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 Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy
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The world is in a hurry. We have a lot to do and little time to do it all. Consequently, we have found ways to make ourselves more efficient. Where we would once write letters, we send emails. Where we would once go shopping, we order online. Where we once would call, we send a text. It often mak...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 9
Listen, You Don't Need that Stuff! There isn't a week that goes by that I am not asked about my opinion about a new bright shiny tool, CRM program, app, system or new lead generation that promises to revolutionize the way an agent does business. There are promises of increased income and solutio...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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Not only do we Google our clients, but our clients Google us. Do you know your Google presence and impression?   Last week, I was talking with one of my collegeaus and he told me that he googles everyone that comes into to his model to make sure they are who they say they are. I later that day ha...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Are you excited about 2020?  I am!!  Many of you will spend time thinking about your goals and reducing them to writing. Written goals are another step closer to “executing” them. I don’t write them. I never did. They’re in my head, and I execute them with “flexibility.”  ActiveRain makes it easy...

By Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text
(Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker)
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Whining Is NOT Negotiating, Bothering Is NOT Convincing "How To Annoy Your Way OUT Of A Deal Or Alliance!" Negotiating needs to be done with coolness and brevity. The listing agent is typically well aware of the value and condition of the listed property. The buyer's agent is typically aware of t...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
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When you're dual career like I am, you learn you need to both value and protect your time.  We all get the standard 24 hours in a day and how we dole them out determines our success and our stress levels.There are people that are more than happy to take our time knowing full well we're NEVER goin...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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This is a Beta Test for Scott's new list of Free Warranties.... The Free services are at the bottom.... read and scroll down.... Let Scott know your honest thoughts, especially if you're a Buyer Agent.   Thanks to Barb Todaro's post today, I thought I would ask the AR group what your thoughts are...

By Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno)
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  Thanks to Barb Todaro's post today, I thought I would ask the AR group what your thoughts are on this comparison sheet between my company and my competition. This will be available for agents to hand to their clients when they start their search for an inspection company.      The typical prac...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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Just Out of Spite... It is truly sad how buyers and sellers can get themselves twisted over contract negotiations.  Tempers will flare, one side feels the other is getting "too good a deal" and then decisions are made out of spite.  The most jaw dropping of a spiteful mindset happened this past w...

By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
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Getaway leasings are on the surge from service providers such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway as well as others. As well as certainly like whatever else, it has advantages & drawbacks to it.These are some of the benefits:-.1. It's adventurous, you have the possibility to live someone else's life for...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 10
I try to keep a friendly tone at all times when dealing with other agents. I smile and say thank you for really stupid offers and just deal with that I have to deal with.  I have my list of pet peeves from agents who just simply do not understand tech to those who chicken scratch contracts instea...

By Shannon Miller-Lutz
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
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    A Buyer’s Christmas Story   This past weekend (yes, the weekend before Christmas) I had a buyer in a multiple offer situation. There were 3 other offers that came in on the house she loves – after being on the market over 2 months! Who says this time of year is slow???   Anyhoo…   I really wa...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 20
When I first started mountain biking I learned real quickly that it's not like cruising around the neighborhood on a beater bike. There are two key components of mountain biking and how they relate to real estate. Those two keys are 1. Equipment, and 2. Technique. I bought a pretty good entry lev...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 12
      Do you often find yourself looking at the clock and being surprised at how much time has passed — or worse, at how little you’ve achieved during that time? If you’re struggling with time management, it’s likely a result of overestimating how much time you have available, underestimating ho...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 8
I always say "It only takes one person to be the right person to put in a offer on a home"  Well we only had 7 showing on this house  but number 7 loved the house and put in a offer on the house for full price.  My people are thrill that a offer came in and cannot believe it is for full price.  N...

By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
Comments 0
Folks, winter is finally here. This means selling homes can become a real challenge for realtors. How can real estate agents protect their brand from the holiday slowdown and attract buyers who typically have other priorities this time of year?Real estate agents have plenty to consider when creat...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Creating a culture of accountability requires collaboration, communication of goals, and understanding the nature of motivation.        Achievers are always accountable for results. And leadership fails when the leader does not hold all team members accountable. I am sure you have heard that many...

By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 26
Just sit right back and I'll tell a tale... a tale of a silly broker... This has been an interesting scenario over the last month that we've helped deal with but it shows that some brokers are willing to step over dollars to pick up pennies.  We've worked on and off with a client in Illinois that...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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First-time homebuyers often don’t know where to start. Naturally, they assume that they should contact a real estate agent as soon as they begin considering the possibility of purchasing a property. But the truth is that an agent doesn’t need to be involved until later in the process.5 Steps to T...

By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Comments 20
We have a car dealer in our area who always uses the expression Crazeee! to describe their low prices. Well this deal was not a crazee price, but was the deal where both agents ended up almost moving into the house being sold.Everything began in a very normal way, a contract was presented, a litt...