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 Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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When this COVID virus started affectihng business, it was time to decide the next steps to remain successful during the crisis.May contracts scheduled to close from Mid February through the end of April all cancelled.  Some buyers lost there jobs and loans were denied.  Others were afraid to spen...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities)
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Excelling in Your Career while Developing Your Isolation RoutineApril 23, 2020 Bob CraneSocial isolation can be difficult, especially if you’re not used to it. It sounds easy on the surface: Just stay home! If you’re cut off from the social contact and day-to-day routines that you’re used to, tho...

By Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
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How Will You Look Post Pandemic? I've heard lots of comments asking how things will look after this pandemic is over? My question is, how will you look? What I mean by this is, what will your attitude, your outlook, and your persona reflect from this experience? ATTITUDE: We all know attitude is ...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Researchers have found that the more successful salespeople are those who can uncover problems by listening. Uncovering needs, problems and issues will take time and careful listening.  Longwood Gardens Conservatory      As a Real Estate Agent would you like to be known as a trusted advisers?  Be...

By Joseph Doohan, I offer business strategy advice for realtors
(Joseph Doohan)
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In today’s turbulent times, those realtors who are successful will do what they need to do to get to where they need to be. They live in the moment and adapt their planning.   Living here in AZ high desert, we take everyday precautions. Before we open the door, we look to see if there are any sn...

By Joseph Doohan, I offer business strategy advice for realtors
(Joseph Doohan)
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Pause, Plan, Pivot, Proceed! I’m sharing a philosophy I practice, born of deeply personal events in my life. I’m not preaching at you, nor do I seek converts; I'm simply sharing and I know you can think for yourself...chew the meat and spit out the bones. I will not buy into the media sensationa...

By Joseph Doohan, I offer business strategy advice for realtors
(Joseph Doohan)
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How To: Social Distancing in Real Estate Practice - Walk-Throughs While most real estate practitioners here are following the guidelines of the county's requirements - no open houses, no showings - we do still have clients who are in Escrow and Closing. My county has acknowledged the importance ...

By Joseph Doohan, I offer business strategy advice for realtors
(Joseph Doohan)
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In this post I am going to talk about how to recruit and develop superstar team members. Here are a set of tips on how to do so: Finding the workersOne of the best tried and true methods of finding applicants is through your other employees. This works well for not only you, but your potential wo...

By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
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As a new month begins and social distancing continues, I’m trying to focus on all the silver linings in my life. I hope you are all focused on your silver linings, whatever they may be. April 2020 has continued with the shelter in place orders. We are all experiencing the new normal including Zoo...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
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Benefits of Praying Every Day  Winging it in business, hoping to catch the right attention deserves re-thinking. Using patience and consistent methods are key to longevity and survival. We can all learn from the lessons nature provides if we wish. Taking advantage of opportunity, every day, can y...

By Elaine Murphy Carlson
(RE/MAX Estates Properties)
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PALOS VERDES HOMES INFORMATION – HOW TO DISINFECT YOUR HOME IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS 1 WEEK AGO • BUYER RESOURCES, HOMEOWNER INFORMATION, SELLER RESOURCES I came across the following article that I want to share with Palos Verdes homes owners as it contains great information. HOW TO DISINFECT Y...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Doom & Gloom or Beacon of Light? What Best Describes Your Zone? I was recently asked what zone I am living in during this crisis. My choices were as follows: FEAR Zone - 100% involved in consuming the most negative part of the news; they are motivated to politicize the crisis. They then share doo...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 154
You've heard the ole' cliche... He who speaks first, loses.  Have you ever been in the middle of a negotiation, and suddenly, the room is filled with a deafening silence?  Do you find yourself fidgeting uncomfortably during the loooong pause, waiting for someone to say something?  Are you tempted...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 27
As a Real Estate Agent would you like to be known as a trusted advisers?  Becoming a trusted advisor is a process that is built on credibility, trust and respect. Now more than ever we must put being a trusted advisor first.Dan Pink has written a particularly good book on this topic titled, “To S...

By Abby Stiller, Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637
(REMAX Realty Group)
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TAKE A LOOK AT THE NEW MLS POLICY: The policy, also called NAR 8.0, says you may not market a property before it is on the MLS. If you do, you have just one business day to enter the property into the MLS. The National Association of Realtors® "Clear Cooperation" policy becomes effective this Fri...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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Looking to purchase a dream home in the Big Apple? The once daunting process has been made simple by the presence of numerous house hunting portals. One such portal is Fodyo, which has a complete and updated list of the best homes for sale in the city. The range of housing solutions includes cond...

By Sharlene Mulchandani, Property Management Software
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Particularly for first time landlords, tenant screening may seem like a waste of time – an unnecessary road block standing between you and your rent checks. Who needs a credit report or background check you’re not even prepared to interpret? You trust yourself to meet a prospective tenant in pers...

By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
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An excellent post Featured last week written by Leanne Smith reminded me of the following post I originally published on ActiveRain July 30, 2016. It might seem contrary to what Leanne said but it's actually just another way of looking at the same subject. I thought it was worth dusting off and b...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
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Little lies, blatant deceit and skewed statistics. Verifying data from Internet super-highways and bi-ways is crucial. Otherwise, the result may be hearsay, scuttle-but, Fake News or National Enquirer-esque sensationalism, which is currently running rampant in the world.  As real estate industry ...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 3
                                                                           Sam Shueh                                                  Realtor One Group                                                   Silicon Valley, CA As west coast is getting less rain started about a decade ago, local Water D...