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 Lindsay L. Kothe, PLLC, Phoenix Arizona Realtor specializing in West Valle
(My Home Group)
3 bedroom, 2 bath at 16355 w Post Dr, Surprise, AZ in Northwood Ranch is looking for a new buyer. Your gain as this home is priced for a quick sale!! Single level- north/south exposure with mature landscaping to ease those electric costs. Kitchen has been updated with granite tops and custom backsplash. Generous sized living room for easy entertaining. No carpet in this home. Mature landscaping in the backyard. RV gate with oversized side yard.To see more photos go to: freeway access to 303. Shopping, restaurants and medical offices are a quick drive to Bell Rd. No carpet in this home. Mature landscaping in the backyard. RV gate with oversized side yard. Surprise offers family friendly parks, libraries and ponds. Spring training...
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By Catina Willis, Real Estate, Business Credit, Coach
(Next Level Realty & Investments)
TikTok is quickly becoming one of the most popular social media platforms, and it's perfect for real estate marketing. Why? Because TikTok is all about short, attention-grabbing videos. And what's more attention-grabbing than a beautiful property or the crazy real estate business? If you're thinking about joining TikTok or are simply curious about how to use TikTok for business read on for everything you need to know.How to Use TikTok for your Real Estate Business Create a personal TikTok page with a branded profile that promotes your real estate business. Use relevant keywords in your profile name and bio. Make sure your account is public and include a link in the bio to increase traffic to your website or blog. Use TikTok to share behind-the-scenes footage of what it takes to sell a h...
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By James Kantorowicz, Branch Manager Serving Colorado
(Loan Fox, Inc.)
Hello, I am looking to partner up with realtors within Colorado.  I am James Kantorowicz Branch Manager for Loan Fox, Inc. located in SE Denver -Aurora area.   I've been in the finance industry for over 6 years including working with 2 national home builders Richmond and Pulte.  If you need a lender or a backup lender, then let's talk.  Sincerely, James Kantorowicz 
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By Hubert Miles, Certified Master Inspector
(Home Inspection Insider)
If you're considering getting an electric fireplace insert, you might wonder what your options are. I'll give you a rundown of the different types of electric fireplace inserts and the pros and cons of each one. That way, you can decide which type of electric fireplace insert is right for you and your home.1. Standard Electric Fireplace InsertsThese are the most common type of electric fireplace inserts. They typically come with a metal surround and a glass front. The standard electric fireplace insert is designed to be placed into an existing fireplace opening. Electric fireplace inserts are insertable units that can be placed into an existing fireplace. They come in various styles and can be used with or without gas lines. Many people choose electric fireplace inserts because they off...
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By David Mahan, Real Estate agent in Southern New Jersey.
(Weichert Real estate)
Please join me this Sunday 10/02 for an Open House from 1-3 at this amazing horse farm in beautiful Medford NJ. Over 7 acres of land perfect for your horses. Located close to Flora Lee horse facility, numerous horse properties and open space. 8 Stalls, 5 outbuildings, this farm was custom built to raise horses. Features a 2-car attached garage and 2-car detached garage, shop, hay loft structure.
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By Brian Kidder
Despite not yet reaching pandemic levels of affordability, Austin's real estate market has slowed down slightly as its number of home sales decreases. Other major cities across America are experiencing similar trends. Despite this slowdown in the number of homes sold, the average home price has remained relatively stable since the beginning of 2022, indicating that there is still plenty of room for buyers to bid up prices even if they aren't buying at the rate they were before COVID-19 hit. As a result, the Austin real estate market is still favoring buyers, but the signs of slowing down cannot be overlooked. Therefore, they should be considered when making future market analyses and forecasts for the city. Will this market moderation impact Austin's commercial real market as a whole?Au...
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By Jeremy Bourgeois, Land investor based out of Salt Lake City
(Scout Peak Holdings)
A word or phrase inadvertently used in a property marketing piece, a lack of care with other people’s money, or a brain fart that causes you to leave out a material fact about a listing could land you in deep doo-doo with the real estate powers-that-be.Although each state’s licensing board sets their own rules with regards to licensees, they are pretty similar.Let’s take a look at just three of the more common ways agents get into hot water with the state licensing board, lose your clients trust and potentially lose your real estate license.We find it rather bizarre that politicians can lie about issues that dramatically affect our daily lives and get away with it. But not real estate agents.Whether it’s a complete whopper or a slight misrepresentation of the truth, if caught, lying can...
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By Samuel Rhoads, Title and Escrow Services
When buying or selling a property, it’s important to have all the details and paperwork in order. You don’t want to lose your rights as a buyer or seller, and you certainly don’t want to miss deadlines for taxes and other fees. In addition, the title of your property is one of the most important considerations when purchasing real estate. To ensure everything goes smoothly during your property transaction, you will need to hire third party services like buyers and sellers title services to assist with these concerns. If you are looking to buy a home, sell an existing home, or even lease a place to live, you may need services that help manage the titles of your property. It is important that if you are on either side of this transaction that you understand what buyers and sellers title s...
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Telling a lie is a very big deal whether it is a small white lie, or a huge lie told on purpose. Either way telling a lie means you're being dishonest. There are a ton of different lies that a lot of real estate agents tell their clients whether it is a buyer or a seller. Usually if a real estate agent lies about something it is to make them look better or to get a sale.Some real estate agents will lie about their experience in their work, meaning how long they have been in the business, or how many properties they have sold, etc... Some people will lie about square footage in a home, even if it is just by a few feet, a lie is a lie.Some agents will lie about how well they can advertise. They might say they are social media Rockstar's and they have tons of contacts and people who know t...
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By Oren Markowitz, Primarily in Greater Charlotte area
(Remedi Home Solutions LLC)
Disposition Manager OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $184,900 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 Full Bathroom1 UnitInterior: 1,437 sqftLot: 1.00 acre(s)Year Built: 1978 Location 102 American Legion RdGreer, SC 29651USA Oren Markowitz (917)  Listed by: Oren Markowitz Nearby properties for sale
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By Susan Aincham, Real Estate Investor
Misrepresentation The example given in my training is “agent showing potential buyer notices that there is a water leak coming out the bottom of the water heater.  Agent is worried that this might deter the buyer from buying the home, so the agent misleads the buyer into thinking that all water heaters leak in that area…”This sounds like the agent does not have much experience, so thinks it is ok to say the first thing that come to their mind, this is always the wrong thing to do!  Any problems seen on a walk through should be noted and brought to the listing agents attention, especially water as it can get worst and the damage spread.  In addition to getting the leak fixed but, because the buyers heard you voice you were reporting the issue, they also know now you will not let somethin...
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By Philip Johnson, I am here to assist anyone with Real Estate needs
(Johnson Estate Homes)
No bank financing needed. Rent To Own! This home is situated in a secure quiet neighborhood. This home features vaulted ceilings, stainless steel appliances, ceiling fans throughout, an enclosed patio and a fenced back yard. There's even a built in stand by generator. When the power goes out the generator automatically turns on in less than 15 seconds. You can also purchase furniture that is already in the home. Tenant/buyer must have at least 10% to pay in as a non-refundable option fee based on a future value of $400,000. An online appication and background check must be completed.
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By Victor Huynh, Real Estate Agent servicing Winnipeg City
(exp realty)
Here You Will FindThe Reason Why You Should Do Home-Staging9 Home Staging Tips That Makes Your House FancyThe Reasons Why You Should Do Home-StagingAfter you have read numerous Home Selling Guides, you will move to another step of the selling process - home staging.When it comes to increasing the value and speed of the sale of your property, planning and presentation are often the keys.It is important to have home-staging. You can increase the experience when homebuyers pay a visit to your house, make your house look clean and organized. A fantastic method to increase your home's internet appeal and make it stand out in today's crowded market is to include high-quality, staged listing images and videos.Since your property is in good shape, home staging doesn't have to be an expensive or...
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Are you one of the many renters thinking about where you’ll live the next time your lease is up? Before you decide whether to look for a new house or another apartment, it’s important to understand the true costs of renting in 2022.As a renter, you should know rents have been rising since 1988 (see graph below):In 2021, rents grew dramatically. According to, since January 2021:“. . . the national median rent has increased by a staggering 17.8 percent. To put that in context, rent growth from January to November averaged just 2.6 percent in the pre-pandemic years from 2017-2019.”That increase in 2021 was far greater than the typical rent increases we’ve seen in recent years. In other words – rents are rising fast. And the 2022 National Housing Forecast from ...
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By Brian Petruzzelli, LA and Las Vegas Homes For Sale
(LA and Las Vegas Real Estate)
Hermosa beach is one of a kind. The beautiful weather lends itself to year round fun and it is a go-to place for travelers and locals looking for an excursion. Fill your itinerary with these activities for your next trip in Hermosa Beach. Take a Walk on the Hermosa Beach PierTake in views of the beautiful hermosa beach pier which forms an important part of the neighborhood's identity. The structure extends 1000ft into the ocean. It offers sweeping views of the adjacent Santa Monica Bay and is especially breathtaking at sunsetWalk or Bike the StrandEnjoy a pier to pier to walk on the strand.  This walk connects the Hermosa Beach pier with the nearby Manhattan Beach pier. The 2-mile path is perfect for a scenic bike ride or stroll. For more ambitious bike riders, consider riding the 22-mi...
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By Geoffrey Lopez, Florida Raised, Real Estate Expert
(Radius Realty Group)
3160 FAIRFIELD DR, KISSIMMEE, FL 34743 LISTING  in Kissimmee in the ♥️ of everything! Walk through this 3 bedroom 2 bath home and appreciate the pride of ownership. This home has a lot of updates like Kitchen, Roof, A/C, tankless Water Heater and much more!  This is a great added value and kitchen appliances convey!   ✅  ROOF replaced 2014✅  A/C replaced 2020✅  Tankless Water Heater✅  Pool✅  Outdoor Kitchen✅ Pavers surrounding Home Your hometown neighbor & REALTOR®🏠🔑🏠🔑🏠🔑🏠🔑🏠🔑🏠🔑 🏠🔑 Listed by: Geoffrey A Lopez IIRadius Realty Group  
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Hello readers my name is Justice Sumnall, and this is my first blog post. My topic will be about dual representation and the importance of being an ethical agent regarding the topic.As real estate agents our jobs depend on our clients, and they depend on us. We are their connection to the real estate world as well as the link between them and the seller. They rely on us to have their best interest in mind as we deal with their money to get them what they need. As such it's important to be ethical since being unethical has the potential to ruin your reputation and connections with the clients.That being said it is unfortunate that there are still some agents that will represent both parties and either fail to or refuse to inform the parties of the representation. The reason as to why it ...
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By Felix Solis
What Is The Capital Gain Tax On Real Estate?Capital gain tax is the contrast between what you paid for that property (your expense premise) and what you sell it for is taxed by the IRS and a few expresses (your deal cost). As indicated by U.S government tax strategy, 20% tax is pertinent on all resources you have claimed for over a year.The selling cost of the resources - Price tag of the resources = Capital Gainspeculations, for example, stocks and bonds and substantial resources like vehicles, boats, and real estate might be dependent upon capital gains taxes. Your capital gain tax is determined on your pay at the hour of selling.-What Are Long-term And Momentary Capital Gains Taxes?•             Long-Term Capital Gain:On the off chance that you stay the proprietor of a resource for o...
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By Mike Hines, Real Estate Team in the Greater Cincinnati area
(Oyler Hines of Coldwell Banker)
Nobody knows new construction like Oyler Hines.We'll start with finding you the perfect lot. With our own land acquisition team on staff and unparalleled new construction knowledge, our new construction team provides clients with tremendous value every step of the process.Design your custom home and find the right builder.Having worked with virtually every builder in Cincinnati and oftentimes, acquiring lots for them, Oyler Hines should be your first stop when considering a new home. Watch your plans come to life while we handle the details.We are proud to be recognized as the #1 New Construction Sales Team by the Greater Cincinnati Home Builders Association every year since 2016.
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