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 BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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  A postcard from a fellow Dallas Realtor came in the mail a few days back to our house.  I thought he did a good job with his writing. However, I found several statements that I know were considered ethics violations in prior years.   I send him an email that suggested he check those items with ...
By Chris Colgan, Real Estate Expert Advisor
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8 Tips for Preparing for Your Open HouseHolding an open house is a solid way to get your property on buyers’ radars. But anyone can tack up an open house sign and hope for the best. Instead, use these tips to present your home ideally and make your open house a full house.1.       Become your own...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone“How can you learn and grow when you never step outand try something new and exciting?There is never a lack of resources, only a lack of ideas.Without risk, there can be no progress.All of us only have so much sand left in the hourglass,and one day our sand will run o...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Blaming Won’t Change or Correct the Condition“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you” Dr. Wayne Dyer, Author, Professional Speaker        As I see it . . . . . . .Blaming won’t change or correc...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Successful Time Management“The key to successful time management is doing the most important task first, and giving it your full concentration, to the exclusion of everything else.”R.   Alec MacKenzie, Time Management Expect As I see it . . . . . . .Successful time management Successful time mana...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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“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 Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 42
Cooperating with Agents Not On Your MLSAs a listing agent, I've always thought it was important to sell my clients' homes -- to and with anyone who has a ready, willing, and able buyer.That includes working with real estate agents that might reside in Green Valley, or Sierra Vista, or Casa Grande...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 14
Nice job Tony, sounds like a fine code of ethics that you are following.  It will get you through plenty of doors, up there and down here. I was just thinking, what would God want to see in a Realtor before allowing them to pass through the Pearly Gates?  I guess some of the most important criter...
By Tammy Todaro, ABR
(RE/MAX Executive Realty in Franklin, Ma.)
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Here's One For The Team!We are starting to see more and more teams created in real estate agencies. What is the true meaning of a "Team"?  Doesn't that mean that the group of people work together to accomplish something?  Maybe some of these "Teams" are just trying to accomplish a top ranking nam...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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High performing teams enjoy the benefits of positive communication.  Have you noticed that organization with internal problems can trace the cause to poor communication? Working together requires mutual respect.  Many of conflicts within a  team have their root cause in improper communication.Som...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Call me, call me anytime…call me! I have little expectation of striking up a close relationship with the escrow officer providing a clear title and sending out a final HUD prior to closing. I do however, prefer an introduction of some sort... A text, email, phone call, snap chat, fax, even snail ...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 9
Another Smooth Baltimore Settlement  This is what a smooth settlement looks like in Baltimore.   Congratulations to all.    The lucky buyer with Caroline Merideth his L&F agent, my wonderful seller and the delightful Dan Harvey with Cotton Duck Title.Can you guess who was taking the picture?   41...
By Jessica Schweppe, Real Estate Marketing Expert + Blogger
Comments 217
There are tons of articles out there telling you how to optimize your MLS listings to make them stand out to potential buyers (including this one that we published a while back). While it's true that you need to be aware of things that will be a turn-on to home shoppers, you also need to be aware...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Another July in the books... or as I call it, LALA Land month as it seems that everyone is always in lala land every July in our industry.This is a bittersweet analysis of course in my rants of working smarter not harder living a life in balance. Some fall too far into lala land and forget that t...
By Mike Tizzano, Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender
(Amerifirst Financial, Inc NMLS 145368 LO:1015837)
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has never been very receptive to the idea of marketing service agreements, or MSAs.  They view them as a cover for a pay for referral practice which is a RESPA violation.  Unfortunately, in many cases they are correct in believing so and recent action take...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Your Buyers, Your Sellers, Your Leads: AccelerAgent has you covered on all fronts. View this email in your browser Catch their eye and make 'em stay on your website with the right look, "feel" and unique content. We'll help you razzle dazzle 'em.     Advanced Website EditingLIVE WEBINAR Tuesday,...
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 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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
 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 Bob Haywood,
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 12
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...