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 Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!
(HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353)
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What do the HOA fees include - an important question to ask when buying a home which is in a Home-Owners Association (HOA). Both attached and detached homes can be in a home-owners association.The HOA information is usually available in the CC&Rs (Covenants, Constraints and Restrictions) - a publ...

By Jeanne Gregory, The most important home I sell is YOURS!
(RE/MAX Southwest)
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First of all, let me tell you that I am about to climb up on my soapbox here.   Last week I went to meet a potential seller.  The property next door was listed as a For Sale by Owner, or FSBO, in real estate language.  The lady I was meeting with said the owner next door had the home on Zillow an...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
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Barbara Todaro's message today is not only valuable to you as an agent building a reputation - it could be vital to your financial and emotional health and well-being. I'm thinking back to an incident that happened 20 or more years ago -  back when there were no buyer agents and everyone represen...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,ePro, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
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Do You Know Your Purchase Contract or Do You Blow Hot Air and Argue Your Opinion?   I recently had to "educate" an agent and her Sales Manager on the black & white boiler plate text written within our RPA (Residential Purchase Agreement) and to the sales manager, her behavior. I'm always amused (...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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Everyone that your clients meet in the transaction reflect on you. A good team leader works with those that share a common goal. Why would an agent want to work with your brokerage and why would you choose them.  Some brokers think that the number of people they have is some type of status symbol...

By Luke Acree, Making Agents Memorable
(ReminderMedia)
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Selecting a REALTOR® is a thought-provoking and sizeable decision for clients. Whether they’re a first-time homebuyer or they’ve outgrown their current house, one can safely assume that copious research (via internet or word of mouth) will go into their selection process. So, how do you ensure th...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   Our friend, Jeff Dowler has invited us all to write posts on how life works for the chosen (mostly) self employed members of Active Rain....how the balance is achieved with working and playing and what we may have encountered on that  journey to strike that position.  I had a friend who taugh...

By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
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I often discuss the difference in family wealth between homeowner households and renter households in CT. Much of that difference is the result of the equity buildup that CT homeowners experience over the time that they own their home. In a report recently released by the nonpartisan Employee Ben...

By Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker in Destin, Fl..
(BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE)
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This is a good read prior to starting a new week.  I hope everyone has a fantastic week. Do you spend your mornings battling the alarm clock, struggling to get the kids to school, and rummaging through the closet for something to wear? You’re not alone. Many of us are not necessarily “morning peo...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Listing agents that hunt the showing agents down to get a few words seem desperate and are conveying that the seller is very much needing an offer. This in itself could be giving away the seller's negotiating power.  It is a custom in my market area for listing agents to start sending feedback re...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Take a Few Minutes to Say Thank You Take a Few Minutes to Say Thank You A 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 a...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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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 ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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"No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main" - John Donne I received the following message from a Realtor recently:"Awesome to work with you.  So nice to have someone that is serious about their job.  Thank you. So refreshing to work with someo...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Feedback and evaluation should be continuous.   If you are an broker in Westchester County New York, you know that it is difficult to find high performing agents.  Once you find them you want them to continue to be productive. And if they become performers you want them to stay. You need a Value ...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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LOVE THIS ONE...I'm Nuts too.. Smart real estate marketing often consists of doing what everyone else is not doing.  When you copy what everyone else is doing, you don't stand out, you become pigeonholed with all "those" real estate agents and companies.   One of the successful trends we have not...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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 Lead generating is a basic function of survival in the real estate business. Yet, I witness agents not employing any method of lead generating.  How do you energize a debilitated real estate agent?  Is it possible to energize a person who is not functioning? There are options for dealing with th...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Life of Fulfillment“Determine what you want to attract into your life. . . .and pursue that vision with the conviction that you will achieve it.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it A life of fulfillment You have a choice of the life that you ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Putting Your Goals Into Writing“Putting your goals into writing creates specify . . . . and measurable goals to effectively pursue and to achieve.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . .Putting your goals into writing Put...

By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
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I’m so excited to welcome Seth Price back to the show! He has made some impressive strides toward success in the year since we last had the honor of speaking. Now the author of “The Road to Recognition: The A-Z Guide To Personal Branding For Accelerating Your Professional Success In The Age Of Di...

By Luke Acree, Making Agents Memorable
(ReminderMedia)
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Sales is all about communication. When you look at top-producers across every industry, communication skills are one of the few things that unites them all. To be able to take an idea and express it convincingly is the foundation of the craft.We might think our pitches are the most essential part...