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 Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Mapping The Sweet Spots on Your Forestland Properties Would your Forestland Properties sell easier if you could provide a Great map for your prospect? Maps with · Topo lines · Stand types · Wildlife habitat features · Aerial photos · Satellite images · Roads, trails and improvements · And more  ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Things Money Can’t Buy “If all the gold in the world were melted down into a solid cube, it would be about the size of an eight room house. If a man got possession of all that gold–billions of dollars worth – he could not buy a friend, character, peace of mind, clear conscious or a sense of etern...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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A recent article with safety suggestions for real estate agents reminded me of one of the dumbest things I did as a real estate newbie over twenty years ago.  I showed a vacant house with no power to a perfect stranger at night by flashlight.  His wife was to accompany him but he showed up alone...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Colorado Real Estate Resource!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorado)
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Magpie Home Inspections Soars Above the Rest of the Flock!   One resource we need as Realtors is a reliable, affordable home inspector to refer our buyers to when they ask.  Yes it is good to have three companies to recommend, but we need to make sure they are all top-notch.    I have three compa...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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It was 1996 when I met Whitt Glover.  Yup, that is his real name and I'm sure he won't mind if I tell you this story about when he was my client and he took me up on those words I say... "I come with the house" again and again. I'll start, not at the beginning, because that would take TOO long to...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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Does a Ghost Live in that House? In Colorado you might never know. Is the house really haunted or is this hearsay? What is the proof that the house is haunted? Can the seller be damaged by this information? Yes it could negatively impact the property.  Just in time for Halloween, I decided to do ...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
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I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all ...
By Steven Schafer, CDPE, SFR, ABR, SRES
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
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Is The Newspaper Dead?   Here are some facts that will set up the blog post. Since 1990 newspaper readership has declined by 24,000,000 while the population has grown by 69,000,000. There are 69 million more potential readers but here are the numbers for Sunday readership. In 1990, 60 million peo...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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Whether you are buying or selling a home, a real estate contract is going to be involved and will hopefully serve its purpose while keeping you out of trouble. We use a contract to spell out the specific terms of a home sale and purchase, and that means it is a legal document that creates obligat...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(John Marshall )
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Part time jobs that can enhance your real estate career - (New content added, see the last paragraph) I know that it is ideal to be a full time agent when you are selling real estate, however I also know that we do not live in an ideal world and some of the best agents had to continue working a f...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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    6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations in Real Estate The Real Estate Industry is reeling from the recent murder of Beverly Carter, a real estate agent in Arkansas, and the string of attacks on real estate professionals. Meeting new clients, showing properties, holding open houses, letting stra...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 62
BROOM CLEAN isn't quite as simple as it may appear to the average consumer buyer or seller. Inspired by "Broom Clean" by Jay Markanich. For clarity, many contracts provide for "Broom clean and free of debris". Just what does it mean and who manages compliance with that clause in the Contract of S...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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    Don’t Apologize Again, I Don’t Believe You. Change your ways!   We all make mistakes, we are human and we are not perfect. I am more than understanding of this and work at accepting this and help to make things right and move on. Think about your own experiences, how many times have you helpe...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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There Really is an App for That!   It's called RESPECT!     What did people do before smart phones? Call me old school but I happen to feel it is extremely rude and disrespectful when people are with someone and they are buried in their smart phone and ignoring the person they are with. For me, t...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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Both Ron and I passed by these flowers and took a step back to admire.  We said the word "Wow" together! Isn't amazing how colors can inspire and change one's mood?  We loved this quote, by Allen Klein, "Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world.  Constantly color your picture...
By Vince Divarco, Air Duct Cleaning by DUCTZ of North Phoenix
(DUCTZ of North Phoenix and Deer Valley / Glendale)
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Are you trying to sell a home that has a smoke smell? Or have you just found that dream home for your clients only to find out that the previous owners were smokers? Call us at 623-466-8625 - we can provide customized solutions that will last! Plugging in a room deodorizer will only mask the sme...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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I know. I'm as surprised as you are. But there really are only 10 weeks left in 2014 so it's definitely time to take a moment to reflect and another moment to make sure 2014 ends the way you want it to. Your assignment: Re-evaluate your 2014 goals and make a list of what needs to be done to achie...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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Here it is short and sweet. I have done these two faithfully over the years and it is when you don't do them, things may go south. They are considered to be good habits for those that are on the move. If you do multiple-tasking like I do or you move with a purpose, then these two will serve you w...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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You have email. Lots of it. And not enough time or desire to manage it. We can help you with Email Management. Reply to this blog or email me with your top three Email Management problems, and I will give you some quick tips which you may have never heard before. Watch Video Now - Short 2 Minute...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Don't Insult My Seller and Expect Good Results There are many ways you can ask for something in an offer. Some of them seem matter of fact, others sound like requests and then there are other ways that come across as absolute insults. When this happens the seller can get indignant and so insulted...