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 JAMES HOOKER, Realtor serving Greater Columbia Area
(eXp Realty, LLC)
  Being intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this season. That’s why pre-approval is so important today. Pre-approval from a lender is the only way to know your true price range and how much money you can borrow for your loan. Peter Warden, Editor of The Mortgage Reports, explains: “The lender will check out your personal finances and issue you a letter confirming the amount you’re eligible to borrow. This not only gives you a firm budget for house hunting, but also lets sellers know you’re qualified to make an offer.” Why does that matter so much today? There are many more buyers looking for homes today than there are homes available for sale, and that’s creating some serious competition. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average home is g...
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By Nicholas Nelson, Aspiring RE
(Stella Development and Construction)
This blog is to discuss the potential affects of the raising interest rates and projected home sales and prices
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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 selling your fire damaged house fast for cash, Selling a Fire Damaged Pro...
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Cassie Bradford, Memories Are Made With Home.
(Luxury Realty Of America)
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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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By McKenzie Smartt
As a Real Estate Agent, there are various ways to lose your license. Of the 21 ways to lose your license, most of them stem from just one principle. Dishonesty. While dishonestly can be something big, most of the time it starts with little things. Whether you are dishonest about an aspect of a home, criminal history, disclosing an unnamed principal, lying to clients, making false advertising claims, using clients money for personal expenses, etc, all of these stem from being dishonest. Honesty can go a long way and can contribute to the success of your career. By establishing honest practices in the workplace, we can protect our clients, our brokerage, and ourselves. 
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Preparing To Qualify For Mortgage: TipsAs you could imagine, there is a common theme amongst potential borrowers when it comes to buying a home and it is how they can go about Preparing To Qualify For Mortgage. This isn’t just something most people can just walk into and just get the best rate or the exact loan they want. Potential borrowers are going to have to have patience as this process takes time. Typically, if a borrower has documented income they will be able to qualify for a mortgage. Having documented income is key so that you can go through the pre-approval process to see if your finances can handle a loan at all. A common misconception is that if you have bad or damaged credit with derogatory items in your history you will not be able to obtain a home mortgage, well this is ...
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By Compare Closing LLC, Let the lenders compete for your business!
(Compare Closing LLC)
 About Loan Origination FeesWhen you are looking to buy a new home or refinancing the current mortgage, it comes at a cost. Multiple charges are included in a property purchase or a refinance transaction. Most of the fees are standard. However, there are a few which could affect the cost of borrowing. One of them is loan origination fees. In this post, we will learn what is an origination fee in detail.What is the Loan Origination Process?Property purchase or refinance is funded with a mix of debt and equity. To secure debt funding, borrowers go through a multi-step process called loan origination. This process begins with the borrower submitting financial information to the bank or the lender for a purchase or refinance of the property and getting the loan.What is a Loan Origination Fe...
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By Byron Henry - eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty - Calgary)
Why Now is a Great Time to Buy a Hi-Rise Condo in Downtown CalgaryAccording to Calgary Economic Development's  Calgary Head Offices - Fact Sheet 2021, Calgary contains the highest concentration of head offices in Canada with 71% of them being oil and gas companies.Boom and Bust Leads to Head Office ReductionThe Calgary economy has been tightly tied to the oil and gas industry. When oil prices are high, the city and province reap the rewards. When prices are low, it is just the opposite. It has been a constant cycle of boom and bust.The last seven years however have seen an unprecedented exodus of head offices from the downtown core. This started with the sudden reduction in WTI crude prices from $93.17(USD) in 2014 to $48.66(USD) in 2015. This caused many oil and gas companies to re-eva...
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