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 Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
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This, from an icon in Illinois real estate, Lynn Madison.  Lynn has been teaching real estate in Illinois, working with the Illinois Association of Realtor and the North Shore Barrington Board of Realtors since Jesus lost his sandals. She's a font of real estate knowledge, and helps CE classes go...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 63
How much is a penny worth? Not much?  Think again!In this post we would like to share an invaluable marketing insight that can help you attract more referrals in your luxury real estate marketing practice.  It is all about appreciating your own value more often. Recently, Alexandra and I (Ron her...

By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
Comments 117
We are now well into the month of January, in fact, the end is in sight. Our colleague Endre Barth has challenged us to share what changes we have made in the last couple of years that have worked. If you haven't read his post, "What Changes Did You Make Last Year or the Year Before That Worked?"...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 106
My Client Touches – Who, What and When!The Why is Obvious! One of the things I have tried to do over the years is stay in touch with past clients. I realize in the early years this was not something I did very well, despite knowing, and being told, it was important to do.  I don’t have a good exc...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 28
No one likes to be sold. The recipient or the buyer who has been sold has the feeling that someone just did something to him or her. Many times, people who feel as if they have been sold have buyer’s remorse. On the other hand, people sure do love to buy. Moreover, surveys have should that people...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 14
Don't miss this one..... wise tales here..... thanks for sharing, Ron.... yes, this one is from Ron Seigel! How much is a penny worth? Not much?  Think again! In this post we would like to share an invaluable marketing insight that can help you attract more referrals in your luxury real estate ma...

By Rono Williams
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Your content should always be customer-focused. If you want to build a robust online presence for your real estate business, then the expertise and trustworthiness you convey through your website's blog is critical.Content plays one of the essential roles in Google's ranking algorithms. Have you ...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
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I've been an agent for over fifteen years now and I really enjoy it.  Part of the excitement in this job meet all kinds of people and see all kinds of houses.   We've all had that experience of being contacted for a listing appointment and not knowing what the inside of the house will lo...

By Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia
(Real Living Cornerstone)
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  If you are in the market for a home that allows you the ability to live off the grid and tucked away in a rural area, 1928 Coles Ferry, Brookneal, VA 24528 is a perfect home for you! If you happen to suffer from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity this home offers you a place of sanctuary to relax...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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 A new year and a new decade is just around the corner. How is 2019? Are you finishing strong? Are there things that should change next year?Who should be working on their goals and plan for 2020? Maybe you have everything working perfectly and will continue doing what you are doing. If you see s...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 2
Why wait? Sell your home RIGHT NOW in southern Utah! Photo by: Shawn Stallard | Photographer Extraordinaire Many homeowners hold off listing until Spring selling season, thinking it will sell quickly, so buyers can move in and they can move on. Perhaps. The question is whether or not that is the ...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, ABR, CRS, ePro ~ Curator of Happy Endings
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 17
You've heard the ole' cliche... He who speaks first, loses.  Have you ever been in the middle of a negotiation, and suddenly, the room is filled with a deafening silence?  Do you find yourself fidgeting uncomfortably during the loooong pause, waiting for someone to say something?  Are you tempted...

By Michael Goodheim, Cash Flow Expert for Real Estate Pros
(Commission Express of Western Washington)
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Top 5 Reasons for Cash OutFlow Real estate professionals experience similar business challenges, whether they work in Seattle, Austin, or Poplar Bluff. The dynamics of the business drive both cash inflows (from a cascade of sales) and cash outflows (for a variety of ongoing and predictable expens...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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You know what's more difficult than being a real estate agent? Starting a real estate team! While that might not be true for some people, the addition of other agents into your business may make your life a little more stressful.Here are a some tips to keep in mind when starting a real estate tea...

By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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Well, continuous studying and sleepless nights are over. You passed your exams and have a real estate license. Great job!But here is the question – what about now?Everyone knows that after passing exams, we do not become professionals. We do gain knowledge but we do not earn necessary skills that...

By Peter Spain
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Find your own lawyerEven though estate agents can tell you that they will handle all the paperwork, it is good not to let them. This is due to the fact that the cost of hiring a lawyer could save you more in the long run. If anything goes wrong, then the lawyer will be held liable but an estate a...

By Z57 Marketing Team, The #1 Affordable Lead Company
(Z57 Internet Solutions)
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Hey Active Rain! Today's entry is not necessarily going to be real estate focused - it is to highlight 3 habits that you can adopt to your lifestyle, that can also drastically improve your life.Here are 3 Habits Real Estate Agents Should Adapat:1. Eat HealthierWith a profession that requires logg...

By Leanne Smith, Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
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According to one site, the median duration of homeownership in the US is 13.3 years. A lot of home improvements can be made over several years less along a decade or more. Maybe be it is time for a home improvement diary? This could be a simple composition book where the property owner makes diar...

By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
Comments 2
Much like real estate managers get calls or emails from would-be clients and we need to be prepared to do our homework. The first place to start is the county or city tax assessor's web site...with the owner's name or property address, tax records are easy to research for acrea...
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