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 Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(eXp Realty)
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It is perfectly ok that some will not understand the writing here, however it is my opinion which means it is neither right or wrong, the point is to hopefully get something exciting across to hundreds of real estate agents throughout the UNITED STATES.Last month I began an enormous change in my ...

By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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20 Tips For Buying A Home   Save What are the most important things to do before buying a house? An excellent question is it not?This is one of the best home blogs I have read yet. Author Bill Gassett knows his stuff. I am fully committed to helping my clients make the most reasonable and rationa...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Are you staging your potential team leaders for success?  What do you need to do differently? Let me borrow the term "staging" from its real estate context.  Do you throw new team leaders to the wolves or do you stage them for success? Lawrence Peter’s book The Peter Principle argues that, in a h...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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These are great tips for those struggling in this business:   Set Yourself Up For Social. Make sure you have social media accounts on all the big networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and even Instagram if you snap a lot of house pics). Interact with users, share good press, and promot...

By Rae Dolan, Real estate agent serving the Katy area
(Buying Katy / Rae Dolan)
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Early on as an agent, a home I submitted an offer for had a document labeled "Offer Instructions" in the files. I thought this was brilliant. It made creating the offer easier for me as the Buyer's agent and created less back and forth. I immediately followed suit and created an Offer Instruction...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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Pressing Forward with Purpose!  Be more like a butterfly and move with momentum, always on the go, prioritizing time, knowing its own expectations will be met. For us, there is no time to be still when clients are dependent on fulfilling real estate goals. Every work day must be spent:Pursuing bu...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
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"Good service leads to multiple sales.  If you take good care of your customers, they will open doors you could never open yourself."-Jim Rohn  Since I retired and am no longer licensed, friends and family often asked who I can recommend as a good agent to help them.  Having been licensed in the ...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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This is what matters for those who run and manage teams:  Do you think that adding to you team and just finding someone to stick?  Or do you find that it is a daunting task.  Neither of this scenarios is necessary. Leaders spend so much time looking and sadly though up their hands at the end and ...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Not always an easy thing to do, but something that needs to be done: It is important that as the leader exercise proper control over your business. However, if you exercise too much control you could hurt your business. But it can be tough to let go. Here is how it can happen. You started your re...

By Vicki Allsopp, Real Estate Digital Marketing Freelancer
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There are many different hats a Realtor wears throughout a home buying or selling transaction. These can include the hat of a marketing executive, salesperson, business analyst, advocate, negotiator, and often counselor.And in the case of one agent: a crown.That’s right. The reigning Miss Texas U...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Presenting The Finest in Florida Luxury Living...
(Luxury Expert, Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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Don't be afraid to congratulate your competition.I always try to congratulate my fellow Real Estate professionals when I read articles about them, or if they made a phenomenal sale or even when they get a really great listing.  We all like to be congratulated and like to be recognized for our acc...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
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The numbers are in and I've tallied the Second Quarter Market Report for Canyon Creek. The statistical reports have been printed (1275 for delivery) and now they are being folded and bagged! Another 100 have been printed and mailed to the 2 gated sections of Canyon Creek. Granddaughter Hailey has...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
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Before You Show, Get Your Ducks in a RowMany times, real estate agents are so eager to show a prospective buyer homes they don't take the necessary steps to have the client qualified and prepared to make an offer. In this day and age of impostors, scammers, and sometimes just uniformed buyers, Se...

By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
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This post was written by fellow blogger Paula McDonald. Its message is simple but so important to those entering the housing market. Before looking at new homes, buyers should talk with their trusted lender to see how much home they can afford. And if you have a home to sell before you can purcha...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Samsel & Associates)
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 Hi everyone!We're still working on improving our YouTube Channel by increasing content. Since market reports have been great for making the phone ring, we're trying out some video market reports. Our first attempt was pretty choppy and I wasn't thrilled with the results - thank you to all of you...

By Steven at BoomTown
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The real estate market is hot right now. So, so, hot right now. But does that mean standards are put aside in favor of marketing with reckless abandon?No. It translates into the exact opposite. When the good times keep rolling you need to maximize your segmented seller lead efforts and crack down...

By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
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I used to teach pre-licensing courses at the local Community College.  Budget cuts put an end to that. That said, I had some wonderful textbooks that I used, written by Walt Huber.  These books are great for the nuts and bolts of real estate, and lay out a very comprehensive view of what you will...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
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Words are so important with writing or talking to people.  Lou Ludwig did it again with another great blog.  The Weight of Your Words  “Deliver your words, not by number but by weight.” Proverb         As I see it . . . . . . . . The weight of your worlds   People remember you by your worlds . . ...

By Gustavo Torres / RE/MAX Rosarito Beach, Tijuana Coastal, Ensenada, BAJA, Remax Baja Realty, Baja California
(Remax Baja Realty)
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Many Real Estate Practitioners, REALTORS, and Buyers have been frustrated over the years that they were never sure if the offers were ever presented to the seller. I personally have experienced this on numerous occasions… Presentation of Offers: Change to Code of Ethics, Standard of Practice 1-7T...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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When going to work for a company it is very important you know what the core values are and that you are on the same path.  If you own a real estate brokerage you should know what separates you from the others.  And it is equally as important that you clearly define your values and work with thos...