Real Estate Best Practices

Coaches, books, classes and seminars aim to capture real estate agents dollars with promises to teach them any number of ways to improve their business. From sales skills to how to close more deals to how to win with expireds (expired listings) and more, everyone has something to teach you.

There's nothing wrong with continuing education, whether it's keeping on top of new laws and regulations or learning how to be more productive. But before you spend an arm and a leg on any of those things, pull up a chair, put on your glasses and peruse the pages in this section of ActiveRain.

It is only here that you can tap into the world's largest online real estate community and actively engage with your peers. Find out what works and what doesn't from those that actually put into practice what others merely teach. Read how-to articles, advice on designations, certifications and continuing education classes. You never know where you will find the inspiration to take your business to the next level. So, pull up a chair and dig in!

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By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Who Says There Aren't  Any Do Overs!  When I first read Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D Contest - Riches in the Niches it made me smile - real big! I thought back to my early days in the business of which I had no clue as to what a niche meant. What I did know is that I wanted to work...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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. Our purple envelopes keep us in touch with Buyers and Sellers..they know how to find us and very often the continued communication results in continued business.     This time...the former distressed seller told us that she was being sued by the buyers of the home she short saled...TWO YEARS A...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
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Wire Fraud is a damaging crime.  Victims of wire fraud can innocently think they are following directions only to learn that wired funds are lost, gone from their bank accounts.  Preventing wire fraud requires vigilance on the part of everyone in a real estate transaction.   Title companies are s...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 1
Lou spent a great deal of time in his posts encouraging us to take that next step. We can make all of the plans in the world but they will go nowhere until and unless we act on them.    Plan and Take the Actions to Succeed “Life is too short to waste. Dreams are fulfilled only through actions, no...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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Community and Neighborhood Pages Must Be Kept Up to DateOne of our members (Thom Abbott), reached out to ask what changes do I make to the community pages on my website to keep them fresh and up to date. I must say this is an ongoing project and takes working on these pages throughout the year. S...

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
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"DIRECT HUMAN INTERACTION"...The Importance of HUMAN Connection in real estate. Real estate today is a complex profession! In today's marketing of real estate there is a huge void in the actual connection between the buyer or seller with the agent. Names appear on ads, but not before the Companie...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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There is a tendency in the marketing world to focus on categorizing people into pigeonholes as a shortcut in order to influence those they are marketing to. As the world’s population grows, more people are pigeonholed and pundits appear to tell you how to market to this and that group.  While thi...

By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
Comments 30
I recently received an email from a distant acquaintance.  I had not heard from this person in many years and as I opened the email, my thoughts wandered back to some long-ago-memories that brought a smile to my face.  My smile and my sweet thoughts were abruptly interrupted when the email lacked...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 29
. This is not a contest entry...there is a thing about entering contests that you are judging...and this month I am judging ...the "Riches and Niches"  contest...conflict of interest yadda yadda... so this is just an informational post that we hope will help you in choosing or fostering the succ...

By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
Comments 6
 There is a misconception in the Real Estate world that it is better to close at the end of the month: It isn’t.(I could stop right there, but I will explain)This line of thought comes from odd interest. When you close on a mortgage you will pay interest for the remaining days of the month you cl...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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Backed up against a wall?  In an industry where everyone is vying for the consumer's attention, be that bright spot that is seen above all else. Set yourself apart while being sincere and passionate about your business. And if you get backed up to a wall, do what nature does by making the most of...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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by Patricia Feager  2017 Patriotic Corvette StingRay "You have to find that thing about youthat distinguishes you from all others, and throughtrue talent, hard work, and passion,anything can happen." --- Dr. Dre CLASSICThis 2017 Patriotic Corvette StingRay on display at Parkers Square in Flower M...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 11
"Assumptions are the termites of relationships!"Henry Winkler Monday afternoon, we drove to the car wash.  In front of us in the queue was this hot looking orange BMW.  Both of us remarked on the color and wondered who was driving this showstopper!  We were sitting in the patio with the other cus...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 8
It's interesting that we are taught to speak and to prepare for giving a speech. Some join the debate club. And yet,shouldn't we have seminars or classes on how to listen??   Successful People do More Listening “Most of the successful people I’ve know do more listening than talking.” Bernard M. B...

By Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563
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5 Negotiating Tactics That Might Kill Your Next Real Estate Deal  Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all the parties involved in a transaction. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a dea...

By Andrew Reichek, Rentkidz is an apartment locating service Houston
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 Yes there are Airbnb Scams. Don’t assume just because a listing appears on their website that all is good and dandy. I just came back from a vacation that went like clockwork. The homeowner was pleasant and everything was fine. But that doesn’t mean that that’s the experience everyone will get t...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 46
As real estate agents, home stagers, home inspectors it is incumbent upon you to tell your clients the truth.  It may be difficult to hear but it is necessary if you want them to receive the best results.  What about information about your own business? Can you handle the truth? Sometimes when an...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
Comments 0
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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How do you report unethical behavior in a Sacramento Realtor? The truth is you probably don't. What? Why would another Sacramento Realtor say that? Because of the burden of proof. Well, that and the competency of the ethics committee, from what I hear they are often comprised of retired agents wh...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
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Grant Schneider always comes up with some great blogs for all of us here in the rain.  This is one of them.  It really sounds too simple that you will be successful by doing what you do best! Let me add that this also applies to working on developing your natural talents.  So that even if you are...