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 Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 108
  I have experienced the dirty side of the world of real estate!   I can recall numerous situations that we as agents, inspectors, appraisers, surveyors and others find ourselves in on a daily basis.  This can be a dirty business for sure!   Some of my dirty little secrets in this business that ...
By Trulia Pro Blog, Real Estate Advice From Real Estate Professionals
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Summer is generally the busiest time of year for real estate professionals. Overall, the weather is good. Prospective buyers want to be out and about looking at properties. The flowers are in bloom. The grass smells good. Agents generally find that it’s a pretty good time of year to sell property...
By Jordana Tobel
Comments 37
As territory manager for Carrington Real Estate South Florida, we have sales meetings via conference call every Wednesday for 30 minutes. Every week, I keep track of things that I feel are important to discuss on an upcoming call such as: commission issues that come up, compliance reminders, prob...
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)
Comments 56
Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle You have a great listing and want lots of showings. So why make it hard on the other agents to show. Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle. Make the access easy and the instructions simple. Do whatever you can to make agents want to show your listings not d...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 74
Home inspections could easily turn into a listing agent’s nightmare.  I reference listing agent because, in my opinion, the listing agent is the guide on the seller’s end of the transaction.  I use the term “guide” because the seller should be taking direction from the listing agent, if the list...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 57
As you may have heard, Google is now emphasizing articles that have at least 1000 words with even better rankings for articles pushing 2000 words. Many bloggers had a hard time adjusting to writing 500 words so 1000 seems almost unsurmountable.  Who has time or the expertise to write that much?  ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Is Mass Email Marketing Dead?   This morning my business partner (IT Man) reminded me that I had promised to clean up my email inbox.  He knows how I so look forward to doing that tedious chore. Right!  Long story short, since a meeting got canceled I had a few extra hours to perform my email cle...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 71
Not Going to Happen This Week Mr Google!   All week long I've been reading and paying attention to the 'new normal' for Mr Google to be happy.  Of course we all want to be known as an expert and now we'll be WORDY experts. I'll be honest it does kind of make my head spin think...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Credit Score Changes Could Spur Palm Beach County Mortgage Activity For any Jupiter resident who has ever been stymied by seemingly arbitrary (or, put another way, nutty) lowering of his or her all-important credit score, next month’s beginning rollout of Fair Isaac’s new credit score model shou...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  Do you want 2015 to be Your Best Year Ever?   If you are in residential real estate sales and you want 2015 to be your best year ever, do you know what to do to make that a reality instead of just a dream or goal?  Click here now.   Yes it is August 2014, and you need to continue to focus on th...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Glad I Checked My Voice Mail  . . . I Don't Check That Very Often My hand to God . . . I just received a return call to one I had made earlier this afternoon.   The conversation has left me speechless.  So glad my fingers do the walking, err, typing. In setting up a tour of condos for my relo...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  People of Character Will Not Compromise Their Values “People of character do the right thing, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world.” Michael Josephson, Attorney, Former Law Professor, Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . .   People of c...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Alternate Programs Sometimes Aid West Palm Beach First Time Buyers In an improving residential real estate market, first time buyers may flinch at the greater loan amounts that accompany larger price tags. Lending standards have also put some first time buyers through a tougher gauntlet than fac...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-What is your Word Worth? Do you pay lipservice to people or is your word  Priceless?? Whether in a personal relationship or professional, when we give our word that we will get something done, people expect us to follow through on it. Do you??   Unless you prove to other...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
Comments 0
  3 Things to Keep In Mind When Negotiating a Home Purchase Negotiating tactics. It’s a topic that business authors adore. This is perennial best-seller territory…so much so, you could probably fill a moderate-sized home library with titles like The Art of the Deal and Getting to Yes. When it co...
By Rachel Rabinowitz, The Baltimore Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Baltimore MD)
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The Two Most Misused Phrases in Real Estate Negotiations   Do you mean what you say and say what you mean? It sounds simple enough, yet curiously I'm finding this basic tenant of negotiation is being ignored by many Realtors and their clients in today's marketplace. In this busy Spring 20...
By Jenna Weinerman, Helping deliver a breakthrough client experience.
(Updater)
Comments 18
Too often, we wash our hands of a transaction after closing. Too often, we miss the perfect opportunity to leave a lasting impression. I travel quite a bit with Updater - just yesterday, I spoke to a Broker/Owner of a 45-agent brokerage. She said to me, "Updater is basically the perfect post...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 110
3 Tips for Lazy Prospectors   Did you know that there are some real estate professionals that hate prospecting or just never seem to get around to prospecting?  Yes it's true!  Every month while teaching CE courses I purposely bring up the subject of prospecting to see who's doing what an...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Zoning Laws . . . The Hidden Governing Factor Under all is land . . . but under land is -- ZONING!! Most people don't realize that Zoning Laws are here . . . there . . . and everywhere.  In real estate, Zoning Laws are not discussed all that often, unless there's some type of dispute.  B...
By Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service
(The Jordon Wheeler Group)
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Who Needs All Those Pictures?  Buyers DO! Yesterday I took a moment out of my extremely busy schedule to go see a listing with an agent not a part of my firm.  The listing agent and I had conducted business on a previous transaction, and the listing agent grew to like my way of conducting busines...