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 107
  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
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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)
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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 Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 24
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 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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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 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)
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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 Rachel Rabinowitz, The Baltimore Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Baltimore MD)
Comments 37
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)
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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...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
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A lot of REALTORS® aren’t aware of important best practices when it comes to real estate contact management. Agents who excel in effective contact management forge strong relationships with their sphere and get the vast majority of their business from past clients in the form of repeat business a...
By Jason Potrzeba, Private Money & Commercial Mortgage Broker - MA/RI
(Acadia Advisory Group LLC)
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  Time Traps by Todd Duncan.     This is a great book that can be applied to your entire life and not just your work.   This book focuses on your daily tasks and how you can recognize the tasks that are productive and separate them from the ones that are unnecessary and soak up valuable time.   ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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I am often asked what I see as the path forward for a Billion Dollar Agent company. Here is the detailed version of my answer. Billion Dollar Agent Company (BDAC) is a public company valued at over $1B with over $1B in revenue and profit margins of 20 percent for $200,000,000 in profits in 2016....
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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FHA Will Not Insure Homes with Leased Solar Panels   Just received this "red alert" from a friend of mine who is an appraiser.  He has been the best source of information for me and I trust his opinion and knowledge.  BUT, the most important thing about this appraiser is he has gone the...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Turn the Boat around and go Downstream   Motivation is tricky thing.  Over the years I've been to a ton of  'motivational' events with great speakers.  But can it really motivate somebody or is it more like a 'pick me up' for a day or so?  My vote is the latter and here is why...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
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Big News! Keller Williams Cupertino Now 300 Real Estate Agents Strong! by Michelle Carr Crowe, Cupertino real estate agent Congratulations to broker and team leader Joe Han and the Keller Williams Cupertino team on growing our real estate agent count to 300 professionals strong! More than the num...