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

Abstract:In the biblical book of Genesis the story of the Tower of Babel discusses a time when the people of Earth following the flood of Noah were unified in speech and sought to build a giant tower reaching to the heavens. God intervened and confused the languages of the people causing disunity and resulting in the great tower to remain unfinished. In modern times, many archeologists have been reluctant to attribute historical basis to the story, instead suggesting it was invented as a teaching myth. However recent discoveries in Babylon bring support that the story had a basis in fact.Interested in facts about Archeology? Check out our History of the World Facts Section!Description:Towers and LanguagesChapter 11 of the book of Genesis describes the world following the Flood of Noah w...
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By David Goldberg, Mortgage Lender in all 50 states
(United Trust Bank)
What are the top questions to ask a lender before you choose your mortgage advisor?Watch this quick video to see how to pick the right lender: sure you are picking the right lender to work for, and remember, trust your gut! If the person you are dealing with doesn't make you feel right, move on! There are plenty of lenders to choose from.
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By Karl R Schulz
(Innovative Mortgage Services Inc. #250769)
We just had a spot open on the first page of Google! That was the opening pitch the last SEO sale rep told me! He was able to say that with what sounded like a straight face. If I had $2 (with todays inflation it's now recommended to use $2) for all the SEO sales calls I've received since SEO became a thing, well I could pay a real SEO guru to optimize my web site. If it was only that easy to rank as a Mortgage Lender in Florida, by having them swap out first page rankings.What are some of the best or let's say the worst SEO call's you have gotten? 
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By Kimberley Rosenstein
Surprise home in Orchards Parcel is a beautiful home on a corner lot with all new appliances, a new water heater, and a new pool pump for your private pool located within walking distance to Spring Training Facility. This gorgeous 2 story home is perfect for entertaining with an open chef's kitchen complete with cherry cabinets and granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a gas stove. The open kitchen flows into a spacious family room and sliding glass doors to your private pool and covered outdoor patio. Easy entertaining. Formal dining with new lighting (new lighting throughout the home) creates a perfect family home. New shaw carpets compliment the wood flooring and tile. 3 car garage houses all your toys (one is even extended and oversized with separate direct entry). Ne...
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By Virtuance Real Estate Marketing, Nationwide photography/3D tour provider
Real estate agents in Salt Lake City, Utah and Atlanta, Georgia (and let's be honest, agents across the country) are up against some tough competition. To be successful in the real estate industry, you need a strong social media presence and great marketing skills. When you start to increase your social media presence by encouraging engagement on your posts, you will generate more traffic and leads to your real estate website. If you’re looking to boost your social media engagement, take a look at the contest and giveaway ideas listed below. At the bottom of this article, we listed a number of different prizes you can use for your social media contests. We've put together 4 social media contest ideas for real estate agents to generate leads.  Ask your audience to comment with a personal...
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By Kimberly Banks Fawcett
(Inspired Capital Group, LLC)
We are looking for an REO agent in the Belleville, IL area who is up for a challenge! ;)  This property will need some work, has troublesome neighbors, and could be a large project. We aren't sure at this point if it's worth a renovation, or tearing down and building new. That's where you come in. Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in! 
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By Charles Bezak Just testing out this service. Looking to really build out our SEO and other keywords for marketing purposes soon.  Please like and follow us.
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By Brian Gebo
(Century 21 Dawn's Gold Realty)
FOR SALE:12 Unit Multifamily Off Market PropertyYonkers, NYAsking Price: $2 MillionFor more information/financials please contact me by phone at (914) 704-5156 or by email at Brg915@gmail.comAll potential buyers must sign an NCND prior to receiving additional info/financials.
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Real estate is one of the oldest and most stable investments that you can make. If you are looking for a way to build wealth, invest in real estate. Here are 5 reasons why investing in property could be the best decision you ever make!1. Investment property offers security and steady cash flowBy investing in real estate, you can begin to generate income as soon as the first tenant moves in. You do not need to wait years for your investment to grow like it does with other types of investments. With investment properties, you are able to collect rent on a monthly basis. If you have multiple units, the income can be very lucrative!2. Real estate investments have tax advantagesIf you invest in property, even if your investment is rental property, then there are some big tax benefits that co...
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By Craig Beebe, I understand business owners because I am one
(NextHome Tomorrow Realty)
Lewes Delaware is a historic town located at the mouth of the Delaware bay and the Atlantic ocean. The historic district has homes dating back to the late 1600's.  At the corner of 2nd and Mulberry St you will find the Ryves Holt House.  It is the oldest home in Lewes Delaware, originally dated to 1665. The oldest home in its' original location is the Thomas Maull house located on Pilot Town Rd. Lewes Delaware has a walkable downtown with beaches, shopping, and dining. You won't find National hotels downtown, here are local options.Read more...
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My name is Ray.I constantly bring distressed properties in Duval county (jacksonville area) FL to my cash buyers, if you are looking for a fix and flip please email me:My email: Ray@landproUSA.comThanks
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When customers are in the market looking for a home, weather it’s their first home or their fifth, they want to be able to work with an agent they can 1000% trust. Real estate agents are going to be in possession of a lot of personal information from their clients, as well as large amounts of money from the clients. There have been many cases where agents come in possession of large sums of money from the clients, and feel as if they can take or “borrow” small amount without anyone noticing. The moment any kind of money received from the clients goes into anything else than was agreed on, those funds become commingling funds. Commingling funds puts  you at RISK of ,not only, losing your real estate license but as well as losing a lot of business. In the case an agent is convicted of com...
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By Melissa Steele, Your Camden County NJ Agent
(Better Real Estate)
Skip the fees and sell your home 2.5x faster*List your home for free, attract higher offers, and close the deal up to 3 weeks faster than average with Better Real Estate. So what if I told you that I could list your home right now without charging you a listing fee? Would you believe me? Would you believe that I would make your home stand out with professional, hi- resolution photography, that will also cost you nothing? You're probably wondering what agent would do all that without demanding a percentage of your profits?It's become the norm for an agent to walk in and convince you why they are worth the 3% commission to list your property, so hearing that there's another way is kind of hard to believe, isn't it? Think about listing your property and saving as much as $15k more on a $50...
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By Ayana Williams, Your Families NEXT REALTOR
Run your own Race: 5 areas of focus for a new real estate agent "Run your own Race" were the words of a veteran agent to me as I embarked upon the excitement of becoming a new rock start agent.  Her words have been engrafted in my head as I attend trainings and hear the successes of newer agents obtaining listings and closing real estate transactions within a couple months of their real estate journey.With a flood of new information, required training, and daily commitments outside of real estate, it's easy to become overwhelmed with all the newness of the role. I have identified 5 transition behaviors  to assist us as we navigate our new business venture.1. Be true to you-Easy right? if you are anything like me, I strolled Pinterest, Facebook, and googled, "real estate poses" before sc...
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By Linda Peltz, It's The Sold That Counts
(eXp Realty)
There are a lot of choices you've got to choose from a new home. From location, cost or several factors that may affect the unit value. You’ll be forced to understand many things that you haven't heard before. One among the foremost ones: what type of home do you wish for? Which one will I prefer in Townhouse vs Condo ? If you’re not into a single-family home, you may consider the option of Townhouse vs Condo. Both options have similar square measure and quite a few variations. Deciding which suits your real estate needs may need a further analysis and understanding the pros and cons of each of the unit. Here’s to kickstart our knowledge about Townhouse vs Condo, especially Townhouse Fresno for your ideal home;Basic of CondoA condominium is designed pretty similarly to a flat or an apar...
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By Shawn Hunter
This is my first blog post so bear with me. I am going thru the steps to become a real estate professional and wanted to share some experiences I have had with other real estate professionals who have shown my houses in the past few years. First, you should know that most people have cameras in their house and people are watching and listening when you are showing their home. A few comments were made that were way off topic to persuade the buyers into a different direction, maybe to persuade them towards a more expensive home? Not sure what the agenda was but at times it felt like a huge waste of time given that one of the homes we lived in was our primary home. We have children so please imagine the torture it was to put the kids in the car to ensure the messes didn't continue to grow ...
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By George Landi, Real Estate Agent And Investor
First, we’re so sorry for your loss. This can be a very challenging time for many reasons, and dealing with property ownership is tough at the best of times.You’re thinking, “I inherited a house, what to do with this house?” Should I rent it? Should I sell it?  How should I sell it?Tons of options open for you, but…… we can help.We’re seasoned investors in New Jersey real estate, and we’re looking to buy several houses each month in the New Jersey NJ area. Every month we get calls from those who have inherited a house and are looking to sell the house… so the info below are some tips to help you navigate the process.I Inherited A House, What To Do Next?Here’s a few important considerations to help you make the right decision:1) Make sure the mortgage is paid.This may sound obvious, but ...
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By Jay Cannone
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Welcome to Jay’s blog about the Trumbull real estate market and area lifestyle. Check back often for informative blog posts on the area, its unique lifestyle and complex real estate market. All from a real estate professional who is passionate about the area.
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By Jazmin Chang
As I am setting here studying and reading the many was to lose your license and also read many disciplinary cases. Even though they are all very important and we should all work hard to have an awesome long career. One of the ones that really stick out to me is Misrepresentation. I believe its very important that from day one your clients are receiving 100% of the correct information. The first impression you make is the important one. If they know they can trust you then, than they can trust that you will take care of them every step of the way. 
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By Mercedes Hodge
Dishonesty is a pretty quick way to lose your license because of the resulting consequences. Many of the other ways to lose your license fall under dishonesty. For example, false affiliation is a result of dishonesty. You must always be associated with a broker. If you lie and tell a client that you are associated with a broker when you aren't, you can get in trouble.Dishonesty also can ruin your reputation. There is a lot of networking that goes into the real estate business. If you are dishonest and practicing poorly, that reputation will follow you. Clients will not recommend you to their friends once it's time for them to find a house because you weren't honest with them. It truly has the potential to ruin your business.
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