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 Aaron Mears, Real Estate Analyst and Writer
(House Stories)
If you are considering selling your home, chances are you will be looking for top dollar out of the deal. While there are many things one can do to help the sale process, there are also a handful of things you will want to avoid as well.  Here are 5 mistakes you will want to steer clear of when selling your home.Mistake # 1: Letting Your Emotions Run The ShowThe biggest mistake you can make is to let your emotions get in the way of good judgment when it comes to selling your dream home. The moment that you begin losing sight of practicality and reason because of an attachment to an item or a memory, it will be time to re-evaluate your strategy so as not to miss out on opportunities that might come. It's okay if you are sad about leaving a place behind, but don't lose sight of your ultim...
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What is Radon in a House? The BasicsRadon is an element on the periodic table, a colorless, odorless, and radioactive gas. It comes out of the ground all around the earth and may be accumulating in your home. It can enter homes through gaps in foundations around pipes, wires or pumps. Radon Gas in a house is a common issue. At least one out of every five homes in the US have height radon. It usually gets concentrated most in the lowest level of the home, the first floor (in a slab home), the basement, or a crawl space.Where Does Radon Gas Come From?Radon comes from, oddly enough, Uranium (similar to though not exactly what they make nukes out of). Over billions of years Uranium decays and goes through a series of transformations called the Uranium Decay Chain. More directly, Radon is a ...
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Incompentency is one of the twenty-one ways you could lose your real estate license.Why Incompentency?? This one sticks out to me because I feel without this tool nobody could do their job correctly.  It could ruin your life and others that you work for along with your clients. You'd think this one thing would be fairly easy to remember, but I feel like the schooling needs to cover it just incase some people dont have this one simple tool.  You should be able to do this one thing fairly easy, by just doing your job in a decent manner without harming others or their property and by this I mean just using your brain a little lol. It just means to be responsible and a decent person. I think if you follow those two simple rules you should be just fine.  Thanks Amanda
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By Scott Garrison, Top ORLANDO AREA Realtor…this Realtor WORKS!
(Re/Max Town & Country Realty)
Central Florida Home Prices Can't Go Straight Up Forever… …But this isn't a bubble!       Home prices in the Orlando Area and all across the United States are climbing at the fastest pace in history, eclipsing even the boom in the days leading up to the Great Recession. Bidding wars have become common, many are forced to pay all cash and some bids are coming in $1 million over asking.      It's all sparking fears that the United States is in the middle of another housing bubble that will end in a terrible crash. Industry executives and economists agree this explosion in home values is unsustainable, as home prices can't go up 20% year-over-year forever.      Yet today's housing market is very different from the mid-2000s bubble that wrecked the economy.       Unlike then, there is curre...
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To look around for any property in limited time span is huge a challenge to achieve due to the reason that you might be unable to calculate the pros and cons of that particular place. So, you need expert’s assistance to sort out the associated problems of property for sale under the umbrella of a trusted real estate company.Therefore, if you are looking for a trusted company for sales of home Denham Springs, we are here to help you. Best houses for sale are available at our listing on our website. Get professional assistance by our experienced agents to sell your property. In addition, map will help you to explore perfect Denham Springs Houses for sale with wonderful features of property at economical rates and in very short span of time.Best PricesWe offer the best deals of Denham Spri...
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By Bent Nail Inspections - Salt Lake, Your Trusted Salt Lake City Inspectors!
(Bent Nail Inspection - Salt Lake)
Seller’s Home InspectionEventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Schedule your Home Inspection Salt Lake City Utah Today!Having an inspection ahead of time helps in many other ways: It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party and price your home realistically. It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that … Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later. There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy permit. You have the time to get contractors for a reasonable price or make the repairs yourself. It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency. It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active ter...
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By Jim Blackburn, Best Mortgage Lender Fort Lauderdale FL
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Who are the best mortgage lenders in Fort Lauderdale FL? That's difficult to say. How does one go about comparing and ranking the mortgage lenders to determine who truly outshines the others in southeast Florida? Let's begin with competitive mortgage rates. A mortgage lender must be competitively priced vs its competitors to keep customers coming back. If a customer must pay an arm and a leg to close a mortgage transaction, then he won't come back.  He will go to the next closest competitor to save $3,000 in closing costs for the same rate. Next let's look at the variety of products offered by the mortgage lender. Is it only his products from one bank or is he shopping hundreds of banks including his own company’s products to find the best combination of rate and costs available on the ...
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By Jim Blackburn, Best Mortgage Loan Officer Fort Lauderdale FL
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Many real estate agents whom I meet at events in and around the Fort Lauderdale, FL area often ask me "What does it take to become a top mortgage loan officer in the United States?" The truth is anybody can do it. Not everybody will. It's extremely difficult at first and like anything gets easier with practice.  Alot of people don't understand what's do difficult about quoting a rate. But if that's all that a mortgage loan officer was doing, then you would call him a banker. In most cases, a banker only has its own bank's products to quote VS a mortgage loan officer has it's both its own products as a direct lender as well as the products of a hundred other banks who may have more competitive offerings for niche situations. Bottom line is, with so many products to learn, it takes many y...
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By brandon pruim
Honest is a very important part of being an agent and it translates to almost all other duties that an agent has. When agents arent honest they cause problems for everyone.When they lie to their clients it can cause them to lose money and trust in other agents
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By Tony Langford, The compass for your journey to financial success!
(Polaris Accounting & Tax LLC)
IRS resolution cases are on the rise now that the IRS has resumed most compliance operations since being suspended (April 1st-July 15 2020) due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the People First Initiative.The automated lien and levy programs have been idle since April 2020; however, with the improvements in economic activity and progress in controlling the pandemic, the IRS plans to return to its normal collection processes later this summer. For taxpayers who have had a change in circumstances, now would be an ideal time to consider a payment plan or an Offer-in-Compromise. Polaris Accounting & Tax can negotiate with the IRS on your behalf. If you have a tax issue, or know someone who does, please contact my business at (865) 312-6238.How we can help: We can consult with you to assess your...
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By Shayla Johnson
Buying a home was a goal I always thought to be unachievable for me.  For one, no one in my family except, my grandparents, ever owned a home.  And no one really seemed to care about owning one.  My mom and dad would talk about us one day getting a home of our own but that never happened and they were fine with it.  I always wanted a room to myself that I could decorate as I pleased.  A space that I could personalize to fit my personality. But of course, when you're renting, its only so much you can do.  And we also moved around a lot too.  No, not from state to state but neighborhood to neighborhood. So with that being said, owning my own home, something to call mines was always a dream for me.  It was something that I knew I would one day achieve.  Its been a goal of mine since a teen...
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By Theresa Todd, EA, CTRC, Small Business Accounting, Tax and Tax resolution.
(Capital City Professional Services LLC)
Given that a major area of my practice is tax and tax resolution, IRS collection is something we deal with on a regular basis. You've probably heard by now that the IRS is stepping up collections and going after taxpayers who have unfiled tax returns and or have balances do. So today, I briefly wanted to explain to you the IRS collection process and how that works.So, you file your tax return and you have balance due. The tax is assessed by the IRS because you do not send in payment and you start to receive billing notices and demands for payment. A statutory lien arises which attaches to all of your assets that you currently own and/or later acquire. The billing notices continue to go unpaid and the tax balances are not resolved. So next, the IRS issues an intent to levy your assets an...
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By Jeffrey MacBain
(Procopio Real Estate)
It will be love at first sight with the awe-inspiring views alone at 8861 W Shellman. Boasting over 6 acres of land & 700 feet of lakefront property, you can have all the outdoor space you want, with the privacy you need. Through the front door, you’re met with a grandiose staircase & immediate view of the water. One step further & find yourself in a spacious open-concept first floor with floor-to-ceiling windows & fireplace with stonework that flows to cathedral ceilings. If the kitchen is the heart of the home, this one beats stronger than most with stainless appliances, a Bertazzoni range & Cambria quartz countertops sure to impress any chef. Direct access to the deck off the additional dining space allows for indoor & outdoor to be one. The first-floor master is truly a “suite” with...
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By cristina carroz
so, this is my first post, I don't know what to post about so... I'm learning and I'll make mistakes and then I'll fix them. Hope no one reads this 
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By David Orosz
     I lived in the above building for a year. When My lease ended. I was month to month. Landlord sent a notice that in 3 months the rent would increase 100$ in June. June first I pay 850 for my apartment. Landlord sends me a notice that he is not renewing my lease and I'm to move out in 60 days. I I leave in june he wont charge me Julys Rent. Says he is remodeling and all of june he was renoviationg the plance and I moved out in two days. This is the reason I'm going into realestate. I never want to have a slum lord again.  
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By Kate Utley
Misrepresentation in real estate can be difficult to pinpoint. When a real estate agent makes a property seem a certain way, or even blatantly states untrue facts, it can be easily disguised. In the article, "What Is Misrepresentation in a Real Estate Litigation Case?" Attorney Jaclyn Kallie tells a story of a case dealing with misrepresentation in which the agent lied to a client about the square-footage of the land that they bought. The original agreement was to pay per square-foot, and the client ended up paying a lot more than the property was worth. The client ended up sueing the defendants. This is just one example of the many different types of misrepresentation. It is very important for all agents to know that the information given to a client is correct, and it is important for...
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By Stephen Foster, Real Estate Consulting
(C3 Real Estate Solutions)
Looking to restructure current Mentor Program.  Would love to hear "Mentor Program" ideas from around the globe.  Ready, set, go.................
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By Jeff Shipwash, Home Buyer/House Flipper
(Shipwash Properties LLC)
When I first started my business just this year, I was obsessing for days over what my logo would look like. I wanted to stand out from the other real estate investment companies. I hired a freelancer to design my logo. She probably hated me due to the revision requests I sent over. After it was all said and done, I still wasn't happy. It certainly stood out from some of my competitors, but I was never 100% satisfied. I had this obsession that I wanted a brand that would immediately stand out above the rest. I overcomplicated this entire process. After spending hundreds of dollars on marketing materials with my newly designed logo, it hit me. No one gives a crap what your logo is!  A Change of DirectionLet’s face it, real estate is competitive. Whether you are an agent, broker, or an in...
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Mold remediation is a valuable addition to the professional services offered to date. By dealing with a wide range of cleaning services and helping people to restore their damaged property, mold remediation has become the newest available option to meet the needs of customers.Mold might be present in your business premises or home and affect your daily life even when no actual mold is visible. Discoloration, musty odor, water intrusion, and adverse human health effects are significant indicators that mold growth is present in your property.Mold experts use advanced professional tools, equipment, and techniques to address mold problems following the mold remediation protocol. Mold remediation chemicals are commonly used to kill mold spores in various facilities. Mold experts provide a fu...
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By Tyson Seable, Working on my license!
While working on my Utah Real Estate Sales Agent License on AgentProfesser, I have become aware of the 21 ways to lose your real estate agent license. One topic that really struck me in these studies was the importance of honesty. I believe honesty applies to almost every aspect of working in the field of real estate.For the past two years, I have worked as a used auto dealer alongside my high school and college studies. Cars are very complicated machines that can have many different problems, and with me selling over 130 cars in the past two years I have dealt with a variety of unique issues. I have personally been cheated by mechanics, auction inspectors, other dealers, and everyday people. Individuals often hide major issues on inspections or downplay problems, which has taught me so...
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