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 Pat Hiban, Billion Dollar Agent
(Pat Hiban Interviews Real Estate Rockstars and Founder of Rebus University)
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Have you been trying unsuccessfully to increase online real estate lead conversion rates? Have you heard other agents complain that Internet lead conversion for real estate is much more difficult than it used to be? Actually, believe it or not, it has gotten more difficult to convert online leads...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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I like this.  This is really a great blog..   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 s...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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PHOENIX PROPERTY MANAGEMENT REQUESTING ACCESS TO UNIT This is a normal request from the Phoenix Property Management company to request access to the unit for the following reasons Repair request Inspection of the unit requested by owner Health and Safety check Seller is selling property need acce...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
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The Only Action Rule that Matters, Mel Robbins; The 5 Second Rule!  Ok so we are all busy, rushing here, rushing there, demands from this person and more demands from that one, so busy that many of the things we want to do never get done.How many great ideas did you have a year ago that never hap...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Our Active Rain friend, mentor and coach, Lou Ludwig, wrote an exceptionally good piece this morning. We CAN handle it; we WILL handle it. Don't you agree? You Can Handle It  “You are given what you can handle . . . . Just sometimes it’s a little more than you would like it to be . . . . but you ...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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PHOENIX PROPERTY MANAGEMENT DEALS WITH BED BUGS Here I am today enjoying a restful day with my family on first day of this fine new year. Then, I received many texts from a tenant informing me that he has bed bugs. I received a few pictures of the little critters. This little critters continue to...

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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If you missed this post, I have re-blogged it as this is something that all of us who deal with the public should ask ourselves.  Some great advice from Grant Schneider : “How am I doing?” Those of you living in New York City might remember when Mayor Koch used to ask his constituents that questi...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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As a luxury real estate marketing professional, do you have a shortage of time to enjoy your life apart from work? This is an indication that you are not focused on the highest and best use of your time and that you need to delegate more. This important issue of “time shortage” came to our attent...

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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Lou Ludwig does a wonderful job with his blog supplying motivation on a daily basis.  I particularly liked this quote and thought I would re-blog it: Education is Life  “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dwey     As I see it . . . . . . . Education is life   E...

By Kathryn J., Rentec Direct
(Rentec Direct)
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For those who are property managers or landlords who need to file 1099-Misc the deadlines have changed for 2016 reporting.     The New RuleFilers will be required to send 1099-MISC recipient copies and submit the forms whether paper or e-file to the IRS by January 31st, 2017.   Complications with...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Feels like I've been Spring Cleaning for a year or two - literally! By now you'd think I'd have taken out all the trash, right?  But NOOOOOOOOO I went back and found more trashy stuff on my posts. Thanks to Debbie Laity's ActiveRain Spring Cleaning Challenge I was nudged, once again, to go back ...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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"Leave It To The Professional"... That's what a Seller told me that they had been told by another agent when they questioned the discrepancy between what the agent had said they would do and what the agent had actually done, or rather had not done... Anyone else see a problem with that posture? Y...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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I just read a post by Scott Godzyk about a sale almost not happening because the seller freaked out when the buyer used his toilet. We agents know that life happens. Buyers and their children and even agents have strong calls of nature when out for period of times looking at homes. This brings up...

By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 Irrespective of our heavy reliance on digital exchanges (via email, text or Facebook) – verbal communication with folks still matters. Your sellers are no exception. If anything, they need to hear your voice and/or see you in-person more than anyone else.What better time to connect than during a...

By Kathy Goldman, Social Media & Marketing for Real Estate
(REVA Online | SEO Boost For Real Estate, Social Media Marketing for Real Estate and Real Estate Blogging Expert)
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Top 8 Reasons Real Estate Agents FailThere are more than 100,000 real estate agents in the United States who are millionaires! That sounds like an awful lot of top producers out there. So what is it that they are doing that you are not? As a matter of fact most real estate agents end up failing a...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Inspiration Don’t Leave Home Without It “Don’t wait for inspiration to happen . . . . you have to create it.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author    As I see it . . . . . . .Inspiration don’t leave home without it. Your inspiration is your inner ...

By® - A division of Move, Inc., Proven Systems
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Your sphere is your best source of business — but sometimes, repeat business or referrals slip through the cracks before you’ve had a chance to get in touch. Is it really possible to keep up-to-date with hundreds (or even thousands) of contacts in your database? When we asked “Rainers” how they m...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Don’t Put It Off Until Tomorrow “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” Pablo Picasso 1881 – 1973, Spanish Painter, Sculptor,Printmaker, Ceramicist, Stage Designer   As I see it . . . . . . .Don’t put it off until tomorrow Today is your day to do with it as y...

By Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker in Destin, Fl..
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I don't think there is any golden answer other than "It Depends"  With some retail items, the brand has the quality that I demand as a consumer.  With other items, in my opinion,  I do not feel that same loyalty. The quality of the product is definitely the determining factor in making my decisio...

By Bunny Terry, A Different Kind of Realtor in the City Different
(Keller Williams Santa Fe)
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In my pre-listing and listing presentation, I include the standard "Tips for Moving" page on which I list moving resources and tips. One of the sentences reminds clients to be sure to keep their important documents with them when making their move, especially in the event that selling one home wi...