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 Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County
(Bucci Realty, Inc.)
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Now that I am "retired" there is so much I want to say to new agents!   This is not intended to be a negative "you can't succeed" post but rather a "time to get real and focused" post.A real estate license isn't a blank check. Not every real estate agent that drives a fancy new car is loaded.  An...

By Wade Webb, Real Estate Coach - Agentsboost
(Royal Lepage Kelowna)
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A major activity for a real estate agent is to prospect for, and convert leads. This seems to be the most avoided activity due to its unnatural, time consuming and difficulty to do for most agents in the business today. This week we look at some of the best practices of prospecting in real estate...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
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 First Area That Makes You Look like NADOTAHow is your area of Punctuality? Another possible term for this could be “keeping your word” In my 30+ years as a real estate agent punctuality has been one of my exceptional areas that really stood out. I would guess over 100 times I have gone to a home...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Are You Closer to a Sale or a Price Reduction? One of the most discussed topics between real estate brokers and their peers is pricing. Pricing a home to sell is both an art and a science. Why do so many homes sit on the market gaining days on market dust and creating nothing more than frustrate...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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Please be on the lookout for your donation bags from your local postal carrier. There is no reason why anyone in our country should go hungry, and yet people do. Please give from your hearts and open up your wallet!!!    It is an annual event....the Postal Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. If...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
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I love stories. In particular those told in movie theaters. I also love books. When I open a book to read I am immediately transported into the story. Stories are powerful ways to get a point across. People can relate so much better to stories than to dry facts. As a real estate agent I find that...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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   It is an annual event....the Postal Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. If you don't get a plastic bag to attach to your mailbox this can certainly use one of your own.  It has been our tradition,(it always seems to rain on that day), to put out lawn chairs with plastic bags full ...

By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
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 This has been a recurring theme (nightmare) for lenders.  Real Estate Contracts that are not filled out completely Back in 1987 I remember going to one of my first big meetings in the mortgage world and having it beaten into our heads. "FILL IN THE BLANKS"  It sounds so simple (and honestly it r...

By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
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To buy or sell in real estate, you would require the services of a real estate agent. The agent will manage your property listings, negotiate on your behalf, attract and contact clients and make contracts. These tasks are very crucial for any transaction in the sale or purchase of a property. How...

By zeta cross, Getting Greener Makes Your home worth more!
(Smart Green Realty)
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It used to be a pleasure to work with a title company. The people were smart and pleasant. They worked as partners--to help you get the deal done. In a crunch, title clerks often saved my bacon. I was truly grateful. But that was then. These days title is just another swamp an agent has to get th...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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Most of the time when I write a post about marketing I will preface it with "this is my opinion and what works for me" because I realize that not all things work for all people.  But for the love of all that is good in this world, NEVER ever buy Facebook likes.  I had a conversation with a a fell...

By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
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Here is the North Texas Real Estate market update as of 5/7/19New properties for sale 437Back on market listings 134Price decrease listings 468Price Increase listings 75 Active kick out listings 27Active option contract listings 518Active contingent listings 75Pending listings 622Sold listings 40...

By Marina Garan, South Florida Real Estate Agent
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Congratulations, you are entering a very exciting period in your life. Certainly, buying a house is as much of a headache as it is thrilling, but taking the right action at the right time is guaranteed to make all the hassle worth your while. The first thing you should know about is that the real...

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 Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Continuing Ed: Real Estate Legislative Update at Village Settlements My third spring Continuing Education (CE) course was Real Estate Legislative Update at Village Settlements in Kentlands. The outstanding instructors were David Hahn and Brianne Paugh. They are attorneys with Parker, Simon, Hahn ...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
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Do you ever sell rural properties?  If we sell properties in rural areas, agricultural properties or sometimes properties in small towns, we need to know about water wells. Why should we learn about water wells? The first and most important reason is to understand & advise our sellers.  Perhaps y...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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 “If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.” If you want to have a sustainable business you need to have a strategic plan, which includes key goals and objectives, and a way to measure your progress. Without these elements you are relying solely on luck.What you measure is just as important as...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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 This is a tough one.  Never happened to me in 38 years of business.      We often read that a real estate agent wears soooo many hats...the tour guide, the concierge, the negotiator, etc....anyone who has been in the industry for a while easily recognizes the lengthy list of multi tasking requir...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Use of Unlicensed Employees in Real Estate: Maryland Guidelines Guidelines for the Use of Unlicensed Employees and Online Chat Providers - Real Estate CommissionReal estate brokers are required to exercise reasonable and adequate supervision over the provision of real estate brokerage services by...

By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
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Rumors and Lies Day 47 Your Million Dollar Year. Real estate at it's heart is not just about the property and land, it is also the people connected to it and involved in the process. Because people are involved you have randomness added into the mixture. Because randomness is involved and money i...