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 Greg Vetter, 30+ year Productivity Speaker, Trainer and Coach
(Vetter Productivity, Inc.)
Tip 60. Keep a clear pathway to your desk.   Do you have to turn slightly or watch where you step just to get to your desk?Think about the width of a doorway. The opening is usually at least 30 inches wide. There’s a reason—so you don’t have to turn your body to fit through it. The same is true about getting to your desk. You need an unobstructed pathway of at least 30 inches to be able to easily glide through to that comfy chair of yours.Every twist, turn, and extra step will cause you to spend more time at the office, and we know how much you like that. Time to clear that path.   Timber!   © Greg Vetter 2022. All rights reserved Photo from
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First, you’ll need to get an accurate, full picture of the extent of the damage. If there is major fire damage, before you enter your home you may need permission from your local fire department. You should also contact your utility provider to let them know about the fire and then call your homeowner’s insurance company to start claims.Next, be sure to document the damage through video, photos, and complete notes. You’ll want to share the information with a fire restoration expert if needed to begin the process of cleanup needed to sell your fire-damaged property. You can do a little bit on your own — open the windows to eliminate smoke, clean hard services — but you’ll likely need some help when it comes down to how to sell my fire-damaged house in Florida.  Selling a Fire Damaged Pro...
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By ALEXIA DALEY, The Hardest Working Agent in this Town!
(REMAX Crosstown-Kempenfelt Group Inc.,)
Offers anytime on this charming FREEHOLD TownHome! Are you tired of renting? This Sun-Filled 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom home, located in a Friendly Neighbourhood AND close to amenities may be exactly what you're looking for. One of the larger models on this street, 6 Parkside features a Freshly painted Main floor, a Large Living Room, Spacious Kitchen for delicious meals, and Bright Dining Room to enjoy meals with family and friends. The convenient Sliding Door right off the Dining area makes it easy to access Deck & Backyard. Enjoy Either The Front Porch with privacy to People Watch Or relax on the back Deck For Peace And Quiet. The updated private ensuite adjoining the primary Bedroom is a delightful space to use. Roof reshingled ( 2013). Steps To Park, Dog walk, and schools make this ho...
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By Andrea Campanelli, Real Estate Firm in the Heart of Charleston SC
(Coastal House Realty)
Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don’t forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then the price of the home. Here are 5 fees to keep in mind as you begin to budget.1. Home inspection. This is a crucial step in the home buying process. The findings that come from the inspection can help you negotiate price and repairs. Generally, you can expect to pay between $300 to $500 depending on the home and the location.2. Title services. Title services encompass the transfer of the title from the seller and a thorough search of the property’s records to ensure to no one will pop up with a claim to the property. Additionally, you may need to buy title insurance which will protect the le...
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By Dante Campanelli, #1 Lender in the Charleston, SC Area for 20 years
(Anchor Mortgage LLC)
What you’re looking for? We got it!Within the last ten years, the state of South Carolina’s population has increased by over 10 percent. Whether you’re looking for the busy night life of Myrtle Beach, the beauty and industry of Charleston County,  or even just the relaxation of a home by the beach or in nature, South Carolina offers it all.Between the oceanside, state parks, and historical sites, there is nothing this state can’t provide for those who love the outdoors. Some of the largest companies such as Boeing have entered the state and provide jobs and economic production to help fuel the state’s economy and diversity of business.  With temperatures ranging from comfortable to hot year round, there’s little to no worry of freezing roads and being snowed in. Whether this sounds good...
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By Dylan Draper, Top Hard Money Lender in Charlotte, NC
Hard money is a loan that is secured by a “hard” asset. In most cases, that asset is real estate. The most common hard money loan is for a fix-and-flip loan. If you are a real estate investor in North Carolina that is looking to flip houses, a hard money loan is a good option for you.Traditional Financing vs. Hard MoneyA traditional mortgage is a lengthy process that caters to homeowners looking to secure long-term financing. A hard money loan usually has a much shorter loan term and much higher interest rates. While a traditional mortgage is much cheaper, a hard money loan can be processed and funded much, much quicker. Traditional financing is contingent on the borrower’s creditworthiness, a hard money loan is primarily asset-based.When would someone use a hard money loan?An investor ...
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By Brian Sharp, Residential real estate broker. CRS. C2EX endorsed
(Sharp Realty)
When discussing what is worth fixing or not fixing on a house going on the market, my normal rule of thumb is to spend as little as possible, but still get the job done. My thought process here is that you don’t want to spend money on items where you won’t get your money back. For example, it isn’t worth putting in a pool, since it will cost way more to put it in than what you will get in increased sales price.However, I will often suggest paint or putting in new carpet when it’s needed. My clients sometimes resist that idea and say, “Let’s just offer them a credit for the carpet (or paint, or whatever). I’m sure the buyer can look past it. Besides, what if they don’t like what I put in? Isn’t it better to let them pick their own color, type, style?”While logically, this makes sense, it...
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By Eric Niehoff, Helping clients build generational wealth through
(Celebrity Home Loans )
The average person spends around 2.5 hours a day on social media.  So any business, especially one built on referrals needs to have a presence on several social media platforms.Real estate professionals especially benefit by being involved online. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your online presence. Be authentic. People buy from and interact with other people that they can relate to. This mean that you will alienate some people and attract others.  This is natural and will bring you clients that will want to work with you, will get along with you, and most importantly will refer people to you. Use the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule is that 80% of social media posts should be useful to your audience, meaning that it educates, entertains, or offers a solution to their problems and...
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By Romana King, Real estate and personal finance expert
It's no secret that a good credit score goes a long way to getting the best interest, loan and mortgage rates. Good credit also means getting approved for higher loans, at more competitive lenders and this goes a long way to getting the most flexible, lowest-cost mortgage loan when buying a home. For current homebuyers, this means starting your home search by checking your credit score, first. If you don't have a good credit score, you'll want to know this sooner rather than later—because there are ways to improve your credit score before you buy a home. To help, here's a bit of information on the minimum credit score needed to buy a home and some tips on how to improve your credit score, quickly.What is a Credit Score? A credit score is a number that tells lenders what kind of consumer...
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By Jessen Reckling
Dual representation without consent is an easy way for a Realtor to lose their license. If I was a buyer or a seller, and my agent failed to disclose they were representing both parties, I would be very upset. This would make me feel like they didn't have my best interests at heart, and were manipulating the situation for their personal gain.Disclosing the fact that they are representing both parties would be the honest and ethical thing to do, as it gives the buyer and seller an opportunity to evaluate the situation from there and make the determination for themselves if it's a good fit or not. In many cases, it would probably go very smoothly after that fact was disclosed. Not disclosing it, however, would be a brutal and license killing mistake.At the end of the day, buyers and selle...
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By Susan Hatfield, In Real Estate, I'm the Real McCoy!
(Hatfield Group-JLA Realty Friendswood)
From Spotlight: See All Steps to Buying a HomeHow to find exactly what you want, and how to work with the experts who’ll help you get it. Image: HouseLogic           So you’re thinking about buying your first home. Your very own house (and mortgage). A place to call — and make — your own.It’s a big move, literally and figuratively. Buying a house requires a serious amount of money and time. The journey isn’t always easy. It isn’t always intuitive. But when you get the keys to your new home — that, friend, can be one of the most rewarding feelings pretty much ever. The key to getting there? Knowing the home-buying journey. Knowing what tools are at your disposal. And most importantly? Creating relationships with experts who can help you get the job done.That’s where this guide comes in. ...
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By Leimomi Alapa
Aloha!  My name is Leimomi Alapa.  I am new to this.  Currently studying to be a Real Estate Agent with Pro Agent School of Real Estate.  I am looking forward to be working and learning from professionals in the same field.  Thank you.
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By Char Fears, Buyers, Sellers, New Construction, Investors
3036 DEL MONICO DRIVE DECATUR GA $425,000 | 3 BEDROOMS | 2 BATHROOMS | 1+ CAR PARKING | 1699 SQUARE FEET | MLS: 7025688   BELVEDERE PARK GEM! Renovated modern ranch just waiting for you to stake your claim! The charm of old and new world flare describes the featured  Chef's Kitchen, full of natural sunlight and sleek finishes throughout to make this home perfect for entertaining. Expansive private backyard with ample space for any outdoor activity. Beautiful wood deck and Privacy Fence are just a couple of features that add to the appeal of this amazing home! CONTACT Char Fears Fathom Realty NE, Atlanta P: 4702859982 M: 4049819511 FEATURES   Open Concept Design Quartz Kitchen Counter Tops Grand Island 52 Bottle Wine Cooler Private Fenced Backyard Samsung Appliances Italian-Made Hardwoo...
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By WGSD Virtual Assistant Services, LLC, Tech VA, Social Media Ninja & Doer of All
(WGSD Virtual Assistant Services, LLC)
 Social Media – Organic and Paid Wait…. WHAT?  . . . .There’s More Than One Type of Social Media? What’s The Difference? How Do I Know What I Need? Can I Have Both? Should I Have Both? What is Social Media? Let’s Start with that Question Firstso·cial me·di·a/ˌsōSHəl ˈmēdēə/noun – websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.From Wikipedia :“Social media are interactive computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation or sharing of information, ideas, career interests, and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.”Pretty straight forward, right?So, briefly – before we go any further – The simple difference is this:Organic social media is posted for free. Paid social media is shared with Ad ...
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By Tom McVeigh
(Christopher Real Estate Services)
I have very important information from my buyer that I believe is not being communicated to the seller by the sellers agent. We are under contract and the transaction could fall apart if the seller is not being given the information. The sellers agent is possibly trying to sink the transaction so another buyer of his can take over. ... Very ugly situation.
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By Erica Gonzalez, Real estate student
Misrepresentation is a horrible thing to do to clients as an agent. For one thing the clients think they are getting one thing and in the end they are getting another . If an agent portrays a certain thing in order to get a client or get a sale then that is wrong or ethically immoral and they should definitely not be licensed. .   
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By Jennifer Schafer, Specialist in Client Advocacy
(LoKation Real Estate)
Jennifer Schafer, known as the People's Realtor of Colorado, is the creator of a new YouTube video series called The 48 Laws of Power - Applied to Real Estate Transactions, which combines entertaining stories with useful information to help home-buyers and property-sellers apply Robert Greene's 48 Laws of Power in order to position themselves for maximum success in their real estate deals.  She can be reached by email at "If you’re selling your home right now—or thinking about doing it soon—you should know that today’s housing market is unlike anything we’ve seen or experienced lately, maybe ever. In the past, home sellers might have waited weeks or months to get an offer that might not be as high as they’d hoped. Buyers may have lowballed, or driven a hard ...
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By First Commercial Association Services, A Property Management Company In Tulsa
(First Commercial Association Services)
Responsible for the day-to-day management of a propertyA property manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of a property. Some of their most time consuming tasks include collecting rent, handling maintenance and repairs, and dealing with tenant issues.A property manager may manage several properties at once if they are in the same area, or may focus on one specific property.Some property managers will only oversee rental properties that are close to their own homes, while others may travel to where their clients' properties are located. They may manage multiple types of properties for different clients, including retail stores, office buildings, industrial warehouses, apartments and condos.  Working with TenantsIt's the property manager's job to ensure that tenants pay their...
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By Lori Brandel, Making life simple one transaction at a time.
(The Preview Group Bothell)
It has been very interesting having to wear a mask when meeting new clients.  With the mask, only the eyes were visible of the person, it was hard to see one's full reaction to a home when viewing.  Now that we are not having to wear them the first reaction my client had when he saw my whole face was, "you have lip stick on".  Yes, I replied, then I responded with what do you think of the homes we just viewed.  I had realized seeing the whole person is as important as seeing the whole home from top to bottom.The mask was viable for everyone's safety, as is getting a home fully inspected. 
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