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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

 

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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This is something we should all consider seriously:  As real estate agents you are always in the position of looking at a potential listing as a person with fresh eyes. Now as far as your own business how would an outsider see it?   Many times, when you see something every day you stop noticing. ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Maximizing Your Resources to Maximize Your Life“The biggest tragedy in Americais not the great waste of natural resources –the biggest tragedy is the waste of human resources because the average person goes to his grave with his music still in him.”Oliver Wendell Homes 1809 – 1894, American Phys...

By Brian Sharkey, SharkeyRE - #SouthFloridaBroker
(SharkeyRE LLC)
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Those who know Floyd Wickman will tell you that he can teach anyone how to succeed in real estate regardless of their background because he is living proof. With just a 9th grade education and a brief stay in the military, Floyd Wickman began his real estate career in 1966. His first year in rea...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 Hey there, Active Rainers,When was the last time you evaluated and/or updated your website? More specifically, have you caught yoursel making the "mistakes" featured in the infographic below?You might surprise yourself at how many essential website elements you are (inadvertently) neglecting.How...

By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
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Growing housing supply is critical to sustaining a healthy of the real estate market. According to speakers at the 2018 REALTORS Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, the economy relies heavily on a strong real estate industry. The session, "Outlook for Home Prices and Residential Construction," dis...

By Steve Vondran, IP & Real Estate Lawyer
(The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C.)
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Property Management Litigation & Arbitration Law Firm  IntroductionBeing a property manager is no easy task.  As a matter of compliance, property managers have quite a few legal compliance issues to keep in mind, from trust fund accounting to affiliate disclosures, record keeping, and everything ...

By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
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In real estate photography, there are three ways to go about showcasing listings. Hire a professional photographer to capture the images Do it yourself Skip that whole thing and list it without pictures In this series, we'll be talking mostly about doing it yourself. However, in many cases, it w...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Almost everyone knows that planning your day makes more sense than letting others do it for you. Everyone knows, but very few do…Why? Time management is not a time management issue at all. When I ask my business owners in Westchester County New York most of them tell me that time management is on...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(Solutions Real Estate )
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How to Dress Your Offer for Success In our competitive sellers market, with multiple offers common, you need every advantage possible to improve your chances of being the successful offer. Of course there can only be 1 buyer who will come out on top, and there are many factors that can impact who...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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As real estate agents you are always in the position of looking at a potential listing as a person with fresh eyes. Now as far as your own business how would an outsider see it?   Many times, when you see something every day you stop noticing. Does that make sense? For example, when you started y...

By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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 When you have a face-to face conversation, it is imperative you look them in the eye.    This conversation will be interpreted as showing interest, paying attention, sincerity and a sign of self-confidence.    It has been said, eye contact is a direct link to your emotions.   If you are shy, coc...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Hey ActiveRainers,Did you get a chance to attend this week's webinar? We talked about which social media platforms are best for customer acquisition and engagement to help you sell more homes in 2019 and beyond.If you didn't, no worries. We recorded it for you, and you can watch it here.Just a fe...

By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
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I have been reading a book by Celeste Headlee, We need to talk. Something I read in there, and I will paraphrase: Do not presume that because you are both speaking English you mean the same things with the words you choose and speak.My wife is from the Netherlands, so automatically I know she is ...

By Barbara Le Pine, Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast!
(Advantage Real Estate, serving Lincoln County)
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Agents who list foreclosed REO properties know that an empty house attracts vandalism, even if the home has nothing left to take. One of the most frightening aspects of the foreclosure listing is your first visit to the property. Do not go alone! Call the police if there is evidence the property ...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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The rapport is the crucial ingredient when it comes to sales to the public.  And, everything else is a plus:  There is a lot of discussion in real estate circles about technology, AI, data, iBuyer programs, etc. and how this is going to change real estate. Lots of people are pouring money into ne...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Are you Just Making Small Talk? Or is it Building a Relationship to Help Your Buyers Sometimes making small talk is a good thing, and not a waste of time. At least depending on what you are chatting about, and with whom. In our competitive market many properties are getting multiple offers, and t...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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A glorified server? Why, yes I am! The quote, "You will be remembered for your service to others." was instilled in my mind early on. Volunteering for worthy causes is one aspect but also excellent customer service to real estate clients is top of the work list. Spending quality time and showing ...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
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 With most transactions, there is usually something I love about it...because I love doing this job! Every so often, I'll have a situation where I voluntarily take on some extra work that I know will benefit the client. Usually it's the seller.  If my sellers are in a difficult emotional situatio...

By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
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 We really can't call this a "comp!"  What is a "comp?" Essentially, it's the similarities that help determine a property's worth.Style, age, construction, condition, location, amenities and upgrades all come into play.Unique properties are more difficult to assess.  Comparables paint a realistic...

By Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899)
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It's so important to have good agent relationships in our industry. My goal is to always have all the data for buyer agents who show my listings and be responsive and timely in all communication. I want buyer agents to show my listings and feel confident I will present all offers and work diligen...