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 Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Lessons Learned from Home Sales in December We all know one of the truisms in real estate is that selling your home during the holidays is a good thing, contrary to what some people believe. Every year there are a number of posts about the reasons why you should list and sell during the holidays....

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 13
Mindset Matters! It All Begins With a Positive Thought If you sell real estate and you work with a broad range of clients, it is inevitable that someone at some point will either dump you or choose not to work with you. Or perhaps they will suck the life out of you only to have you find out late...

By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(The Traczyk Team at Remax New Beginnings )
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National Clean Off Your Desk DayThe second Monday in January each year is recognized as National Clean Off Your Desk Day.  This day is an opportunity for you to start the new year with a clean organized work space.  Who knew?  I heard about it on the radio today, so after my appointments today I ...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(eXp Realty)
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Quite often inside my mind.There are thousands of thoughts popping up every day.Life can seem challenging to me.Then after many years, I get around to talking with some people.It seems to be something (I would think) everyone experiences at one time or another.Just that well over eighty percent o...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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Do you remember a simpler time, when you could go into the bathroom without an electronic device and be perfectly content with conducting your business? Some of us used to have magazines to gain additional knowledge during the time spent just sitting. And now we have social media, angry birds, an...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(eXp Realty)
Comments 1
First you may want to get some paper and pen to write on.Or if you are like me and can put words on paper faster from your computer.Get it opened to word and get ready to put the names down as fast as they come to you.If you have not got to the computer or the paper, you may be like me, and have ...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 16
Just a drift away.  Lulls between business dealings allows time to regroup before continuing forward. Everyone must take time for themselves. Family or other sincere commitments tend to create some sense of balance in life. Continue to grind, chipping away at that work-wheel and you may experienc...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
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The Marketing Manager at my office has been overrun by requests from agents. This is a good thing as more and more agents are finding out what resources we have to offer them. The problem the manager faces is keeping up with individual projects. He now has a solution!The picture above shows a cli...

By Bruce Hill, Real Estate Team Leader | Real Estate Coach
(The Bruce Hill Group | Bruce Hill Coaching)
Comments 22
Over my 15 years in Real Estate, I was trained to do real estate the wrong way, and I bet you are being trained the wrong way to.  I was taught to: Always answer my phone ... no matter what! I was taught to work as late (or early) in the day as it took to get all my work done. I was taught to res...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Ormond Beach Florida, Living the good life here...
Comments 49
Don't be afraid to congratulate your competition.I always try to congratulate my fellow Real Estate professionals when I read articles about them, or if they made a phenomenal sale or even when they get a really great listing.  We all like to be congratulated and like to be recognized for our acc...

By Rob Spinosa, Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
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Landlord Horror Stories Though you may be disappointed and feel misled, we're not actually going to focus on landlord horror stories here. Instead, we are going to talk about the nuances of getting home financing on the purchase of an investment property which, if done improperly, can certainly t...

By Parminder Singh, LI REALTOR (Licensed Real Estate Agent)
(Douglas Elliman)
Comments 3
Happy New Year to you!Let's begin this year with bright and shining ideas. Every year many companies forget to update their "copyright" information until after someone reports it. Besides legal documents, there might be another public facing piece of information relative to your business which sh...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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Comprehensive background checks known as due diligence investigations are done so that businesses can make fully informed decisions when they're making an important hire, considering making an unusual investment and for many other reasons. Companies such as Corporate Resolutions conduct due dilig...

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
 Are you looking to buy your first house, condo, townhouse or co-op on The North Shore Of Long Island but don't know which would work best for you. At this point you're wondering "how much house can I afford to buy"?  We can explain the difference of the different ownerships, and the pros and con...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 13
Speechless Sunday: It is 2019, It is Time to elevate your Game!  If you are a Realtor anywhere in the United States, with the interest rate increases and the volatility of the Stock Market all this adds additional layers in to the buying and selling of real estate! Buyers and Sellers are looking ...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 1
COMMERCIAL APPRAISER, AI, MAI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE, EMPLOYEE RATING 2.7 / 5, 54% FAIL   1.0                       hostile work environment, bullying, threatening, terrible managers   Marketing Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL – Feb...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 4
Interestingly to me anyway, over the past several months I have had a few past and present clients ask me how they can get into real estate. For a variety of reasons, people I speak to are restless and looking for another career. They believe, I think, that real estate is an easy way to improve t...

By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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Inspirational thoughts for 12/10/18by Patricia Feager  "Being busy doesn't always mean real work. The object of allwork is production or accomplishment and to either of these endsthere must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose,as well as perspiration. Seeming to do i...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Ormond Beach Florida, Living the good life here...
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 What is the magic formula for business success?  "The People"... A successful business understands the value of using their resources to create a strategic business advantage...  One of the most valued resources that a business can have... is the understanding of the magical formula of a busines...

By Wade Webb, Real Estate Coach - Agentsboost
(Royal Lepage Kelowna)
Comments 0
“We all need a daily checkup from the neck up to avoid stinkin' thinkin' which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes.” ― Zig ZiglarThe “power of positive thinking” is a popular concept, and sometimes it can feel a little cliché. But the physical and mental benefits of positive thinking b...