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 Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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One major change in the Tallahassee housing market that has resulted from the housing bubble and subsequent crash is the reduction in the neighborhood turnover ratio.The turnover ratio is a simple concept that is not so simple to measure, and I have not heard about local real estate agents use th...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Practice Makes Permanent“People create their own success by learning what they need to learnand then by practicing it until they become proficient at it.”Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker,Consultant As I see it . . . . . . .Practice makes permanent I grew up in the inner city of...
By Irina Jordan
(Zurple)
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I am always on the lookout for the real estate blogs that stand out from the crowd. I want to share a few that really illustrate how to share valuable information that will effectively engage readers.Each of these bloggers listed below are successful at educating their audiences while making thei...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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When You’re Fired With Beliefs Impossibilities Vanish “Man is so made that whatever fires his soul makes impossibilities vanish.”Jean de la Fontaine 1621 – 1695, French Fabulist, Poet As I see it . . . . . . .When you’re fired with beliefs impossibilities vanish  Your personal beliefs fire your t...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Tips To A Successful School Year for Our Children 1. Assist in organizing your children's bedroom and study area. Clutter relates to the physical appearance, but even more importantly, it could impact them emotionally and mentally.  Children are extremely sensitive to their surroundings...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Know When to Embrace the New“The most successful business professional will hold onto the old as long as it working . . . . and search for a better way. When they find a better way they move away for the old and embrace the new.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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I am very excited to share!...I was interviewed by the The Steve and Leeana Morning Show on K98.3FM today. Thank you both for allowing me a second opportunity to be on-air. This segment focused on Feng Shui Tips for a Successful School Year.   Feng Shui is a great resource to help promote a succe...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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A problem that’s addressed . . . . and solved on the spot has the capacity to quickly resolve the issue with the less negative effects on those involved. Solve the Problem on the Spot “Problems should be solved on the spot, as soon as they arise. No frontline employee should have to wait for a su...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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What a great post by Lou Ludwig..... this applies to personal goals, as well as business....I'm very disciplined with working out every day and after reading this post, those who have a difficult time staying on track would be wise to read and reread this. Practice Makes Permanent “People create ...
By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
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NAR, through it's online Realtor Mag provided a recent article titled "Inspecting the Inspectors"  written by Brenton Hayden, suggests several questions for agents to ask when compiling a list of professionals. In MA we have stringent rules on recommending a professional. I've included the 9 ques...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Worry is Friction of the Mind“It is not work that kills men, it is worry. Work is healthy;you can hardly put more on a man than he can bear.But worry is rust upon the blade. It is not movement that destroys the machinery, but friction.”Henry Ward Beecher 1813 – 1887, Congregationalist Clergyman, ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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 In Doing Things Right you establish detailed steps and timetables for achieving needed results, establish structure, monitor results, and execute specific plans.  Doing the right thing or doing the right things is the hallmark of leadership.  Dave Thomas, founder of Wendys, had a number of state...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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Do you look at other luxury real estate marketing professionals who list “trophy” homes with envy? Or, do you believe that you create your own luck? Many luxury real estate agents make the mistake of chasing after “trophy” listings.  These are the high profile homes that are architecturally signi...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Maybe I'm old-fashioned.Okay, okay... I'm definitely old-fashioned.  As far as I'm concerned there's an art to negotiation.  And sometimes it's a conversation, with all the bells and whistles.  Sometimes it's part conversation and part email.  Sometimes just email.But even when it's email, it sho...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
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By Carrie Hughes, REI
(TEAM Hughes Real Estate School)
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Many try, few succeed.  What is the key to a successful career in real estate?  I have many students ask me that very question.  They wonder if the Pensacola area is large enough to sustain all the people who want to get a real estate license.Many try, few succeed is an adage that encompasses man...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Solve the Problem on the Spot“Problems should be solved on the spot, as soon as they arise.No frontline employee should have to wait for a supervisor’s permission.”Jan Carlzon, Airline Executive     As I see it . . . . . . .Solve the problem on the spot The longer a problem exists . . . . the mor...
By Lina Poka, MBA, Multi-award winning Senior Marketing Professional
(Morris Real Estate Marketing Group)
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Realtors here are some great tips on how to stay safe during open houses and showings. It's important for every agent to remember there are risks when we are meeting customers or clients out in the field. Ginger Harper posted a question recently in our Q&A section about office safety procedures. ...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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In my recent postMagic of Marketing!I had mentioned there are 3 legs to our business: CEO, COO and CFO.The most important leg is - that of CEO whose main job is to generate leads.Also called RAINMAKER!The one which we focus MOST on is DEALMAKER - or COO. Also known as Chief Operation Officer. And...
By Kathleen Luiten
(Resort and Second-Home Specialist)
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It's important for every agent to remember there are risks when we are meeting customers or clients out in the field. Ginger Harper posted a question recently in our Q&A section about office safety procedures. I replied that our office - like so many - leaves it to the individual agent.Ginger ask...