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 Adriana Lopez
Having criminal background does not affect you, but there is a Utah code stating that if you have had a felony over the last 5 years you would have to wait, in other words you would have to wait for 5 years to go by and do the 120 hours of the real estate pre-licensing program. If you have had a  misdemeanor involving fraud, misrepresentation, theft, or dishonesty within the last three years, you wont be able to apply for a real estate license. Being charged with fraud is something really big in the real estate industry, including theft, misrepresentation, or dishonesty. Those are some big factors of why you cant have a real estate license and it also depends in you state. 
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By Emma Swier, Real Estate Marketing Executive
Are you on the verge of giving up on your career as a realtor? Have you tried several techniques but all to no avail? As a listing agent, searching for a homeowner looking to sell a house is one of the most challenging parts, and demands consistent work. The same can be said for winning listings. Most of the time, this may seem so demanding that it appears as though you are fighting an uphill battle. Worry less, as in this post, you will be exposed to some proven tips on how to win real estate listings from homeowners as a real estate agent!   1. Be Strategic Winning a listing from a homeowner is not a tea party. Irrespective of your market, getting a listing agreement comes with great effort and diligence. It is a monster challenge, especially newbies in the real estate industry. As a ...
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By Salvatore Bochicchio, IRS Tax Problem Solver
(East Coast Tax Consulting Group LLC)
In the past, the IRS has assigned verification numbers to victims of identity theft to file their tax returns, if requested by the victimized individual. These numbers are referred to as identity protection (IP) PINs. The IP PIN is a six-digit code known only to the taxpayer and the IRS. It helps prevent identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns using a taxpayer’s personally identifiable information.The IP PIN serves as the key to an individual’s tax account. Electronically filed returns that do not contain the correct IP PIN will be rejected, and paper returns will go through additional scrutiny for fraud.The IRS launched the IP PIN program nearly a decade ago to protect confirmed identity theft victims from ongoing tax-related fraud. In recent years, the IRS has expanded the...
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By David Wood, Southwest Florida Living Begins Here
(Greater SWFL Homes | Premiere Plus Realty)
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By Ryan Sharkey, Condo Specialist
(Keller Williams City Life Realty)
Park and Shore is the newest luxury condominium complex to hit the Downtown Jersey City Waterfront in Newport. Builder, China Construction America teamed up with famed architect, Perkins Eastman, to deliver the latest in luxury living to Jersey City. With homes ranging from studio - three bedroom and a bevy of first-class amenities Park and Shore has quickly become the talk of the town.One Bedroom condos priced from $695,000Two Bedroom condos priced from $999,000For more information on Park and Shore and other luxury communities on the Jersey City waterfront visit: www.hudsonrivercondos.com
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These days, with the advent of new technology and hands-on learning techniques online, it’s no longer necessary to obtain real estate training in person. There are many online real estate schools that offer exclusive training and certification courses, all from the comfort of your own home. But choosing the right one can often seem a little daunting.Here you’ll find some important considerations to make when reviewing online schools to train and obtain your real estate or broker’s license.Make Sure the School You Choose is Legitimate  One of the first things you’ll need to do when selecting the best online real estate school is to make certain it’s been legitimately licensed by your state. The real estate commission for your state will maintain a list of approved and licensed online rea...
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When dealing with clients, we would want to ensure they have copies of the documents that are part of their real estate purchase. Using electronic measures would allow one to always offer a blank and finished copy to the signers. If a client doesn't have electronic capabilities to sign, you have to think a step ahead. This means possibly making an extra copy in case they want both the before and after signature copies.  I remember the first time I had the opportunity to use an electric copy. This was a game changer for me! It allows my life to have less clutter but still have any reference I need!
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By Kelly Green-Krist, CPA
(Green Krist CPA PLLC)
The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted on December 27, 2020, deals with the annual tax extenders. Congress made some of them permanent, while others got short- or long-term extensions.These are the big five Form 1040 tax breaks that were scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020: Exclusion from income for cancellation of acquisition debt on your principal residence (up to $2 million) Deduction for mortgage insurance premiums as residence interest 7.5 percent floor to deduct medical expenses (instead of 10 percent) Above-the-line deduction for tuition and fees Non-business energy property tax credit for energy-efficient improvements to your principal residence Here is what Congress did with each of these five provisions: Cancellation of debt. Extended through ...
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By Zachary Parker, Real Estate Marketing Pro | SEO Gun for Hire
(ProSource Media)
While Cambridge is technically outside of the City of Boston, data trends in the housing market and in particular the rental market in Cambridge closely mirror that of Boston.  Both are highly cyclical markets that depend heavily on apartment turnover from the local student population.  So while Boston’s rental market is reeling due to inventory spikes, it should come as no surprise that the same supply issues are occurring in Cambridge.Cambridge may be best known as the home of two famous universities:  Harvard and MIT.  Like most of the area’s Universities, both adopted remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year, severely hampering the influx of students we normally see in September.   As a result, the real estate market in Cambridge has experienced quite a bit of fluctuation in te...
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By Max Louder, Lurker With An Occasional Opinion
My wife Emily has been an interior designer for more than 10 years now.Being the doting husband that I am, I have and will continue to do everything to support, encourage and assist in the development of her career to the best of my abilities (not that she really needs it, she's doing pretty great without my help, but we can all use a hand now and again).With all the experience and knowledge that she possesses about interior design and so on, I often felt that I was not in a position to make suggestions about certain style choices, despite her asking for my opinion now and again.Learning to trust my own judgment on a matter, despite being clearly "out-experienced" is only something that has come with time. And let me tell you that it took a long time for me to come around to the idea.We...
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I am currently enrolled in my real estate course online and we are learning about ethics and conduct. I have reviewed newsletters on the website and researched cases online. I was surprised to discover the number of violations that were associated with misrepresentation in advertising and bad record-keeping. For bad record-keeping, there were a number of individuals that did not supervise individuals under their brokerage. There were instances where people deceived the broker or comingled the funds. When this happens it is my understanding that the brokerage license is revoked. With how severe the penalties in your experience have you ever had this happen or heard of this happening to someone under a broker that was penalized?What type of measures do brokers use to prevent this from hap...
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By Brandii Hollis
(eXp Realty)
So, I've decided to give blogging a try. I'm not completely sure how this is going to go, but I'm hoping it will be informational and fun! I thought I'd start by giving you some information about me. I am a real estate agent in Sacramento, CA. Real estate is a passion of mine. It makes me so happy to see my clients find the home of their dreams or help them sell their home to just the right buyer. Home buying and selling is a very personal process and I think that many people get intimidated by it. So, my goal is to make it a fun and exciting experience for them. In addition to being a real estate agent, I'm a student at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), a wife and mom to two very ornery boys. I love beer and wine tasting with friends, traveling and attending sporting events. (W...
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By Carin Molin, Home - Where Life Happens, We lead You to it!
(Top Agent Realty Group)
The last 6 to 9 months seems to have had so much pent up demand in the areas I sell and do leasing in.. But this month is the first time its seems to have slowed slightly.  Inventory is still super low, but people are slowing with the competitive bidding and have just decided to wait it out if they didnt find what they were hoping for.  I had one client change their plans completely since we starting on the house buying search, and one that is willing to wait and not go crazy with overspending and just wait till they have a better chance against cash buyers paying over list.I hope all is well across the country and I feel so blessed to have 70 degree days right now.. 
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The relationship between a client and an agent is one of the most critical factors affecting the real state industry. The most important part of this relationship should be an honest communication. in my opinion, agents must always tell the truth to clients at all times, because  honesty is the results of a trusting relationship; therefore, being an agent people can trust is the key to success. 
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I have been studying in my pre exam 120 hour course and I have gotten into the part that it talks about how we can lose our licenses and some of the things that can happen so that disiplinary actions have to be taken. I chose to focus in on dishonesty because I think it is the root of almost all the other problems that can happen. Dishonesty and a lack of responsibility are really the roots of all the things that can happen. Money problems for example tie back to dishonesty and a lack of supervision comes back to a lack of responsibility.  How do you guys feel honesty or dishonesty contributes or takes away from the real estate industry. 
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Need to put resources into real estate with no monetary danger and no cash or credit? Wholesaling houses is a famous decision. I for one think wholesaling can be a provoking method to begin, however the way that you can begin in real estate contributing with no hindrance of passage makes wholesaling an appealing alternative. On the off chance that you can get the hang of this side of the business, you will be accomplishment with anything you need to do. The explanation I state that is discovering bargains is the thing that makes a distributer fruitful. On the off chance that you can get the hang of discovering gives, you have limitless potential. When you discover an arrangement, you need to see how to offer it to make your benefit. Here are four different ways you can structure your di...
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Many sellers are often reluctant to get their homes inspected before they list it for sale. For buyers, a home inspection is a necessity, and sometimes, they have a better chance of out-negotiating sellers when sellers refuse to inspect their homes.The real estate professionals at CSN Realty Team in Reidsville, NC frequently advise sellers to get a home inspection as it helps them identify potential problems that either need fixing or will affect the price of the home they want to sell.So, Why Should A Seller Get A Pre-Listing Home Inspection?Getting a pre-listing home inspection potentially saves the seller time and money. The fore-knowledge of the disrepairs or problems that the inspection reveals enables the seller to decide on his best strategy. This can go from fixing the problem t...
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By Connor Jaten
When you are in the Real Estate business honesty is one of the most important atrebutes you can have. If you are honest then your cleints will trust you, and if they trust you they will hav egood things to say about you, and if they have good things to say about you than you will get more clients, and if you get more clients you will earn more money. Therefor honesty leads to more money.
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By CORY WEIKEL, Jacksonville Real Estate
(Julington Group - Realtor - Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage)
Riverside is a small community located in the Urban Core neighborhood of Jacksonville Florida. The designated historic community is mainly compromised of homes built before the 1930s. The community is largely residential but does have commercial areas including Five Points and King Street. King Street is the bar area of Riverside and is the hotspot for young military personnel stationed on NAS Jacksonville. There are multiple parks in the neighborhood including Memorial Park which is located on St Johns River.  The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is a popular art museum in the Five Points area that houses 5,000 works of art.  The Museum has a beautiful large garden that is located along St Johns River. The museum is an easy bike ride or walk from the majority of the homes available in Ri...
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By Austyn Ekker
Money Problems is one of the 21 ways that you can lose your Real Estate License.  Money problems can include commingling, failing to account for funds, or failing to remit money that belongs to another.  I feel that money problems is the biggest threat to principals and of the 21 ways to lose a license this one impacts the principals the most.It is prudent that you have a seperate bank account for Real Estate funds and that you deposit any funds that a principal is trusting you with into that seperate bank account.  An agent must not touch these funds as they do not actually belong to the agent.  If the funds are deposited into an agents active bank account, the funds could get confused with their own and spent.  Commingling of funds has resulted in many Real Estate fraud cases.Your pri...
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