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 Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 22
 When your business starts slowing down, do you know how to shift?    Grant has done a great job with his post.  Please be sure to comment on his original post.  How many times have you seen real estate agents react to things that are happening?  In many cases this might be what is perceived as r...

By Teri Pacitto, Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty
Comments 12
Limited Inventory Brings Multiple Offers...Bringing to light a recent post from Debbie Reynolds who made some great points on a very real "Real Estate Market" and Multiple Offer Situations.  With limited inventory buyers are often vying for the same property as others are.  Being able to have the...

By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Comments 0
Dependable Homebuyers Washington DC wants homeowners to know the benefits of selling their home to a Washington DC real estate investor, in contrast to listing the home with a real estate agent. Specifically, if the real estate investor is one like Dependable Homebuyers, the home seller gets the ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 11
. In Wisconsin, home inspectors have to be licensed. As in any other profession...there are good and bad and must have had someone else take the exam Inspectors.  Many of them feel it is their duty to find something...anything...a last ditch "gotta fix" here is to pitch the landscaping away from...

By Terri Buseman, Downtown Chicago
(RE/MAX Premier Properties)
Comments 1
This month marks the start of spring and a spring into real estate sales! While people buy and sell homes year-round, the warmer months bring buyers out in force and the potential of multiple offers increases. Tips to Ease the Stress of Bidding Wars! Multiple offer situations, also referred to as...

By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
Comments 1
Yikes! You are set on buying the home that you picked out and the appraisal comes back at a lower amount than the amount needed for the home loan to be approved. What do you do? After you calm down your significant other and then take three deep breaths, here are some options to consider.Request ...

By Charles Stallions Property Manager, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
Comments 8
Welcome to the Coaches Corner with Charles Stallions   You should always end emails with a 'P.S.' A 'P.S.' added to a signature line provides extra space for an important message, such as a referral request asking if they know anyone ready to buy or sell a home. Read more.       My Minute with Jo...

By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida)
Comments 1
Multiple licenses are issued to a broker who qualifies as the broker for more than one business entity.  For each business that a person is a broker, a separate broker license must be obtained.  A real estate broker who holds more than one Florida broker license is said to hold multiple license. ...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
They should have the home ready for showing and that means the bathrooms should be clean and presentable as well. If the seller is an OCD type, and can't bear the thought of someone in the bathroom, then he can do a little extra cleaning after each showing. That should handle it. I just read a po...

By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Comments 0
A Baltimore based cash for homes company, Dependable Homebuyers, has some advice for people about how they can stop foreclosure in Baltimore after their bank has notified them that they will be taking back their home. The company states this process is easier and faster than most people involved ...

By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Comments 0
Columbia, Maryland - Columbia, MD homeowners should understand the following, when it comes to the notion of selling their home: They have options. As the nation’s leading home-buying company, a lack of understanding of those options is something Dependable Homebuyers has come across on many, man...

By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Comments 0
Dependable Homebuyers, a We Buy Houses company, is proud to announce that they have recently had an article published on a finance and investwebsite. The article they wrote was a supportive and encouraging response to a post by a disillusioned and disappointed home buying enthusiast who had endur...

By Deep Grover
Comments 0
Marbella Golden Mile - SophisticationThose that have visited the beautiful, vibrant resort of Marbella, know that one of the best places to be is on either the front line or second line of the Golden Mile. The Golden Mile runs between the tranquil traditional Andalucian town centre and the lively...

By Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida
(Florida Supreme Realty)
Comments 15
What's missing? You have a state of the art robo-caller sending glimpses of new listings to your database. Nary a smidgen of interest is seen. You have your photographer take a bunch of pictures and then you upload them to your automatic visual tour maker complete with digitized text to voice co...

By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 0
  I. Opening your new Office     A. Select your office Model (ie. 100%,traditional,niche)    B. Develop a Name and Mission Statement     C. Pick a Geographical Location (ie. School District)      1. State the number of households and Top Employers      2. Number of Listings (2018)      3. Number...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
Comments 2
  Decision making is a crucial aspect of life - to do or not to do, to buy or not to buy, to go or not to go. Even the Shakespeare’s character is hesitating, “ To be or not to be, that is the question ” People who make the right choices tend to be more successful than people who are careless abou...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
Comments 3
Pit Stops and Pot HolesThis life journey I awaken to each and everyday is interesting to say the least. The journey in real estate is rarely on a straight and narrow road either. Typically, there are many winding roads accompanied with several pit stops and pot holes. When we do experience a real...

By Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea
Comments 6
 The life of an independent real estate broker is exciting especially if you work in Carmel-by-the-Sea on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in California.I really value my "independence" with my own office, my own hours, especially in this vibrant art community that has been found by vineyards who...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 7
This is an important post to read, especially if you spend money monthly to find leads..... IF YOU HAVE TO CHASE LEADS, AS A MINIMUM, PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN THAT THEY ARE MEANINGFUL TO YOUR BOTTOM LINE? Why is it that no one can offer 3 guaranteed leads to real estate agents who subscribe to any of ...

By M.C. Dwyer, Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Century 21 Showcase REALTORs)
Comments 16
Occasionally I hear about someone wanting to "save" the cost of the real estate commission.    Everyone wants to save money, right?     The real question is, can a for sale by owner really save money by not hiring a REALTOR®?     Can a buyer save money by not hiring their own representation?    L...