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 Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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In your real estate brokerage or any other organization you need management and leadership. While management organizes and controls, leadership charts the way, innovates, and inspires the organization to new heights.  As a leader your role is to navigate your organization or your team through the...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 5
As Grant explains...engagement is the diamoind of good business relationships and resulting growth. In your real estate brokerage or any other organization you need management and leadership. While management organizes and controls, leadership charts the way, innovates, and inspires the organizat...

By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
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Years ago I brought this up and a lively meaningful discussion ensued and is in my old post home (blog-museum). Time to update this topic and bring it current. For the public: Who do they prefer to work with and do they even have a preference or just use what is presented. If it breathes and is l...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 8
Condo living.  You gotta love it."Hey!" says the owner of the condo on the 9th floor, overlooking the 1st floor outdoor patio 8 floors beneath him. "I don't like the way the decaying pumpkin looks on their private patio.  Can the board please ask them to remove the rotting pumpkin?"The owner of t...

By Z57 Marketing Team, The #1 Affordable Lead Company
(Z57 Internet Solutions)
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With Thanksgiving next week, it might be good to exercise gratitude and express how thank you are for your clients. There are certainly a few ways to do this. We have compiled a list of 4 easy ways this can be accomplished. Here are 4 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Express Gratitude1. Handwritten No...

By Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Professionals
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In real estate, administrative work is necessary, but not dollar-productive. It’s friction in your sales process — an anchor around your neck keeping you from reaching higher production volumes. It’s also a distraction that threatens to cloud your focus and take your production numbers off track....

By Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Professionals
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“92% of respondents reported that a positive recommendation from a friend, family member, or someone they trust is the biggest influence on whether they buy a product or service.” — Paul M. Rand, VP Communications @ University of Chicago Most Real Estate Agents complete nine out of every ten deal...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 7
Does Lead Generation Cost You Time, Money, or Both? Many of you know the story of my importing 10,000 teddy bears after I went on a trip to Seoul Korea with a flight attendant friend of mine. This was many years ago prior to me starting my real estate career and what I learned from this experien...

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Comments 6
It was in my first year as a Realtor that I recognized the value of becoming a Notary Public. My original intention was to be able to close mobile home sales. Shortly there after I started closing on line loans (which lead to many new clients over the years).To close online loans many lenders req...

By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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If you decided to start a real estate blog or have one already, you are a step ahead in the game. Having a blog is a great idea to generate more leads and make your image more professional and knowledgeable.The next big step is making your content shareable and readable to gain some attention fro...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS, 603-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 26
Grateful For Gorgeous Weather in Phoenix! Grateful! Grateful! Grateful!  I am so grateful for our weather being absolutely gorgeous from  the middle of October to May!  This past summer actually wasn't as bad as a few summers have been weather-wise, but it still was HOT outside. Seriously, a few ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 17
We are well aware that the original phrase is "letting sleeping dogs lie" which means, To leave things as they are; especially, to avoid restarting or rekindling an old argument; to leave disagreements in the past.  However, we think the word "cats" works too.  It is all a matter of perspective, ...

By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 6
You Can Always Tell When An Offer is Not ComingThis post was prompted by Bill (still BLiz to me) Spear's Ask an Ambassador:  Ignoring the Bait post about not falling for the okey doke (aka bait).  It reminded me of some recent communications with an agent about one of my listings.  It appears tha...

By Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text
(Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker)
Comments 29
I'm primarily a listing agent, which I prefer (although I enjoy my great CRE buyer and tenant clients as well!) When you take listings, as most real estate professionals know . . .  . . . you gotta be able to SELL or LEASE them too!  Just 'a sign on the highway' is not enough (although it's great...

By Ralph Mark Maupin, Michigan Real Estate Investors Host
(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
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Welcome to the National Real Estate Network Video Training Program.This video is part of a series designed to help beginning and experienced real estate investors with the different aspects of purchasing and investing in properties.Be sure to click the link in the description to purchase the full...

By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 3
Scruples -- these are a set of feelings (attitudes/guiding principles) that cause us to hesitate or be reluctant to do something that we think might be wrong.Society and the business world tend to recognize those who push the envelope. As entrepreneurs and leaders, we often make our biggest strid...

By Ralph Mark Maupin, Michigan Real Estate Investors Host
(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
Comments 0
 National Real Estate Network founder Mark Maupin offers tips and tricks on how to outsource any business workflow for any industry, using real estate as an example.-Lead Generation & Lead Purchasing-Outsourcing tips-Creating an Ourcing Formula that WorksTo get started, Click Here: https://youtu....

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 10
Let's face it. We all have a friend or neighbor that is a Plumber, Doctor, Nurse, Attorney, or any of the other thousands of job holders that may have information the rest of us need. How often have you caught yourself calling a friend who is a Nurse and asking him/her about a fever or rash inste...

By Kris Collis, Associate Broker, Professional Results you Expect 570-507-7510
(Smart Way America Realty)
Comments 5
From the NAR 2018 Member Profile: 29% in the business less than 2 years! "In 2018, there was a continued rise in new members of the National Association of REALTORS®, increasing from 1.22 million in March 2017 to 1.30 million in April 2018. This is apparent in the data; those who had less than t...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 7
I try to keep a friendly tone at all times when dealing with other agents. I smile and say thank you for really stupid offers and just deal with that I have to deal with.  I have my list of pet peeves from agents who just simply do not understand tech to those who chicken scratch contracts instea...