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 Real Bird, All-In-One Real Estate Marketing
(RealBird Inc.)
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Being data driven in business - including real estate - is important. It helps avoiding emotional ups and downs by measuring efforts and results as objectively as possible. All of us who have been in sales, one way or another, know that many aspects of the sales process is a numbers game (and a l...
There is some exciting news for foreign investors due to recent geo-political developments and the emergence of several financial factors. This coalescence of events, has at its core, the major drop in the price of US real estate, combined with the exodus of capital from Russia and China. Among f...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Amplify Your Buyer Toolbox Buyers are a critical part of every real estate agent's business and agents need to amplify up their buyer toolbox and provide buyers with tools to make good decisions. Here are a few of my favorite buyer tools: The Tour Kit No buyers tour kit is complete without a col...

By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
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Financial Experts agree; they aren’t exactly sure when, but we are due for a recession sometime soon. In times like these, the stock market can be a scary place to hedge your bets. Conversely, real estate can be a great place to put your money if you are looking for an asset that will retain valu...

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Lloyd Conley, EA, represents business and individual taxpayers in The Woodlands, Houston, and throughout Texas who have civil issues with the IRS.One of the hot new IRS Programs is targeting chronic non-filers. The IRS has identified 7 million chronic non-filers. The Non-Filer Program is a high p...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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Do you want to work with a mere facilitator, or confidently entrust yourself to a fiduciary? These are significant differences. A group has issued a warning to home buyers to op out vendors like Redfin Direct that allow purchase from them without proper representation. This is not It in...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
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We had a incident the other week in our area at a open house where a guy came in and had bear spray and a knive and made a move on the Realtor.  Lucky she had a gun and fired it one and he ran out.  The police caught him this past week.September is coming and it is safety month for Realtors but t...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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So Your Best Friend Chose Another Realtor/Lender That bridge up there?  That's to help you get over it.       Recently, in a few online forums I've seen some outright nastiness as a reaction to an agent's friend/family member/coworker/former middle school classmate choosing a different agent to r...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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Even in market periods of "Thinventory"...most Buyers opt to do an inspection. It may not always be a contingency. That means...the Buyer wants the Sellers' permission to do an inspection...but the results are a fact finding mission...not a reason to be released from the offer to purchase.    Th...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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   In Wisconsin it is not unusual in older homes with cement block basements, to have the walls "become uneven" or more technically "out of plumb."  The freezing and warming of the ground..expanding and contracting over time is the cause of this issue.  Homeowners are often unaware of this condit...

By Steven De Nazareth, Digital Marketer and Home Warranty Researcher
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Hagerstown, Maryland is one of the prime cities in Western Maryland. The Hagerstown-Martinsburg urban area is home to almost 270,000 residents, while the Hagerstown suburban area has over 40,000 people and about 30,000 jobs. Currently, there are approximately 500 homes for sale in Hagerstown at a...

By Peter Mohylsky, South Walton, Let me help you find your path to the beach.
(PrimeSouth Properties)
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How can I succeed as a Real Estate Agent.  I get asked that question on a regular basis from newer agents.  It is a tougher question to answer than most folks think.  How do you measure success?  Every ones idea of realty is different and there is no cookie cutter agenda for the road to success. ...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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Students choose Real Estate as their major for different reasons. Some are dreaming about a lucrative career and good money brokerage can allegedly offer, while others are confident that helping people sell and buy property is their vocation. Still, the highly competitive world of real estate isn...

By Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Professionals
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“I’d like to double my business, but I don’t have time to train anyone!”Leaders know that if they want to Double Their Business the only way to do that is thought Leverage! The top 3% of Realtors know that with the right Systems (tools) and Processes (Play-Pause-Do) you can and will double. Howev...

By Shannon Lefevre, Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl
(John R. Wood Properties)
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Hello Naples Friends,Now that we're seeing some softening in the Naples real estate market, I'm also seeing the return of gimmicky real estate practices including auctioning as an alternative to traditional real estate sales practices. In a recent post about Naples real estate auction results, I ...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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As a professional, you should hold yourself to a certain standard and also employ the use of other professionals. Veterans in the real estate industry will swear by using professional photos. Even with consumers, the first thing they see online will be a photo. If the photo doesn't capture their ...

By Wade Webb, Real Estate Coach - Agentsboost
(Royal Lepage Kelowna)
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Here is a familiar scenario for all of us: You have an exciting goal in mind for your real estate business, you’ve done your homework, you think you’re amply prepared… and things just don’t work out. You’ve probably had times when you thought you were doing what you were supposed to do, but you w...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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 This is so true.  If you want to stay in must create customer Loyalty.   You may believe that you have a powerful customer value proposition but if your team is not on board it will never be fulfilled. If they are not on board then, perhaps, you are not leading them. When I consul...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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The loyalty of customers is very important in Real Estate as in every business.  That is why a 5 star review means more than recognition.  It means future business.  A loyal team is just as important.  Some brokers miss this fact.  What I am about to say about customers applies to retention and l...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
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I was thinking about how agents around me conduct themselves when pursuing Real Estate. Interestingly, some agents are immersed in a culture of money from day one. hey even shout, Show me the Money! It seems that they are blind to anything not directly related to earning a buck. I do understand c...