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 Cassandra Casto, Helping to make your "home sweet home" a possibili
JUST LISTED! 914 Lilac Street, Celina Ohio $220,000 Welcome home to this beautiful Cape Cod home in Celina's Kessler's 3rd addition, a short distance from area schools. This home offers just under 1400 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. Kitchen with breakfast bar. Appliances include Range/Oven, Microwave & Refrigerator. Lots of cupboard and counter space including lazy susan and breadbox. Separate Dining Room with French Style door leading to the backyard. Front Living Room with Bay Window in addition to the Family Room is the perfect amount of space for entertaining family and friends. Built-in's separate the family room from the den/office with roll top desk. Laundry and 1/2 bath on main level. Large Master with walk-in closet, full heated bath, and second & third bedrooms up...
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By Barry Guca, Finance b.s. 30+ years real estate 20+ LoanOfficer
(Anchor Realty Group)
HUD certification for Condo and TownhomesWhy home buyers need to know this and Buyer agents need to check this before putting an offer on a condo or townhome project. Why current condo & townhome owners thinking about selling need to understand how this affects their property values.  The more qualified buyers, equals more demand side and higher selling prices. Increase the number of Buyers qualified to purchase Condos, Townhomes and Planned Unit Developments by having the projects HUD certified.  For a buyer to use a conventional loan to purchase a condo or townhome, the project needs a HUD certification.The most common loans used to purchase residential homes are the Conventional or FHA loans.  These loans are sold on the secondary market to free up capital for the lender to continue ...
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By Bobby Moreno, Realtor/Investor Central Valley & Central Coast
(Local Home Buyer CA)
5 Reasons Why Selling Your Home To A Cash Buyer Is A Smart Choice Are you planning to sell your home? If so, did you know that there are several ways to sell it?For example, you can list it with a real estate agent, sell it yourself, or sell it to a cash buyer. While all of these methods have their pros and cons, selling your home to a cash buyer is often the smartest choice. Here's why:1. You'll avoid costly repairs and updatesCash buyers are typically investors who are looking for properties that they can fix up and resell for a profit. As such, they're not concerned with cosmetic issues like peeling paint or outdated fixtures. This means that you don't have to worry about making any repairs or updates before selling your home; the cash buyer will take care of all of that.In addition,...
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By Ben Beck, Just a guy learning about real estate!
If I want to purchase my next home (after I get my real estate license and have it active under a broker) what are some rules I should be aware of to make sure the transaction is all above board? I'm sure I need to disclose that I'm a real estate agent, but what else should I know?TIA for your advice!
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By Thomas Harder
(Solar Energy)
7 Best 500 Watt Solar Panel (Reviews)We're confident you've decided to go solar. You want to find the greatest solar panels. A reliable manufacturer will increase the efficiency of your solar panel. Recent advances in the solar sector include the 500-watt solar panel, which is among the most innovative.The maximum solar power required for big and medium solar systems is 500 watts. This capability may be employed to reduce space while also producing more power. You can obtain the same amount of solar electricity from a 500 watt solar panel as you can from a 200 or 300 watt solar panel. It is intended to connect to any device.What Factors Should You Consider When Purchasing A 500 Watt Solar Panel?Before choosing a 500-watt panel, consider the following critical qualities. Low-quality, sub...
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By John Gavin, Computer software and hardware sales executive.
(Computer Software Industry)
A loft is a type of property, typically a single unit within a multi-unit building. It can be in a high-rise building or a smaller walk-up building. Usually, a loft is one of the many units within a property.Urban living is becoming more fashionable with the rise of lofts typically created from industrial buildings with high ceilings and exposed ductwork. When buying a loft, it’s essential to consider the various features that will make it a great home.Building DevelopmentSince lofts are typically built within industrial buildings or schools can be completed in phases. However, it’s essential to remember that these construction projects can take a long time to complete. In addition to the inconvenience of construction, it can also affect your quality of life. Ask your real estate agent ...
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By Akilan Theva, Real estate investor and CEO of BisRing
(BisRing Inc.)
Welcome to my blog! I'm here to teach you how to turn a profit on rundown properties. Whether you're a real estate investor, contractor, or just looking to renovate your bungalow, I have the tips and tricks you need to maximize your return on investment. Let's get started! Defining your goalsWhen it comes to real estate investment, your returns will only be as good as your goals. That’s why, before you even start looking at properties, it’s important to sit down and think about what you want to achieve with your investment.Are you looking to generate income? Are you looking to build equity? Are you looking to do both? Once you know what your goals are, you can start outlining the strategies that will help you achieve them.For instance, if your goal is to generate income, you might want ...
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1917 Manley ave, Bakersfield, CA Click Here to Get Directions $2500003bed - 1bath - 6969 sqft lot Photos | Maps & Local | Schools | Print Follow This Home Ivan Montelongo Real Estate Agent, Better Homes Realty 661-565-8428 Licensed In: CA License #: 01160070 Contact MeUseful Links Bakersfield Homes For Sale
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By William Costain, Coastal Living Isle Of Man
Be a property developer! Design and build your own comfortable family home in a prime sea & sunset view position on the scenic west coast of the Isle of Man. Sizeable site with planning approval in principle for replacement residence grantedVillage edge location. Commanding sea and coastal views of the west of the island, & out across the sea to the majestic Mountains of Mourne in Northern IrelandSpace for main house, tennis court, swimming pool, garage bloc & lawned garden to the front£POAGenuine enquiries only to: sales@ballacallin.comWebpage:
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By My Living Choice, Discover the best senior living community Near Kan
(My Living Choice)
Senior living apartments are popping up all over the world. More people in their 60s, 80s, and beyond are choosing to live as tenants in senior living apartments. These apartment buildings provide seniors with a safe, comfortable place to live without sacrificing their independence and freedom. If you're thinking about where you might want to move after retiring or even moving back home after your parents have passed away, then here are five ways that seniors can promote happy and healthy aging by choosing to stay at senior living apartments:Following Healthy DietsOf all the things that you can do to promote healthy aging, nutrition is probably the most important. Eat too much unhealthy food or don't eat enough healthy food, and you could end up gaining weight, developing serious illnes...
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By Jenn Gregory
(MVP Realty)
Don't call it a comeback,I've been here for years,Travelled the world and now I'm back with this.Made a few enemies but more friends than I can count.Got set up in towns that I can't even pronounce.And I've got nothing to prove got nothing to lose,Do what  I want this is the life I chose.(or something like that....)I can't find any evidence that I ever existed, except for this old video tour I did of a Limestone Mansion in rural Missouri on January 2006.  Yep.  I was video touring before it was cool! 😎Potter Mansion : Jenn Kexel : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet ArchiveI'm excited to be back and ready to hit the ground running!Jenn Gregory, MVP Realty Southwest Florida(Formerly, Jenn Kexel, Prudential Alliance, St. Louis area, Missouri)
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By Jen Summerlin
IntroductionI've been in the market for a new house for a while, and I've found that there are some key things to look for if you want to get the best deal possible. Here are my top tips:Make sure to look at a lot of different houses.Don't be afraid to look at different kinds of houses. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a house and then find out it's not exactly what you're looking for. It's better to get used to the idea of buying a different type of house than it is for you to miss out on something that's perfect for you because you were too narrow-minded during the search process.Looking at houses in different areas is also very important because otherwise, when it comes time to buy, your options will be limited based on where they are located. For example, if all the h...
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By Desiree Rogacki
(The Rogacki Group | Compass RE, LLC)
  Interest Rates: How Fast and How High Will They Climb?   If you’re shopping for a new home now or are hoping for this spring, you probably feel your heart racing a little. The word is out: Mortgage interest rates are on the rise. This means for the same size loan and house, borrowers will have to pay a higher monthly mortgage bill every month. And that’s prompting many homebuyers to feel as if they need to hurry up and find a house, ASAP. It is hard for buyers not to be hyper aware that interest rates are climbing and they know it is important to purchase a home quickly.   The panic and feeling of needing to rush is intensified by the rising cost due to low housing inventory. The median home price for the nation is just over 10% higher than last year at $375,000. This can make buyers...
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By Christina McMurry, iCome2u Mobile Notary Services
(iCome2u Mobile Notary Services)
Hello August! May this month bring you happiness & prosperity! We're open & Happy to Help! #poa #wills #estateplanning #certifiedcopies #consentforms #loanmodifications iCome2u it's in our name and what we do! Now Located in Port Richey, FL. #portrichey #notarypublic #notarynearme 615-829-2962
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By Tiffany Magby, Real estate Agent, Military Relocation Specialist
(Magby Realty Group)
Join us Saturday, August 6th for an Open House you don't want to miss!Listed at $389,000, this stately 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with separate living and dining rooms sets the scene for entertaining your favorite guests. The Fireside Family Room with view to the kitchen, breakfast and eat in kitchen space is poised and ready to handle your busiest mornings and perfect for an evening in watching movies in front of the fireplace. The rear patio is perfect for toasting marshmallows under the stars overlooking the the pool ready yard space for you to enjoy for years to come.The home sits like a jewel in a crown on tis cul de sac lot with evergreen trees lending their largess for both afternoon shade and privacy from neighbors. The community has outstanding amenities with a pool and cabana, t...
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By Ryan Zomorodi, Real Estate Investing Expert - Real Estate Skills
Wholesaling real estate is a great strategy for beginners who want to get into investing but don’t have the funds or the experience to do it on their own. It involves scouting potential deals on behalf of an investor and collecting substantial fees just for acting as the middleman in a transaction. After teaching thousands of real estate investors around the country to flip contracts on houses for profit, I know that anyone who follows a tried and true process can earn five to six figures per month with this strategy.It doesn’t require a license or years of schooling to wholesale real estate, but it requires patience and a thorough understanding of the local market. So, if you’re thinking about wholesaling houses, here’s a step-by-step look at how it’s done.What Is Wholesaling Real Esta...
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By Darryl Shurgin, Multistate Mortgage Pro 25+ years
(Contour Mortgage)
I find alot of agents shy away from transactions with a veteran getting VA financing.  Often more from rumor than actual experience.  If so, you're missing a wonderful market, and also these are extremely advantageous loans for qualifying  veterans.While the VA program has certain requirements that a conventional mortgage does not, they happen to be one of the lowest rate loan product on the planet, allow veterans to borrow 100% of the purchase price of the home, 3% seller concession towards closing costs, and usually don't take any longer to close than a conventional mortgage.  I will always offer eligible veterans both options, first for VA and then for conventional.  So if you've had a bad experience in the past, possibly the problem was with the lender having limited experience with...
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By Cathey Lue, Follow Real Estate information
If you're like most women, you've probably daydreamed about the perfect home at some point in your life. Maybe it's a sprawling white house with a wraparound porch and perfectly manicured gardens, or maybe it's a cozy cabin in the woods where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.  What if you're just starting out as a family, and are looking for your first home? If that's the case, then there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind when choosing your new place to live. Four things to remember. Size of the home - make sure it's big enough to accommodate your familyIf you're in the market for a new home, it's important to make sure that the size of the home is right for your family. If you have a growing family, you'll want to make sure that there's enough space for...
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By John Carlson, Specialists in Custom home builds, home renovation
(All American Custom Home Builders LLC)
Now that you've decided to start building your home addition, good for you! Extensions are a great way to personalize your home and add the extra space you want because you have so many options. The first step is to decide whether or not to build, but many homeowners get stuck at this point. You've heard horror stories about contractors who start work, don't care about the deadline or budget, and quit halfway through the project. You don't want a headache that costs a fortune and never gets finished in your house. You want a beautiful, useful new room! So, how can you keep your house expansion project from being held up or interrupted as little as possible?HOW TO AVOID DELAYS AND DISRUPTIONS IN BUILDING A HOME?Following are some of the ways to avoid delays and disruptions in house build...
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