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 Tabitha Rector-Richardson, Creating Homeowners One Family at a Time...
(Premier Homes Realty)
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    Get Your House Spring Ready!!!   We are a few day away from the Spring season, although you may not be able to tell by the prediction of several inches of snow expected tomorrow.  However, look past the current cold temperatures and look forward to the warmer weather, longer days and family a...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Do you have an absolutely perfect business? Do you have enough leads to keep you busy, make more money than you need, and still keeping time for your private life?   No?     Good.   I never want to feel smug or over-confident. It's the surest path to slacking off. Most of us really are at our bes...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Decide to Act and Not React “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950, Irish Playwright and co-Founder of the London School of Economics   As I see it . . . . . . . Decide to act and not react   Your future is a blank canvass . . . . th...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Listing and selling real estate is a very stressful profession.  Working on a commission basis is always stressful, since we need income every month to survive.  Yet, there are many agents who have little or no monthly   income, yet they continue to represent themselves as real estate sales agen...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 28
I was shocked, yes shocked to see that our 2nd highest social referral platform behind Facebook was Pinterest.  Not Twitter but Pinterest!?!? This should be a big eye-opener for us all.  You are doing an injustice to your posts and social sharing if you're excluding Pinterest from the mix.  Thous...
By Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
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Does "selling" experience really count in Real Estate?  We all probably worked in other fields before we got in Real Estate.  Some of us probably had "selling" experience of some sort.  It is rare in my area to work with someone who is right out of highschool or college selling homes. So it makes...
By Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio
(Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC)
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As a Home Inspector, I run into a lot of components and systems around the house that are just in need of a little tender lovin' and care and really aren't that big of a deal. There's so many Inspectors out there that make mountains out of mole hills. I've always believed that a little TLC can br...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Simple Feng Shui Wealth Cure for Your Home: Dragon Turtles   A fast and easy Feng Shui cure you could try with helping to increase wealth is with the use of Dragon Turtles. This cure is known for attracting wealth, protection and improving career opportunities.   Here is break down of the animal'...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
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The Debate Over Escalation Clauses - The REAL Fiduciary Duty Lies with US   We’ve exhausted the discussions of pocket listings and drone photography so, I suppose it’s time we move on to the next hot topic!  Recently we have had many heated debates over Escalation Clauses.  Escalation Clauses are...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 15
We all fall down.   In business there will be disappointments and downturns, that is certain, but does not necessarily dictate the future. It's imperative to continue moving forward with a 'business as usual' attitude.   There are no guarantees in this industry: things go sideways people give up ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Life is a Series of Choices I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson’s. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there’s freedom to do a lot of things in the areas that I wouldn’t have otherwise found myself in. Michael J. Fox, Actor   As I see it ....
By Mike Tizzano, Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender
(Amerifirst Financial, Inc NMLS 145368 LO:1015837)
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is crackind down on Marketing Service Agreements.  If as a lender, settlement provider, or agent are engaged in an MSA it is imperative that you know the rules surrounding it.  It is also imperative that your MSA is a legitimate agreement and not a cover f...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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There are always two sides of the coin - and of Real Estate transaction, too! As much as listing agent is important, so are buyer's agent! Now I cannot argue with my Guru, Guide and Philosopher - Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  Well, in fact, by re-blogging this, I just want to spread the mess...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Open house is another tool in your marketing play book. Just as a golfer has an array of golf clubs to handle the various shots a player has to handle on the golf course, the Open House is another tool that some use to good effect.   I'm no golfer but I listen to players and announcers describe d...
By Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Today I read a post written by Maria Gilda Racelis  "Is It Okay if We Borrow The Pictures You Took of Our Property?"   This is a post where her and a seller have parted ways for whatever reason as we sometimes do and now the sellers are asking if the new agent they now want to use can use her pic...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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We can’t go on together...   Without TRUST on both sides of a personal or business relationship, the word fail eventually comes into play. I can say this with full confidence through past experiences:   Taking a listing with the agreement that the sellers will reduce the price as necessary to gai...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
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Real estate agents do their best to present a professional, successful image. In fact, there’s such a uniform effort to appear like a successful agent, who belongs to a successful company, that most agent branding and marketing looks the same to the consumer. In NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers and S...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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 Read the contractual fine print! Don't sign away the right to free speech   Have you noticed that there is a lot of fine print in contracts for services? There is a method to this madness. Many companies; carpet cleaners to wedding photographers are inserting “Non-disparagement” clauses in their...
By William Piotrowski
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    8 Things to Give Up 1. Self rejection 2. Negative self-talk 3. Criticising others 4. Being a people pleaser 5.Fear of failure 6. Procrastination 7. Holding onto grudges 8. Expecting perfection
By Heidi Kelley, Your Rhode Island Real Estate Connection
(Keller Williams Realty Newport, East Bay Rhode Island)
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  How to Be a Respectful Home Buyer When a home is on the market, the seller's privacy goes out the window. It is almost guaranteed that some buyers will open drawers, peek inside cabinets and touch items that are obviously personal and not included in the sale. Coming home from work to find that...