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 Pat Hiban, Billion Dollar Agent
(Pat Hiban Interviews Real Estate Rockstars and Founder of Rebus University)
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How effective is your current real estate price reduction strategy? When necessary, are you able to reduce listing prices without upsetting sellers and losing their business? Reducing prices on listings can be problematic, but it’s often necessary in order to make sales – especially during a real...

By Jim Lord
(DeLex Realty)
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They do not teach you about marketing in real estate school. No one ever mentioned how important marketing was in real estate school. Homes that are well marketed tend to sell for more money and in less time, but no one mentioned that. I learned about joint tenancy but not about how to properly l...

By Dana (Lerner) Sparks
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
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The 2017 GAR Contract Forms were made available to agents through FMLS & GAMLS on January 1, 2017! The 2016 GAR Forms expired 12/31/16. Make sure your Board Membership is current so that you may use your NRDS number to access the 2017 Forms or go to the Georgia Association of Realtors website & p...

By Steve Reed, Steve Reed Branch Manager | Benchmark Home Loans
(Benchmark Home Loans)
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Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose to a seven-week high, increasing by 15,000 to 258,000 in the week ended March 18, the Labor Department reported. Despite the uptick, the latest reading marked 80 straight weeks of filings below 300,000, the level economists consider a healthy labor mark...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Countless women and even men living in Coral Gables homes have to fight unattractive off their aging arms and legs. At least there are a few tricks to safely eliminate the cellulite. For example, you do not need to join a gym to start performing push-ups and sit-ups, as well as squats. You can st...

By Sean Whaling, Founder, CEO
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'Tis the tax season friends and my team at eCommission wrote a thorough article on the subject so I thought it would help to share. Do yourself a favor and deduct as much as possible. Many people envy the lifestyle of the self-employed. You set your own hours, you don’t have a traditional boss to...

By Brivity Platform, Manage. Market. Communicate. Convert. Get leads
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         Story time. Last week I was sending emails to colleagues from my desk – which I consider my point of world control. I needed answers and wasn’t receiving them.When we finally managed to meet in person I learned that many of our team leaders have so many emails coming in that they are not...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Focus you attention on the King bloom prospects. "Improving efficiency on the farm is not only a risk reduction strategy, it's a profitability strategy."-Bill CasadyLast week's Wednesday Word was "Layering".  Today it is Branches, which is sort of a spin-off of the layering concept for business. ...

By Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
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I AM OLD SCHOOL AND PROUD OF IT "Old School" is not saying that you are old. Far from it... I feel like a spring chicken. Every day, I am trying to figure out what are the latest technology trends in our market. To survive with top producer millennials, I learned a long time ago that I need to be...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Living in a Cape Coral home that is efficient is only smart. After all, the more functional your house is, the better off for the environment it is. At the same time, a person can save tons of money in energy costs alone. For example, Solar panels lower Florida Power & Light costs, as their homes...

By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
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When it comes to walking through a business transaction, I have found that there are two types of people...                                                Those that seem to                             'Over-Complicate Everything'                                         and those that            ...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
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Talk about a great lesson we can all learn from Patricia Kennedy.  Read and learn!  You can't get around it. In real estate,  lead generation is a contact sport. And the highest quality leads you can get are the ones that involve face-to-face encounters and your telephone. Yes, a good website wil...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
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Being a good Loan Officer is the same as being a good Realtor, you have to be available.  This means being available even when it isn't convenient.  It means being available in the evening.  It means being available on weekends.  And yes even sometimes when you’re on vacation.  My cell phone is o...

By Robby Leviton, Knowles Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Choose your Realtor Wisely. Hmm, what does that mean. My (Robby-Your Realtor-Leviton) definition of that is you want someone that will take good care of you before, during, and after the purchase of your new home. Before will consist of how well they hlep you understand the process so when the ti...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Visualize the Rewards of Success “Losers Visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success.” Dr. Rob Gilbert PhD, Professor, Author, Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . .Visualize the rewards of success Burn the vision of your success into your thinking . . . . keep that ...

By Lee Davenport, Learn With Lee Real Estate Coaching & Consulting
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As featured in REALTORMag With Excerpts from Plan to Win!   What were your sales goals last year? I... I didn't have any. Were you happy with your sales results? No, I wanted to sell more! What are your sales goals this year? I... I don't have any. How are you going to have a better sales year? ...

By Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou
(Executive Real Estate Services)
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I love this blog by Lou! Hope you enjoy it, too! A great reminder that our attitude will affect everything we do! What You’re Made of  “The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg. It about what you’re made of it, not the circumstances that make you who are .”   Anonymous     ...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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A Weston homeowner doesn’t need to put on weight every time he or she goes to the movies. Yet, the salt in popcorn will make you thirsty, causing you to spend another $6.50 on a watered down and oversized fountain soda. All of the options have hundreds of empty calories as well. Drinking the gian...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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When a Coral Gables homeowner wants to keep in shape to look his or her best, it is vital to know the right way to snack in between meals. Rather than going to the vending machine, start consuming the right fruits, vegetables and nuts. Rely on goodies that provide plenty of vitamins, minerals and...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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If you are a senior citizen living in a Palm Beach Gardens home, safety needs to be a priority. After all, nobody wants to fall down and have a painful accident. One of the best things you can do is depend on handrails near every step, whether it is to get in the front door or to climb to the sec...