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 SCOTT FREERKSEN, Changing lives, one lake house at a time...
(Lakefront Living Realty, LLC)
As the winter sets in and the lake starts to freeze over, the season for ice fishing is just beginning! Ice fishing is one of the most enjoyable and inexpensive winter activities. It is a perfect activity for everyone, from anglers who are just starting out to the most experienced.If you plan on going ice fishing there are some important things you should know before heading out…Safety First:You might feel a little uneasy while standing on top of the ice seeing as hypothermia is something you do not want to mess with. Therefore it is important to take the proper safety precautions. It is essential to check the thickness of the ice. This is why it’s essential to check if the ice you’re standing on is thick enough. You can do this by piercing the ice with a spud bar or an auger. A good ru...
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By Phil Nguyen
 Here are 21 ways you can lose your real estate license! Misrepresentation Dual Representation Without Consent False Affiliation Money Problems Unauthorized Consideration Incompetency False Advertising Not giving document copies Bad Record Keeping Undisclosed Principal - Failing to Disclose Criminal Conviction Poor Supervision Breaking Rules Neglecting Fiduciary Duties Dishonesty Unprofessional Conduct Misconduct in a Professional Capacity Failure to Respond Unauthorized Dual Service Violating Independent Contractor Agreement Unauthorized Finance Activity Involvement I think money problems is one of the big reason why you would lose your license. When you mishandle the money entrusted to you and use it for personal gain then you should not be able to be trusted to handle real estate. Re...
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By Cynthia Buffington
(Fremont Bank)
Rates and terms are subject to change without notice. Actual rate will be determined after application and prior to execution of loan documents. "No Closing Costs" loans are subject to terms and conditions of Fremont Bank's Application Fee Agreement, which lists the specific costs and fees the borrower will not pay. An application fee may be required after a loan application is submitted, which will be refunded (credited) at loan closing. Borrower is responsible for paying all fees and charges imposed by an existing third party lender (such as, a payoff demand statement fee and/or a reconveyance fee) as well as any prepayment penalty imposed by any third party lender or Fremont Bank. First Mortgage Rates are for refinancing of existing loans with no cash out and no subordination of non-...
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By NB Construction
(NB Construction)
In case you're on the lookout for another home, it is vital to hire your builder as cautiously as you pick a home. Whether you plan to buy a condo, a townhouse, a house in a subdivision, or a custom-built house, you should be aware of the fact that you are buying a good quality home from a reputable builder.The following are some of the effective tips that will help you select a builder.Make a list of possible home buildersWhenever you have found out with regards to the sort of house you need, you can make a list of potential top new home builders in Los Angeles. Reach out to your local home builders’ association to get a list of builders who build homes in your locality/area. Make sure to look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for popular builders and projects. Glancin...
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By Dave Smith, Realtor & Mortgage Pro Business Coach
This article and blog is about writing targeted messages for your target market. I teach how to isolate your target market, and then how to use market research to gather information about that group of people to use in your Marketing Strategies …With this lesson, I am going to take this market research and use it to create a powerful Marketing message. The strength of your Marketing message lies in its ability to speak to the specific wants and desires of your target market, and tap into their emotional reactions, or hot buttons. When you push those hot buttons, you motivate your audience to act. The more people you can motivate to act, the more leads you will have in store and on the other end of the phone line, or at least in your inbox … In this article/blog, I cover:How a strong Mar...
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By Scott Beard, Making Memories One Home at a Time
(Denver Realty Pro, LLC)
That is the question many of today's buyers are wrestling with. Soarning prices, inflation and steep competition have some buyers feeling hopeless. Many have given up on purchaseing a home. By waiting to purchase your home you risk prices and interest rates climbing which will hurt your chances of being able to get the home you want. Lets take a look at the cost of  waiting to buy a home. As you can see in the chart, what you could afford last year you may not be affordable this year. If the market continues to be strong what you could afford today may be out of reach next year. Interest rates have been at record lows for several years and are not forcasted to stay this low much longer. Couple that with the skyrocketing home values we have experienced over the past few years, you may en...
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By Jonathan Allen, Hard Money Loans for Real Estate Investors
We offer a platform for Real Estate Brokers to get paid on Private Money deals. If you are a broker who works with investors this makes perfect sense below is a short video with the Broker Portal instructions.https://youtu.be/hcMWUBH0A1w To get you enrolled, please complete the registration form at: https://lendsomemoney.com/brokerapp
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By Ariana Mortenson, Professional writer and blogger in Australia
(Freelancer)
For the majority of households, an inch of rainfall isn’t a big deal. However, when it tumbles down on your median-looking roof, it will flood, drenching off the roof’s overhang. That will be the frightful phenomenon, which can vandalize everything around (even your peace!) if your gutters aren’t performing the task of controlling it. If you find clogged leaves and debris there, that’s the time to think about it.Maybe it simply needs cleaning. By the way, regular gutter cleaning is important as that can prevent clogged gutters. But perhaps it needs a replacement.If your case matches with the latter one, then this blog is for you. Here you’ll find the most crucial information – the best styles and materials for rain gutters. Also, we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions (FAQs)...
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By Kris Anderson
In today's review of the "21 ways to lose your real estate license" the Agent Professor course had me visit the Licensing and Disciplinary Action section on the Utah Division of Real Estate's website and research some of the cases.  A few of the instances I reviewed seemed (to me at least), to be minor indiscretions such as failing to update a record.  However, the majority of those I came across were blatant dishonesty such as, acting as sales agent without affiliation to a principal broker, managing properties without a license, and forging a party's signature.  I imagine the pressures to "close the deal" are really intense as sales agents acting as independent contractors with "bills to pay."  I can only hope I'll have the courage to be honest in all stages of real estate and all of ...
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By Kevin Rego, IRS Collections Representation
(Law Office of Kevin Rego)
Once you are in the IRS's collection system, it is very important to know the system roadmap. Collections run in pretty much a linear manner--step by step until the collection action is resolved, the statute of limitations runs, or any number of other possible outcomes.One of the "stops" on the collection roadmap is an IRS levy. If you do not pay your taxes or make arrangements to settle your tax debt, the IRS may determine that a levy is the next appropriate action. An IRS levy permits the legal seizure of your property to satisfy a tax debt. It can be in the form of a wage garnishment, social security income offset, taking money out of your bank or financial account, seizing and selling your vehicles, real estate, and other personal property.Generally, the levy is put in place after s...
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By Ali Gaus
(Buy Missouri Homes)
Original published on buymissourihomes.com/aboutHome is a powerful word… it brings feelings of comfort, happiness, security, and love. Finding the right place to call home is one of the most important decisions an individual will ever make. Where you live becomes the center of your universe:  the beginning to your beautiful life’s story. The center of our universe is Missouri. At Buy Missouri Homes we focus on showcasing the best Missouri has to offer you. Whether it’s the roar of the Mizzou Tigers that draws you to the exciting college town of Columbia, the enticing vibrancy of the culturally diverse hubs of Kansas City and St. Louis, or the beautiful serene and adventurous lifestyle that whispers your name through the shortleaf pines of the Ozark Mountains, we are here to assist you i...
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By Momentum Property Solutions, House Buyer in Huntsville & surrounding areas
(Momentum Property Solutions)
We're Jordan & Melissa, and we got started investing in real estate about four years ago. We're both mechanical engineers, so buying houses (or being business owners, for that matter) was not always at the front of our minds. It wasn't until Melissa's friend at work started his own paper company and left his job that the wheels began to turn. I still remember his words when he turned in his two weeks notice: "I can't work here any more; I'm losing too much money." At that point, Melissa was hooked. She started picking his brain every day about how he did it and how she could do the same thing. So of course, he gave her Rich Dad Poor Dad, the entrepreneur right of passage. Around that time, I was on a work trip with a colleague who owned a handful of rental properties. He told me about t...
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By Lequita Gray, I help people with tax debt.
(Alexandria Louis Tax Solutions LLC)
One of the most common questions asked this year from my self-employed clients was “Lequita, how can I reduce my tax bill?”  The answer was the same for most of the clients.  “There are some deductions we are not taking that we should consider for next filing season.  What most of the clients were missing were deductions that directly reduce the amount of taxable income.Health Savings Account: Depending on the amount you spend annually on out-of-pocket medical expenses, it may be beneficial to explore opening a health savings account.  A health savings account is type of savings account that lets you set aside money on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualified medical expenses. By using untaxed dollars in a Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and som...
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1. Prioritize Important Tasks Over Less Important Ones Always remember to get the most important tasks out of the way before any other thing. These tasks have more rewards but are often more tasking. So, most people put them off while they focus on the simpler and less important tasks. This is a great mistake that can drastically cut down on your productivity. Not only will the important tasks remain at the back of your mind while you work, but you also risk doing a haphazard job when you finally get to them because you are too tired from doing the less important tasks. 2. Hard Tasks Should Always Come First If you dread performing a task and know you cannot ditch, delegate or defer it to another time, you must tackle it head-on. Suppose you keep putting off dealing with a particularly ...
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Decorating the windows with drapes, valances, and curtains is an excellent way of adding style, color, and personality to your beloved living room. Here are spoof the best curtains that fit your living room.Breezy Linen CurtainsYou can go for linen curtains. It offers your living room a summery vibe. Earthy shades work the best with the material. You can also create your style statement by combing the light and dark shades of the same tone.Brocade in Metallic TintsGolden hues work the best if you want to give your living room a bold and royal look. You can go for the glitter of gold or any other metallic shades, as it is best brought out by brocade.Floral Printed CurtainsIf you love adding some colors to the look and feel of your living room, floral-printed curtains are the best choice....
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By Gino Reyes, #YourRealtorsFavoriteRealtor
(ERA Brokers Consolidated )
 Some would say it is a seller’s market. Some will also tell you everything you want to hear and agree with everything you have to say, to get your listing. Every seller thinks they have the best house on the best street in the best neighborhood. Using real world data can help you move sellers toward reality and looking out for their best interests will definitely earn you loyalty points. If a seller is unrealistic, I’d rather walk away and be their second or third agent. Walking away is one of the most powerful choices we can make. Not everybody is for everybody, but one thing that is for sure is that I am always authentically me. Honesty and integrity help me ensure that that my clients know and believe that I care about more than just a check.  
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
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By Nathan Phan
As I progress from a career in pharmacy to a career in real estate, I notice just how similar some of the demands are...mainly for a person's character.  Now diving deeper into learning about this business I can't help but to appreciate everything I learned in another job sector and am glad I can bring those lessons to this new adventure.  Both require honesty, trust, professionalism, among other attributes.  Had a successful pharmacy career and now hoping for a successful real estate career.  Stay tuned for updates...
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By Signature Group, Your Go-To Tucson Real Estate Team
(Signature Group with Realty Executives)
Hello Tucson residents, transplants, visitors and those of you wanting to know more about our amazing city! We are the Signature Group at Realty Executives - more specifically, I'm Jason, one of the managing partners of this top-notch team (the guy in the middle of Mount Crushmore for reference). Rebecca Crane, the accountability master, is to my right and Tanner Herbert, the numbers guy, is to my left! Together we coach and train our real estate agents to be the very best for the many buyers, sellers and investors we have the honor of representing in Southern Arizona! Yes, this is our very first blog post so I figured I'd lay the groundwork, introduce myself and give you a little insight on what we hope to use this platform for! Will there be market information? Of course. Will there b...
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Abogados de Accidentes Ahora en Santa Ana se especializa en demandas por lesiones personales a consecuencia de las acciones negligentes de un tercero. Somos un equipo legal profesional, que domina una amplia y vasta experiencia, en el manejo de las demandas más difíciles por lesiones, en Santa Ana. Los Abogados de Accidentes Ahora en Santa Ana, California no solo hablamos español, NOSOTROS HABLAMOS TU IDIOMA y nuestra mirada está puesta en defender los intereses de miles de latinos. Nuestro equipo legal mantiene una tasa de éxito del 99% en los casos de lesiones personales.
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