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 Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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Are you so focused on the content, you forget to connect?Don't get so focused on the content or the presentation of it,that you lose the opportunity to connect with your clients (your audience).  You are there to make a connection more so than deliver the information. Don't get me wrong, you have...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Knowledge is Meant to be Passed On“Knowledge is meant to be retained . . . . Knowledge is meant to be shared . . . . Knowledge is meant to be passed on . . . .”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author      As I see it. . . . . . . .Knowledge is Meant t...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Give A Little More Then Expected “Giving people a little more then they expect is a good way to get back a lot more then you expect.” Robert Half Founder and President of  Robert HalfInternational   As I see it . . . . . . .Give a little more then expected When you exceed your customers expectati...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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It's a first. The first time that a drone pilot has been sentenced to jail for what they did with their drone. They also will be required to pay restitution to the victim of their actions. Here is a link to the article describing the event and the outcome of the trial. I can't stress enough - whe...

By Elva Branson-Lee, CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent
(Solid Source Realty GA)
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TransactionDesk with Authentisign. TransactionDesk with Authentisign is a product of Instanet Solutions, a secure online transaction management and electronic document-signing service. As a short sale specialist, I need to handle more paperwork and collect more signatures than most agents do in a...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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So many agents run into the question of whether or not it is necessary to have title insurance, so here is some information.  Title insurance can help provide the home buyer and/or the mortgage lender protection against losses resulting from unknown defects in the title of a property. Unknown def...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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When You’re on a Listing Appointment “When you’re on a listing appointment . . . . The only listing that’s important at that moment is the one you’re your working on to list at that moment.” Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Sum Total of the Effort “Success is the sum total of the effort that you repeat day - in . . . .  and day - out.” Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . .Sum total of the effort Success is not an isolated event . . . . Succe...

By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
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Real estate has been a calling since I was in high school, I just didn't know it. One of my elective courses included building a model home.  The furniture was made from every day sorts of things.  I fashioned a chair out of a wooden spool of thread.  The walls were wallpapered with contact paper...

By KWKLY Text To Lead, Delivering The Best Leads, Faster!
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Today we wanted to share with you 5 different ways that KWKLY customers are using text message marketing in their real estate businesses. We hope you see these ideas and think about how you could adapt them to your own marketing efforts.A Couple of Things to Consider About Texting Before We Dive ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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If you are growing your real estate business by adding more agents what is your next step?  The answer is onboarding and setting expectations and empowering them to create their own success. It has been proven time and time again that an owner who empowers his or her team by giving them authority...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The More Difficult the Journey “The more difficult it is to reach your destination.The more you will remember the journey.” Melcher Tim   As I see it . . . . . . .The more difficult the journey No one said your success journey . . . . would be easy . . . . No one said your success journey . . . ....

By Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
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Be A Top Producer - Not An Average Agent  We all want to be a top producer and not just an average agent. How does one achieve this lofty goal? What actions do you work on a regular basis to stand out from the crowd? How are you branding yourself? Do you have a niche? I was listening to a podcast...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Those of you new to the business and also some who may not be living up to expectations, this post from Debbie Reynolds should help you get on track towards success:  New Agents Words of Wisdom for Getting Started in Real Estate   These are some nuggets I shared with new real estate students. I w...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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Tired of cold calling and emailing FSBOs? Start a blog. There’s a common misconception that blogs are time intensive and are only good for increasing brand awareness. However, publishing relevant content on a consistent basis increases your Real Estate website’s chances of appearing on the first ...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT ME? LOVE THE ANSWER FROM CLIENT Many of you know that I just reopened my own real estate brokerage called Real Estate and Beyond, LLC. We focus on the following areas for Phoenix Real Estate:  Management Sales Development  The best thing to do for any new company is to ensu...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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If you are a Stuart homeowner who wants to look and feel your best, you should learn a few unconventional weight loss tricks. For starters, do not spend too much time in front of the television. Research shows that men and women can lose more weight by not watching TV. Studies have proven that fo...

By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
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"So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth." This quote comes from the last book in the Bible. I try to find examples that I can apply to life NOW and to my sales career NOW. To me those who are lukewarm in their sales career are doomed to be spit ...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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If you are a Boca Raton homeowner who is watching everything you eat, it can be a fabulous idea to add flavor to all of your home cooked meals with spices. Regardless of your current diet or meal plan, the right spices can naturally stimulate your body to help with weight loss, and still taste wo...

By Steven at BoomTown
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Someone is calling. You don’t know who it is. The number doesn’t look familiar. And you’re currently busy. So, you don’t answer it. Then you hear the beep … they left a voicemail. Now a thought runs through your head. Why didn’t they just text me? That way, I could answer on my own time. Let’s th...