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 Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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New Agents Words of Wisdom for Getting Started in Real Estate These are some nuggets I shared with new real estate students. I wish somebody had told me these when I was getting started.  Your income potential doesn’t have a ceiling. It’s yours for the taking. Hard work doesn’t stop at a 40 hour ...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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  Customer Service = Dental Office = Real Estate Office? Recently I've had a few experiences of both excellent customer service and down right ugly customer service. When customer service is outstanding you can bet I'll be touting about them every chance I can and they will get a lot of business ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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People Who Want to Get it Done“People Who want to appear clever want to relay on memory. People who to get things done make a list .”Peter McWilliams  1951 – 2000, American Self-Help Author     As I see it. . . . . . . .People who want to get it done. Getting things done . . . . doesn’t just happ...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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A day in the life of a Beverly Hills, CA Realtor! This post was inspired by numerous threads on Active Rain, where we were bragging to our fellow Realtors how much we love our career, because we can make our own time.  How we can do things when we want to, rather than when we must. Most of you wh...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Real Estate Agent.
(Preferred St George Utah Area Real Estate Agent | PK Real Estate Utah South)
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There is here with a T.  And a sunset is a sunrise with different hours. While it is virtually impossible to be here, there and everywhere, having a diverse business plan can expand online and local market presence. Some tips to get there from here: Blog consistently Use sphere of influence Targe...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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©Patricia Feager, 2/22/17 As a follow-up to Results are a Vision - Happiness is Contagious! today's post is about Courage - A Projection of People's Dreams. Twenty years ago I was filled with hope, courage, determination, excitement, and encouragement when my employer, Abbott Laboratories offered...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Ability to Take Responsibility “Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility . . . . In  the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have . . .  Is the Ability to take responsibility. ” Michael Korda English Born Writer and Novelist    As I see it . . . . . ...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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 Discount and transactional brokers/agents will never be there for you 1 year after your sale. But I Will! 100% By Referral and relational and...  I sold a condo to some NorCal folks for their UCSD student daughter to use as a dorm and for their family to enjoy as a summer home Summer 2016. This ...

By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
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Yesterday was really a good day.....not because I got a new real estate or loan client and not because I collected a big commission. It was really a good day because I got calls from 5 previous clients about various loan or real estate situations. Of the 5 client; one has been a client for 24 yea...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Becoming a Market Expert: The 20 Things You Need to Know If you want to be viewed as a market expert, you must completely understand your local market. Most of this information is easily accessible from your MLS. Every agent must be able to analyze for their marketplace: SALES ANALYSISGo into th...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Do you know a good leader when you see one? Choosing leaders for your real estate teams is the first step to creating a high performing team.  The selection of  a leader with the correct  leadership traits depends on understanding your environment.  And the environment such as type of organizatio...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
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A Key Ingredient in Selling Hunting or Recreation Land I have spent a lot of time over the years looking at land for Sellers, Buyers, Agents and Myself and I think that I have learned a few things about what makes a great recreation parcel. And my third rule of selling great hunting parcels was ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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What You Do With the Opportunity“Jumping at several small opportunitiesmay get us there more quicklythan waiting for one big oneto come along.”Hugh Allen, Author   As I see it . . . . . . .What you do with the opportunity  It not size of the opportunity that’s as important . . . . it’s what you d...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Future is What You Choose to Make It “It’ is too easy to give up on ourselves when we let who we are today prevent us from being what we be tomorrow.” Michael Josephson, Former Law Professor and Attorney   As I see it . . . . . . .Your future is what you choose to make it What do you want yo...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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Listing presentations with new leads can be daunting, if you're not prepared that is. This initial meet and greet is the most important factor in whether new leads will choose you as an agent. Sure, not every lead is going to like you and rejection is certain. However, there are certain instances...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Great Minds Think With a Purpose “Great minds think with a purpose others have wishes.” Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Great minds think with a purpose The way you think is a coming the attraction on the level of suc...

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 Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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There's a song stuck in my head - Eminem and Rihanna's "The Monster." It's not even music I typically listen to (here's a link to the song if you're unfamiliar) but it's catchy and I think it has a message for us all. In part, the lyrics read: "I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed, Ge...

By Karen Smyth, Delivering The Dream of Home Ownership Everywhere!
(The Ben Kinney Team)
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What's it all about, really? I mean, as a real estate "agent" - what do you do for a living, really?Recently, during an interview with a newer agent who was considering joining our expanding team,  I asked her what did she think we did for a living? She replied, "We SELL Real Estate!" To which I ...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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There are several Oviedo homeowners who need their coffee every morning in order to start their workdays, as well as carry out hours of productivity in the office. But is drinking a warm cup of java or an iced coffee good or bad for a person who is trying to shed a few pounds? Doctors claim that ...