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 Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Referrals can be wonderful and generate more thantransaction....treat them respectfully....keep the referring agent "tuned in".....they gave you a gift...treasure it.    Very coincidentally....we had a referral to place immediately after hearing/reading Debbie Reynolds  referral contest.  We are ...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
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        We know our house better than anyone else, Why Shouldn't We Stay Around During Our Open House? Realtors Lawrence and Sheila Agranoff do not recommend the Homeowner stay during an Open House. Through our experience, Buyers feel uncomfortable whenever a Seller sticks around.  Buyers want to...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Friends are Like a Precious Jewel “True friends are like jewels, precious and rare. False ones are like autumn leaves, found everywhere.” Source unknown   As I see it. . . . . . . .   Why friends are like precious jewel   Both friends and jewels are precious they are rare to find . . . . and many...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® "Agents and others in our industry with borderline ethical behavior is something that I have an issue with. It bothers me when I have to work with people who walk the fine line. It is not something I can shrug off easily."Right on target - and - re-blog! Strengths and Weaknes...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Avoid getting Bee-hind!  Spring has arrived in St. George, Utah! As I was admiring these tiny pink flowers, a Honeybee came floating by, touching down and dancing among them all. It reminded me of how others rely on successsul outcomes.  A Honeybee's determined work ethic ensures future days. Cle...

By Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Professionals
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“Consistent action creates consistent results.” -Christine Kane Prospecting is an easy thing to neglect, and by the time you remember you haven’t done it -- hello, empty pipeline! -- it’ll take quite a while to get yourself back to where you should be.That’s why the best reps make sure to set asi...

By April @ Chime Technologies, We market for agents, build CRM and tools. Ask me!
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Hey there! Just wanted to let you all know about a great webinar Chime is hosting next week. Here's the scoop: Join Chime & Sarah Richardson to learn how to grow your real estate brand! In the crowded and competitive real estate marketplace, you need to stand out (in a good way!) if you want to a...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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For teams to be effective, they need to share the same vision and be pulling in the same direction.  Are you and your team on the same page or are you not even on the same book? You assume that they know what the objectives are and you are taking a course of action, assuming the team is following...

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's a bit more to a referral than just giving a name and phone number:   If you refer business to other agents ....make the call or send the email to the first agent who responds to your can stop reading this post's not for you. IF you are the agent who puts thought int...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   It is a week of "Pre Listing"....first time meetings with potential Sellers from a variety of sources...and in some cases we know we are not the first or only agent to be  interviewed for the position of listiing agent. It may be that the Prospective Seller chooses to tell us that we are one o...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Anything with a mouth can bite!  There is much participation as a member of a gardening group on Facebook. People post their prized produce and flower photos. Questions are asked and seasoned dirt lubbers are more than happy to answer, based on their experiences. A woman found a Praying Mantis po...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Debbie Reynolds "Choose an agent that is experienced that will represent your interests. Every buyer needs a strong negotiator on his side." and "Get your finances in order and have a strong pre-approval letter from a trusted lender ready and in hand."Right on target - and - re-blog! Strategies t...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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Most agents just sell real estate and don't always pay a lot of attention to the specifics of legal documents. Paperwork is often the last thing an agent wants to deal with. That's why so many busy agents have full-time assistants to assist. But it's helpful to maintain a basic understanding of w...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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 The walk through process is the important last step before handing over the keys to a new tenant to begin moving into their rental home.  This is the time to note any pre-existing damages in the home and to get a running checklist of issues with the home.  We conduct one walk through at the begi...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Here is another inspriational Quote that I live by day in and day out... hope you love it as much as I do...    If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are co...

By Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert, Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction
(E*Rae Real Estate Group- Powered by eXp Realty LLC)
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 When taking a standardized test there is a theory to always choose "C" when you don’t know the answer. If you choose "C" every time you don’t know the answer, the probability that you will get the right answer is higher than if you guess whichever answer you think may be the best be that "A", "B...

By Corinne Guest, Managing Broker, Barrington, a Luxury, Country Suburban Lifestyle.
(Barrington Realty Company)
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Back in 2015 I got an internet buyer lead for a neighborhood called Wynstone. It's a gated golf community in North Barrington. The buyers were interested in a bank owned property in an exclusive small section of Wynstone called The Point. With golf course views across the waterfront location it's...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Strengths and Weaknesses REALTORS® Are Like Icebergs... "At any one time you are only seeing about 1/5 of what they are ACTUALLY doing!"As a real estate agent or broker, I know that most of us can relate to this saying.  For our clients sake, we do our best to keep them off the ledge. We take the...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities)
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Redfin Scam Alert!!Just saw this latest scam mentioned in one of the Facebook groups and thought I should make sure that all of my peeps were aware.Many of the people who commented on the Facebook post had already been scammed and I am hoping that none of you have been.Once again, always best to ...

By Bill Kennedy, Homes For Sale Greenville SC
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Keller Williams just announced that they are number one in volume sold, agent count and units sold! We are so honored to be a part of this amazing company that is dedicated to providing excellence to all of its agents and clients. The tools that Keller Williams  provides to their agents makes the...