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 Melinda (Mel) Peterson, ABR, CRS, ePro ~ Curator of Happy Endings
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 13
Zillow may have the facts... (albeit skewed at times) but it's usually the neighbors who have the skivvy.  Yes indeed... everything you ever want to know about a home or property, just ask a neighbor.  After all, it's only neighborly, right?!Sometimes neighbors can be so helpful.  They love to sh...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 15
Do you remember The Secret? Many years ago, after reading the book and watching the video, I took a One Dollar bill and drew 5 circles in front of the 1. It took several years and a market upturn to achieve but the goal was finally accomplished! Though not necessarily all about the income, it was...

By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
Comments 68
I am happyI am healthyI am kindFor 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 so after I had first written about it.)At some point during 2018 I realized something was...

By John Henry, Florida Architect, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design
(John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.)
Comments 33
We live in a subdivision in Maitland Florida that has a single lane access to the loop road.  When you come and go, someone may have already entered the single lane portion and if you have done so a few split seconds later you are second and must back out.  It's almost a game of chicken.Today, a ...

By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
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Selling a house is so stressful. Why? Because it is hard to promote a house. There is a lot of paperwork involved. It is difficult to select the right realtor or broker. And you may lose some buyers. Want to save time and money? Sell your house online. It is possible to sell a house online fast.H...

By Cheri Alguire
(Pro Real Estate Coach)
Comments 6
We know that you WANT to follow up, that you MEAN to follow up…that you are just BUSY! We get it! What if there was a SYSTEM that would follow up with personal greetings like Happy Birthday, Happy Holidays, Thank You…that you could set and forget. Let the system do the time-consuming work for yo...

By Shannon Miller-Lutz
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 10
    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 Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 45
Pictured above is Sir Kensington's brand of mayonnaise that describes what makes it unique and different. We were drawn to the fact that it has no GMO (Genetic Modified Organism). The rest of the ingredients were above and beyond reproach for our standards and taste.And yes, it tastes really good...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 21
Many businesses have created their business plans and are now in the process of hiring of staff. Some will be making the mistake of simply reading a resume and conducting an interview, having a gut feeling and then hiring. Not so fast! Contrary to what you may think education and skills do not cr...

By Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
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Let’s all face it: Unless you are a minimalist, moving is one of the biggest household tasks there is and it can be extremely overwhelming. But if you can get a head start and stay organized, you should make it through this process unscathed and ready to enjoy your new abode. Here are tips to hel...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
Comments 0
         Clients will come to you all year long, as noticed by our Aurora property management portfolio, regardless of time of year.   In a time of year where budgets abound you should take careful consideration to your budgeting of stress relief activities.                 For many, a good relea...

By inboundREM Market Updates
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Grand Rapids, MI Closing CostsClosing CostsClosing costs are the various expenses a home buyer or home seller has to pay in the final stages of a real estate transaction. If you're close to finalizing your home purchase or sale you'll want to review these fees with your realtor to make sure you h...

By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
Comments 32
 Palm Bay Planet Fitness Planet 160 Malabar Rd. Palm Bay, FL 32907 Tel. 321-327-2970  Fax. 321-473-8938   Stress Management through Strength Training 101   Moving towards balance in one's personal and professional life is never easy, especially when you have multiple factors pulling ...

By Diana Zaccaro, "The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida
(Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp)
Comments 27
Tax time doesn’t have to be taxing…100+ Deductions for Real Estate Professionals It’s that time of the year again…tax time is upon us and this is the time of year when W-2s and 1099s are being prepared and sent out to both independent contractors and employees. If you're an employer, hopefully by...

By Kalene Bagwell, Realtor - Selling Blue Springs - Kansas City Metro
(Realty Executives Of Kansas City)
Comments 8
Use GPS And Other Seriously Funny, Umm, no, I Mean Irritating Directions is a post I have been thinking about writing for a long time! I started getting lost a few weeks ago trying to find a home that stated: "Directions: USE MAPQUEST".  I couldn't just look at the listing sheet and find the hous...

By Joan Goldman, Baltimore's Outside The Box Realtor
(Cummings & Co. Realtors)
Comments 64
  Why do people assume a realtor team is better?   I understand how teams may have better name recognition. They tend to advertise more, or have a big rainmaker who gets most of the business, while the other team members do the day to day work. But from the perspective of the buyer or seller, is ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Enjoying Life’s Journey“True wealth is in enjoying your life . . . . your success journey . . . . and in the willingness in helping others.” Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant.Success Tips. Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . . .Enjoying life’s journey Who are you? What d...

By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
Comments 1
 Happy 2020! I don't know about you but I cannot BELIEVE it is 2020?!?!? Seems like yesterday we were talking about 1999! Well I know that I am ready to drive into this new decade head on with some big goals. But what I know about goals is that many TALK about them... but few actually ACCOMPLISH ...

By Noah Gamer, Real Estate Advisor serving North Dallas Texas
(GAMER Real Estate Group)
Comments 0
 If you are thinking about buying your first home, here’s a simple guide to consider. Benefits of Owning a Home  Before going any further, let’s understand the major benefits of owning a home. 1. Build EquityThe difference between the value of a home and the amount that you owe on your mortgage i...

By Jenna Dixon, Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience
(DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate )
Comments 18
I entered real estate in 2003...I completed my licensing course and passed my state exam with flying colors. I securely tucked 25 hours of a post-licensing course with a "major" brokerage under my MONEY BELT and I was ready to start making millions.I did okay. Not great but the bills were paid, t...