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 Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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OK I AM READY TO OPEN UP MY REAL ESTATE BUSINESS "NOW OPEN" I have been reflecting when I first started in the real estate business back in August of 2002. I just came off being laid off from my corporate job the same year. I decided it was better for me to start my own business than take another...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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WHY You Need a Pre-Approval       You've heard it before.  If you're going to buy a home one of the very first items on your 'to do' list needs to be obtaining a pre-approval from a lender.  Not a pre-qualification (know the difference between a preapproval and prequalification?).  Some of the mo...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Now I am sure this 'objection' has many answers.The simplest is 'No, I do not cut commission. Any other question?'Robert J. Russell shares a great answer in this re-post.Sure...I'll cut my commission under one condition.... If you have ever worked the FSBO market you know that there is a 95% chan...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                Everyone has to seal a deal in their line of work.  Whether you’re acting as a buyer’s agent, working in Highlands Ranch property management, or engaging in business coaching or consulting, there is always a finish line after talking with a potential client.  Here are some surefir...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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WHAT IS YOUR 30 SECOND COMMERCIAL? All the experts tell us to have a 30 second commercial for our business. What makes you different from the other real estate agent right next to you? OK that makes sense to me. I need to tell people Who I am What I do Strengths Expertise What makes me special Wh...

By Michael Hellickson, Real Estate Speaker, Trainer, Coach
(ClubWealth®)
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Hiring an assistant is one of the best business decisions you will ever make. They’ll only make your life easier, they will also help you grow your business and make more money. Assistants will do the tasks you hate and the ones you don’t have time for. They protect and prevent you from spending ...

By Michael Hellickson, Real Estate Speaker, Trainer, Coach
(ClubWealth®)
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Team members often rely too much on their team leader to help them get stuff done.When they come to a problem, rather than simply solving it themselves, they turn to their team leader for help.This should not be happening. It is not the team leader’s responsibility to solve all, of each team memb...

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 JM Padron, CCIM, CCIM, MRICS, Serving South Florida
(REMAX PREMIER-COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATES)
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Siete Consejos de Oro para el 2017Feliz Año, me imagino que ya se han sacudido de las fiestas/vacaciones y se han cambiado al modo de empezar a producir, lo que todos amamos. Bueno es tiempo entonces de poner nuestras metas en contesto y para esto les he preparado unos consejos de interés:1) Desa...

By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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 Over the last several years, DocuSign has exploded in popularity within the real estate industry. The company has taken stacks of paper contracts and made them digital - requiring homeowners to sign on the dotted line with an e-signature rather than ink.It's easy to be skeptical of electronic co...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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Nelson Notes: The Go-Giver (A little story about a BIG business idea).Welcome to my notebook, where I share my highlights from the books I read and notes I take. I feature only the books I’ve actually read and that I recommend as worth your while to read and grow from. Givers gain, so I’m sharing...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Prove It“When you’re got something to prove there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” Terry Bradshaw, Hall of Fame ProfessionalFootball Player    As I see it . . . . . . .Prove it Some people talk the talk . . . .  and continue talking . . . . What they will end up doing will result in very limi...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Lack of Knowledge is Lethal“Learning is not compulsory . . . . neither is survival.” Dr. W. Edwards Deming 1900 - 1993, American Statistician,Professor, Consultant, Author, Lecturer, Consultant    As I see it. . . . . . . .A lack of knowledge is lethal Moving into future without learning new sk...

By Gloria Valvasori, Outstanding Service Since 1987 416-717-6331
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service)
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Several year ago I posted a quote on my Facebook page which read: “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest…. Mark Twain”A few moments later I received a message from another realtor who told me that our board, The Toronto Real Estate Board actually encourages REALTORS...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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 HARRY'S TOP 10 CREATE PERSONAL FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT We are beginning a brand new year 2017. Some people are cutting back both in business and personal budgets to overcome obstacles in their life. There is nothing wrong on reevaluating the budget here and there to save money. I am glad that people ...

By Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
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Secrets for growing your business in 2017  The secret on how to prosper and grow your business in 2017 is to concentrate on personal growth. Focus on growing from within. This is essential if you are seeking happiness, serenity, and prosperity. A new mindset is at the core of improving from withi...

By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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A few years ago, I was at a party.  One of the other guests was on a rant.  And it was about real estate, so my ears perked up.  She had made an offer the week before on a house she loved, and there was a bidding war brewing. But this woman wasn't worried because she had retained the neighborhood...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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This morning I read a member's only post that questioned the custom of buyers agents giving listing agents showing feedback. I left a comment on that post, but decided I actually have more to say on the topic.Firstly I want to say that I really don't care about getting feedback on my listings. At...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
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I had an ephiany last night!  I was having a long overdue catch-up session with a friend.  She owns a successful health food store in Wenatchee.  She is very passionalate about health as I am about real estate.  She said she loved selling within her store but she could never do what I did (before...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Strength . . . . is in Your Determination"The difference between a successful person and othersis 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 it. . . . . . . . Your strength . . . . is in your deter...