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 Joyce Marsh, Florida Real Estate, Premier Sotheby's International Realty
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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The Benefits of Home Staging When Selling Your Home Project: New Listing - Ocean Home in New Smyrna Beach Florida 32169Listed by Joyce Marsh, Premier Sotheby's International Realty, Daytona Beach FloridaThis is a beautiful direct ocean home located in one of the most desirable beach areas in Flor...

By Home Value Leads
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This article was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.  Real estate agents are in the people business, so it's important that you are reachable to your leads and clients. Nothing is more frustrating to a potential seller or buyer or even a current client than to wait on your respons...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
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  LISTEN On iTunes Here   Kim Ades CEO of Frame of Mind Coaching is one of North America’s foremost experts on performance success through thought mastery. She returned to our Podcast this week to follow up on some great training she offered us on Episode 85. Kim shares some live coaching on co-H...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Rule #1 . . . . Stay Composed When Under Pressure“Pressure makes diamonds.”General George Patton 1885 – 1945, U.S. Army General  As I see it . . . . . . .Rule #1 . . . . Stay composed when under pressure   You are very much like a diamond . . . .  your true self will be molded . . . . and formed ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Life Improves When You’re Honest with Yourself“Your life will improve only when you becomehonest with yourself.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . . .Life improves when you’re honest with yourself Once you become honest ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Developing a great sales team starts with communicating clear vision and values and seeing that each member shares the values and is on the same page.    Once aligned a leader inspires those on the team to be the very best they can be.  Remember that not every person is the same but a diversity o...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Inner Strength Will Keep You Pushing Forward“The man who can drive himself furtheronce the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” Roger Bannister, English Olympic Athlete, Runner, The FirstRunner to Run the Sub-Four Minute Mile in the 1952 Olympics                             Speaker,...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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"Thank You" - Two of the Most Important Words in the English LanguageRemember the grandparent lessons, "Always say 'please' and 'thank you?' Gosh, as far back as I can remember, those are some of the first 'lessons' I ever learned. That, along with 'Don't ever be afraid to say, I'm sorry,' 'Don't...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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What is consistency?Being consistent is something that is discussed often, especially here with regards to our marketing efforts. Barbara Todaro, a constant source of marketing information as well as support, suggests we “market like we mean it” and part of that involves being consistent.  When I...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Successfully Achieving Your Goals is Your Mission“All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do.” Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993 American Writer and Minister   As I see it. . . . . . . .Successfully achieving your go...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Hey ActiveRainers,I decided to open up a topic that's already been extensively covered (yet unyielding in it's importance): essential home staging tips. We all know staging can (seriously) make or break a deal - thus, our need to underscore proper advice and empowering guidance.When you have a qu...

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty AR LLC)
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I know I'm on a re-blogging mode but this one just has to get out there.  If you don't follow Sally K. & David L. Hanson you should really start.  This is one outstanding example of why, enjoy     Far too many times with an ear to the marketplace...if it is your own....or you are on an internet f...

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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Even when people speak perfect English, Sacramento real estate agents can have a bit of difficulty understanding what they say. Like, yesterday, I felt like such a fool. I spoke to a buyer at great length. Sometimes, I forget to ask for a name upfront because I'm so focused on the conversation at...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Many of us have read the books by Stephen Covey, "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" and "The 8th Habit." Those books first introduced to me the concept of "sharpening the saw" and why that is essential. If we don't take care of ourselves, if we don't replenish ourselves, we can't help othe...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 by Andy CoffaroPropertyMinderMarketing We like to think we’re pretty sound when it comes to marketing here at PropertyMinder.We’re especially confident in our ability to provide you with entertaining, enlightening, and educational infographics.Why do we believe this? Because you’ve told us so vi...

By Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate)
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Even though you might be very busy, you need to read this post. Hi ActiveRainers, Happy Friday! I know we’ve previously posted the content below, but sometimes an infographic can communicate ideas in distinctly concise and powerful ways that plain text just can’t. Thus, I took the time to create ...

By Lee Davenport, Learn With Lee Real Estate Coaching & Consulting
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 As featured on RealtorMag. I love a good challenge that helps me to work smarter in my business.  How about you?  Well, I am challenging you for the New Year to go beyond "going for broke" and "go for unbroke".  No more "feast or famine".  Stop involuntary income rollercoaster rides.  Make 2018 ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    Hanson Claus is making his rounds in the next week or two....the last of the boxes to UPS....and now for the peoplewho help us locally with our business...appropriately, the Sweethearts at 1st Service Title have a sweet tooth....and we delivered a cupcake wreath to thank them for all they do....

By Brivity Platform, Manage. Market. Communicate. Convert. Get leads
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As a realtor, listings are your bread and butter. Whether a listing presentation succeeds in convincing sellers to list, is about your ability to present yourself better than the competition. However, it typically starts with the ability to overcome seller objections (to listing the property, to ...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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    Far too many times with an ear to the marketplace...if it is your own....or you are on an internet hear/read that an agent just got a listing that that special area of, short  sale, commercial, relocation, vacant land, new construction, agricultura...