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 Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
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I have always tried to think outside the box with my closing gifts.  Some clients appreciate a personal gift, while others would be just as happy with a restaurant gift card.  Sometimes I choose to share my artwork as a token of appreciation for my clients trust in me with their real estate trans...

By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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We’ve all heard by now that real estate services are deemed essential in many states. This means that many real estate agents can continue to show properties with some restrictions of course. And it also means that virtual open house tours are becoming more and more common in the real estate indu...

By Kalene Bagwell, Realtor - Selling Blue Springs - Kansas City Metro
(Realty Executives Of Kansas City)
Comments 16
Use GPS And Other Seriously Funny, Umm, no, I Mean Irritating Directions is a post I have been thinking about writing for a long time! I started getting lost a few weeks ago trying to find a home that stated: "Directions: USE MAPQUEST".  I couldn't just look at the listing sheet and find the hous...

By Marina Shlomov ALH|Podland Realty, Full Service Property Management Services
(ALH|Podland Realty & Rental Homes Property Management)
Comments 10
Atlanta property management advice: How to Prevent Tenant Damage  Your tenants have passed your screening process and you have decided to rent out your property. These tenants will live their lives in your space. As Atlanta property managers, you know that you will encounter signs of wear and tea...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 3
The question was recently asked whether you should bring your political slant (and let's admit, shall we, that everyone has one) to your Facebook posts, knowing in fairly strong certainty, that anyone reading your posts can easily figure out that you are a real estate practitioner... and your opi...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 6
If'n you say you're gonna do it, then tarnation you should oughta follow through and do it.This is not the first time that an agent has given me a road-map to helping my buyer craft an offer than the seller would accept.  "My seller" he tells me "says that if you're willing to meet these terms, h...

By Leanne Smith, Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Comments 3
With all the talk about a "new normal" how to pivot in these turbulent times of uncertainty, those savvy small business owners and yes that means you as a realtor or real estate agent have already returned to their strategic plans. They are researching, analyzing, and making the necessary course ...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 3
 This is such great information and I am sharing with others that may have missed it.  Selling During COVID-19 - The Key is Over-Communicating    Channeling my short sale days, pivoting with one simple plan was the key to successful Closings for me last month. Over-communication became my mantra ...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
Comments 14
Do you work expired listings as part of your business plan? Many do. The article below is a reminder from my local Realtor® Association about expired listings and the Realtor® Code of Ethics. Be careful out there, AND if you have questions go to your Association expert. Expired Listing Solicitati...

By Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS
(CastNet Realty)
Comments 3
How long does it take to change a habit?  I used to tell my children what the experts recommended was 30 days.  If you could stop biting your fingernails, or blinking your eyes, or whatever your little idiosyncrasies were for 30 days, you could conquer the urge to do those simple things.  I pract...

By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
Comments 0
Finding the right investment property can be immensely profitable for an individual. The best-case scenario is having long-term renters that take care of the property without very much contact. The home value of the home is sure to increase of the course of the years if the housing market in the ...

By Kristal Wilson, Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist!
(KB Home)
Comments 9
Zooming Around The Room! It looks like Zoom meetings are here to stay even as the restrictions are slowly easing, and FYI there so many uses for this tool.1. Zoom Broker Previews2. Zoom personalized virtual tours3. Zoom Team Meetings A few tips for zooming around the room.Patricia Peyton posted a...

By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
Comments 1
How successful has video streaming enhanced? Well, you have been sleeping for a really long time, then you are informed of the prevailing triumph of video sites such as YouTube.Arriving late at the party, but coming nevertheless, is the different network and cable channels.Note: Old adopters of t...

By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
Comments 4
OK, so I wrote Part I over 2 weeks ago...  In that post, I wrote about the risk that Brad, Mike and crew took.  As I said in that post, the change was perfectly timed for me, but not for everyone.  And in fact, I have spent the last few weeks working more ON my business than IN it.  I have been d...

By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i
(HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 )
Comments 41
Arghhhh! I should have listened to my own advice.I recently started helping my mother navigate through the Active Rain sea of blogs, showing her the ropes and preparing her for her inevitable first blog as a newbie swab.  We touched on a number of topics from the tell tale signs of a good blog, t...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 59
Real Estate world is Red I am waiting for it to turn Yellow. Pennsylvania is one of the only states Real Estate is not considered essential. The Real Estate Industry closed down March 18, 2020, We as agents have been allowed to apply for unemployment. What a shock it was. Applying for unemploymen...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 41
Selling During COVID-19 - The Key is Over-Communicating  Channeling my short sale days, pivoting with one simple plan was the key to successful Closings for me last month. Over-communication became my mantra the minute we got wind that we may be entering a period of quarantine.  I remember the da...

By Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329, Northern VA - VHDA, 100% Loans - Jumbo Loans
(FHA, VA, Jumbo, Downpayment Assistance, Conv.)
Comments 1
Credit scores measure credit risk. Lenders and creditors use the credit score to determine how much of a risk you are as a borrower or a creditor. You’d be surprised at how your actions as a creditor can affect your credit score. For example, did you know that closing out an account that still ha...

By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything and affected the work of many businesses.  The real estate industry is undergoing some sort of change during the pandemic. Change is never easy. Now is the perfect time to take advantage in order to run your real estate business like never before. I...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
Comments 0
Avoid Cranial-Rectal Inversion (CRI).   Seek the truth above all. Intentionally refrain from mindless gullibility or you could possibly become a victim of CRI. Social media, television and the MSM is full of messages intended to incite by stupidity. Trust but verify has never been so important in...