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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The Secret to Success with John Maxwell   I am a big fan of John Maxwell, he is not only a very spiritual man but he is also a much respected authority on the subject of Leadership, which I will be touching upon in a few blogs this week.   In the video below John is speaking at the success sympos...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Hello Podcast Fans, How many of you when you hear the name, Feng Shui think of interior design? Our guest today is Laura Cerrano whose modality is Feng Shui Healing. Those who are aware of Feng Shui, most think of this as "interior design", not as a healing modality. Laura opens up the world of F...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
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I had a colleague point out that sometimes the leads we get are "D" quality.  They're the ones that enter "Joe Schmoe" for a name and "650-555-1212" as their number.  In my "Six Lists" training, these would be a "C-"!  This consumer wants the information, just without giving you the chance at con...
By David Dion
(Solutions Real Estate)
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I Will Not Give Up Any Of My Commission   I have been in real estate for over 10 years, starting with a very successful personal real estate business, then forming The Valley Solutions Team that still closes between 100 - 200 deals per year, and founding Solutions Real Estate, with almost 400 age...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 112
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 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 Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 63
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 Bob Ratliff, RE/MAX-CC, Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
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Advertising new listings and not putting them on the MLS. What is the risk?   When real estate markets become "HOT" and multiple offers are common practice as here in Austin many REALTOR'S® will advertise new listings as "coming soon" prior to listing on the MLS. Many of these homes are escrowed ...
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 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 Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Lunching With My Peeps!   Dick Greenberg from Fort Collins CO referred a lovely family to me last year looking to relocate to the Phoenix Metro Area. The family included Grandma, her daughter and son-in-law plus two very lively young boys.  The first day I met them we spent an afternoon looking a...
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 Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Here are the notes from today's Luncheon: Thank you everyone for coming out to Today's Masterminds Luncheon in Clarkston (North Oakland / Genesee Edition) at Andiamo's. Again, another great turnout as well as great networking, connections made, matches in terms of listings to buyers, and of cours...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“Giving and Receiving Referrals, One of the topics in our Upcoming Social Media Marketing Seminar”   I set my yearly goals for the number of referrals that I give out to referral partners. I know that most folks will focus on getting referral business, actually we all do, but giving referrals is ...
By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate)
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Cockroaches and keys.    First, I'm not a pest person, so perhaps thebig bugs than ran out from under the pot were not cockroaches, perhaps they were some other kind of bug.  However, when it's dusk, and I need to use the flashlight on my iphone to see what I'm doing, it really doesn't matter. I'...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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Get your Outlook Contacts in Main Database - Database Management Most of you are using a smartphone. If you lost it tomorrow, ask yourself, “What I would really lose?” You probably have 10-200 people in your main email contacts file, such as Outlook, which are not in your main database of Top Pr...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Secret Ingredient of Motivation “In my experience there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reason or principle can contain it or stand against it.” Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize – Winning American Novelist   As I see it. . . . . . . . The secret ingredient of motivation   Your desir...
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 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...