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 Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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We have become a nation that reads labels and are concerned about the content of what we eat or drink, which is one the reasons that the production of organic wines is growing in California, and in Europe.   Many of the vineyards in France and Italy have been organic since Roman times,(before any...

By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
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Majority of men have got several watches in their wardrobe. They wear a specific watch for a specific occasion or according to the mood of the day. Over time, men watches have undergone a lot of evolution in style, design, and functionality. They are a true reflector of fashion, style, and design...

By Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582
(Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.)
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Here is my latest series on the necessity for home inspections.When purchasing a home, it is highly advisable that buyers obtain a home inspection from a qualified and licensed home inspector.Why?Well, the following are just a few issues found during normal home inspections... ( Photos and images...

By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
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"Diligent follow-up and follow-through will set you apart from the crowd and communicate excellence."-John C. MaxwellI often search online for local vendors before making contact.   Sometimes I fill out the form on the "Contact Us" page instead of calling direct.  What I find surprising is how ma...

By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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2020 - Clear Vision - Planning for A Year Rapidly Approaching PLANNING - So many quotations offer us advice about planning: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Benjamin Franklin Eleanor Roosevelt: "It takes as much time to wish as it does to plan." "Plan for what is difficult whil...

By Nicole Ocean, "Your BPO Coach"
(BPO Automation Group & BPO University)
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Question:Hi Nicole, Do you offer Commercial BPO Training? If yes, how much to enroll? If not, can you refer me to a company or person who does? Thanks, Ricky in the Bay Area, CAAnswer:Hello Ricky,Thank you very much for reaching out and for your question.Unfortunately we don’t offer training on C...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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 Why did you decide to be in real estate? Since agents are independent contractors, do you like the freedom of being your own boss?  In spite of that I am sure you understand, “No Risk, No Gain.” You are an entrepreneur if you are are real estate agent.  You take risks but you also have a busines...

By Wade Webb, Real Estate Coach - Agentsboost
(Royal Lepage Kelowna)
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It can be difficult to find your way when you have a million interests tugging at your soul. They all seem like waiting opportunities, but which one is the right path for you? Singling out just one passion can seem like you are giving up other key interests, leaving you feeling unclear about whet...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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In your face!  When the intention is sincere or welcomed, boundaries are relaxed but an exception when someone wants to confront or create a snarky environment up close and personal. Putting a little distance between conflict, matters. Recently, I met with a homeowner wishing to sell. He undeniab...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Edit, Edit, Edit: The Key to a More-Productive Business and Enjoyable Life There are only so many hours in a day, days in a week, and weeks in a month. Time is the one thing that we can't buy more of. We are the only ones who are in complete control of our time. It can't be stored up for a rainy...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Inner Strength Will Keep You Pushing Forward“The man who can drive himself furtheronce the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” Roger Bannister, English Olympic Athlete, Runner, The FirstRunner to Run the Sub-Four Minute Mile in the 1952 Olympics                             Speaker,...

By Morgan Taylor, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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Entering a new profession can be a pretty scary and intimidating experience, especially when we’re talking about creating a new real estate brand from scratch. There are so many tiny details that go in a process and can become crucial for your brand that many people chose to avoid such responsibi...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 60
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of stating what you do clearly and concisely in your brand as well as in your profile.  If you keep people guessing, chances are they will not remember you, or refer you. Here is an example of a brand that had us puzzled and guessing as to what their prod...

By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
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So many banks are out there that is offering housing loans at reasonable worth. There are different type of mortgage loans are available. Buying a perfect house can be challenging task as one need to invest proper time in the research.If you are one who wants to buy a house then you should always...

By John Henry, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design
(John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.)
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a.) Marketingb.) Nichec.) Blingd.) Consistency One can argue that almost all of the above is necessary to run a successful business.  Being successful means that you are doing something right.  Being in business means you are getting new clients and getting repeat business.  You cannot last long ...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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What do you do when the leaky faucet that gives you full cups of real estate leads starts to run a little dry? Part of being a real estate agent is generating leads to keep your business running full steam. For the agents that have their lead generation down to a science, we have some of their (n...

By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
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For most people buying or renovating a home is the largest purchase they will ever make. Not only is buying a home a large investment in terms of money, it also has huge ramifications for their quality of life. As important as a home is to people, very few know anything about either the real esta...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Ponder over this one.....   The Past Impassed.     As seasoned professionals, we know that past performance clearly has no bearing on today's success and the future depends on consistently implementing tried and true methods. People put their trust in those who earnestly provide exceptional servi...

By Morgan Taylor, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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Everyone needs motivation. Sometimes people often forget how to find the inner strength to do their best at work and usually give up. Is this a solution? Of course, no. It’s hard to be a real estate agent. You have many responsibilities, you meet thousands of people. Some tasks will let you down ...

By Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
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Some say you should never turn down real estate clients, but I disagree. The wrong clients can do you harm.The wrong clients can eat up your time, preventing you from working with clients who are right for you. They can also cause you mental and emotional stress, which further impedes your produc...