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 Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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Take a Few Minutes to Say Thank YouA few days ago I had the opportunity to visit a property and talk with the owner about an upcoming move. I was told by the owner that she would be talking with another agent but knowing this did not dissuade me. I gathered all the information I needed for the li...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Is your memory beginning to fade with age? It happens to many Coral Gables homeowners as soon as they reach their 40s and 50s, if not sooner. It is only natural. Fortunately, you do not have to throw in the towel on your mental capabilities. You too can start depending on simple techniques to imp...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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A brand is not just a logo, slogan, font, color schemes, description of your business, or symbols. A brand includes the logo, slogan, etc. The purpose of a brand is to communicate and create a relationship of trust to the segment of the market you are targeting.  It is nice to get your target mar...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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IT PAYS TO HAVE CONNECTIONS IN REAL ESTATE ONE PHONE CALL AWAY The owner asked me to obtain bids to replace two air conditioners on his apartment building. Currently, I work with two AC companies located in Phoenix, Arizona. However, I needed a third one. I called my current vendors to seek out a...

By Pat Hiban, Billion Dollar Agent
(Pat Hiban Interviews Real Estate Rockstars and Founder of Rebus University)
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Closing online real estate leads isn’t as hard as most agents make it out to be. However, the majority of agents go about managing and responding to leads in a manner that makes it very difficult to succeed. Over time, this results in countless missed opportunities and significant spending on lea...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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If you own a Weston home and find yourself concerned about the fate of our environment, you may enjoy watching a quality DVD about the controversial subject. For instance, 2004’s The Day After Tomorrow shows people what could happen if Global Warming suddenly takes drastic effects on our world. T...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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 Harry's Top 5 Reasons Why First Impressions Still Matter I know many of us discuss the lack of professionalism in our industry. However, it starts with me on how I conduct myself in my real estate business. First, I still dress to impress when meeting a client for the first time. That is how I w...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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There has been a fair amount of myth-busting going on here on Active Rain, some of it done by me. There are a handful of myths about real estate, too... so I thought I'd take a shot at those. MYTH #1  There are no special skills required to sell real estate.  This one makes me laugh all the time...

By Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia
(Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia)
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Yesterday I answered a question by Corinne Guest, Managing Broker  in the Q & A section of Active Rain.  She asked what had been our most odd day in real estate. Having been a licensed REALTOR® since 1999, I have had my fair share of odd days.   In May of 2000 I was on floor duty when I got a cal...

By Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS, "Your California Real Estate Broker" TM #oclauren
(California Coastal Estates)
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Don't Judge a Realtor by their Body or Face | Experience SellsSellers and Buyers Please DO NOT Judge a Realtor or Broker by their looks, a woman's figure or what car they drive. For the most part we drive comfortable, luxury cars because we are in them all day.... We need comfort. What really irr...

By Pat Hiban, Billion Dollar Agent
(Pat Hiban Interviews Real Estate Rockstars and Founder of Rebus University)
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Real estate agents are always looking to increase real estate lead conversion and improve their marketing and advertising ROI. What if we told you that you can increase real estate lead conversion and increase real estate profits by simply optimizing lead funnels from 3 sources?  Podcast guest, C...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Pessimist or Optimist Your Choice “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”Harry Truman 1884 – 1972, 33rd President the United States          As I see it. . . . . . . .Pessimist or optimist your choice You hav...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS "Just go out and get the next listing or buyer with your own people skills. After all-- 80% of costumers decide on individuals and not company name. That should say something.........."Right on target - and - re-blog! Don't Judge a Realtor by their Body or Face | Experi...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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WHEN A TENANT IS LATE TO FIRST SHOWING OF UNIT THEN WHATI own a real estate and property management company located in the Phoenix real estate market. We have several rental listings each month. That means we receive hundreds of calls, texts and emails regarding our rental listings. Then, we star...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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The Quiet Mind: Critical Tips for Peak Performance A personal practice I have done for over 20 years is called my Hour of Power. It is a time where I sit in my office every workday for one hour of uninterrupted time. I do this so that I can focus on key tasks that I need to do without ANY interr...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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    Our Company, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~are holding an " Open House Extravaganza" this weekend and many of us are paticipating.    I held 5 Open Houses with the help of my sellers.  They are excited to do anything that they can do in order to get the exposure for their houses too.  O...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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Last December, we wrote a post about cursive fonts, and the problems they can cause when it comes to developing a brand.  Recently when we drove by a shopping center monument sign depicted below,  both Ron and I read it as "Swille", and we wondered at the choice of the name.  The definition of "s...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Too often, Cape Coral homeowners get sick of going to the gym. There are only so many miles you can run on a treadmill and so many laps you can swim in a pool. What a person needs is a little fun and adventure to get in shape. It is not difficult to burn 400 to 500 calories from your body every d...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
(Zurple)
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With virtually all listings being online, consumers expect high quality, web ready photographs. If you do not hire a professional photographer for your clients, it’s important your listings stay up to par, even in this year’s sellers market. Luckily smart phone technology has taken some of the ti...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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In our last two articles series, “Avoiding the High Cost of Mindlessness” and “The Inner Game of Real Estate” we explored the advantages of achieving a state of relaxed focused concentration in your real estate practice. The primary advantage, besides how great it makes you feel, is increasing th...