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 Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
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Much of the country is home alone, sheltering in place. Regardless of your own personal feelings about this, we have clients who are scared or frustrated or possibly depressed due to it. Now is the perfect opportunity to show them the true nature of REALTORS:  we care. We’re about relationships. ...

By Catherine Richardson, An online course to boost your real estate career
(Worldwide CR Coaching and Consulting)
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             Invest In Yourself! What do you do to keep on the cutting edge?  Do you attend seminars?  Read blogs or books?  Belong to a networking group? If you sit on the sidelines watching other agents be successful and wonder why you're not seeing the results you want, it may be because those...

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 Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
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Whatever your profession is and services offered either as an agent or layman the client is thinking, wanting and expecting and customer service demands we get to the heart of the matter timely as well as do a good job providing we get the job to do. In Real Estate often clients do not know what ...

By Joan Goldman, Baltimore's Outside The Box Realtor
(Cummings & Co. Realtors)
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  Why do people assume a realtor team is better?   I understand how teams may have better name recognition. They tend to advertise more, or have a big rainmaker who gets most of the business, while the other team members do the day to day work. But from the perspective of the buyer or seller, is ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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There are endless possibilities in branding, and endless solutions.  What is required in creating a brand is a willingness to understand the concept as well as the realization that solutions and ideas abound.  The world is awash with solutions and possibilites. In order to understand branding in ...

By Leanne Smith, Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
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There is a radio commercial regarding disaster preparedness and discusses this question “What’s in your go bag?” A child asks the parent “What is a go bag?” The parent explains it holds things necessary during an emergency and “It's something we don’t have for things we need.” This commercial rem...

By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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When this COVID virus started affectihng business, it was time to decide the next steps to remain successful during the crisis.May contracts scheduled to close from Mid February through the end of April all cancelled.  Some buyers lost there jobs and loans were denied.  Others were afraid to spen...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities)
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Excelling in Your Career while Developing Your Isolation RoutineApril 23, 2020 Bob CraneSocial isolation can be difficult, especially if you’re not used to it. It sounds easy on the surface: Just stay home! If you’re cut off from the social contact and day-to-day routines that you’re used to, tho...

By Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
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How Will You Look Post Pandemic? I've heard lots of comments asking how things will look after this pandemic is over? My question is, how will you look? What I mean by this is, what will your attitude, your outlook, and your persona reflect from this experience? ATTITUDE: We all know attitude is ...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Researchers have found that the more successful salespeople are those who can uncover problems by listening. Uncovering needs, problems and issues will take time and careful listening.  Longwood Gardens Conservatory      As a Real Estate Agent would you like to be known as a trusted advisers?  Be...

By Joseph Doohan, I offer business strategy advice for realtors
(Joseph Doohan)
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Pause, Plan, Pivot, Proceed! I’m sharing a philosophy I practice, born of deeply personal events in my life. I’m not preaching at you, nor do I seek converts; I'm simply sharing and I know you can think for yourself...chew the meat and spit out the bones. I will not buy into the media sensationa...

By Joseph Doohan, I offer business strategy advice for realtors
(Joseph Doohan)
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In today’s turbulent times, those realtors who are successful will do what they need to do to get to where they need to be. They live in the moment and adapt their planning.   Living here in AZ high desert, we take everyday precautions. Before we open the door, we look to see if there are any sn...

By Joseph Doohan, I offer business strategy advice for realtors
(Joseph Doohan)
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How To: Social Distancing in Real Estate Practice - Walk-Throughs While most real estate practitioners here are following the guidelines of the county's requirements - no open houses, no showings - we do still have clients who are in Escrow and Closing. My county has acknowledged the importance ...

By Joseph Doohan, I offer business strategy advice for realtors
(Joseph Doohan)
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In this post I am going to talk about how to recruit and develop superstar team members. Here are a set of tips on how to do so: Finding the workersOne of the best tried and true methods of finding applicants is through your other employees. This works well for not only you, but your potential wo...

By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
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As a new month begins and social distancing continues, I’m trying to focus on all the silver linings in my life. I hope you are all focused on your silver linings, whatever they may be. April 2020 has continued with the shelter in place orders. We are all experiencing the new normal including Zoo...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
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Benefits of Praying Every Day  Winging it in business, hoping to catch the right attention deserves re-thinking. Using patience and consistent methods are key to longevity and survival. We can all learn from the lessons nature provides if we wish. Taking advantage of opportunity, every day, can y...

By Elaine Murphy Carlson
(RE/MAX Estates Properties)
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PALOS VERDES HOMES INFORMATION – HOW TO DISINFECT YOUR HOME IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS 1 WEEK AGO • BUYER RESOURCES, HOMEOWNER INFORMATION, SELLER RESOURCES I came across the following article that I want to share with Palos Verdes homes owners as it contains great information. HOW TO DISINFECT Y...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Doom & Gloom or Beacon of Light? What Best Describes Your Zone? I was recently asked what zone I am living in during this crisis. My choices were as follows: FEAR Zone - 100% involved in consuming the most negative part of the news; they are motivated to politicize the crisis. They then share doo...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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As a Real Estate Agent would you like to be known as a trusted advisers?  Becoming a trusted advisor is a process that is built on credibility, trust and respect. Now more than ever we must put being a trusted advisor first.Dan Pink has written a particularly good book on this topic titled, “To S...