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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Happiness is Found in Your Moments“Finally, what I really want is to be happy in this moment,where the magic and miracles happen. Stay in the moment and all gifts are added as you breathe and take inspired action.”Joe Vitale, Best Selling Author    As I see it . . . . . . . .Happiness is found in...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 38
Before we start, I know the question of this blog is flawed. No one really owns a client, but you'll get the point as you read on. One of my client’s needs a rental. I rarely do rentals anymore, but this is a special client. She is a very tech savvy shopper. Like so many Americans, she started he...

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 Steve Penner, REALTOR / Owner of Moneyledgers
(Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software)
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Agents will typically spend a good part of the day in their vehicle conducting business in the local market... this article will discuss...  ... what is considered a deductible local business trip?  Costs of local travel are deductible if: They are ordinary and necessary for your business The cos...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Grant always provides valuable guidance for team leaders and their members.... Developing a great sales team starts with communicating clear vision and values and seeing that each member shares the values and is on the same page.    Once aligned a leader inspires those on the team to be the very ...

By Z57 Marketing Team, The #1 Affordable Lead Company
(Z57 Internet Solutions)
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Y2K18 is upon us! When are you preparing for the new year? Now? January 1st?Well, you need a plan if you wish to acheive your goals. Here are 4 tips to success for 2018: 1. Always Generate LeadsSales is a numbers game. It would be wise to review 2017's results when creating results for 2018. How ...

By Lee Davenport, Learn With Lee Real Estate Coaching & Consulting
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    As featured on RealtorMag. With WhatsApp, WeChat, Skype and other mobile applications, it is easy to have clients around the globe.  However, it is one thing to have a couple here and there, it is something altogether different to strategically and intentionally have a database full of global...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
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If you're feeling stuck and can't decide what to do to advance your career, take Barbara's advice - go one step at a time.Remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with that first step.   We all start at the beginning in the real estate business.  No newly licensed agent begins week #1 at th...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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We're expanding into a time of consciousness of knowing and understanding that every person’s behaviors, habits, thoughts, emotions and environment at some point in time interconnect and affect one another. Feng Shui is a lifestyle practice that offers you an opportunity to awaken and step into t...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Sometimes it seems impossible for men and women to get decent rest in their Orlando homes. Fortunately, plenty of tricks exist to assist folks in getting better sleep at night. For starters, find a comfortable bed and pillow. There is nothing worse than waking up with a sore neck or aching back. ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Worry is a Misuse of Your Time “Worry is a misuse of your time . . . . your energy . . . . and your resources.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Tips, Speaker Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Worry is a misuse of your time Worry will not solve a problem . . . . it wil...

By Dennis Swartz, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, CMCA, MBA...experience counts!
(Rickert Property Management)
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You run the ads, show the property, screen the applicant, check references, sign pages of documents.....and BOOM! Rent is late, boyfriend moved in and parks on the grass, toys everywhere, dogs who were not disclosed are barking, neighbors are angry at you.What happened??!! Nothing-its just next t...

By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
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Brokers who don't currently practice collecting a W-9 from Cooperating Brokers for ALL real estate transactions might be in for a shock... The National Association of Realtors has advised its members that listing brokers are required to report real estate commission payments for cooperating broke...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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                                                                          Sam Shueh                                                    Realty One Group                                                       Campbell, CA The Feds finally made up their mind on lending interest rates. With a stronger...

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Gateway to the Lake" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
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  Doing the Right Thing at an Open House   My best girlfriend is a very successful realtor in Portland. Recently she was telling me about an open house she had. It was a new listing and this was her first open house for it. A gentleman came through, fell in love with it and wanted to make an offe...

By Andrew Garofalo, Realty Jedi
(Rise Realty)
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When I meet a new buyer client I provide them with a list of buyer questions to obtain information about them and to qualify them to reduce the chance that I am wasting valuable time with someone who is not ready or able to buy.   I used to write the questions in an email and then email the quest...

By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
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Ok so I received by brand new Moleskine smart notebook today. Like any self-respecting techie, I immediately tore off the plastic cover and began playing with my new "toy".     So... I made a note in the notebook. I wrote in print and in cursive to see if the evernote system would be able to figu...

By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
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Evernote and Moleskine have combined for a genius effort and have created smart notebooks. Are you using them yet?? I just ordered my smart notebook this morning and am really looking forward to testing this out. I'll post again as soon as I get mine and start playing with it. Essentially, you jo...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
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How One Quarterly Mailing Secured 3 Contracts Barbara Todaro can attest to the power that targeted direct mailings hold when consistently implemented. She has graciously shared some of her successful methods with us all here in the Rain. Part of my yearly advertising and marketing methods include...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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Q&A: CA: Must a seller communicate a rejection of an offer back to the buyer?The answer is: No.The fiduciary duty of a broker to the seller requires that all offers, whether in writing or oral, be transmitted to the seller objectively and as quickly as possible. Yet, there is no specific law of C...