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 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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By Tekce Overseas, Leading real estate company in Turkey
Yes, you can buy property in Turkey and get residency. Moreover, buying property is the best way to get residency. Because it is easy to get and renew residence permits in Turkey through property ownership.People easily move from one country to another in today's global world for different purposes. Therefore, obtaining residency is an excellent tool to start a life in a foreign country because most countries do not allow foreigners to stay for long periods without residency.If you are visiting Turkey as a tourist, a tourist visa will be enough for your stay in the country. However, if you want to relocate to Turkey for a long period or intend to stay for more than 90 days at a time, you will need to apply for a residence permit.There are six types of residence permits in Turkey. Reside...
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By Paul Jones, Mobile Home Specialist In Toledo,OH
(Jones Mobile Home Solutions, LLC)
Jones Mobile Home Solutions , LLC OverviewMapsPhotos $73,000 Mobile Home Main Features 3 Full Bathrooms2 Half BathroomsYear Built: 2021 Location 535 W Gypsy Lane RdBowling Green, OH 43402USA Paul Jones Jones Mobile Home Solutions(419) 561-4988info@jonesmhsolutions.com   Listed by: Paul Jones Our recent listings Jones Mobile Home Solutions , LLC | $6,500 | Toledo, OHJones Mobile Home Solutions , LLC | $73,000 | Bowling Green, OHMobile Home | $35,000 | Holland, OHMobile Home | $6,500 | Toledo, OH Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Oliver Nielsen, Brokerage for Off-Market properties in Central
Hello all! I have 4 off-market properties available now in the Salt Lake city area in Utah. Looking for end-buyers we're accepting offers now!Please leave your email or number below for more information!
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By Yvette Harris, Central Virginia Real Estate Agent Military Reloca
(Hobbs Realty)
If you’re buying or selling a home, it’s important to understand what a home inspection entails and how it affects the sale or purchase of a house.   What Is a Home Inspection? A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the structure and systems of a home by a neutral third party. Basically, it shows you what’s wrong with the property and if it is serious enough to prevent a sale. (Note: An inspection does not concern code violations and therefore does not guarantee that the home is free of them.) The three main points of the inspection are to evaluate the physical condition of the home, identify items in need of repair or replacement, and estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems, equipment, structure and finishes. An inspector cannot report on defects that ...
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By Connor Martellaro, Pre License Real Estate
(Agent Professor)
Hello everyone,I'm new to the Real Estate pre licensing course. I've been asked in my training to write a blog on a topic of my choice. I've chosen to write about a personal experience that I've seen in this crazy market that I didn't know wasn't acceptable but is very common now. This subject is about love letters being sent to sellers. I've heard stories of people writing these love letter attempting to pull at the heart strings of the sellers in the attempt to secure the home. I've also heard of people attaching photos to these letters. This clearly is "breaking rules" as it's against the rules to discriminate based off sex, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. Clearly if pictures and letters are being sent the majority of these are going to be broken....
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By Josh and Jolene Baijot, Commercial Real Estate
(Josh and Jolene Commercial Real Estate)
You want your commercial real estate agent to be credible and efficient in handling your transactions. You should be able to find someone who you can trust and be confident.Commercial real estate agents have portfolios that they present to potential clients. In it are their achievements and everything positive that prospective buyers or sellers would find impressive. Some consider portfolio to be enough, but for others, they find it vital that they get to know their agent on a more personal level. Doing so creates a partnership. It builds trust and confidence, which are essential ingredients to make every transaction run smoothly. What questions should you ask your commercial real estate agent?Numbers Ask your prospective commercial real estate agent the digits. How many properties was ...
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By Norbert Fabre, MRSA, Mold Inspector & Mold Assessor
(Indoor Microbial Specialist IMS)
Hello, ActiveRain community, this March ActiveRain Challenge 2022 has been educative and a great ice breaker not only to create an effective blog signature but to present myself to the community as well. My name is Norberto Fabre, I'm a Florida State Licensed Mold Assessor in the Fort Lauderdale area and an engineer. I decided to join ActiveRain after my mentor John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA recommended it as an opportunity to meet professionals, expand my network around Fort Lauderdale, FL and learn from the experiences of others. If you are ever in the need of mold assessments, mold remediation protocols and post-remediation verifications feel free to reach out! My contact information is on my new signature. Coming back to the main topic, I got very excited when I started reading how to cr...
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The past couple of years might have been a roller coaster ride on many fronts, but fortunately, the ride has provided a silver lining for many homeowners. In particular, there has been a considerable rise in the prices of homes. So you might be wondering if you should take advantage of the climb in home values. You might also be wondering if putting a home in Oak Ridge, NC up for sale is a good idea. As you consider the thought of doing so, a good starting point is to ask yourself, “what’s my home value in Oak Ridge, NC?”On average, the home value of properties in Oak Ridge, NC is $227,465, according to Zillow. This value only includes the middle tier of homes, though. The average can also fluctuate depending on the season, so homeowners need to be aware of that.Read on to learn more ab...
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By Cassie And Guy, We Buy Houses In Califonria
(Empty Nester Investors)
Hi!We are Cassie and Guy and we became empty nesters a few years ago.  I have been in real estate for just over 20 years and Guy has had several businesses.  The last being a couple of UPS Stores here in the Coachella Valley. Guy sold those last year and we decided to start investing in tax deeds and use my knowledge in real estate to start flipping.  We buy houses cash, AS-IS, no repairs required, no cleaning, no commission, no hidden fees, any reason, any situation.
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By Jake Packham, MLO getting licensed to better serve
(Agent Professor)
As a mortgage loan officer moving into the real estate realm, I have had more than enough unfortunate dealings with unethical individuals. This has opened my eyes to how our actions as agents in our customers' lives can impact them and they to us. In one such instance, a client was in the process of purchasing their first home. We got under contract and 2 weeks before the closing date, the agent switched brokerages. The agent did not notify any parties involved and the transaction was not picked up by another agent in the brokerage, so the contract was forfeit. They lost their contract and the $4000 in earnest money to boot. It was a super unfortunate situation for all of us involved.Do the right thing and communicate with your clients. It isn't just to make the transaction move smoothe...
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By Rocket Homebuyers, Real Estate Investors and Cash Buyers
(Rocket Homebuyers)
Should I Sell My Home 'As Is' or Fix It Up? Let's Take a Look Whether your home is a few years or many decades old, its physical condition is going to be a significant factor in the sales process. Below are a few questions that can help you to determine whether you should sell your home 'as is' or fix it up before placing it up for sale. Have You Had A Home Inspection? A great first step is before selling your home is to book an inspection by a licensed home inspector. This will provide you with a full list of minor and major issues with your home. If your only issues are small, minor ones then it is worth your time to patch them up before you sell. However, if you are facing costly repairs such as a roof replacement or foundation repair, you will have some thinking to do. Can You Affor...
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By Elicia (Eilly) Hodge, Specialize in high-end, new builds, & design
 Buyer's Guide: New Construction HomeMany Colorado home buyers consider a new construction home as they are searching for the perfect home. REcolorado offers tips for buying new construction homes in Colorado, resources for home buyers, and the most accurate information about new homes for sale in Colorado.Tips for Buying New Construction in ColoradoBuying new construction in Colorado may seem similar to purchasing a resale home, but there are some important differences in the process for a home buyer. New homes offer some benefits, including picking your own finishes and working with the builder. However, like any real estate decision, there are pros and cons to buying a new construction home.If you're considering a new construction home, start with these tips:Use your own real estate ...
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By Wanda Richards, Real Estate Photographer
(Shows Great Photography LLC)
The real estate market is on fire for sellers and has been for the past couple of years, so why do you need professional listing photos? Why not just "snap" a few with your cell phone? If it doesn't matter...the home will sell in a matter of days and, in some cases, a matter of hours. Your listing photos will be seen online, in some cases for years after the home sells, and will be attached to your name. Your listing photos are a part of your brand and what other potential sellers will see when they search for you online. Your sellers have spent days and sometimes weeks getting their homes just right for the market, only to have their homes show up online with dark cell phone photos. I know you are probably thinking, but you are a real estate photographer. Of course, you will push profe...
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By Bree Wiest
I am working to obtain my real estate license. As I have gone through this process I have found it interesting that there are 21 ways a licensee can be revoked. There are many that are intertwined and related to one another.In this blog post I want to focus on bad record keeping. We live in a day and age where hard copies of documents are less and less prevalent. Docusign and other digital tools allow for quick signatures and are more environmentally friendly. Since real estate transactions are large in nature, it is critical that documents are keep, a good recording tracking everything is up to date and everything can be easily accessible.When everything is clearly documented and put into place, no one can question what actions have been completed and performed. It also helps the sales...
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By Lori Rosenbarker, Mobile Loan Signing Agent
I'm a new AR member and wanted to share my first blog of never blogging in my life!  HA!  I'm loving all the blogs and learning about all you wonderful peeps in the RE world!   What a wonderful platform for real estate! I've been in real estate for years in many roles; property management, real estate agent, multi-family & mobile home park investing and now as a mobile loan signing agent.   Real estate is one of my biggest passions to read and learn about.   There are so many aspects to this business.A little about me; I moved from San Diego Ca. to Arizona about 4 years ago and I'm loving all that AZ offers from weather to things to do as well and probably the most important for me right now is living a quieter life.  A little notary humor to end with;A Notary Signing Agent goes to a re...
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By Vivian Horton
Hi everyone, I'm exciting to join the group. My connection with real estate is I'm a Mobile Notary in South Florida serving as a Loan Closing Agent. I love my job because I like helping others. I meet some amazing people every day in this business. I can honestly say It's never a dull moment. I'm looking forward to connecting with people on this platform and sharing our experiences. Much success to everyone!!
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By Cassie Bradford, Memories Are Made With Home.
(Luxury Realty Of America)
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Do you cherish land? This is your lucky day! To commend the long stretch of adoration, our sister school Real Estate Express is asking realtors for what valid reason they love land. You should simply transfer a 5-to 15-second video clarifying why you love land and you'll be entered to win a $300 VISA gift voucher!Experiencing difficulty concocting only a couple of reasons? Here are a few plans to limit it down.Adaptable ScheduleOne of the advantages related with a profession in land is its adaptable timetable. Need to have the option to get your children from school consistently? Need to take that 10 am yoga class you've had your eye on? Need to stay in bed during the week? You can as a realtor!"I have youngsters and anticipate having a vocation I can develop while working around my kid...
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By Cary Nemeroff, Austin Lakeway Realtor Fluent in ASL Sign Language
(Keller Williams Realty Lake Travis)
Hands down, the Lake Travis area in the Hill Country has got to be one of the most topographically beautiful places to live in Texas.Just click on the link below... it's got everything!Cary Nemeroff - Lakeway, Bee Cave & Hudson Bend, Texas Expert Realtor(512) 409-4047cnemeroff@kw.com,maximum%20width%20is%204.5%20miles.
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