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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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There are forms for everything now a days and I must say that some of them are pretty good and necessary while others just waste time and drag out the process. But anyway you look at it, today's Real Estate transaction eats up quite a bit of paperwork, time and money. The effort is well spent if ...
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...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Have some sympathy for. . . .  I'd like to say for me, but that's too simple at this point.  Fact is, I've not moved many times in my adult life.  As a child, my family moved far too many times, never owning but moving around as is not uncommon with renters.  For home owners, however, moving is n...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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When selecting an employee or a sales team member attitudes and behaviors are far more important than experience. I am not saying that there are not minimum standards or licensing that must be met but that only says someone has the skill and the authorization to perform the job.  And what does 10...
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 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 Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (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 Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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You need to be easy to talk to and well organized to ease the way for clients to work with you.  As a luxury real estate marketing professional, if you make it easy for your clients to work with you and you make it easy for them to refer you, you will see a dramatic increase in business. Ease is ...
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 Judy Jackson and Julia Weaver walked up and down the Beechwold, Clintonville and Glen Echo neighbor...
By Jason Ramsey, Myoutdesk Virtual Assistants
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What do I tweet? That is the biggest question about using twitter. Let’s start with this question for you to ponder:How should you use twitter? You’re going to find out in a few moments, so stick with me here.It is quite surprising that less than 48% of real estate professionals are using Twitter...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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What can I buy in Skokie, IL for $500,000? Let's talk about single-family homes for this post.  Skokie has become a hot-commodity lately.  Properties that are well-priced have been flying off the shelves.  $500,000 can still purchase a very nice home in Skokie.  Here are a few representative exa...
By David Baker Realtor - Laveen Homes for sale, Your local Expert
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Don't you think knowing how vetting a buyer and their lender is important?  I do, and I always have thought it is important.  I've actually for some time been trying to figure what is the best was to make sure you/me/all of us as agents are doing the best we can to verify that a buyer and lender ...