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 Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.)
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An agent from a FB group I read up on often asked, "Who is Successful here without TIME-BLOCKING?"Here is my response (& adding to it):First of all, "SUCCESS" is like beauty. Its definition truly lies within the person defining it. Some people define success with 150 transactions a year, some thi...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 34
You may have the management role with the authority but there is a difference between power and authority.  What I am about to say holds true for management but it is doubly true for brokers.  As brokers you have independent contractors not employees.  But really, if people don’t respect you or y...

By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
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This month our colleague Carol Williams is sponsoring her December Challenge 2018: What Inspires you?  Since the month is more than half over, chances are you've read some of these posts, and have learned a thing or two from them. I have. If you haven't yet shared, please do since we all learn fr...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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This is a wonderful story that Lou shared about Michael Jordan.    You Will Face Roadblocks in Your Life “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblock. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figur...

By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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  I have a REALTOR friend that hates her email, and much prefers texting, because she cannot get a handle on the sheer amount of "crap" that comes in, so she avoids it on occasion.  She is truly DROWNING in emails!    WHAT???  What happens when a client emails, and you don't get back for a couple...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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Lou offers excellent tips for a successful negotiation.  Basically, the other party needs to feel that they too are winners!   A Basic Principal For Successful Negotiations “The basic rule for free enterprise; you must give in order to get.” Scott Alexander   As I see it . . . . . . .   A basic p...

By Morgan Taylor, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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Wow.What. A. Year.Realtyna clients took a giant leap forward in 2018 with new products, MLS, and themes, as well as, new partnerships and channels to keep up with real estate tech.Let’s look at some stats:5 add-ons released3 new services introduced1 new theme available10+ MLS added2 social media ...

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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How, it was asked, do you keep your pipeline full when SO MANY FOLKS (hey, myself included) won't take calls. Or texts.  The scams rage far and wide. No one is certain you are not, at very least an annoyance when they don't have time--or at worst, someone capable of destroying their life. What's ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  You Will Face Roadblocks in Your Life “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblock. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.” Michael ...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 37
As a San Jose Realtor, I've learned to follow my heart and let my passion and fire burn in my soul. I live my life fully, authentically, fearlessly, vulnerably naked and following my heart. I know many people, including those I love and are dear to my heart who feels much differently about Mr. St...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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 If you are growing your real estate business don't make the mistake of not growing your people. This can be a serious mistake. If you simply let people learn on the fly and promote them when needed, then you are setting them up to fail. This is so prevalent that a book called the Peter Principle...

By Robert Caston, Real estate data company - Home Junction Inc.
(Home Junction Inc.)
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I recently attended a conference held by Google and the speakers there were very hot on one subject.That subject was Mobile.Not just mobile.But Fast mobile.Because here's the reality of what statistics are showing.According to Bright Edge research, nearly 60% of online traffic now takes place on ...

By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
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The real estate industry is booming without sight of slowing down which has made it extremely profitable. Starting your own realty company does not guarantee that it will be a success as the industry is incredibly competitive. There are plenty of factors to consider as a small business as saving ...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 20
Recently Margaret Rome was interviewed.Read the entire article  5 Hacks for Selling Your Home During the HolidaysTuesday, December 4, 2018        Be strategic about pictures According to the National Association of REALTORS, 89% of shoppers find pictures very useful in real estate listings. But w...

By Wade Webb, Real Estate Coach - Agentsboost
(Royal Lepage Kelowna)
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Over the years I have been taught by my father, T. Harv Ecker, Napolean Hill, Jim Rohn and so many others the habits of money. Here is an exciting thought! Why not work full time on your job and part time on your fortune? How would you feel if you could honestly say, you are working to become wea...

By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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Inspirational thoughts for 12/10/18by Patricia Feager  "Being busy doesn't always mean real work. The object of allwork is production or accomplishment and to either of these endsthere must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose,as well as perspiration. Seeming to do i...

By J Perrin Cornell, Broker, ABR, VAMRES
(Century 21 Exclusively, Wenatchee, WA)
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1970 I was just out of the Army as a Captain and had returned home. I had a job (not related to real estate) and as I went to work the first day, I got off of the elevator and there was a little man, big booming voice, great smile, bald head and standing at attention, snapping a salute "I just wa...

By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
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A lot of what we learn about working effectively with our own clients comes from watching people who sell products and services in other industries.  And lately I've had some great lessons while out looking for a new car.My lovely Lexus is really old now, and she's been an amazing car for the las...

By Gustavo Torres / RE/MAX Rosarito Beach, Tijuana Coastal, Ensenada, BAJA, Remax Baja Realty, Baja California
(Remax Baja Realty)
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Getting clients to give stability and grow your business, whether you are a freelance or a company, is a challenge and can become a headache. In this sense, Finerio shares these tips so that you can increase your client portfolio in a simple and effective way. 1. Meet new peopleThe first step to ...

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 ...