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 Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
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  Real estate marketing is all about providing the information. Tell me about your area, what it is like there? Blogs and video channels are two excellent platforms to stock with posts about community events. And once the buyer decides this is the place to considering raising a family, retiring.O...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 107
I try to watch at least one training webinar a week. The majority of these webinars deal with ways to grow our business. Tonight as I watched one of these webinars, the agent who was being featured made the statement, "Agents spend too much time servicing their clients rather than going after new...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 9
Building a client base is hard work. Fortunately, there are many ways to do it: Prospecting Referral from past client Networking We've found that a combination of all three is the best mix for us, but networking isn't a natural act for many people. When you're networking, there are rules that you...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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We Will be Known For What we Do “I always remember an epitaph in the cemetery at Tombstone Arizona. It says: Here lies Jack Williams ‘He gave his damnedest’. I think that’s the greatest epitaph a man can have.”Harry S. Truman 33rd President of the United States As I see it . . . . . . .We will be...
By Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.
(MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)
Comments 51
Honestly, I feel pretty safe in what I do for a living and rarely get any twinges or spidey senses going off indicating possibly danger or harm.  Thankfully, those feelings are well tuned however if someone isn't serious about a purchase or sale of a property!A man left a message at the office pr...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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We started our day early this morning.  We reviewed all incoming data for a project we are working on, and aligned our ideas for two other projects. We also discussed the various aspects of the two websites we are creating, and aligned with our web developer in terms of everyone's deliverables. I...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 12
What is your extraordinary promise of value?  To stand out from the crowd of undistinguishable luxury real estate marketing professionals you must offer your target market an extraordinary value proposition. Otherwise, you become a commodity and your value diminishes significantly, not to mention...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    As a business owner, the life blood of the business is to keep the pipeline full and support my employees by finding ways to stay ahead of the pack. In this industry the pie is only so big. The way I look at it, there are 70 home inspection companies that are all competing with this company f...
By Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548)
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 Real Estate Success Keys ~ Build Relationships Real Estate, like all sales, is a people business.  It's not who we know, but who knows us and the services we provide.  Face to face networking has been the paradigm for building business relationships for more than a century, but the internet is r...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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2015 TEXAS REALTORS CONFERENCE  FORT WORTH, TEXAS A REALTOR wears many hats. Like a good Cowboy and/or Cowgirl the role we play requires us to wear many hats. My day started at 4 a.m. and my first duty was to serve as Evaluator at Mock Presentations at 7:45 a.m. for the Professional Development M...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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WHY You Need a Pre-Approval       You've heard it before.  If you're going to buy a home one of the very first items on your 'to do' list needs to be obtaining a pre-approval from a lender.  Not a pre-qualification (know the difference between a preapproval and prequalification?).  Some of the mo...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 3
Our 'success in business' as real estate agents is still about building relationships in person and online.  Real Estate Success Keys ~ Build Relationships   Real Estate, like all sales, is a people business.  It's not who we know, but who knows us and the services we provide.  Face to face netwo...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Believe that you will be successful at the start of the new start task . . . . and make the commitment to active your desired outcome. The True Meaning of Confidence “Whenever you are asked, if you can do a job, tell them ‘certainty I can’! And get busy and find out how to do it.” Theodore Roosev...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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WOW Potential Sellers and Attract Buyers with Your Listing Blogs With hundreds, maybe thousands, of sites where you can find listings online how likely is it that consumers are going to go to your blog to look for listings? Not very likely. But maybe you can attract them to your blog and then dir...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 14
Be Appreciative and Count Your Blessing“Better to lose count while naming your blessing than to lose your blessing counting your troubles.”Maltbie D. Babcock 1858 – 1901, American Clergyman   As I see it . . . . . . .Be appreciative and count your blessing We live in a world that brings blessing ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 16
 At the last minute, the buyer gets cold feet. The bank backs down. The appraisal falls short. The seller loses the house they were going to buy. The buyer loses their job.  When everything around you is whirling and frenzied, it's very easy to lose your sense of calm. But it's our job to be the ...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 Email Marketing: It's What's For Dinner(And Breakfast and Lunch).Hungry for more responses? We lay out some of the best, easiest and most effective email marketing practices... Read More Full Menu of Email-Generating Tools(You Should Be Using).Your AccelerAgent Toolkit generates specific types o...
By Emmary Simpson, Serving Tucson AZ
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
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Tomorrow, September 1st, starts REALTOR Safety Month. More, now than ever, we MUST keep safety in the front of our brain. We MUST stop "the way we used to do things" and take a stand to keep ourselves away from potentially dangerous situations.I am SO proud to be a member of the Arizona Associati...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Know When to Pull and When to Push“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him pull rather than push.”Ludwig Wittgenstein 1919 -1990, Austrian – British Philosopher   As I see it . . . . . . .Know when to pull and when to p...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Our Industry is always changing as we all know but, this has never been a truer statement than right now. October will change how we all operate, work together, and progress in Real Estate, mortgage, and title across the board. In the presentation at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s eCl...