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 Emma Swier, Real Estate Marketing Executive
Are you on the verge of giving up on your career as a realtor? Have you tried several techniques but all to no avail? As a listing agent, searching for a homeowner looking to sell a house is one of the most challenging parts, and demands consistent work. The same can be said for winning listings. Most of the time, this may seem so demanding that it appears as though you are fighting an uphill battle. Worry less, as in this post, you will be exposed to some proven tips on how to win real estate listings from homeowners as a real estate agent!   1. Be Strategic Winning a listing from a homeowner is not a tea party. Irrespective of your market, getting a listing agreement comes with great effort and diligence. It is a monster challenge, especially newbies in the real estate industry. As a ...
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When dealing with clients, we would want to ensure they have copies of the documents that are part of their real estate purchase. Using electronic measures would allow one to always offer a blank and finished copy to the signers. If a client doesn't have electronic capabilities to sign, you have to think a step ahead. This means possibly making an extra copy in case they want both the before and after signature copies.  I remember the first time I had the opportunity to use an electric copy. This was a game changer for me! It allows my life to have less clutter but still have any reference I need!
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By Kelly Green-Krist, CPA
(Green Krist CPA PLLC)
The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted on December 27, 2020, deals with the annual tax extenders. Congress made some of them permanent, while others got short- or long-term extensions.These are the big five Form 1040 tax breaks that were scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020: Exclusion from income for cancellation of acquisition debt on your principal residence (up to $2 million) Deduction for mortgage insurance premiums as residence interest 7.5 percent floor to deduct medical expenses (instead of 10 percent) Above-the-line deduction for tuition and fees Non-business energy property tax credit for energy-efficient improvements to your principal residence Here is what Congress did with each of these five provisions: Cancellation of debt. Extended through ...
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By Zachary Parker, Real Estate Marketing Pro | SEO Gun for Hire
(ProSource Media)
While Cambridge is technically outside of the City of Boston, data trends in the housing market and in particular the rental market in Cambridge closely mirror that of Boston.  Both are highly cyclical markets that depend heavily on apartment turnover from the local student population.  So while Boston’s rental market is reeling due to inventory spikes, it should come as no surprise that the same supply issues are occurring in Cambridge.Cambridge may be best known as the home of two famous universities:  Harvard and MIT.  Like most of the area’s Universities, both adopted remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year, severely hampering the influx of students we normally see in September.   As a result, the real estate market in Cambridge has experienced quite a bit of fluctuation in te...
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By Blake Joerger, "Your Realtor® for Always" serving Portland area
(Coldwell Banker)
It was a strange year.... probably the strangest I've ever had.... sales were good, yet social distancing made it odd for sure!  
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By Hilary Johnson, Selling Colorado Springs By The Yard!
(eXp Realty LLC)
How To Launch Your Own BPO "Side Hustle" In The Next 30 Days!Looking for a side hustle that will improve your Real Estate knowledge then I might just have the answer! No one gets into Real Estate thinking they won't make any money. But even though the market is still really good there are agents still struggling to make any money as a Realtor. In 2007 I was a Realtor in a small brokerage in Orange VA. Our market of farms and land had been one of the last to experience the fall out and I am sitting in the office on floor duty when a company called looking for an agent to do a BPO. Little did I know a year later that same company would refer me to one of largest Asset Companies as an REO agent.I completed a few BPO's for them but very soon other companies started calling or emailing me wi...
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By Austyn Ekker
Money Problems is one of the 21 ways that you can lose your Real Estate License.  Money problems can include commingling, failing to account for funds, or failing to remit money that belongs to another.  I feel that money problems is the biggest threat to principals and of the 21 ways to lose a license this one impacts the principals the most.It is prudent that you have a seperate bank account for Real Estate funds and that you deposit any funds that a principal is trusting you with into that seperate bank account.  An agent must not touch these funds as they do not actually belong to the agent.  If the funds are deposited into an agents active bank account, the funds could get confused with their own and spent.  Commingling of funds has resulted in many Real Estate fraud cases.Your pri...
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By Greg Black
             I’m just starting out in real estate. I’m actually still in school. And full disclosure this post is part of an assignment. I want to take a minute to talk about integrity. The US Army defines integrity as “a quality you develop by adhering to moral principles. It requires that you do and say nothing that deceives others. As your integrity grows, so does the trust others place in you.”  Which means basically to be honest. I think everyone is different in terms of beliefs and values. I define integrity as adhering to the values that you hold dear. What matters to you? What do you truly see as your values? For most honesty would be included in that. It is for me.             One practice I try to do, an admittedly struggle with is to ask my self before taking an action, “is t...
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By Alex Monsen
Starting Real Estate Agent courses I was prepared to learn about policies, procedures, etc.; but didn't realize I'd spend hours going over ethics.  Can I say I'm relieved?  A legit code of ethics.  I feel EVERY occupation should have such a thing.  
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By Nermeen Ghneim, Banking and Personal Finance Blogger
(SavvyDollar)
A larger house has several advantages, including more space for your family, more room for entertaining, and the chance to designate specific areas as an office. However, the decision to purchase a bigger home should not be taken lightly, as bigger houses cost significantly more to purchase and maintain. If you are considering purchasing a larger property, below are a few signs that indicate it is time to do so: You Don't Have Enough Storage Space Mounds of clothing on furniture and floors, books everywhere, and kitchen appliances and other items cluttering up your kitchen are indications that you need more space. Not only does clutter hinder movement, but it can also leave you feeling stressed and prove to be a fire hazard. There is also the risk of attracting vermin such as rats and c...
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By Gregory Richman, Professional, experienced real estate brokerage
(Tierra Antigua)
The greater Tucson, Arizona area has been experiencing phenomenal growth.  It's a very dynamic area and a very pretty setting.  Real Estate has proven over and over throughout the years to be a great investment.  Tucson's real estate market as well as it's surrounding suburban real estate market offers buyers and investors alike great opportunities.Tucson, Arizona, and its surrounding areas enjoy relatively reasonable priced real estate.  In general, housing can be found priced from $70/sq/ft up to about $500/sq/ft.  One can reasonably expect to find a great home under $200/sq/ft.  One's dollars go far here!  Consistent appreciation in all areas of the city is being enjoyed and capitalized on.  Our fantastic weather year-round makes Tucson a great place to live or enjoy a second home.  ...
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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 David Somerville, Don't Worry, Be Squirrely!
There are many differences between homes in northern and southern climates and one of them is how folks in the South like to cook. I did a search on Google Trends for the term “Outdoor Kitchens” and saw that interest spiked to a five year high during the summer of 2020.Google Trends also showed that the interest was greatest in the states of Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. I am having a hard time getting images to upload here so I am also providing a link to the data. The folks over at This Old House estimate that an outdoor kitchen can be built for between $3,000 and $15,000 depending upon how upgraded you make it.  You can actually build a great outdoor kitchen on a budget as you will not necessarily need appliances like a refrigerator or dishwasher. I have heard i...
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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 John Taylor, U.P.L.I.F.T
(Realty One Group Elevations)
Whether good news or bad news, any communication is 🔑 when it come to a professional relationship. Communication does what to people? Ah yes, brings them together! If you are in constant communication with someone you will develop a???? You got it, a relationship, now what comes in a relationship?...trust, honesty, respect, those have to be the top three that come to mind right off the top of my head, You see, because we have “communication” we have naturally developed a relationship thats based on a set of core values that any person would to give, better yet want in return. What I’ve learned in my short time so far in real estate is the communication with my clients is the most vital part of the process, it gives me a chance to LISTEN. I get an opportunity to hear their wants, needs, ...
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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 Lisa Olson
(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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