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 Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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As a real estate marketing professional in any aspect of the real estate field, it would be wise to take time to discover your “it factor.” On several occasions we have asked sellers why they chose one agent over another with excellent track records, presentations, etc. Their response falls into ...

By inboundREM Market Updates
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Cost of LivingCost of Living is the day to day expenses one would have to spend in a particular area in order to maintain a certain quality of living. Our report provides a detailed explanation of the typical costs of a family living in the city of Denver. The table below showcases the difference...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Your most important task in your real estate business is to attract and retain customers. Second most important task is to attract and retain great team members if you have a team.Your service and value proposition needs to be  the best to have loyal customers. The same is true for your agents yo...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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How To Handle Unreasonable Low Offers So you've been working with an experienced agent to get your home on the market  and it's priced within what comparable properties have sold in your area. A few days on the market and along comes not only a low ball offer but a quite  unreasonable low ball of...

By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
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Starting a real estate agency is an accomplishment in itself but the work is just getting started. Mitigating risks is important as a single risk could be costly to a company depending on what it is. Putting policies that protect the company into play can range from pre-employment paperwork being...

By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
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Your Million Dollar Year day 34 Chopping the Wood. Most agents wake up in cold rooms with nothing going on. An average agent does much less than 10 deals a year, they are not chopping wood. Many agents would rather spend time in a class, or webinar getting pumped about what they can do rather the...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
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A really cool aspect of my business has just begun.  Being selected to be a part of a group of like-minded people in 2018 that are into sustainability is an amazing opportunity. Not only for the opportunity and what the group represents, but the different facets of the project as well.   The "gro...

By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
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Your Million Dollar Year Day 33 cold calling fear and loathing is upon us. A person in CA gets upset about being called by agents when his cell number is listed on the Do Not Call list and he still gets calls.  He wants the courts to punish those who call when they are not supposed to.  He had hi...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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WEBINAR: WHAT IS THE RIGHT SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM FOR YOU? FACEBOOK VS INSTAGRAM: WHICH IS THE ONE FOR YOU? Which social media platform is right for you? The factors involved that result in a successful or failed social media presence How time, consistency, and content play a role in community eng...

By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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Best Practices for the Art of Marketing Youby Patricia Feager, 4/19/19  There are many factors why relationships matter. If you were born into a family that plays or stays together you're one of the lucky ones. If you are a business owner and on average all clients are previous clients or referra...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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Traditionally whatever you might call "traditional real estate" in Wisconsin inspection is done by a licensed Wisconsin home inspector...and given that the Buyers waive the home inspection...the Lender orders the appraisal. If the Buyer finds an issue that is a defect and chooses to c...

By Marina Garan, South Florida Real Estate Agent
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There is a myriad of factors to be taken into consideration when buying a home, some being of a financial nature, and some are simply of personal preference. Similarly, making a choice between a new and pre-owned property can be viewed from many different perspectives.A pre-owned house might be a...

By Peter Hoang, Peter Hoang - founder at RENTAPARTMENT agency
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Although it is just buying apartments, it is necessary to think carefully and have clear calculations. Because it is a great asset of a lifetime, especially for young people who have not accumulated much capital. The advice of experts will help you consider building a plan to own an apartment as ...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities)
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Abundance vs. Scarcity MentalityA while ago I watched an interview of Bill Gates where the interviewer asked him how he felt about all the people in Asia who were openly selling pirated copies of Windows and other Microsoft products.Bill's reply was something to the effect that this is a good thi...

By Wade Webb, Real Estate Coach - Agentsboost
(Royal Lepage Kelowna)
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You’re an entrepreneur… a creator… a business owner. Which has a huge upside. It can be so incredibly rewarding. But also throws challenges your way… Pitfalls you must avoid. In starting my own real estate business, real estate brokerage, real estate coaching company and working with so many othe...

By Leif Price, Content Marketing Specialist
(Spot Color Marketing)
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Looking for a place in Oregon? With only a few landlords having been sued due to non-compliance, living there as a renter isn’t a bad idea! Every residential unit in Oregon, regardless of the size, and how high or low the rent is, must meet certain safety standards.  This includes health and sani...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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When you have a face-to face conversation, it is imperative you look them in the eye.    When you have a face-to face conversation, it is imperative you look them in the eye.    This conversation will be interpreted as showing interest, paying attention, sincerity and a sign of self-confidence.  ...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Polly Wanna CARROT? For years, I have listened to agents complain about the unresponsiveness of their potential clients or online leads. When I question them about what they think is going on, they usually respond with, "they never return my emails or calls." The truth of the matter is that peop...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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We decided a while back to put all of our Weintraub & Wallace lockboxes into one account. So went down to visit Metrolist and came back to my home office to discover my membership in MLS had been terminated -- by mistake. When I asked after-the-fact for the paperwork that the clerk forgot to give...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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With JaCi out working hard yesterday (and today, she's taking two more listings for the team), I set aside time to finish reading Becoming, by Michelle Obama. She writes in part about how difficult it was for her husband to work in a Congress where bi-partisan efforts were constantly shut down. I...