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 Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Fair Housing Requirements for Maryland Real Estate Advertisements Is the equal housing opportunity logo included in all display advertisements, whether print, television or internet, in excess of four inches? The Equal Housing Opportunity logo must be the same size as the largest other logo displ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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Empathy is one of the greatest qualities anyone could have ...we believe ! I don’t know about you, but I have seen two different people convey the same message with drastically different results. Many times, it involves conveying a company policy or procedure that requires change. In other instan...

By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
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 Palm Bay Planet Fitness Planet 160 Malabar Rd. Palm Bay, FL 32907 Tel. 321-327-2970  Fax. 321-473-8938   Stress Management through Strength Training 101   Moving towards balance in one's personal and professional life is never easy, especially when you have multiple factors pulling ...

By Brenda K, Your real estate consultant for life...
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
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 Now what does a chicken and an egg have to do with real estate?   Well let's talk about 'rightsizing' and "yes" that a new term I've coined when your current home is no longer the right size for your family.  Here's the dilemma; you have to sell your home to secure financing to buy your new home...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." -- Gen. George S. Patton  Do you ever wonder what make people want to follow a leader into danger? Consider some of the comments of two American military leaders. "Never tell people how to ...

By Tai DeSa, Husband and wife team. #diapersandrealestate
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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So many people ponder whether they should flip houses, or buy and rent out houses. We will examine the pros and cons of each strategy later in this article. Before deciding between those two distinct strategies, there are three questions to consider first:  Why do I want to invest in real estate?...

By Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text
(Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker)
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From the NAR 2018 Member Profile:29% in the business less than 2 years!"In 2018, there was a continued rise in new members of the National Association of REALTORS®, increasing from 1.22 million in March 2017 to 1.30 million in April 2018. This is apparent in the data; those who had less than two ...

By Gail M. Travers, Going the Extra Mile for You!
(RE/MAX BRE #01240306)
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Only 12 states of 50 don’t routinely involve attorneys in the sale of residential real estate, allowing most closings to be handled by title and escrow companies, lenders and real estate agents.  But 26 states require that attorneys either handle the closing, or at a minimum, prepare all transfer...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Do you ever wonder what make people want to follow a leader into danger? Consider some of the comments of two American military leaders."Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." -- Gen. George S. Patton"Leadership is the art of get...

By Morgan Taylor, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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Your real estate logo is the single most important aspect of your brand. It’s the first thing clients see when they engage with your company. It’s also the first thing they pass judgment on.We are all looking for that timeless logo that sticks with you. If you are a new agent, building your logo ...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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What goes ⇑ will not come ⇓! An offer came through the email inbox for a listing. It was simple, cash, quick close. Clients countered and the REPC sent back quickly. The buyer accepted, then suddenly wanted to change the contract by offering less. Is this a case misunderstanding how the real esta...

By Joe Resendiz, Jr. Research Analyst
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In the U.S., people are on the move, and more of them are moving out of New Jersey than any other state. According to a recent study by moving company United Van Lines, about two-thirds of New Jersey moves are outbound. (On the flip side, Vermont has the highest percentage of inbound moves at 73%...

By KWKLY Text To Lead, Delivering The Best Leads, Faster!
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Today we wanted to share with you 5 different ways that KWKLY customers are using text message marketing in their real estate businesses. We hope you see these ideas and think about how you could adapt them to your own marketing efforts.A Couple of Things to Consider About Texting Before We Dive ...

By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
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Hows the Market Day 61 Your Million Dollar Year. This is a question any real estate professional should be able to answer in detail when asked, and you will be asked. National trends in lending, inventory, prices, days on market (DOM) and other stats should be followed and understood by the profe...

By Fred Sed, Your Orange County Realtor, Why? Because Fred Sed
(Fred Sed Group ~ Your Premier Southern California Realtors)
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Are you planning on renting your Southern California home or rental property? If so, like many homeowners or Real Estate investors you may be wondering if you can get more rental income from your property if you make some cosmetic upgrades to the property before renting it. Making cosmetic upgrad...

By Brian Kirksey, Managing Director - Appraiser and Realtor
(Ethos Real Estate)
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A startling trend I see more and more in real estate purchases is when the would-be buyer forgoes a home inspection. In this competitive market, would-be buyers do all types of things to make their offer stand out…shorter close times, all-cash offers, higher earnest money deposits, low appraisal ...

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
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"WHO WOULD HIRE SUCH A PERSON?"This post is short--to the point and meant to wake up those who still think that paying for leads is an acceptable practice:QUESTION: What is wrong with paying money to get leads? Why not take advantage, in my marketing plan to pay more money than the competition to...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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If you have followed our posts on branding, you no doubt remember that we usually feature the Veuve-Cliquot creative packaging as they hit the market place.  In 2017, we featured this one pictured above.This past week in Paris, we found their latest and most interesting packaging pictured above. ...

By Tai DeSa, Husband and wife team. #diapersandrealestate
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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The most important investment you can make is in yourself. Many people who created wealth in real estate did it through their actions during the evenings and on weekends. Below are some tips to maximize your experience.Know what you want to accomplish during the seminar. Are you there to learn ab...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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Brands should have a distinct personality regardless what branch of real estate marketing they represent.  In some cases, depending on the individual or company, a touch of whimsycan make that brand memorable and more attractive to its target market.  Whimsy is defined as "playfully quaint or fan...