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 OXBOW Designs
Welcome to Oxbow Creations, your go-to destination for a wealth of knowledge spanning various subjects such as web design, law, property management, mortgage brokers, and real estate agents. Dive into our world of insightful blog posts and comprehensive case studies meticulously crafted by our team of seasoned writers, each with extensive experience in their respective fields. We take pride in delivering accurate, reliable, and up-to-date content, making Oxbow Creations a valuable resource for professionals and curious individuals alike. Our commitment to staying on the pulse of industry trends ensures that you're always in the know. Explore our website at and empower yourself with the latest information. We appreciate your visit and look forward to sharing our kn...
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Welcome to Real Estate Lawyer Ottawa, your trusted partner for property matters. Our experienced team specializes in real estate law, handling transactions, disputes, and more. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a commercial property owner, we provide personalized, top-notch legal services. From transparent communication to community involvement, we're committed to your satisfaction. Contact us for a consultation and navigate the Ottawa property market with confidence. Visit Us:
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By Osgoode Properties
Osgoode Properties, currently in its second generation of family ownership and operation, was established in 1982 and derives its name from a street in Ottawa's Sandy Hill neighborhood. As one of eastern Canada's largest residential rental apartment owners, we pride ourselves on offering residents the best of both worlds. Combining the efficiency of a large, established company with the warmth and personal touch of a local, family-run operation, our journey began with Ottawa's Parkway Towers. Now, our portfolio includes over 6000 homes in 23 quality residential communities spanning Ottawa, Gatineau, Kingston, Edmonton, and Calgary, as well as 3500 rental units in Florida and Georgia. Visit Us: 
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By Rob Richardson, Mortgage Loan Officer
Hello everyone! I am Rob Richardson, a loan officer with UMortgage out of Cincinnati licensed in OH, KY, and IN. I look forward to making new connections this year and offing any help and answering any mortgage related questions you may have.
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By Alexander Plam, Realtor®, OC Mobile Home
(Seven Gables Real Estate)
Orange County, known for its picturesque beaches and vibrant lifestyle, is also notorious for its high real estate prices. In 2023, the average price for a detached home in the area soared, making the dream of owning a home increasingly out of reach for many. However, there's a savvy alternative that is gaining popularity: buying a mobile home. This option offers a blend of affordability, lifestyle, and convenience, making it an attractive choice for many potential homeowners.Affordability: A Key AdvantageThe most compelling advantage of opting for a mobile home in Orange County is affordability. While the average detached home in the area commands a premium price, mobile homes offer a much more budget-friendly option. Even when considering the cost of a mobile home loan and the monthly...
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By Francisco Romo, Certified Professional Home Inspector, Mold, Sewer
(Strong Tower Home Inspections)
Mold testing is important for several reasons: 1. Identify the presence of mold: Mold testing can confirm the presence of mold in a particular area. This is important because mold can often grow in hidden or hard-to-reach places, making it difficult to detect with the naked eye. 2. Determine the type of mold: There are many different types of mold, and some can be more harmful than others. Mold testing can help identify the specific type of mold present, which can help determine the potential health risks and the best course of action for removal. 3. Assess the extent of the mold problem: Mold testing can also help determine the extent of the mold growth. This can help in developing an effective remediation plan and determining the scope of the problem. 4. Identify the source of the mol...
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By Ken & Ari Walker - Husband & Wife Team, Your Direct Private Money Source
(Pacific Direct Mortgage)
In 2024, homebuyers can expect lower mortgage rates, higher home prices and a lot more competition. After nervously watching mortgage rates get two-decade highs and inventory plunge in 2023, many hopeful homebuyers are eager to get off the sidelines and into a home.While 2023 was a better year for real estate in many respects, many buyers still struggled with affordability. If you are planning to buy a house in 2024, here is what you can expect, according to some experts: Fannie Mae sees home prices rising 2.8% year over year by the end of 2024. The Mortgage Bankers Association believes prices could rise as much as 4.1% next year. The National Association of Realtors has more conservative expectations and predicts existing-home prices will inch up just 0.7% over next year. p...
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By Carly Edwards, Rentals in Washington D.C.
(WDC Rental Services)
Washington D.C. boasts not only historical significance but also a vibrant real estate market that reflects the city's rich diversity and evolving landscape. Understanding the intricacies of this market requires a closer look at its trends, challenges, and opportunities.Market Overview: The D.C. real estate market has shown resilience over the years, with a consistent demand for housing due to factors like a strong job market, government-related employment opportunities, and a steady influx of new residents. The region's diverse neighborhoods cater to various preferences, from bustling urban environments to serene suburban settings, accommodating a wide range of lifestyles.Market Trends: In recent years, the market has witnessed a balancing act between supply and demand. Limited housing...
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By Tommy Crivello, We specialize in South West Ranches
(Tommy Crivello Real Estate Group)
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By Geoffrey Rickaby, Integrity in Real Estate
(First Weber, Inc.)
A fundamental question that arises frequently when navigating the real estate market is: Is buying land a better investment than buying a house? In addition to being theoretical, this question is crucial for investors and buyers in real estate markets. We explore the factors that affect the value of homes and land in this in-depth analysis, which aims to provide you with the knowledge you need to make wise real estate investments.Unpacking the Value of Land:Land's value is essentially based on how scarce it is. Because land is a finite resource, unlike homes, which can be expanded, renovated, or built, its value appreciates steadily over time. The potential for development, zoning regulations, and location all have a significant influence on value. A piece of land in a developing city, ...
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By Helling Homebuyers, Cash Homebuyer in Omaha, NE
(Helling Homebuyers)
At OMA Homebuyers, we understand that selling your home can be a significant decision. We're here to offer you a straightforward, efficient, and beneficial solution for selling your Omaha property. Here's why selling to us could be the best choice for you:Fast and Hassle-Free Process Quick Closing: One of our top advantages is the speed of our transactions. We can close the deal in as little as a week, compared to the months it might take in a traditional sale. No Waiting for Buyers: You don't have to wait for a buyer. We're ready to purchase your property immediately. Sell As-Is No Repairs Needed: We buy properties in any condition. This means you don't need to spend time or money on repairs or renovations. Whatever the state of your Omaha property, we’re interested.No Commissions or H...
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By Aaron McColl, Offer home inspections in Niagara Hamilton regions
(True Inspection)
Aluminum wiring, once prevalent in Canadian homes for its affordability, faced scrutiny due to potential safety hazards. However, with proper safety measures and appropriate connectors, complete wiring replacement is not always be necessary. In fact the wire that connects your home to the electrical grid is most likely aluminum even on a new home! Understanding Aluminum Wiring:In Canada, the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) provided by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) governs electrical installations, offering guidelines for aluminum wiring. In Ontario the ESA  regulates and promotes electrical safety in Ontario. Aluminum wire is different from copper in conductivity and expansion, understanding the properties of aluminum wiring and using compatible connectors approved by the CEC ...
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While completing my 120 hours of education to be licensed in real estate, I am diving into the 21 ways to lose your real estate license.  One of our activities was to look up disciplinary actions taken on real estate agents or brokers.  The majority of the links I clicked on were agents being accused of false advertisement. Not being fully educated on the topic, it seems rather odd to me that so many agents and/or brokers would have an issue with advertising false information.  So I’ve done some research outside of my classes.  It is my opinion that the majority of these agents being accused of advertising listings with false information did not intentionally mislead people.  Now maybe that is my naïveté, but not keeping proper records and being properly organized could lead to mixing u...
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By Morgan Gutierrez, Nationwide Investment Company
(American Freedom Buyers LLC)
Merry Christmas everyone! I just joined Active Rain. I know this is a blog forum type thing. Could someone give me some insight on how best to use this platform?
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By Tyler Demando, Real Estate Broker in Dallas-Fort Worth
(OnDemand Realty)
Option Periods Here In Texas The option period included in the Texas "One to Four Family Residential Contract (Resale)" is a valuable safeguard for buyers within real estate agreements. This provision is straightforward and convenient, granting buyers the opportunity to cancel the contract without incurring substantial financial consequences. To understand its purpose and significance, it is important to recognize why utilizing this provision is necessary when presenting an offer on a property.   SECTION 23 – TERMINATION OPTION 23. TERMINATION OPTION: For nominal consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged by Seller, and Buyer’s agreement to pay Seller $______ (Option Fee) within 3 days after the effective date of this contract, Seller grants Buyer the unrestricted right ...
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By Chris Chiarenza, Sell your home to DealHouse and skip the headaches
Selling your home can be a significant financial decision, and finding the right buyer is crucial. While there are various ways to sell a property, working with reputable cash home buyers offers certain advantages, such as a faster sale and avoiding the hassle of dealing with traditional real estate agents and potential financing complications. However, it's essential to ensure you're dealing with trustworthy individuals or companies to avoid potential scams or unfavorable deals. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the steps you can take to find reputable cash home buyers in your area.Table of Contents Understand the Benefits of Cash Home Buyers Research the Local Real Estate Market Seek Recommendations Check Online Directories and Reviews Verify Licensing and Credentials Inter...
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By Norman Szobotka, Real Estate Agent & Team Lead @ Bachelor's Realty
(Norman Szobotka)
There is a lot of talk in the news about real estate agent commissions. They LOVE what they do and they do it because they LOVE helping people but there is almost always a huge misconception on what they do and how they get paid. It's not a secret so here ya go...😊The average FULL-TIME REALTOR’s earnings last year was $31,900 @ 40+ hours a week. (Notice I wrote full-time 40+ hours not 0-20 hours a week) which is well below the living wage. As a REALTOR they do not get paid an hourly wage or salary and they only get paid if they sell a home and it closes. They can only get paid by broker to broker. As an agent, you could work with someone days, weeks, months, or years with no guarantee of a sale ever.Essentially they wake up each day unemployed going on Job Interviews and they deal with ...
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By Connor Kobilarcsik, Think of me when you think of Real Estate
(Russell Real Estate Services)
What makes Cleveland so great? Why do "Clevelanders" choose to not only stay in the city and never move - but always come back for more? As a lifelong "Clevelander" and real estate agent who knows the city like the back of his hand - I can attest to the greatness of Cleveland and know that it is truly our "little known secret."Cleveland not only has some of the most affordable homes in the country - but it's forward thinking, sports fanatic residents know that it a treasure that the rest of the country ignores. Cleveland is full of culture and grit that you just won't find in most midwest cities...It's what continues to bring residents back after their time living in the bigger cities of America.  
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By Jason Lapene
(Jason Lapene Real Estate)
Welcome to the epitome of luxurious city living: Sovereign Condos in Buckhead, Atlanta's premier residential hotspot. Unveiling a lifestyle enhanced by top-tier amenities, Sovereign Condos is an architectural icon that redefines high-end living in Buckhead.Sovereign Condos' majestic structure is a standout in Buckhead's skyline. The glossy, high-rise building, crafted with modern aesthetics, offers homes that are nothing short of works of art. Every condo features floor-to-ceiling windows that invite natural light and offer panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline. These residences are meticulously designed with a keen eye for detail, boasting contemporary finishes and state-of-the-art appliances.Sovereign Condos fosters a community that is as exclusive as it is vibrant. The shared amenit...
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By LeAnne Carswell, Real estate broker in charge of large team
(Expert Real Estate Team)
Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Greer, South Carolina, golf course homes offer a unique blend of luxury living and scenic beauty. Imagine waking up to the lush green fairways, enjoying breathtaking views, and having easy access to world-class golf facilities right outside your doorstep. In this blog, we will explore the charm and allure of Greer's golf course homes, highlighting the features that make them the epitome of upscale living.Click here to see available homes:  Greer, SC Golf Course homes Prime Location: Greer, SC is renowned for its ideal location, providing a serene and peaceful atmosphere while being conveniently close to urban amenities. Golf course homes in Greer are strategically positioned, offering residents the best of both worlds – tranquility and accessibili...
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