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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 Dana (Lerner) Sparks, Satisfying You with Service Innovation & Education
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
The Georgia Association of REALTORS (GAR) has released their midyear revisions to the GAR Contract Package. This video covers the 2024 Midyear Change - NEW Form - F259 - Broker COmpensation Agreement EXHIBIT. Stay tuned for more videos continuing in the series of Midyear Changes to the GAR Contract Package that especially reflect the NAR Settlement Agreement! Also Watch: "2024 Mid-Year Revision - Purchase & Sale Agreement" - https://youtu.be/4LoRvBHNHWI#realestatecontractrevisions
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By Dana (Lerner) Sparks, Satisfying You with Service Innovation & Education
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
The Georgia Association of REALTORS (GAR) has released their midyear revisions to the GAR Contract Package. This video covers the 2024 Midyear Changes / Revisions to the Purchase & Sale Agreement. Stay tuned for more videos continuing in the series of Midyear Changes to the GAR Contract Package that especially reflect the NAR Settlement Agreement! Also Watch: "2024 GAR Midyear Revision: NEW Form - Broker Compensation Agreement Exhibit" - https://youtu.be/EjsN8_VFr7U  #RealEstateContractRevisions
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By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Where Is Your Listing Inventory? This week I want to talk about lack of inventory. We have moved into this beautiful season where people are spending more time outside, the weather is gorgeous, and they are starting to do their yardwork. Many of them are starting to think, "Hmm, maybe this could be the time when I sell my house." We are going to see a late spring, a strong summer, and a very robust fall. That said, I know already that many agents are thinking, "Where are we going to get all this inventory from?" Well, we are not going to build it because we have built everything we could by this point. Last year, many of the builders from last year were so busy that they even sold their upcoming lots by pre-sale. So that inventory is not available. However, there are sellers out there ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
These tenant retention strategies are spot on! Building strong relationships and maintaining open communication are key to keeping good tenants. Thanks for the practical and effective tips!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Finding new tenants can be time-consuming and expensive. That’s why implementing effective tenant retention strategies is essential for the success of your rental business. In this article, we’ll dive into the best practices for keeping your tenants satisfied and eager to renew their leases. Key Takeaways Implementing effective tenant retention strategies can significantly reduce costs and increase profitability for property managers Building strong relationships with tenants through open communication, prompt issue resolution, and value-added serv...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This blog clears up the confusion between a real estate agent and a Realtor perfectly! Understanding the distinctions can help you choose the right professional for your needs. Thanks for the insightful breakdown!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Are you on the market to sell, buy, or rent property? Then, you need the guidance of a real estate professional to make the whole process easier for you. If you’re relatively new to the real estate industry, you might not know that there’s a difference between a real estate agent and a realtor. Being aware of this difference will help you decide which professional better suits your needs and whether or not you need a Realtor to guide you through your real estate journey.    But what is the difference between a real estate ag...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
When Karen Comes Calling... High pressure sales tactics are a thing of the past for good reason, but some telemarketers have a problem with the word, NO! And so it goes with a recent phone call... "Hi, this is Karen. How are you Wanda?"      "Fantastic and you?" "Fine. We’d like to buy the home you have listed."     "Which one?" "The one in Washington County. The only thing we ask is that the owner carry 60% of the note and within 3 to five years it will be paid off.""Is that something the owner is interested in?"     "No, but thank you Karen!" "But we have private money lenders…"     "Not interested." "This is something that is gaining in popularity..."     "Sellers want to sell and move on." "You’ll get paid your total commission at closing in 10 days..."     "No, thank you. I do not ...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
The life of a local professional real estate agent is varied. Out here in Mohave County, AZ a real estate agent sometimes drives many miles in a single day.This week one of my listing clients who is older than myself had a real estate transaction closing.  The client has some minor health issues so I drove approximately 90 miles to pick up the client and then drove another 30 miles back to the title firm in a nearby city.After signing all the closing documents, we went out for lunch. The client and I had a very enjoyable lunch at a local Chinese restaurant.  I then drove the now happy client back home (another 30 miles) and returned home (another 90 miles). Looking at the mileage on my 4x4 Ford Ranger, I logged 240 miles.Now this wasn’t a terribly expensive piece of property. Possibly s...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Actions that we must look at to take to be successful.   They are:Mental      Verbal    PhysicalMental:  you must relate every experience you have to benefit the bigger picture you have set for your life.  You must look at the effect that every one of your thoughts is having on your life.  They say a man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes.  Verbal:  Great people talk about ideas.  Average people talk about things.  Small people talk about other people. this is from Tobias Gibson.  Look at it as the following:  I could never do that -I CAN DO THAT.  I'm never be wealthy-i I FEEL GREAT.  I can't - i CAN.  That's too hard - I love a challenge.  It how you verbally talk makes a difference,Physical:  A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small steps by Lao...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
Thinking of selling your home on your own?  There is still time to rethink this.  It is true that some folks can do this and be very happy with the outcome.  It is a fact that most folks can't especially in this period of market readjustment.  There are  slew of assets that a professional realtor has at their disposal that make the transaction come together quickly and for the best results for you the buyer.  Homes sold with an agent typically fetch significantly higher prices than FSBOs.Let's work together to maximize your home's value!#thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #homeforsale #realestate #realestateagent #realtor #icanhelp
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
You Can't Make A Cat Walk Backwards! Working toward strengths with a can-do mindset, achieves set goals. Like a cat, it's better to focus on agility by adapting quickly to circumstances rather than being stuck in old, daily routines or the only 'one way' of doing things. It tends to be counterproductive. In any market, there's no time to be still, business must always be pursued, akin to a cat chasing a mouse for a meal. A missed opportunity never deters the honed-in instinct, so taking a different approach might be what is needed for success! Zipping here, zagging there, taking little time to rest and then moving on to create a different strategy, confidently knowing its own expectations will eventually be met. Once the goal is accomplished, finding a purr-fectly, sunny place to relax ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
We all have our weaknesses and Real Estate has plenty of tempting traps for agents to fall into.It is nearly impossible to be a successful RE agent if you are a procrastinator. Putting off any of these items can/will lead to disaster.Getting out of bed by 8:00 AM.All paperwork associated with a listing or sale.Appointment times with Buyers and Sellers.Meeting your States CE requirements.On the flip side of under performing is:Being combative with colleagues in or out of your brokerage (overly competitive).Marketing in areas you don't belong. ie. If you bill yourself as "The Rock & Roll Realtor" you should not be marketing on a Christian radio station.Ordering marketing materials without input from your Broker or franchise. After receiving approval ask experienced agents what they recomm...
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
Moving with pets? 🐾 Ensure a smooth transition with these essential tips: update tags, request vet records, and keep a week’s worth of food and meds handy. Need more advice on making your move stress-free for your furry friends? Contact me today! #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #movingday #pets #furbabies #happyhomeowners #newhome #newhometips #movingtips #realestate #realtor #realestateagent
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By Theresa Hus, The Official Real Estate Agent Directory
(RealEstateAgent.com)
Are you on the market to sell, buy, or rent property? Then, you need the guidance of a real estate professional to make the whole process easier for you. If you’re relatively new to the real estate industry, you might not know that there’s a difference between a real estate agent and a realtor. Being aware of this difference will help you decide which professional better suits your needs and whether or not you need a Realtor to guide you through your real estate journey.  But what is the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor? First, you must understand that all Realtors are real estate agents, but not all agents are Realtors. Realtors are real estate agents who became members of the renowned trade association NAR ( National Association of Realtors).  Keep reading to learn...
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By Mike Tolj, Commercial Real Estate Without the Stress!
(Tolj Commercial Real Estate )
Finding new tenants can be time-consuming and expensive. That’s why implementing effective tenant retention strategies is essential for the success of your rental business. In this article, we’ll dive into the best practices for keeping your tenants satisfied and eager to renew their leases.Key Takeaways Implementing effective tenant retention strategies can significantly reduce costs and increase profitability for property managers Building strong relationships with tenants through open communication, prompt issue resolution, and value-added services is crucial for long-term tenant satisfaction Staying up-to-date with technology and offering competitive pricing and incentives can help attract and retain quality tenants. Why Is Tenant Retention Important?Tenant retention is crucial for ...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Eyes wide open folks, EYES WIDE OPEN! 👀 Everyone struggles now and then. Becoming paralyzed or denying reality, benefits no one in business or personal circles. Taking a singular path that leads to resolution is recommended, rather than remain in a bad mental state.  Every real estate market carries with it many success stories along with dismal failure rates. Rather than become immersed in the negative aspects of missing out on business or blaming others for failed opportunities, seek out ways to move forward with confidence. Find a mentor. If fairly new to the industry, rely on the broker for training sessions and insight into becoming more versed in the sales process. Sitting on the brokerage floor to take walk-ins might gain clients. Hire a coach. Take some classes with some well-kn...
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!
(Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310)
Value Proposition - Prioritizing Transparency, Integrity and Client-Centric Service I've been eager to share this post the entire month of May, but the graphic held me up, as usual! I wanted to issue a challenge to keep us sharp and demonstrate our value, especially given the current NAR situation. A huge thank you to Kathy Streib for co-hosting May's challenge with me. I loved reading each and every one of the entries. We have an amazing group of members here, with diverse and wonderful personalities. Our common thread is our dedication to our clients and our commitment to enhancing the trust consumers have in our profession.Value PropositionWith two decades of experience in the real estate industry, I bring unparalleled knowledge, exceptional negotiation skills, and a commitment to de...
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By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo and Home Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
  Sterling Woods in Port Jefferson Station is a Suffolk County Long Island neighborhood by Route 347, Route 112 and Washington Avenue.   Opened in 2000, Sterling Woods Condo is surrounded around Gettysburg Drive. The community is served by the Comsequogue School District #3.   The Sterling Woods community does not have amenities, but it is a well-maintained neighborhood with a pond with a lovely spraying fountain and a relaxing community gazebo. Pets are permitted here. These Condominiums have an attached garage, basement, central air conditioning, gas heat and backyard patio.   The units at Sterling Woods are attached in groupings. There is a monthly common charge fee which covers the lawn maintenance and snow removal.    Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff can sell you a Condo at Ster...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Always learning from Denise in her blogs. Need Inspiration and Results? When was the last time you were inspired by something new that you learned for your business? Something that actually got you from thinking, something you could implement that would drive your business forward? Maybe something that took you away from investigating online and took you toward experiencing a real-life example? Last week, I took the members of my Encore coaching groups to Floor & Decor in Everett to review all aspects of flooring and surfaces. We had already reviewed a number of principles prior to our field trip, so our members were prepared with a background in current trends and materials before we got there. While there, we reviewed a wide variety of flooring types, discussed appropriate flooring fo...
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By Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Kankakee Will Iroquois Grundy Counties)
You made the right decision Mr. Buyer.      One of the things we do when we finish an inspection is give the buyer a simple survey questionnaire to fill out at that moment. It has questions like was the inspector on time or was the inspector clean and courteous or would you hire this inspector again? Buyers would never think these things are important to them, but the simple fact of asking these questions, builds a level of trust inside them going forward. They don't know what they don't know. When someone asks them how was the inspection, they just might remember a few things from the survey, along with any significant issues the home may have had.      Before all of this happens at the inspection, there's the initial phone call, where we really have to do our sales job and explain wha...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
I received my daily email from Seth Godin today, talking about "the third impossibility".Radio/TelevisionInternetAIAs we enter this age of unfathomable technology, I think it will be wise to remember the value of human touch as well.In our careers, personal interaction can translate to stronger relationships and deeper connections with our clients and colleagues. When we take the time to listen, understand, and respond with empathy, it shows that we're more than just professionals—we're people who care. You've likely heard the saying, "People like to work with folks they know...like...and trust".  I don't believe that means an email or text is going to replace the value of "face to face".Our interactions bring an element of creativity and problem-solving that technology can't always mat...
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