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 Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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George Souto "...there is one thing a sales person needs to do in all sales fields, A Salesperson Needs To Be Consistent To Be Successful. Without consistency the objective will not be achieved."Right on target - and - re-blog! There are several things sales people need to do to be successful.  S...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 19
 West Sedona Red Rock ViewsEntry (above) Main Listing Photo Category This particular home has some gorgeous well kept grounds that include a large Koi pond with some very healthy Koi. I will be sharing more outside pics in my exterior photo choice.  I was a little concerned about the extensive gr...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Just Wait UntilWhat if Columbus had been told, “Chris, baby, don’t go now.Wait until we’ve solved our number-one priorities - - war, and famine; poverty and crime; pollution and disease; illiteracy and racial hatred….”?Bill Gates, founder of Apple Computer  As I see it. . . . . . . .Just wait unt...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Growth Mindset“If you believe you are born with all the smarts and gifts you’ll ever have, you tend to approach life with a fixed mind-set.However, those who believe that their abilities can be expand over time live with a growth mind-set and they’re much more innovative.”Dr. Marshall Goldsmith...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
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Thank you to the many Scottsdale REALTORS® who voted for me the last few days.  I'm happy to announce I'm now on the Board of Directors for the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®!   It's an honor and a privilege to serve among some of the finest realtors in the Phoenix Metro Area!   Having ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Big Dreamers Create a Big Vision“All successful people, men and woman, are big dreamers,they imagine what their future could be, ideal in ever respect, and then they work every day towards their vision that goal or purpose.”Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author, Motivation Speaker,Consultant  As I see it...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
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I hear so many times that over the holidays no one wants to sell buy or move.  I happen to think that is a myth.  The holidays are the perfect time to set yourself apart from your competition and to get a jump on your 2018 year.Here are some reasons to list during the holiday season.   While ther...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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If you get bummer out every time you pass a mirror in your Marco Island home, you may want to lose some weight. One of the best ways of doing so is by speeding up your metabolism with exercise. It can be as small as a walk around your office on your lunch break or a 15-minute jog through your nei...

By Michelle Spalding
(Transaction Management Consultants)
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Remember the saying we heard as children, actions speak louder than words? At least in my house that was a common one. As a kid, I’m not so sure that it meant much, other than clean your room now and stop telling me you’ll do it later. Mom liked us to take immediate action and not give her lip se...

By Joseph Zingales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Investing in real estate is a popular way of creating wealth. Some investors prefer to buy a property and hold on to it until its value appreciates. Others prefer to purchase a property, improve it and resell it for a profit in a short period of time. Regardless of the techniques, real estate inv...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Residential REALTOR®
(Residential, Referrals & Relocation REALTOR at PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 17
Chasing Time? Spend it Instead! Being a wife, mom and REALTOR helped me to develop a well-honed system, where each day was planned and expected. When the last of our children left home, I thought it would open a wide chasm of time. It is amazing how it gets absorbed quickly without much effort.  ...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
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One of the main points of our "value proposition" is that we never use the phrase "value proposition" - either verbally, in written marketing materials, or even in our thoughts. We're making a special exception for this post, obviously. Let me explain. Back when we were working for Big Box Realty...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Put the Customers Interests First   “When we put the customers interests first . . . . things seem to have positive results.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . .Put the customers interests first When a customer is made t...

By Sean Whaling, Founder, CEO
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Super proud to say that Egypt Sherrod is one of eCommissions partners. She recently wrote a blog for us on common mistakes buyers make that was perfect for sharing on Active Rain. Hope you enjoy! P.S. Have you seen these/is there any other common mistakes you often see? Love hearing stories from ...

By Filomena M. Thompson, Realtor, ABR, CDPE, CIPS, MRP, SRES, TRC
(REMAX Results)
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Good reminder as we set out to do showings! Yikes!                 Showing a home during Halloween can be an interesting experience.  There are often pop up props, ghoulish gags, and festive frights in every corner of a home.  Pumpkins adorning the front of the walkways that have been freshly car...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Putting kids bunk beds in a Miami Beach home for sale can always be a fun idea. Just don’t permit kids below six years of age to sleep or stay in the bunk's upper part. It is also important to have a safety ladder. You could teach your kids on safely using the ladder. Discourage playing on the la...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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       If you are dedicated to a cause ....if you work with a FUNdraising event you learn lots of life lessons in the process.  In my "former life" as the owner of a marketing do lots of product introduction, grand opennings, corporate meetings,anniversaries....all kind...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 29
 Coconut Coffee!Sir Wilfred's Maui - 100%  Kauai Why? ...Because I am an "Early Bird".I am an "Early Bird". You know what they say about the early bird... it gets the worm right? !! Well my worm is getting all of my routine done as early as possible so when the unexpecte...

By Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions
(Martin Presence Group)
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 Owning rental property is a great way to make money, but it also comes with great responsibility. As a property owner, you have an obligation to ensure that nobody gets hurt on your watch. Unfortunately, in today’s sue-crazy society, even the most conscientious property owner can find himself in...

By Judith Abbott
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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I almost always am successful in getting a packet of information into the hands of the appraiser on all my listings.  This practice began about 3 years ago after an extremely ugly appraisal on a listing.  In that case, the house was new-construction in-fill, a house built in 2002 on the only vaca...