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 Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
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The word "Google" has become synonymous with doing an internet search. Whenever you have a question, want information about anything or want to buy something , don't you say "I'm going to Google that"?  This is true even though there are many other search engines available.  In order to be succes...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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How does seller expect a listing agent to sell the homeWhen it's difficult to show?Herman Herrera regrets for this listing and says...Damn It man, I'm a REALTOR® Not a magician! I explain this to sellers as soon as I take a listing. You never know where the buyer for your home is going to come fr...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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When should you ask a buyer to write an offer?Lenn Harley shares a very simple trick that helps everyone!Give Home Buyers Courage. Buying A Home Takes More Than Money.  Buying A Home Takes More Than Money.  Give Home Buyers Courage and Confidence. Points To Remember When Showing Homes To A Buyer ...

By SmartZip Analytics, Predictive analytics for real estate
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WEBINAR RECAP: Three Different, Powerful Approaches to Leads and Listings in 2017What’s the one thing that single agents, medium-sized teams and massive teams have in common? They’re always looking to grow their listings business. In this ActiveRain webinar hosted by Bob Stewart, three very diffe...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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One of the biggest pitfalls of highly qualified agents is spending too much time finding leads, but not enough time nurturing them. Inman says agents should follow the 80/20 rule, 80% of their time nurturing leads, 20% of their time finding leads. Think about your last in person purchase: Did you...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Turn Up Your Sleeves“Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” Sam Ewing, Former Professional Baseball Player    As I see it . . . . . . .Turn up your sleeves Achieving your goals . . . . will not happen in ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Problems Come in Varying Degrees of Difficulties“No problem is insurmountable with a little courage, team work and determination a person can overcome anything.”                                      B. Dodge, Entrepreneur                                            As I see it . . . . . . . .Probl...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Desire to Achieve“A creative man is motivated by his desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”Ayn Rand    As I see it . . . . . . . .The desire to achieve When you focus on achieving successful results you are focusing on creating positive results.  When your daily focus is on ach...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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There’s No Remote in Life“Life has no remote so wake up change it.”Sushil Singh      As I see it. . . . . . . .There’s no remote in life With TV . . . . When you want to change the channel you press the button on a remote. When you want to change something in your life . . . . it will take active...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Endre Barath, Jr. "...every one of my clients has high respect for my knowledge and advice I give them. They are appreciative and grateful for my input into their decision-making process which generally turns out to be the biggest investment of their life..."Right on target - and - re-blog! Do yo...

By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
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The "Oh WOW' factor in sales is worth everything; a happy client, referrals, and a feeling of satisfaction.I visited my listing Monday night and the flyer box was empty and the flyers on the table by the door way were all gone. But in my hand I had 50 high gloss flyers that had been delivered to ...

By Shawn Cunningham
(RE/MAX Advantage)
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Have you ever considered doing housewarming parties for new clients? If not, hopefully this will help!I offer all of my new clients the option to have a housewarming party. Not all of them take me up on it, but the ones that do are always impressed. It's a great opportunity for them to get togeth...

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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The following steps are what I share with my sellers so that they understand what's expected of them as we go from an accepted sale agreement to closing! If this is of any help to you, as a realtor, then you won't have to re-create the wheel! Just tweak it according to your own state's guidelines...

By Lisa Bieri, Passion for RESULTS. Concern for PEOPLE.
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Get their permission…then tell ‘em what they need to hear.I went on a listing appointment last week and came away wondering, what do agents tell their clients about showings and feedback?This listing had expired from the market and the owner called me to see, “What I would do differently than her...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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  First time buyers are back  .The surprise is they want to stay longer in their first home  Rents have become much to high  .It is cheaper to buy then rent  .  First time buyers know this  they need to come up with 3 months rent plus They know it is smarter to by then rent and they do not want t...

By Will Hamm
(Hamm Homes)
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What a great blog from Carol Williams.  If you missed it in Oct 2016, see it now.  I had an ephiany last night!  I was having a long overdue catch-up session with a friend.  She owns a successful health food store in Wenatchee.  She is very passionalate about health as I am about real estate.  Sh...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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We hear too many stories about compromised Realtor safety, and worse, the Beverly Carter story being just one. Indeed, any tale of an agent being in danger through meeting up with a buyer or seller, known or not, is too much. This video stream of a program by the son of Ms. Carter sends a powerfu...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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If you are like so many middle-aged men and women living in a luxury Coral Springs home, you may be very concerned about your skin. Learn a few tricks to look young and fit at

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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If there is one thing that married couples remember, it is taking the first bite out of their wedding cakes. See what cakes are trending among different weddings in Parkland homes at

By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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