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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 67
"Did YOU really say THAT?!" Real estate agents must refrain from puffing and relaying false information to potential buyers / sellers. State only pertinent facts. Research the rest to avoid fines or worse, suspension or loss of license. Newbies get excited, wanting to win over a client by blurtin...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 4
Better watch those P's and Q's!   Growing up in the south afforded many life lessons. One in particular was a reminder that we were taught to have manners and use them. A quick Yes mam, No sir was expected when responding to adults or someone would Learn ya - durn ya! Usually, that was my mother ...

By JM Padron, CCIM, MRICS, CCIM, MRICS, Serving Mexico-USA Border
Comments 2
In the CRE practice we must think like a farmer and work like a Hunter. The Farmer style would make you seeding in a strategic way and harvesting, and having inventory for the years to come. The Hunter style would make you be aggressive and bring that food right away, in other words represents th...

By John Henry, Florida Architect, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design
(John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.)
Comments 45
Since the last recession, I was flummoxed by lack of web traffic.  I thought it was simply the downturn but I hadn't even heard of Google Analytics and lo and behold, my web was flagged for nasty backlinks.   I wrote a letter to Google disavowing the backlinks.  THAT DIDN'T WORK I revamped my old...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 8
We interview for our jobs almost daily, in this business.I was interviewing for my job this week, with a potential seller.  I had sold them the property about a dozen years ago, so I already had a good rapport with them, and had stayed in touch... at least enough that they called me when they wer...

By Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia
(Real Living Cornerstone)
Comments 3
Are you considering relocating to Farmville in the Heart of Virginia? Broker Navona Hart will show you what makes this charming town a place for you to call home! Whether you are considering Farmville for a new job, a place to retire, or you just want to raise a family in a tight-knit community w...

By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
Comments 5
We drive by these signs all the time, so often in fact, that I don’t pay a lot of attention to them. This one, however, caught my eye as I pulled up to the stop sign. Between the leaves and the ivy, the meaning of the sign had changed.  Drive like my kids? Hmmmmm   Maybe. Maybe not.  Think about ...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 14
Many should practice using the daily affirmations suggested by Lottie Kendall...       I am happy I am healthy I am kind For many years I have said and felt that affirmation that I say to myself every day. Some of you might remember it (I was blown away when Roy Kelley repeated it to me a year or...

By Marina Shlomov ALH|Podland Realty, Full Service Property Management Services
(ALH|Podland Realty & Rental Homes Property Management)
Comments 3
Atlanta Property Managers Renting Tips: Top Attractions When It Comes To Atlanta Rental PropertiesAmenities play an important role in attracting good renters towards your Atlanta rental property. A survey conducted by Apartment Guide showed that 75% of the landlords assume that they would have to...

By Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents
(Advantage Solutions Group)
Comments 4
    "Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions.  Small  people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."–Mark Twain   Charismatic, powerful people have a way with words. Perfecting your communication skills can attract and increase your business....

By Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents
(Advantage Solutions Group)
Comments 8
  Bottom Line about Business PlanningI have lived most of my life believing that a business plan will help make it more likely to achieve what you really want. I have even perpetuated the statistics of achievement, citing that people with a business plan achieve more! I have watched people strugg...

By Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents
(Advantage Solutions Group)
Comments 12
In 2004, Arianna Huffington woke up on her office floor in a pool of blood. She'd been working 16 hours days and nodded off, fracturing her cheek and injuring eye on the corner of her desk as she fell. It was her wake up call! Thankfully, our society has been shifting away from idolizing the wor...

By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
Comments 23
Can Income from Your Vacation Rental Help You Qualify for a Mortgage? Ok.  I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that someone reading this post has, at one point in his/her life, taken an Uber to an AirBnB.  It makes sense and it's a perfect exemplification of the "gig economy" working in bo...

By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
Comments 0
Although apartment buildings have existed for centuries, apartments in Kenya have become trendy, classy, and the latest fashion that everyone wants to keep up with, and guess what? They are selling like hot cakes. As Kenya advances, the capital city, Nairobi is becoming more and more like a metro...

By Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i
(Aloha Kai Real Estate)
Comments 12
Throughout the year hundreds upon hundreds of sales associates in Florida attempt to sit for and pass the Florida brokers real estate exam. It is no easy feat. I passed it and it was extremely difficult. It was also mentally and physically exhausting to say the least. Some have asked me how or wh...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 24
There is a distinction between management and leadership. They are both necessary but have different purposes.  You need structure and order and that is handled by management.  But an organization must have vision, values, and inspiration and that is handled by leadership.  How is your balance?Ma...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
Comments 0
If you are at any sort of office job you must be mindful of the amount you stay rooted to your chair and desk during the day. Luckily as Littleton property management and real estate agents, we are only at our desks for the time out of the day that we are not showing, meeting brokers, or any othe...

By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Comments 26
What makes us different to any other agent? I have been thinking about this a lot in the last week. People who have used our services before return over and over. I have clients I have represented multiple times in numerous transactions because they know what I bring to the table.When I speak wit...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 19
It always amazes me how someone not involved in a situation can just walk up and in seconds identify an issue and provide a workable solution. Then they saunter off leaving the group with their jaws slack, wondering how that happened. I have seen this happen many times.Its the old, "Second set of...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 18
My Goals: A 2020 Vision.  Planning ahead helps motivate my business forward. Self-improvement and growth comes when working consistently to achieve desired outcomes. Three simple things I do to maintain focus are: Writing it down - need not be wordy or flourished Setting the goals - short-term-lo...