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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!

Recent blogs on Real Estate Best Practices
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR) Verifying information plays a large part in the real estate industry but also very necessary in everyday life. Rarely do I invest in something without diligently researching to ensure my money will be well spent. Homebuyer peace of mind comes from knowing exactly what is being purchased, including: Total square feet, potential repairs, property taxes, HOA fees (when applicable) to remain in-budget, without overspending. A lender (if used) can quickly determine whether the home sits in a flood plane.The title company can uncover any tax liens or other legal problems relating to the property, then deliver a clean and clear title at closing. Inaccurate information can lead to serious financial consequences further down the road, so hire an experienced a...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
In the tumultuous world of real estate financing, where mortgage rates seem to be in a perpetual state of flux, discovering a hidden gem can be a game-changer. Enter the assumable mortgage—a concept that's gaining traction for its potential to offer buyers and sellers a unique advantage in today's market. What is an Assumable Mortgage? An assumable mortgage is precisely what it sounds like: a home loan that allows the buyer to assume the seller's existing mortgage at its original terms, including the interest rate. This arrangement presents an intriguing opportunity for both parties involved, unlocking doors to favorable financing options that might otherwise be out of reach. The Rising Popularity of Assumable Mortgages Assumable mortgages aren't a new phenomenon; they've been around f...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I think all of us long for home often. Home may be the traditional house across town, it maybe a place we dream of, and/or we may be thinking of our eternal home. When I get tired of North Dakota's long winters I even find myself singing along with Lynyrd Skynyrd even though I've never been to Alabama.Thinking of Earthly homes my "dream" home is not a mansion. I am very content with my current 1,100 square foot home. That being said I wouldn't mind a large pole barn building to keep my stuff in.The American dream of home ownership is still very much alive today despite higher interest rates than we had just a year or two ago.If you think that you can not afford a home now BUT have not checked with a lender you should make that your first step. Shop lenders and ask them if there are prog...
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By Sam Thomas, When it's important; hire a professional.
(Providence Group Realty)
In the tumultuous world of real estate financing, where mortgage rates seem to be in a perpetual state of flux, discovering a hidden gem can be a game-changer. Enter the assumable mortgage—a concept that's gaining traction for its potential to offer buyers and sellers a unique advantage in today's market.What is an Assumable Mortgage?An assumable mortgage is precisely what it sounds like: a home loan that allows the buyer to assume the seller's existing mortgage at its original terms, including the interest rate. This arrangement presents an intriguing opportunity for both parties involved, unlocking doors to favorable financing options that might otherwise be out of reach.The Rising Popularity of Assumable MortgagesAssumable mortgages aren't a new phenomenon; they've been around for de...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Plan B or Not to Be: After A Cash Cow Runs Dry Remember back when some top-producing agents insisted that they would never, ever discount their services? They became the ones that were severely tested, refusing to bend and struggled once the brisk market waned.  If you do what you can with what you have, you’ll always be MOORE successful. A cash cow that generates steady and reliable income over a long period of time, eventually runs dry of opportunities if conditions deteriorate. With no recovery plan, financial strain comes into play, bringing with it, some tough choices. When the primary focus is about serving the consumer's wants and needs with utmost respect and prioritizing the best representation possible, good things can happen. Chasing the money in any capacity results in faile...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Invaluable tips! Negotiating skills are crucial in real estate deals. This blog likely offers must-know strategies for navigating negotiations successfully. Looking forward to learning more about negotiating like a pro in real estate!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Here at Expert Real Estate Team, we've helped Greer and Greenville SC residents achieve their homeownership dreams since 2011. We understand that buying or selling a house is a significant life event, and the negotiation process can feel daunting. But with the right knowledge, you can approach the negotiation table with confidence and secure the best possible outcome for your Greer real estate deal.  Understanding the Market Before diving in, it's crucial to understand the current market conditions. Is i...
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By LeAnne Carswell, Real estate broker in charge of large team
(Expert Real Estate Team)
Here at Expert Real Estate Team, we've helped Greer and Greenville SC residents achieve their homeownership dreams since 2011. We understand that buying or selling a house is a significant life event, and the negotiation process can feel daunting. But with the right knowledge, you can approach the negotiation table with confidence and secure the best possible outcome for your Greer real estate deal. Understanding the MarketBefore diving in, it's crucial to understand the current market conditions. Is it a buyer's or seller's market in Greer and Greenville? Research recent sales of comparable properties to get a sense of fair value. This empowers you to make informed decisions when crafting your offer or counteroffer. Beyond Price, What's Negotiable?While price is a significant factor, i...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
The short answer to Is an Illusion Sufficient is NO!Why do you need a Real Estate professional when buying or selling a home? Because the business of Real Estate is full of illusion.If you are a real Estate buyer and you chose not to have a Real Estate professional represent you... god help you! You may encounter fraud from legal misrepresentation to deception that is right in front of your eyes. Title fraud is BIG these days... you may be buying from someone who has no right to sell the property. Home Seller fraud can be as small as non-functioning appliances or home systems. Try browsing "Home Inspections Reveal". On Active Rain you will see and hear many illusions revealed by Home Inspectors, some quite silly like heat vent covers screwed to sheet rock with no venting behind it.If yo...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
The down payment is an important part of the home-buying process, so here are some tips to help you prepare.  You will need to have other sums of money as we head down this path.  The down payment is one of the steps toward purchasing a home.  There are a variety of ways to get these funds but you will need monies to complete the journey.  If you're looking for more tips to help you become a homeowner, leave me a comment. I'm a wealth of knowledge, and I'm here to help.😉#thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #househunting #realestate #realtor #realestateagent #moneytips #finances #investment #happyhomeownersThis home b
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In a world where the mystical and the practical often seem at odds, Jyotish Acharya Devraj Ji stands as a shining example of how these two realms can coexist beautifully. Born and raised in India, Devraj Ji's journey into the world of astrology began at a young age, deeply influenced by his family's rich spiritual heritage and his own innate curiosity about the cosmos.As a child, Devraj Ji would spend hours poring over ancient astrological texts, marveling at the intricate connections between the stars and human destiny. This early fascination laid the foundation for a lifelong dedication to the study of the stars and their influence on our lives. Over the years, his knowledge and skills grew exponentially, as he delved deeper into the complex systems and symbolism of astrology.Jyotish ...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
President Teddy Roosevelt said “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” The reality of these words continue to resonate with me even more so in real estate, let me explain.Here in Golden Valley, AZ often buyers of vacant land parcels are living in travel trailers or recreational vehicles parked at local RV parks. Then these individuals start looking for vacant land parcels and sometimes even residential properties. Often these potential buyers may have a computer, an i-Pad or tablet with most having a mobile device.  However, more than likely, these buyers do not have printers.One of my standards of practices is to print out all documents and give these hard copies of these buyers without computers or even the Internet.  My buyers are often surprised by this s...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Monday Motivation' a favorite of mine and fits this beautiful North Idaho morning off just right.This is one of the few quotes I have seen that is attributed to one person only.  And with whom it is attributed to, only adds to its essence.  In my opinion.All we do for today, will hopefully add joy and warmth to our tomorrows.  Make it a good day and plant something of substance this week.   'Experience the Difference' in working with a full time Professional Sandpoint Realty REALTOR®.  Your wants and needs will always be my priorities.  Mark Don McInnesBroker - Owner208 255-6227SandpointNorthIdaho.com - North Idaho Home & Land Searches Sandpoint Realty LLC1205 Highway 2Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
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In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, the real estate industry is experiencing a transformative shift towards online platforms. As more buyers and sellers turn to the Internet for their property needs, the importance of designing an impactful real estate platform cannot be overstated. From user-friendly interfaces to innovative features, creating a platform that stands out in this competitive market requires careful planning and strategic thinking. Importance of Real Estate PlatformsReal estate platforms play a crucial role in today's fast-paced property market. They provide users with easy access to a wealth of information, making it easier to research and compare properties. With the rise of digital platforms, buying and selling real estate has become more convenient and efficient ...
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By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
This week we got an offer on a listing.  That offer included some personal property.  That offer also included a finance clause.  Although it was a great offer we had to take the time to counter it because signing it would have created problems down the road for the buyer/borrower.Now if a buyer is a cash buyer, then saying "the porch swing and chairs and the dock furniture to be included" can be okay.  However, in my 32 years experience in real estate I have yet to find a lender who was okay with financing patio furniture for 30 years.In Georgia we have a form for that.  It's called a bill of sale or personal property agreement.  The agreement to sell the personal property is contingent upon two things.... 1. the real estate transaction actually closing.  So if you are buying some of t...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Remember the old westerns with the shotgun rider sitting next to the stagecoach driver?  His presence was to protect the stagecoach passengers as well as valuables from robbers.Today, real estate agents also require protection from nefarious individuals. What this protection looks like depends on one’s market.Here in the high desert of Mohave County, AZ if I have not met someone be that person male or female in a public place, I take along my own shotgun rider aka as my husband as my safety tip, my insurance.  He truly doesn’t mind accompanying me as he is retired and former military (US Army).Of course, AZ is an open carry state and I do carry. However, managing a potential buyer walking through a vacant land parcel or a residential property, talking, listening, making sure there are n...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Hello to my clients and friends.  As April continues to rapidly moves along, I hope that all reading this is close to or finished filing taxes or extensions and that it hasn't been too painful for you. I've not addressed all of the negative information being pushed out by the media regarding Realtor lawsuits.  But since I've received numerous questions, I may as well briefly address it here.  How will the new rules governing the National Association of Realtors ("NAR") affect you? On the surface, it looks as if Realtors are the ones who have the most to lose…My honest (as always) opinion and instinct is that first-time buyers and veterans (as well as sellers who buy into the headlines) will be the ones that are hurt by this, yet over the next six or more months, nothing will change.  Fi...
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By Mike Tolj, Commercial Real Estate Without the Stress!
(Tolj Commercial Real Estate )
As a seasoned professional in the commercial real estate industry, I’ve witnessed firsthand the importance of risk management in real estate investing. With over 18 years of experience representing business owners and landlords, I’ve learned that effectively navigating the risks is crucial to achieving success in this dynamic field.In this article, I’ll guide you through the key risks associated with real estate investments and provide you with a comprehensive strategy to mitigate them. By understanding and proactively addressing these risks, you can safeguard your portfolio and make informed decisions that align with your goals. So, let’s dive in and explore the world of risk management in real estate investing!Key Takeaways Understand and assess the various risks associated with real ...
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By KAREN SANCHEZ, ...Marketing your home like no one else will.
( Reputable Realty)
 A pre-qualification and a pre-approval are both steps in the mortgage application process, but they serve slightly different purposes: Pre-Qualification: This is typically the initial step in the mortgage process. During pre-qualification, a lender assesses your financial situation based on information you provide about your income, assets, and debts. Based on this information, the lender gives you an estimate of how much you might be able to borrow. Pre-qualification is usually quick and doesn't involve a thorough analysis of your credit report or financial documents. It's more of an informal assessment. Pre-Approval: Pre-approval is a more rigorous process than pre-qualification. To get pre-approved, you need to submit documentation such as pay stubs, tax returns, bank statements, an...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Intriguing topic! Real estate agents play a crucial role in selling properties. This blog likely outlines three key things agents avoid doing to ensure a successful sale. Looking forward to learning more about the best practices in real estate sales! Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP As real estate professionals, we navigate the intricate terrain of buying and selling homes every day. We've seen what works wonders and what spells disaster. When it comes to selling our own homes, there are three cardinal rules we abide by – principles that are non-negotiable. These aren't just strategies; they're sacred guidelines that ensure success in the competitive world of real estate. ❌ Skip the Prep Work Picture this: you walk into a potential dream home, only to find it clutte...
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By Sam Thomas, When it's important; hire a professional.
(Providence Group Realty)
As real estate professionals, we navigate the intricate terrain of buying and selling homes every day. We've seen what works wonders and what spells disaster. When it comes to selling our own homes, there are three cardinal rules we abide by – principles that are non-negotiable. These aren't just strategies; they're sacred guidelines that ensure success in the competitive world of real estate.❌ Skip the Prep WorkPicture this: you walk into a potential dream home, only to find it cluttered, unkempt, and in desperate need of a makeover. How does that make you feel? Exactly. As real estate agents, we understand the power of first impressions. We know that buyers crave a well-maintained, clean, and clutter-free environment. That's why we would never dream of skipping the prep work when sell...
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