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 Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Buy the House and the Outdoor Gym Set Will Stay!   We Love The House, But - The home buyers loved everything about the house.  They loved the community.  They loved price, the room sizes, the kitchen, the master bath, the finished basement, the fireplace.  You'd think they'd be ready to buy.  WAI...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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I am working with a buyer who will be re-locating to Florida in the near future.  In preparation for a second trip to Florida I received an email that read, in part, "it would be beneficial to know the local customs and practices.  What is the common practice and process should we see something ...
By Bobbie Smith, Real Estate in the Poconos of PA 570-242-1891,
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Acceptance of your Low Ball Offer? Not With My Seller!   We are seeing it time and time again in offers that my Pocono Real Estate Clients are receiving.   Your submitted offer is well below the Asking Price, even well below the Average Sale to List Price Ratio in our Market.   Granted, we are in...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
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I must admit to having a new and very disturbing experience with a home inspector yesterday.  Adam Camosse from Homeinex Home Inspections was asked to do a home inspection on a house that I bought and rehabbed.  One of the repairs was to remove the existing roof, replace roof sheathings and insta...
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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I have seen swirls, lines, ups and downs with curly q"s and emphasis of all kinds when watching people sign their names. I for one sometimes cannot make out the signature to the written one. A scribble where it says sign assumes that it is you the one named below. In a dispute, this can become di...
By Tammy Adams, Are You Looking to Sell or Buy in Maricopa?
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
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Avoid the Stress and Keep the Lead   We all have been there: We are out with a client and our phone rings. We don’t recognize the number but we worry that it might be a potential client and we are all aware that a missed lead can will often move on to the next agent in a matter of minutes. So wha...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Service is a Reflection of Your  Attitude “Your attitude determine the degree of excellence of service you perform.” Jeffery Gitomer, Author, Consultant, Professional Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Your service is a reflection of your attitude   The quality of your business is first es...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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We all know that word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising. So, why do some luxury real estate marketing professionals get more than others?  The answer boils down to one word. Those that spark buzz have ‘REMARK-ABILITY”!     While it has been proven time and again that many more negative re...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Want to meet at my Ski Lodge?   This past month I've had a blast meeting up with at least 10 or so of my clients for coffee, lunch or happy hour. Since I was 'contained' in a big boot I was ordered not to walk much.   But Hey....what better time to play with clients and have some fun! And what be...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 21
3 Networking Secrets for Real Estate Professionals   Networking didn't always come easy to me, at first.  You may find it hard to believe at a younger age I was kind of shy in big crowds.  I could get up and give speeches to a huge group but then network with them?  Not as good at that, at first....
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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How to Host a Successful Open House According to Real Estate Professionals ActiveRain Crowdsourcing: How to Host a Successful Open House Whether you like them or not, Open Houses continue to be a staple of marketing a home for sale. Some agents consider them a waste of time, others love the idea....
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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The Feng Shui Voice Radio Show with Laura Cerrano   I have had the pleasure of writing about Feng Shui over the sharing years on ActiveRain and I am very happy to share I will be graduating to creating my own blog talk radio show. It only seems fitting to call it, The Feng Shui Voice and link the...
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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Two things continue to always come back to haunt a Real Estate agent consistently that I have seen over the years. The first one is that they have clients sign documents that are not filled out or not filled out correctly. At the time, even the client is hesitant but proceeds in good faith becaus...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Last week, we re-evaluated our 2014 goals and created a list of what needs to be done over the rest of the year to be sure we end the year with everything checked off. Your assignment this week: Check off the little items and formulate a plan for the big items. Things like attending networking ev...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
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  "A Simple Hello Can Lead To A Million Things"   You never know what door a smile or that simple hello will open up.  Give this a try, walk down the street and make it a point to smile or say hello to those that catch your eye.  Even if it doesn't open a door it will make you feel good and that...
By Jenifer Lower, Team Service Above Expectation
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
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  My enjoyment is finding the elements in a property I can use to sell it or help sell it to my clients.     CONSTRUCTION Knowledge in construction quality & design geared toward user friendly layouts. Carlton has work experience in all phases of residential construction from the footings to the...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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Don't Press the pause button now if you are looking at a real estate purchase. Some of the best buying opportunities often present themselves during the Holiday season. Most lenders can work quickly in helping you secure your loan during this time of year. In the Austin area there are some wonde...
(Century 21 Liberty Homes)
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   Actually, this is about a Home Seller OR a Home Buyer, or anyone involved in a REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION  but I needed a word to rhyme with LIAR….  LOL! LOL! No matter what, all who are involved in a real estate transaction have responsibilities.  In my book, there are two types of lying.  2)  C...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Exterior of House   Move cars away from front and / or rear of house and close garage doors. Move trash cans and recycling bins inside or away from house. Remove newspapers from driveway and sweep leaves. Open deck furniture umbrellas, remove grill covers and put any deck cushions on furniture. H...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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A Chance to Meet Neighbors on Halloween at a Listing Here's an idea for Halloween.  If you have any vacant homes in neighborhoods where little ones trick-or-treat, why not be the candy guy or gal at that house.  Let residents know that you are trying to get them new neighbors and the house isn't ...