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 Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Comments 34
While going through my continuing education course to keep up with Oregon's law for REALTOR®s every two years, I just finished several chapters on mediation. As REALTOR®s, we face this constantly, and each case is different. Here are some of my thoughts about how to come to "yes" as the book "Get...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 46
Don’t Worry About it, Be Proactive While a well-know song may proclaim Don't Worry Be Happy, I like being proactive whenever I can be, rather than worrying. I suppose that makes me happy. While I’m not really the worrying sort in my real estate transactions, as far as dwelling on issues particula...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 23
Inspectors Inspect...it's what they do and there are good and bad of everything...pros who know their jobs, have successful careers...and those who "step over the line" of their authority from time to time.   It is our practice to visit an inspection on our listing at the end and answer any quest...

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.)
Comments 21
Who can you trust?One of this month's ActiveRain Challenges is hosted by Debbie Reynolds . She asked us to address the subject of referrals in real estate. Since I retired from active sales 6 1/2 years ago, my referral business has changed.  It is no longer a "business" but rather a public servic...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 6
 Well, Spring has sprung though out the Great Columbia, SC area and no doubt every other place now warm enough to sustain life. The trees are starting to show genuine signs of life, the grass all across the city is starting to green, the flowers are starting to erupt with every color of the rain...

By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 1
Best Agent Business, where you can FOCUS on Your UNIQUE TALENTS and DELEGATE everything else. Stop Wasting Your Leads. Call or Text me Today, 202-297-2393. I love BRAINSTORMING with dynamic business owners.Do us a favor and “like” us on Facebook. Would you like help identifying ways you can Deleg...

By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending)
Comments 1
In Texas we have a homestead tax exemption which is a tax exemption that saves you on your real estate taxes yearly.  This exemption is for your primary home.  You can access this form for free online at the county appraisal district for your county.  And you can file this form for free.  With th...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 2
For placing referrals these steps make sense. Research and thought are part of the process. Who can you trust?One of this month's ActiveRain Challenges is hosted by Debbie Reynolds . She asked us to address the subject of referrals in real estate. Since I retired from active sales 6 1/2 years ago...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 7
Some great tips for those of you leading a team:  You can find a culture of high performance inn the top real estate organizations.  What does this mean?  It means that team knows that talent is championed.  Innovate, top performance, customer loyalty strategies, relationships, and communication ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Be Considerate of Others“How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympatric with the striving, and tolerantwith the weak . . . . because in your life you will have all of these.”  George Washington Carver 1861 – 1943, American Botanist and In...

By David Martin, Making Realty Dreams a Reality
(Fairfax Realty)
Comments 1
Building a team starts at the ground level with your foundation, your principals and your character.Build your team and your life.https://www.ComeHomeVirginia.com/my-blog Championship Teams Are Built  “Championship teams are built on being prepare, playing unselfishly and being held accountable.”...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
Championship Teams Are Built “Championship teams are built on being prepare, playing unselfishly and being held accountable.”  Jason Kidd American Basketball Coach and former player    As I see it . . . . . . . .Championship teams are built  Three characteristics of championship teams are . . . ....

By Yuliya Kachko, Broker Associate ONE Sotheby's Int'l Realty
(ONE Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 2
Below Market Value exceptional deal at Acqualina Resort & Spa.#601 - 4 beds / 4 baths - 2,750 SF - $2,190,000. http://www.17875collinsave601.com/ Contact us at 305.310.9305 or ykachko@onesothebysrealty.com   #acqualina #acqualinamiami #acqualinaresidences #acqualinasunnyisles #acqualinacondos #su...

By Jim Lord
(DeLex Realty)
Comments 5
Speed, nothing more is what makes a flip a success. To quote the great Mickey from Rocky, speed is what we need, we need speed. The first day you purchased that flip was when you made all the money you will make, every day since you are losing more money. A dollar is not just a dollar. A dollar i...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 7
Be SEEN - Be HEARD!  In any sales industry, part of being SEEN is being HEARD. Connect with past clients and potential buyers and sellers by making phone calls, emailing or texting. Maintain a reputable online presence. Attend real estate related functions or volunteer for a special cause to be S...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities)
Comments 11
Jobs, Rules for Success; Hire, Train, and Inspire Great Teams  We have been working hard these past few weeks and months developing great people to handle our projects and those of our clients. Enjoy the Steve Jobs video where he talks about the Rules of Success, Building Great Teams. Hopefully h...

By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Century 21 Absolute Realty )
Comments 6
If you are an investor dealing with rentals and an agent dealing with rentals, please take a moment to read this post by Chuck and Lucy Willman.  It is an important read.Thank you Chuck and Lucy for this important info. If you or your client has a rental property, and you have a "no pets" policy,...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 27
   Very coincidentally....we had a referral to place immediately after hearing/reading Debbie Reynolds  referral contest.  We are fortunate to receive referrals every month from a variety of sources.  The information was very simple...though there was more to be explained to the respondents we we...

By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 9
Is there such a thing as business ethics? Think about that for a minute. Do people that have no ethics all of a sudden have them when they enter their business world? You would hope that someone that demonstrates business ethics would have ethics in general in their day-to-day life but that may n...

By Taylor Bothun, Residential Real Estate
(Re/Max Results)
Comments 0
Once upon a time, the idea of renting out your home to a stranger while you left for vacation was considered quite odd.Enter changing consumer attitudes, the "sharing economy" and online services such as Airbnb, FlipKey (owned by TripAdvisor) and VRBO (owned by HomeAway, which is now owned by Exp...