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 Kent Brown, Your IRS Tax Attorney
(Strong & Hanni)
Salt Lake City, Utah, 2023.  You have been watching late night television, you have seen the commercials - "take care of that tax debt", "pay pennies on the dollar."  "Enough of those sleepless nights" you tell yourself, it is time to pay those pennies and move on.  The late night commercial then shows a happy couple on a golf course after they have paid those pennies.  Is this to good to be true?  Yes!!!To pay those pennies on the dollar the taxpayer usually does this through what is called an offer-in-compromise.  There are two types of offers-in-compromise: Doubt-as-to-Collectability Offer: this is where the taxpayer does not disputes the amount owed in back taxes, but the taxpayer cannot pay the tax debt in full; or Doubt-as-to-Liability Offer: this is where the taxpayer offers to s...
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By Destany Ramirez, REAL ESTATE AGENT
 Enjoy our Arizona winter weather in this beautiful home. Here in Arizona we shovel sun!This Sun City West home features an updated kitchen with quartz countertops, new hardware, and fresh paint. What sets this duplex apart from the others is the added lanai overlooking out to the full-grown citrus trees. Work was done by licensed contractors according to tax records where the floor was leveled out and enclosed for more privacy. When you enter you will be pleasantly surprised by the open concept, new carpet, and shutters throughout. This home is ideal for a snowbird or year-round resident as the windows can be open during the cool winter days and closed for the hot summer nights.  The bedrooms are perfectly sized to fit king beds, with plush neutral-colored carpet and oversized closets ...
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    As a real estate agent, you are usually helping someone during a big time in their life. Sometimes they are buying a house and you are there to help them find something they like that fits their budget and their needs, both at the time and hopefully in the future. Other times, you are there when someone is selling their house. They might have lived there for years or recently bought it but in either case they want you to help them get a fair price for it and to let them know what to expect.    In both cases, they trust you to put their needs and well being first and to let them know if you believe they lack an understanding of the market. There might be a buyer who likes the first house you show them but you realize it has foundation damage or something else that makes it a bad idea...
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By Sean Gilliam, Real Estate on the Front Range
(LoKation Real Estate)
Metropolitan Districts, also known as metro districts or metro tax districts, have become an integral part of local new construction communities in recent years. Here in Northern Colorado, homes are being built in or reside in these districts and they have important implications for home buyers. I’ll share with you the purpose and definition of a metro district per the Colorado Revised Statute, some research completed on the implications for homeowners, pros and cons and finally some due diligence you can do to see if living in a Metro District is a good fit for you.  
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By Phyllis Ross, Realtor Central Kansas Residential Sales
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
  Are you prepping to buy your first home? If so, one of the steps you should take early on is making sure you’re financially ready for your purchase. Here are just a few of the financial fundamentals you’ll need to focus on as you set out to buy a home. Build Your Credit Your credit is one element that helps determine which home loan you’ll qualify for. It also impacts your mortgage interest rate. While there are many factors that go into your mortgage application, a higher credit score could lead to a lower monthly payment in the long run. So how do you make sure your credit is in the best shape possible when it’s time to buy? A recent article from NerdWallet lists a few tips you can use as you work to build and strengthen your credit. They include: Tracking your credit and disputing...
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By ADAM miller, Aloha from the beautiful island of Maui
(Nine Times Network)
Don't Move to MauiWe strive to be your go-to Maui Real Estate Team. We also strive to be honest, open, and straightforward with you as well.mes Network. As your Hawaii Real Estate Team, we are excited to be by your side during this amazing journey.  Whether you are someone looking to Move to Hawaii, Invest in Hawaii Real Estate, or a Homeowner wanting to sell a home or condo, please consider us as your partner.   Yes, we are real estate agents and yes, we would love to help you buy a home or sell a home on Maui. We also do not want you to become another Maui statistic who moves back to the mainland in a few months or a year or two.Its a big deal to move anywhere, let alone an island chain in the middle of the pacific ocean. Adam Miller R(S) 81648808-866-6606Jessica Miller R(S) 81811Jess...
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By Paulette Aponte
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By Christine Kim, Real estate agent serving Los Angeles' Westside
Trousdale Estates, CA Homes for Sale | History of Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills, CATrousdale Estates is a neighborhood in Beverly Hills, California. It is one of the most exclusive residential areas in the state, boasting lush homes and beautiful views. But what makes Trousdale Estates so special? Its history! Let’s take a look at how this luxurious area became what it is today.Trousdale Estates was established by Paul Trousdale, an entrepreneur and real estate developer from Tennessee who moved to Los Angeles in 1952 with his wife Anna May. He quickly saw potential for profit in Los Angeles due to its rapidly growing population and lack of housing options, so he began buying up parcels of land around the hills north of Sunset Boulevard – eventually amassing some 1,200 acres stretc...
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By Christian Halas, Tax, Insurance, Investment Specialist
(Halas Consulting)
I perform tax prep and planning, as well as IRS and state civil tax representation for Pittsburgh and vicinity, as well as the rest of the Commonwealth of PA. The time is now to make your last-minute tax moves for 2022. Not a whole lot can be done after December 31st. 1. Prepay rent using IRS Safe Harbor RulesThe tax rules allow you pay up to 12 months in expenses in advance without challenge, adjustment or change by the IRSExample: Your rent is $3000 per month and you would like a $36,000 (or less) deduction for 2022, so on Friday December 30th you mail a check your landlord for up to $36,000. He receives the money on Tuesday January 3rd. You deduct the up to $36,000 in rent in 2022, the year you paid it. He claims it in 2023 the year he receives it. You get a tax deduction in 2022, an...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
Is it better to go through a mortgage broker or direct to a bank?A mortgage broker is an intermediary between you and the lender. Their job is to find you the best deal. They have a selection of hundreds of different lenders.A bank can only show you what they have to offer. A mortgage broker can show you what that bank has to offer, as well as all of the other options available to you and your needs. Their knowledge of your specific situation and goals combined with their abundance of resources enables them to find the perfect deal for you.A mortgage broker’s pre-approval letter can mean the difference between having your offer accepted or losing out to another potential buyer. This is because listing agents are familiar with a bank’s bureaucracy, which causes them to be slower. But, mo...
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By Scott Schulte
(Scott Schulte LLC)
Sun City Grand Surprise ArizonaIf you are searching for a home to spend your retirement in style or you are looking to make some new friends, the Sun City Grand Surprise, Arizona, offers you a chance to get out and enjoy the Arizona sunshine. Whether you enjoy hiking, golfing, fishing, or just being out in nature, you'll find plenty to do here. Sun City Grand PickleballLocated near Phoenix, Sun City Grand is one of the greatest active adult communities in the state. The community has nearly 4,000 acres of land and almost 9,500 residences.Sun City Grand is not a gated community but features several amenities. It features two fitness centers, four golf courses, and many other recreational facilities. The community is also home to several bocce ball courts, tennis courts, and pickleball co...
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By Stephanie Huber, Real Estate Brokerage serving Port St. Lucie, FL
( | Huber Real Estate Group of Florida)
 Price spikes might have come to an end in the third quarter as rising mortgage rates dampened expectations for real estate appreciation according to the most recent NAR report.The third quarter of this year saw a continuation of the increasing trend in home prices, but the National Association of REALTORS®' most recent quarterly report suggests that the trend may be finally coming to a stop. Although home prices rose in almost every major metro in the third quarter, higher mortgage rates are starting to slow down the increase of home prices. 46 percent of the 185 markets that NAR monitors even saw double-digit growth.In the third quarter, the national median price for a single-family existing home increased by 8.6% to $398,000. The median price increased 14.2% year over year in the sec...
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By Colby Benton, I am a pre-license agent in training.
(No company)
While working as an active Real Estate professional your clients will be trusting you with their money in their transactions and it is incredibly important to be transparent with them about where the money is stored and where it is going. Some of the biggest scandals in real estate have to do with agents stealing or mishandling their clients money in one way or another.When a client does trust their finances to an agent, the agent may not under any circumstances use that money for anything other than what the client needs them to use it for. The agent must also be honest and transparent with the client about where the money is staying while not being used. If an agent does anything with the money for their own personal interests their license may be terminated and it would also really h...
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By Buddy & Liz Contreras, Serving Phoenix West Valley
(CENTURY 21 Arizona Foothills)
Perfect for a small business owner or hobbyist.The detached workshop is professionally built and has electricity running to it. Solid block construction home with great curb appeal. Lush grass front and backyard. Check it out! Contreras602.402.4268CENTURY 21 Arizona Foothills
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By Eunice (Santos)Martinez
Why is it best to be authentic and honest in all of our interactions? Something that comes to mind when I think of this question is, because sometimes we only have one opportunity, one shot and no second chances. Either way being honest will always save you from experiencing the horrible feeling of regret and stress. Dishonesty on your part will always catch up to you.Friendly reminder that being honest can help build your confidence and also a good reputation. You're word becomes more valuable therefore more will trust, respect you and will want to work with you!Honesty brings peace of mind that I believe makes it totally worth it in the long run! 
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(Align Right Realty)
Deciding whether to jump into the housing market or rent instead is rarely an easy decision – especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. But in today’s whirlwind market, you may find it particularly challenging to pinpoint the best time to start exploring homeownership. A real estate boom during the pandemic pushed home prices to an all-time high. Add higher mortgage rates to the mix, and some would-be buyers are wondering if they should wait to see if prices or rates come down. But is renting a better alternative? Rents have also soared along with inflation – and are likely to continue climbing due to a persistent housing shortage. And while homebuyers can lock in a set mortgage payment, renters are at the mercy of these rising costs for the foreseeable future. So, what's the better...
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By Marie Baginski, Real Estate Investments & Solutions
(Allora Homes)
Moving to a new state or a new city? Wherever your new duty station might be, it doesn’t change the fact that moving is hard and can quickly be overwhelming. While military families might be used to moving regularly, that doesn’t mean the relocation process gets any easier.You may never be able to settle down in a single location due to military deployment or orders for a permanent change of station (PCS). But don’t worry, this is nothing new. This is typical for a military family in Fort Bragg. Therefore you should work on getting used to it and adjusting to the regular deployments. Since a PCS includes a complete household move, it only makes sense to take the required precautions in preparation.With these practical packing and moving ideas for the whole family, whether it’s your firs...
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By Dimitri Zubrich, Sell your home quickly - call Dimitri!
(Red 1 Realty)
When it comes to great suburbs in America, Westerville, Ohio consistently ranks among the best of the best. Sitting just under 15 miles to the northeast of the City of Columbus, you’re just a stone’s throw from the major business and cultural center of Columbus while remaining nestled in a perfectly picturesque suburb with a lively community of its own.You might be attracted to Westerville because of the great quality of life and reasonable cost of living, but you’re also bound to fall in love with the vibrant community, storied past, incredible schools, and strikingly low crime rate.There are many things to love about Westerville, and that’s exactly why the Westerville real estate market is hot right now. Let’s break down what makes Westerville such an appealing place for purchasing pr...
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By Chris Carter, Shelter is a basic human rent or own?
(Chris Carter, Mortgage Broker)
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By Jackie Adams, Realtor serving Idaho Falls & all Southeast Idaho
(ERA Archibald Real Estate)
Do you or anyone you know want to move to Southeast Idaho?  This home is available.  It's in the beautiful city of Idaho Falls, Idaho.  The Snake River runs through Idaho Falls and the community has a lot to offer.  Besides being close to Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Wy, beautiful waterfalls, forests , lakes, fishing, hunting and skiing, there are excellent employment opportunities, social activities, art culture presentations, festivals and farmers markets.  Please contact me if you can help me find an owner for this home.  It's ready and waiting to shelter someone new.  See more at this link:
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