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 PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 Staying connected to your homeowners (via Seller's Corner) pays off in 2018.How?Case in point: 680 Emily Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043- Listing Price (2015): $750,000 (via Redfin)- Listing Price (2018): $1,298,000 (via Oak Anchor Homes)- Property Value Increase: $548,000 in just 2 years.In a nu...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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   What to do when you have multiple offers on a property when you are a listing agent  . Let's face it we work for the seller and our  fiduciary duty is to the seller . Our job is to get the best possible price and terms for our seller .In some circumstances the highest  price is not always the ...

By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
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 Buyers: Tips to Picking the RIGHT Door County Referral Agent When you buy a property, you either develop a good relationship with your agent or you don't.  And our longevity (as agents and brokers) depends on good relationships, which includes referrals from agents in any out-of-Door-County neig...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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My aunt used to tell me that the universe speaks in threes.Bad things happen in threes, but so do good things.This is not a good omen.I have a closing this afternoon, so I went over to the condo to make sure nothing untoward has happened.. the place is appropriately emptied... toilets have not ov...

By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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Atlanta Buckhead MidtownInternet Buyers Want Successful Purchases  Yes, many steps remain after the Purchase and Sale Agreement is signed, sealed and delivered. For a smooth Closing, each step needs attention.  At Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty, our goal as a Concierge Brokerage is to be positive that...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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Not only do we Google our clients, but our clients Google us. Do you know your Google presence and impression?   Last week, I was talking with one of my collegeaus and he told me that he googles everyone that comes into to his model to make sure they are who they say they are. I later that day ha...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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 Working with a builder is not the same as working with a homeowner.  Builders are under a tremendous amount of stress and building a home in any market is always a risk. Markets can change overnight!The one important factor every builder demands is proper representation.  To a builder, that mean...

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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Background:This is an update to my post from a month ago. There I described changing my company's domain name from to  The feedback I had from various SEO (search engine optimization) gurus was that the domain name should be the same as the operatin...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Experts in Listing and Selling Waterfront & Luxury
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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 How to use Pinterest to Grow Your Real Estate Business Are you using Pinterest in your Real Estate Business?  If not, you should consider using it.  Pinterest is a great way to connect with people from all over the globe and it's free!  I personally love using FREE tools to grow my real estate b...

By Frank Rubi,
(Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC)
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It is amazing how many Borrowers I meet who are selling their home, and are surprised to find out they will not receive the full difference of the funds between the Selling Price, and what they still owe on the house at the Closing to put towards the purchase of their new home.  It would be nice...

By Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, Sitterle Homes
(Sitterle Homes)
Comments 49
 Last week, I was talking with one of my collegeaus and he told me that he googles everyone that comes into to his model to make sure they are who they say they are. I later that day had reason to google someone that I had been working with, and I had a little surprise, that is all I can say for ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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Coming Up With a Clear Vision for Your FutureRecently I took up mentoring new agents in our formal mentor program at Long & Foster's Gainesville office.  My decision to leave mentoring was based on a lack of time and dwindling patience.  Having a mother with Alzheimer's can do that when you are a...

By Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121
(Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes)
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What I look for when choosing a referral recipient agent....... I am now entering my 13th year as an agent, and more recently, a broker.  I am a broker / owner of two separate brokerages in two separate states:  Hawaii and California. Suffice it to say, I not only receive, but give quite a few re...

By Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert, Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction
(E*Rae Realty- Powered by eXp Realty LLC)
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No matter what type of marketing you are doing, consistency is key.  My biggest losses have been a result of not keeping with whatever strategy I was implementing at the time.  I’ve done a handful of post card mail-outs that led to zero results.  These were usually just-sold cards that I mailed t...

By Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy
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 “Time is of the Essence: The parties of this contract agree that time is of the essence in the performance of the obligations described herein.”The sentence written above is an example of a Time is of the Essence clause. What does it mean to use and agree to a “time is of the essence" clause?It ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 18
Referrals are an important part of our business, but the most important factor in this referral equation is known as the “client.”  How do we make sure the client is represented properly, whether buying or selling in another area?When I was actively listing real estate, my focus was on new constr...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 by Andy CoffaroBonus Tip: If you’re trying to snag just home addresses, we’ve got a brand new tool you must check out.These best practices must be integrated into your overall marketing campaign to help your real estate business capture more quality leads and maximize home sales and purchases. E...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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 Reaching Championship StatusTo be a champion you have to think like one. Once you think like one, you have to act like one and do the things that bring you to championship level. That is what being a professional in the real estate business means to me. It is not a hit and miss attitude; it is a...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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As Lou Saw It.....  "When it comes to worrying, forget about it. Worrying is an unproductive activity." Forget About It  “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happen.” Mark Twain 1835 – 1910 American Writer, Humorist,  Entrepreneur, Publisher and Lecturer         As I see it ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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As Lou Saw It....  "Greatness in your career is achieved in your commitment to consistently work hard to achieve your goals." Lou Ludwig Consistent Hard Work Leads to Success  “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come...