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 George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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The Real Estate Market has improved in many parts of the country, but there are still areas like Connecticut which still have not recovered.  There are many reasons why the Real Estate Market has improved in some parts of the country but not in others.  However, I am not going to concentrate on t...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Unlocking . . . . Your Full Potential“Questions provides the key to unlocking our unlimited potential.”Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . .Unlocking . . . . your full potential  Questions provide . . . . the answers to releasing your personal power....
By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
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Preparing the necessary Real Estate documents just to get either the buyer or the seller warmed up and ready are complex and numerous. That is their default and what is required for transacting in today's Real Estate marketplace. The paperwork consists of boiler plate or standard language and the...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Repeating Your Actions Creates Your Habits“Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.”Tom Hopkins, Motivational Speaker, Self Help Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .Repeating your actions creates your habits     You create your habits through your actions . . . . the more tha...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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"our success becomes dependent upon the choices you make each day, and if you make the wrong choices or foster the wrong habits, it can impede your progress. "  Well worth the read Buffini & Company - Re-blog!   Many of us became real estate professionals because we wanted to be our own bosses. H...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
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The appraisal industry has just signed an agreement that will effectively Raise the Bar for Education  in Energy Efficiency for related industries.  This agreement was signed January 21, 2016 with the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET.)  Why is this important to realtors you ask?  Realt...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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I had nothing to tell them, today... my sellers.We came on the last week, at an agressive price.While we've only been online a short while... we've had zero showings.  Lots of online views... lots of Realtors sending the listing to their clients.... but thus showings.So, this morning... ...
By Christopher Pagli, Benchmark Real Estate
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Negotiating - Part Science, Part ArtEverybody has his or her own interpretation of what it means to be an effective negotiator. Some believe that they need to possess a killer instinct, a win-lose attitude, or place what they perceive as their clients best interest in front of reality. While nego...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Look to Your Inner Voice “After investigating a problem in all directions,ideas come unexpectedly, without effort like an inspiration.”H. L. Von Helmholtz, German Physician   As I see it. . . . . . . .Look to your inner voice Looking for answers . . . . takes an open mind . . . . and asking the r...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
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You may be surprised as to what your most powerful tool is. Have you ever thought about what it is? IMAGINE! If you just took your most powerful tool and used it a few times every day of every week, your entire life could change.Is it your smile? I know a young man in one of the Toastmaster clubs...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Expect the best is one of my strongest motto's in dealing with people, whether family, staff , or clients.What we expect is generally what we get. Expect . . . . the Best “You get the best out of others when you get the  best out of yourself.” Harvey Firestone 1868 - 1938, American Businessman, F...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
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I believe this quote came from the football great Gayle Sayers.  " We conquer who believe they can. "by Virgil is another quote about how we are what we think.  A lot has been written and taught about the power of positive thinking.  We are what we think.If you are a product of stinking thinking ...
By Ellen Caruso
(Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)
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A few years ago I had this experience with several naysayers, and as hard as it was to not take it personally, I had to react as a professional, and allow it to result in a sale. My husband is a builder, and also one of my biggest clients! Seeing a distressed property come on MLS, I quickly broug...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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One of the nice things about the houses, in my hometown of Evanston, for Realtors and residents alike, is that the homes are unique.  One house is not like the next.  Ain't no ticky-tacky here.  We have real houses...  Here are just a few.How about this one?   The mansion has a first name... it's...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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Tired of Waiting to Close? You deserve a lender that can close your loan in weeks, not months! Don’t sit in the dark, hoping for progress. Let’s all live in a world of smooth transactions. Cell 602-421-4300 For more information visit: SecurtyNational Mortgage Company Capp...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
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A Valentine Reminder from a Local Home Inspector, Keeps Them on Our Minds.Whenever a client needs a Real Estate agent, we always want them to think of us first. The same goes for other businesses.  We have a local Home Inspector who has set the example to follow, when it comes to reminding client...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Olga Simoncelli, consistently has so many great posts and most importantly is terrific about sharing it to us Rainers and beyond. This article is such an exciting new way of presenting information I'm anxious to learn from it! So many times I just write the data and really don't think that it get...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Sometimes people can become overly defensive when their message is misinterpreted. I recently met with the leaders of one of my Westchester County New York organizations to present results of a survey of their team. The members of the team felt that there were a lot of changes and they felt that ...
By Francine Viola, Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs
(Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA)
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With just one phone call, my buyer saved about $7,500.  And it was a very simple phone call to make. The BackgroundWe have been working on this short-sale for 10 months now.  The sellers have a law firm who is negotiating with the bank, (but as I've learned, just because a short-sale negotiator i...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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The townhome is the middle unit of five.  There are two units on either side.I'm standing there holding my... er.... phone... yeah... my cell phone... talking to the listing office: "Where the heck is the lockbox?""I don't know...hold on, I'll check."They put me on hold.  While on hold I listen t...