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 Cabo San Lucas Real Estate, Best Place to Buy Homes in Cabo San Lucas
(Cabo San Lucas Real Estate)
Cabo San Lucas, situated at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, offers an irresistible blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and luxurious living. With its stunning coastline, crystal-clear waters, and a dynamic atmosphere, it's no wonder that Cabo San Lucas has become a sought-after destination for individuals seeking a slice of paradise.Overview of Cabo San Lucas Real Estate MarketThe real estate market in Cabo San Lucas presents a diverse range of properties, from oceanfront estates to modern condominiums, catering to various tastes and lifestyles. Prospective homeowners have the opportunity to invest in breathtaking residences that embody the essence of luxury living or find cozy homes nestled in serene neighborhoods.Types of Homes Available Oceanfront Villas: Ex...
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By Judy Michaelis, Real estate agent serving Westport, CT
(Coldwell Banker)
Westport homeowners: Our October real estate market figures are in: just as they've been all throughout 2023, Westport homes for sale and inventory are down about 30%. The big question everybody is speculating on is which way the Westport market is going: will it soften? It really depends on Westport commuter habits. Are commuters traveling to their New York City offices five days per week, or three? If all remains the same at roughly three days per week, then the market will follow. But if NYC office workers begin commuting to the office five days per week, our market will soften.Sitting down with a top realtor is vital in helping you understand your options. If you'd like to know what's going on in your part of Westport, or you’re looking for any further detailed analysis, feel free t...
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By Sandy Keller, Top Producing Real Estate Agent in Prescott, AZ
(Team Keller Homes - Realty One Group Mtn Desert)
Nestled amidst the pine-covered hills of central Arizona, Prescott offers residents and visitors a unique blend of a mild desert climate with a touch of winter magic. While snowfall might not be as extensive as in colder northern regions, Prescott experiences a delightful winter season that transforms the landscape into a serene and picturesque scene.Typical Snowfall in Prescott:Prescott's winter weather brings a charming dusting of snow, adding a layer of beauty to the already scenic surroundings. The city, situated at an elevation of approximately 5,400 feet, enjoys a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Snowfall in Prescott is usually moderate, creating a winter wonderland without the extreme accumulations often seen in higher elevations.Average Snowfall:On average, Prescott...
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By Tom Hurley, Residential and commercial inspector.
(Double H Inspections)
Hello! I'm Tom Hurley, the proud owner of Double H Inspections, based in the beautiful Sheridan, Wyoming. My journey in the world of construction and real estate began during my high school years, starting with hands-on experience in a roofing and remodeling company. This foundational period ignited a passion that led me through a diverse career in general construction, specialized roofing projects, low voltage, and alarm systems installation, and eventually into construction management and sales.Alongside my wife, I ventured into real estate, purchasing and renovating multiple homes. This experience gave me a unique insight into the property lifecycle—from acquisition to transformation. In 2020, driven by a passion for excellence and equipped with a comprehensive skill set honed over t...
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By Triple Diamond Real Estate, Committed | Caring | Connected
(Triple Diamond Real Estate)
💎THIS IS THE ONE!💎🏡 2075 Pokeberry Ln, Lampe MO, 65681🏡 Total Bedrooms: 5Total Bathrooms: 3 FullTotal Sqft: 4,160Garage: 3 Spaces MLS # - 60250736  This custom all brick and stone house has room for everyone with 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, oversized 3 car garage and a little over 2 acres. If that's not enough, this home has a beautiful view and a cleared trail right down to the beautiful useable shoreline of Table Rock Lake! Yep.....that's right, WALK to the lake! The inside of the home is just as immaculate as the outside. Some of the interior highlights include all granite counters with custom cabinetry throughout, wood burning fireplace with plenty of cut firewood, all upgraded appliances, large master bedroom with spacious master bathroom, and so much more! This home also has a f...
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By Jeff Pivo, Real Estate 3D Tours & Imaging Expert
(Pivo Inc.)
When you're selling your home, you want to make it as attractive to buyers as possible. Here are seven tips to help you do just that:Declutter and depersonalize your home. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, so it's important to declutter and depersonalize the space. This means removing any personal items, such as family photos and souvenirs. It also means getting rid of any clutter, such as piles of laundry and stacks of dishes.Make minor repairs. Buyers are more likely to make an offer on a home that is in good condition. Take some time to make any minor repairs that need to be done, such as fixing leaky faucets, patching holes in the walls, and painting chipped trim.Clean your home thoroughly. A clean home is more inviting to buyers. Make sure to clean e...
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By Kim Devlin, Realtor in St Augustine Florida
(Kim Devlin Team @Keller Williams Atlantic Partners)
Welcome to our community tour of the picturesque Aberdeen, a master-planned community nestled in the scenic landscapes of northwest St. Johns County, Florida. As a resident of beautiful Northeast Florida and a local Realtor®, I am excited to take you on this virtual journey. Whether you are a homebuyer searching for your dream property or a homeowner looking to sell, this tour will provide you with valuable insights into the offerings of Aberdeen. Let’s dive in!Northeast Florida Living1. Aberdeen: Nature’s Beauty Meets Modern Living Aberdeen sits on a sprawling 1,316 acres of wetland conservation, surrounded by the captivating longleaf pines and an impressive 501 acres of on-site conservation land. The community boasts 68 acres of serene lakes, accentuating the natural beauty of northea...
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By Matthew Scarborough, Local Market Expert
(Scarborough Realty LLC)
Top Reasons People Are Moving to Santa Fe, NM Enchanting Culture and Arts Scene One of the primary reasons people are drawn to Santa Fe is its rich cultural tapestry and thriving arts scene. Homebuyers seeking a vibrant community will find art galleries, live performances, and a history that permeates every corner of the city. This allure is a significant boon for real estate agents listing properties that dot the culturally rich landscapes of Santa Fe. Serene Lifestyle and Natural Beauty Those looking for tranquility and inspiration often turn to Santa Fe for its serene lifestyle and breathtaking natural beauty. The city's calm vibe and picturesque surroundings are perfect for buyers wanting a peaceful retreat or scenic luxury real estate. With so many seeking a sanctuary away from th...
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By Eric Engelbert 949-430-7500, Broker/Owner
(Orange County Real Estate, Inc.)
Welcome to Orange County Real Estate, Inc.'s latest market report. Our mission is to provide you with valuable statistical insights directly from the MLS, ensuring you're well-prepared to make informed decisions regarding real estate in Orange County, California. Whether you're a buyer, seller, or considering a relocation within or outside the state, we're here to empower you with the information you need.Analyzing Recent Trends:This week, we've observed an uptick in inventory both in Orange County and nationwide. Interestingly, this increase comes at a time when historical trends would typically indicate a decrease in inventory levels. However, if buyers remain diligent and continue to take advantage of the current inventory, we could see a significant drop in available homes. The late...
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By Seth Miller, Student
I’ve served in my current profession for more than two decades. During this time, I have seen plenty of record keeping. However, the record keeping that I have seen ranges from ok to not so great. While there were plenty of ways to keep records, the biggest challenge to good record keeping is being able to get people to modify their desk top procedures to fit a larger record keeping scheme.Microsoft Excel is the middle ground for the record keeping that I have seen. While Excel is decent at storing and processing information with formulas it is not wonderful either. As a supervisor I saw people sorting and filtering the same spreadsheet daily to get the information they needed.Microsoft PowerPoint is at the low end of the record keeping spectrum. PowerPoint’s strength is showing a group...
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By James Peterson, Top-Producing RE Team Serving Nor Cal for 19 yrs.
(Keller Williams Realty)
 The Rumored Crash: A Look Back at 2022Mid-2022 was a tumultuous time for the housing market. Interest rates, which had been comfortably low at around 3%, suddenly spiked, reaching up to 7% by the year's end. This surge had a significant impact, particularly in areas like the Sacramento region, where home prices saw a decline of up to 15% from June through December 2022. This downturn was accompanied by a noticeable drop in new inventory, leading to a market slowdown.A Turn of the Tide: Stabilization in Early 2023As the new year dawned, the market began to show signs of stabilization. Inventory levels were low, echoing the scarcity seen in previous all-time lows. Despite interest rates hovering around 7%, home prices started to climb once more from March through September. This resilien...
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By Rob McConville, CT Shoreline Real Estate Expert
(Coldwell Banker Choice Properties)
The concept of homeownership has been a cornerstone of the American dream for centuries, and one of the key components of achieving that dream is securing a mortgage. Throughout history, mortgage rates have fluctuated significantly, reflecting economic conditions, government policies, and societal changes. This article explores the fascinating journey of historical mortgage rates, from their humble beginnings to modern trends.The Early Roots of MortgagesMortgages, in some form, have existed for thousands of years. The word "mortgage" itself comes from the Old French "morgage," meaning a "dead pledge." In medieval Europe, a mortgage was essentially a conditional conveyance of land, where the borrower held the land but promised it as security for a loan. Interest rates during these times ...
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By Albert Wolf, Seniors Real Estate Specialist Empowering Seniors
(America's Real Estate Agency)
As we age, our housing needs often evolve, and for many seniors in Southeast Florida, this may mean considering a new home. However, the process of purchasing a home in one's golden years comes with unique challenges and considerations. From financial constraints to physical limitations, seniors often face hurdles when navigating the real estate market. Fortunately, there's a group of professionals specially trained to assist seniors with their real estate needs: Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES) Realtors. In this blog, we'll explore some of the challenges seniors encounter when purchasing a home in Southeast Florida and how an SRES Realtor can provide invaluable assistance. Financial Constraints: One of the most significant challenges seniors face when buying a home in Southeast F...
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By Brittco Properties LLC, Sell Your House Fast Kansas City
(Brittco Properties LLC)
Introduction Are you in a situation where you need to sell your house quickly, without the hassle of making repairs and renovations? Whether it's due to an urgent relocation, financial challenges, or simply a desire for a streamlined selling process, Brittco Properties LLC has the solution you've been looking for. We understand that selling a home can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to addressing repairs and improvements. That's why we're here to offer you a hassle-free, as-is home selling experience. In this guide, we'll explore how you can sell your house fast without the need for costly repairs, and why Brittco Properties LLC is your trusted partner in this journey. Discover the key to a stress-free home sale that aligns with your timeline and needs.The Hassles of Home R...
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By Alex Casablanca, Triple Net (NNN) Investment Broker
Hi, my name is Alex Casablanca, Managing Broker at Casablanca Triple Net Lease Advisors. We are a boutique brokerage firm based in Orlando, Florida specializing in Selling NNN Investment Properties Nationwide USA. We represent Buyers, Sellers and 1031 Exchange investors in finding and negotiating the best NNN property according to their investment goals and risk tolerance.Today I’m going to talk to you about How to Buy a NNN Property in Florida. The state of Florida is the investor’s preferred location for their NNN Investment and 1031 Exchange replacement property. The main attraction for buying NNN Properties for Sale in Florida is that Florida is a No Income Tax State, in which the passive income is not subject to state taxes. A strong economy, strong population growth, and all-year-...
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By Julia Charters, Assistant in pre-licensing training
(Agent Professor)
In Utah, the water system we use is called prior appropriation. This system was developed by early pioneers. They knew that the riparian system used in the eastern, wetter states would not work in arid Utah, so they came up with the doctrine of prior appropriation. Unlike the riparian system, which allocates water rights to those who own the land on which the water exists, the prior appropriation system allocates water based on two main considerations: who was using the water first (also said as "first in time, first in right"), and whether the use is considered beneficial (usually economically). If someone with water rights is not using their rights, or not using them for a beneficial purpose, the rights may be taken away. This system helps to optimize water use in a state where water ...
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By Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes, Custom Home Builder in Austin
(Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes)
The custom home builders Austin, Texas industry stands out in the United States as a hotspot for massive infrastructure projects, commercial developments, and residential developments. With its second-largest population and second-largest area, Texas has a robust custom home builder sector, with countless custom home builder companies, each with its own strengths and specialties. One name consistently stands out when it comes to identifying the best custom home builder company in Texas: Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes.Zbranek & Holt Custom HomesBased in Austin, Texas, Zbranek and Holt Custom Homes is a world leader in engineering, procurement, custom home builder, maintenance and project management in Austin. With roots dating back to 1986, Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes have become giants in ...
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By Kourtney Myers
Dual Representation is an interesting topic to me.  I find it could happen more often than it seems.  I find that if dual representation is considered to happen if the selling agent and the buying agent are affiliated with the same Broker.  I find that within the Broker office agents would be working together in ways to find buyers and sellers to support each other.  So if I was the selling agent and I might know that an agent in our office has a family looking for a house like or similar to the one I have listed I would share that information with them.  Does this seem to be the case?  Wouldn't this happen often? Just curious how this is and do most Principal clients find this ok? 
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By Jude Campbell, Real Estate Advisory Supporting Investor Clients
(CF Real Estate Advisory)
In the vast realm of investment opportunities, high-yield real estate investing stands out as a robust avenue for wealth accumulation. The allure of real estate, a tangible asset, is timeless and universal, promising both stability and potentially attractive returns. For investors willing to dig deep, the U.S. real estate market is a treasure treasure trunk, no matter where you look.The High-Yield PromiseHigh-yield real estate investing focuses on properties that generate significant rental income relative to their purchase price. This approach contrasts with capital appreciation strategies, where the primary expectation is for the property's value to increase over time. High-yield properties aim to provide a steady, ongoing income stream, offering a cushion against market fluctuations ...
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On October 12, 2023, California implemented four significant housing laws aimed at addressing the state's ongoing housing crisis. These laws are poised to have a far-reaching impact on housing development, affordability, and property rights. Let's delve into the details of these new laws and their implications for Californians. Law Name Brief description Link AB1033 Accessory dwelling units: local ordinances: separate sale or conveyance. Allows the sale and condo-ization of ADUs built on residential property. Individual cities and counties would have the freedom to decide if they want their residents to have the option to sell their ADUs. Assembly Bill 1033 AB976 Accessory dwelling units: owner-occupancy requirements. Permanently disallows owner occupancy requirements on ADUs. AB 976 As...
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