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 Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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"Real Estate and Other Jobs As Assigned"--How Far Do You Go for your Clients? Yesterday I received a message from one of my sellers asking if I could go turn their heat up at their vacation home as the temperatures are dropping rapidly. Well, certainly I could.  When we become our seller's home's...
By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
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For those that own a home, and by that I mean they are making payments as an owner, they not only get the physical and material rewards that come with such a large and personal purchase but they also have the invisible attributes and pay-offs as well. There is something about claiming a permanent...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the other Holidays that are what real memories are made of. Kind of. Each year I get a dozen or so Holiday cards in the mail. They bring happiness to my heart when compared to the countless spam emails I get from companies wishing me a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Leading Edge in Your Relationships“The leading edge in your relationships is rooted in your attitude . . . . A positive attitude creates the foundation for a long lasting successful relationships.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and AuthorAs I see i...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Fire it Up“It’s within you . . . . waiting to come out into the light of day. When you want it . . . . to come to the surface . . . . It’s up to you to fire up  . . . . in order to make the most out of it.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As i...
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Lifting a Persons Sprits“Lifting a person’s spirits . . . . becomes a positive  for experience for all of those who are involved.“Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer, Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Lifting a person’s spirits A helping hand is given freel...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Determination is the Strength of Mind“Your determination is the strength of mind . . . . to remain focused on your goals . . . . With that determination you will stay on purpose and become sidetracked by your obstacles.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer a...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Happy Thanksgiving !I have a lot to be thankful today and always, God has truely blessed me with many gifts.Most importantly the gift of knowing that God is always with me, always helping with what He knows that I need and surrounding me with many people who make my life complete.I was blessed to...
By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert and CEO/Founder of Pr
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Realtors® have many stories about nightmare clients. Clients who say they want to buy right away, but then want to see 24 houses over 2 months and still can’t decide. Buyers who claim to be in great financial shape but then can’t get approved for financing. Sellers who insist on pricing using a Z...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People w/ the San Diego Lifestyle!
(Big Block Realty)
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Every year I host a pre-Thanksgiving Gratitude Gathering. It's one of my many Client Appreciation events. These promote community, lots of people sharing their stories about how I sold them their dream home. People getting to know each other; my team members putting faces to names in our e-mail w...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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Just Because It's New, It Doesn't Mean It's Perfect, Get it Inspected New homes can have flaws, too. Just because it is new it still needs to have a home inspection done before you purchase. It is smart to have a licensed home inspector check out your home even if it looks perfect.  New doesn't m...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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We always want to cling on the last hope - for our unsold listing.Even when we do not have 'frequency match' with the seller, we would like to bring up the listing agreement with the seller and 'stick' to the listing!Why? I have never understood that.Here's an insightful post from Patricia Kenned...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Many buyers, sellers and even agents concentrate solely on price.Buyers want to know... "why did they accept that offer?  our offer was higher!?"There are many things that go into an offer, other than price... and depending on the seller's motivation... price may be a lesser concern.Sometimes, th...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Don't be afraid to ask for clarifications to avoid misunderstandings.  To Be Good at Your Job, Learn to Take Good Notes       If you were not a note-taker in school, it's not too late to start. These days many lectures are recorded or available for viewing online on various educational platforms ...
By Bill Cobb, Greater Baton Rouge's Home Appraiser
(Accurate Valuations Group, LLC)
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Are Baton Rouge REALTORS writing purchase agreements with unrealistic closing dates (too soon)?First, let me say if you can close in 30 days, I'm all for it! I'm not here to poopoo on your parade!  My purpose is to remind you that NAR itself is telling REALTORS because of TRID, to relax your clos...
By Carol Williams, "Real Estate Coaching: Working Smart Made Easy"
(Nationwide: Carol Williams... How can I help YOU achieve your personal & professional goals?)
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Today's Feature Question from the Active Rain Q&A Section Is: "What Are The Best Lead Generating Websites?I have shortened the actual question a bit, but this is the essence.  Thomas J. Nelson replied:" from my closed clients, Buffini & Company referral directory Realtors and Ac...
By Olga Simoncelli, Broker-Owner, RE Consultant, Veritas Prime, LLC
(Veritas Prime, LLC)
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 To Be Good at Your Job, Learn to Take Good Notes    If you were not a note-taker in school, it's not too late to start. These days many lectures are recorded or available for viewing online on various educational platforms such as Blackboard. We didn't have that when I went to school, so one had...
By Pam Graham, Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties
(All Real Estate Options)
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How to Tame the Email Beast and Have a Zero Inbox Is it even possible you ask? Why yes, yes it is! I'm going to tell you how. You can also apply these tips to other organizational nightmares you're currently battling. Like a garage that you can't even fit a matchbox car in, due to all the clutter...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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One of the troubling issues that seems to crop up a lot more than it used to, is finding myself doing a co-op sale with an agent who, frankly, doesn't know what he or she is doing. And I have found that it has little to do with the amount of business they handle every year, or whether they became...