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 Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
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Words, and how we phrase them, really do matter.A couple of weeks ago I took a several days away from business to work on my business. Every quarter I take the time to review the prior 3 months and set up a plan for the next 3 so I stay on track for the year. My current favorite spot for this ret...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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When I read great books on digital marketing or articles online about creating content, the successful authors all share one common knowledge of hindsight. They all wish they had started their list sooner.What list? It's the list of blog subscribers and other converted traffic that they now have ...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Another Example of Excellent Customer Service Recently I went shopping for a pair of shoes. It's not easy to find shoes that fit my foot issues. I went into the store hoping there would be a new style or a remake of the older model that worked perfectly for me. I'd still use the old ones but they...

By Lisa Davies
(Online Buzz)
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Take a minute and reflect on this question - how would you describe someone who is a strong leader? You would likely say they are powerful, dynamic, a great communicator and someone with excellent oratory skills. While these are all excellent leadership skills, they take time to develop. If you a...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
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Monica Hill came up with a great blog that we all need to follow and be aware of.  If you don't have a personal safety policy for youself, you can do some research on the NAR site, take a Realtor® Safety class, or ask your Broker for a potential safety list. After taking a continuing ed course on...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Creating a high performing team requires first a good leader willing to work with people.Most of us understand that diversity of backgrounds and thought processes will most likely result in better results. With that understanding we might think that it follows that a diverse team is a high perfor...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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Having worked with plenty of real estate agents over the years, there are a few unfortunate habits we see develop during the summer months. Here we will highlight some of them to help bring awareness to these actions (or in-actions).SIDE NOTE: If you are having a summer vacation, then have a summ...

By Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ
(ReMax Realtec Group)
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What did buyers say was most important to them when searching for homes on the Intenet and what was the number one action they took?From that recent NAR report are a few nuggets of gold that confirm what we already know but elevates the importance dramatically.  Do you know the #1 reason prospect...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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At the NAR Convention this subject was talked about a lot. Disclosure was the buzz word. Silence May be Golden When Showing Homes to Buyers   I had a number of showings today and the smart home technology (Ring Video doorbell, Nest Thermostat, a couple of devices that appeared to be Alexa-type de...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Systems Can Make You BIG MONEY in Real Estate I have always been a "systems" girl. I need things in their right place. I don't like things out of order and I like to be able to control my environment. I am not a neat freak, but I am an organizational one. I like things to have a "home" and I lik...

By Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
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Creatively Marketing a Commercial WarehouseToday I did something totally out of the typical commercial real estate box. I hosted a paint party for our real estate agent community at a warehouse I have for sale. My goal of course was in getting agents to the warehouse to put their eyes on the prop...

By Ray Stockwell, Director of Marketing
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PREPARING FOR THE Mega OPEN HOUSE- It’s Show Time!!! 10 days to a week before a Mega Open House – Choose the Home Your Open House is like a Theatrical Production - Think of all the things that make up a play or movie, location, a look that will attract, upgrades (things you can highlight). You wa...

By M.C. Dwyer, Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Century 21 Showcase REALTORs)
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Originally written by Alan May from Evanston Illinois, this blog post hits a universal theme repeating anywhere a property sits unsold.  I felt compelled to share his GREAT photos and compelling list of  seven points addressing the most common reasons a property hasn't sold yet.     7 Reasons why...

By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
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As a real estate agent you should have a commitment at making the home buying or selling experience the best one possible. Selling a home is a stressful endeavor and when moving is combined a client could feel overwhelmed. Often times a realtor is one of the last or first people an individual dea...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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The Tete-a-tete was Met with Regret.  Princess Holly donned her finest gown of layered pink satin and flirty hat in anticipation of a secreted visit from her beloved Prince. She patiently waited in the castle's garden for many hours to which he never showed. She languished, the gorgeous dress and...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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If you have read our posts in the past, you know that we surround ourselves with smile landmarks.  These smile landmarks remind us to be mindful, grateful and smile as we go about our day.  We discovered this very short video, and we hope it will bring you a smile of two.     Puppy Noodles from T...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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Title insurance...a necessary protection for Buyers and Sellers...and as with everything else in life...not all title companies are created equally. They are entrusted with an important job of making sure that the property is free and clear of all liens...and the closing documents...including ex...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 19
 Jeff Dowler, CRS  contest got me thinking about change.  Yes, some change happens quickly but you would be you surprised at how much change occured in the last 10 years and you didn't realize it.  In the world of business slow change can be more devastating than fast change.  With fast change yo...

By Morgan Taylor, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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As a real estate agent, you might have received these kinds of comments about your job – “It must feel great to work from home,” or “Wow, you make your own hours; that’s amazing!” Such comments usually come from people who have no idea about the inner workings of a real estate business.Receiving ...

By inboundREM Market Updates
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Closing CostsClosing Costs are the various fees you have to pay when you close the deal in a real estate transaction. It is essential to consider these charges when budgeting a home purchase or sale. Although typically shouldered by the buyer, these charges are open to negotiation. You'll want to...