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 Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Developing a great sales team starts with communicating clear vision and values and seeing that each member shares the values and is on the same page.    Once aligned a leader inspires those on the team to be the very best they can be.  Remember that not every person is the same but a diversity o...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Five Little Piggies - With a Twist!  This little piggy went to the office. A solid work ethic meant getting up, dressing up and showing up to get the days To-Do List completed. Always self-motivated, moving forward to successfully accomplish the clients set goals!    This little piggy liked to 'w...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 8
   We were approached by potential sellers who wanted to downsize and spend less time and money on home maintenance and more on other things....and we toured their home for our suggestions as to what could be done to get the biggest return for their real estate investment.        Carpeting in thr...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Inner Strength Will Keep You Pushing Forward“The man who can drive himself furtheronce the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” Roger Bannister, English Olympic Athlete, Runner, The FirstRunner to Run the Sub-Four Minute Mile in the 1952 Olympics                             Speaker,...

By Janelle Johnson, Improve business reputation & customer experience
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Purchasing your own home is many people’s ultimate dream. And that dream once started with the dreamer asking friends and  family for a referral to a trusted realtor. But nowadays, it’s more typical for that search for a realtor to start online, and first thing most searchers are looking at onlin...

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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If I were thinking of financing a home purchase, I'm not sure I would want to trust an app to get my approval and loan.  I still prefer working with a human: Are you currently house-hunting or plan to be in the near future? If you plan on using mortgage financing to pay for your home, you will so...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Believe . . . . You Can Do It“Never underestimate the power of belief when it comes to fulfilling your dreams. I can say with no hesitation that every personI’ve ever met who has achieved any degree of success has one thing in common: they believed with all their heart they could do it.”Mac Ander...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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Q&A: CA: Must a seller communicate a rejection of an offer back to the buyer?The answer is: No.The fiduciary duty of a broker to the seller requires that all offers, whether in writing or oral, be transmitted to the seller objectively and as quickly as possible. Yet, there is no specific law of C...

By Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.
(Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
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Most recently I was in the shower and being the ever attentive agent I am, my phone was on the counter, you know, just in case!! The phone rang incessantly.  I hopped out to check it in the event it was an emergency.  Nope, no emergency; just 6 phone calls from the same, unfamiliar number.No brea...

By Joyce Marsh, Florida Real Estate, Premier Sotheby's International Realty
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 10
The Benefits of Home Staging When Selling Your Home Project: New Listing - Ocean Home in New Smyrna Beach Florida 32169Listed by Joyce Marsh, Premier Sotheby's International Realty, Daytona Beach FloridaThis is a beautiful direct ocean home located in one of the most desirable beach areas in Flor...

By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
Comments 7
Are you currently house-hunting or plan to be in the near future? If you plan on using mortgage financing to pay for your home, you will soon discover that there's no shortage of options available to you. You can meet with a local mortgage professional, apply for mortgages online and even downloa...

By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
Comments 2
 If you’ve searched for properties in Southwest Florida, you’ve probably noticed that coastal homes are a big feature. At the same time, these are where many of our larger metros are, leading to access to many different types of amenities. For example, throughout the area, we have a budding food ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Integrity is Doing What’s Right“Integrity is doing what’s right even when you may be the only person that would know what you’ve done.Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . . . Integrity is doing what’s right Integrity is do...

By Dr. Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Broker, Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward
(K1 Realty Group)
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       During this time of the year, most real estate agents who are goal oriented are planning for the following year and reflecting on the old year.  As I was doing my time of reflecting, I thought about some of the actions from some real estate agents in 2017.  I'm sure this wasn't the first y...

By Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827)
Comments 11
Have you ever heard these musings from a friend selling or buying a house?My Realtor is too busyMy Realtor doesn't do open houses My Realtor doesn't do enough marketingMy Realtor doesn't communicate enoughMy Realtor doesn't move fast enough when a hot property hits the market and we lose out on a...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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There is a month and a half left until spring.    Set aside 15 minutes to give out your business card. Here is one that you can do for 15 minutes two, three, or four times a week:Pass out a few business cards in an area you want to sell homes.Make sure your website's domain name is printed on the...

By Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
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Grow Your Local Small Business Staying Being True to Who You Are With so many ways to grow your real estate business, no wonder so many newer agents never gain any traction or know where to start.   Recently on my podcast, I discussed a question I get all the time. New agents or agents with littl...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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I have just negotiated a “win-win” deal for my Valued Buyers. They are on an emotional high. Now, I have to bring them down to earth and prepare them for the home inspection, which I humorously entitle “it is time for the dream-killer to arrive!” Let me take you back a step in the process. When I...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 9
Home Inspectors Make Mistakes, too. Verify. Home Inspectors Make Mistakes, Too. Verify. A couple of weeks ago a home inspector almost caused a deal to go south. It wasn't because the home had any structural issues, it was because the inspector incorrectly reported that the heating and air unit wa...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 35
    Far too many times with an ear to the marketplace...if it is your own....or you are on an internet hear/read that an agent just got a listing that that special area of, short  sale, commercial, relocation, vacant land, new construction, agricultural...