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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!

Recent blogs on Real Estate Best Practices
By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
I wrote this blog posting a few weeks back, in reaction to yet more unfavorable headlines out there.  I stewed on it for awhile, and finally feel like I can put it out there.  I feel the times ahead really call for, and will be improved upon, with excellent communication.  Transparency, authenticity, honesty - I like those words that end with Y.So, here's my "ponderings" as I react to the news around us:***It’s an interesting thought.  I was reading a rant by a national real estate coach regarding collusion.  He mentioned he must have missed the invites to those meetings where all the agents got together to conspire on commission.  He went on to say he’s never seen ANY agents working together to do anything at all…let along ALL. (oh my, HE was on a rant too!)It is a point as all the USA...
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By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Need Inspiration and Results? When was the last time you were inspired by something new that you learned for your business? Something that actually got you from thinking, something you could implement that would drive your business forward? Maybe something that took you away from investigating online and took you toward experiencing a real-life example? Last week, I took the members of my Encore coaching groups to Floor & Decor in Everett to review all aspects of flooring and surfaces. We had already reviewed a number of principles prior to our field trip, so our members were prepared with a background in current trends and materials before we got there. While there, we reviewed a wide variety of flooring types, discussed appropriate flooring for different applications, learned about h...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
The cartoon above is Timmothy's continuation of selfies but I want to take this a different direction.If you bill yourself as a Real Estate professional I hope you talk like one in front of clients or anyone who asks you about Real Estate. You are representing all Real Estate professionals when you speak.A certain Minot agent comes to mind who has the strange combination of speaking like a 70 surfer dude and a televangelist. He always wears 1990's sunglasses too (just a step below banana clip sunglasses).Then there are those agents who are proficient in two languages... English and profanity. I'm sure most of us let a bad word slip out once in a while but hopefully it doesn't happen in a Real Estate situation or in public where we may be highly recognized as a Real Estate professional.N...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, The best agent in Southern Utah!
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
"Must be nice!" harrumphed The Green Eyed Monster. Many people want either success, wealth or fame, regardless of their actions or contributions toward achieving either status. They breed resentment, thinking they are owed, that wishes and dreams should be magically fulfilled.  Those who hold an entitled mindset often snub people who have amassed their fortunes. Successful people continue their careers by embracing challenges, seeking knowledge while learning new skills. Improving rates high. 📈 Long-term success is gained by self-motivated means. Not living with parents, sucking the life out of them or 'borrowing' money from them as a temporary means of survival until the next pay day. 🔑 Wealth management means discovering positive ways and means to be self-sustaining, supporting onesel...
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By Ron Saporito, Palm Desert, CA Real Estate & Mortgage Broker Since 2003, Call (760)574-8486. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com
(Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs.)
3 Tips for Showcasing Your Property's Unique Design Features Introduction Effective property marketing can be done by accentuating its original design aspects. This is true whether you are trying to sell or rent your home or want to show off its features. Below are three tips to help your property to stand out. Professional Photography and VideographyHigh-quality visual content is paramount when demonstrating the design of a property. Professional photography and even videography capture those details and appeal to potential buyers or renters. Lighting and Angles A professional photographer appreciates the role of lighting and perspective when taking pictures of a space. The right angle can create spatial openness and accentuate the beauty of materials and finishes. For example, if your...
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By Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® CRS,ABR,PSA,RCS-D, ePRO, Serving Coastal San Diego, Veteran's & Seniors
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
The Most Unrealistic Expectation in Real Estate: In the world of real estate, one of the most persistent yet impractical pieces of advice, right after the cliche' "Location, Location, Location," is "Always answer your phone." This statement implies that you should be on standby 24/7 for any random call that comes in. In reality, most unexpected calls these days are from robocallers, solicitors, or scammers. We've created a world that screens against them too."Always Answer Your Phone"Here’s a Thought:If you call someone and reach their voicemail, leave a message. Or send a text. Assume they are busy at that moment, not that they are ignoring you or being unprofessional. Of course, you do need to promptly return calls and texts when you’re next available, or this advice is pointless. How...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
As I write this post, the North Texas area is once again being pummeled with horrific storms. This has been an extremely busy storm season this year. Most notably, power and Internet services have been disrupted numerous times.I work from home and my Internet was down for almost the past two weeks. Due to a very close lightning strike, my home was struck taking down our Internet and one of our AC units. Because the damage was widespread in the area, getting our services restored took a long time.I have experience with working with no power having been in the Houston area for many years. After Hurricane Ike, we were without power for over 3 weeks. It was a tough time for everyone.Here is what I have learned over the years as we navigate these stormy times:1. Have a contingency plan at al...
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By Peter Tamura, BANNOCHIE TEAM
(Coldwell Banker Select)
Recently, tenants were moving out of a rental house close to Tulsa University, here's my experience with finding new tenants. I have managed properties for about eighteen years and during that time, Tulsa has always been a market where there has been lots of demand for rentals.I use FB Marketplace or Zillow, I've done both but it becomes cumbersome, it's easier to manage if I just use one or the other.*It seems like it's hard to find rentals, but it is amazing to me how many prospective tenants go about it in a haphazard way. I put general instructions, how much, when the property is available and some of the applicants don't seem to read any of it. I know life is happening and they are probably looking at three or four properties but just read the description, come and look at the hous...
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By Sam Thomas, When it's important; hire a professional.
(Providence Group Realty)
Selling your home while simultaneously buying a new one can feel daunting to even the most seasoned homeowner. Navigating this complex process requires careful planning, strategic decisions, and, often, professional guidance. Here are the three most common concerns we hear from clients—and our advice for overcoming each!What if I sell my home before I can buy a new one?One of the most significant worries is selling your current home before securing a new one. This situation can leave you feeling uncertain and unsettled. However, there are several ways to manage this scenario effectively.Tip: Open your mind to short-term housing options.Temporary housing can be a practical solution if you find yourself between homes. Consider renting a short-term apartment or house, staying with friends ...
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When it comes to buying or selling a home, choosing the right real estate agent can make all the difference.   "Whatever you're doing, make it fun." -Carol Williams mottoThis month's Challenge, hosted by Kathy Streib  and Debe Maxwell, CRS , CRS, invites us to share what sets us apart in our field. Why should a prospect choose us over all of our competitors when there are plenty of other options? Since I have been retired for nearly 13 years, my post will be written in the past tense. Over the years, I did figure out why buyers and sellers chose me to represent them in a real estate transaction.When it comes to buying or selling a home, choosing the right real estate agent can make all the difference. In the unique community of Wenatchee, being the rebel that I am, it wasn't that hard t...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Timmothy's cartoon above reminded me of those old photo booths that we often would share with a friend or two and make silly faces on that strip of pictures. Now-a- days it seems to be a primary job of cell phone selfies.I'm thinking the picture above was taken around 1900 and the man on the Right is my grandpa. The photo below is a selfie of my son taken for an art project. A selfie of him looking startled to later be transformed into a self portrait.Just like photography, Real Estate has also changed greatly since 1900. Heck! it's changed a lot since I retired just 5 years ago. If you are a regular to/on Active Rain you will see those changes in blog posts as well as the Active Rain Question and Answer section.Computers, computer programs, smart phones, smart phone apps, and AI have r...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Beach Broker, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
Unlock the power of homeownership and invest in your future wealth!  There are a variety if ways to invest for the future.  You can invest directly into a variety of fixed investments.  ORYou can pay/invest in a mortgage for your self or for someone else.  This is a no pain way of investing for your future.  Every mortgage payment builds your net worth while creating a foundation for financial stability.Reach out today to start your journey towards a brighter tomorrow.#thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #happyhomeowners #investment #realestate #realestateagent #realtor
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Having professional buyer representation can make a significant difference in navigating the complexities of purchasing a home. This blog highlights the invaluable expertise and support a buyer’s agent brings to the table, ensuring a smoother and more successful buying process.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP  In today's complex and competitive real estate market, an overwhelming 89% of homebuyers turn to licensed real estate agents or brokers for assistance. This high percentage highlights the significant value and advantages of professional buyer representation. Here are just a few of the key benefits of having a dedicated real estate advocate when purchasing a home: ✅ Market ExpertiseNavigating the real estate market can be daunting without the right knowledge. L...
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By Alan May, Hot enough for ya?
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
The "Home Alone" house has hit the market, again, and this time for $5,250,000.The last time this home was available was March of 2012 when it sold for $1,950,000.The movie Home Alone was released in 1990 and this Winnetka, IL home, located on the north shore of Chicago was prominently featured and has been a popular tourist attraction since then.  The prior and current owners have had to build a perimeter fence to keep gawkers off the lawn, and still people pull up in front of the house making that "Mccaulay Culkin" face and taking selfies.This home is listed with Kate Moore and Dawn McKenna of Coldwell Banker, and is a 5 bedroom 6 bathroom home and includes a fully equipped gym, a beautifully updated kitchen, a basement basketball court 25-feet below grade with a true three-point lin...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, The best agent in Southern Utah!
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Responsible Accounting Matters for Long-Term Success Commingling funds will get a real estate agent in big, BIG trouble. Even the description screams... 🚫🚫🚫 "Don't Do it!" 🚫🚫🚫 Placing earnest money in a trust account with the brokerage or with a title company is expected, not in an agent's checking account over the weekend for convenience sake or because the office has closed for the day. In that case, put it somewhere for safekeeping until it can be deposited properly. 🚫🚫🚫 Or Don't Take It! 🚫🚫🚫 Wiring money has become so easy, taking the funds out of the agent's hands, placing it directly where it belongs. One responsibility to keep in mind, is discussing the Wire Fraud Disclosure that warns against online crime. Clients must read, sign and date, verifying that they fully understand th...
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By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
"Whatever you're doing, make it fun." -Carol Williams mottoThis month's Challenge, hosted by Kathy Streib  and Debe Maxwell, CRS , CRS, invites us to share what sets us apart in our field. Why should a prospect choose us over all of our competitors when there are plenty of other options? Since I have been retired for nearly 13 years, my post will be written in the past tense. Over the years, I did figure out why buyers and sellers chose me to represent them in a real estate transaction.When it comes to buying or selling a home, choosing the right real estate agent can make all the difference. In the unique community of Wenatchee, being the rebel that I am, it wasn't that hard to "be different". I guess it wasn't so much the things that I did but the twist I put on those things that mad...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, The best agent in Southern Utah!
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Due Diligence & Full Disclosure Matters for Long-Term Success Both are important to all involved. Real estate agents act as negotiator, protect their clients by acting in their best interests, adhere to deadlines, deliver signed documents, ensuring that everyone remains in compliance, are also extremely thorough, minimizing any risks. Due diligence plays an important part, so when a home inspector discovers defects that need repaired or replaced, an informed decision can be made by the buyer. Making sure that all parties have the necessary information to move forward can oftentimes ensure a smoother transaction. Full disclosure on behalf of the sellers means detailing repairs that have been made or current issues that may affect overall property condition, such as cracked windows, termi...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
A pre-listing inspection can be a game-changer for sellers. This blog outlines the benefits, including identifying issues early, setting realistic expectations, and building buyer confidence. It’s a proactive step that can streamline the selling process and potentially lead to a faster, smoother transaction.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP So, what is a pre-listing inspection? As the name suggests, this special type of inspection is done before the home seller officially lists their home for sale. They hire a professional home inspector to examine the property and identify any potential problem areas. After the inspection, the professional provides a detailed inspection report with findings, including photographs, descriptions of issues, and recommendations for repa...
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By Kukun--240-483-3649 Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
So, what is a pre-listing inspection?As the name suggests, this special type of inspection is done before the home seller officially lists their home for sale. They hire a professional home inspector to examine the property and identify any potential problem areas. After the inspection, the professional provides a detailed inspection report with findings, including photographs, descriptions of issues, and recommendations for repairs or improvements.The idea is to know about the kind of repair the house needs – something a potential buyer may need to know before signing the purchase agreement.What does a pre-listing inspection cover?Your inspection’s coverage largely depends on how thorough you want it to be. You could restrict the review to a certain area such as your home’s foundation ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Maintaining confidentiality is crucial for long-term success in real estate. This blog emphasizes the importance of protecting clients' personal and financial information. Building trust through discretion not only fosters stronger relationships but also enhances your reputation as a reliable and professional agent. Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Confidentiality Matters for Long-Term Success   While it's okay for grown adults to be curious about their parents home buying or selling decisions, it's paramount for the real estate agent to establish a healthy, communication boundary immediately. Otherwise, trouble may come knocking!   Some parents think it's wonderful their children wish to be involved. Emphasize that they can update them throughout the process and un...
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