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 Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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Has Your Get Up and Go Got Up and Went?Mine sure has from time to time.During my 38-year career in residential real estate sales.Which continues as strong today still as it did April 3, 1980.What is the answer when that happens? Hopefully catching it in advance so you can begin treatment is impor...

By Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 October is a great month for reflecting! Grant Schneider's interesting challenge  Time Management Is Not A Time Management Issue intrigued me - a lot. Why? Because it caused me to pause and think about "Time Management" or lack there of when it comes to 'traditional' ways of thinking about this ...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Sometimes you need a mental health day.It might be just a bit of down-time... staying in bed just a touch longer than usual.  Staying home for the day and playing hookey.  I was talking to a newer agent this morning... and she told me, with that guilty look on her face, that she'd told a client s...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                Any good real estate and Aurora property management firm has countless lockboxes to keep track of.  Except you should have an exact count of what you have in the office.  Here are some ways to keep track of all those lockboxes you have out in the field.                Your first i...

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 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 George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
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There are several things sales people need to do to be successful.  Such as: Be motivated Return phone calls promptly Network Prospect Stay in touch with past clients Eliminate inefficiencies  Market themselves Have product knowledge Stand apart from others Be visible Be persistent Have a Plan B...

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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This is wonderful advice from Barbara Todaro and we should utilize this skepticism for every facet of our lives these days.  Don;t just believe everything you read, hear or see.  Do some research to make sure it is true:    “What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.” The real estat...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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 “What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.” The real estate business has many of these “practitioners.”  Do you know of any? I don’t need to think long and hard about this topic. I’m familiar with a few of these characters. The most important lesson learned, from knowing this type...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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by Patricia Feager, 9/18/2017    "The significant challenges we face cannot beresolved at the same level of thinking we wereat when we created them."  --- Albert Einstein Digital communication has changed the way we do business and Artificial Intelligence is the future; however, some things never...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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 What could I possibly mean by saying you need to be a real estate doctor?  To answer that question just think about your last visit to your doctor.  Maybe you had a physical but maybe you had some ache or health issue.  So, for example, lets say you have a pain in your knee.First our doctor does...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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It's Up to You to Create the Circumstances You Want“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get along in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they wantand if they can’t find themthey make them...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
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 Being a spur of the moment person, I like to have things done so I can continue to take a day off to go to DC or the Craft Show or out to lunch or dinner with little notice. I am also flexible to show my properties, answer my phone, email and text. It takes some planning to be spur of the moment...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Adventures in Little League Baseball “Little League baseball is a very good thing becauseit keeps the parents off the street.”Yogi Berra 1925 – 2015, America Baseball Player, Manager and Coach, 18 Time All Star, Named American League Most Valuable Player 1951, 1954, 1955, Won 10 World Series Cham...

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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   Episode #114  link to iTunes Founding member of Career Compass "Beef" Wellington Pendell shares marketing, branding and USP tips and techniques. How would you like to earn 7% commissions? Active Rain's own Jason E. Gordon introduced me to "Beef" Wellington and the Career Compass about 4 years ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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An Entrepreneur Will Visualize It and Then Do It “The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer . . . . He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.” Robert L. Schwartz, Entrepreneur  As I see it . . . . . . .An entrepreneur will vi...

By Andy Fulton
(Market Leader)
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The busy summer home buying and selling season is in full swing! Get ready for several hectic months of hard work and long hours, not to mention a bunch of closed deals that will net you many thousands of dollars in commission income.But even if you have the volume of leads you need to make this ...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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Break Out Before You Burn Out-- How to Step Away From Real EstateIn this business two weeks can pass in a blur. List a home on Saturday, perhaps an open house on Sunday and before you know it 10-14 days pass without time off. While we all admire a hard worker, such a grind will, well grind, even ...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Residential REALTOR®
(Residential, Referrals & Relocation REALTOR at PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Remember to turn on the light! Recently, I experienced a short lull in business. Instead of becoming paralyzed with fear, I continued to show up everyday at the downtown St. George office, doing floor time, working on my new web site and making calls. Times like this can be very uncomfortable and...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Persistence is Linked to Success“If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly connected with success, what ever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence.”Richard DeVos, Amway co-founder  As I see it. . . . . . . .Persistence is linked to s...