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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New Agents Words of Wisdom for Getting Started in Real Estate These are some nuggets I shared with new real estate students. I wish somebody had told me these when I was getting started.  Your income potential doesn’t have a ceiling. It’s yours for the taking. Hard work doesn’t stop at a 40 hour ...

By Karen Smyth, Delivering The Dream of Home Ownership Everywhere!
(The Ben Kinney Team)
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What's it all about, really? I mean, as a real estate "agent" - what do you do for a living, really?Recently, during an interview with a newer agent who was considering joining our expanding team,  I asked her what did she think we did for a living? She replied, "We SELL Real Estate!" To which I ...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Becoming a Market Expert: The 20 Things You Need to Know If you want to be viewed as a market expert, you must completely understand your local market. Most of this information is easily accessible from your MLS. Every agent must be able to analyze for their marketplace: SALES ANALYSISGo into th...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Lessons or should I say ‘Takeaways’ from the Five Time Super Bowl Champion New England PatriotsAs a Beverly Hills Realtor, I always watch other people and how they handle adversity, stress, and when events are not going in their favor I am very interested on how they respond. Watching the Super B...

By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
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What an honor to have the founder of eXp Realty and CEO of eXp World Holdings Inc., Glenn Sanford as a guest on our show! Glenn’s business looks nothing like anything in the real estate industry today. His CLOUD based company is soaring in terms of how effective, efficient, and beneficial it is f...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Rules of . . . . Learning Have Changed“The illiterate of 21st century will not be those who can not read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”Alvin Loffler, Author    As I see it. . . . . . . .The rules of learning have changed The achiever of the new millennium will hav...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Real Estate Agent.
(Preferred St George Utah Area Real Estate Agent | PK Real Estate Utah South)
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There is here with a T.  And a sunset is a sunrise with different hours, seperate goals. While it is virtually impossible to be here, there and everywhere, having a diverse business plan can expand online and local market presence. Some tips to get there from here: Blog consistently Use sphere of...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Magic Words of Integrity“Have the courage to say no.  Have the courage to face the truth.Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”W. Clement Stone 1902 – 2002, Businessman, Philanthropist, Self Help Author    As I see it . . . . . . ...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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  Customer Service = Dental Office = Real Estate Office? Recently I've had a few experiences of both excellent customer service and down right ugly customer service. When customer service is outstanding you can bet I'll be touting about them every chance I can and they will get a lot of business ...

By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
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One of my wife's and my core values is to always have reliant relationships instead of dependent relationships. It may sound like semantics to you but it isn't. Often when you have dependent relationships then the other party can either demand your actions be what they want because they believe t...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Do you know a good leader when you see one? Choosing leaders for your real estate teams is the first step to creating a high performing team.  The selection of  a leader with the correct  leadership traits depends on understanding your environment.  And the environment such as type of organizatio...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Person Who Never Makes Mistakes “A person who never made a mistake never tired anything new.” Albert Einstein1879 – 1955, German – Born TheoreticalPhysicist, Developed the Pillars of Modern Physics    As I see it . . . . . . .A person who never makes mistakes Mistake are a fact of life . . . . ...

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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If you missed this post, I have re-blogged it as this is something that all of us who deal with the public should ask ourselves.  Some great advice from Grant Schneider : “How am I doing?” Those of you living in New York City might remember when Mayor Koch used to ask his constituents that questi...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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 Discount and transactional brokers/agents will never be there for you 1 year after your sale. But I Will! 100% By Referral and relational and...  I sold a condo to some NorCal folks for their UCSD student daughter to use as a dorm and for their family to enjoy as a summer home Summer 2016. This ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Size of Your Goals“Goals determine what you’re going to be.”Julius Erving, Professional Basketball Player          As I see it. . . . . . . .The size of your goals The size of your goals . . . . and your willingness to work hard to achieve them . . . . determines  . . . . who you become. The ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Ability to Take Responsibility “Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility . . . . In  the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have . . .  Is the Ability to take responsibility. ” Michael Korda English Born Writer and Novelist    As I see it . . . . . ...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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Yes...What do we really do?  Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief.. What's it all about, really? I mean, as a real estate "agent" - what do you do for a living, really? Recently, during an interview with a newer agent who was considering joining our expanding team,  I asked her what did she think we did ...

By MaryKay Shumway, Door County, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
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What do I do for a living, really?  If you asked my daughters, they'd tell you I drive and talk on the phone a lot (separately, of course).  I go into a LOT of houses, and I spend a lot of time at my computer.  I walk miles of bluff and shore.  I talk a lot of photos and a lot of videos.  I blog....

By Libby Beckwith, Real Estate Agent serving Phoenix & Scottsdale
(Realty Executives)
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Ever lose out on a listing that you thought you had "in the bag"?  What do YOU think drives sellers to select a listing agent? Commission deals? Thoughts?

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 0
                                                                                Sam Shueh                                                                               Campell, CA As a realtor one come across a spectrum of people. While some are shoddy people trying to take advantage of people in...