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 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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Unlocking . . . . Your Full Potential“Questions provides the key to unlocking our unlimited potential.”Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . .Unlocking . . . . your full potential  Questions provide . . . . the answers to releasing your personal power....
By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
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Preparing the necessary Real Estate documents just to get either the buyer or the seller warmed up and ready are complex and numerous. That is their default and what is required for transacting in today's Real Estate marketplace. The paperwork consists of boiler plate or standard language and the...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
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The appraisal industry has just signed an agreement that will effectively Raise the Bar for Education  in Energy Efficiency for related industries.  This agreement was signed January 21, 2016 with the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET.)  Why is this important to realtors you ask?  Realt...
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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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 Christopher Pagli, Benchmark Real Estate
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Negotiating - Part Science, Part ArtEverybody has his or her own interpretation of what it means to be an effective negotiator. Some believe that they need to possess a killer instinct, a win-lose attitude, or place what they perceive as their clients best interest in front of reality. While nego...
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 Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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Tired of Waiting to Close? You deserve a lender that can close your loan in weeks, not months! Don’t sit in the dark, hoping for progress. Let’s all live in a world of smooth transactions. Cell 602-421-4300 For more information visit: SecurtyNational Mortgage Company Capp...
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 Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Olga Simoncelli, consistently has so many great posts and most importantly is terrific about sharing it to us Rainers and beyond. This article is such an exciting new way of presenting information I'm anxious to learn from it! So many times I just write the data and really don't think that it get...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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The townhome is the middle unit of five.  There are two units on either side.I'm standing there holding my... er.... phone... yeah... my cell phone... talking to the listing office: "Where the heck is the lockbox?""I don't know...hold on, I'll check."They put me on hold.  While on hold I listen t...
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 Carol Williams, "Real Estate Coaching: Working Smart Made Easy"
(Nationwide: Carol Williams... How can I help YOU achieve your personal & professional goals?)
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Did you see the movie City Slickers?   If so, do you remember the scene where Curly asks Mitch if he knows the secret of life?   Here is the dialogue:Curly:  Do you know what the secret to life is?   (Curly holds up one finger)Curly:  ThisMitch:  Your finger?Curly:  One thing.  Just one thing.  Y...
By Olga Simoncelli, Broker-Owner, RE Consultant, Licensed in CT & NY
(Veritas Prime, LLC)
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Is Bullying Covered by the Realtors’ Code of Ethics?   During a recent Real Estate Continuing Education class on the subject of the Realtors’ Code of Ethics, the following situation came to light: a newer agent from an independent firm called the local association executive, to complain about the...
By Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.
(UTR Texas Realtors)
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 In reviewing my upcoming calendar week; I noticed I have two networking events this week. That got me to thinking how very important networking is to my business.  At a networking event I meet new people to the area who may need my services or the services to another of my business contacts. Rem...
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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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 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...