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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 14
      Closings are happy times...the Sellers move on to their next life chapter and the Buyers begin their new happily ever after dreams of making their new house..their new home. We believe that making those two things happen...whichever side of the transaction you are on as an agent is a very h...

By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
Comments 72
Words, and how we phrase them, really do matter.A couple of weeks ago I took a several days away from business to work on my business. Every quarter I take the time to review the prior 3 months and set up a plan for the next 3 so I stay on track for the year. My current favorite spot for this ret...

By Lisa Davies
(Online Buzz)
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Hawaii has long been considered as where paddle boarding originated from. So there’s no doubt that you would easily find all kinds of paddleboarding spots in Hawaii. If you are a paddle boarding enthusiast and have never been there, you should. Here are 5 of the best paddle boarding spots in Hawa...

By Lisa Davies
(Online Buzz)
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Keeping track of your business can be a lot of work. Looking for new customers can also be tiring especially if you need to personally scout places. This can be a lot to handle even when you have the resources and team to do the job.With customer mapping softwares, all of your problems can be sol...

By Lisa Davies
(Online Buzz)
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If you are into real estate business, you should know that one of the best ways to promote what you are selling is opening a dedicated Instagram account that can help you reach potential customers.The thing with social media nowadays is that everybody uses it to promote what they do, and things a...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 1
This is what the professionals do when they list others' property and their own.....        Closings are happy times...the Sellers move on to their next life chapter and the Buyers begin their new happily ever after dreams of making their new house..their new home. We believe that making those tw...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Some Days You Get Mostly Green LightsAnd Some Days You Don’t I had a physical therapy appointment fairly early yesterday morning when I expected traffic on the route I take might be busier due to rush hour. Surprisingly, I got mostly green lights (there are about a dozen on this 6 mile drive) and...

By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office)
Comments 3
Sellers Should Take Advantage of a Sellers' Market Basically speaking, a sellers' market is when there are more buyers than there are sellers and a buyer's market is when there are more sellers than there are buyers. In a sellers' market, the prices tend to go up, because the buyers have fewer ho...

By Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
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Creatively Marketing a Commercial WarehouseToday I did something totally out of the typical commercial real estate box. I hosted a paint party for our real estate agent community at a warehouse I have for sale. My goal of course was in getting agents to the warehouse to put their eyes on the prop...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 20
 Jeff Dowler, CRS  contest got me thinking about change.  Yes, some change happens quickly but you would be you surprised at how much change occured in the last 10 years and you didn't realize it.  In the world of business slow change can be more devastating than fast change.  With fast change yo...

By Morgan Taylor, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
Comments 6
As a real estate agent, you might have received these kinds of comments about your job – “It must feel great to work from home,” or “Wow, you make your own hours; that’s amazing!” Such comments usually come from people who have no idea about the inner workings of a real estate business.Receiving ...

By Morris Massre, Real Estate Instructor Broward County Florida
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You real estate transaction should move like a duck, in water. If your real estate agent is as good as he or she says or advertises then as a seller or buyer there should be very little that you have to do during your closing transaction.  In other words, your agent is like a duck in that he is m...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 49
Most of the time when I write a post about marketing I will preface it with "this is my opinion and what works for me" because I realize that not all things work for all people.  But for the love of all that is good in this world, NEVER ever buy Facebook likes.  I had a conversation with a a fell...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 3
When I read great books on digital marketing or articles online about creating content, the successful authors all share one common knowledge of hindsight. They all wish they had started their list sooner.What list? It's the list of blog subscribers and other converted traffic that they now have ...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 19
Another Example of Excellent Customer Service Recently I went shopping for a pair of shoes. It's not easy to find shoes that fit my foot issues. I went into the store hoping there would be a new style or a remake of the older model that worked perfectly for me. I'd still use the old ones but they...

By Lisa Davies
(Online Buzz)
Comments 1
Take a minute and reflect on this question - how would you describe someone who is a strong leader? You would likely say they are powerful, dynamic, a great communicator and someone with excellent oratory skills. While these are all excellent leadership skills, they take time to develop. If you a...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
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Monica Hill came up with a great blog that we all need to follow and be aware of.  If you don't have a personal safety policy for youself, you can do some research on the NAR site, take a Realtor® Safety class, or ask your Broker for a potential safety list. After taking a continuing ed course on...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Creating a high performing team requires first a good leader willing to work with people.Most of us understand that diversity of backgrounds and thought processes will most likely result in better results. With that understanding we might think that it follows that a diverse team is a high perfor...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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Having worked with plenty of real estate agents over the years, there are a few unfortunate habits we see develop during the summer months. Here we will highlight some of them to help bring awareness to these actions (or in-actions).SIDE NOTE: If you are having a summer vacation, then have a summ...

By Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ
(ReMax Realtec Group)
Comments 16
What did buyers say was most important to them when searching for homes on the Intenet and what was the number one action they took?From that recent NAR report are a few nuggets of gold that confirm what we already know but elevates the importance dramatically.  Do you know the #1 reason prospect...