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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One of the first rules in luxury real estate marketing and branding strategy is to identify your market, and to thoroughly research and know without the shadow of a doubt if that market will generate the income to support your lifestyle.  This is the first priority.  Selecting a name and creating...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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I have a client who asks my opinion on everything.  What do you think about Sushi? Fashion? Traffic? Donuts?  And he seemed to value my opinions.And, as you probably know, I'm not a shy guy... I have opinions, and I'm happy to share them.  Sometimes when asked, and sometime even when not asked.So...

By Lisa Davies
(Online Buzz)
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Roof is one important part of the house that needs maintenance and immediate repairs when damage. Roofing Contractors Ann Arbor have several characteristics which you should consider when selecting a service provider.They Offers Free EstimatesThere are contractors who at the start, will give you ...

By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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 I remember when I started, there were no boundaries, I worked from the time I got up, until the time I went to bed.   BUT, business was good, and I had to get my systems in place so not to miss a deadline or an aspect of a transaction.   Today I have my phone on from 8 am to 8 pm, and let all cl...

By Brivity Platform, Manage. Market. Communicate. Convert. Get leads
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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 Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Sally and David Hanson have a wonderful challenge for us this month that will benefit us if we participate .I am not talking about the 1000 points we will receive for participating and wrting about it.I am talking about the wonderful feelings  we  feel by doing something good on a regular basis f...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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If you are a broker owner or if you are head of a team you have a management responsibility.  You also must be a leader. As manager you are guiding and controlling and as leader you are visioning, modeling, and motivating. In the previous times the role of a manager was not that complex. The mana...

By Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida
(Florida Supreme Realty)
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Real Estate agents and Realtors do a lot of silly things when attempting to drum up business. The one I want to address today is the concept of dropping everything to show a home to someone you never met, don't know anything about and will likely disrupt the "deal" you're already working on. Do y...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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                                                                               Sam Shueh                                                            Realty One Group                                                                                       Cupertino, CA If you are in west or south east...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Rule #1 . . . . Stay Composed When Under Pressure“Pressure makes diamonds.”General George Patton 1885 – 1945, U.S. Army General  As I see it . . . . . . .Rule #1 . . . . Stay composed when under pressure   You are very much like a diamond . . . .  your true self will be molded . . . . and formed ...

By Michel Lautensack, Del Val Realty & Property Management
(Del Val Realty & Property Management )
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The Six Deadly Mistakes Rental Property Owners Make… (How Many of Them Are You Making Right Now?) Part 2 of 6 ....   Costly Mistake #2: Your Property Manager is not responsive to people calling about renting your property Here is what I mean by that statement: Let’s face it, finding quality, res...

By Dana Hollish Hill, Lead Associate Broker
(Hollish Hill Group, Keller William Capital Properties)
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Common Fears of Real Estate AgentsYesterday I taught a class about understanding today's home buyers. Sometimes when I teach this class the majority of the attendees are brand new agents so I answer a lot of basic questions about what to talk about with buyers and what they expect from agents. Ye...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Comments 16
Recently, another AR member, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, posted about her 3,686 days together post.  It's great to walk down memory lane here in the Rain, remembering all of the wonderful friends we've made along the way of writing countless blog posts.  She got me to thinking about my very first post.  ...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Networking at the 2019 CRS Sellabration Convention I attended the annual CRS convention, Sellabration, at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas recently - the Council is now known as the Residential Real Estate Council (RRC) but the designation is still CRS – Certified Residential Specialist. As always, t...

By Randy Mitchelson, APR, First Impressions are made at First Click
( #goipm & Homeland Heroes Home Loans)
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 Understanding the Financing Section of the Florida Association of Realtors -FAR/BAR Contract Do you understand it? Attorney Ned Hale will explain Come to this meeting and find the answers and more.When: February 21, 2019 - 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Where: KJ's Fresh Grill 10950 S Cleveland Ave, Fort...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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Wanda, we only trust one agent. You! Music to my ears from a long-time past client who has referred my services to family members and friends. No prompting necessary, just a sincere statement made during a recent face-to-face conversation. Maintaining personal and professional relationships means...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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High performance is what everyone wants from a team...the wise words we have in this post offer guidance in helping to insure success !  Thank you Grant Schneider  ! Westchester employers are asking how they can get productive employees who will stay.  I think that Realtor Broker Owners have been...

By Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940
(Long Island Cash Home Buyer)
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  Productivity is never an accident, it is always the result of a committment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort! Whether you are a new agent or an esperienced pro, a Business Plan is so important for your success. I've trained and coached thousands of agents over the past 40 ...

By Phillip Livingston, Digital Marketing & Property Expert
(Condo Control Central)
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 Are you having a hard time attracting quality tenants to your property? You’re not alone. There are plenty of landlords like you who have outstanding properties but are struggling to attract the right tenants.Today’s your lucky day because we’ve put together a few actionable tips that you can ap...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
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COMMERCIAL APPRAISER, MAI, AI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE, BLUE CODE OF SILENCE, CONSPIRACY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1  "When a valuer violates an Ethical Rule due to an event beyond the valuer’s control, such as an act of 152 God or illness, the Investigator or peer review committee(s) (or any member or duly ...