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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(Benchmark Realty, LLC)
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 Since the creation of Facebook in 2004 and Twitter in 2006, social media has grown exponentially with millions of people posting stories, pictures, videos, advertisements, and other media online. For most of us, checking our social media accounts is part of the daily routine, and the use of soci...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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Common Scents with Best Laid Plants...  Running a business and tending a garden takes consistent methods, plus nurturing with sincere follow through. If any of these three things are lacking, be sure there is trouble ahead. Using common sense/scents and the best laid plans/plants will do both goo...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities)
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Good Farming Starts with Good Seeds, in Forestry, Real Estate, and LifeIt all starts with a seed, or a portfolio of seeds.I grew up on a farm where we learned to plant good seeds, since then I have spent most of my career growing trees, and now I find that good seeds, well planted and nurtured, p...

By Gary David Hall, Real Estate CRM Sales, Training and Implementation
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Building a team is a challenging and dynamic effortIt may be possible to keep everyone long term, but it’s not likely. When you add your first team member it’s not exactly rocket surgery. The question of who is wearing what hats (who is responsible for which role) is pretty straight forward. You ...

By Fred Sed, Your Orange County Realtor, Why? Because Fred Sed
(Fred Sed Group ~ Your Premier Southern California Realtors)
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If you own rental properties in Southern California you may at one point in the future be interested in gifting or transferring a property to a family member. This is a common interest that most investors have especially if they want to leave behind a legacy and give their child or family member ...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 1. How Instagram and Staging Help Two Brokers Sell New York City Real Estate.            What you should do:          - Maximize your social media potential. Oh, and if you need inspiration or want an extra "like"           or follow - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!2. Six c...

By inboundREM Market Updates
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Your Ultimate Guide to San Jose del CaboSan Jose del Cabo is the town on the eastern end of the Cabo Corridor. Unlike Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo features more culturally rich neighborhoods, historic landmarks, art galleries, and local businesses. The city is more quaint and family-friendly...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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Many markets across the country are experiencing painful shortages of homes on the market ...MANY more Buyers than Sellers what we have chosen to call markets of Thinventory....we even had this little graphic designed to illustrate this condition.  This market condition can be an "irritant"...

By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
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For years, real estate agents have considered branding to be a “waste of time” because the ROI wasn’t there. Instead, agents chose to focus on direct marketing and outreach-based programs. In 2019, however, study after study has shown that buyers and sellers are “googling” their real estate agent...

By Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon
(Bend Premier Real Estate)
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Win The Home! You’ve saved and saved and are ready to buy your next home. You’ve scouted several homes and you have found THE ONE. It’s been on the market for six months and you start thinking this house has been neglected – but why? After a thorough review of current market data you submit a so...

By Ray Stockwell, Director of Marketing
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What would be the five most potent sales techniques you could use if you had only five sales techniques at your disposal? What are the questions that would improve your closing ratio and grow your business? The five most potent sales techniques are ones that have been proven over years of selling...

By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
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I’ve always heard “a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link”. I would like to add something to that when it comes to Real Estate groups, like Real Estate Partners. All of us have different strengths and weaknesses. I like to think that, with all of my partners, we complement each other, com...

By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
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Over the years, the idea of having to hold an Open House has gone the way of family Sunday dinners and two-toned cars ~ they still happen, but they are more and more rare. So many of us got into the habit of telling the Seller that Open Houses only benefit the Realtor, and that they don't help mu...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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  In an extreme Sellers Market...lots of things are different on both sides of the transaction.  Sellers realize...or should...they have a great opportunity to get what in some markets is the very highest and best price that the area has seen in a long,long time.  The house is very carefully anal...

By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393
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  Breaking The Ice   Breaking The Ice   This term may have different meanings around the country and during certain times of the year.  But I was pondering things while going through some questions in the ActiveRain Q&A section recently.   While answers often depend on the details of a situation,...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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What we have here is a failure to communicate! That line from Cool Hand Luke highlights the consequences of miscommunication. Lack of real communication is one of the biggest causes of dysfunctional relationships in our business and personal lives.In real estate sales as with all sales we communi...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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Valuable sage words to live by ...and more importantly...listen to ! What we have here is a failure to communicate! That line from Cool Hand Luke highlights the consequences of miscommunication. Lack of real communication is one of the biggest causes of dysfunctional relationships in our business...

By Lilas "Lela" Ashkarian, Ashkarian PA, ABR, CRS, E-PRO, GRI,SFR
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate)
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CommitmentCommitment means remaining loyal to what you said you would do, long after you spoke the wordsor signed the contract.Anonymous   Commitment is the cornerstone of any relationship, underpinning the connection of two or more individuals in an effort to fulfill a promise or a responsibilit...

By Tim Brown, Broker, ABR, GRI, SRES, TRLP
(RE/MAX Corridor)
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Life in central Texas is very good! Our economy is on fire, new homes are being built, folks are moving from across the country for jobs, what's not to love?Well, private property owners have the ability to do what they want with their property (within reason, of course!). One owner that has owne...

By Leif Price, Content Marketing Specialist
(Spot Color Marketing)
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Do you have properties that are needing to be leased? Lacking time to start the process of marketing your property for lease? Have you ever heard of property management services?Property management services are types of service wherein a professional entity acts as the owner in terms of managemen...