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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

 
By Rich Levin
(Real Estate Grad School)
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Have you ever heard of the term “decision fatigue“?  Basically, the idea is that the more decisions you make throughout the day, the less effective our decision making becomes.Having a generic routine for the Working Weekdays will save your mental energy for more important decisions that are boun...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Inner Voice of Positive Self-Talk“The loudest and most influential voice you hear is your own inner voice, your self-critic. It can work for you or against you, Depending on the message you allow.”Keith Harrell, Motivational Speaker     As I see it . . . . . . .Your inner voice of positive s...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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   Someday, I'd like to hold an employer-required class for real estate service company employees to reveal to them a number of things that they've either never been taught or never bothered to consider. One of those things I would like to drive home, and then drive home again, is that the real e...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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  I am having the most interesting experience.  I am representing the buyer and an agent with another company is representing the seller. She has begun copying my client with all of her diatribes, and now they are apparently exchanging emails and making decisions. Today we are scheduled to close,...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    Wisconsin is a marital or what is sometimes called a community property state. Nationally, there are only nine states with this status including :: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Washington and Alaska is an "opt-in community property state"  where both pa...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Three ways to ensure success with less stress. We have become a fast-paced society, where changes can occur last minute with clear performance expectations set by consumers. Everyone needs to be committed to working together as a team to ensure things are moving along smoothly to accomplish the c...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Challenges Reveal Your True Character“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.”Horace  65 BC – 8 BC, Roman Lyric, Poet As I see it . . . . . . .Challenges reveal your true character   In your most challenging times your true character comes to the surface . . . . and it will show how dee...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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This week my team helped distribute over 2500 American flags in the front yards of Clintonville. We started in June by ordering American made flags and taping a business card on them. My assistants Sarah and Julia Weaver walked up and down the Beechwold, Clintonville and Glen Echo neighborhoods d...
By Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too! Pearlsforthesoul.com
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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I have a vacant staged listing that is pending. Every-time I have a meeting for various reasons at the house in escrow, I have to get there ahead of time and turn on the air conditioner to cool-off the place. It works extremely well when activated. I open doors, window shades etc. and conduct my ...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Behind the Scenes of Local Real EstateFor over a decade, I have been thrilled to make my living helping people in my area buy and sell homes.  Of course, if you know me, you know I take a lot of pride in my professionaliam and ethics.   It really disappoints me when I see people in my profession ...
By Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & area authority!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
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When you do more than you're paid for. Eventually; You'll be paid for more than you do...Zig ZiglarDo you go the extra mile?Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored and photo taken by Paul Henderson, © 2015, all rights reserved. All information is d...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Buyers in Back Up  . . . What Portland Metro Real Estate Buyers Should Know Real estate is local.  And while this isn't a "trend" in the Portland Metro real estate market, it may become one.I have real estate colleagues all over the nation.  I listen to them talk about their local market, and som...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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For the last several years I have had a mantra on which I'd focus. Last year I wrote how "I am happy, I am healthy, I am kind" works for me.Now I'm finishing up my quarterly review and planning session, enjoying the bird-song in the marsh across the street, hot coffee in my mug, nibbling on a fre...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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My Fountain Is Sitting On A Shelf, Dry and Ignored, What Does That Mean? This is a great Feng Shui question. Remember, the function of a water fountain is to activate the energy within that given area of your home and life section. If you place a fountain that is not working, the possible out com...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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I often wonder how much of the negotiating jazz that another agent is giving me has even been discussed with their client. Where do they learn that behavior?  Is it from those TV reality shows where the agents are dancing with zillion dollar apartment listings in Manhattan? Well if it is, that st...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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One of the attributes needed to successfully handle the stresses of our business is the ability to be flexible, to go with the flow of the day.I went to bed last night, with my day neatly laid out and planned. By 6:30 this morning the day had changed: I had received a requested disclosure packet ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Greatest Source of Wealth“Today the greatest single source of wealth is between your ears.”Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it. . . . . . . .Your greatest source of wealth  Your wealth . . . . is created in your thinking. Your thinking can open your mind to a worl...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Positive Attitude and Determination “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.”Anthony Robbins, Performance Expert, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it. . . . . . . .A positive attitude and determination  The pathway to success is paved . . . . with your positive...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Stepping Stones to Earning More Referral“The keys to success is to get out into the store and listento what the associates have to say. It’s terribly important for everyone to get involved.Our best ideas come from clerks and stock boys.”Sam Walton, Wal-Marts Founder   As I see it . . . . . . .Ste...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Common Denominator of Success“The common denominator of success – the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful – lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.”Albert E. N. Gray, Author    As I see it . . . . . . .A common denominato...