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 Dale McCarthy Real Estate, Realtor (R) | Property Manager
(Dale McCarthy Real Estate)
Nestled in the heart of the Silver State, Henderson, Nevada stands as a shining testament to quality living and education. For families looking to nurture their children in an environment of excellence, Henderson is the destination par excellence.Why Choose Henderson for Education? Rigorous Academic Standards: The Nevada State Department of Education ensures that Henderson's schools consistently surpass educational standards. Regular evaluations and accreditations keep the institutions in check.   Exceptional Educators: Henderson takes pride in its dedicated teachers. Many boast advanced degrees and specialized training, emphasizing their commitment to shaping future leaders.   Focused Learning with Small Class Sizes: Individualized attention isn't just a tagline in Henderson. Smaller c...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Hello, friends! October is upon us, and that means Q4 is in full swing. With the year-end approaching, it's an opportune moment to reflect on what might lie ahead in the Philadelphia real estate market and the surrounding areas. In this blog, I'll share some of my thoughts and opinions on various aspects of the real estate market as we navigate through Q4.1. Housing Inventory:Traditionally, Q4 sees a decrease in the number of homes on the market as kids go back to school, and the holiday season approaches. However, this year might bring some surprises. I don't believe we can see much lower inventory levels than we have recently experienced. In fact, inventory in Montgomery County has slightly increased in the past few weeks, moving from under one month of inventory to just over one mont...
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By Dave Livingston, Painting Company Serving the Natick Area
(Natick Painting Company)
Selling a home is not just about bricks and mortar; it's about selling a dream, a lifestyle, and an emotional connection. One essential aspect of this is the choice of paint colors. In this article, I'll dive into the fascinating world of color psychology, exploring how it can play a pivotal role in capturing the hearts and minds of potential buyers.The Impact of Color on EmotionsColors have the remarkable ability to stir emotions and influence our moods. When it comes to a new home, these emotions can be a deciding factor for buyers. Picture yourself walking into a home with walls painted in warm, inviting tones of beige or soft blue. These colors create an immediate sense of calm and tranquility, which can be immensely appealing to homebuyers.On the flip side, picture yourself walking...
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By Delynda Middleton
How to Fix the 7 Common Issues Preventing Your House from SellingIn our previous article, we discussed seven honest reasons why your house might not be selling. Now, let's delve into solutions for each of these issues to help you get your property off the market and into the hands of a happy buyer. 1. Overpricing Solution: Price Realistically To address overpricing, consult with a local real estate agent or appraiser who has a deep understanding of the market. They can provide a comparative market analysis (CMA) to determine a competitive price for your home. Be open to adjusting your asking price based on their recommendations and the feedback you receive from potential buyers.2. Curb Appeal Solution: Enhance Your Home's Exterior Invest in your home's exterior by performing minor lands...
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(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
As your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties trusted real estate advisor, you can always count on me to be on your side whether you are buying or selling real estate. I can be trusted with taking care of you and your most valuable assets from the beginning to the end. You can contact me at 805-729-0527 or anthonybordin@bhhscal.comMy website:
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By Marco Cruz, Automation Made Easy
(automateNow )
It happened while I was serving in the US Navy in 2005 when I  bought my first property at the age of 23. I bought it so that some of my family could have a place to live. It was never my ambition to own real estate to create wealth. Unfortunately, I didn't start thinking of owning more real estate until I was in my 30s.However, that first condo was the start of my real estate journey. I still own it, and it has continued to provide passive income over the years. Looking back, I realized I made the right choice by not stopping paying the mortgage when I was significantly underwater during the GFC of 2007-2008. Friends told me to "forget about it" and let the back take it back. I'm glad I didn't listen to them!My journey has not been glamorous. As mentioned,  I did not fall in love with ...
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By Gonzalo Labra Orihuela
     Dual Representation without consent is one of the many ways that a Real Estate agent can loose their license. It is when an agent represents both the buyer an seller of a property without letting the other client know. As an agent one has to let the client know that you will be representing both sides.     Also you have to get written permission from the client so that you are able to represent both sides. There are many cases of this happening around the U.S. It is very important for agents to understand that representing two parties with consent is unethical. The client can be thinking one thing on the fact that there are two different people negotiating a property. When in reality it is just one person doing the work.     That agent will be receiving the full commission from wha...
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By Frank Worrell, Turning BPOs Into Six-Figure Incomes
 Hello, ActiveRain Community!If you're an agent or an investor looking to diversify your income streams, you've come to the right place. I’m Frank Worrell, a seasoned real estate professional specializing in Broker Price Opinions (BPOs), and I'm here to share how BPOs have the potential to bring in a steady flow of income.What is a Broker Price Opinion?A Broker Price Opinion (BPO) is an estimated property valuation given by a licensed real estate broker. While it doesn't replace an official appraisal, it serves as an alternative for institutions like banks or mortgage lenders to get a quick and cost-effective evaluation of a property's current market value.Why Should You Care?The demand for BPOs is continuously growing, particularly in a volatile market. It's a service that doesn't take...
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By Kim Smith, Real Estate Agent in Escambia & Santa Rosa County
(Levin Rinke Realty)
An important factor shaping today’s market is the number of homes for sale. And, if you’re considering whether or not to list your house, that’s one of the biggest advantages you have right now. When housing inventory is this low, your house will stand out, especially if it’s priced right.But there are some early signs that more listings are coming. According to the latest data, new listings (homeowners who just put their house up for sale) are trending up. Here’s a look at why this is noteworthy and what it may mean for you.More Homes Are Coming onto the Market than UsualIt’s well known that the busiest time in the housing market each year is the spring buying season. That’s why there’s a predictable increase in the volume of newly listed homes throughout the first half of the year. Se...
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Hello everybody! My name is Kaeden Roberts. I am a college student and am working on getting my real estate license as a step in earning my degree in construction management. I am currently taking my 120 hour course and have been enjoying learning more about real estate and how I can connect with those in this real estate while I pursue my career in residential and commercial construction. We have recently been learning in my course of the 21 ways in which a real estate licensee can lose their license and have been asked to choose one of those 21 ways and write a paragraph or two on it and what it means to us. I chose to write on the one that I feel engrains the majority of the different ways in which you can lose your license which is dishonesty. Honesty in any form of business, I beli...
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By Audrina Stickney
(Agent Professor)
I am going to be writing about dishonesty in real estate and why it's important to be an honest agent. There are a lot of ways to be a dishonest realtor. Dishonesty to me isn't just telling lies. Dishonesty, to me, is lying, white lying, misleading, false advertising, withholding information or being sneaky in any way. Living life honest just in general is a good way to live. Dishonesty can lead to a lost license and the lie wouldn't of been worth it in the end. Even if you get away with something once you won't get away with it forever. How does dishonesty affect others? Let's say a buyer or seller has a dishonest agent. It's a couples first house and they are so excited, it's a really big once in a life time experience. Then their realtor is misleading and false advertising, the realt...
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By Bonnie Schiffner, Real Estate agent Tims Ford Lake &surrounding area
(John Smith Jr. Realty & Auction, LLC)
New Listing in great subdivision close to Tims Ford Lake. Access to private gated boar ramp. Give me a call for more details931-308-3498
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By Jeremy Williams, Local Roofer - Houston and Austin TX
(Reign Roofing)
Perhaps the biggest threat that faces roofs in the Houston area is hailstorms. Although hail is often small and harmless, the larger stones pose a major threat to your roof—and in a variety of different ways. We often handle roofing repair in Houston, TX to fix hail damage, and in this post we want to share with you the ways that hail can inflict damage on your roof, as well as how to recognize it after the storm is over. It’s important to move fast to have hail damage professionally repaired, otherwise it will lead to greater damage down the road, including the need to replace the entire roof years early.How Hail Damages Your RoofHailstones come in a range of sizes, from tiny pellets to golf ball-sized stones that can shatter weaker shingles with a single blow. Here are some of the way...
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By Rex Thomas, Rex Thomas: Redefining Real Estate
(Samson Properties)
Step into the world of luxurious and spacious living with 7407 Federline Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043! This remarkable single-family home is a true embodiment of comfort and style, offering 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and an expansive 3,000 square feet of living space.A Haven of Tranquility and EleganceNestled in the charming community of Ellicott City, this residence harmonizes comfort, style, and convenience. The 4 thoughtfully designed bedrooms strike a perfect balance between personal space and connected living. The primary bedroom suite, complete with its private bathroom featuring a soothing soaking tub and a walk-in closet, promises a retreat-like experience. Each additional bedroom is generously sized and comes with its own closet, ensuring everyone's privacy is respected.​Expansive L...
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By Marcus Maupin, Marcus Maupin is the Co-founder of National Real E
(National Real Estate Investors Network LLC)
What is the Employee Retention Credit program?| What is ERC program?Visit  Or Call Lindsay at  877-506-3999About The ERC ProgramWhat is the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)?ERC is a stimulus program designed to help those businesses that were able to retain their employees during the Covid-19 pandemic.Established by the CARES Act, it is a refundable tax credit – a grant, not a loan – that you can claim for your business. The ERC is available to both small and mid-sized businesses. It is based on qualified wages and healthcare paid to employees.Up to $26,000 per employee- Available for 2020 and the first 3 quarters of 2021- Qualify with decreased revenue or COVID event- No limit on funding- ERC is a refundable tax creditHow much money can you get back?You can claim...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Owning a dream home is a goal that many aspire to achieve. However, it can be difficult to finance your dream home, especially if you are working on a budget. There are several innovative ways to finance your home and make your dream a reality. This blog will explore five strategies to help you finance your dream home, from saving for a down payment to considering a loan with a low-interest rate and seeking financial advice from professionals. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of financing your dream home and making it a reality.Look Into Government-Sponsored ProgramsNumerous government programs are available that can help you finance your dream home. For example, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) offers a variety of programs that can help qualified buyers wi...
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By Tyson Schuetze, Tyson Schuetze Auben Realty
(Auben Realty)
Retired marines, 25% management fees, and why roofs matter…My investment career would have one more sharp detour before I had to deal with the aftermath of 2008. My partner Jeff and I had decided our inter-state enterprise lacked efficiency, along with profitability. He wanted to focus on wholesaling and I wanted to learn how to act like a responsible investor—something that would take another 10 years for me to really figure out. I stopped looking in Orangeburg, Irmo, and Greenwood, SC and narrowed the scope of my search to Augusta and the greater CSRA (Central Savannah River Area). Unfortunately, geography was the only thing narrowed in my search for investment real estate. I still didn’t know how to find or buy investment real estate, but I found a partner named Scott who was known t...
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By Karla Jusko, Team Leader of The Concierge Group- REALTOR
(Exit Homestead Realty)
Multigenerational Living, is it really a trend? The New Jersey Association of Realtors (NJAR) thinks so. The July/August edition of New Jersey Realtor Magazine outlines recent upticks in families purchasing homes with both parents and children in mind.  Multigenerational homes are designed to provide space for multiple generations to live under one roof. I know the demand for these types of living situations has grown, especially in the Southern New Jersey market, where I primarily work with clients. Clients are requesting first floor bedrooms and full bathrooms, in addition to the living spaces they desire for themselves and their children. If the space has a separate entrance, that is even more desired. You may be thinking of the traditional "in-law suite" with totally separate living...
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By Kirk Burningham
(EMSilverlakeHome LLC)
Honesty in any industry is important. It wasn't until starting the Real Estate courses that I realized how important it is for professionals in real estate. I feel like there is a difference between being strictly honest and being discreet and maintaining confidences for clients. I know that it is our duty to real estate professionals to stay in the framework of the law but to also make sure we are always working in the best interests of our clients. Once we start thinking how can I benefit from this real estate transaction is when dishonesty and unethical practices can start to creep into our thinking and lead us down the path to poor decisions. After watching a video where a real estate agent was sleeping and using a client's home for his own benefit caught be off guard. I couldn't be...
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By Jeff Moore, REALTOR® Specializing In New Construction
(Holt Real Estate LLC)
                                                            Why buy new construction vs used homes?                                                               There are several advantages to buying new construction homes compared to used homes. Here are some reasons why people choose to buy new construction: Customization: When purchasing a new construction home, you often have the opportunity to customize certain aspects of the design and layout. This includes selecting finishes, fixtures, paint colors, flooring materials, and sometimes even the floor plan. This level of customization allows you to create a home that suits your personal preferences and needs. Modern Features and Amenities: New construction homes are typically built with modern features and amenities. These can incl...
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