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 Buffini & Company
(Buffini & Company)
Comments 25
 Many of us became real estate professionals because we wanted to be our own bosses. However, the downside of being your own boss is that you may become the most difficult person to manage. Your success becomes dependent upon the choices you make each day, and if you make the wrong choices or fos...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 110
Last night a fellow Realtor of mine was telling me about a situation where she received two very similar offers on one of her listings. The difference was important. The first offer was presented from a seasoned & trusted area agent. The second agent still had his real estate school umbilical cor...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 3
There is a month and a half left until spring.    Set aside 15 minutes to give out your business card. Here is one that you can do for 15 minutes two, three, or four times a week:Pass out a few business cards in an area you want to sell homes.Make sure your website's domain name is printed on the...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
A Word . . . . of Encouragement“Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.”John M. Maxwell, Pastor, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker, Leadership Expert    As I see it. . . . . . . .A word . . . . of encouragement A word of encouragement . . . . creates the power to make a difference in the pe...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
Turn Discouragement . . . . Into Stepping Stones“Develop success from failure. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”Dale Carnegie 1888 -1955, American Writer, CorporateTrainer, Public SpeakerAs I see it. . . . . . . .Turn discouragement . . . . into steppin...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 5
"our success becomes dependent upon the choices you make each day, and if you make the wrong choices or foster the wrong habits, it can impede your progress. "  Well worth the read Buffini & Company - Re-blog!   Many of us became real estate professionals because we wanted to be our own bosses. H...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
Making . . . . Good Decisions“When your values are clear to youmaking decisions become easy.”Roy Disney, Senior Executive The Walt Disney Company   As I see it. . . . . . . .Making . . . . good decisions  Having high personal standards along with values . . . . give you a strong foundation for . ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 9
Expect the best is one of my strongest motto's in dealing with people, whether family, staff , or clients.What we expect is generally what we get. Expect . . . . the Best “You get the best out of others when you get the  best out of yourself.” Harvey Firestone 1868 - 1938, American Businessman, F...
By Ellen Caruso
(Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 7
A few years ago I had this experience with several naysayers, and as hard as it was to not take it personally, I had to react as a professional, and allow it to result in a sale. My husband is a builder, and also one of my biggest clients! Seeing a distressed property come on MLS, I quickly broug...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 6
One of the nice things about the houses, in my hometown of Evanston, for Realtors and residents alike, is that the homes are unique.  One house is not like the next.  Ain't no ticky-tacky here.  We have real houses...  Here are just a few.How about this one?   The mansion has a first name... it's...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 5
The Real Estate Market has improved in many parts of the country, but there are still areas like Connecticut which still have not recovered.  There are many reasons why the Real Estate Market has improved in some parts of the country but not in others.  However, I am not going to concentrate on t...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 15
There is nothing quite like opening the door to a vacant listing and hearing the rush of water and noticing icicles hanging from the ceilings.  Agents who live in parts of the country where snow and frigid weather are part of the scene may be more likely to have their vacant listings winterized t...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
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It would be great if every potential homebuyer that walked into a real estate broker's office were a lottery winner. That would guarantee the buyer would be looking to make a fast cash purchase and there wouldn't be a lot of back and forth negotiations. Sadly, those kinds of situations are a rari...
By Francine Viola, Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs
(Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA)
Comments 1
With just one phone call, my buyer saved about $7,500.  And it was a very simple phone call to make. The BackgroundWe have been working on this short-sale for 10 months now.  The sellers have a law firm who is negotiating with the bank, (but as I've learned, just because a short-sale negotiator i...
By Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
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New Cost Savings for Landlords  This year’s legislative session resulted in several new or revised real estate-related laws . One of them for landlords.   The Texas Property Code requires a Landlord re-key all security devices after each tenancy. Landlords will be able to deduct the cost of rekey...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 0
The list of famous people who kept journals is as diverse as it is expansive. C.S. Lewis, Ronald Reagan and even grunge rocker Kurt Cobain are all known to have kept a personal record of their lives. According to a recent Huffington Post article, the benefits of journaling are not exclusive to ph...
By Jessica Schweppe, Real Estate Marketing Expert + Blogger
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Craigslist can be a great vehicle for listing promotion and lead generation. In order to take advantage of the benefits, you need to make sure you're following best practices and avoiding Craigslist posting faux pas. For the best possible results with your Craigslist real estate marketing, avoid ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
It’s Impossible is Just a Word . . . . on the Way to the Top“Every great achievement was once considered impossible.”Source unknown   As I see it. . . . . . . .It’s impossible is just a word . . . . on the way to the top The only thing that’s impossible . . . . on your success journey is what you...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
Winners . . . . Are  Focused on Their Goals“Failures do what tension is relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.”Dennis Wailtey Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker  As I see it. . . . . . . .Winners . . . . are focused on their goals  Winners see the long view for their life . . . ....