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 Shannon Elliott, Retired Air Force & now RE Broker in Denver, CO
(LoKation Real Estate)
  I enlisted in the military driven by a desire for education, skill development, and a promising future. It seemed like an opportune moment, and with my father's military background urging me towards the Air Force, I took the plunge despite initial disinterest. College plans in graphic design fell through due to financial constraints, until a fortuitous encounter with an Army recruiter promised a path to free education. Barely five days after high school graduation, I found myself at Air Force Basic Training, an 18-year-old brimming with naivety. A year into my first base assignment, the world shifted on its axis with the tragic events of 9/11. Unbeknownst to me, our unit had been gearing up for a crisis action team deployment, preparing for a mission of accountability just weeks befor...
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By Century 21 Playa del Carmen, Find the best offers for houses, apartments
At CENTURY 21 THE AGENCY Playa Del Carmen, we specialize in providing safe, agile and optimal solutions for each person in their process of buying, renting or investing in Real Estate. Specifically in Real Estate and Pre-construction for sale in Riviera Maya (Condos and homes for sale in Playa del Carmen and throughout the Riviera Maya). Purchasing a property in a foreign country can be challenging, but our carefully selected multilingual team is trained and committed to provide you with excellent service and full support. Having lived in this tourist destination for over ten years, our experienced real estate consultants know every corner of this amazing area. Our consultants are happy to help you find the property of your dreams while guiding you in real estate investment in the Rivie...
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By Jason Niles, Top Negotiator in Massachusetts
(Coldwell Banker)
Find all of the homes for sale Arlington MA. Search by architectural styles, interior, and exterior features. You also will find detailed information about Arlington MA. Find info about restaurants,outdoor activities, history, and more.Click Here
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By Tariq Thomas, Real Estate Agent, Developer & Problem Solver
Understanding the differences between tenant and squatter rights in Maryland is crucial for both property owners and renters. This knowledge can help protect your property, ensure you comply with state laws, and avoid potential legal issues.Understanding Tenant Rights in MarylandA tenant is someone who has a lease agreement to occupy a rental property. In Maryland, tenants have specific rights and responsibilities under the law. These rights are designed to protect tenants from unfair practices and ensure they have a safe place to live.Rights and Responsibilities of Tenants in Maryland: Lease Agreements: A lease is a binding contract between the tenant and landlord. It outlines the terms of the tenancy, including the duration, rent amount, and maintenance responsibilities. Learn more ab...
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Misrepresentation is one of the most common ways real estate professionals can lose their license. This serious offense occurs when an agent provides false information or conceals vital facts about a property to potential buyers or sellers. It’s crucial for real estate professionals to understand the boundaries of ethical conduct and the severe consequences that misrepresentation can entail. The Dangers of Misrepresentation When an agent misrepresents a property, they might exaggerate its benefits, downplay its flaws, or fail to disclose critical information such as structural issues or neighborhood crime rates. This can lead to legal repercussions, financial losses, and a tarnished reputation for both the agent and their brokerage. Ethical Practices to Avoid Misrepresentation To mainta...
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By Red Head Home Properties, I'm a real estate investor.
(Red Head Home Properties)
Owning a home is a significant milestone, but it comes with responsibilities that ensure your property remains safe and functional. One crucial aspect of home maintenance is ensuring that your septic tank is in good condition. Septic tanks are essential for homes not connected to a city sewer system, managing waste effectively. However, they require regular inspections to prevent costly repairs or health hazards. This blog will delve into the importance of septic tank inspections and their associated costs.What is a Septic Tank Inspection?A septic tank inspection cost involves a thorough check of your septic system to ensure it operates correctly. During the inspection, a professional will examine the tank for leaks, check the sludge and scum levels, and inspect the drain field. They wi...
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By Leah Ball, Real Estate Advisor with 22 years experience
(Leah Ball & Co | Leah's Property Shop )
Lets collaborate! Open to your referrals. Leah is a top agent with 22 years experience selling South Florida. We have amazing country club communities and new construction communities in western Palm Beach Gardens, FL with amazing offers from builders. Referral fees negotiable! Lets work together. 
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By Stephanie LeFew
Motivational Monday: 🏡✨ Owning a home goes beyond walls – it's about building generational wealth, enjoying stability and control, and growing equity. 🌟 Ready to invest in your future?📞 (813) 624-3332📧🌐 #HomeownershipGoals #GenerationalWealth #Stability #EquityBuilding
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By Ed Laine, Real Estate Reimagined
(The Ed Laine Team)
Selling a home goes beyond a transaction; it's a strategic move that if executed correctly can greatly boost your financial outcome. The real estate market is filled with both opportunities and challenges. Successfully navigating it requires more, than sticking a "For Sale" sign in your yard. Whether you're a homeowner or selling for the first time, having a grasp of market dynamics understanding buyer/seller interactions and considering the financial implications can significantly impact the profit you make from the sale. Achieving profit in real estate is not about chance; it's, about utilizing knowledge and strategies to your benefit. This piece will delve into tactics—ranging from timing your sale to paying attention to the smallest details of home presentation—that can result in a ...
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By Stephen Yeager
Things like setting a price in order to get more potential eyeballs is problematic and can effect the peoples trust in agents.
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By Jared Hill, ERA Brokers have locations all over the west.
(ERA Brokers)
Have you ever walked through a neighborhood and just been instantly captivated by a beautifully designed modern home? The clean lines, elegant materials, and thoughtful landscaping create a striking first impression. It's this kind of curb appeal that many homeowners dream of achieving. The exterior of your home is not just the first thing people see; it's a reflection of your style and attention to detail. This article will guide you through practical and modern design tips to help you create a stunning exterior that makes your home stand out. Embrace MinimalismMinimalism is more than a trend; it's a lifestyle choice that brings clarity and calm to any space. In exterior design, minimalism focuses on simplicity and functionality. Clean lines, neutral colors, and an uncluttered look def...
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By Kriti Pinto
(DocuSeal - eSignature Solution)
DocuSeal is a powerful eSignature platform that streamlines real estate transactions, making them faster and more secure. Its user-friendly interface allows you to easily upload documents, create templates, and drag-and-drop signature fields, ensuring a smooth process for both agents and clients​.Cost-Effective and FlexibleDocuSeal has a basic free tier where you can send unlimited documents for signature. DocuSeal also has a Pro plan $20/user/month which includes features like logo, API/Embedding etc.Secure and CompliantDocuSeal’s advanced security features, ensure compliance with legal standards and protect the integrity of your documents​.Versatile IntegrationSupporting various document formats and multiple signers, DocuSeal integrates seamlessly with CRM systems, enhancing your work...
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Anchor Home Inspection offers top-rated home inspection services in Montville, Waterford, and Preston, CT. Our expert inspectors provide thorough inspections to ensure your peace of mind. Trust the best home inspectors in Montville and surrounding areas for reliable and comprehensive home inspections.
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By Patricia Koczara, CPA - Tax Relief Expert!
(K&K Tax Resolution)
You're not alone in your financial struggles!K&K Tax Resolution can help you navigate through any IRS tax problems and get you back on track to the stress-free life that you deserve!At K&K Tax Resolution, we are dedicated to helping hardworking people like you resolve their IRS tax issues. Our primary goal is to be our clients most trusted business advisor and be a valuable part of their accounting and tax solutions, even in challenging times. Our Cape Coral, FL CPA team draws on years of experience to provide each client with insightful guidance to bring even the direst tax situations to a timely and successful resolution. And once your tax situation is resolved, we’re still here for you as a trusted financial advisor so that you never face another negative tax situation again.   We li...
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By Lionel Pinkhard, Real Estate Marketing Expert
(Infinity Curve)
The real estate industry is one of the biggest business sectors around the globe and being a real estate agent can be a highly rewarding profession. On average, a real estate agent in the US makes approximately $99,000 every year. Depending on your skills and experience, you can make way more than that.However, although it is highly lucrative, real estate agents face fierce market competition, especially from new entrants. According to statistics, the National Association of Realtors had 1.6 million members in 2022.These figures can be stressful for someone who has just entered the real estate industry as an agent. How do I get into the industry? What to do for your branding? How to get clients as a new real estate agent? These are the questions that may pop up in your mind.If you have ...
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By Nelson Huggins, Rooter Man to the Rescue
(Rooter Man )
Buying a home is a big expense and a sometimes a financial stretch. Taking the time to have the sewer line scoped before signing a contract can be crucial. Take a look at these three reasons a buyer should have a licensed plumber camera the sewer line.1. Identify Potential Problems: Sounds obvious. A home inspector may only test the drains for a minute or two. All he can tell you is that the drain is draining. The sewer system is a critical part of the home. It removes waste and water from the home. Over time pipes break down, leak and clog. These problems can be simple or complex. These problems will not go away on their own. Identifying problems before you buy can save you thousands, if you know the issues during a price negotiation.2. Avoid Costly Repairs: Having a clear understandin...
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The real estate market in Australia is a major issue on the economic discussions, considering trends and huge changes that it imposes on city landscapes. In recent times, the market has been unpredictable, with changes taking shape under the influence of government policies, shifts in interest rates, and global economic conditions. Cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane respond differently to the shifts, with some areas experiencing huge price jumps while others seeing prices stabilize. This has created a complex marketplace, which offers both challenges and opportunities for investment.This has opened a market that has attracted not only local buyers and sellers but also international investors, making the Australian property market the subject of interest worldwide. It is impo...
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By Nelson Huggins, Local junk removal service. Real Estate clean outs
(Black Dog Junk Removal)
Junk Removal can be hard work. Although it sounds like a good DIY project, there are several benefits to hiring a professional junk removal service to get the job done.1. TrainingThat's right, knowing how to handle large, heavy items, take them apart and remove them safely without causing damage to your home and property is important. Professional training ensures that your junk or waste is handled properly and disposed of correctly.2. SafetyMost unwanted items like appliances and old monitors, paint cans, and tires are considered hazardous waste. Knowing how to load, transport and properly dispose of these items is important. 3. Time and Cost Time saved sorting, loading, transporting add up along with disposal fees. The cost of hiring a junk removal professional can out weigh the unkno...
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By Jes Coles, Suburban Homestead Seeker
(Stanberry Realtors®)
Listing Details of 405 Fordtrand St in Ellinger TexasModern Comfort Meets Country Living405 Fordtrand St. Ellinger, TX 78938Price: $325,500MLS# 6219077Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 2.5Square Footage: 1856Call Jes Coles at 360-941-0285 to arrange a showing. Location of 405 Fordtrand St.Ellinger is the newest incorporated community in Texas. Centrally located about half way between Austin and Houston on Hwy 71, only about 1.25 hr travel in either direction. Shopping (H-E-B) and dining are only a short and scenic ~15 minutes away in La Grange or Columbus. For the lovers of Antiques - Round Top is 25min up the road. You have to check out their semi-annual Round Top Antiques Fair! Hunters and fishing enthusiast will enjoy the array of options a short trek from your doorstep; including Oak Creek Ranc...
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It's undeniable that buying a home has become more challenging, especially given today's mortgage rates and the rise in home prices. This has spurred many prospective buyers to explore grants and assistance programs to see if they qualify for any support. However, navigating these options can be daunting for some, as highlighted in a recent study by the Bank of America Institute. According to the study, a significant number of prospective buyers expressed a lack of confidence and a need for more information, particularly in understanding homebuying grant programs. Specifically, 53% of respondents indicated they require assistance in comprehending homebuying grant programs.To bridge this knowledge gap, here's some essential information: What Exactly is Down Payment Assistance?According t...
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