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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

 
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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  Hello & Happy Thanksgiving week to you and your family… a week that we reflect on what we are truly thankful for with friends and family over amazing food and great memories.   Is this a week of relaxation and a time to pull back from your business? It sure is not here at Franklin Title Agency ...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
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I put up my sign and installed my lockbox without a signed listing agreement.   I met with the seller on two occasions and we went over the process of selling a home, agreed on a sales price and hammered out the details for arranging showings. Now there's another agent calling me to come and take...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Doing More Than Expected “Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do.” Brian Tracy Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . . Doing more than expected   Doing what’s expected . . . . is operation in the stat...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(Fathom Realty)
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Lessons learned form a Hall of Fame Goalie - Dominik Hasek - As a huge hockey fan I enjoy watching the Colorado Avalanche play, and I really appreciate the talent at the NHL level.  It amazes me so much how these athletes can fly around the ice at 25 miles and hour, stop or turn on a dime and the...
By Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
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Holding an open house should be solely for the benefit of promoting the sellers property.  It should not be used for the purpose of snagging buyers so that you can show them a better deal down the street.   Here are some helpful hints:   1. The consumer that comes through the door at your open h...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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Scams & Contractor Rip Offs The RE Industry Needs To Know About   Just wanted to add a slice of humor to a very mundane and boring topic albeit probably the most important aspect of your manufactured home.  Let this serve as a reminder that you, the manufactured home owner, really need to be care...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Just what does that mean? Get in the zone! ...by getting out of it! Simple, if you want to take things to the next level, maybe get more appointments or listings, you need to get out and prospect for business.  Let's face it, there are too many realtors out there for business to just fall into yo...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've read a few blogs recently where the authors have been critical of the way some agents practice real estate.   They're ranting about how inefficient these practices are, how lame they appear to be, and how desperate these agents come across.  Last week I walked in on a new agent on my team.  ...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay." We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people waiting for the plane. An easy and smart way for airline...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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When business is not flowing steadily, agents seem to resort to extreme measures to maintain inventory.  For most agents, listings are the name of the game, and many agents will do whatever it takes to keep those shelves stocked. My team and I have a policy about listing property out of our area...
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
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30 Posts in 30 Days: An AR November Challenge   You thought November would never get here so that you could participate in this amazing challenge! Am I right? OK, maybe you're a bit nervous. Maybe you've just been managing to write every so often, or once a week or a month. Now's the time to jump...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Stop – Watch   Imagine… your most productive year ever. Think, if you have been in the business 10, 20, 30 or 35 years and when you make 2015 the year you sell the most homes or earn the most $ ever how happy of an experience that will be.Watch now!   I Know You Can   Because I am going to do t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be Prepared Go the Distance     “The real winners are not those at the top but those who have come the farthest over the toughest roads. Your victory may never make headlines. But you will know about it, and that’s what counts.” Ernest A. Fitzgerald     As I see it. . . . . . . . Be prepared to g...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
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Can a relationship between a Broker and Client Exist without Written Agreement?   The answer to this question is YES in the state of Texas you can have a relationship between Broker and client without a written agreement. However a Broker cannot sue for a commission unless there is a written agre...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Unchecked Procrastination Becomes a Roadblock “Everything you could have been, all the accolades you could a have won and all the achievements that have been nagging at your mind until now, didn’t happen for one reason only you procrastinated.” Nisandeh Neta, Author, Speaker     As I see it. . . ...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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Every month we create and distribute a data visualization which, in a picture, portrays important trends in the Tallahassee real estate market. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and this month's picture is a worthy story. Most of the important trends that suggest growth and vitali...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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A few days ago, I had a conversation with an agent about Christmas cards. She has very professionally produced Christmas cards each year. You know the ones. We all get them from our bank, our insurance company, even the vendors we do business with. Some of these cards may even be hand-signed--pro...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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  The other day I was reading a post from someone who said yup, got my post done today for the 30 in 30 and they had no photo, no video and no art at all... so I thought I would remind you to actually read the rules and check your posts to make sure you have complied with the rules. 30 Posts in 3...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Clear written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Break the Chains of Procrastination  “Clear written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They motivate you and galvanize you into action. They stimulate your crea...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
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I've always been a learner - learning all kinds of stuff and I completely enjoyed it. While learning and growing, and with a little ADHD personality (self-diagnosis), I often feel overwhelmed. Then I look back only to find things I set myself to do get un-accomplished by the time I sit down at 9p...