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 Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Another Real Estate Bottom Feeder . . . Rises to The Top It's been slightly less than 10 years since the DOJ settled its lawsuit against the NAR,The settlement amounted to the break-up of NAR's memberships' work-product, otherwise known as: the listings.  For further reading, here is the DOJ vs. ...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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Last night a fellow Realtor of mine was telling me about a situation where she received two very similar offers on one of her listings. The difference was important. The first offer was presented from a seasoned & trusted area agent. The second agent still had his real estate school umbilical cor...
By Shaun Nilsson
(CityBlast)
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  Mary’s home was on the market for several months. She eagerly watched potential buyers coming and going, hoping one of them would feel at home and make an offer. Once the listing expired, her hopes started to diminish. Many realtors can get discouraged and shy away from a home that doesn’t sell...
By Shaun Nilsson
(CityBlast)
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 Real estate agents everywhere have taken note of just how enormous an impact the internet has had on the business. Gone are the days of cold calling, billboards and business cards. Even the way eager buyers look for their dream house has changed -- which is why having great photos for your listi...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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The majority of us are tired of the politically correct noose that has reduced our language to torturing synonyms, inventing hyphenated labels, and ridiculous expressions like “vertically challenged” for someone who is very short.  We think the antidote to all that is to focus on being polite and...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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In Chinese culture, monkeys are considered very clever and smart. The red fire monkey is considered to be strong, dominant, and passionate. This Saturday marks the beginning of the celebration of Chinese New Year. Beijing has declared that from Feb 7-13 is a national holiday.  This is a time when...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 Valentine’s Day is around the corner. So, we’re in a particularly generous and loving mood.If our Client Relationship Manager (CRM) tool had a dating profile:Gender: Half technology, full bodied warmth.Status: Ready to mix, mingle and create lasting relationships.Birthplace: The AccelerAgent (Pr...
By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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“Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan” ~ Margaret Thatcher     Every motivational speaker and coach who is worth their salt, teaches the importance of having written goals and plans. Napoleon Hill in his book “Outwitting the Devil” stated that even a weak plan will work . ....
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 57
How do you feel when your calls or emails are not returned when you are attempting to create new high-trust relationships?  Do you give the person the benefit of the doubt that the timing of your value proposition may not right?  Do you conclude that you may not be a match, and just move on? Or, ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
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T HIS IS FOR THE REALTOR WHO WORKS FOR A LIVING AND WANTS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE IN THEIR REAL ESTATE SALES & AND HAS A DESIRE, WILLINGNESS AND TENACITY TO CHANGE NOWFIVE Really Impressive Ways to Become Friends with usSo you know, I know who you are. I have a friend in Chicago who has not sold on...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Excellence . . . . is an Attitude“Excellence is not a skill,it’s is an attitude.”Ralph Marston, Professional Football Player 1929   As I see it. . . . . . . .Excellence . . . . is an attitude Your attitude . . . . will determine how you approach your life . . .  and height that your career soars ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Road Map . . . . For Success“When plans are laid in advance, It’s is surprising how Often the circumstance fit in with them.”Sir William Osler, Canadian physician 1849-1919   As I see it. . . . . . . .A road map . . . . for success Planning for your success journey in advance . . . . is plannin...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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A Very Important Question, How Did You Get My Name?This has been a banner week because some of my best advice for new agents was published in the January/February 2016 Realtor Magazine. I wrote about a question that should be asked in any business not just real estate. We need to know how people ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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This is a very common item for most folks who live in areas where it gets hot and humid over the summertime.While Chicago is fairly far north, we have our share of warm and sticky weather... at least for a brief period of time each year.It's such a ubiquitous item that you'd think everyone would ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Position Yourself . . . . to Succeed“Think before your act . . . .  Make informed decisions and be on purpose in your action.”Lou Ludwig Success Tips, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author           As I see it. . . . . . . .Position yourself . . . . to succee...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Time is the Currency of Wealth“When you play it too safe, you’re taking the biggest risk of your life . . . . Time is the only wealth we’re given.”Barbara Sher, Author As I see it. . . . . . . .Time is the currency of wealth When you were born . . . . you were given the wealth of time. What you d...
By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
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As A Seller, Should I Stay Home For Showings?With Spring around the bend, more sellers begin to contemplate selling their home. As a passing thought morphs into a plan of action, question start to sprout. One of the more common questions I get in the Alexandria Louisiana market involve showings. ...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Commit Yourself to Making a Difference“As one person I cannot change the world but I can change the world of one person.”Paul Shane Spear 1940 – 2013, English Comedian and Actor  As I see it. . . . . . . .Commit yourself to making a difference  You can make a difference . . . . in a person’s life...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Carla Muss-Jacobs Active Rain entry another Real Estate bottom feeder . . . rises to the top, is a pertinent Active Rain entry that is pertinent to the Real Estate industry. Please scroll down for the reblogged content. Another Real Estate Bottom Feeder . . . Rises to The Top   It's been slightly...