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 Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(eXp Realty)
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           EXCULSIVE FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTSHave you ever gone to a movie, and walked out feeling completely different from what you did when you walked in?Did that movie help you make a positive change in your life?Are you disappointed in your income from real estate sales?This could be the answe...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Evaluate the Market with Facts, Not Emotion When agents ask me how the market is doing, I always ask them, "Why they you asking?" Considering they are in the market day to day I assume that they have a very good idea of how the market is doing. The challenge is that for many agents that were lic...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(eXp Realty)
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 Over 35 years ago I learned how to be a level or two above most agents.If you have had your real estate license less than 24 years, you missed out on what we used to do back in the 1980’sThat time frame was a much more fun and enjoyable time to be a real estate agent. You see when we wrote an of...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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Bee Your Very Best Self.     While the Hollyhocks were gently swaying in a slight breeze this morning, they captured more than just my attention. A honey bee was collecting pollen to take back to the hive for future use. The worker bee’s ethic is most purposeful and pure with zero ulterior motive...

By Dorothy Mitchell, Writer and real estate agent
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Recently, there has been a lot of focus on the environment and the effects of climate change, pollution and other phenomena on public health. Those concerns are important, but they appear to be overshadowing something that's at least as crucial - the healthiness of individual homes. If you're lik...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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Keep learning...that's what Lou tried to share with us. Never be afraid of asking too many questions; worry when you stop asking them.    Have an Inquisitive Mind “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not stop questing.” Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955, Germ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 25
.  One would think that the old adage of longer you live, the more set in your ways would apply to "everyone" ....and we are sure that it does apply to many people. "I always use...I always went to...Never would I ever...I am content with....This is familiar....It May not be the Best...But I kno...

By Jackye Mumphrey, The Atlanta Real Estate Maven
(Keller Williams Realty Cityside)
Comments 0 Jackye Mumphrey has nearly 2 decades of real estate experience in the Atlanta Georgia metropolitan area. If you are in the market to buy sell or invest in real estate, call Jackye to help you get started today. 678-929-8330 or visit the website at www.TheRealEst...

By Mimi Francis, Award Winning Top Realtor serving the Triangle
(A Better Way Homes Realty)
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As a new agent, you’re feeling one of two ways.  If you joined an agency known for its training program, you’re overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information you’re striving to absorb in your first year of real estate.  If you opted for a smaller agency with little or no training program, you’re...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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. Our buyer had some ultra specific qualifications for an investment property and one popped up on our Buyer Radar that checked all the boxes. Very narrow location perameters for walkability and features and updates were all was a bank owned flip and the listing agent spoke with gr...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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. While there are Sellers, Buyers and yes...Agents who truly believe the "Sell in the Spring" mantra and repeat it has never been the case in our practice. The last quarter of the year and the first quarter of the new year are extremely busy. While we never exactly know what the...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Have an Inquisitive Mind “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not stop questing.” Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955, German Born Theoretical      As I see it . . . . . . .   Have an inquisitive mind   Life is a continuous learning experience . . . . With an...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Teachable Moments - SEEK Them One of the things that I remember most about my previous career as a nurse was that when we were training new nurses in trauma, we had to be certain to capture each and every teachable moment. Oftentimes it was a matter of life or death but, we had to 're-play' the m...

By Gustavo Torres / RE/MAX Rosarito Beach, Tijuana Coastal, Ensenada, BAJA, Remax Baja Realty, Baja California
(Remax Baja Realty)
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By Peter Mark | ActiveRain Blog In Order of Importance 1. Make Sure Your Have The Best Quality Server for Speed and Security.Of all the many site audits I do on a daily basis. I see page loads speeds take over 3 seconds on average. You page needs to load fast, not just for user experience but for...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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We have been cogitating, pondering and mulling over the state of luxury today.  I (A) have read numerous articles by different experts in the field of branding, marketing, and those who report on luxury sales. In an earlier post we mentioned "affordable luxury" as a category, which in our opinion...

By Jamie McKaye, An avid property investor and analyst of markets
(Forward Thinking Property)
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We may all remember that endearing (or maybe not so endearing) saying that our parents used to yell when we’d done something wrong “be grateful for the roof over your head!” – yeah, that one, well – there’s some truth in that the roof is indeed important and we all should be grateful for it – and...

By Brivity Platform, Manage. Market. Communicate. Convert. Get leads
Comments 147
As a realtor, listings are your bread and butter. Whether a listing presentation succeeds in convincing sellers to list, is about your ability to present yourself better than the competition. However, it typically starts with the ability to overcome seller objections (to listing the property, to ...

By KWKLY Text To Lead, Delivering The Best Leads, Faster!
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Today we wanted to share with you 5 different ways that KWKLY customers are using text message marketing in their real estate businesses. We hope you see these ideas and think about how you could adapt them to your own marketing efforts.A Couple of Things to Consider About Texting Before We Dive ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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Lou was always encouraging us to focus on energies on our goals.    The Source of Your Personal Power “No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Proudly Selling Florida Homes and Lifestyles
(Joyce Marsh at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty)
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Don't be afraid to congratulate your competition.I always try to congratulate my fellow Real Estate professionals when I read articles about them, or if they made a phenomenal sale or even when they get a really great listing.  We all like to be congratulated and like to be recognized for our acc...