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 Tracy Dobrie, Closing Deals in Heels
(America's Mortgage Solutions )
The Veterans Affairs (VA) loan program is a great way for veterans, service members, and surviving spouses to get a loan to buy or refinance a home. With this program, borrowers can get attractive interest rates, streamlined processes, and other benefits that they can’t get from other lenders.Is It Possible to Reuse Your VA Loan Benefits?So long as you still have eligibility for a VA loan, you can use your benefits again and again. You can even use them to refinance your current home loan and get cash out for things like home improvements or other needs. Talk to a VA-approved lender to learn more about your options and get started.If you’re hoping to use your VA benefits a second time after a foreclosure, it’s important to speak with a lender or other financial expert to see if this is ...
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When you think of home generators, it's natural to assume they are only helpful when the power goes out. However, this is not the case. Home generators have many uses, and one of the most important of these is their ability to sell your home faster. When you list your home for sale, what will make it stand out? A home generator. Here are three reasons why generators make a home appealing to buyers:1. An Eye-Catching FeatureHome generators are a significant, fancy feature that water buyers' mouths. This is especially true when the rest of your home is on the lower end of the luxury scale (such as a typical single-family home). If a person is house shopping and they find a home with a high-end generator, they will assume that the owner of the home spent a ton of money on it. This can be a...
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By Jason Saville, Your Source For Calgary Real Estate Listings
(Jason Saville Real Estate)
If you’re buying a house and trying to decide if you should get a house inspection I can make it really easy for you – the answer is YES. In today’s market, it’s not uncommon for people to forgo a home inspection in order to make their offer more appealing to the seller, but this is a huge gamble. When you don’t get a home inspection you’re relying on the seller to disclose everything that’s wrong with the house. This is risky because some sellers just won’t do it, while others genuinely might not know. Having an impartial expert come in and evaluate the house is the best way to get an honest, informed opinion. Home inspectors check for all sorts of things that the average homeowners might not know what to even look for. Some of these things are: Check all electrical outlets, switches a...
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By Alex Yao, Luxury Homes in the Lower Mainland
(Yao Real Estate)
VANCOUVER, BC – September 2, 2022 – Metro Vancouver’s* housing market is experiencing a quieter summer season marked by reduced sale and listing activity.Last month’s sales were 29.2 per cent below the 10-year August sales average.“With inflationary pressure and interest rates on the rise, home buyer and seller activity shifted below our long-term seasonal averages this summer,” Andrew Lis, REBGV’s director, economics and data analytics said. “This shift in market conditions caused prices to edge down over the past four months.”“Home buyers and sellers are taking more time to assess what this changing landscape means for their housing needs,” Lis said. “Preparation is critical in today’s market. Work with your Realtor to assess what today’s home prices, financing options, and other cons...
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By Alex Saggio, Full Service Licensed Real Estate Agent in Houston
(City Group Properties)
When you're ready to buy or sell a home, the first step is finding a real estate agent you can trust. But with so many realtors to choose from, how can you be sure you're making the right choice? Here are a few tips to help you find the best real estate agent for your needs. First, ask your friends and family for recommendations. Chances are, someone you know has worked with a great realtor in the past. You can also look for online reviews if you don't have any recommendations. Reading what other people have said about different realtors can give you a good sense of who is reliable and who isn't. Once you've compiled a list of potential realtors, it's time to start meeting with them. During these meetings, pay attention to how well they listen to your needs and whether they seem truly i...
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By Matthew Kennedy, aspiring real estate agent
(TBD )
Thank you all for welcoming me into the community. As an aspiring agent going through real estate school, the amount of information seems overwhelming. I can't help but feel a sense of imposter syndrome. I wonder if any of you all were once having those same feelings. From everything I have read and listened to, the hardest part is getting started. And I am feeling that. I spent the day in the code of ethics, reviewing code of conduct and ethical practices. As part of this, we reviewed minutes and cases from recent real estate commission meetings. It was alarming how many cases they review. How many breaches are happening in real estate. How many people are operating from a place of dishonesty to get a deal done. Being dishonest has never worked for me, and I can't imagine it works well...
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Listing Referral Group cons Realtors into services by guaranteeing a certain number closings. They don't accept any other payment besides a check and when they fail to provide customers ANY actual appointments, let alone closings, the company dances around their obligations on both delivery and refund policy to the point they exhaust you. You can't get in touch with the salesperson or anyone once you sign up, except their "client services" rep which is basically a PR person to deflect blame. They stole $5,000 plus my time and energy and didn't give the refund/guarantee they promised.
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By Cardigan Bay Properties : Estate Agents
Cardigan Bay Properties covers a large area of West Wales to offer our property owners outstanding service at very competitive prices.Having worked as estate agents in the West Wales area for over 25 years, combined, we understand how important it is to know that your property is in the care of people who are honest and approachable. We have first class local knowledge and relationships, and we will be there to help guide you with your move, every step of the way.If you are looking to sell, or are searching for a property we are here to help. We cover areas from Aberaeron in mid Ceredigion, Dinas Cross, just below Newport in Pembrokeshire. From the university town of Lampeter down to Crymych and everywhere else in between.
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By Laura Coor, I'm excited to enter into the field of real estate
(Agent Professor )
While I am still in the very beginning stages of becoming a real estate agent (a mere 15% done with my 120 hours to be exact), I have already noticed some scammy scenes on popular real estate sites that have me nervous to join the crowd! It's a good thing I am excited by mystery!Just the other day I was scrolling Zillow, and I saw a house featured that only had EXTERNAL images of the house! Which was in such a bad state that I can't even imagine what the inside must look like... so, perhaps I can't blame them for not posting pics of it. But I can still call them out for false advertising! I personally don't feel it the best practice to completely avoid what we all already know to be true: that the house is simply a dump, and the asking price is higher than Pluto. What do you think?  
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By Lindsay L. Kothe, PLLC, Phoenix Arizona Realtor specializing in West Valle
(My Home Group)
3 bedroom, 2 bath at 16355 w Post Dr, Surprise, AZ in Northwood Ranch is looking for a new buyer. Your gain as this home is priced for a quick sale!! Single level- north/south exposure with mature landscaping to ease those electric costs. Kitchen has been updated with granite tops and custom backsplash. Generous sized living room for easy entertaining. No carpet in this home. Mature landscaping in the backyard. RV gate with oversized side yard.To see more photos go to: freeway access to 303. Shopping, restaurants and medical offices are a quick drive to Bell Rd. No carpet in this home. Mature landscaping in the backyard. RV gate with oversized side yard. Surprise offers family friendly parks, libraries and ponds. Spring training...
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By Catina Willis, Real Estate, Business Credit, Coach
(Next Level Realty & Investments)
TikTok is quickly becoming one of the most popular social media platforms, and it's perfect for real estate marketing. Why? Because TikTok is all about short, attention-grabbing videos. And what's more attention-grabbing than a beautiful property or the crazy real estate business? If you're thinking about joining TikTok or are simply curious about how to use TikTok for business read on for everything you need to know.How to Use TikTok for your Real Estate Business Create a personal TikTok page with a branded profile that promotes your real estate business. Use relevant keywords in your profile name and bio. Make sure your account is public and include a link in the bio to increase traffic to your website or blog. Use TikTok to share behind-the-scenes footage of what it takes to sell a h...
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By James Kantorowicz, Branch Manager Serving Colorado
(Loan Fox, Inc.)
Hello, I am looking to partner up with realtors within Colorado.  I am James Kantorowicz Branch Manager for Loan Fox, Inc. located in SE Denver -Aurora area.   I've been in the finance industry for over 6 years including working with 2 national home builders Richmond and Pulte.  If you need a lender or a backup lender, then let's talk.  Sincerely, James Kantorowicz 
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By Hubert Miles, Certified Master Inspector
(Home Inspection Insider)
If you're considering getting an electric fireplace insert, you might wonder what your options are. I'll give you a rundown of the different types of electric fireplace inserts and the pros and cons of each one. That way, you can decide which type of electric fireplace insert is right for you and your home.1. Standard Electric Fireplace InsertsThese are the most common type of electric fireplace inserts. They typically come with a metal surround and a glass front. The standard electric fireplace insert is designed to be placed into an existing fireplace opening. Electric fireplace inserts are insertable units that can be placed into an existing fireplace. They come in various styles and can be used with or without gas lines. Many people choose electric fireplace inserts because they off...
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By David Mahan, Real Estate agent in Southern New Jersey.
(Weichert Real estate)
Please join me this Sunday 10/02 for an Open House from 1-3 at this amazing horse farm in beautiful Medford NJ. Over 7 acres of land perfect for your horses. Located close to Flora Lee horse facility, numerous horse properties and open space. 8 Stalls, 5 outbuildings, this farm was custom built to raise horses. Features a 2-car attached garage and 2-car detached garage, shop, hay loft structure.
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By Brian Kidder
Despite not yet reaching pandemic levels of affordability, Austin's real estate market has slowed down slightly as its number of home sales decreases. Other major cities across America are experiencing similar trends. Despite this slowdown in the number of homes sold, the average home price has remained relatively stable since the beginning of 2022, indicating that there is still plenty of room for buyers to bid up prices even if they aren't buying at the rate they were before COVID-19 hit. As a result, the Austin real estate market is still favoring buyers, but the signs of slowing down cannot be overlooked. Therefore, they should be considered when making future market analyses and forecasts for the city. Will this market moderation impact Austin's commercial real market as a whole?Au...
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By Jeremy Bourgeois, Land investor based out of Salt Lake City
(Scout Peak Holdings)
A word or phrase inadvertently used in a property marketing piece, a lack of care with other people’s money, or a brain fart that causes you to leave out a material fact about a listing could land you in deep doo-doo with the real estate powers-that-be.Although each state’s licensing board sets their own rules with regards to licensees, they are pretty similar.Let’s take a look at just three of the more common ways agents get into hot water with the state licensing board, lose your clients trust and potentially lose your real estate license.We find it rather bizarre that politicians can lie about issues that dramatically affect our daily lives and get away with it. But not real estate agents.Whether it’s a complete whopper or a slight misrepresentation of the truth, if caught, lying can...
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By Samuel Rhoads, Title and Escrow Services
When buying or selling a property, it’s important to have all the details and paperwork in order. You don’t want to lose your rights as a buyer or seller, and you certainly don’t want to miss deadlines for taxes and other fees. In addition, the title of your property is one of the most important considerations when purchasing real estate. To ensure everything goes smoothly during your property transaction, you will need to hire third party services like buyers and sellers title services to assist with these concerns. If you are looking to buy a home, sell an existing home, or even lease a place to live, you may need services that help manage the titles of your property. It is important that if you are on either side of this transaction that you understand what buyers and sellers title s...
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Telling a lie is a very big deal whether it is a small white lie, or a huge lie told on purpose. Either way telling a lie means you're being dishonest. There are a ton of different lies that a lot of real estate agents tell their clients whether it is a buyer or a seller. Usually if a real estate agent lies about something it is to make them look better or to get a sale.Some real estate agents will lie about their experience in their work, meaning how long they have been in the business, or how many properties they have sold, etc... Some people will lie about square footage in a home, even if it is just by a few feet, a lie is a lie.Some agents will lie about how well they can advertise. They might say they are social media Rockstar's and they have tons of contacts and people who know t...
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By Oren Markowitz, Primarily in Greater Charlotte area
(Remedi Home Solutions LLC)
Disposition Manager OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $184,900 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 Full Bathroom1 UnitInterior: 1,437 sqftLot: 1.00 acre(s)Year Built: 1978 Location 102 American Legion RdGreer, SC 29651USA Oren Markowitz (917)  Listed by: Oren Markowitz Nearby properties for sale
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