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 Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
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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 )
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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.)
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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)
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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)
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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
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
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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)
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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...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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I love this post - while we are still working under stay at home orders or stay safe orders that have us working at half capacity, this is the time to fix our business for when we do get to burst out of the gate.  What better way to improve your business than to pick and establish a dynamic niche...

By Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno)
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We Just Might be Telling You Something Important.  Really, if there was no benefit to the inspection agreement that the State of Illinois requires us to have signed before we start the inspection, then I would gladly toss it out right now. But it does have lots of valuable information that prote...

By Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329, Northern VA - VHDA, 100% Loans - Jumbo Loans
(FHA, VA, Jumbo, Downpayment Assistance, Conv.)
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 Here are four things you can do right now to keep your home search on track during these times. 1. Get Pre-approved. Pre-approval for a mortgage will give you a better understanding of what you can afford.  It shows you're a serious buyer.  Gather the necessary documents like your income verific...

By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
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Since June, an increase in the inventory of houses per month is noticed through the person. In the summer season, the stock of the person will be raised by selling them. Many children want a new beginning with a new flat. The view and scenery will be beautiful and impressive to see the sunrise an...

By Sarah Layton | Copywriter & Inman Star Contributor, I provide real estate content marketing services
(Best Real Estate Writer, a Layton Media brand)
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If you are anything like most real estate agents, you didn’t even both to put a proper business plan in place before you started your real estate business. Odds are that means that you also don’t have an official marketing budget. How do I know that? Well, I have spent the last 4 ½ + years havin...

By Leanne Smith, Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
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Earlier this past week I had a conversation with Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! We discussed expectations of and frustrations with the real estate industry and real estate agents. By the way if you haven't personally spoken with Anna, it would be worth your while to invest the time to...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Leveraging Your Superpower This week I want to talk about your superpower, yes you have one! I want to define it, explain it and show you how to put it to work for you. There are so many real estate agents in the field today and there are specific reasons that a client is attracted to working wi...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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We have always been proponents of  the importance of the attention to details.  Details can make or break you.  Although many think that snail mail is an antiquated form of communication, we don't.  In some small communities and markets, it is an effective way to stand out from the crowd. One of ...