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
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
What I love about niche markets is that they provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase an agent's area of expertise.       What's Your Niche Market Today, I wanted to talk about niche markets. A niche market is defined as a smaller part of a larger market with its own defined area of specializa...

By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 33
 This is unprecedented times that we have never seen before.    Some households are ordered to "stay at home" with parents working from home, and children at home needing to do school work.    I personally could not imagine trying to do all this and having to keep the kiddos busy and out of troub...

By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
Comments 0
In 2014 a highly-experienced criminal lawyer, Malcolm Howard Simmons, become one of Kosovo’s most powerful judges. He ruled on many critical cases in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina during a span of 11 years.Malcolm Simmons was born on 14th September 1965 in in the Royal Borough of Kingston upo...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 20
My single peony bush is blooming beautifully right now.  With so much time being spent at home and looking at my garden, I resolved yesterday to finally get a second and third bush so that my collection of peonies will be expanded - and I will look back fondly at those two new bushes in years to ...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 17
Remarkable packaging makes a business stand out. It also makes that business or individual memorable. In our never ending quest of discovering new  dark chocolate, we discovered the Tcho brand.  Someone decided to think outside the box and shaped one into a rhomboid.  A rhomboid is a parallelogra...

By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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Considering the uneasy situation we have right now with COVID-19, it’s important to present your listings in the best way possible. In this series of articles, we will discuss how to take photos of your listings, how to prepare the home for the real estate photoshoot, and how to market, distribut...

By Michelle Spalding, Time and Money Saving Solutions for Savvy Realtors
(Transaction Management Consultants)
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If there is anything I have learned in being an entrepreneur, it’s that there really is no one right way. There is no magic formula, no secret method you can buy, and no matter how much you learn, there will always be more. Over the years, as the owner of a transaction coordinator business I did ...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
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I am sure that the clients of Kathy Schowe enjoy receiving these, I know that I would enjoy receiving something like this! I have always tried to think outside the box with my closing gifts.  Some clients appreciate a personal gift, while others would be just as happy with a restaurant gift card....

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 14
Photos at welcomes the start of non-stop sunny weather here in California, and we know our buyers are looking for key features to enjoy the indoor/outdoor lifestyle.  What’s the difference between a pergola, palapa, and pavi...

By Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329, Northern VA - VHDA, 100% Loans - Jumbo Loans
(FHA, VA, Jumbo, Downpayment Assistance, Conv.)
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Credit scores measure credit risk. Lenders and creditors use the credit score to determine how much of a risk you are as a borrower or a creditor. You’d be surprised at how your actions as a creditor can affect your credit score. For example, did you know that closing out an account that still ha...

By Alan May, A moving experience!
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 4
The question was recently asked whether you should bring your political slant (and let's admit, shall we, that everyone has one) to your Facebook posts, knowing in fairly strong certainty, that anyone reading your posts can easily figure out that you are a real estate practitioner... and your opi...

By Abby Stiller, Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637
(REMAX Realty Group)
Comments 1
These are great tips to improve your credit score.  Credit scores measure credit risk. Lenders and creditors use the credit score to determine how much of a risk you are as a borrower or a creditor. You’d be surprised at how your actions as a creditor can affect your credit score. For example, di...

By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
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Finding the right investment property can be immensely profitable for an individual. The best-case scenario is having long-term renters that take care of the property without very much contact. The home value of the home is sure to increase of the course of the years if the housing market in the ...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man, The Pumpkin Man
(Berkshire Hathaway)
Comments 4
In the past 60 days, I have seen people who were referred to me, and former clients use a different Realtor at a total costof over well over $40,000 in commissions.After being in the business 39 years, this has been a bigger hurt than I have ever experienced in the real estate business.One of the...

By Alan May, A moving experience!
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 6
If'n you say you're gonna do it, then tarnation you should oughta follow through and do it.This is not the first time that an agent has given me a road-map to helping my buyer craft an offer than the seller would accept.  "My seller" he tells me "says that if you're willing to meet these terms, h...

By Leanne Smith, Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Comments 3
With all the talk about a "new normal" how to pivot in these turbulent times of uncertainty, those savvy small business owners and yes that means you as a realtor or real estate agent have already returned to their strategic plans. They are researching, analyzing, and making the necessary course ...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Comments 3
 This is such great information and I am sharing with others that may have missed it.  Selling During COVID-19 - The Key is Over-Communicating    Channeling my short sale days, pivoting with one simple plan was the key to successful Closings for me last month. Over-communication became my mantra ...

By Kristal Wilson, Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist!
(KB Home)
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Zooming Around The Room! It looks like Zoom meetings are here to stay even as the restrictions are slowly easing, and FYI there so many uses for this tool.1. Zoom Broker Previews2. Zoom personalized virtual tours3. Zoom Team Meetings A few tips for zooming around the room.Patricia Peyton posted a...

By Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS
(CastNet Realty)
Comments 3
How long does it take to change a habit?  I used to tell my children what the experts recommended was 30 days.  If you could stop biting your fingernails, or blinking your eyes, or whatever your little idiosyncrasies were for 30 days, you could conquer the urge to do those simple things.  I pract...

By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
Comments 1
How successful has video streaming enhanced? Well, you have been sleeping for a really long time, then you are informed of the prevailing triumph of video sites such as YouTube.Arriving late at the party, but coming nevertheless, is the different network and cable channels.Note: Old adopters of t...