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 Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 29
Sometimes I just read the headline and just move on to something else to keep my blood pressure down. It's sort of like watching the news during an election cycle (which by the way doesn't it feel like we ALWAYS in an election cycle now). But back to my point, this morning on Inman I read an arti...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 40
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 Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 3
No Deals In Real Estate In Port Saint Lucie? Non-Sense. I Will Help You Find A Deal! I will  NOT be the realtor you call and be told "there aren't any deals out there anymore."  As your buyer agent, not only will I be with you through the entire stressful process of purchasing a home, but I will ...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Your Buyers, Your Sellers, Your Leads, Your Clients:AccelerAgent  has you covered on all fronts. View this email in your browser   "The role that your website plays in your marketing strategy is to augment, amplify, and automate conversations about real estate." -Scott Schang - Are you unsatisfi...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Success Can Take You to a Fork In the Road“Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna or it can smooth the edges,take away the insecurities and let the nice things come out.”Barbara Walters, Author, Journalist, Television Personality       As I see it . . . . . . .Succ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Talent is Like Electricity“Electricity makes no judgment. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that. It makes no judgment. I think talent is like that.I believe every person is born w...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Good Listener Stands Out“Without question, the art of listening is one of the most underestimated keys to success. I want you to stop and think about the friends and you really enjoy being with, the bosses you you’ve enjoyed working for, and I’d be willing to bet they all have one thing in comm...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Charge of Your Circumstances“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”Earl Nightingale 1921 - 1989, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker      As I see it . . . . . . .Take charge of your circumstances You will seem to be living your life in co...
By Jessica Schweppe, Real Estate Marketing Expert + Blogger
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Before meeting you in person, all of your leads form their initial judgment of you based on your agent photo. Follow these agent headshot best practices to make sure your close-up makes a fantastic first impression. Real Estate Headshot Tips:  Invest in a Professional:When it comes to agent photo...
By Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty )
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In California Real Estate, litigation is allowed up to four years after the close of escrow. How did that come into being I wonder? Remember, behind every rule, law, regulation and small print in contracts is a history of people contesting and not resting using the courts to resolve issues. Thus ...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689, "Sold with Bob"
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX )
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Buyers & Sellers often ask what happens if our contract transaction doesn’t close on time? As a listing agent I often encounter this question more often, and not because I'm not doing my due diligence as listing agent keeping the ball rolling; listing agents call the buyer agent and their Lender ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 13
Are you a Common Denominator? Attitude influences every aspect of our lives. A positive, determined mindset instills the tone for creating more opportunities to do business. It also motivates successful outcomes. If you believe. You must believe! We all possess the ability to maintain healthy bus...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 44
It's pretty traditional in our neighborhood - Open Houses are on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00.We advertise our Open Houses, put up plenty of signs, have refreshments available - in general, we follow all of the rules. And, for the most part, Open Houses are lightly attended - maybe we'll average 5-1...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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Michelle Carr Crowe Teaches Listing Package Class Mon., July 27 at 9am Are you a Silicon Valley real estate agent who wants more listings? Do you need to improve your listing and pre-listing marketing materials? Would you like to learn how to be better prepared for listing appointments?Join instr...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Control of Your Fears . . . .“If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.”Robert Schuller 1926 - 2015, American Televangelist, Pastor,Motivational Speaker, Author  As I see it. . . . . . . .Take control of your fears  . . . .  When you tak...
By Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
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Emotions can get the best of home buyers & sellers at time of home inspections, and can put the sale, or purchase, at risk.  Because 'inspection negotiations' are trying on everyone, preparing oneself in advance is paramount to success.  This content is courtesy of my AR associate, Margaret Woda....
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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You Got My Attention.  You Won't Get My Business   "Hi Jon!", the email began. Ok, it's pretty easy to forget an 'h'.  A typo, perhaps. "I'm not sure you're still in the mortgage industry", she continued. "OH COME ON, IT'S ALL RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU, ARE YOU THAT LAZY!?!?", I thought.       This w...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 36
Most of the homes do sell at market value most of the time!So what is your unique selling proposition for your clients?Here's an excellent answer in this re-blog - from Lou Ludwig . Your Customer Service is Your Business Advantage “Being on par in terms of price and quality only get you into the ...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Good Afternoon and Welcome to the final week of July, 2015,  I hope your summer is going well and you're making the most of it both personally and with your business in perfect balance. Speaking of balance... The Michigan Real Estate Masterminds Focus for August, 2015: Balance - Something we all ...
By Matthew DeFede, Specializing in Bergen & Essex County Real Estate
(Realty Executives Elite Homes)
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Hire A Great Listing Agent Like Me!All kidding aside I do things that other agents/realtors never ever think of, for example I pay attention to detail for instance, custom design my sign for each listing from the color, font and then I picture myself as a potential buyer driving around the area, ...