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 Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
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  How well do you stay in touch with your past customers and clients? I know for me, this is probably the weakest part of my business. Is it due to being an introvert? Is it due to being very busy? Is it due to poor processes in place?  In my case, I have a feeling that it is a combination of all...

By Steve Bunker
(RealEstateCalendars.com)
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“You need to earn your clients’ trust. One of the best ways to do that is by actively listening to what they’re telling you—their needs and wants are important to them, and they should be important to you, too… When your clients know you’re genuinely concerned with what’s best for them, they’ll t...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Changing Your Attitude . . . . Change Your Results“When you change your attitude . . . . you change your world and the way you see things.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . .Changing your attitude . . . . Changes Your...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
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In our Texas promulgated contract forms there is a blank for the title company who issues the owner title policy and a box to check as to who pays for it. In Texas generally the seller pays for the title policy because they are ones who could have created issues that may need to be cleared to pro...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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In Facing Difficulties“In facing your difficulties . . . .  and successfully resolving them  brings out your strengths.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see It . . . . . . . . In facing difficulties In the times of facing difficulties yo...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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Photo by Marco Rupena @dreamstimeIn our brand strategy work for real estate marketing professionals, we always emphasize the importance of having beautiful marketing materials.  This speaks volumes about you: whether it is in the materials of your listing presentation, your website, a property br...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Comments 5
Why Do REALTORS® Strive for a Seamless Home Purchase? This is the time of year when graduations, weddings, family trips and summer plans are taking place.   All of the time lines, out of town guest schedules, and a lot of planning takes place for those events.  All of those activities can be stre...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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Do you know how to keep you clients loyal? Ron and Alexandra Seigel do.    Step 1 Great customer service is not a technique that you can mimic.  It can best be learned through you own direct personal experience. To run circles around your competition with superlative customer service requires a c...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 5
PHOENIX PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AIR CONDITIONING TIPS DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS I just wanted to inform everyone that the hot weather is here in Phoenix. Yes, we do live in a desert. Plus, the concrete does not help at all with the heat. We hit 120 degrees in Phoenix this past week. The Phoenix In...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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PHOENIX PROPERTY MANAGEMENT DOORS ALWAYS OPEN FOR PAST CLIENTS I started my day off like any other day with being at the office early to catch up on paperwork and to return phone calls. I answered my phone about midmorning from a past investor that decided to stop using me as her property manager...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Comments 5
Should I Add Solar Panels to Sell My House?Solar is a hot topic of discussion.  Whether you buy or lease solar panels, the end result is that hopefully you've lowered your energy bills and reduced your carbon footprint in the process.  But Should you add solar panels is awhole 'nother question if...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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FAQ #5 WHAT TYPE OF PROPERTIES DO YOU MANAGE PHOENIX PROPERTY MANAGER? Many people ask me the above question when it comes to what types of properties that I manager. There are some Phoenix Property Management companies that focus only on single family homes or apartment complexes. However, Real ...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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FAQ#4 HOW DO YOU QUALIFY TENANTS PHOENIX PROPERTY MANAGEMENT? I had wise person tell me when I was young the following words of wisdom“IF YOU DO NOT WANT CHAOS IN YOUR HOME, THEN DO NOT ALLOW IT IN THE FRONT DOOR.”I bring this same quote into my real estate business. Screening tenants is an art w...

By Nicole Ocean
(BPO Automation Group & BPO University)
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Educational Blog Updated: 06/26/2017     The Leader in BPO AutomationSoftware Since 2009  The Only 15 BPO Companies That Really MatterAs the inventor of BPO AutoFill software and the technology that surrounds this amazing product, I wanted to take a minute to share some free info and insights in...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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For the last several years, I've written a post showing where you can find the 4th of July fireworks for Westchester County.  Historically, it has done very well, and garnered a lot of traffic in a short period of time. My 2015 article got over 9,500 clicks (most between 7/2 and 7/4), my 2013 art...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 0
These days, there are plenty of diet programs available for Naples homeowners. Both men and women can choose from a variety of bizarre diet programs. For example, the Sleeping Diet centers on staying in bed to prevent you from eating. If you try it, you will end up sedated enough to starve your b...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 15
Aggressive markets with low inventory create stress not only buyers but for agents, too. Nobody likes to see a buyer disappointed when their offer lost out to another bidder.  Strategies to Make Sure Your Offer Shines in a Multiple Offer Situation   Aggressive markets with low inventory create st...

By Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.
(Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 18
Call me crazy, but if I had a buyer client tell me they were relocating from another state and their house there had just gone under contract a few days prior, probably one of my first phone calls would be to the listing agent of that house. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I would just leave well enough a...

By Dana (Lerner) Sparks
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
Comments 1
If a Buyer is getting an FHA Insured Loan or a VA Insured Loan and the appraisal comes in lower than sale price, what do you do? May the Buyer terminate & get their Earnest Money back? What are the time frames? Watch the video & find out!

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 14
The ultimate source of your credibility will be your ability to deliver, to solve problems, to take on the hassles that the customer would rather not think about nor bother with.   What do you think the future of real estate sales is now that we have everything on the Internet?  Really, I think t...