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
(Compass)
Comments 75
This month our colleague Carol Williams is sponsoring her December Challenge 2018: What Inspires you?  Since the month is more than half over, chances are you've read some of these posts, and have learned a thing or two from them. I have. If you haven't yet shared, please do since we all learn fr...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 2
The question arises, now and then... "What factors into the buyer's, or seller's decision to hire an agent?" Is it based on the agent's recent number of sales? Is is based on their total number of sales? Is it based on their sales volume?  I mean, if they've sold beeelyons of dollars of real esta...

By Peter Mohylsky, Bucket List, Do you have a bucket list in the works?
(Gulf Place @ 30A)
Comments 0
The start of the year is a great time to review and figure out what works, what doesn’t and what am I going to do next. I don’t like using the word new year resolution but everyone else seems to like using those words.  I review my progress and successes on a daily basis and make changes as I see...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 2
                                                                               Sam Shueh                                                            Realty One Group                                                                                       Cupertino, CA If you are in west or south east...

By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
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Preparation is the key to success to homeownership  Some people think I am selling houses, but in reality, the “behind the scenes” always has a lot of moving parts. Especially when the clients live out of town. I love this testimonial from my client. Having the time to clean up any paperwork from...

By Morgan Taylor, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
(Realtyna)
Comments 2
Real estate agents doing business online need tools. For many, the most important is the IDX website, which allows them to publish listings and generate leads. The next most important might be an email address.Once you have your IDX website in place, you can set up an email address in as little a...

By Dan Edwards 425-276-7008
(Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue)
Comments 0
If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That means your guess must be just slightly under the retail price. Read More

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 5
You should always be looking for your cheese:  Last week Barbara Todaro wrote a blog titled "What Will I Do When The Market Changes & The Well Is Dry?"  Barbara's blog automatically reminded me of a little book I read several years ago with a message that has been embedded in my mind every since....

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 20
Long Island Property Taxes may be high compared to many other parts of the country, but there are some options to lower them. The majority of our taxes is the School portion and here are some easy ways to lower your Long Island property taxes. First, you can file for a tax grievance in Nassau and...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 50
Choosing the right Realtor to market your property and negotiate the sale for you is the most important step in the home selling process.  Here is Lawrence and Sheila Agranoff's Top 5 Mistakes Sellers Make When Choosing A North Shore Realtor  Mistake #1 ~ "My Friend Or Family Member Is In Real Es...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 57
 We are asked many questions about the Home Selling Process on the North Shore of Long Island and yesterday Sellers asked us this one... "Our Home Is Beautiful But We Got Such A Low-Ball Offer, Why Should We Even Respond To This Offer?" Mostly every homeowner feels that their home is different fr...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 30
What Is Buyers Remorse?It's the sense of regret after having made a large purchase.Many Realtors have encountered Buyer's Remorse with clients. It usually kicks in shortly after the price has been accepted and contracts are sent out to be signed.  In Real Estate, the Home Buyer starts questioning...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 30
        We know our house better than anyone else, Why Shouldn't We Stay Around During Our Open House? Lawrence and Sheila Agranoff do not recommend the Homeowner stay during an Open House. Through our experience, Buyers feel uncomfortable whenever a Seller sticks around.  Buyers want to open clo...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 25
​While showing a Condo on the North Shore Of Long Island, our Buyer Client noticed the Skylight Had A Crack.   The rest of the unit was in PERFECT Move-In Condition. New bathrooms, Updated Eat-In-Kitchen with Granite, Freshly Painted in Neutral Colors, Beautiful Location with Lake View in the Co...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 23
Once we present an offer for our clients,  and we have it accepted, the very next step will probably be the Buyers scheduling an inspection of the house. If the Buyers are getting a mortgage, the lender is going to want to make sure the money they are loaning will appraise for the amount they are...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 13
The value of a home on Long Island's North Shore is based on more than just the house itself. There are many factors that need to be considered to determine its value...Location • Location is often the number one factor that determines the home value. Price • It's essential to set a realistic pri...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 19
   As We meet with Homeowners looking to sell their houses, we hear statements like the ones below all the time... My Home is worth more than the other house in the area because only my Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen have popcorn ceilings. My Home is worth more than my neighbors house beca...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 14
With the New Year, many people are making that big decision to MOVE. If you are thinking of selling your North Shore Long Island Home or Condo early in the New Year, this can be one of the very best times. Inventory is low and buyer demand is increasing steadily. If you are thinking of selling an...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 15
As Real Estate Agents on Long Island, we don't get asked this question sometimes -  we get asked this question at EVERY listing appointment we go on.   How Long Will It Take To Sell Our House? Sometimes there is no logical reason for the amount of time it will take to sell a house or condo on The...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 17
   Yes, that's right ~ Our listing is now Under Contract because we answered our phone!    Being a husband and wife Real Estate Team here on Long Island's North Shore, we try to go on showings together whenever possible. One reason is that we both get a chance to see our Buyer clients reactions t...