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 Kalene Bagwell, Realtor - Selling Blue Springs - Kansas City Metro
(Realty Executives Of Kansas City)
Comments 16
Use GPS And Other Seriously Funny, Umm, no, I Mean Irritating Directions is a post I have been thinking about writing for a long time! I started getting lost a few weeks ago trying to find a home that stated: "Directions: USE MAPQUEST".  I couldn't just look at the listing sheet and find the hous...

By Marina Shlomov ALH|Podland Realty, Full Service Property Management Services
(ALH|Podland Realty & Rental Homes Property Management)
Comments 10
Atlanta property management advice: How to Prevent Tenant Damage  Your tenants have passed your screening process and you have decided to rent out your property. These tenants will live their lives in your space. As Atlanta property managers, you know that you will encounter signs of wear and tea...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 6
If'n you say you're gonna do it, then tarnation you should oughta follow through and do it.This is not the first time that an agent has given me a road-map to helping my buyer craft an offer than the seller would accept.  "My seller" he tells me "says that if you're willing to meet these terms, h...

By Leanne Smith, Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Comments 3
With all the talk about a "new normal" how to pivot in these turbulent times of uncertainty, those savvy small business owners and yes that means you as a realtor or real estate agent have already returned to their strategic plans. They are researching, analyzing, and making the necessary course ...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 3
 This is such great information and I am sharing with others that may have missed it.  Selling During COVID-19 - The Key is Over-Communicating    Channeling my short sale days, pivoting with one simple plan was the key to successful Closings for me last month. Over-communication became my mantra ...

By Kristal Wilson, Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist!
(KB Home)
Comments 9
Zooming Around The Room! It looks like Zoom meetings are here to stay even as the restrictions are slowly easing, and FYI there so many uses for this tool.1. Zoom Broker Previews2. Zoom personalized virtual tours3. Zoom Team Meetings A few tips for zooming around the room.Patricia Peyton posted a...

By Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS
(CastNet Realty)
Comments 3
How long does it take to change a habit?  I used to tell my children what the experts recommended was 30 days.  If you could stop biting your fingernails, or blinking your eyes, or whatever your little idiosyncrasies were for 30 days, you could conquer the urge to do those simple things.  I pract...

By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
Comments 1
How successful has video streaming enhanced? Well, you have been sleeping for a really long time, then you are informed of the prevailing triumph of video sites such as YouTube.Arriving late at the party, but coming nevertheless, is the different network and cable channels.Note: Old adopters of t...

By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
Comments 4
OK, so I wrote Part I over 2 weeks ago...  In that post, I wrote about the risk that Brad, Mike and crew took.  As I said in that post, the change was perfectly timed for me, but not for everyone.  And in fact, I have spent the last few weeks working more ON my business than IN it.  I have been d...

By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i
(HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 )
Comments 41
Arghhhh! I should have listened to my own advice.I recently started helping my mother navigate through the Active Rain sea of blogs, showing her the ropes and preparing her for her inevitable first blog as a newbie swab.  We touched on a number of topics from the tell tale signs of a good blog, t...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 59
Real Estate world is Red I am waiting for it to turn Yellow. Pennsylvania is one of the only states Real Estate is not considered essential. The Real Estate Industry closed down March 18, 2020, We as agents have been allowed to apply for unemployment. What a shock it was. Applying for unemploymen...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 41
Selling During COVID-19 - The Key is Over-Communicating  Channeling my short sale days, pivoting with one simple plan was the key to successful Closings for me last month. Over-communication became my mantra the minute we got wind that we may be entering a period of quarantine.  I remember the da...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
Comments 0
Avoid Cranial-Rectal Inversion (CRI).   Seek the truth above all. Intentionally refrain from mindless gullibility or you could possibly become a victim of CRI. Social media, television and the MSM is full of messages intended to incite by stupidity. Trust but verify has never been so important in...

By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
Comments 0
The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything and affected the work of many businesses.  The real estate industry is undergoing some sort of change during the pandemic. Change is never easy. Now is the perfect time to take advantage in order to run your real estate business like never before. I...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
Comments 44
Unorificially speaking!    My clients and I viewed a home that they really liked, showing a lot of interest in the floor plan and the finishes. After registering them with the on-site agent, I was assured the builder would call soon.  That home was listed at $500K. We were told the builder could ...

By Danish Mehmood, Iam A Real State Agent
(Real State Company)
Comments 0
Pests and other small creatures that can harm human health, damage food items and crops, destroy the infrastructure of your home, and can do many other things.Pests that bite or sting include bed bugs, ants, ticks, lice, spiders, mosquitoes, and flies. Pests that infest fabric and food include du...

By Danish Mehmood, Iam A Real State Agent
(Real State Company)
Comments 0
Guide to the Best At-Home Teeth Whitening KitsGone are the days when the only way you could get a whiter and brighter smile is to visit the dentist’s office. The advent of at-home teeth whitening kits has made it possible to brighten your smile within the comforts of personal space. They are more...

By Glenn Roberts
Comments 26
Rain Camp and the Active Rain 5th Anniversary Party starts today and ends Wednesday with a barbeque at headquarters. I'm commuting today on my trusty Felt bike from Ride Bicycles in Roosevelt. This is not really a commuter bike, but I use it a whole lot more lately, especially when my destination...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 17
What's Your Niche Market Today, I wanted to talk about niche markets. A niche market is defined as a smaller part of a larger market with its own defined area of specialization. The perfect example of a niche market in real estate is waterfront property. I happen to live on a lake and I have lea...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 27
I know that agents are independent entrepreneurs but if they hang their license with a broker they are concerned with basics such as splits and expenses but an overriding factor is Culture.  I just asked a top producer why he left a large well know brokerage.  He told me it was because of the cu...