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 Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Ways that Technology Can Ruin Our Business I am far from a data security expert. I know it and admit it willingly. But in this day and age I think we have to keep up with the issues that affect our online security and that of our computers, and potentially our businesses. No doubt you have seen s...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Powerful Force in Your Life“There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that once, unleashed, can make any vision,dream or desire a reality.”Anthony Robbins, Motivational Author and Speaker    As I see it. . . . . . . .A powerful force in your life Within each of us is powerful d...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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TENANT ASKED WHAT IS THE GAME PLAN? ANSWER IS Many of you know that I own a real estate brokerage that focuses on Phoenix Property Management. Yes, we do see all the joys and pains when it comes to managing rentals. However, we are very good at what we do when it comes to Phoenix Property Managem...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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If your team is not following you then, perhaps, you are not leading them. When I consult with business owners in Westchester County New York often I hear comments about getting the staff to do the right things. Sometimes an owner is willing to place all the blame on the staff being lazy, unmotiv...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Unlimited Enthusiasm is a Powerful Force   “A man can succeed at almost anything for which he hasunlimited enthusiasm.” Charles Schwab, American Entrepreneur, Founder andChairman of Charles Schwab Corporation  As I see it. . . . . . . .Unlimited enthusiasm is a powerful force The power enthusias...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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My sunglasses have pretty cool powers. They reflect the world back to the viewer. I might be looking at the same image that is reflected in my sunglasses, or I could be staring elsewhere. You certainly don't know what I'm thinking because thoughts are unique to each, based on our own experiences,...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Jeff Dowler "So produce it yourself, or get permission in writing, and use sites that allow royalty-free photos..."Right on target - and - re-blog!  Ways that Technology Can Ruin Our Business   I am far from a data security expert. I know it and admit it willingly. But in this day and age I think...

By Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker.
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This is a reblog from one year ago but it still is important this year even tho some of the items might not apply in your state or area of business.  The dreaded status update.  As agents, we always hope for the best and sometimes...we get the worst.  This was a WONDERFUL status update I received...

By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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 South Kingstown RI  Tree Services  Silver Leaf Forestry It may be too early for a blizzard and intense winds that can descend upon Rhode Island this winter but Silver Leaf Forestry is the South Kingstown RI tree company to call.  Do you have those trees close to the house or power lines that the...

By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
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Are Sales People Like Sharks Circling Prey?Sales people need the activity with clients in order to properly do their job and if like real estate agents, to get paid. Does that make them over the top aggressive to the point that they become like sharks circling prey?People like the anonymity of th...

By Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
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I Bet Most of You Own Your Job Recently on my podcast - The Local Small Business Coach - I discussed how so many of us small business owners (and yes, as a Realtor, you are a small business owner) really don't own a business, we just own our job.  For many agents and other types of small business...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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No Limitations . . . . in a Mind Opened to the Possibilities“A mind that’s open to the possibilities becomes anopportunity magnet.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . . No limitations . . . . in a mind opened to the po...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be the Master . . . . of Your Life“The eye of the master will do more workthan both his hands.”Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790, American Statesman, Founding Father, Author Political Theorist, Postmaster, Scientist, Inventor      As I see it. . . . . . . .Be the master . . . . of your life  Master y...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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Make 2017 your best year ever! Here are a few ideas to help you get started. • Make excellence your way of being, not perfection• Be on time• Finish what you start• Remember that your diet affects your mood • Plan your week on a schedule, schedule your goals• Do something that makes you feel unco...

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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"In business, as in life, you don't get what you deserve.  You get what you negotiate."-Chester L. KarrassNegotiation is a big word. It's not a big word because of the number of letters but how big of an impact negotiating is in your life.  Whether you are a good or bad negotiater will have a big...

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
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Home Buying Negotiation Tips So You Don’t Miss Out on a DealWhen choosing a real estate agent, making sure they have proven negotiation skills is going to be the difference between a good deal and a bad deal on a Myers Park house for sale. At Homes By Cross, our agents are all excellent negotiato...

By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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ATLANTA -- AGENT ALERT -- Suspicious "Buyer" -- Beware and Careful FMLS has had reports from multiple real estate agents in the Alpharetta and Athens areas of a suspicious person contacting different agents to show him listings he has seen before.  REMEMBER -- we are very close to Alpharetta -- r...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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On August 1st, 2011, I pulled the list of expired listings as I do each month.  After sorting through the list and making sure that they hadn't re-listed, I made a list of expired listings to go visit.  I knocked on many doors, but few people were home.  If there was no answer (or they pretended ...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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Having checks and balances in place will assure your Real Estate business runs smoothly. Agents typically act as their own small business. These four lists are designed to streamline processes with many moving parts, such as open houses and filing taxes. Stay Organized in 2017 by downloading thes...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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Musings by ©Patricia Feager, 1/16/2017 Official 2017 Blog JUMPSTART Challenge - Enhance YOUR Personal Best (Other - Motivational) "Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman - not the attitude of the prospect."--- W. Clement Stone Before becoming a member of ActiveRain I really did be...