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 Ainsley Gower, Victoria BC Realtor
(Ainsley Gower Real Estate)
Since October 2023, new regulations have been introduced but will only be implemented starting May 2024. These regulations represent a pivotal change in both the real estate market and the tourism industry due to the prohibition of short-term rentals. This strategic move is primarily focused on enhancing housing stability but brings significant consequences for the thriving tourism industry in Victoria, BC, a city celebrated for its stunning landscapes and dynamic cultural scene.The Rationale Behind the Short-Term Rental ProhibitionThe initiative to limit short-term rentals in British Columbia stems from increasing concerns about the affordability and accessibility of housing. In locales such as Victoria, where the housing market is notably constrained, the intention is to repurpose pro...
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By Jose Segarra, When Experience Matters, Hire Real Estate Veteran
(Homevets Realty LLC)
Embarking on unexpected journeys is a hallmark of life, and my recent venture from the world of real estate into the realm of politics, and back again, has been nothing short of enlightening. In this blog post, I want to share the valuable lessons I've learned along the way. From Property Listings to Political CampaignsThe transition from real estate to politics was not a leap I had initially planned. However, the experience proved to be a unique chapter in my professional life. Here are some insights gained during this unexpected detour: Lesson 1: Embrace the UnpredictabilityThe real estate market, like politics, is inherently unpredictable. Economic shifts, policy changes, and community sentiments all play a role in shaping both landscapes. Embrace the uncertainty, and rather than fea...
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By Pete Pelletier, Hi my name is Pete and i love the mountains
I really dislike when people add on the square footage of the basement to the overall square footage of the home. Lots of people do not understand that this not in the equation
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By Nicole Spellman Group
(Nicole Spellman Group)
Welcome to a comprehensive exploration of Louisiana's most captivating places to call home! Nestled within the heart of the American South, Louisiana is renowned for its rich cultural tapestry, vibrant communities, and diverse landscapes. Whether you're drawn to the rhythmic beats of New Orleans or the tranquil charm of its smaller towns, this article serves as your guide to discovering the best places to live in the Pelican State. Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the hidden gems and desirable neighborhoods that make Louisiana a unique and inviting destination for residents from all walks of life. For a more in-depth look, read the full article on our website:
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By Jess Dunbar, Property and Content Management Professional
(Concrete CMS)
Ready to put your industry smarts to the test? Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, it's always a good time for a little fun and reflection on the wild world of real estate. What's the most unusual feature you've ever encountered in a listing? A built-in aquarium that spans the entire living room wall A secret room hidden behind a bookshelf An indoor slide from the main floor to the basement Your own addition (because we know you've seen some things!) In the game of real estate, which superhero power would you choose to have? Teleportation, so you can zip between showings in a blink Mind reading, to understand exactly what buyers and sellers are thinking Time travel, to scoop up the best properties before they hit the market Invisibility, to check out competitors' open ho...
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By Linda Rike, Just Add Water To Your Lifestyle
(Linda Rike Real Estate)
Today, on National Compliment Day, we want to help you find the perfect home that perfectly compliments your lifestyle. At Linda Rike Real Estate, we understand the importance of finding a home that not only meets your needs but also complements your personality and style.
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By Philip Bennett, Mortgage Brokerage
(Bennett Capital Partners Mortgage)
The Best Miami Warrantable Condos: A Condo Financing GuideWelcome to the vibrant world of Miami real estate, where sun-kissed beaches merge with urban charm. If you're drawn to the allure of condominium living, understanding warrantable condos is key in this bustling market.These gems are favored by lenders like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, making them a smart investment for savvy buyers—the promise of lower down payments and competitive mortgage rates await.Nestled on Brickell Avenue, Bennett Capital Partners stand as seasoned stewards in mortgage brokerage. They bring a wealth of experience to the table—navigating complex financial waters to anchor your dream property at terms tailored just for you.With Miami's condo scene flourishing from Sunny Isles Beach to Coconut Grove, let's dive...
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By Nicola Rollins, Real estate agent serving Westville Center
(new york agency)
Lately, there is nothing fresher and more unambiguous than the classic stylistic school. Gingham, or grandmother's tablecloth, is back in the new season as one of the leading trends. Kitsch, after decades of oblivion, is returning to modernisation. And what about wood panels from Element Decor, what place do they occupy in interior design today? This traditional element of classic style is once again at the top of the most stylish design ideas, provided that it is integrated into the space with due elegance.The modern interpretation of wooden panels in the interior is not devoid of traditional elegance.The perfect backdropWooden panels are the perfect backdrop for art or creating the atmosphere of a seaside house. Moreover, this wall covering material is easy to maintain. The wooden bas...
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By Michele Kiely Richards
(Christie's International Real Estate )
If you're trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home this year, here's a powerful insight that could give you the clarity and confidence you need to make your decision.Every three years, the Federal Reserve releases the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), which compares net worth for homeowners and renters. The latest report shows the average homeowner’s net worth is almost 40X greater than a renter’s (see graph below): One reason a wealth gap exists between renters and homeowners is because when you’re a homeowner, your equity grows as your home appreciates in value and you make your mortgage payment each month. When you own a home, your monthly mortgage payment acts like a form of forced savings, which eventually pays off when you decide to sell. As a renter, you’ll never see a fin...
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By John Turner-McClelland, Real estate agent serving Greensboro
(Allen Tate Realtors)
Looking for a great dining option in Greensboro NC for Valentine’s Day? We’ve curated a list of restaurants that could be the next choice for your and your loved one on February 14th. The list is below, along with this interactive map to help you locate them.Fleming’s Prime SteakhouseB. Christopher’sRuth’s Chris Steak HouseThe MarisolGreen Valley GrillDiValletta RestaurantUndercurrent RestaurantPrint Works BistroMJ’s Restaurant and CateringOsteria
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By Rylee Carter
Right now we are learning about the 21 ways to lose your real estate license. The one that interests me the most is dual representation. It is important to let your clients know if you are representing both sides. The key issue with dual representation is conflict of interest. It is allowed, as long as you get written consent from both parties. 
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By Corofy Real Estate School, Pre-Licensing Course - Exam Prep - Continuing Ed
(Corofy Real Estate School)
Get your New York real estate license with Corofy’s online NY 77-Hour Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course. Complete the course at your own pace, anywhere, on any device. *2024 Updated Curriculum*What You’ll LearnCorofy’s New York online real estate course is approved by the Department of State and follows New York State’s required curriculum. In this course, you’ll learn:The Basics Of The New York Real Estate Industry. How To Ace The New York State Real Estate Exam. How You’ll Make A Difference As A Real Estate Agent. Requirements To Get Your New York Real Estate LicenseTo get your New York State real estate license, you’ll need to meet the following requirements: Be At Least 18 Years Old. Have A Current NYS Photo Driver’s License Or Non-Driver ID Card. Have No Prior Felony Or Sex Offense ...
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By Sangeeta Bhunia, I am Mobile Notary Loan Signing Agent in Baltimore
A notary loan signing is a valuable service provided by notaries public to facilitate the closing of real estate transactions. When a property is sold, there are many legal documents that must be signed and notarized as part of the process. The notary's role is to verify the identity of the person signing the documents and witness their signature.When it comes to my passage into the world of notary signing, it all began with a passion for interacting with people and a drive to provide valuable assistance to individuals in need. As I delved deeper into the field, I realized that obtaining a Notary Commission and a Title Insurance Producer License would be essential steps towards achieving my goals.Customer service has always been a big part of my career journey. I like to help others and...
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By John McLain, Team McLain brokered by eXp Realty
(eXp Realty)
Hunterdon County NJ Real Estate Market Update 2024 Its January.  It is also now 2024.   As the snow falls, the strength of the Hunterdon County Real Estate Market is in full swing.There are fluctuations and several storylines that must be thoroughly reviewed.In this January 2024 edition, we will explore the Hunterdon County NJ Real Estate Market trends and predictions.  Join us on this journey through the latest statistics.  The Active Listing Count in the Hunterdon County NJ Real Estate Market currently sits at 228, down from 270.  This goes with the national trend line and is the norm for the time of year.  You will generally see lower inventory until late February.Many sellers will look to the Spring and Summer to sell.  In the winter months, you will find more serious buyers in the ...
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By Francisco Romo, Home Inspections you can trust in South California
(Strong Tower Home Inspections)
Buying a home is an exciting and significant investment. However, it's crucial to conduct a thorough home inspection to ensure that the property is in good condition and meets your expectations. To help you navigate the home inspection process, we've compiled a list of our top 10 tips.Follow us on Social MediaTip #1: Hire a Professional Hire a certified home inspector: They offer a professional, unbiased opinion. Their job isn't to make or break the deal, but to provide an honest evaluation.   Tip #2: Attend the Inspection Being present during the home inspection allows you to ask questions and gain valuable insights into the property's condition. For a successful home inspection, attending is ideal however if it is impossible, you can always Review the inspection report. TIP #3.    Tip...
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By Lisa Fuit
(Student )
What is Dual representation and what happens when consent isn't given? Dual representation or dual agency is when the same real estate agent is representing both parties (buyer and the seller).  An agent would need to get written consent first to be able to represent both buyer and seller. If one or the other doesn't provide consent, then they have the right to opt out of the deal.  Representing them without written consent is a breach of the agent's fiduciary rules and can cause an agent to lose their real estate license or have it revoked. It also affects the broker in a poor manner and will cause everyone to lose the deal or transaction. There is a financial incentive for a dual agent to be over the entire transaction and receive full commission and that is why caution should be used...
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By Dawn Collins, Mobile Notary serving Philadelphia Pennsylvania
(The Stamp Of Approval LLC)
Bling evening💎. There is currently a snow storm going on now. Were supposed to get 2-4 inches so I'm spending this time doing continuous education so when the roads open I'm more educated than I was before the storm. My weekend I also attended the 2024 Level Up Notary Signing Agent Summit Virtually. I look forward to connecting with everyone. Bling evening💎
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In the intricate dance between aesthetics and functionality, interior designers emerge as the choreographers, transforming spaces into captivating narratives of style and comfort. The realm of interior design goes beyond mere decoration; it is a holistic approach to crafting environments that resonate with the inhabitants' lifestyle, personality, and aspirations. The Essence of Interior DesignAt its core, interior design is about more than selecting colors and furniture. It is a harmonious blend of creativity, technical proficiency, and an intimate understanding of human psychology. Interior designers are akin to storytellers, weaving narratives through textures, colors, and spatial arrangements to create a cohesive and visually appealing tale within the four walls of a space. The Role ...
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By Ali Anwar, Principal at Aarco Contarcting
(Aarco Contracting)
In the face of today's economic challenges, with mounting inflation and escalating energy costs, the importance of improving home energy efficiency is paramount for homeowners. A significant yet often overlooked aspect of this energy-saving equation is the roofing system. This article will explore the extensive benefits of upgrading your roof, an initiative that promises substantial energy savings and enhanced comfort across all seasons.The Role of Roofing in Thermal RegulationThe emphasis on roofing upgrades is critical for energy efficiency throughout the year. While the focus is often on winter for its role in preventing heat loss, the impact of a well-maintained roof during summer is equally significant. In the warmer months, an efficient roofing system helps in reducing heat gain, ...
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By Towanda C. Gayle, Real Estate Professional
(Krystal Womble Elite Realtors)
In the ever-evolving landscape of real estate, the luxury home market stands as a testament to exclusivity and sophistication. As we step into 2024, let’s explore the trends, challenges, and opportunities that define selling luxury homes in this era of opulence.Technological Integration:From virtual reality property tours to AI-driven smart homes, technology continues to reshape the luxury real estate experience. Sellers are leveraging cutting-edge innovations to provide immersive and convenient showcases of their high-end properties.Sustainable Luxury:With a growing emphasis on eco-friendly living, luxury homes are embracing sustainable features. Solar panels, green roofs, and energy-efficient designs are becoming staples in the world of opulent real estate, appealing to environmentall...
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