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 Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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  Real estate marketing is all about providing the information. Tell me about your area, what it is like there? Blogs and video channels are two excellent platforms to stock with posts about community events. And once the buyer decides this is the place to considering raising a family, retiring.O...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or
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I try to watch at least one training webinar a week. The majority of these webinars deal with ways to grow our business. Tonight as I watched one of these webinars, the agent who was being featured made the statement, "Agents spend too much time servicing their clients rather than going after new...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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 At the last minute, the buyer gets cold feet. The bank backs down. The appraisal falls short. The seller loses the house they were going to buy. The buyer loses their job.  When everything around you is whirling and frenzied, it's very easy to lose your sense of calm. But it's our job to be the ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be Appreciative and Count Your Blessing“Better to lose count while naming your blessing than to lose your blessing counting your troubles.”Maltbie D. Babcock 1858 – 1901, American Clergyman   As I see it . . . . . . .Be appreciative and count your blessing We live in a world that brings blessing ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Building a client base is hard work. Fortunately, there are many ways to do it: Prospecting Referral from past client Networking We've found that a combination of all three is the best mix for us, but networking isn't a natural act for many people. When you're networking, there are rules that you...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 Email Marketing: It's What's For Dinner(And Breakfast and Lunch).Hungry for more responses? We lay out some of the best, easiest and most effective email marketing practices... Read More Full Menu of Email-Generating Tools(You Should Be Using).Your AccelerAgent Toolkit generates specific types o...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Our Industry is always changing as we all know but, this has never been a truer statement than right now. October will change how we all operate, work together, and progress in Real Estate, mortgage, and title across the board. In the presentation at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s eCl...
By Emmary Simpson, Serving Tucson AZ
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
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Tomorrow, September 1st, starts REALTOR Safety Month. More, now than ever, we MUST keep safety in the front of our brain. We MUST stop "the way we used to do things" and take a stand to keep ourselves away from potentially dangerous situations.I am SO proud to be a member of the Arizona Associati...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Know When to Pull and When to Push“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him pull rather than push.”Ludwig Wittgenstein 1919 -1990, Austrian – British Philosopher   As I see it . . . . . . .Know when to pull and when to p...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Real Estate Agents Who Respond Deliver High Level Service  Do you deliver a high level of service to your clients .  Let's think about it .Do you respond to their text  phone calls and emails promptly .  You may not have an answer for them but it shows a level of respect and respect feels good ....
By Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.
(MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)
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Honestly, I feel pretty safe in what I do for a living and rarely get any twinges or spidey senses going off indicating possibly danger or harm.  Thankfully, those feelings are well tuned however if someone isn't serious about a purchase or sale of a property!A man left a message at the office pr...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Tips To A Successful School Year for Our Children 1. Assist in organizing your children's bedroom and study area. Clutter relates to the physical appearance, but even more importantly, it could impact them emotionally and mentally.  Children are extremely sensitive to their surroundings...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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My real estate trainer, when I first started in the business, counseled me to always wear "green" to a closing. It represents the colour of money. I'm not superstitious, but I have adopted her little (what shall we call it) idiosyncrasy. I try to wear something green to each and every closing.  G...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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What Lights Your Fire?“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chiefrequirement of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”Charles Kingsley 1889 - 1875, English Priest, Novelist,  University Professor  As I see it . . . . . . .What lights yo...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Set Your Standards High “If you don’t set a baseline standards for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behavior and attitudes or quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.”Anthony Robbins, Author, speaker,   As I see it . . . . . . .Set your standards high What ...
By Will Hamm
(Hamm Homes)
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  Wish me luck!I attended a Tom Ferry Summit the other week in San Diego and pick up lots of business practices from the summit.  A couple I am going to be doing  is hiring some new agents!I was a trainer in my old job many years ago and the company knew I was producing some great managers in my ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
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 I Have That Problem at Times & How I Handle it Please understand this will not work for everyone. I am currently working with a person in Illinois who has had a real estate license 20 years and only sold about 25 houses. The agent is afraid, scared to death to make telephone calls looking for bu...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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What is your extraordinary promise of value?  To stand out from the crowd of undistinguishable luxury real estate marketing professionals you must offer your target market an extraordinary value proposition. Otherwise, you become a commodity and your value diminishes significantly, not to mention...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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We Will be Known For What we Do “I always remember an epitaph in the cemetery at Tombstone Arizona. It says: Here lies Jack Williams ‘He gave his damnedest’. I think that’s the greatest epitaph a man can have.”Harry S. Truman 33rd President of the United States As I see it . . . . . . .We will be...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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We started our day early this morning.  We reviewed all incoming data for a project we are working on, and aligned our ideas for two other projects. We also discussed the various aspects of the two websites we are creating, and aligned with our web developer in terms of everyone's deliverables. I...