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 Jesica Wayman
I am a new student enrolled in the Utah Real Estate course and we are learning about the 21 ways to lose a license. I have had my opened to how many dishonest and untrustworthy agents there are out there. I know they show us the bad for the training but the fact that they were true stories was disheartening.I was extremly surprised at the money proplems area. I don't understand how someone who is in the business to help people can knowingly hurt them like they do. I was very disapointed to learn that this actually happens by licensed agents, I guess I was naive to the world that I choose to see as good, this may stem from my previous occupation as a nurse and with me thinking that everyone has the same heart as I do.
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Having aspirational growth on social media has become extremely important, be it any year in the running. But, talking in 2021, Facebook has become a must, simply because it has a massive monthly audience of 2.4 billion. Potential buyers are always making their way to come across businesses like yours But, to tap into this audience, formulating a smart and effective Facebook Marketing strategy is non-negotiable. Take it into consideration when Facebook says, “Your Business Page Is A Cornerstone Of Your Online Identity.”Why Is Facebook Marketing Important?This social media platform has 1.56 billion active users, and on average, a person spends 60 minutes each day on Facebook. Now let’s put this into perspective, that many users make almost 20% of the world population and still counting a...
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By Patricia Badovinac, Managing Broker
(NJ Homes for Sale, LLC)
Now is when the earth is greatest at its beauty. Flowers, trees, and nature start anew. There is also the desire to be settled by the school's year-end and before a new school year starts for many families. Then there are the job relocators or empty nesters who need a change of address to accommodate their current needs. Oh, yes, spring eternal full of life, love, and excitement. So clear out those closets, get ready for the coming of a new season to make that ultimate decision buy, sell, or possibly both.
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By Chad Young
(The Easy Home Buyer)
Should you take a cash offer for your house?Not always.The Benefits Of An All Cash Sale Of Your HouseThe benefits of a cash sale are real: money fast when you need it most You don’t have to deal with the hassles of waiting months for a buyer to get a mortgage, only to be told that the lender eliminated the program and you’re back to square one.You don’t have to list your house with a real estate agent and pay a huge commission.You don’t have to deal with a lot of people just “kicking the tires” and checking out your property for fun. We don’t waste your time. This is our business.You don’t need to paint, make repairs, or even clean up. We take properties just as they are. You won’t waste money on junk haulers or contractors.You don’t need to deal with any paperwork. We have it all cover...
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By ActiveRain Dev, Continuous Improvement
It's been a busy week for us ActiveRain developers.  We have released a number of changes  that will hopefully make your experience better.Here's what we've released this week:- Minor formatting and text changes to the site layout and several pages- Bug fixes to the front-end codeHope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
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By Lorelei Nielsen, Mountains to the Sea Homes
Real estate analysts CoreLogic said the price of a single-family home in San Diego County will increase 8.3 percent from November 2020 to November 2021. That means the median price of house in San Diego could be around $776,000 by the end of the year.Like much of the state, San Diego County never fully recovered from the 2008 recession and financial crisis before the recession, financial crash and pandemic slammed the region in 2020.The economic response to COVID-19 and the underlying recession caused record job losses in 2020, which are very gradually being recovered. Still, 2020’s record-low interest rates have maximized buyer purchasing power and inflated home prices. As we head deeper into the recession, expect to see home sales volume and prices decline, dragged down by the coming ...
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By Samantha Palmer
   Hello to all who are reading this! My name is Sam and I’m excited to be apart of this industry. I’m currently in school right now and am enjoying my time and learning a lot.    We were given an assignment to discuss one of the 21 ways to lose a license and I decided to talk about being dishonest. It’s so easy to do, or not to do. There’s some pretty big consequences which ever way you decide to go. Personally, I wouldn’t want to lose my license over being dishonest. It’s important, especially in this industry, to be honest because a lot of the time you’re dealing with peoples life’s savings. I think in a situation where you could want to lie about something that might put an extra buck or two in your pocket probably isn’t worth it in the end. If anyone ever found out you or someone e...
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By Realty Speaks
Buying a new home is exciting, but keeping track of all the things to do before moving in is a task. While it’s easy to put the new home on the back burner when packing, completing a few designs in the house while it’s yet empty can save you a lot of headaches in the future.Keep reading to discover all of the projects you should complete before giving your first day in your home. Your Checklist For Moving Into A New Home Wondering what to do while you move into a new place? Consider making a serious deep clean and a few safety updates to protect your home and business before the official move-in. Research Well About The Locality When you begin the search method, choose a location that is near your workplace or college. This will not only save your commute time but also the traveling cos...
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By Robert "Mads" Martigan, Real Estate Investor and Outdoor Living Enthusiast
(Mad Backyard)
Greetings! My name is Robert Martigan but everyone calls me "Mads". I am a semi-early retired real estate investor new to the Active Rain community, and just wanted to write my first post to introduce myself!My passions include fixing up and renting out or flipping mid-century single family properties as well as now mentoring new investors how to evaluate and purchase investment properties for thier own portfolios.I have been investing in the Birmingham, Alabama market specifically for a number of years now and always love connecting with other real estate investors and professionals serving that market.Lastly, I am a HUGE outdoor living and design enthusiast and love blogging about outdoor kitchens, swimming pools, patio design, landscaping ideas, and even some of my favorite barbecue ...
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By Kim Casey
(Seaport Real Estate Services)
NOI = Gross Revenue – Total Operating ExpensesThe NOI, or Net Operating Income, is one metric used to evaluate an income-producing asset. It is defined as the total income that a property generates less the total operating expenses and losses from vacant units.Prior to investing too much time, energy, and money into acquiring a property, it is crucial for investors to have a clear understanding of the amount of revenue an asset can generate.  Many people confuse NOI with the amount of money the property is generating before they take expenses into consideration. When looking at financials on a property and all expenses are not being deducted, the numbers become falsely inflated and are essentially meaningless.How much does it actually cost to operate the property? How much would it cost...
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By Lisa Thornton, Real Estate Guru
There is a lot that can go wrong with home improvement projects. Remodeling or fixing up your home can make it a much nicer place to live and can raise your property value if you do it correctly. This is a bit of advice we have put together for you to keep in mind on your next home improvement weekend.Stay true to the property and the neighborhood when you take on major renovations. If you live on a street of suburb ranch-style homes, then putting in a colonial mansion is not going to get you the desired result you're after. It will be out of place and not something anyone else will be willing to pay for later.Decorating your walls on a tight budget can be quite simple and requires no painting. Consider buying a large quilt or an interesting piece of tapestry and affixing it to your wal...
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By Matthew Camphuis, Attorney in Estate Plans, Tax, & Bankruptcy
(Camphuis Law Office)
Many people start thinking about estate planning by looking to make a will. After all, we have all seen in movies and tv that the first thing you do to plan for your untimely demise is to make a will.A will can be a great tool. But for most people a living trust coupled with a “pour over” will is a better solution.But what is a living trust?Commonly, a living trust (AKA “inter vivos trust”) is a legal agreement that states property is to be held “in trust” (by the trustee or trustees) with the understanding that the property will pass to others (the beneficiaries) upon the death of the initial trustees.What this means is that you (as the settlor / trustor) put your property into a legal entity or agreement called a trust and name the people you want your property to go to after you die ...
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Each day is a new year for a marketer, you have to study the market each day and have to build a new strategy. In case you’re a social media marketer, you might be working on your strategic plan for success in this as well as in the coming years. Congratulations! You landed on the right page, we’ve got you a variety of resources so that you can settle your marketing plan for the rest of the year and obviously for the year. We have tried to cover most of the important aspects which will help you in growing your business. However, before you get started and know how to manage your social media strategy, it is important for you to look ahead and ensure that you’re using your precious time and efforts well. In this blog post, we will take you to the expected and current trends and how you c...
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By James Davis, 30 years of experience for you
(Cookeville Home Inspection)
Simple Things To Get Ready Whether you’ve had a mild winter or an arctic blaster, there are some things you can do as the snow and ice melt away, temps get milder, and Spring rains start to come in.Pick a nice warm sunny day and get out to get acquainted with your home again. OUTSIDE Look over the exterior of your home. Get the ladder out and get to checking! Up on the Roof. You can climb up or use binoculars or your kid’s drone for examining your roof. If you have shingles, see if any have been damaged or lifted and if any fasteners have lifted up. Are there any missing or damaged? Are any raised up? This can be a place where water from Spring rains can get through, causing lots of issues inside. Additionally, if you have a metal roof, look for screws backing out, major dents or crease...
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By Ryan Hendrix, "We know real estate"
(Grandiose Real Estate )
Contact us today to tour one of only 20 residences in the Conrad building. A grandeur private beach villa complimented with breathtaking ocean views and one of a kind craftsmanship and attention to detail. Unit boast the most sqft for this floor plan in the whole building. Over 500k in fine upgrades. Not one inch spared in absolute beauty. Completely energy efficient smart-home that allows you to control everything in the condo from an I-pad. Custom Princeton kitchen cabinetry, sub-zero refrigerator & stove, custom built bar with sub-zero refrigerator and freezer drawers, miele whole bean coffee/espresso maker, custom glass shelving. Marble bathrooms. Two indoor linear fireplaces. Housekeeping and laundry services are included in the ownership of the property. Pet friendly. One of a kin...
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By Doug Hentges, A Name You Can Trust
(DH Home Solutions)
The Housing Market Is on FireSo how do you ensure you are getting the most for your house and not leaving money on the table?There are several things you can do as a homeowner to help position yourself for success when selling your house traditionally on the market. Find a good Realtor.  Take your time to find a Realtor that really knows what they are doing and works hard.  Do not just settle for a family member or friend.  This is your house we are talking about, the single biggest transaction of your life.  You need to have a professional that can lead you in the right direction.   Understand the state of the market. i.e. Inventory levels, DOM, comparable sales, interest rates.  Your Realtor should help educate you on some of this, however it is in your best interest to do some resear...
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Structural engineers are those engineering professionals who help the owners by checking the important factors such as force, air, water, and how a building can strongly withstand them without causing any damage. Structural calculations are done to estimate whether or not a building can hold up and resist these natural forces when they are caused. Universal Engineering has expertise in structural engineer West Palm Beach, who offers reliable calculations for any type of construction.What is the necessity to hire structural engineering west palm Beach service, providers?Hiring structural engineers became a necessity in the present days, it is because the buildings are huge and at the same time these constructions need to stand for the strong wind or other natural disasters too. Here are ...
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As agents, Real estate professionals have a responsibility to act honestly and to put their clients first. This is clearly stated throughout an agents licensing training. The National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics set the standard for Realtor business practices. This means that any REALTOR you work with has voluntarily agreed to abide by the Code Of Ethics. These Ethics are one of the best safety measures for an agent and their clients. When you set out to buy or sell a house, there is a lot of money on the line. A consumer needs to know that they can trust their agent. Which is why Honesty is mentioned twice in both Article 1 and 12 in the Code of Ethics. Real Estate professionals are held to certain standards to keep their clients, customers, general public, and other agents ...
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By Ralph Williams, "The very best in sales & leadership training."
(Bottom Line University)
This isn't just about our businesses, it's about life and the way we all treat each other as well.
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The face of “office” has seen a lot of changes over the years. And 2020 has helped us solidify our needs for an office that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Besides working from home, one of the most interesting methods of conducting daily work came in the shape of Virtual Offices. It is a preferred choice for newcomers who want to have an office of their own to be able to manage their business but can’t afford to pay for a traditional office. Virtual offices are flexible and convenient compared to most other types of workspaces. Here are eight key features of virtual offices that make them so in-demand:EconomicalIf you are a young businessperson with a tight budget looking for office space to run your business according to your needs, virtual offices are probably your best b...
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