sure the buyer can look past it. Besides, what if they don’t like what I put in? Isn’t it better to let them pick their own color, type, style?”While logically, this makes sense, it...
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By Eric Niehoff, Helping clients build generational wealth through
(Celebrity Home Loans )
The average person spends around 2.5 hours a day on social media.  So any business, especially one built on referrals needs to have a presence on several social media platforms.Real estate professionals especially benefit by being involved online. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your online presence. Be authentic. People buy from and interact with other people that they can relate to. This mean that you will alienate some people and attract others.  This is natural and will bring you clients that will want to work with you, will get along with you, and most importantly will refer people to you. Use the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule is that 80% of social media posts should be useful to your audience, meaning that it educates, entertains, or offers a solution to their problems and...
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