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

New technology is most often used for entertainment, but, in time, various types of commercial businesses adapt these technologies for their use. Whether they use a specific technology to reach more consumers or to improve the services they provide, commercial businesses eventually adapt new innovations to suit their needs. The same is true of the real estate industry, which is notoriously slow when it comes to making these types of changes. However, they are catching up in regards to their use of artificial intelligence. How Does AI Help Real Estate Agents Compete?Already, AI has helped real estate professionals reach out to home buyers and sellers by digitizing transactions. Aside from visually inspecting the property, there isn't much that sellers and buyers can't do over an internet...
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By Nick Johnson, Residential, Investment, Commercial since 2004
(Coldwell Banker | Sunset Office)
7-Unit Building 553 29th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94121 GREAT POTENTIAL WITH 4 VACANT UNITS Coldwell Banker Commercial is pleased to present the opportunity to acquire 553 29th Avenue, San Francisco, a 7-unit building located one half block from Geary Blvd in the sought after Central Richmond District of San Francisco. Built in 1966, this asset consists of Five (5), 2-Bedroom, 1 Bath units and Two (2), 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath units. All units have wall heaters and separate gas and electric meters. Some units have spectacular Golden Gate Bridge and water views. 4 units are vacant. This is a value-add opportunity for investors looking to add value through renovation and potential ADU.Probate Sale:  Contact Listing Agent for more information.  For offering memorandum email nick.johnson415@gmail...
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By Steve Groom, Trusted Solutions for Maryland Homeowners
(Maryland Home Buyers)
Do you know how to determine the TRUE market value of your home or property in Baltimore? Whether you are selling your house or not, its a good idea to keep tabs on the value of your home. We can help! Learn how to do it in our latest post!Many sellers think they know what their house is worth but in many cases, their numbers can often be off. It is never as simple as relying on Zillow or your property tax appraisal to tell you exactly how much your house will sell for. Before you decide whether to sell your house directly (FSBO) or hire a real estate agent, you’ll want to determine on your own what your home is worth. There are a few things you can do to get an accurate value of your house in Baltimore.1. CMA (Competitive Market Analysis)A Competitive Market Analysis or CMA, are often ...
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By Brian Gardner, I help real estate agents grow their business.
(Agent Engine)
Hello fellow ActiveRainers, my name is Brian Gardner, and I am new around here. I am not an agent, but the co-founder and CEO of Agent Engine. As this blog’s title indicates, I am also a web designer and have a soft spot for the real estate industry.Let me explain.In the summer of 2018, I sold my WordPress-based design business to a hosting company. The acquisition brought about a small runway for me to take some time off to ponder what the next stage of my life would be.I spend just under two years in the proverbial wilderness, picking up freelance projects and a few other smaller endeavors. When I realized this wasn’t the life I wanted to live, everything changed.Web design (and personal branding) has always been my passion. As someone who wanted to be the CEO of a startup company, I ...
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It may seem obvious that in any professional setting if you break a rule, there will be a consiquence. But what are the consequences to breaking a rule in the real estate industry? How serious are these consequences? The severity of the consequence will depend on the action- but can be serious enough to lead to criminal conviction and prison time. It's shocking how many Licensed agents have and continue to misuse their license. When running a google search of agents that have been caught mis-using their licenses I was suprised to see there were pages and pages of cases, wether it was an agent contiuing to work with an exired license or an agent engaging in fraudulent activity. It's always been hard for me to understand and relate to how someone could defy someone that is trusting them w...
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By Jim Flauaus, Your Tax Problem Solver
(Anchor Tax Relief LLC)
I work with many Realtors who fall behind on taxes, and then don’t know the steps to settle with the IRS.It's easy for good people to fall behind. No one's withholding taxes from your commission checks. Your business is seasonal; strong sometimes, but weak at other times. And then closings that get delayed. It makes your cash flow harder to manage and your tax payments harder to maintain.If you or someone you know is behind on taxes, here’s 3 steps to settle with the IRS. File your return.Even if you can’t afford it.Even if don’t have the time for it.Even if you don’t have your tax records together.  Because until you're in “compliance”, any effort to fix your tax problem is dead on arrival at the Internal Revenue Service.Until you're in compliance, your bank account may be subject to l...
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Blue River Apartments is a boutique block of 4-holiday apartments located at the ocean end of Wooli, on the north coast of NSW. We provide activities like fishing, kayaking, cycling, walking, boating, whale watching, oysters, diving, mud crabs etc.Blue River Apartments has a fabulous 2 person ocean Kayak with fishing rod holders if required available for FREE use to guests. Kayaks can also be hired from the dive shop. Wooli River Kayak experience starts directly in front of Blue River Apartments and offers you some 30 kilometers of pristine national park waterways to explore.There is always something happening in Wooli but not like the city.  Here it is nature that dictates the action.  Is it the whales passing on their annual migration, the snapper running in June, the full moon rising...
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By Ryne Lambert, Dedicated House Buyers in Green Bay, Wisconsin!
(Sell My House In Wisconsin)
Let me tell you a story about the first home I purchased through a real estate agent. It was eight years ago when I was searching for my first house. I was just 24 years old and dating my future wife, Kelly. We were ready to move out of our one-bedroom apartment on the east side of Green Bay. The real estate market in northeast Wisconsin was still recovering from the Great Recession. Supply was high and demand was so-so. Therefore, I felt I had to take advantage of what was left of the seller’s market.Kelly worked in Menasha and my employer was in downtown Green Bay, so we were looking for a house somewhere between Appleton and Green Bay to avoid a long commute for either of us. We spent nights scouring real estate websites like and a new website called Zillow, looking for a...
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By Westar Lending Group, Residential & Commercial Financing
(Westar Lending Group)
Over the past decade several “Government Sponsored Financing Programs” were set up to provide property owners an alternative way to pay for necessary or desired property upgrades.The “2” main Government Sponsored Loan Programs are:PACE              Property Assessed Clean EnergyHERO             Home Energy Renovation OpportunityEach loan program is government sponsored but funded by non-government lenders and each have their own allowable “list” of improvements or upgrades that homeowners can make to their property from the net proceeds from each respective loan.It has become a growing issue in the mortgage industry as to the way both PACE and HERO loans are secured against a Subject Property, and further how the payments are collected from the Homeowner/Borrower.Both PACE & HERO Loan P...
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By Lisa Olson
(KW Professional Partners - The Olson Properties Team)
AWESOME SURPRISE HOME FOR SALE!!! 👉Two bedroom, one bath home in the desirable Happy Trails neighborhood👉Enjoy all the amenities of this Great 55+ CommunityFor virtual tour/preview of this home, call Lisa at (602)920-7007.
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By JEANETTE CHASWORTH ASID, CID, IHP, The Color Whisperer - Interior Design & Clearings
(The Color Whisperer Interior Design)
That old coffee pot is what got her dating again….Sharon was a recent widow and knew she had to make changes in her to life to get out of her funk.The problem was, she didn’t know how.Until she met me and …..had the coffee pot incident.You see I knew when I walked into her home, something was amissHer home was decorated in the 1960s stylesAnd the worse part it was her late husband’s ex who had decorated it.Yah cra cra right?!And to an Interior Design Specialist that uses intuitive strategies to turn your home into your favorite living space ever -This made my mouth drop.I went into the kitchen and saw the old coffee pot.I asked about it and when Sharon told me it belonged to the ex…I said you have to get rid of that right now.She went out to the garage and found another coffee pot that ...
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By Cheryl Karr, Helping you buy & sell real estate since 1985
(Solid Source Realty)
Linking your Instagram to your Facebook page has many benefits, including making it easier to manage your DMs. Katie Sehl December 14, 2020 Need to link your Instagram account to a Facebook page? You’ve clicked on the right how-to article. Since acquiring Instagram in 2012, Facebook has streamlined cross-app functionality for businesses and non-profits. The most recent update of Facebook Business Suite makes it possible for admins to manage everything in one place—from cross-posting to replying to messages. Of course, with Hootsuite, social managers with connected accounts could do this a long time ago. Learn how to link your Facebook page to Instagram and the benefits you’ll unlock by connecting your accounts.\ Why link your Instagram to a Facebook page These are the key benefits avai...
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By Heather Atkinson
As I go through my training to become a real estate agent, I've realized that much of what I'm learning appears to be common sense. I understand common sense is not too common, but to read about what some agents try to get away with is kind of comical. When it comes to agents or brokers being sneaky in order to make a few extra bucks, it's understandable even though they will likely be caught. But when it comes to agents pursuing the acts of an extramarital affair in a vacant property that is listed for sale, come on! Hard not to laugh when you read about these people being caught. There are cameras everywhere these days. As if the seller wouldn't have cameras in his vacant home that has been on the market for months. I guess being human we all make mistakes. But, if your behavior in yo...
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By Rachel Morin, morin2realty
(New Star Real Estate)
Testing this out! I haven't done a blog since I was a founding distributor with DoTerra in 2008! So this is pretty foreign to me.  I'm looking forward to learning a lot and meeting wise people who can help me on my journey into the real estate world! 😄
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Finding the best mortgage services and interest rates to buy a residential or commercial property is one of the best for novice buyers. Here are some basic tips and tricks about mortgages that will save you money and helpful tips for getting mortgage services. If you desire to buy your first home, then obviously it’s quite an overwhelming experience. A lot of rigid decisions, lots of research, and responsibility are associated. A huge amount of money is at stake, thus you would only want one of the best deals out there. Hiring a mortgage is one of the most difficult stage of buying a home. It needs lots of paperwork & research. Know about the whole methods can make it a touch easier and risk-free, even for the amateur. You will always to help from you friends or any customer who has gon...
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When it comes to selling your bungalow, most of the job is done by experts. They evaluate your property, market it accordingly, and do the necessary paperwork. But it wouldn’t hurt if you familiarize yourself with some related terminologies to pace up the selling process.Knowing the real estate world's language will make you a strong competitor and make the realtor realize that you’re not a layman, rather a serious home seller.To help you in this regard, we’ve created a list of some important terminologies helping you list your home in the bungalow for sale listings.Market TypesA balanced market is a marketplace with equal supply and demand for houses, or in other words, the number of home sellers equals the number of home buyers. That helps in managing the prices of real estate at a st...
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By Matthew Smithson, Matt Smithson
(The Smithson Group)
So, how have you been managing your real estate transactions lately? Not so great, eh? It’s understandable. Whether a deal involves commercial or residential property, it can turn out to be a complicated endeavor for various reasons. The mountains of paperwork, the involvement of the third party, and the enormous amounts of capital add confusion and frustration to the real estate transaction process. You can use pen and paper or spreadsheets saved on unique devices, but there’s no guarantee that you won’t make any mistakes. Handling property transactions is a full-time job as you have to manage the participants, schedule tasks for each of them, aid communication, and, most importantly, finalize the process within the time period. There are so many things to take care of that you inevit...
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By Tyler Palo, Sales Agent Licensed in Utah and New York
In today's increasingly cynical world, it seems consumers are often wary of falling victim to false advertisement.  However, businesses have almost taken this wariness as permission to meet that expectation of insincerity.  Every item you see in stores  is the "highest rated", or the "newest technology", or provides "unbeatable results", all in an effort to increase sales.  In reality, these claims can't all be true.In real estate, though discouraged, one can often see similar marketing strategies.  Not every house can have "unbeatable views", every appliance isn't "state of the art", nor is every neighborhood "charming".  Sometimes all those statements can be true; often they are at least slight hyperbole to increase sales.In addition to real estate, I come from the world of Musical Th...
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By Rodney Downs, Making your dreams a realty.
(Infinite Real Estate Group)
In brosing the blog posts here I noticed a post about Unauthorized Consideration. Some knew the term. Some had never heard it. For those unfamiliar with the term:Paying or offering to pay valuable consideration, as defined by the commission, to a person not licensed, except that valuable consideration may be shared as follows:- With a principal broker of another jurisdiction.- As provided under: Title 16, Chapter 10a, Utah Revised Business Corporation Act; Title 16, Chapter 11, Professional Corporation Act; or Title 48, Chapter 2c, Utah Revised Limited Liability Company Act, or Title 48, Chapter 3a, Utah Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act.When a person, not a licensed agent, might give you a referral. If this happens, you will need to remember not to give or even offer them a...
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A swimming pool is undoubtedly an investment. Once you have built your house, and there is enough space in the yard. Check your bank balance. If it seems affordable, then what is the point in not investing in smart profitable luxuries?  Are Swimming Pools Really an Investment?Trust me, renovating and upgrading a house can be the first step to financial stability in the future. Suppose a rich person wants to buy a house. He has two options. A home with no pool, and the other with a beautifully renovated pool. What do you think he will buy? Yeah, you guessed it right. The house with the pool will be a priority in this case.To make your dream pool a profitable investment, you need to plan. Chalk out a budget, cut the splurges. Contact the builders directly, avoid the middleman. There is a ...
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