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 George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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Top 3 Reasons Why Clients Stop Doing Business With Us.   This past week I read a survey on conducted by the Rockefeller Institute which produced some very interesting results on Why Clients Stop Doing Business With Us? The three top reasons identified in the survey are reasons I would have most l...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 102
How gentle should a buyer’s agent be with buyers?  This is business, and that often needs to be a “hand holding exercise” but how long should that continue?  If there are no hidden issues and the buyers are truly qualified to purchase a home, my thoughts are to “take the kid gloves off.”  You do...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 98
Today, I read a post written by Lou Ludwig titled “The Customer Is Always Right” and I thought I’d share what first came to my mind.  When we talk about “the customer” we can also include in that category the relationship between a Broker Owner and Agent. If you handled your client as your Broke...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate 951.491.4063
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Where’s the Buy Button? Are consumers confused about at which websites they should be searching homes? Agent websites are designed with niches in mind, specific locations. Are there too many sites for consumers to keep track? Is one national site the best for home buyers to start their home searc...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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 In this busy world of instant everything, emails, faxes, texts, voice mail and social media, it is still important to understand that we live in a 3D world!  What do I mean by this?  Anything with height, weight and depth is considered to be 3D.  That would put us humans as 3D beings for sure!  ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Ask an Ambassador - City and State Please!       Do you want everyone to know where you do business  - with  the first glance at your blog post?  Well of course you do! You may think just by listing your company name or city that is enough. Think again!   After reading many posts today it  wasn'...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Smart TV Remote Leads to a Great Real Estate Referral   It is always said that in real estate, you never know what is going to come at you.  Being called upon as the go to gal by former clients to help out their tenant who can not seem to figure out their 'smart remote for the tv'  (had no idea t...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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ActiveRain Gives You the Blueprint for Successful Blogs No two bloggers are going to have the exact same style. In this regard, bloggers are like snow flakes (lame! Be over already winter!) custom hot rods! Each one with their own unique style and approach. But there are cetain kinds of posts th...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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It is becoming more evident to us, that many are reluctant to reveal who they are for fear of being ostracized by the majority of the accepted norm in business and in their personal life.     Those who do not conform are labeled  as "a type of bad or unacceptable." The self appointed experts of ...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
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With the Zillow/Trulia deal and other news bees buzzing about online listing portals, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to your ratings and reviews. The best way to mitigate the chances that someone will negatively review you is to be proactive. Taking those steps will help you stay ...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
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I've loved reading some of the entries in Rich Naggar's Scratch the Itch with Rich Contest - what a fun way to get everyone to really think about how we're branding ourselves to new clients. But here's something else to consider: your clients WILL use your slogan when recommending you to others.W...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
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What separates Rich Real Estate Agents from Poor Real Estate Agents? Are men better real estate agents than women? Does age or experience matter? Do top real estate agents use Trulia or Zillow? Or Or Does FaceBook sell houses? (Click for high resolution image) Embed this i...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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The Fashion World’s designers want to stand out among their competition, as much as luxury real estate agents and companies do.  Standing out in one’s field means being top- of-mind and that translates into profit.   September and October are the fashion show months as designers unveil their lat...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Failure is a Great Teacher “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” Dr. Denis Waitley, Self-Help Author, Motivational Sp...
By Rick Rickert
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    Continuing Education. It’s a requirement for all agents.  In Arizona, agents are required to complete 24 hours of Continuing Education every two years. That’s 1 hour per month! I’ve been educating real estate professionals on how to successfully buy at auction for years. More recently, I’ve ...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 4
When you work with the best you are always leveraging two minds on a common goal and this is always to your benefit.  The process of selling a home is complicated with so many moving parts.  The marketing of a home has it's own process as well. With an average agent they put the property into MLS...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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We saw this lovely box full of watermelons, and the packaging was remarkable in our opinion at the POS location.  P.O.S stands for POINT OF SALE.  This is where someone will feel compelled to pick up the item, which is why there is so much creative intelligence in branding, marketing and packagi...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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I read another article this morning about another company that offers buyers and seller the opportunity to buy/sell without the "expense" of a real state agent.   This new site will count on other sites to push customers to their site.   They will have a dashboard and hope that once the customers...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Here is What a Recent Client Had to say about Feng Shui Manhattan   Hello Laura, Thanks you so much for all your help. I actually feel the exciting yet calm and controlled energy in the office and I feel that we have done many things right this time around, mostly due to your feedback and support...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 3
Discretion and Connection are Best Practices in Real Estate. As a Realtor® our National Code provides our clients with, "The obligation of REALTORS® to preserve confidential information (as defined by state law)..."Standard of Practice 1-9, but Best Practices go well beyond just securing confiden...