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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices
By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
To buy or sell in real estate, you would require the services of a real estate agent. The agent will manage your property listings, negotiate on your behalf, attract and contact clients and make contracts. These tasks are very crucial for any transaction in the sale or purchase of a property. However, do you know that there is a vast property market that most individuals are missing out on?In the US alone, over 65 million people are not native English speakers, and a large percentage of this group does not speak English at home. This means that one in every five American converses, read and write in other languages. If you are actively in the real estate, this makes one in every five potential customers you are not in contact with. Therefore, what can you do to realize more sales from t...
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By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
Students from different corners of the world have much in common: hectic schedule, ability to masterfully combine work, study, and social life, and tons of homework. Moreover, all students strive to impress their teachers with their academic achievements and impeccably written papers. Nonetheless, despite the aforementioned commonalities, students majoring in different disciplines have different tastes, traits of character, learning styles, and approaches to handling their homework. In our today’s article, we’re going to talk about real estate students and figure out what techniques this category of learners can utilize to start writing more efficient papers in college. Let’s get it started!What Is Special About Real Estate Students?Students that dream of a profession of a real estate a...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
Your Referrals make a difference to help fight kids' cancer. TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate.We are on a mission to raise $2,500 this year! This August, TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Team is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!Why? Because right now, over 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, and it's the biggest killer of children from disease in Canada.Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.So we are raising funds through this challenge to help these kids and support Sick Kids Foundation to allow them to continue their work in developing treatments and finding a cure for childhood cancer.Please support TwoMoveYou in one or more of the following ways...1. Refer TwoMoveYou Real Estate, and a donation will be made toward SickKids F...
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By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(LoKation Real Estate)
This was one contest I could not pass up, and I knew exactly who I would reach out to, Ron and Alexandra Seigel. (R&A). As a member of Activerain for over a dozen years I have seen several great people come and go, and have my share of favorites that I follow, but I can honestly say that I feel I resonate more with these two than any others here, because I believe wholeheartedly in their approach to branding and niche markets. (that may be obvious if you see my tag line below about good agents vs great agents).   I had been meaning to reach out to Ron and Alexandra for a few weeks now, but this contest offered by Kathy Streib was the catalyst to make the call. My reasons were three-fold, First  - I thought that what R&A had to say would be very valuable to all of my agents, to reinforce...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
Your Referrals make a difference to help fight kids' cancer. TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate.We are on a mission to raise $2,500 this year! This August, TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Team is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!Why? Because right now, over 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, and it's the biggest killer of children from disease in Canada.Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.So we are raising funds through this challenge to help these kids and support Sick Kids Foundation to allow them to continue their work in developing treatments and finding a cure for childhood cancer.Please support TwoMoveYou in one or more of the following ways...1. Refer TwoMoveYou Real Estate, and a donation will be made toward SickKids F...
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By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
 Palm Bay Planet Fitness Planet Fitness.com 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 you every which way but loose and/or your personal stress indicators are off the chart. Irony is, when you work at home [like I do] life sometimes automatically becomes a "stress at work" issue [silly grin]. Perfect example: Discovering every exterior stucco wall has hurricane wind/rain/crack damage requiring $8,100 worth of cleaning, patching, repairing, resurfacing and painting [sigh]. Will write a Texcote blog later because it was mad fun watching the contractor repair and paint the house whi...
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Today’s time, it is to protect customer’s and employees’ privacy, maintain a snake and secure organized offices, and the importance of protecting it in more severe cases. At the same time, there are many such companies there too. It is available when offering different types of paper shredding services. There are different types of different companies we can find for our work where we can see that having communication in your office helps you in your daily work and many more. It can help in the situation. It also helps your commercial a lot. We tell you that here you get many services in Commercial Shredding Services which protects from damage in your work.Whenever it comes to increase security and to protect sensitive information, paper shading is the first thing that comes to us. Resi...
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By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(Rowlett Real Estate School)
A person who no longer wants to engage in the real estate business can voluntarily cancel being licensed.  When a license is canceled, it is void.  Cancellation of a license is effective on the date it is approved by the Commission. Cancellation does not involve disciplinary action, Captain Wayne Rowlett welcomes you to the finest Florida Real Estate School dedicated to providing you with the latest edition material and up-to-date information. Enjoy learning with our custom Power Point presentations and training techniques designed to enhance your learning experience. For information on our classroom courses and online courses visit our website at http://www.rowlettrealestateschool.comWe have live classroom training for our Pre Sales Associate Class in Panama City Florida and in Destin ...
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By Kalene Bagwell, Realtor - Selling Blue Springs - Kansas City Metro
(Realty Executives Of Kansas City)
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 house. I had to pull over to the side of the road and input it into my GPS. If that wasn't bad enough (because I was now on the verge of running late) the GPS couldn't find the house either. I tried to call the agent but the agent didn't answer the phone. (I finally found it but by then I was so upset!) I decided it was time to write about it and let listing agents who think that "USE GPS" are adequate directions know that, well, it's just really not! When I see this: "Directions: USE GPS" or "Direc...
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By Marina Shlomov ALH|Podland Realty, Full Service Property Management Services
(ALH|Podland Realty & Rental Homes Property Management)
Atlanta property management advice: How to Prevent Tenant Damage  Your tenants have passed your screening process and you have decided to rent out your property. These tenants will live their lives in your space. As Atlanta property managers, you know that you will encounter signs of wear and tear. For example, worn carpet, scuffs on walls, holes from nails and screws, as well as signs of use of major appliances. It happens and it is expected. However, there is a difference between normal wear and tear of a rental space and actual damage caused by tenants.  Keep reading to find out how you can prevent damage caused by your tenant that goes beyond the scope of daily use. Require a security deposit Most tenants will sigh at the request of a security deposit. This money is meant as an agre...
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Do you need a brand for your real estate marketing business?  You need a brand if you are in pursuit of market leadership in your chosen niche. A clearly articulated brand facilitates referrals and decision-making on both sides (sellers/buyers) of the real estate game. Your brand becomes part of your strategy!Like it or not, we are branded from the moment we are born by gender.  Brands are labels; they are a shortcut and a time saver for the mind.  They are so obvious that we take them for granted. They become invisible. The moment we look at someone, our mind’s computer begins to assess and pigeonhole. The more we are pressed for time the more we rely on snap judgments.  With products and services, once we pigeonhole a product or service in a category we equate the category and the bra...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
  National Emoji Day7/17/2020  😊🥺😉😍😘😚😜😂😝😳😁😣😢 "Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.The shadow is what we think of it;the tree is the real thing."---Abraham Lincoln COMMUNICATIONCommunication is not a universal language and different words and symbols means different things to different people. For example, when someone in the United States sends a family member a Happy Face, the person who receives it may feel happy. However, depending on who you send a Happy Face too, doesn't necessarily mean the same to them, as it does to you. Watching Asian news this morning, the news anchor woman explained that a "Smiley Face to the Chinese means something completely different, such as: A despising, mocking, and even obnoxious attitude."   Smiling with a wave can be perceived as ev...
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By Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes, Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.
(Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc)
July is one of the hottest months in our area, we will be at 98* today with 90% humidity until the afternoon storm knocks it back to less than 80* and 40% humidity. I love air conditioning in July and August for this reason. Having said that how do you keep from sending all your money to the power company to keep you cool? 1. Close the blinds and curtains when you leave for work. I hate living in a dark house but I also hate handing money out to the power company. 2. Move the thermostat up a couple of degrees.  Every degree up is fewer times the air conditioner will come on and shorter time for it to run.  We set ours at 78* when we leave and back to 75* when we get home.  Any time the outside temps are lower than 60* we raise the windows and enjoy the fresh air. 3. Cook on the grill or...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, New York Feng Shui Manhattan Consultant Laura Cerrano has taken to the Zoom platform with providing Feng Shui Consultations, talks, workshops and classes. On June 1st, 2020 the Mineola Library hosted a zoom webinar with Laura Cerrano on "BTB Feng Shui Space Clearings and Blessings." It has a wonderful turn out with fully engaged 15 participants joining the conversation. Feng Shui zoom talks could be arranged for public or private sessions. Looking to host a talk for your community, corporation or library?Contact Laura directly
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By Lisa Davies
(Online Buzz)
Business owners often get flustered when they need to deal with workers’ compensation. If you can afford working with a reputable agent, then your heart will be at ease.If you are on a strict budget though, it is recommended to get painfully familiar with your state’s workers’ comp laws.This article cannot give you a definitive answer. It is safe to say that even though variable in employee count, every state, but Texas, has mandatory workers’ compensation.Brief Intro to Workers’ CompUnless your business operations are in Texas, you are likely legally bonded to invest in workers’ compensation. If you only see it as an unnecessary expense, think twice.Under this type of insurance, any work-related injuries are covered. If your staff suffers from physical trauma, due to a workplace accide...
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By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
With the surge in businesses, nowadays, commercial buildings are in demand. Commercial buildings are properties owned by businessmen for trade that are subject to different taxes, financial rules, legal requirements, and prohibitions. These properties are classified, including; offices, retail buildings, industries, multifamily housing, hotels and motels, and special-purpose structures. Businesses demand a certain amount of investment to get off the ground and maintain their efficient functioning.Equipping your commercial building with the latest facilities and maintaining them throughout, is crucial to surpass your business in the market. As the phenomenon of digitization is taking over the world by storm, it has made the business industry more dependent on the power supply. The uninte...
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By Marina Garan, South Florida Real Estate Agent
(DEZER)
When you are considering the best time to buy a home or a condo in Miami this year, there are serious factors that you should be taking into consideration. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has definitely affected the market itself, there are still certain rules that are general for purchasing real estate, and that can still be applied in 2020.The best strategy is to assess the timing of the purchase with regard to the complex of seasonal and economic factors. Read more about what you should be looking at when buying real estate in Florida in 2020 in our new article: https://exploremiamirealestate.com/blog/best-time-to-buy-a-house-or-a-condo-in-florida/
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By Marina Garan, South Florida Real Estate Agent
(DEZER)
Buying a house is a complex process that requires great dedication and attention to detail. As you can probably guess there are many steps that should be taken one after another. Since the process could be quite stressful, especially for the first-time buyer, and to ensure you are not creating chaos and dealing with everything at once, we came up with the guide to buying a house.The three most important groups of steps have to do with what you should know before buying a house, what you should do, and what questions you should ask. This will help you address the issues as they arise and keep the levels of stress low throughout the whole process.Proceed to our blog to view the whole tutorial: https://exploremiamirealestate.com/blog/things-to-know-before-buying-a-house/
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
In the art of marketing YOU or your business, we like to emphasize that telling your story should have three perspectives: Stories of LOVE, stories to INSPIRE, and stories of SOUL.  If we were to tell the story of the beach/ocean we love, here is one way we would say it.  Pictured above is a view of the ocean and the sea wall that protects the homes above it from the winter high tides.The next photo is of the colors of boulders in the sea wall which also illustrates the power of the ocean as it lodges large pieces of driftwood between the boulders. From our viewpoint, it INSPIRES the appreciation of Nature's artistic hand.The picture above represents the SOUL of the ocean. The ocean waves and winds carved a pool in the rock. That tiny pool that is generating new life. Mussels are growin...
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