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 Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
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COMMERCIAL  APPRAISER, AI, MAI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE, MAI Appraisal Made As Instructed, BIAS APPRAISAL  Michael R. Pecorino, MAI, FRICS, CRE, is the Senior Managing Director of the Valuation & Advisory Services Group’s Northeast Region. He has over 25 years of real estate valuation and consulting ...

By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
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Real estate is often said to be all about location, location, location. I was reading something this morning which was talking about perspective and seeing things from a different perspective or view. It got me to thinking about changing your view or your location. I realize also how we talk abou...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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There are quite a few real estate groups that are family enterprises.  Many parent children teams exist.  Suppose you started your business years ago and you have built a profitable business for you and your family. Your children are now working in the business. What will happen when you exit? Ma...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(eXp Realty)
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 You should keep in mind, when you call the listing agent.And ask if there are any offers, and they say: no.By the time you get your offer prepared and are getting it to the listing agent.There could be another offer.Even if you do not anticipate or if there never are other offers, this works sub...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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Practicing outside of your area of Expertise ? Just Say NO .      We are sometimes asked all kinds of questions by both Buyers and Sellers that are not within our area of expertise.  We are confident in the areas of practice for which we have  taken additional education and have successful experi...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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One of the most important qualities in our opinion, when it comes to being human is the ability to listen with your heart, rather than your mind. Many of us listen to someone's problems or needs, and instantly offer good solutions to the problem.  As we listen our minds go into overdrive and we c...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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Will this be the best Jan-YOU-ary yet? Most industry professionals plan ahead by implementing tools to gage success, focusing on desired results and pushing themselves to achieving the goals set forth. So far, I am on track this month. Making phone calls, following up and though with past and pre...

By Mark Parsons, Realtor Serving Denver and the Mountains
(The K Company Realty)
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As a real estate agent, you are frequently asked questions about any number of topics that are not your expertise. When working with buyers, sellers and investment groups, you get peppered with questions of all kinds: Will I pay capital gains tax? Is the foundation in need of repair? What is my l...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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If you are a broker owner or if you are head of a team you have a management responsibility.  You also must be a leader. As manager you are guiding and controlling and as leader you are visioning, modeling, and motivating. In the previous times the role of a manager was not that complex. The mana...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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It is our honor and pleasure to be referred to some first time buyers. We have likely sold to parents, aunts, uncles, friends and are happy to assist the first timers with this important purchase.  We have written a booklet  we use for first timers AND also for Buyers in the relocation portion o...

By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Hacked Emails And Passwords by Microsoft Regional Director Breaks the Story Serious stuff for all to be concerned about.  It goes back over two years and over 773 million people's emails and passwords are up for grabs.  A compilation of many smaller breaches that was discovered by this Microsoft ...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Communication Leadership: Do You Have What It Takes? Real estate professionals communicate most moments of their working day. They are problem solvers, negotiators, cheerleaders and counselors. They make a living communicating and listening. The more refined your communication becomes and the mo...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Motivation Monday! January 14, 2019! Really it is 2019!!!!Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do. — Brian TracyHow are your New Year’s resolutions holding up? I always smile at many people who have been bending my ears, last month as ...

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
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As REALTOR®s, we ought to always be creating new ways to put ourselves out there, as well as sharing them with each other. If you are looking to give back to your community in some fashion and are stuck for ideas, here are a few Outside-the-Box ideas that have helped me to continue to be fruitful...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Mindset Matters! It All Begins With a Positive Thought If you sell real estate and you work with a broad range of clients, it is inevitable that someone at some point will either dump you or choose not to work with you. Or perhaps they will suck the life out of you only to have you find out late...

By Dan Edwards 425-276-7008
(Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue)
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In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion. Read More

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 27
 What would you like to happen in your business in 2019? Do you want to add people to your real estate business?  You would like to be a success story by the possibility exists that you may just dilute the same amount of business your had before you added people.  One of the biggest challenges is...

By Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County
(Bucci Realty, Inc.)
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Now that I am "retired" there is so much I want to say to new agents!   This is not intended to be a negative "you can't succeed" post but rather a "time to get real and focused" post.A real estate license isn't a blank check. Not every real estate agent that drives a fancy new car is loaded.  An...

By Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.)
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I do several things and this will be LONG. I time-block for every minute I have in the day (including sleep) and get very specific. But I am an extreme Type A personality. My personality tend to be S and C on the DISC chart.  I have a paper calendar, 2 TRELLO boards (Time Block and Week-At-A-Glan...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Shift your focus from marketing luxury real estate in 2016 to marketing YOU, the best version of you. And, watch what happens to your bottom line! 2016 is the perfect time to shift gears and  redefine your approach to the game of marketing luxury real estate.  Shift the focus of your game from ma...