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 Mike Dunn
Comments 1
We specialize in Beach Homes For Sale in Ocean City in representing sellers and buyers throughout their Real Estate journey with specific interests in commercial real estate industry.
By Robert Parker, Digital Marketer & Real State Business Man
(Brothers It)
Comments 2
Few things are as memorable as the good news that comes with an engagement proposal. Besides showing your partner’s commitment, it presents a chance to showcase your undying love for one another. Consider sharing your good news with engagement announcements by Mixbook. This platform allows you various backgrounds, colors, and fonts to customize just how you want to spread your information to the world. Customized Engagement Photo CardsA proposal is a memorable milestone in life. It symbolizes your partner’s desire to spend the rest of their lives with you. You would probably feel like sharing the good news with the world, right? Mixbook lets you spread the joyous word, featuring breathtaking designs, excellent quality paper, and stunning photos that capture your unique love. About Mixbo...
By Baani Malhotra, An Expert Real Estate Attorney Consultant
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If you’re preparing for a video marketing strategy, you may wonder how you can stand out and brand your business against a well-competitive industry. There are a number of video content you can use for various reasons. However, having a text to sound video is by far the most successful and indispensable tool you could use to make your brand distinctive. In case you’re asking why we should use videos in marketing campaigns in the first place? Well, almost 86% of businesses actually use videos to showcase their product or introduce their brand. More than 93 marketers swear by this tool as the most effective to boost traffic and ensure customer conversion. If you depend on written texts and still images to convey your message, you may not receive the proper result as using videos. It’s als...
By Irene Linch, 100+ homes sold in Atlanta greater area in 2020!
Comments 6
Great and informative article I came across for every realtor to read! You probably heard the term ‘’Side Hustle’’ more than once before. This became a huge buzzword in the past decade.   Being fairly self-explanatory, a side hustle is a project or business that helps you make some extra cash in your spare time, aside from your regular full-time or part-time job. Now when we got that out of the way, you’ll be surprised to know that nearly half of Americans have a side job. Yeah!   Whether paying off student loans or saving up for a downpayment on your first home, side jobs can also help you grow as an individual and offer amazing work experience.    We’re focusing specifically on real estate. If you’re a realtor that means you have amazing selling and networking skills and you will thri...
By Brett McIntyre, Digital Marketing For Real Estate and the Trades
Comments 3
Hello All,Our blog is up and we are here to help digital marketing for the trade industry.  More to come.  Stay tuned.Thanks
By Nate Phillips
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          False Advertising in the Real Estate market can be extremely hurtful and misleading for all parties that we work with. We as Agents, need to make sure that we are being as transparent as possible when working with our clients. Setting expectations low and over delivering on them is good way to make sure your client has a wonderful experiance with you.           As Real Estate Agents we are fortunate to be in the U.S. W have several laws and rules in place making sure that we stay in line. This is important because outside of the U.S false advertising is a very real and serious problem that they face. Without these guidlines it would make it hard to gain your clients trust as they might not believe the information that you are giving them is true and accurate.          It is in...
By Nicole Golino, Real Estate Agent in Litchfield County
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So, first off lets start out with the basics. What is a down payment? A down payment is the percentage of money you put towards the purchase of a home which is not the amount you are not financing through a mortgage.  Most people, especially first time home-buyers think you have to put at least 20% down but that is false. Some home loans will allow you to put down as little as 3% while certain loans don't require any down payments! Why do Lenders Require a Down Payment?Most lenders will require some type of down payment. The down payment helps reduce the risk to the lender. The larger the down payment the lower the monthly payment.  Lenders also see when a home buyer puts a larger down payment on a house it typically will mean they are less likely to default the loan.  Do You have to pu...
WOW... I'm so excited to become a Realtor! This is part of my 120-hour Sales Agent Pre-Licensing! I have always understood the value of and have used realtors but did not understand what it took to become a realtor that someone knows, likes, and trusts :-) During my studies, it has been made clear that the training is intense! It's not hard per se, but evidence of everything involved in becoming the best sales agent a person could become is very eye-opening. I've learned that honesty, integrity, and competency are the most valuable asset you could possess when becoming involved in real estate. I was also shocked at how many realtors end up losing their license for either:  Not disclosing criminal activity Committing criminal activity  While everyone should be given a chance to rectify, ...
Don’t miss out on this elegant abode that is up for sale in Rochester, MI. The search is over for the home of your dreams with this craftsman-style and custom-built home. Live in a home with timeless elegance set in a perfect location in Cumberland Pines with a walking distance to downtown Rochester.  Impressive craftsman-style gables and exposed rafters accentuate the earthy elements of this humble home. Featuring 4 bedrooms, 4.1 bathrooms, and 3834 square feet of living space, including a lower-level basement.  Custom-built in 2009, every detail and corner of this home is skillfully decorated. Take special note of its innovative open floor plan with beautiful Brazilian cherry hardwood floors that extends all throughout the main level.  As you step into the foyer, you are greeted by a ...
By Lisa Davies
Comments 4
I hired Real Qualified to make recruiting calls to agents.  First the results were, well, nonexistent.  I have never seen such poor results even when I had just started making calls with no scripts.  Second, I noticed that they were not making recruiting calls but calling agents asking if they want to buy or sell.  I tried reaching out to my account rep that ignored me, then the owner that would text me back statements that clearly showed that he did not bother to investigate anything.  No one would pick up the phone and talk to me.  Ironic for a company that states they believe in the human connection.   I believe this company borderlines on scam.  Would recommend any agent to run from this company.      
By Jeff McLaughlin, Listing Agent, Buyer's Agent, eMarketing Manager
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I've just rejoined Active Rain again after a decade long hiatus away from my beloved residential real estate career, previously with Alain Pinel Realtors in Los Gatos Ca. Very long, grueling story short, I am thrilled to be back in business in my beloved real estate profession after having survived a near fatal three story descent which left me a wheelchair bound paraplegic. I’m always happy to share “my story” in detail with anyone who may find something useful in learning from my experiences either in their life or in the lives of others they know and love who would benefit in some small or big way. Helping others has become my life’s mission now as a survivor, so please don’t hesitate to ask me anything and we can have a mutually beneficial private conversation which I always derive ...
By Elliott Harris, We Buy DFW Real Estate
(Progressive Real Estate Solutions)
Comments 5
A lease option on a home can work out beautifully for you as the buyer but only if you walk into the agreement with your eyes open. I want everyone to succeed in their American dream of homeownership. Here are three questions to ask yourself before you decide that renting to own, sometimes referred to as "lease-purchase" is for you.Read the Contract: I recommend that you have an attorney read through the rent to own contract with you. A real estate attorney will go through it line by line with the seller and explain it to you because knowing what you’re agreeing to is essential to a successful outcome.Renting to own is an awesome way for those with home ownership goals to succeed - it’s why we do what we do - but the bottom line is that, like with anything else, you need to educate your...
Ten-fifteen years ago, dating on the Internet for the purpose of building a serious relationship was something rare and for many people it was strange. Some people even argued that online dating is not serious, and Internet couples have absolutely no future. It turned out to be exactly the opposite.Today more than 17% of marriages in the world start with online dating. And every third person used the Internet for dating at least once. Over time, these numbers only increase. And this is not surprising, because communication on the Internet is convenient, safe and gives maximum freedom.Despite the statistics, many people still believe that they have no chance of finding a partner online. This, of course, is an extremely erroneous opinion. And here are some more statistics that speak for t...
I have bought and sold rural homes around Flagstaff, Sedona, Cottonwood for nearly 8 years now and it's getting more difficult to find a good value up north.  Demand is as high there as anywhere in the state, escpecially now that the Pandemic of one year ago has changed the work scene.  We all know employers are allowing more and more "work remote", and it's driving up the demand for rural and smaller-town properties.  I don't see any end in sight for the rise in value at this point.  I've had both listings and buyers successfully buy and sell however it's clearly a seller's market and inventory priced under $300 per square foot keeps getting hard to find.  Paulden, Parks, Cottonwood, Cornville, Chino Valley, Williams, Doney Park, Flagstaff Sedona and Prescott, there are no exceptions t...
By Loren Rea
(Truman & Co. Real Estate Services)
Comments 5
There is no time like spring time in the Keys. The islands come alive with flora and fauna and the waters surrounding our islands are teeming with great fishing opportunities.  May is always an attractive month for anglers to come try their skills fighting the 'silver king' - - the tarpon. My move to Key West in August 1996 was mainly to go fishing. I moved here from southern Connecticut and my first trip to the Keys was in the early 90s. I had never seen clear water before and fell in love with the charm of the island and friendly people. My first job was at the Key West Citizen, the only daily newspaper in the Keys. I am a graphic artist by trade so I got a job, rented my place in Connecticut and moved down to Key West. I never looked back. There is plenty to be thankful for here in p...
By 420 Property, Search Cannabis Real Estate & Business Listings
(420Property.com)
Comments 0
The cannabis business is booming, and real estate experts are now being faced with the challenges of fulfilling the specific property needs of cannabis and hemp clients. The laws governing cannabis vary greatly state by state, and each local municipality usually has their own zoning ordinance that further restricts where cannabis businesses can be located—which makes locating cannabis-complainant properties a difficult task.   However, 420Property.com is easing the pain of locating cannabis and hemp properties by serving as an online canna Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for these specific properties. Users can easily search or list cannabis real estate listings, and cannabis businesses for sale at 420Property.com   The cannabis and hemp industries are headed for colossal growth and fie...
By Asset Management and Loans,
(Langford & Wang)
Comments 0
Langford & Wang provides wealth management, corporate finance, loans and investment services as may be required. Aside from our on-going floating loan scheme for suitably qualified persons, our investors has mandated that we commence the Covid19 Economic Disaster Loans offer assistance for individuals and the Loans for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19.Langford & Wang is committed to providing these loan assistance to the hardest-hit businesses, nonprofits, and individuals struggling to recover from the impact of the pandemic and other variables due to significant revenue losses.Feel free to contact us for additional information.Asset Management and Loans,Langford & Wang.contactus@lankfordandwang.com
By Victoria Manayan
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Hello Fellow Active Rainers! Today I, Victoria Manayan, am making my first Blog Post here as an assignment in my curriculum for licensing in Utah as a Real Estate Agent. While working through the Ethics material in the course I found that there are MANY ethics problems with Agents that have resulted in disciplinary action. These disciplinary actions taken against the Agents will absolutely affect their ability to do business and earn money. Isn't making money to be a self sufficient citizen and contribute to society, why they chose to be an Agent to begin with?  This leads me to a very important and self- searching question: Why after going through the trouble to take time to be educated in this profession, not to mention the expense, only to sabotage their own efforts by taking risky a...
By Edward Kingsnorth, 3D Solutions for the Luxury Real Estate Market
Comments 7
You may be sick of hearing all the time that “you have stand out from your competitors,” but it’s true, especially when selling high end real estate. Obviously this is easier said than done, but there are several ways of enhancing your real estate marketing strategy in order to achieve this, with offering photorealistic renderings being one of them. 3D architectural renderings are pretty standard in the real-estate market these days, but many people fail to see the importance of achieving top quality when offering these renderings. For those of new to 3d world, architectural 3D rendering is a tool that is used primarily to market unbuilt properties and help architects show their clients what unbuilt property will look like once construction has finished. Obviously there are cases where ...