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 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 Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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An open letter to myself to stay focused on the fundamentals... Dear TJ,Sometimes you suffer from "shiny object syndrome". You just get bored and want to try something new. You are a Free Spirit and routines are boring and shiny objects and new tools are momentarily distracting and even inspires ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Best Practices“For all my good intentions, there are days when things go wrong or I fall into old habits, when things are not going well, when I’m grumpy or mad I realized that I’m not been paying, attention to my soul and I’ve not been following my best routines.”Robert Fulghum, American Author,...

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 Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
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"Improving efficiency on the farm is not only a risk reduction strategy, it's a profitability strategy."-Bill CasadyLast week's Wednesday Word was "Layering".  Today it is Branches, which is sort of a spin-off of the layering concept for business. We've all heard the term "farming" in the real es...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Healthy Mindset“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn the past, not to worry about the future,or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”Buddha, Spiritual Teacher        As I see it. . . . . . . .A healthy mindset Focus your mind...

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 Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
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The Only Action Rule that Matters, Mel Robbins; The 5 Second Rule!  Ok so we are all busy, rushing here, rushing there, demands from this person and more demands from that one, so busy that many of the things we want to do never get done.How many great ideas did you have a year ago that never hap...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Think and Act With a Positive Mindset  “The winners in life think constantly in terms of ‘I can, I will.’Losers on the other hand, concentratetheir thoughts on what they should have doneor what they don’t do.”Denis Waitley, Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker         As I see It . . . . . ....

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 Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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Dare I say it's not optional to have an email signature, it's mandatory if you are in business, to have an email signature that offers your basic contact info and primary social media. If you are a Realtor, you don't want to be a secret agent. If you are in any business and want to make it easy t...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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WHAT AM I GOING TO BLOG ABOUT NOW? It is hard to believe that I have been blogging since 2009. Where has the time passed? It was only yesterday when I had the following thoughts not to blog see below:  Nobody is going to ready my blogs I have nothing to blog about I do not have the time Not enoug...

By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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Head on to ActiveRain University to watch the recording As Rich mentioned during the webinar, IXACT Contact is offering an extended 60-Day Free Trial for those looking to test out their CRM. To lend a helping hand to agents fresh on their road to real estate success, IXACT Contact is extending th...

By Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker
(Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho)
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The real estate industry is getting blasted with viruses and malware so please take the time to be vigilant and make sure you have up to date quality anti-virus software!I know a lot of people that were hacked via clicking on links that claimed to be important real estate closing documents, but w...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Lou Ludwig does a wonderful job with his blog supplying motivation on a daily basis.  I particularly liked this quote and thought I would re-blog it: Education is Life  “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dwey     As I see it . . . . . . . Education is life   E...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Want to try something new to help you slim down? All a Stuart homeowner needs to do is try a little acupuncture. Recently, it has become known throughout American culture as one of the most effective ways to lose stomach fat. For thousands of years, the Chinese have been using acupuncture to help...

By Sean Whaling, Founder, CEO
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Curious who's done this and what was your experience?

By Nick & Trudy Vandekar, Realtors - Selling the Main Line, PA Lic AB067198
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc )
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I was reading Sharon Tara's post today Creating a Positive first impression- Burden of Proof falls on Sellers which was excellent and well worth reading about the first impression on a buyer. Just click the link, take your time, we'll be here when you get back.It reminded me of something about 36...

By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(The K Company Realty)
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Book Review - 48 Days to The Work You Love - by Dan Miller - This was not a book I had originally planned on picking up, rather my wife mentioned it to me. She is a Project Manager and the Director in her company mentioned it was a must read to her, naturally she shared it with me because she kno...