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 Jessica Schweppe, Real Estate Marketing Expert + Blogger
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There are tons of articles out there telling you how to optimize your MLS listings to make them stand out to potential buyers (including this one that we published a while back). While it's true that you need to be aware of things that will be a turn-on to home shoppers, you also need to be aware...
By Mike Tizzano, Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender
(Amerifirst Financial, Inc NMLS 145368 LO:1015837)
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has never been very receptive to the idea of marketing service agreements, or MSAs.  They view them as a cover for a pay for referral practice which is a RESPA violation.  Unfortunately, in many cases they are correct in believing so and recent action take...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Greatness in is the Eyes of the Customer“Everyone has the power of greatness. Not for fame, but greatness. Because greatness is determined by service” Martin Luther King Jr. 1929 -1968, Civil Rights Leader, Clergyman,           As I see it . . . . . . .Greatness is in the eyes of the customer How...
By Chris Colgan, Real Estate Expert Advisor
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8 Tips for Preparing for Your Open HouseHolding an open house is a solid way to get your property on buyers’ radars. But anyone can tack up an open house sign and hope for the best. Instead, use these tips to present your home ideally and make your open house a full house.1.       Become your own...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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We all like to receive referrals.   Referrals from past clients, business contacts as well as other agents.  That is one of the strengths of belonging to professional networking sites and groups.Over the weekend I referred a seller lead to a real estate agent who is a member of ActiveRain (althou...
By Bob Haywood,
(McGraw Realtors)
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No doubt you’ve heard by now about Cecil the famous lion who was killed by the American dentist in Africa.   And you probably have pretty strong feelings about the situation. Most people do.  It’s blowing up worldwide.  The office of the dentist are being boycotted and there’s even been an online...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 The School of Hard Knocks“Most people once they graduate from the school of hard knocks, automatically enroll in the university of adversity.”Peter McWilliams, 1949 – 2000, Writer As I see it . . . . . . .The school of hard knocks In most schools when you graduate you’ll receive a diploma. When ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.” ~ Napoleon Hill     While reading and turning my windshield time to learning time, I have been re-visiting the age old classic by Napoleon Hill. In my search and quest for answers, I have come acros...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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       Short Sales and Divorce....which are often elements that are both found in the same transaction,  are conditions we often encounter and are well prepared to handle.  The two incomes that were required to pay the mortgage no longer exist under the same roof. The loss of a job by the primary...
By Tammy Todaro, ABR
(RE/MAX Executive Realty in Franklin, Ma.)
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Here's One For The Team!We are starting to see more and more teams created in real estate agencies. What is the true meaning of a "Team"?  Doesn't that mean that the group of people work together to accomplish something?  Maybe some of these "Teams" are just trying to accomplish a top ranking nam...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Courtesy, Common Practice and Contractual . . . Know the Difference?In the many years in which I have been practicing Exclusive Buyer Agency in the Portland Metro real estate market, there are misconceptions which abound. What might be "common practice" in the Portland Metro real estate market is...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
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 How to Overcome Apathy1. We often feel apathetic when we’ve picked the wrong goals or when have no goals, or direction for our life. So, look at what inspires you, or makes you feel alive.2. Stop listening to others, and their views on success. Success really is doing what’s important to YOU.3. ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Nice job Tony, sounds like a fine code of ethics that you are following.  It will get you through plenty of doors, up there and down here. I was just thinking, what would God want to see in a Realtor before allowing them to pass through the Pearly Gates?  I guess some of the most important criter...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH)
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  As my wife was meeting with her chemo doctor (oncologist) I was thinking about his strong communication skills he has  that made me think about this blog I am writing here today.  1.     When my oncologist meets with Kim he always greets her immediately with a huge and I mean HUGE smile and a w...
By Tony Lewis, RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita
(RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident)
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I was just thinking, what would God want to see in a Realtor before allowing them to pass through the Pearly Gates?  I guess some of the most important criteria would be: Did you put others best interest ahead of your own? Did you show homes based solely upon the clients criteria no matter what t...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Good morning and Happy Thursday, Friends!Today's Thought for Thursday comes from a lesson hard learned. Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.When we first started out in real estate, we spent a lot of our time in the office, watching training videos and talking about what to do with our ment...
By Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
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There are times when sellers want  to remain in their house after the close of escrow.  Why would  they want to do this?  They may be closing a few days later on a home they are purchasing and want to avoid a double move.  They might have an unexpected delay in a mover schedule.  There could be a...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
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We all look for lawyers for advice (and closings in some states) but there are several kinds of lawyers you should get to know for leads. Of course, just as with any relationship you'll want to know how to make it a two-way street. I'll give you some tips here but each lawyer is different.  The o...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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                                                                                                                    Flickr/American Advisors GroupHello all,Team Jadofsky will be hosting a first time home buyers class on August 4th from 6 - 7:30 pm. It will be located at 309 Richard Jackson Blvd, ...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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You Got My Attention.  You Won't Get My Business   "Hi Jon!", the email began. Ok, it's pretty easy to forget an 'h'.  A typo, perhaps. "I'm not sure you're still in the mortgage industry", she continued. "OH COME ON, IT'S ALL RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU, ARE YOU THAT LAZY!?!?", I thought.       This w...