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 Terri Woods, Selling Real Estate in Santa Cruz/Monterey County
(Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties)
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by Terri Woods Realtor, Broker, Real Estate Mentor/Coach Since December, my inbox has been overloaded with 'goal' emails from the best trainers, coaches, and motivational speakers on the planet. Great information! Free goal templates! On Demand webinars! Easy step formulas! 3 Steps to a Powerful ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 11
How does an ActiveRain post help your SEO on your own site?  Link backs.  Organic linkbacks to relevant searches and posts and pages on your site. ActiveRain gets a lot of traffic so Google likes it. While you can keep typing that headline after 70 characters, there is a good reason not to put im...

By Scott Carson, The Note Guy
(WeCloseNotes.com Inc)
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So many real estate investors are running around like its the wild west. Most don't have a clue on what they need to be doing on a regular basis or what actions they need to be taking on a regular basis to ensure growth. Without having ways to measure your business activities, you can't tell if y...

By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 1
It is true, many do not know ALL the laws on disclosure.Have a networking breakfast with some other local agents one told about a past client that decided his attorney was cheaper.The attorney failed to advise his client about ALL the disclosures that are mandatory in a Real Estate transaction.Th...

By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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 South Kingstown RI  Tree Services  Silver Leaf Forestry It may be too early for a blizzard and intense winds that can descend upon Rhode Island this winter but Silver Leaf Forestry is the South Kingstown RI tree company to call.  Do you have those trees close to the house or power lines that the...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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On August 1st, 2011, I pulled the list of expired listings as I do each month.  After sorting through the list and making sure that they hadn't re-listed, I made a list of expired listings to go visit.  I knocked on many doors, but few people were home.  If there was no answer (or they pretended ...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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I surely hope not.  That is not the way I want to be preceived as an agent. I do know some agents that are sharklike... Are Sales People Like Sharks Circling Prey? Sales people need the activity with clients in order to properly do their job and if like real estate agents, to get paid. Does that ...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
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Selling Rural Land? Learn to Read and Write Property Legal Descriptions!   We work with a lot of Real Estate Agents in evaluating, finding and helping sell forestland and one of my pet peeves has always been a lack of proper training my most professionals in writing proper legal descriptions. A ...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Real Estate Agent.
(St George Utah Area Real Estate Agent at PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Can you hear me now?  A woman looking to purchase a home site to build on in St. George, Utah needed assistance from an experienced real estate agent. The conversation went well until I asked her to sign paperwork. She suddenly became hard of hearing...  A few days ago, she approached my husband,...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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A doer has a vision for their life and goals. There vision of their life burns brightly in their thinking . . . . and becomes their purpose.   The Difference Between a Doer and a Talker “The way to get started is to quit talking, and begin doing.” Walt Disney 1901 – 1966, American entrepreneur, A...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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The art of staying in touch with your sphere is not just about you spouting your latest accomplishments and victories periodically.  It is about being someone who cares about the sphere as individuals not as referral sources.    The art of staying in touch with your sphere is not just about you s...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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The person who takes joy in their moments . . . . creates the foundation to enjoy their days . . . . and years of their lives.  Happiness is Found in Enjoying the Journey “For the person who enjoys the journey will find that they  achieve things in their life that are far beyond  their original d...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Successful people have the strength of purpose. Your Strength . . . . is in Your Determination "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of determination.” Vince Lombardi 1913 – 1970 , Football Coach     As I see i...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Become Your . . . . Dreams “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy  at what you shall at last unveil”  James Allen 1864 - 1912, Author, British Philosophical       As I see it. . . . . . . . B...

By Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
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Wish I knew then what I know NOW...   It has been over a decade since I switched my career to real estate. I learned so much the last decade that I believe if I knew the things that I know now, life as a real estate agent would have started on a much better foundation. Unless a house is built on ...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 31
You worked hard. You passed the real estate exam.You got your real estate license.Now what?An excellent advice in this re-post from Patricia Kennedy -Choose Your First Broker Very Carefully! It seems like we have a lot of people who are new to real estate discovering ActiveRain.  And some of them...

By Jason Ramsey, Myoutdesk Virtual Assistants
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 Most real estate professionals like would say they get their appointments “by making calls,” either by themselves of by an Inside Sales or Virtual Assistant.  According to the law of averages, to make to get at least one qualified appointment you need to have ten conversations with prospects. To...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Ways that Technology Can Ruin Our Business I am far from a data security expert. I know it and admit it willingly. But in this day and age I think we have to keep up with the issues that affect our online security and that of our computers, and potentially our businesses. No doubt you have seen s...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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PHOENIX REAL ESTATE CRIME FREE ADDENDUM ALL TENANTS SIGN We have every tenant review and sign the CRIME FREE ADDENDUM when signing a new lease. We believe the expectations must be set at the beginning of the lease to avoid future disagreements down the road. We inform the tenants that the owner w...

By Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County
(One World Realty Inc.)
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There is nothing more gratifying then to have a successful closing and especially with a first time home owner. Thanks to Platinum Title and the selling Agent Alexandra Owen her Realtor in making this a memory that the buyer will always remember. Great job everyone.