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 Home Value Leads
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This post was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.You work hard every day to make sure your client’s real estate transactions go smoothly. You go the extra mile and out of your way (often!) to accommodate their needs – and you don’t mind. Then – BAM! – you see a bad review. It might...
By Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, Author of Sell with Soul
(Sell with Soul)
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A few years ago I wrote a blog called "Professionals Don't Need Scripts" where I pontificated on my strongly held opinion that someone who is an expert in their field (or even reasonably competent) should not have to (or want to) rely on scripts when interacting with clients or potential clients....
By Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, Author of Sell with Soul
(Sell with Soul)
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Earlier this week I posted a blog asking the question "if YOU were a potential seller, would you be impressed that an agent took the ... ahem... 'time' to put you on an automated email campaign?" with the promise to return and elaborate on my statement that "Professionals Don't Need Drips."Let me...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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The 4 C's ~ The Very Best Advice I Can Give a Rookie in Real Estate  This post is not about an “A-Ha” moment when some real estate sage gave me a piece of advice that became THE KEY to success in a real estate career.  NO, This post comes from being licensed and working as a real estate person fo...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Are You Enjoying What You Do? “Most people are so busy knocking themselves outtrying to do everything they think they should,they never get around to dowhat they want to do.”Kathleen Winsor, American Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Are you enjoying what you do? You can go through life doing . . ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Advice for New Agents Become a Neighborhood Expert When I first started I picked an area and farmed it  By farming I mean I send mailers out in a timely manner  I offered  a free market analysis . If I sold or listed a property in the area or an agent in my office did I asked permission from the...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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What do you think is most important for a new person in Real Estate?  Is it skill or will?  You can have all the knowledge in the world.  But knowledge is not power.  The application of knowledge is power.  Don't be fooled by knowledge and experience.  I work largely with privately held and famil...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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5 Guiding Principles to Building a Referral Business When I first started in the real estate business (1987) I didn't really have a plan of action to 'build' a business other than take floor time, do open houses and create a farm area. And that worked pretty good for me as my office was located i...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 The Advantage of Remaining Cool and Composed“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 1826, 3th President of the United States    As I see it. . . . . . . . The advantage of remaining cool and ...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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FHA Misconceptions - Listing Agents, Read This       FICO score?  Doesn't matter.  Debt to income ratio?  Nope, doesn't matter, either.  Have documents been analyzed?  Has a thorough pre-approval complete with analysis of income, assets, and automated underwriting been completed?  NOW we're on to...
By Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
(Executive Director of Education and Industry Outreach RETechCampus)
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Social media sharing is really just content marketing on steroids, but how much traffic does it drive and how much business is it generating for you? What if there were a way to Co-Brand your Content Marketing and sharing initiatives to targeted audiences and do it for free? Would you be interest...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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No One Can Defeat You Without Your Permission “No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.”Dwight D. Eisenhower 1890 - 1969, 34th President of the United States As I see it. . . . . . . . No one can defeat you without your permission The journey of success or failure is first in your t...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Keep Your Head in the Game If you ever played an organized athletic activity, no doubt you've heard a coach say to a player, "Keep you head in the game, nnff&$".  (nnff&$ is a place holder for whatever term of endearment the coach had for your team.) As brokers and agents, we have to keep our hea...
By Lina Poka, MBA, Multi-award winning Senior Marketing Professional
(Morris Real Estate Marketing Group)
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Most real estate agents run around being and feeling busy but miss their goals because of two main reasons: They do not keep tabs on their numbers. They do not stick close to their highest priority (and revenue generating) activities. Realtors, make this the year you far surpass your goals and ex...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Responsibility . . . . For Your Future“You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”Abraham Lincoln 1809 - 1865, 16th President of the United States  As I see it. . . . . . . . Take responsibility . . . . for your future By taking the responsibility . . . . for your f...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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A Rookie Agent in 1980, Some Things Never ChangeThe real estate business is a people business. If you don't like people and don't want to talk with people and hear their problems then don't get into real estate. It was that way 35 years ago and is that way today.For those rookies entering the bus...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Persist . . . . “Many of life’s failures are people who did not Realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”Thomas A. Edison 1847 - 1931, inventor As I see it. . . . . . . . Persist . . . .   When things are looking dark . . . . Look for a way to turn on the light of your creative t...
By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
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When I check my email, I see ads sent by real estate agents. Quite a few of them are from neighboring cities, which are part of different MLS. And I am often puzzled by how agents do it.Take for example the ad I saw in the mail today:Buyer's loss is someone else's gain!  Beautifully redone 4 bedr...
By The Steller Group, Colorado's #1 Keller Williams Team
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“Know Before You Owe”The industry is buzzing about the new mortgage lending requirements that came into effect October 3, 2015. Although it is being billed as a way to simplify and clarify the process for homebuyers, many buyers and sellers are worried that these new regulations will make the buy...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Becky Kolb, shared this wonderful classic post that can be used many times over. The array of details and data will surely benefit you and your present or future clients. It is detailed and right to the point. It should also help with any gray areas, to give you an upper hand with this competitiv...