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 Dana (Lerner) Sparks, Satisfying You with Service Innovation & Education
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
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Not getting showings on your listing? Watch the video for some strategies to increase activity!  

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
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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 Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
(RETIRED / State License is Inactive)
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  Hi Everybody!Odd, but I just looked in my "draft" (NO! -- NOT draft beer, even though I am retired) folder, and the first draft in the cue:"Is Real Estate Blogging Like Riding a Bike?"Well, let's see,   I'd screen cap  to show you I ain't lyin' . . . but I'm pulling the "retired' card!  YIKES. ...

By Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582
(Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.)
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New homeowners as well as seasoned owners often rush into or fail to prepare for various aspects of owning a home without really considering consequences.Some of these aspects include: Remodeling, Improvements, Emergencies and more.Let's take a look at some of these and see what we can do to mini...

By Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
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Are you facing a challenge today? Are you feeling afraid? Are you fears preventing you from acting in your own best interest? Reading Wade's encouraging words may just give you the emotional and psychological boost you need to take positive action in the right direction. Wade, Thank you again for...

By Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno)
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Why? Why? Why? While I do inspections in many homes that have a small number of items in need of repair, every once in a while there are things that make absolutely no sense and actually may put the sellers and of course the new buyers in danger, or at the least, financial expenses above what the...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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At some point in your illustrious career, (be you Realtor, Inspector, Appraiser, Lender) you're going to find yourself in need of being "away from your office".  When that happens, it's incredibly helpful to have quality folks back at the office to back you up.I am fortunate that I have several s...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
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I have noticed recently that there is much talk about skipping the annoying open house when you list your home because, "It invites people to go through your home." Many times this sentiment is echoed by agents saying it never sells a home and is a waste of time. At den Boer homes, we hold open h...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 So you're rolling around and life is going smooth.....and then you hear an absolutely ridiculous statement that someone thinks is true but you know it's not. What do you do? My answer would be - it depends on the situation. Which makes sense.  If the made up stuff is said in a line at a grocery ...

By Wade Webb, Real Estate Coach - Agentsboost
(Royal Lepage Kelowna)
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I can remember sitting in the audience waiting for my time to get up on stage to play my piano piece or sing my solo in front of an adjudicator at music festivals growing up as a young boy. My hands were sweating, my legs were shaking and kept thinking about playing in front of a crowd and what i...

By Don Alexander
(1st Prime Realty)
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Extra Income for All who have  Business Cards.  Doesn't require any Special License, Education, or Leaving your Company.Turn your current Business Card into a Money Making Business Card.  No Scam, No Gimmicks, or any thing to Buy.  It's Free to Join, Weekly Conference Training.  This will help yo...

By Chris B Johnson REALTOR®, 5 Star Rated REALTOR® Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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Honesty in Real Estate.Stop unfair, deceptive, and abusive iBuying tactics. CLICK HERE to SIGN PETITIONScroll down to read it. Study: It Costs Sellers More to Work With iBuyers Share Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Print  August 9, 2019 Home sellers who ch...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Marketing Genius or Predatory Behavior?I received a call from a homeowner in one of the neighborhoods that I do a lot of business in. The kind lady and her husband were being transferred out of state and they wanted to see if I could come meet with them that week to discuss getting their home rea...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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Are You PRODUCE-ing Substantial Results?  Back yard gardening is much like running a business. It takes nurturing, passion, care, with intentional follow-through. Tilling, installing water systems, planting seeds lend to abundance in receiving nature's gifts. Creating room for growth weeds out wh...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Edit, Edit, Edit: The Key to a More-Productive Business and Enjoyable Life There are only so many hours in a day, days in a week, and weeks in a month. Time is the one thing that we can't buy more of. We are the only ones who are in complete control of our time. It can't be stored up for a rainy...

By Dana (Lerner) Sparks, Satisfying You with Service Innovation & Education
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
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What should you list a property for to get the most exposure? Watch the video to find out!

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
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I've been learning a lot through my recent membership in Toastmasters International. I am really excited to be a new member even though my professional career days are now pretty much behind me. I figure it's never to late to learn to be a better communicator. I ran across this video in the onlin...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Marketing Genius or Predatory Behavior? I received a call from a homeowner in one of the neighborhoods that I do a lot of business in. The kind lady and her husband were being transferred out of state and they wanted to see if I could come meet with them that week to discuss getting their home r...

By Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County
(Bucci Realty, Inc.)
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Now that I am "retired" there is so much I want to say to new agents!   This is not intended to be a negative "you can't succeed" post but rather a "time to get real and focused" post.A real estate license isn't a blank check. Not every real estate agent that drives a fancy new car is loaded.  An...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Inner Strength Will Keep You Pushing Forward“The man who can drive himself furtheronce the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” Roger Bannister, English Olympic Athlete, Runner, The FirstRunner to Run the Sub-Four Minute Mile in the 1952 Olympics                             Speaker,...