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 Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
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No doubt you’ve heard by now about Cecil the famous lion who was killed by the American dentist in Africa.   And you probably have pretty strong feelings about the situation. Most people do.  It’s blowing up worldwide.  The office of the dentist are being boycotted and there’s even been an online...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 The School of Hard Knocks“Most people once they graduate from the school of hard knocks, automatically enroll in the university of adversity.”Peter McWilliams, 1949 – 2000, Writer As I see it . . . . . . .The school of hard knocks In most schools when you graduate you’ll receive a diploma. When ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 9
“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.” ~ Napoleon Hill     While reading and turning my windshield time to learning time, I have been re-visiting the age old classic by Napoleon Hill. In my search and quest for answers, I have come acros...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Greatness in is the Eyes of the Customer“Everyone has the power of greatness. Not for fame, but greatness. Because greatness is determined by service” Martin Luther King Jr. 1929 -1968, Civil Rights Leader, Clergyman,           As I see it . . . . . . .Greatness is in the eyes of the customer How...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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       Short Sales and Divorce....which are often elements that are both found in the same transaction,  are conditions we often encounter and are well prepared to handle.  The two incomes that were required to pay the mortgage no longer exist under the same roof. The loss of a job by the primary...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
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 How to Overcome Apathy1. We often feel apathetic when we’ve picked the wrong goals or when have no goals, or direction for our life. So, look at what inspires you, or makes you feel alive.2. Stop listening to others, and their views on success. Success really is doing what’s important to YOU.3. ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 6
Good morning and Happy Thursday, Friends!Today's Thought for Thursday comes from a lesson hard learned. Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.When we first started out in real estate, we spent a lot of our time in the office, watching training videos and talking about what to do with our ment...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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                                                                                                                    Flickr/American Advisors GroupHello all,Team Jadofsky will be hosting a first time home buyers class on August 4th from 6 - 7:30 pm. It will be located at 309 Richard Jackson Blvd, ...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 59
You Got My Attention.  You Won't Get My Business   "Hi Jon!", the email began. Ok, it's pretty easy to forget an 'h'.  A typo, perhaps. "I'm not sure you're still in the mortgage industry", she continued. "OH COME ON, IT'S ALL RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU, ARE YOU THAT LAZY!?!?", I thought.       This w...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 75
Sometimes I just read the headline and just move on to something else to keep my blood pressure down. It's sort of like watching the news during an election cycle (which by the way doesn't it feel like we ALWAYS in an election cycle now). But back to my point, this morning on Inman I read an arti...
By Teri Barton, Compass Real Estate Team, CEO
(Keller Williams International Realty)
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One thing that I cherish most about Pasadena is its green space. Pasadena has long been loved for its tree lined streets, its gardens and its beautiful natural setting. However, I feel, the once green Pasadena has become crowded with luxury condos and new apartment buildings.  To the developers g...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Thinking Becomes the Basis For the Outcome“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude towards it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are...
By Richie Alan Naggar Real Estate Broker, people first...then business
(Free Consultation....Ran Right Realty )
Comments 42
I asked a question in the Q & A section in regards to Errors and Omissions insurance ( E & O) and it got a fair response from my peers. You know when we all get together and discuss anything, it has to reveal itself case in point. What I gather from all the comments is a couple of interesting thi...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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We all like to receive referrals.   Referrals from past clients, business contacts as well as other agents.  That is one of the strengths of belonging to professional networking sites and groups.Over the weekend I referred a seller lead to a real estate agent who is a member of ActiveRain (althou...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 57
A couple of years ago we had a buyer who absolutely fell in love with a house. They were so excited about it!  So we wrote an offer, and after some negotiations the offer was accepted!Great, right?  You might remember Hurricane Sandy. Certainly, those of us in New Jersey remember it well. Nearly ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Control of Your Fears . . . .“If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.”Robert Schuller 1926 - 2015, American Televangelist, Pastor,Motivational Speaker, Author  As I see it. . . . . . . .Take control of your fears  . . . .  When you tak...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Good Example of Luck is . . . .“I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.”Samuel Goldwyn 1882 - 1974, movie executive, producer       As I see it . . . . . . .A good example of...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Attitude of Self-Examination“In all the work we do, our most valuable asset can be the attitude of self-examination. It is forgivable to make mistakes, but to stand fast behind a wall of self-righteousness and make the same mistake twice, is not forgivable.” Dr. Dale E. Turner, Author, Minist...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Nurture Your Ideas“One of the most amazing things about business (and life) is the power of one idea. And one of your great challenges as leader is to understand how to find and nurture them.” Mac Anderson, Founder of Simple Truth and Successiories           As I see it . . . . . . .Nurture your ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Success Can Take You to a Fork In the Road“Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna or it can smooth the edges,take away the insecurities and let the nice things come out.”Barbara Walters, Author, Journalist, Television Personality       As I see it . . . . . . .Succ...