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 Judy Wahba Realtor-Broker/Owner Steve Houck Realtor/Partner
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
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I have touched on this subject before, but, feel that it needs to be addressed more fully. First, everyone gets advice from Uncle Bill and all of these countless online advisors, but the truth is, the only person who can advise you on your offer is your Realtor.   " I read somewhere that you shou...
By Tony Lewis, RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita
(RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident)
Comments 10
I'm writing this blog post to reach out to Realtors that should hear the other side of the coin.  We, as Realtors, all have many things in common.  One of them is time management.  We have limited numbers of hours to spend with our clients and there are days in which we have back to back appointm...
By Dale Ross, Realty Group
(CEO - Dale Ross Realty Group)
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I receive many questions about real estate every month, and I'm always happy to answer them. Sometimes, I'll get a question that bears special attention, and in those cases I like to share the answer with all of my readers and subscribers. Feel free to send your own questions! If I publish yours,...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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    Balance - Something we all Struggle with - The entire month of August we will be covering how to work Smarter NOT Harder - The 5 Pillars of Success for Every Realtor and Mortgage Loan Officer in search of Balance in consistently growing their business. You’ll never say those four fatal words...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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Honey, Sweetie, Sugar ~ Not So Sweet Salutations!This past week I was on the phone with an attorney's office and was speaking to the attorney's assistant. Throughout our conversation she continually referred to me with "Honey", "Sweetie", etc.  As a southern woman my entire life, I still do not g...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Talking is Not the Same as Knowing . . . .“People who know little are usually great takers,while men who know much say little.” Jean Jacques Rousseau 1712 – 1778, French Philospher, Writer, Composer           As I see it . . . . . . .Talking is not the same as knowing . . . .  People with knowled...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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We are in full swing of "Hurricane Season" and here is a list of items you should have on hand at all times just in case an emergency of any type should arise ... EMERGENCY KIT (USE LARGE WATERPROOF PLASTIC TUB WITH LOCKING LID) WATER  (one gallon of water per person AND per pet per day for at le...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 16
Diligence Creates Opportunity“Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness – its opposite –never led to good intention’s goals .” Miguel de Cervantes, Writer              As I see it . . . . . . .Diligence creates opportunity Some people have it . . . . and some don’t. It’s acquired over...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 78
Sometimes I just read the headline and just move on to something else to keep my blood pressure down. It's sort of like watching the news during an election cycle (which by the way doesn't it feel like we ALWAYS in an election cycle now). But back to my point, this morning on Inman I read an arti...
By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
Comments 55
As a broker with over 60 agents, I am approached fairly often by many in related industries about getting my business for their product or service. They could be mortgage loan officers, lawyers (NY is an attorney state), title people, inspectors, or any other housing resource. I'm often bemused b...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 27
Blaming Won’t Change or Correct the Condition“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you” Dr. Wayne Dyer, Author, Professional Speaker        As I see it . . . . . . .Blaming won’t change or correc...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Challenge What’s True“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were, really true, there would be little hope of advancement.”Orville Wright 1871 - 1948, Aviation Pioneer        As I see it . . . . . . .Challenge what’s true Between early 1890’s through 1903 the Wright Brot...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 3
Do You Have To Feng Shui Every Nook and Cranny of Your Home?Those who are new to Feng Shui assume you need to change every nook and cranny of your home or office in-order to welcome change. This is not always the case. Sometimes you just need a bit of tweaking, or no change. No change? But isn't ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Inner Drive“Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further then people with vastly superior talent.” Sophia Loren, Italian Film Actress              As I see it . . . . . . .Inner drive ...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 49
Cooperating with Agents Not On Your MLSAs a listing agent, I've always thought it was important to sell my clients' homes -- to and with anyone who has a ready, willing, and able buyer.That includes working with real estate agents that might reside in Green Valley, or Sierra Vista, or Casa Grande...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 30
Talent is Like Electricity“Electricity makes no judgment. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that. It makes no judgment. I think talent is like that.I believe every person is born w...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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If you are a high achiever you are accountable for results.  You say what you will do and ask others to hold you to it.  In an organization the person who holds you accountable would be your manager.  But if you are in  business for yourself you must hold yourself accountable.  One way to do that...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 8
In our market place, there has been a lot of recent movement.Over the last several years, there have been some new players in our market.  A new agency, here or there, 'causing many mature agents to move about like newbies.As an agency, as an office, we must be careful not to become complacent, b...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 12
Everyone makes mistakes. No one can be perfect all the time. You probably already know that if you’re really trying, you’re bound to mess up. And at some point, failure is inevitable. Does that mean you shouldn’t try to avoid making a mistake? No. And with advice from some of the industry’s most ...