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 Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management
(Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate)
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NEW WAY TO STAY CONNECTED? This post is in response to a contest announced by Active Rain member Larry Johnson, titled “Keeping in Touch”, Searching for New Ways to Stay Connected. The business angle was to share ways that various professionals devised over the years to stay in touch with their p...

By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
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Is every state in the US undergoing as much continual road work as we see in Delaware? It makes for some challenging and frustrating moments. One section yesterday just left me scratching my head. The road narrowed from two lanes to one, so you have to take turns and follow the directions of the ...

By Yuliya Kachko, Broker Associate ONE Sotheby's Int'l Realty
(ONE Sotheby's International Realty)
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The year 2018 was a great one for real estate investors in the Miami Beach area. In the present year, the market continues to heat up – thanks to the big-name architects and foreign buyers. The city has been bringing attention by attracting global events like the Art Basel, Miami Boat Show and mo...

By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
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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 this topic, here's the list I have so far: Realtor® Safety Checklist• Meet clients...

By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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When you're selling your home, getting your belongings organized can seem like a low priority. You're dealing with finding the right real estate agent, the best time to list your home on the market, and maybe even house-hunting for a new place to live.All of that can keep you quite busy consideri...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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 You may believe that you have a powerful customer value proposition but if your team is not on board it will never be fulfilled. If they are not on board then, perhaps, you are not leading them. When I consult with business owners in Westchester County New York often I hear comments about gettin...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
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I can build a relational career on good people; I can't sustain a positive attitude nor a fulfilled purpose when it's just about numbers or closing transactions. For me it's not about how much you can afford to spend as a buyer and it's not about how much the market says your home is worth as a s...

By InCom Web & e-Marketing Solutions, Marketing Coordinator
(InCom Real Estate Web & e-Marketing Solutions)
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Word of mouth can only travel so far. Those real estate advertisements that you see, or even commission, on the sides of buses, park benches, and in the local newspaper, are only effective within the local community. If a prospective client does not see your advertisement, it is as if the adverti...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Integrity is Doing What’s Right“Integrity is doing what’s right even when you may be the only person that would know what you’ve done.Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . . . Integrity is doing what’s right Integrity is do...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Is Your Comfort Zone Killing Your Business? Think back to the last time a buyer asked you to show a home on your day off. Did you agree to do it? If so, you may be operating in your Comfort Zone! Have you made a commitment to yourself to start doing video, but have made excuses for yourself? Lac...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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  Many months ago we met a Lady at open house...she was not there to buy the house...she was recently widowed and was going to sell her home and move to another state to be closer to her children. She wasn't "house shopping" she was agent shopping.  We told her...when she was ready we would go th...

By Kate Steven, Best Real Estate Blog
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The real estate industry is forecasted to bring in $535 billion by 2022. Whether you're buying or selling, you can guarantee that a significant amount of money will be exchanged.Most sellers and buyers are relatively new to the scene, so there may be things you don't know about. To ensure your sa...

By Rachel Massey, Competent, independent, impartial and objective
(Massey & Associates)
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Often, buyers and sellers are under the impression that it is simple to price a house by its square footage. Nothing is further from the truth, unless of course, all the comparable properties considered are within a couple square feet of each other and have the same quality and condition and are ...

By Marina Garan, South Florida Real Estate Agent
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There are various options for those willing to purchase real estate but cannot afford to render the down payment right away. Rent-to-own is one of these options. The process requires regular payments for the property that eventually lead to the complete purchase as the payments are partially adde...

By Dana (Lerner) Sparks, Satisfying You with Service Innovation & Education
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
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Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) has completed the Midyear Revision of the Contract Forms. One of the biggest changes involves the Amendment to Address Concerns F704. Please watch this video for a full explanation! Index of 6/1/19 Changes to GAR Contract:

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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So - have you ever dealt with an agent that was less than easy to work with? How do you usually deal with it? We've seen a few different approaches to deal with uncooperative agents:Kill them with kindnessLeading by example is a great way to address any disputes. The energy you put into the world...

By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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Educational Post for 5/30/19   "BE LIKE A DUCK. CALM ON THE SURFACE,BUT ALWAYS PADDLING LIKE THE DICKENS UNDERNEATH."Michael Caine  Business Plan for Summer by Patricia Feager With graduations, weddings, vacations, kids out of school, unpredictable weather, road construction, competition, and per...

By Jeff Stevens, Jeff Stevens REALTOR®/Associate Broker
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties)
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Why Professional Photos of your Home Matters. So, it's time to list your home but you're not sure where to start? The first thing you should do when choosing a listing agent to represent your home is to take a good look at the type of marketing they offer. Some real estate professionals will lite...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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    We wrote a post yesterday about Caring Bridge...if you missed can click here. It is a free site where people are experiencing health/life challenges can write about their situations and let people know their condition..if visitors are welcome...a need they may have for transportatio...

By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
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My cousin just got her real estate license and I couldn't be more excited for both her and her future clients.  Our industry needs great people as we are an old industry with a median age of 54, according to the National Association of REALTORs®.  And because our industry, like any other industry...