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 Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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When a market is HOT like ours, everyone wants to know your secret when things go well. Here in the Manchester NH Area, there is a shortage of homes for sale in some areas. Sales are steady and strong. The HOWEVER is that all homes are not selling so quick. Some stay on the market for months. Thi...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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DO YOU USE BUYER BROKER AGREEMENTS? READ MORE..................   An agent who spends time searching and showing homes to a buyer without a buyer broker agreement, is likely to have a disappointing situation occur.  It's like being married without a marriage license.  After spending time, effort...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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People Will Try to Rain on Your Success Journey“Great spirit has always encounter violent oppositionfrom mediocre minds.”Albert Einstein 1860 – 1955, German-Born Theoretical Physicist, Developed the General Theory of Relativity        As I see it. . . . . . . .People will try to rain on your succ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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Old Fashion Techniques Work, Ask for the BusinessSocial media, contact management programs, develop Save ing your sphere of influence are all systems that work in getting real estate business. One thing that is still the same is that people want to know you want their business and they like being...

By Inbound Real Estate Marketing, Learn Online Marketing Today.
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Hello Active Rain, Happy hump day. Today's one-minute marketing video talks about how FEW real estate professionals plan properly for their online AND offline businesses. Take 30 days and plan the rest of your career! 

By Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager
(American West Realty & Management)
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 Put another way, stop swinging for the fences! Focus on base hits. Getting on base consistently is what wins the game. And when you find that "gold nugget" and hit a home run? That's icing on the cake! Thanks, Joyce!     Stop Chasing After that Golden Nugget... Every day, as Real Estate Professi...

By Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno)
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Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist but in the ability to start over.                                                             F. Scott FitzgeraldEach week is your chance to start over. Fresh week, fresh start. Make this your best week ever.    18 month home warranty Click here f...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Stars Will Show You the Way “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” Charles A. Beard 1874 - 1948, American Historian, History Professor at Columbia University    As I see it . . . . . . .The stars will show you the way We all experience obstacles . . . . challenges . . . . setbacks ....

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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It's not everyone that knows how to be a good leader.  Some come to it naturally, while others need to learn to do it well.  Here's some tips for leaders from Grant Schneider : If you hired an administrative staff and you exercise strong control over their work you may be shooting yourself in the...

By Nick & Trudy Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc )
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If you want to be TrustedBe honest!Steve Maraboli Last night my email dinged. As I opened it to see who was writing to me I was pleasantly surprised to see the names of some clients from a couple of years ago.I helped them purchase a home for their oldest son, who has some disabilities. They want...

By Sean Whaling, Founder, CEO
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Email marketing has certainly been overshadowed in recent years as social media has grown. But make no mistake, it’s still an important part of the sales process. In fact, it can be a major advantage for those who do it right.But as is the case with social media marketing, it’s not worth botherin...

By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
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I have sold investment property for 26 years, I own a property management company, and my wife and I have owned investment real estate for many years. If you do this kind of real estate long enough you learn as you go and one thing I know is an 800 credit score is outstanding but does not make fo...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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YOUR Solutions REALTOR®When I first started as a Sedona Arizona REALTOR®, I knew at some point I might have to "declare" or determine a niche. I didn't know what that niche would be other than I really wanted to be a Sedona luxury home real estate agent.  I have always enjoyed looking at homes an...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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A keyword is a word or phrase used to describe the contents of a web page. Keywords help search engines like Google and Bing identify which web pages match particular web queries. When search engines begin crawling the web, you want to be sure your Real Estate website and blog has the appropriate...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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We do see lot of traffic at the OPEN HOUSEs nowadays.A 2013 re-post from Katrina Rockel on making them unique.Not your typical boring Open House Over the years, the idea of having to hold an Open House has gone the way of family Sunday dinners and two-toned cars ~ they still happen, but they are ...

By Zach @ Chime, We market for agents, build CRM and tools. Ask me!
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We were inspired to write this post after we came across a survey from Inman. When asked how many of their online leads convert into deals, almost half of the agents who participated in the survey saw a conversion rate of only 2%! In an interview with, Realtor Darren James at...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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What You See“What you see is deeply rooted in your attitude.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author       As I see it. . . . . . . .What you see What you see is deeply rooted in your attitude . . . . With a positive attitude you will a bright future...

By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
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It has been awhile since I made any offers on MLS listed properties but in 26 plus years I have so I want to state some obvious factors in getting offers accepted but maybe we do forget sometimes what is essential and basic so i want to state my three obvious ways of getting a seller to respond t...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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One Life . . . . to Live “Never give up. You only get one life. Go for it.” Richard E. Grant Swiss – English Actor, Screenwriter, Director    As I see it . . . . . . .One life . . . . to live You only get one life . . . . to live . . . . and this is it. Go for it . . . . and make the most out of ...