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 Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Keller Williams West Sound Realty)
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What do the Realtor® Code of Ethics and the Facebook Terms of Service have in common?  People agree to them both, but they very rarely read either one. Let's face it, how many times have you signed up for something, especially here online, and quickly scrolled through the lengthy "Terms of Agreem...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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  "I normally do not write reviews, however, having worked with Laura on several occasions, this was very needed! Laura has helped guide me in the work space and in my home. She is very educated and knowledge about space, layout, energies and other Feng Shui importances. I have seen so many wonde...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Life . . . . is a  Life Without Limitations“Your life . . . . is a life without limitations, when you believe that everything is possible  . . . . and your willing to act on your believes.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it. . ....
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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As a luxury real estate marketing professional do you show up on time to your appointments? Do you value clients who are punctual? From our perspective, punctuality is a sign of self-respect and respect for others. According to King Louis XVIII of France, “Punctuality is the politeness of kings”....
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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There is no one set response to this question. There are many variables to why a home may not be selling. Feng Shui Experts will take the time to review the possible causes from a energetic perspective to help provide unique insights into why a home has not budged for 'x' amount of years. Speakin...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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"Real Estate and Other Jobs As Assigned"--How Far Do You Go for your Clients? Yesterday I received a message from one of my sellers asking if I could go turn their heat up at their vacation home as the temperatures are dropping rapidly. Well, certainly I could.  When we become our seller's home's...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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ActiveRain Newbies Start Here Congratulations on Joining ActiveRain!Now that you're here, I invite you to learn what it means to be part of this community and how it will grow your business.      You can watch the recordings below or check the ActiveRain University Calendar for upcoming live clas...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
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 What is a CLUE Report and Why Do I Need One? First, CLUE stands for Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange.  A CLUE Report offers a history of reported insurance claims on a property going five years back. Sellers are obligated to disclose any information about which they are aware regarding t...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Constant Pressure of Persistence“The constant pressure of persistence . . . . has the power to erode the obstacles that you encounter . . . . Your persistence is a key to breaking down barriers . . . .and opening the new doors of opportunities.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Succe...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Listen to Your Customers“To satisfy our customers’ needs we’ll give them what they want, not what we want to give them.”Steve James, Actor, Stunt Man   As I see it. . . . . . . .Listen to your customers When you listen to your customers . . . . you build a bridge of understanding . . . . and rapp...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
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I've been on Active Rain since its infancy. 2006. Certainly did not know what was blogging, much less SEO and everything. That was also the year I decided to become a full-time realtor. Was doing it part-time for 4.5 years prior to that.I got to know many awesome people during that time.Some of t...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the other Holidays that are what real memories are made of. Kind of. Each year I get a dozen or so Holiday cards in the mail. They bring happiness to my heart when compared to the countless spam emails I get from companies wishing me a...
By Buffini & Company
(Buffini & Company)
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Gloria Yu had always been successful in real estate; unfortunately, it took a toll on her personal life. “I did well because my life was consumed by real estate,” she says. “I didn’t have a life.” Relying on conventional methods of lead-generation since she began her career in 1991, she built a l...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Procrastination is a word of “inaction” that many real estate agents exercise.  There’s always something more important, at the time. There’s always another task that is more meaningful to that person.  When the phone stops ringing, and the commission checks cease, whose fault is it!!Everyone has...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Attitude Makes All The Difference; Zig Ziglar  Zig Ziglar - Attitude Makes All The Difference Get rid of stinkin thinkin to really make a change in your life! My lovely wife Sally and I took a trip to Dallas shortly before Zig passed on to attend the Born to Win conference with the Ziglars and ma...
By Jonathan Crompton
(Keller Williams Realty)
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   Staging tips for selling homes at top dollar! If your listing has any of these qualities, be sure to highlight them!  1. Hypoallergenic Home -Homes with wood or tile floors attract buyers with allergies because they don't absorb odors or allergens from pets or smoke.  2. Closets and Storage Sp...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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“Never try to teach a pig to sing. It is a waste of your time and it annoys the pig”.  If your self-esteem is consistently high, as a luxury real estate marketing professional, and you are diligent about accepting only those clients who are a match to you in self-esteem, you will thrive.  To help...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take the Path of Integrity“Wisdom is knowing the right path to take . . .Integrity is taking it.”M. H. McKee   As I see it. . . . . . . .Take the path of integrity In dealing fairly with others pursue the path of integrity. Pursuing the path of integrity is not always the quickest or easiest path...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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I dould not resist to re-blog this!I know at times, we just browse through the posts for comments.I'd request you to stop for about 10 minutes and watch Zig's video. You'll be a different person at the end of it.Enjoy this great re-blog of a post from my friend Bob Crane . Attitude Makes All The ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Pro's Practice, Are You an Amateur or a Professional?While cruising through my email today an email from Jared James caught my eye, an email talking about a video that he shot for an article in Realtor Magazine on quick scripts.In his video he talks about how a professional not only has a script ...