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 Dwight Bickel, Real Property Attorney
(Self-employed part time real estate legal services.)
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A very recent Washington Supreme Court decision focuses on when separate property may become community property.  It requires everyone in the real estate business to reconsider what they think they know about community property in Washington. Some lawyers are reacting with comments that this deci...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Self-Education “Your formal education will give you the ability to make you a living; Your self-education will make you rich.” Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . .Your self-education  Your formal education gives us ...

By Ed Kunkel, Let's love your new home together!
(RE/MAX Professionals )
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 Oh how much fun it is to call a national company through their 800 number, and follow the myriad of voice automation nightmare to try to get to the customer service agent that specializes in your need.  Why do we punish ourselves doing this, when there are many benefits on many levels to do busi...

By Andrea "Andy" Tolbert, Broker, Safety Expert, Instructor
(HD Realty)
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Can One Player Really Blow the Whole Game?  Short Sales Broken Down! This past Saturday I watched the Florida Gators play Mississippi State.  It was painful to watch, all the way to the very end where we had a few seconds left and a field goal would have tied the game and given us a chance at red...

By Deborah Warner, Giving You the Tools to Dream Bigger
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  1.     Price your home to be competitive in today’s market. Overpricing will cost YOU money. 2.     The first offer on your property may be the best offer you receive. Good agents are emailed    new       properties as soon as they come on the market and they call their buyers right away to dis...

By Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text
(Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker)
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It's so simple.  If you want to enjoy a decent and lasting 'divine coupling', YOU MUST BE CLEAR ON TWO THINGS: What you MUST HAVEWhat you CANNOT TOLERATE If you want a successful real estate transaction, whether buying or selling, YOU MUST BE CLEAR ON TWO THINGS: What you MUST HAVEWhat you CANNOT...

By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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Atlanta Buckhead Midtown - Gratitude Works - Appreciate Back Office - 2In Atlanta Buckhead Midtown and the Westside, Gratitude Works! In Real Estate, we are privileged to have support personnel. With privilege comes responsibility. Our responsibility to them includes appreciation. Each time I go ...

By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
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This is an excellent post by Candice A. Donofrio from AZ about making offers that are attractive to a seller. Everything in this post is so true that I had to repost it for any Tredyffrin Easttown or Main Line buyers who are not being successful with their purchase offers.If a house is not sellin...

By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
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For whatever reason, many homeowners need to sell their homes as quickly as possible. If that describes you and you don’t want to hand over a huge chunk of your equity to an iBuyer or investor, read on.1. Pre-sale home inspectionWhen we looked at the common obstacles along the way to closing a ho...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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The audacity of those sellers! They can't expect to their home quickly or for the price they want if they are making one of these 6 mistakes. You know what they need to do, which is why they hire you as a real estate agent. You have the experience to advise them on the best practices for selling ...

By George Thoma, Branch Manager / Broker
(Island Lending Hawaii, LLC | Equal Housing Lender )
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Here are some great tips for Maui Business People here in the State of Hawaii. Even if you’ve checked on your privacy settings before, it’s smart to do regular check-ins to make sure you haven’t compromised your data security with new apps or settings. Consider setting a quarterly or bi-annual ca...

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
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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 JM Padron, CCIM, MRICS, CCIM, MRICS, Serving Mexico-USA Border
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Dear Coleagues,I have created this group to exchange best practices cross border in commercial real estate and to marketing Industrial investments properties and to presenting Industrial lease options. I beleive we have to take advantages of the tax cuts down to 20%, excelnet incenmtive to establ...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
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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 Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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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 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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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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 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 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...