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 Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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7 Key Steps to Insure a Great Start to 2016 With just a month to go before the new year rolls in, taking the time now to put in place these 7 key steps will start your 2016 on the right foot, January 1. This preparation will lay groundwork for a fantastic start in both your business and personal ...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Your Buyers, Your Sellers, Your Leads, Your Clients:AccelerAgent  has you covered on all fronts. View this email in your browser   Make sure to go into your scheduled mass emailsand check that everything's “kosher” or correct. We often see people forgetting to update their scheduled mass emails....
By Pamela Seley, serving Temecula Valley California (951) 491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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If it ever did...So here's something that resonates with me as I review my goals for 2016 -- I read an article on Inman News today, "Are you focusing on the wrong customer?" which asserts agents don't know who their ideal customer is. I agree with Robert McTague that it is true many agents don't ...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
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 What is a CLUE Report and Why Do I Need One? First, CLUE stands for Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange.  A CLUE Report offers a history of reported insurance claims on a property going five years back. Sellers are obligated to disclose any information about which they are aware regarding t...
By Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Keller Williams West Sound Realty)
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What do the Realtor® Code of Ethics and the Facebook Terms of Service have in common?  People agree to them both, but they very rarely read either one. Let's face it, how many times have you signed up for something, especially here online, and quickly scrolled through the lengthy "Terms of Agreem...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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When You Don’t Like Your Situation Change It“If you don’t like the situation you’re in,you don’t have to settle for it.”Marcy Gray, Singer   As I see it. . . . . . . .When you don’t like your situation change it You have the control on what you do with any situation that you’re in.  It’s your cho...
By Buffini & Company
(Buffini & Company)
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Gloria Yu had always been successful in real estate; unfortunately, it took a toll on her personal life. “I did well because my life was consumed by real estate,” she says. “I didn’t have a life.” Relying on conventional methods of lead-generation since she began her career in 1991, she built a l...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People w/ the San Diego Lifestyle!
(Big Block Realty)
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This question was recently posed in the AR Q&A: how many calls do you make or take in a day and how long do you spend on the phone? Here's my formula:10 outgoing calls during CEO power hour (5-10 min each). These are calls to my database of "sold" clients I'm keeping in touch with and referral pa...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Decide to Succeed“It’s is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, it’s impossible to win the victory unless you choose to battle.”Richard M. DeVos, Founder of Amway  As I see it. . . . . . . .Decide to succeed Make the decision to succeed . . . . and make the commitment to yourself ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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As a luxury real estate marketing professional do you show up on time to your appointments? Do you value clients who are punctual? From our perspective, punctuality is a sign of self-respect and respect for others. According to King Louis XVIII of France, “Punctuality is the politeness of kings”....
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
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The idea for this blog came to me after responding to a time management blog written yesterday by Bob Crane. There have been others talking about planning for the new year and straightening out our life with a new plan.Part of our problem is the time saving gadgets that make us cram more into our...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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When You’re Faced With a Problem“All it takes is one idea to solve an impossible problem.”Robert H. Schuller, American Christian Televangelist,Pastor, Speaker and Author As I see it. . . . . . . .When you’re faced with a problem Problems come in many shapes and sizes some problems can seem imposs...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
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It is an AWESOME feeling to win every timeWhen you win every time, you have an even more positive outlook on everything else in life. Well over 80% of real estate agents have no clue about this whatsoever, because they have a different source of income and do not rely on real estate commission ch...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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Almost every real estate productivity program has an important rule:Never, Ever, EVER Answer Your Phone!It's like your phone is the enemy, a time bandit that is getting in the way of your becoming your offices' top producer next month.  And to some extent, the phone can be a time waster.  But her...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Achievers Plan for Your Success“The successful always has a number of projects planned to which he looks forward to. Anyone of them could change the course of his life overnight.”Mark Caine, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .Achievers plan for your success  Achievers plan for their success in ad...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
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 10 Things that can Wreck your Life1. Not living in the moment. Always wishing you were somewhere else, doing something different with other people.2. Blaming your problems on your past. Although the past affects us, it need not define us. We can choose, decide and act – and take control of our l...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Event Management is the Key to Time Management We all strive to fit far more into a day than is possible yet we all struggle with the limitation of a 24 hour day.  We can lobby God for a longer day, give up essentials like sleep and family time or we can learn to manage the time that we do have....
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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How Accessible Are You?       Before I dive in, a note on the inspiration for this post.  A while ago, I wrote a blog about the importance of vetting buyers as a listing agent.  I hold that this practice is incredibly important for listing agents, as it weeds out unqualified buyers and prevents p...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Procrastination is a word of “inaction” that many real estate agents exercise.  There’s always something more important, at the time. There’s always another task that is more meaningful to that person.  When the phone stops ringing, and the commission checks cease, whose fault is it!!Everyone has...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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Sam ShuehSamShuehRealtor at Gmail Turning off the heat in your home during the time you are away is the best way to conserve energy. If you are in a cold region with a risk of frozen water pipes, it may be a good idea to wrap insulator around exposed pipes. You also need to keep the heat low enou...