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 Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 31
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 )
Comments 73
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®)
Comments 63
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 Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 0
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 Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 13
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)
Comments 8
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)
Comments 8
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 Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 35
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 Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 9
“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 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 24
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...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
The Extra Yard “Do not quit! Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the towel at the one – yard line while someone else comes along and makes a fortune by going the extra yard.” E. Joseph Crossman, American Entrepreneur, Direct Marketer, Author   As I see it . . . . . . . The extra yard...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
Comments 0
Rates, Predictability Make Buying a West palm Beach Home Logical Despite what just feels like the right answer, buying a home in West Palm Beach can be significantly cheaper than renting one. It’s one of those rare cases where, if you stop and make common sense judgments about the factors at pla...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 10
There Are So Many Details in Feng Shui, How Do I Make Sense of It? Question.... Laura, I respect feng shui and I can see your point to everything but I have so many questions about rules and details that I can't wrap my head around. Does that make sense? There doesn't seem that there are any abso...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 11
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 Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 12
A special lady and her beau!   Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet with a client I've known for over 10 years.  She was referred to me by a member of a networking group I had founded several years earlier.  She had just bought a small patio home less than 6 months ago and was thrilled to n...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Colorado Real Estate Resource!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorado)
Comments 8
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 Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 37
Who can 'sit' at an open house in Maryland?   The current newsletter from the Maryland Real Estate Commission includes another warning and some advice on who can "sit" at an open house in Maryland. Real estate brokers need to be alert to make sure their agents understand and comply with the open ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 14
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 ...