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 Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Comments 35
Inspiration for 11/3/18by Patricia Feager  This is my 3rd entry for the November AR Contest offered by Debbie Reynolds entitled: Thanksgiving Challenge- Post What You Are Thankful For. Previously, I wrote blog posts on the following:  I am Grateful for Lollipop Kisses, Hugs, & Love and I am Grate...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 5
Reminds me of the saying: "Loose lips sink ships".  Silence May be Golden When Showing Homes to Buyers   I had a number of showings today and the smart home technology (Ring Video doorbell, Nest Thermostat, a couple of devices that appeared to be Alexa-type devices) was immediately noticeable in ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 18
.  A part of our practice of most people in Active Rain know...is devoted to  our niche in divorce.  Emotions can run high, tempers shorter than usual and common sense can sometimes give way to clouds of emotion. It is the end of a  life chapter that was not supposed to end,,,it was supposed to ...

By Victoria Carter, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou)
Comments 4
The last thing you want on moving day is a problem with the moving company. Ideally, you want them to show up on time, handle your possessions with care, and act professionally.  Here are some tips that will help you choose the best mover for your needs.  Get a recommendation from someone you tru...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 8
This is a very important post for Broker/Owners and Team Leaders....team leaders take on similar roles to that of a broker/owner..... a smoothly run team must have a leader whose focus is ON the business and not just IN the business. As a broker owner you must have adequate controls since you are...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 24
I got my real estate license in 1992 . Those were the days when we had no cell phones, no gps and no online mls. I remember those mls books that the broker used to have in the office. We had the clients come to the office to go through the listings or copy the listings and take them on showings. ...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 13
November is a great month to count our blessings.Thre are more than 10 things I can write about.I love the Thanksgiving challenge on Active Rain. I am thankful for some of the same things that others are thankful for.I am thankful for my job. I work 7 days a week but I can plan my own vacations a...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 26
I am thankful for the wonderful clients that I have worked with since 1992  and continue to work with.Some of the clients who purchased a house 20 years ago have referred their grown children to me and it feels great. My business has been mostly by referral for last few years .  I was referred to...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 3
 NEW  DOCUMENT SITE LOCATION: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtOGFwcdwvwag_Ig0Cuh16XCMZBbDA  GUESS THEY GOT A LITTLE EMBARRASSED.  GREAT A 13 PAGE REPORT ON HOW THE APPRAISAL INSTITUTE-AI-MAI SCREWED UP BIG BOX VALUATIONS, BY A MAI-AI-APPRAISAL INSTITUTE APPRAISER. Not worth reading, butFORGET THIS GARBAGE....

By Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
(Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus)
Comments 18
10 SEO Tools for SERP Exposure & Discovery   SEO is the acronym for search engine optimization and SERP is the acronym for search engine results page. These are SEO web-tools for the blogger, the website builder, the technology enthusiast, the computer geek, and the beginner - advanced DIY indivi...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
  Two Steps That Will Move You Closer to Your Dreams “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” Paul Valery 1871 - 1945, French Poet   As I see it . . . . . . .   Two steps to that will move you closer to your dreams   You first have to wake up your passion to pursue your dreams ...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 1
COMMERCIAL APPRAISER, MAI, AI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE,  Sr. Investigator John Schmidt of CA BREA/OREA COMMITS PERJURYMY point is that claims of USPAP compliance without documentation require trust. In MY State *Sr. Investigator John Schmidt of CA BREA committed perjury on the stand twice (in additio...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 3
COMMERCIAL APPRAISER,  NOSSAMAN LEGAL, LIES TO PROTECT AI, MAI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE,The Appraisal Institute Isn’t Stealing Your Money – Some situations require that appraiser possesses MAI designation – Many attorneys will not hire appraiser who does not posses MAI designation  https://commercial...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 42
I’m Not A One Night Stand Type Of GalThis post is inspired by someone who stops by my office every 6 months and hands me her card and says don’t forget to send me business. It’s nothing against her, there are so many that are just like her but, she reminds me of a one night stand. I couldn’t tell...

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes
(Tivoli Custom Homes)
Comments 15
 The KHRT Horn of Plenty is a wonderful program that puts together gift boxes for families in need over the Christmas holiday. Each gift box includes a supply of food for about two weeks, toys for the kids, and a spiritual gift.Two important deadlines are coming up Wednesday December 5th. #1) No ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 6
Lou reminded us that we always have choices. Whatever comes your way, it's how you choose to handle it that makes all of the difference in the world.    The Way You Choose to Live Your Life “We cannot change life! We can only change the way we live life. Any moment is the best moment, and any pla...

By Valeria Mola, 305-607-0709 SIB Realty
(SIB REALTY)
Comments 7
I like this post. If you missed it - here it is again. Thank you. Silence May be Golden When Showing Homes to Buyers   I had a number of showings today and the smart home technology (Ring Video doorbell, Nest Thermostat, a couple of devices that appeared to be Alexa-type devices) was immediately ...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 6
Here's what you've all been waiting for, the MOAB:  M Y    D E N O U E M E N T I am often at a loss for words and immobilized after reading several of the fine posts here every day.  Why?  Because the accumulated wisdom from everyone overwhelms me to the point of rigor mortis.   What follows is t...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 15
At the NAR Convention this subject was talked about a lot. Disclosure was the buzz word. Silence May be Golden When Showing Homes to Buyers   I had a number of showings today and the smart home technology (Ring Video doorbell, Nest Thermostat, a couple of devices that appeared to be Alexa-type de...

By L. Scott Ferguson, Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional
(Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate)
Comments 5
I’m sure some people, especially the ‘seasoned’ real estate veterans can relate. I grew up in Michigan and outside of a four year stint in the US Navy that took me around the world, I spent my entire time in the ‘Mitten’ (nickname for Michigan).  I started my journey in real estate in 1998 and ha...