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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Three ways to ensure success with less stress. We have become a fast-paced society, where changes can occur last minute with clear performance expectations set by consumers. Everyone needs to be committed to working together as a team to ensure things are moving along smoothly to accomplish the c...
By Rich Levin
(Real Estate Grad School)
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Have you ever heard of the term “decision fatigue“?  Basically, the idea is that the more decisions you make throughout the day, the less effective our decision making becomes.Having a generic routine for the Working Weekdays will save your mental energy for more important decisions that are boun...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Inner Voice of Positive Self-Talk“The loudest and most influential voice you hear is your own inner voice, your self-critic. It can work for you or against you, Depending on the message you allow.”Keith Harrell, Motivational Speaker     As I see it . . . . . . .Your inner voice of positive s...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    Wisconsin is a marital or what is sometimes called a community property state. Nationally, there are only nine states with this status including :: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Washington and Alaska is an "opt-in community property state"  where both pa...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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   Someday, I'd like to hold an employer-required class for real estate service company employees to reveal to them a number of things that they've either never been taught or never bothered to consider. One of those things I would like to drive home, and then drive home again, is that the real e...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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  I am having the most interesting experience.  I am representing the buyer and an agent with another company is representing the seller. She has begun copying my client with all of her diatribes, and now they are apparently exchanging emails and making decisions. Today we are scheduled to close,...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Challenges Reveal Your True Character“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.”Horace  65 BC – 8 BC, Roman Lyric, Poet As I see it . . . . . . .Challenges reveal your true character   In your most challenging times your true character comes to the surface . . . . and it will show how dee...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Professional Problem Solver“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.”John Foster Dulles, US secretary of State 1953 – 1959 As I see it . . . . . . .A professional problem solver As a business professional y...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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This week my team helped distribute over 2500 American flags in the front yards of Clintonville. We started in June by ordering American made flags and taping a business card on them. My assistants Sarah and Julia Weaver walked up and down the Beechwold, Clintonville and Glen Echo neighborhoods d...
By Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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I have a vacant staged listing that is pending. Every-time I have a meeting for various reasons at the house in escrow, I have to get there ahead of time and turn on the air conditioner to cool-off the place. It works extremely well when activated. I open doors, window shades etc. and conduct my ...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Behind the Scenes of Local Real EstateFor over a decade, I have been thrilled to make my living helping people in my area buy and sell homes.  Of course, if you know me, you know I take a lot of pride in my professionaliam and ethics.   It really disappoints me when I see people in my profession ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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For the last several years I have had a mantra on which I'd focus. Last year I wrote how "I am happy, I am healthy, I am kind" works for me.Now I'm finishing up my quarterly review and planning session, enjoying the bird-song in the marsh across the street, hot coffee in my mug, nibbling on a fre...
By Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & area authority!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
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When you do more than you're paid for. Eventually; You'll be paid for more than you do...Zig ZiglarDo you go the extra mile?Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored and photo taken by Paul Henderson, © 2015, all rights reserved. All information is d...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Buyers in Back Up  . . . What Portland Metro Real Estate Buyers Should Know Real estate is local.  And while this isn't a "trend" in the Portland Metro real estate market, it may become one.I have real estate colleagues all over the nation.  I listen to them talk about their local market, and som...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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What can I buy in Skokie, IL for $500,000? Let's talk about single-family homes for this post.  Skokie has become a hot-commodity lately.  Properties that are well-priced have been flying off the shelves.  $500,000 can still purchase a very nice home in Skokie.  Here are a few representative exa...
By Tim and Julie Harris
(Tim & Julie Harris® Real Estate Coaching)
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Today On Real Estate Coaching Radio® Proven Pre-Qualification Script and Strategies So you’re getting leads – but at they worth your valuable time, or just a waste of time? Today we’re discussing buyer & seller prequalification, and Tim & Julie Harris will be sharing scripts & strategies you can...
By Jessica Schweppe, Writer, Marketer & Real Estate Enthusiast
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Branding a brokerage is a big job, and it's one that can have a tremendous impact on the success of your business. Coming up with a compelling brand identity can be a struggle for a newly established independent broker, but there are some key branding guidelines that will help you develop a new b...
By Home Value Leads
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This article was originally posted on the Home Value Leads blog. From the time the buyer’s offer was received, your sellers have been anticipating that all-important date: Close of Escrow. It seems like their whole life revolves around that date, including moving to their new home, changing their...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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I often wonder how much of the negotiating jazz that another agent is giving me has even been discussed with their client. Where do they learn that behavior?  Is it from those TV reality shows where the agents are dancing with zillion dollar apartment listings in Manhattan? Well if it is, that st...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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My Fountain Is Sitting On A Shelf, Dry and Ignored, What Does That Mean? This is a great Feng Shui question. Remember, the function of a water fountain is to activate the energy within that given area of your home and life section. If you place a fountain that is not working, the possible out com...