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 Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 37
What Works for One May Not Work for Others Opinions matter or we wouldn’t be asking questions.I’ve been thinking a lot about questions on “lead generation”. Should we buy leads, should we farm, should we do pop-bys or are handwritten cards better? We can ask the same question to a hundred people ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 8
Many markets across the country are experiencing painful shortages of homes on the market ...MANY more Buyers than Sellers what we have chosen to call markets of Thinventory....we even had this little graphic designed to illustrate this condition.  This market condition can be an "irritant"...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 17
  In an extreme Sellers Market...lots of things are different on both sides of the transaction.  Sellers realize...or should...they have a great opportunity to get what in some markets is the very highest and best price that the area has seen in a long,long time.  The house is very carefully anal...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 6
A recent thread on a popular Facebook Realtor group raised the issue of Ransomware.  The MLS in the city of Sacremento had its MLS hacked, and held for ransom.  The city of Baltimore had all of its software hacked and held for ransom.The original poster of the thread posited that it was a good id...

By Lilas "Lela" Ashkarian, Ashkarian PA, ABR, CRS, E-PRO, GRI,SFR
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate)
Comments 0
CommitmentCommitment means remaining loyal to what you said you would do, long after you spoke the wordsor signed the contract.Anonymous   Commitment is the cornerstone of any relationship, underpinning the connection of two or more individuals in an effort to fulfill a promise or a responsibilit...
A kitchen sink is that part of a kitchen which is able to change the whole environment of the kitchen. So you have to find out the perfect kitchen sink type to install.You can compare the sinks between two popular types. One is the under mount kitchen sink and another one is overmount kitchen sin...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 3
Today has been a crazy day! We are switching Internet providers etc and it's been on and off most of the morning until now. So that means I missed a webinar I  was interested in but hopefully they send me a recap. I also had to handle emails etc with the phone and that worked out ok.  What did I ...

By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
Comments 0
For years, real estate agents have considered branding to be a “waste of time” because the ROI wasn’t there. Instead, agents chose to focus on direct marketing and outreach-based programs. In 2019, however, study after study has shown that buyers and sellers are “googling” their real estate agent...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 22
What we have here is a failure to communicate! That line from Cool Hand Luke highlights the consequences of miscommunication. Lack of real communication is one of the biggest causes of dysfunctional relationships in our business and personal lives.In real estate sales as with all sales we communi...

By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office)
Comments 3
He Wore His Best Suit to Settlement Real estate agents go to settlements on a frequent basis, or, at least, they try to get there as often as they can. It is very routine to the real estate agent. Some agents actually feel like their job is done once they make it this far.  Or, I should say that ...

By Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon
(Bend Premier Real Estate)
Comments 8
Win The Home! You’ve saved and saved and are ready to buy your next home. You’ve scouted several homes and you have found THE ONE. It’s been on the market for six months and you start thinking this house has been neglected – but why? After a thorough review of current market data you submit a so...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 13
Valuable sage words to live by ...and more importantly...listen to ! What we have here is a failure to communicate! That line from Cool Hand Luke highlights the consequences of miscommunication. Lack of real communication is one of the biggest causes of dysfunctional relationships in our business...

By Tim Brown, Broker, ABR, GRI, SRES, TRLP
(RE/MAX Corridor)
Comments 2
Life in central Texas is very good! Our economy is on fire, new homes are being built, folks are moving from across the country for jobs, what's not to love?Well, private property owners have the ability to do what they want with their property (within reason, of course!). One owner that has owne...

By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393
Comments 46
  Breaking The Ice   Breaking The Ice   This term may have different meanings around the country and during certain times of the year.  But I was pondering things while going through some questions in the ActiveRain Q&A section recently.   While answers often depend on the details of a situation,...

By Leif Price, Content Marketing Specialist
(Spot Color Marketing)
Comments 1
Do you have properties that are needing to be leased? Lacking time to start the process of marketing your property for lease? Have you ever heard of property management services?Property management services are types of service wherein a professional entity acts as the owner in terms of managemen...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
Comments 6
COMMIITMENT   This is the most important because if you are not dedicated to a cause or activity, you won’t ever be able to create a strong belief or passion of seeing it come to fruition.These three works together. You will also need the belief and passion in order to have the determination to m...

By Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
(Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision)
Comments 10
Fortune Magazine's Top 100 Best Companies to Work For Provides A Lesson In Blogging to Real Estate Companies- Part I" Real Estate companies who are just stepping into the blogosphere or are considering blogging have great R&D material from the companies on the 2009 Fortune 100 Best Companies To ...

By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Comments 9
Just SOLD! And my seller didn't text, email, or own a computer. I had a call from my perfect client.  She said I need to sell my home here at La Quinta Country Club and I want to price it to sell.  She was realistic with the price and she had serviced the A/C and heaters, checked the roof and rep...

By Ray Stockwell, Director of Marketing
Comments 0
What would be the five most potent sales techniques you could use if you had only five sales techniques at your disposal? What are the questions that would improve your closing ratio and grow your business? The five most potent sales techniques are ones that have been proven over years of selling...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities)
Comments 5
Good Farming Starts with Good Seeds, in Forestry, Real Estate, and LifeIt all starts with a seed, or a portfolio of seeds.I grew up on a farm where we learned to plant good seeds, since then I have spent most of my career growing trees, and now I find that good seeds, well planted and nurtured, p...