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 Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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I have been searching high and low for some great Closing Gift ideas for 2018. I wanted to share with you a couple of my favorites and see what you think?    The first is a WOODEN CUTTING BOARD where they Laser Engrave the name of the Buyer. Made in the USA too. Each and every board is made from...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 30
Are We Too Litigious To List or Sell?Come on, guys. We are Realtors®. We help people make significant decisions..buying and selling homes. We need to be there for our buyers and sellers. There seem to be more reasons NOT to be with our clients and not make this process easier.     Why? We are a l...

By Jim Cheney, Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055
(Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA)
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I really like this blog by Karen Crowson posted in October of last year.  I'm re-blogging because it did not seem to get much attention yet it is SO important.  Recently I got an email with the words: "Re: your escrow" in the subject line.  I did not even open it because I had no escrows currentl...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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10 Ways to Ensure a Successful 2020! Once the glitter, confetti have settled and the novelty of 2020 resolutions wear off after New Year’s Day, it's back to business with a renewed sense of promise through positive means.  What will you do to continue business success?  For me, it is continuing t...

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
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My dad loved his cars. I always knew this but until today I didn't realize that his love of automobiles went back so far. I'm currently going through a big box of old photo's that was given to me a few years ago but never had time to look through them. I've got to clarify that dad didn't know a t...

By John Foutch, Perioperative nurse
(John Foutch)
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Do you know what are the top-of-the-line services a chatbot can provide for your real estate firm? Here’s what’s possible to implement when time and money are no object. While these features are not practical for every firm, they will at least give you a sense of what’s possible.1 - Quality custo...

By Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Professionals
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Welcome to 2020! This year is expected to have the biggest shortage of housing inventory in U.S. history. According to the 2020 National Housing Forecast from, the national housing shortage will continue in the New Year, possibly reaching “a historic low level.” Currently, only one ou...

By Leanne Smith, Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
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Funny thing about time management you cannot manage it. The reason is simple. Time is a constant. A constant cannot be managed. Yes there are books, articles, trainings, speeches and courses all on something, time management, that can’t be done. And, people pay millions of dollars each year to so...

By inboundREM Market Updates
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Property TaxMeridian Property TaxesIf you plan to purchase a property in Meridian and move in with your family, you'll want to review the property taxes in the city. The average home value in Ada County is $219,900 with an annual property tax rate of $1,659 and an average effective property tax r...

By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
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As a college undergraduate, I took Organic Chemistry. Because it was a challenging course, our professor gave us the formula for success at the beginning of the first lecture. He told us to go home and attach a large sheet of paper to the ceiling above each of our beds, tape a pencil to a long st...

By Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert, TOP LISTING AGENT ALONG THE BEACH
(PrimeSouth Properties)
Comments 6
I am not talking about "the Golden Rule" but that is also at the top of the list in my opinion.  The other golden rules in Real Estate are similar to rules in other businesses.  The one specifically that I am referring to is that despite what most agents claim.  The follow up percentage in our bu...

By inboundREM Market Updates
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Closing CostsClosing Costs are the many expenses involved at the end of a real estate transaction. Whether you're a home buyer or home seller it's important to know which of these fees you are expected to pay for upon finalizing your home sale. It's a good idea to discuss with your realtor which ...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 3
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! provides us with a great list of things that will lead us to success in 2020 and I hope that everyone will have a successful 2020! 10 Ways to Ensure a Successful 2020!   Once the glitter, confetti have settled and the novelty of 2020 resolutions wear off after New ...

By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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The role of video marketing in today’s competitive marketing is obscure to no one. As more folks log onto the internet using their mobiles, they are more likely to watch a video than read a text. Blog posts and images are still the most common form of content development but this is about to chan...

By inboundREM Market Updates
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Closing CostsClosing costs are the various fees involved in finalizing a real estate transaction a home seller or buyer has to pay aside from the actual cost of the home purchase. If you are the person buying a home you'll want to consider which of these charges you will pay for and which ones yo...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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     Everyone has different experiences in any profession...being licensed for a long time doesn't mean you know everything about every area....and no one expects that knowledge from agents/lenders with any length or experience.  When an agent....title person...lender with lots of experience in a...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 45
This video was brought to our attention by our friend at Apple on New Year's Day.  Before they open the store each morning, they have a meeting of all their employees of the day to discuss how to serve their customers better. They viewed this video, and our friend was so inspired, he shared it wi...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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If you do not have an open mind now, you surely will when you watch and listen to this video..... dynamic.... very powerful messages within. This video was brought to our attention by our friend at Apple on New Year's Day.  Before they open the store each morning, they have a meeting of all their...

By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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One of the biggest challenges Realtors face is portals. Portals publish listings from around the country, and as a result they generate massive SEO value.Google the term “homes for sale” with any town, city, or state. The first page of results is almost certainly portals.How can Realtors compete ...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Five Changes for a Better 2020 Here we are. Just one last business week and 2019 will have sailed over the horizon and into the past. The holidays are nearly here and come January you’ll be refreshed and ready for a new start. Right? Have a bad 2019? Put it behind you. It is over. It's done. It'...