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 Thomas Myers, We Buy Houses AS IS, No Fees, Close in 7 days!
(Need To Sell My House Fast in Denver)
Social Media Marketing Tips For Real Estate Agents  Social media is a one-stop shop for buyers and sellers looking to either sell a property or buy their first or second home. For many realtors, conventional marketing strategies like bandit signs, radio ads, cold calling, and running newspaper ads to sell properties quickly worked well in the past. However, things have changed, and now social media is the new marketplace. What Social Media Platform is Best For Realtors?The best social media platform for realtors is either Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn at the moment. Facebook is arguably by far the most popular social media platform in real estate, followed by Instagram and last but not least LinkedIn. Social media marketing for real estate agents involves building trust among your au...
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By Luke Marshall, Mortgage Broker Serving Oregon and Colorado
(Premier Family Mortgage LLC)
For longer than I've been alive, my dad, John Marshall has been a hockey fan. From the Colorado Rockies to the Denver Grizzlies and then finally Colorado got an NHL team the year after I was born, the Colorado Avalanche.Their first year in Colorado they won the Cup, the first major Colorado sports team to win a championship EVER! That's when it all started, since day one our family has been supporting the Avalanche. Then in 2001 they won the Cup a second time but since then they've struggled to get close.The Avalanche had the fewest points in the NHL in the 2016-2017 season, over 20 points behind the second worst team. They've since rebounded and been in the playoffs the past 5 years and made the dream of winning a Cup a reality!In 2017 moved to Oregon and never took a break from follow...
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By Stratton Real Estate Group, Tucson's Top Real Estate Team
(Stratton Group Keller Williams Southern Arizona)
The term escrow may be a confusing or intimidating term for first time home buyers and sellers but knowing what escrow is and how it affects the purchasing or sale of a property is helpful and can determine how you decide to tackle this stage in the transaction process!  Before we start into the details of this process, a good place to start is by defining what exactly escrow is: it is defined as a legal arrangement in which a third-party holds money or property until a particular condition has been met and transfer of ownership can be made. This condition is usually the purchase agreement being fulfilled.  An escrow agreement contains the conditions and terms between the two parties of a financial transaction and also includes the responsibilities of each party. Items and assets placed...
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By RUFUS SPRAGUE, Best Notary Public in Long Beach
Do you need a notary?What can a notary public do for you? If you’re looking for an official witness for a variety of documents that require such a service, you may need a notary. Here’s more about what a notary is and what a notary does.The National Notary Association notes:  A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government —typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts. Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written rules without the exercise of significant personal discretion, as would otherwise b...
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By Sharon Marshall
(Luxury Property Care)
Having a well-organized house that functions for an everyday living takes time to achieve. It requires putting in the time and having the right supplies for storage that allows for a harmonious aesthetic.Whether it’s holiday decorations, winter clothing, legal documents, or children's toys, storage that’s out of the way yet easy to access is an important system for the home. This helps owners avoid exhaustive hunts for items and feel more at ease in their space.The goal should be to keep belongings so organized that a room’s contents add to rather than complicate daily living. Besides saving time, removing frustration, and creating more usable space, there’s yet another benefit to home organization. Homeowners who decide to sell will find they need less time to ready their homes before ...
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By Totality RE, CRM for Real Estate Developers
Keep in touch and engage with your current client base to generate referral-based lead creation. With Repeople, a Real Estate Marketing Referral System, you can create your own branded app solutions to deliver and manage a comprehensive community life within your projects and leverage true word-of-mouth exposure.
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By Franchesca Duarte, Real Estate Agent serving Fort Worth/Dallas
(Duarte Real Estate Atelier - JPAR)
Being in Real Estate business only 2 short years has proven that every day is an opportunity to cheer on the woman around you. Unfortunately we all at some point experienced not so much kindness with other fellow entrepreneurs in the industry... .Every day you can choose community over competition, kindness over jealousy, empower over shame, positiveness over bad energy, encouragement over negative, smiles over frowned upon... Because the truth is, everyone out there is doing their best.. .She too has a dreams and passion; and a little self-doubt. I'm not in competition with each other, When we celebrate each other, encourage each other, cheer on each other, we raise each other up. We are all more similar than we realize and when we can bring our dreams, our hopes, our support and our p...
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By Conner Snowden
My blog today is about reits or real estate investments trust. I am supposed to know what this is by now but here I am still pretty unsure. To my understanding a reit is used to purchase things like apartment complexes and large buildings. I think this is a way to use money that you make from the building to pay off a loan of so short 
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By Ron Tyler, Prysma Lending Group
(Prysma Lending Group)
Before you start bidding on potential houses, consider a few aspects of the lending process. Consumers of mortgage lenders must meet certain criteria. The following information will help you get the best interest rate when you apply for a loan.A strong credit score will undoubtedly help you receive the best mortgage rate. You're more likely to receive loan offers with favorable terms if your credit score is good. A lower credit score, on the other hand, will mean a higher interest rate.In general, the higher your credit score, the lower the mortgage rate you'll be offered by lenders. So, do everything you can to improve your credit score by paying off as many credit card bills and other personal debts as you can. Your credit score will rise as well if you have a consistent income.Assume...
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By Cordi Powell, CFP®, EA, Financial Planner serving the Triad Region of NC
(Favored Financial Planning)
Hi ActiveRain!I'm Cordi, a comprehensive financial planner and owner of Favored Financial Planning.I'm looking forward to diversifying (a little investment humor there) the topics in the ActiveRain community!As a financial planner, I view home ownership and/or real estate as an essential component when approaching finances and an important consideration in a client's overall financial position. Real estate: Helps to protect against inflation; especially for those who purchased a home or refinanced a mortgage at 2% - 3% for 30 years. Provides long-term leverage. Those who purchased a $200,000 house with a 20% down payment of $40,000 received a 20% return ($8,000) on the home. That's if the home only appreciated at 4% per year; which is about half the current rate of appreciation! Is a ta...
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By Gretchyn Zuiderweg, Gretchyn has the keys to your new home
(Century 21 Arizona Foothills)
I’m here to tell you that real estate is definitely NOT easy. Especially for someone who leans in a more introverted way. After living what some may consider a ‘cush’ life being married to a doctor, the unfortunate, yet statistically common thing happened. My marriage came to an end. With that, I was faced with a decision. At my age, there are limits to what you can accomplish in a short amount of time. I had always been interested in home ownership. I would drive through neighborhoods as a young adult, admiring the ambiance of a well lit home in the evening, or the beautifully designed landscape of front yards.  Anxious to own a home of my own some day. So in some way I believe it was a ‘no-brainer” that I become an agent. Being that person who helped another dreamer of homeownership. ...
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By Kevin Hodge
(Premier Family Mortgage)
Just joined the mortgage industry after decades in the hospitality industry.  Look forward to learning what I can from this site.
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When it comes to choosing a real estate agent, the majority of people look for an agent who is professional in their actions/manner and knowledgable in what they are sharing with their clients/customers. Professionalism is the key to gaining the trust from clients/customers and standing out for those looking for a real estate agent. If an agent shows no actions of professionalism, how can people learn to trust the agent or want to work with them?Having a real estate agent that is unprofessional can be easily spotted. If the agent lacks communication, that is a big one I feel when it comes to working with people. Clients want an agent that communicates well and not just over email or just, but in person or over the phone. Unprofessionalism can also be displayed by showing up late to appo...
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By Bill & Kat Manganaro, We Pay All-Cash For Hard-To-Sell Properties. Call
When it comes to mortgages, one of the most important considerations is the interest rate. This number affects how much you will pay each month, as well as how much your home will cost in total. Recently, interest rates have been on the rise, and this has caused a lot of confusion for homeowners and buyers alike. In this blog post, we will discuss how rising interest rates affect buying power and provide some tips for those who are looking to buy a home in today’s market. Table of contents What are interest rates and how do they work? How do rising interest rates affect buying power? Tips for those looking to buy a home in today’s market Recap What are interest rates and how do they work?Interest rates are the percentage of a loan that a lender charges for the use of their money. The in...
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By Kevin McFarland
(Albatross Ventures, LLC)
Albatross Ventures, LLC is pleased to present The Chicane Apartments — a new fully-renovated apartment complex for sale located at 488 D St. Idaho Falls, Idaho. The property is prominently positioned in downtown Idaho Falls, one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities. The apartments are located in a residential/commercial mix-use, high visibility location. The complex is conveniently located one block from the Riverwalk Park (adjacent to the beautiful Snake River) and within a few blocks of downtown (with all of what Idaho Falls has to offer).  The offering is a tremendous opportunity for an investor or 1031 exchange buyer to own a brand new, extremely low maintenance, and fully renovated apartment complex with stable returns in a market where demand will outpace supply for the next 5 –...
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By Gary Gucciardo, Let Gary help open the door to your perfect home!
(Century Homes Realty Group)
Conveniently located in the suburbs of New York City, the hamlet of Albertson boasts a “peaceful, comfortable, and serene” lifestyle that’s destined to attract anyone looking for a home away from the city life. The hamlet offers the feeling of a small town right in the middle of Long Island, and although you’ll end your day on a quieter note in this Nassau County community, you might soon realize that you’re living in a place that has the best of everything!Here are three reasons why you’ll love living in Albertson, New York:A Charming HistoryWe’ve been putting down roots here since 1644 when the first European settler came to the area. Sometime later, the hamlet of Albertson was named after Townsend Albertson who started a farm and ran a gristmill as the agricultural village continued ...
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One thing that all house purchasers have in common is that they don’t want to be taken advantage of. Whatever the situation of the property market, it’s critical to ensure that you pay a reasonable amount. But, even in a tight market, how can you know you’re getting a fair price before you make an offer? To make a solid investment selection, you must understand how to evaluate the price of any home. The  4 suggestions below will show you how to get a good price on a home.Compare Similar Properties on the MarketIn this situation, you may really go to different houses and feel how their size, quality, and facilities compare to the one you’re looking at. Then you may compare pricing to see what appears reasonable. Reasonable sellers understand that if they wish to compete, they must price ...
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By Brandt Ellwood, Real estate agent serving Denver
(Keller Williams)
  8751 Pearl Street G1 Thornton CO 80229   You do not want to miss this immaculate 3-bedroom, 3-bath townhome on a corner lot in the Town Center Estates. Pride of ownership shines through in this meticulously maintained home ready for you to move right into. The spacious kitchen boasts beautiful wood cabinetry, newer flooring, and a slider leading to a private patio. Enjoy an open concept main floor layout with a cozy fireplace in the living room. Upstairs, the primary bedroom is accented by an en-suite bathroom. Other features include plenty of storage space in the attached 2-car garage. You will love the easy access to the multiple grassy areas around the home. Conveniently located within walking distance of plenty of shopping and dining, and 5 minutes from I-25 to make commuting to w...
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By Ashley Leigh, #1 Selling Team in Prince William County
(Linton Hall Realtors)
A breath-taking equestrian property set in an impressive 13-acre lot Nestled in the rolling hills of scenic Aldie, this charming three-level residence has everything you want in a home and more!Tucked away on top of the rising knoll, this wonderful home takes privacy and comfortable living in a whole new level. It features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 3988 square feet of living space, providing all the space you need for fun and entertainment.Professionally painted and newly carpeted, the interior is a superb example of architectural beauty. The exterior features are equally stunning, with an equestrian facility, multiple pastures, outdoor riding ring area, and a large gathering pavilion all for you to enjoy! Conveniently situated between Middleburg and Leesburg, you have unlimited ac...
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By shahid iqbal, Real Estate Agent serving Dayton area
(Home Experts Realty LLC)
I provide property management services in Dayton and surrounding area.  I also manage AirBnB host properties. Any question please call, 937-900-8634
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