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 Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
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When you're young, you're not afraid of what comes next.You're excited by it. Dave Grohl I was reading a particularly resonant blog posting by Michael Jacobs this past weekend and found one of his quotations hit a spot with me. It resembles a thought I have always felt about my daughter - every n...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Do you feel that change is happening so fast in real estate.  You are not the only one.  Change is happening quickly and is accelerating with the advances in technology.  Fear of change is an emotion that can become paralyzing.   But change is inevitable and all businesses must expect it. You hav...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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There are many different János Háry Realtors out there on the Internet.  Finding the right one can be difficult, but not if you just ask some questions and verify the answers:  Are you a János Háry Realtor in real life or just on the internet? You must be thinking what on earth is Endre Barath, a...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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I just read a statement in the Q&A section of ActiveRain that quoted Inman News as saying “more than 80% of listings are either referral or sphere of influence.” The next question that was asked was “Should we not direct the newer agents to Work by Referrals?” I thought I’d share my thoughts on t...

By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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This five-step process for thinking about the future of your business is helpful and timely. Some people actually seem to forget what business they are in! Using Facebook to get business is one thing, but a REALTOR isn't paid for post on Facebook all day. There are many "time-suck" activities eve...

By Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager
(American West Realty & Management)
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Renting "Sight Unseen" in Cody, WyomingIn Cody, Wyoming we see a lot of transitional renters. Folks move to the area for new jobs, to be close to family, or for retirement. Whatever the reason, many are unable to personally view properties in person before deciding which one to rent. This puts my...

By Home Value Leads
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This article was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.Do you sometimes feel like you are all over the place, geographically, with your real estate business? Is it leaving you breathless trying to keep track of every aspect of every demographic you deal with as well as local data? The...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
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Real Estate and KindergartenToday as I watched my little guy heading into his first day of Kindergarten, my heart was swollen with pride, nostalgia, and a little lump in my throat.  How did these years go by so quickly? How quickly will the next few years go by? After waving goodbye, I headed to ...

By Lee Davenport, Learn With Lee Real Estate Coaching & Consulting
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As Featured in REMonline.Excerpt from Profit with Your Personality (or Audio Book).   "Warm weather rocks!" Warm versus cold weather.  Some people naturally flourish in one climate over the other.  Case in point: I have a friend that is invigorated by the numbing cold of a northern, icy winter.  ...

By Matt Brady, Lending With Competence And Character
(Skyline Home Loans)
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Do you ever catch yourself doing unproductive tasks either out of habit or because "it has always been done that way"? Choose productive activities and stick with it! This is a good lesson for us all !During an experiment, pigeons were put in cages with one green and one red button.  In one cage,...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
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    Episode #118iTunes Link HereWe invited Realtor, Author and Philanthropist Josh Forster of Fort Collins, Colorado on the show today and here’s what we discussed…Josh is a full time Northern Colorado real estate agent specializing in exceptional customer service for all his Fort Collins clients...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Are you a János Háry Realtor in real life or just on the internet?You must be thinking what on earth is Endre Barath, a Beverly Hills Realtor talking about with a headline like that? Please bear with me as I give you a little Hungarian folklore and music history.There exists a folklore about a Hu...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
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Value Proposition Part 1 of 4 (September Active Rain Challenge)  The definition of full service is simple: It’s creating WOW!Wow! costs money and is rarely delivered by a new agent, a transactional agent or the worst agent: complacent agents. You can buy sox at Nordstoms and have an experience, w...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Residential REALTOR®
(Residential, Referrals & Relocation REALTOR at PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Two peanuts were walking down the street...  Communicating clearly and effectively with clients, avoids double meanings, leaving little room for misunderstandings. Anything less can mean the breakdown of trusted relationships or troubles ahead. Focus on helping clients make informed decisions and...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Winners Are Positive Thinkers“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can,I will, and I am. Losers on the other hand,concentrate their waking thoughtsin what they should have done,or what they don’t do.”Denis Waitly, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker    As I see it. . . . . . . ....

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
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I hear so many times that over the holidays no one wants to sell buy or move.  I happen to think that is a myth.  The holidays are the perfect time to set yourself apart from your competition and to get a jump on your 2018 year.Here are some reasons to list during the holiday season.   While ther...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Here is a wonderful quote and some great words to ponder courtesy of Lou Ludwig.  I hope you all can make your shadows shine brightly:   Step Out of the Shadows and Into the Sunshine of Life “Any fool can run towards the light. It takes a master with courage to turn and face the darkness and shin...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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There can be many reasons that someone will need to rent a property sight unseen.  In competitive markets you may simply have to pounce on something if you are moving from out of state.  It may extremely difficult, if not impossible to line up a trip that allows you to walk away with exactly what...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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       If you are dedicated to a cause ....if you work with a FUNdraising event you learn lots of life lessons in the process.  In my "former life" as the owner of a marketing do lots of product introduction, grand opennings, corporate meetings,anniversaries....all kind...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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A Well Planned Meeting Is Remembered One thing about meetings is that they need to be necessary to have them. Don't call a meeting simply for the sake of having a meeting. Make sure the meeting has a purpose and the purpose is addressed and covered in the meeting. Don't waste people's time unnece...