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 George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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The Real Estate Market has improved in many parts of the country, but there are still areas like Connecticut which still have not recovered.  There are many reasons why the Real Estate Market has improved in some parts of the country but not in others.  However, I am not going to concentrate on t...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Look to Your Inner Voice “After investigating a problem in all directions,ideas come unexpectedly, without effort like an inspiration.”H. L. Von Helmholtz, German Physician   As I see it. . . . . . . .Look to your inner voice Looking for answers . . . . takes an open mind . . . . and asking the r...
By Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno)
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Scott Seaton SLS Home Inspections @815-644-6271Inspecting homes like yours in the Kankakee, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Illinois area since 2007.Real Estate inspections with same day report delivery. Mold and air quality testing. FREE 90 day Homeowners Warranty. Included with every inspection.FREE Sewe...
By Buffini & Company
(Buffini & Company)
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 Many of us became real estate professionals because we wanted to be our own bosses. However, the downside of being your own boss is that you may become the most difficult person to manage. Your success becomes dependent upon the choices you make each day, and if you make the wrong choices or fos...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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Last night a fellow Realtor of mine was telling me about a situation where she received two very similar offers on one of her listings. The difference was important. The first offer was presented from a seasoned & trusted area agent. The second agent still had his real estate school umbilical cor...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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There is a month and a half left until spring.    Set aside 15 minutes to give out your business card. Here is one that you can do for 15 minutes two, three, or four times a week:Pass out a few business cards in an area you want to sell homes.Make sure your website's domain name is printed on the...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Top-of-Mind vs. Top-of-Heart. A Valentine's Day view of Real Estate.By Tawd Frensley The decision to sell a home can be broken down into 6 categories:1) They bought their home as an investment and this is the epitome of a seller’s market.2) They have outgrown their home because they brought child...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Word . . . . of Encouragement“Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.”John M. Maxwell, Pastor, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker, Leadership Expert    As I see it. . . . . . . .A word . . . . of encouragement A word of encouragement . . . . creates the power to make a difference in the pe...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Turn Discouragement . . . . Into Stepping Stones“Develop success from failure. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”Dale Carnegie 1888 -1955, American Writer, CorporateTrainer, Public SpeakerAs I see it. . . . . . . .Turn discouragement . . . . into steppin...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Expect the best is one of my strongest motto's in dealing with people, whether family, staff , or clients.What we expect is generally what we get. Expect . . . . the Best “You get the best out of others when you get the  best out of yourself.” Harvey Firestone 1868 - 1938, American Businessman, F...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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"our success becomes dependent upon the choices you make each day, and if you make the wrong choices or foster the wrong habits, it can impede your progress. "  Well worth the read Buffini & Company - Re-blog!   Many of us became real estate professionals because we wanted to be our own bosses. H...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Making . . . . Good Decisions“When your values are clear to youmaking decisions become easy.”Roy Disney, Senior Executive The Walt Disney Company   As I see it. . . . . . . .Making . . . . good decisions  Having high personal standards along with values . . . . give you a strong foundation for . ...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
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I believe this quote came from the football great Gayle Sayers.  " We conquer who believe they can. "by Virgil is another quote about how we are what we think.  A lot has been written and taught about the power of positive thinking.  We are what we think.If you are a product of stinking thinking ...
By Ellen Caruso
(Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)
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A few years ago I had this experience with several naysayers, and as hard as it was to not take it personally, I had to react as a professional, and allow it to result in a sale. My husband is a builder, and also one of my biggest clients! Seeing a distressed property come on MLS, I quickly broug...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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One of the nice things about the houses, in my hometown of Evanston, for Realtors and residents alike, is that the homes are unique.  One house is not like the next.  Ain't no ticky-tacky here.  We have real houses...  Here are just a few.How about this one?   The mansion has a first name... it's...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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There is nothing quite like opening the door to a vacant listing and hearing the rush of water and noticing icicles hanging from the ceilings.  Agents who live in parts of the country where snow and frigid weather are part of the scene may be more likely to have their vacant listings winterized t...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
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A Valentine Reminder from a Local Home Inspector, Keeps Them on Our Minds.Whenever a client needs a Real Estate agent, we always want them to think of us first. The same goes for other businesses.  We have a local Home Inspector who has set the example to follow, when it comes to reminding client...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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(Coldwell Banker Select)
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One of the homes has an awesome custom game room and overlooks the 14th hole, the other is in a completely different area, backs to a pond and is within their stated budget. Both are really nice homes, the awesome couple are having trouble deciding and eventually their discussions start to get he...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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One of the true luxuries of life is discovering your own resourcefulness, your “inner hero”. As a luxury real estate marketing professional look for ways to become a local hero. It is a great way to become better known in your community and thus expand your potential referral base, because you wi...