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 Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Teachable Moments - SEEK Them One of the things that I remember most about my previous career as a nurse was that when we were training new nurses in trauma, we had to be certain to capture each and every teachable moment. Oftentimes it was a matter of life or death but, we had to 're-play' the m...

By Dorothy Mitchell, Writer and real estate agent
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Recently, there has been a lot of focus on the environment and the effects of climate change, pollution and other phenomena on public health. Those concerns are important, but they appear to be overshadowing something that's at least as crucial - the healthiness of individual homes. If you're lik...

By Gustavo Torres / RE/MAX Rosarito Beach, Tijuana Coastal, Ensenada, BAJA, Remax Baja Realty, Baja California
(Remax Baja Realty)
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By Peter Mark | ActiveRain Blog In Order of Importance 1. Make Sure Your Have The Best Quality Server for Speed and Security.Of all the many site audits I do on a daily basis. I see page loads speeds take over 3 seconds on average. You page needs to load fast, not just for user experience but for...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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Bee Your Very Best Self.     While the Hollyhocks were gently swaying in a slight breeze this morning, they captured more than just my attention. A honey bee was collecting pollen to take back to the hive for future use. The worker bee’s ethic is most purposeful and pure with zero ulterior motive...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Evaluate the Market with Facts, Not Emotion When agents ask me how the market is doing, I always ask them, "Why they you asking?" Considering they are in the market day to day I assume that they have a very good idea of how the market is doing. The challenge is that for many agents that were lic...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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We have been cogitating, pondering and mulling over the state of luxury today.  I (A) have read numerous articles by different experts in the field of branding, marketing, and those who report on luxury sales. In an earlier post we mentioned "affordable luxury" as a category, which in our opinion...

By Mimi Francis, Award Winning Top Realtor serving the Triangle
(A Better Way Homes Realty)
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As a new agent, you’re feeling one of two ways.  If you joined an agency known for its training program, you’re overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information you’re striving to absorb in your first year of real estate.  If you opted for a smaller agency with little or no training program, you’re...

By Jamie McKaye, An avid property investor and analyst of markets
(Forward Thinking Property)
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We may all remember that endearing (or maybe not so endearing) saying that our parents used to yell when we’d done something wrong “be grateful for the roof over your head!” – yeah, that one, well – there’s some truth in that the roof is indeed important and we all should be grateful for it – and...

By Brivity Platform, Manage. Market. Communicate. Convert. Get leads
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As a realtor, listings are your bread and butter. Whether a listing presentation succeeds in convincing sellers to list, is about your ability to present yourself better than the competition. However, it typically starts with the ability to overcome seller objections (to listing the property, to ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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Lou was always encouraging us to focus on energies on our goals.    The Source of Your Personal Power “No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined...

By KWKLY Text To Lead, Delivering The Best Leads, Faster!
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Today we wanted to share with you 5 different ways that KWKLY customers are using text message marketing in their real estate businesses. We hope you see these ideas and think about how you could adapt them to your own marketing efforts.A Couple of Things to Consider About Texting Before We Dive ...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Proudly Selling Florida Homes and Lifestyles
(Joyce Marsh at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty)
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Don't be afraid to congratulate your competition.I always try to congratulate my fellow Real Estate professionals when I read articles about them, or if they made a phenomenal sale or even when they get a really great listing.  We all like to be congratulated and like to be recognized for our acc...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
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Is your desk a mess?  If it is a mess you're probably less productive because of it.  Your work space has lots to do with your productive they say.  Here are some hints that work for me:1.  Only key items need to be on top of your desk.  You do not need to have stuff like stapler or lots of pens ...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Proudly Selling Florida Homes and Lifestyles
(Joyce Marsh at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty)
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 “The greatest of journeys start with fanning the spark of opportunities . . . . and turning a spark into your life’s purpose”.  The late Lou Ludwig always had an inspiring message and loved to share his wisdom. I love to share his inspiration.  Great Opportunities Start As a Spark “The greatest ...

By Sandi Warner, Esq., Real Estate Brokerage in Newport, RI
(Warner Realty Group, LLC)
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Should you let your tenant apply the security deposit to last month's rent? Moving is expensive, whether you're moving into a new home or moving from one apartment to the next. A tenant has to come up with first month's and a security deposit in Rhode Island, and in Massachusetts they might have ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Someday I’ll Start “The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.” Dawson Trotman 1906 -1956, Evangelist Crusader   As I see it . . . . . . .   Someday I’ll start   Someday is the day after tomorrow . . . . and for the procrastinator that day never comes.   The baggage of ...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Realtors Should Develop a Sense Severe Weather When planning on going out to show property or listing appointments, a savvy Realtor needs to recognize when severe weather is on its way.  At the least this can save some embarrassment for messy showings and at best it can save your life. Awareness ...

By Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy
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Real estate contracts can be complicated. There are many actions and steps on the road to a successful close of escrow. With so many interactions required to be performed, one of the contracting parties may miss a deadline or fail to complete their obligations. When this happens there is a potent...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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What is really important when recruiting agents or employees for your team?  And how can you increase your odds of building a winning organization?  Here are some things you need to know. People who make hiring mistakes don’t necessarily look in the wrong places. They look for the wrong things an...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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.  One would think that the old adage of longer you live, the more set in your ways would apply to "everyone" ....and we are sure that it does apply to many people. "I always use...I always went to...Never would I ever...I am content with....This is familiar....It May not be the Best...But I kno...