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 PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 It's important to be of value and give people relevant information.However you also need to ask them to "return the favor," so to speak. What can you offer to the public that will make them want to give you their contact information and, most importantly, want to work with you?  A few ways to ge...
By Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548)
Comments 15
 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 Bob Haywood,
(McGraw Realtors)
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It was a typical morning at the dentist office.  The lobby was crowded, people were signing in, kids were playing in the kids area and I was there for my scheduled 6 month teeth cleaning.Hearing a crying child in a dentist office is pretty unusual, so when the little girl came out from one of the...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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 Are you a "For Sale By Owner"?   When it comes to selling a home, sellers always have different reasons for doing what they do. But the biggest chance that sellers take is to not use a professional when it comes to selling their home. They believe that with not using a sales professional, they a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Keep Trying and Give it Your Best“To try and fail is at least to learn. To fail to try is to suffer the loss  of what might have been.”Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790, American Statesmen As I see it. . . . . . . .Keep trying and give it your best Success isn’t achieved in coasting . . . or in tryin...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Energy to Finish What You Start“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body.The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .T...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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There’s No Substitute For Hard Work “I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better, visualization works if you work hard.That’s the thing; you can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”Jim Carrey Canadian American Actor As I see it . . . . . . .There’s no substitute f...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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 "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle I have a single mom under contract to purchase a home.  She was supposed to close in June.  The lender she preapproved with dropped the ball and did not get the job done.  He asked for a 10 day extention, then a 30 day extension.  The ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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They showed theirs, now show yours! Negotiations in price, repairs and terms can be tedious at best, especially when a potential homebuyer strives for a much lower price by creating a lengthy list of 'so called' repairs. The sellers had a very thorough home inspection performed prior to listing t...
By Will Hamm
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 14
Funny how some things work out with our clients, I have a young couple that I have been working with since May to find a home.  Being the first home, they are excited and looking forward to having their first home.  Well we have written 15 contracts and have been out bit on all 15 but yesterday w...
By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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I just read a very informative and eye-opening article from Inman News about the ten most common ways that agents go wrong and end up getting sued.  It's not always something intentional, in fact, it's mostly unintentional. And that's why we need to be so vigilant in understanding our roles and h...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 13
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 Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Why do I need To be qualified for a mortgage  to see a house  How many times have buyers asked you this question ? How do you answer this question ? I hope you explain to the buyer the importance of knowing how much they can afford; not what they think they can afford . We are Real Estate Profes...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Go Into Your Future With Boldness“Neither wise man nor a brave man lies down on thetracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”Dwight D. Eisenhower 1890 – 1969, 34th President of the United States As I see it . . . . . . .Go into your future with boldness Step into the...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea
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There are some gray areas when it comes to "clients" vs "customers". For example,YOU ARE DEFINITELY A CLIENT WHEN YOU HAVE SIGNED ONE OF MY FORMS OR CONTRACTS.Because when you do, real estate law needs me to sign a "disclosure" that tells you what our relationship is. This may include that I am y...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
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If you are a Realtor® or a real estate agent in California or beyond and you are working on a real estate transaction, there are certain parts of the process for which you need to plan ahead—especially with respect to Homeowner’s Association HOA Documents.Generally, when you are involved in a rea...
By Tim and Julie Harris
(Tim & Julie Harris® Real Estate Coaching)
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Today On Real Estate Coaching Radio® Proven Pre-Qualification Scripts & Strategies (Part 2) Whether you’re purchasing buyer-leads from a portal like Zillow, or generating them yourself, the need to pre-qualify the prospects you’re generating remains the same. Today we're discussing some key scri...
By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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Dear Readers,Hannah Williams from NE Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA, really hits the mark with her post contents. She covers many aspects and does so in depth. While you are reading Hannah's post about being sure people can qualify before you go out with them, remember it is not only about mon...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 *UPDATE*Love listings? Let's get you more!The next Seller's Corner webinar launches:TODAY Thursday, August 27th 3:00 PM (PST) / 5:00 PM (CST) / 6:00 PM (EST)  1) Call folks. A “Hi, how are you?” goes a long way.Successful agents set aside time every week for renewing and nurturing relationships....
By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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Dear Readers,John Meussner, from Costa Mesa, CA, carefully details the reasons why people need a PRE-APPROVAL, not just a pre-qulification, before they start looking at homes to purchase. BE PREPARED is not only for Boy Scouts. Nothing makes for a sadder event than an uprepared Buyer choosing a h...