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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 33
Refuse to follow the masses, the m may become silent. People throw opinions haphazardly around online to attract an audience. Some do it for business, some for pleasure and some to incite any kind of response. That has become so evident on social media platforms. Some will expect everyone to agre...

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 20
"WHO WOULD HIRE SUCH A PERSON?"This post is short--to the point and meant to wake up those who still think that paying for leads is an acceptable practice:QUESTION: What is wrong with paying money to get leads? Why not take advantage, in my marketing plan to pay more money than the competition to...

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 20
HOUSES WITH BLUE BATHROOMS AND MORE...Now, here is an example of what one of the biggest issues we have with Z, is all about:  "Homes with Blue Bathrooms Sell For More?". Not to insinuate that Z is an appraisal company, of course--but what can you think when they come up with their ridiculous Zes...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 21
There are many different real estate agents and many different brokers.  If you are one of them what sets you apart?Having a unique value proposition will differentiate you from your competition. Most people are at a loss when it comes to articulating their unique value proposition. Many companie...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Samsel & Associates)
Comments 4
Nearly all of the pre-listing appointments we've been on lately have included some part of this conversation: Us: What do you think your house is worth?Them: Well,  Zillow says..... Part of our job is education. Sellers don't know why Zestimates are wrong, and we spend a lot of time disavowing po...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 11
Is Your Prospect a Time Waster? How do you tell the difference between good and bad prospects? One will waste your time, dragging you from house to house-getting all kinds of information from you-only to end up dumping you right before writing an offer. You also have clients who seem like time w...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 9
How Often Are You Checking Your Vacant Listings?Being a full-time, professional real estate agent, taking listings that I can actually service is of HUGE importance to me.  If I can't get to my vacant listings at least once a week, or be at any listing in short order if there is a problem, then I...

By Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 7
Anyone who has been involved with real estate for any length of time has encountered time wasters. They might be people in your office. They might be loan officers. They might be title company reps. AND - they might be people pretending to be sincere buyers or sellers. Denise's article is about b...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 81
Remember my  Breaking News Post about  Re/Max & Redfin?? it was not that long ago there were a few who thought I was incorrect in my observations and summation of the events..... well in case you missed that post here is a link to it  Breaking News Re/Max and Redfin ..... Well I had to smile as I...

By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
Comments 325
What separates Rich Real Estate Agents from Poor Real Estate Agents? Are men better real estate agents than women? Does age or experience matter? Do top real estate agents use Trulia or Zillow? Or Or Does FaceBook sell houses? (Click for high resolution image) Embed this i...

By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
Comments 2
After filling up my car with gas this morning, the pump failed to print out a receipt. I walked into the small shop and asked the attendant for a copy of it. He smiled a warm smile and said that only pump numbers 3, 5, and 6 had broken printers. If I avoided those in the future, I’d always get a ...

By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Comments 6
When I was a full-time practicing agent out there in the trenches an opportunity came-up for me to volunteer for my local board. Called Grievance Committee, I was told I would sit on a panel and hear situations involving ethics and agents in real life scenarios. I thought that this could become q...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 11
11 Secrets to Geo Farming Success Many real estate agents utilize geographical farming to build a strong predictable lead generation system. It is easy to send postcards to your farm and call it good but is that getting you the results you want?  If not, then it is time to make some tweaks to bu...
If you have recently been having troubles with your sense of hearing, the frustration that you are experiencing is unparalleled. You may no longer be able to enjoy your favorite music, watch a movie, and even keeping up with the day to day conversations must have been turning into an effort for y...

By Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 20
Several weeks ago I had a chat with an attorney who talked about problems that can come up because not all liens against a house show up on a title report.Your clients may not have the equity they think they have in their homes.She mentioned three trouble areas: The deferred balance on a Loan Mod...

By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
Comments 2
Grasping at Straws Day 58 Your Million Dollar Years is probably the worst thing you can do if you are starting out in real estate. You don't want to grab at straws, you want to build a business that produces your living. Starting your career with small goals only gets you small results. Starting ...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 14
Real Estate Advertisement Regulations in Maryland “Advertisement” means any oral, written or print and media advertisement, including newspaper and magazine advertisements; correspondence; mailings; brochures; business cards; for sale or for lease signs; sign riders; promotional items; newsletter...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 5
An organization that has a positive vision and values, and that has leadership that lives and promotes those values is creating a positive culture. But if there is a negative attitude at the top the culture of the organization is doomed.  How would you describe the culture of your team, your offi...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
Comments 3
Spring time is near! And it is the perfect time to get those curbs ready for the selling season! Here are a few landscaping tips that you can give your home sellers to help their homes sell faster.Landscaping Tips for an Easier Sell1. Ensure the improvements are easy to maintain for the future ho...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
Comments 15
There is nothing I hate more than seeing agents waste their money and then complain about it. If you can't afford to do it right, then don't do it at all.Every weekend while looking through the "For Sale by Owner" ads in the local paper, I see the same ads by different agents.   3 bed / 2 bath / ...