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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  Everyone was  a new Realtor once....and in the "olden" days there were not webinars....there was not an took an orientation course of sorts...and "training" which was not....was a weekly meeting.  Sadly, in many brokerages today that is still the "training" offered to agents wit...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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"Can you come over and give us a market evaluation on our property?" asked the email."Sure, I'd be happy to... can I ask how you heard of Alan... was it my internet presences, Active Rain, a referral, one or more of my many "for sale" signs?""Well, we met you about 11 years ago.  You were conduct...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Attracting Business Opportunities “A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination.He must see things a in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.”Charles M. Schwab 1862 - 1939, American Steel Magnate  As I see it . . . . . . .Attracting business opportunities The person that stretche...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Winning listings and closing transactions are definitely the sweet spots in luxury real estate marketing. However, working with extraordinary people who uplift your spirits keeps you coming back for more. Working with “toxic” clients is a sure way to get depressed about the luxury real estate gam...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Glenn S. Phillips, shared this wonderful classic post that can be used many times over. The array of details and data will surely benefit you and your present or future clients. It is detailed and right to the point. It should also help with any gray areas, to give you an upper hand with this com...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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This is a wonderful question and very common. Keep in mind, it's not just the actual corner of your office, it encompasses the entire area within the wealth section. I created three simple diagrams below to help illustrate where the wealth corner is located based on the Ba-gua Map method of Feng ...
By Kathleen Luiten
(Resort and Second-Home Specialist)
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"I've NEVER heard a buyer or seller say their agent contacted them TOO MUCH!" This contest caught my attention because, contrary to the quote that inspired it, I have heard several people complain that their agent pesters them too much with weekly or more frequent check-ins that have little value...
By Aimee Schmitt
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When was the last time you or someone you knew had a family photo taken?  Where did they have it taken?  In a studio?  Outdoors?  Was it ever in front of their home?I take my own photographs when listing properties and am quite fussy when it comes to things like open toilet seats, blurry images a...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Why do People Prefer and LOVE the number 8 so much? Across the board, the number 8 resonates with the influences and vibrations of authority and personal power, self-confidence, executive ability, inner-strength, professionalism and the professional, management, material freedom, success, good ju...
By George Kando, Owner, The Kando Group, Southern Maine's Real Estate Team of Choice
(The Kando Group)
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Mindset Monday Procrastination Pros and Cons: A Guide To Controlling This Habit pro·cras·ti·nate (according to Merriam Webster) verb \prə-ˈkras-tə-ˌnāt, prō-\ : to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 87
How To Make Money as a Realtor®?I have been talking to some new Realtors® who received their real estate license within the past couple of months as well as reading questions/comments on various social media groups from new agents and there’s one common questions; -How do I start making money as ...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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FHA Misconceptions - Listing Agents, Read This       FICO score?  Doesn't matter.  Debt to income ratio?  Nope, doesn't matter, either.  Have documents been analyzed?  Has a thorough pre-approval complete with analysis of income, assets, and automated underwriting been completed?  NOW we're on to...
By Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
(Executive Director of Education and Industry Outreach RETechCampus)
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Social media sharing is really just content marketing on steroids, but how much traffic does it drive and how much business is it generating for you? What if there were a way to Co-Brand your Content Marketing and sharing initiatives to targeted audiences and do it for free? Would you be interest...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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An Exceptional Leader Will . . . .“If your actions create a legacy that inspires other to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.”Dolly Parton, Entertainer   As I see it . . . . . . .An exceptional leader will . . . . Exceptional leaders are doers . . . ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Activities Become the Foundation For Your Future“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.”Sir William Osler, 1849 – 1919 physician, writer  As I see it. . . . . . . . Your activities become the foundation for your future. . . . The preparation that you undertake...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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I’m A REALTOR® I’m Not A Magician But I Do Have Some Secrets To Share When you hire me for your real estate representation you not only get my years of experience and market knowledge, I also share some secrets that can assist you in winning whether you are a prospective buyer or seller.  This pr...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Personal Self-Discipline And Freedom - A Winning Combination! If you closely follow the footsteps of top producing agents, successful business people, and athletes you will soon realize that the one thing they have in common is personal self-discipline. Some will argue that talent is more import...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Success is a Choice Only You Can Make“No one can cheat you out of ultimate success, but yourself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 -1882, essayist, lecturer, poet As I see it . . . .Success is a choice only you can make The path that you choose to travel in your lifetime is a choice. You can choose pac...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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No Road . . . . is Too Long With Persistence“No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.”Jean de la Bruyere 1645 -1696, French Essayist As I see it . . . . . . .No road is . . . . too long wi...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Perseverance Will Take You to the Top“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”Samuel Johnson, writer As I see it. . . . . . . . Perseverance will take you to the top Many times success is within our reach  . . . . and we atop pursuing your goals just short of achieving our ...