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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What do you mean you can not sell homes in every state? Aren't you a Realtor? That was a real life question from a Manchester NH home owner that has been transferred across the country for work. I helped them sell their home, got them top dollar and sold it quickly.   When it came time to buy, t...

By Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate
(United Real Estate)
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Last week, one of my clients had his offer accepted on a house he wanted to buy as an investment property. Prior to execution of the contract, there were disclosures and notices to sign, i.e., Seller Disclosure and Lead Paint notices, and a Disclosure of Relationship with Residential Service Comp...

By Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
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When selling your Tredyffrin Easttown or Main Line home, there are lots of mistakes you can make from pricing your home too high, not preparing it correctly for sale or making showings complicated or difficult. But one you may slip into without realizing it is hiring a full time agent who only wo...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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Part 1: The BasicsBefore a home buyer even has a home inspection, it’s important to know what the home inspection is all about. A home buyer hires a home inspector to learn about the home, and the inspection report is the document that the buyer is left with, detailing the results of the inspecti...

By Karen Sackett, BizEBee Business Services
(BizEBee Virtual Assistants LLC)
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Looking around your desk, and your emails, you are probably wondering how you can get through everything. Another question that might come to mind is, who can help you without having to go through a long and stressful interviewing process? One thing you may or may not have considered is virtual d...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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In the Face of Uncertainty “in the face of uncertainty there is nothing wrongwith hope.”O. Carl Simonton 1942 – 2009, Doctor, Author and Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . .In the face of uncertainty Have hope in your actions . . . . and believe that you will successfully complete the task. Where ...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(LAER Realty Partners)
Comments 5
We all know this - I believe - if we are in business for even few years. From John Maxwell: “People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” And from Lou --- Re-blog of this post 'A gift of caring'.   The Gift of Caring “The greatest gift that you can give to others is the ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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Steps to Picking the Right Referral AgentIt doesn't take long for a new agent to figure out that sending referrals to agents in other parts of the country can be a wonderful income source but only if the receiving agent can close the deal. There is much more involved than just randomly picking a ...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 13
Referrals: The lifeblood of any good Realtor,not just in Beverly Hills but anywhere! Period!Let me start out with saying that it is crucial in the long-term survival of any Realtor to receive and give referrals. If you are not getting any referrals you need to take a closer look at WHY NOT??I hav...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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When a friend, a family member, a former client leaves the area where I work, or when they need to sell a home in another area, I like to find a great referral agent, someone I feel confident will do a stellar job for my client/friend, someone who always work with the client's best interest in mi...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 15
"Humble Apple Pie" During the course of showing homes in outlying areas to a potential buyer couple, they marked one off the list. In the haste to move on to another residence, I failed to call and cancel that showing appointment. Imagine my surprise when getting a phone from the owner of the hom...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
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I have learn more from Joyce Marsh on this subject and maybe you all can learn something.    How to use Pinterest to Grow Your Real Estate Business   Are you using Pinterest in your Real Estate Business?  If not, you should consider using it.  Pinterest is a great way to connect with people from ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 16
As Lou Saw It....  "Roses do grow from concrete . . . . and your talent grows from where you are."    Lou Ludwig Roses Do Grow From Concrete “Basketball talent is basket talent, no matter if it comes from the suburbs or city. Take the time to know and understand me before you judge me. Only god c...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 5
As Lou Saw It.... and I love this one.... "Take care of your own business, and let other people take care of their business. Becomes a positive step in the right direction to creating a successful and productive life."  Lou Ludwig Take Care of Your Own Business  “Let Everyone sweep in front of yo...

By Michelle Spalding
(Transaction Management Consultants)
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Without a doubt, the best advice I received when I began my business as a transaction coordinator was to take care of your clients first and they will take care of you. My mentor knew that there was such value in taking care of those who were already there in front of you. She encouraged me to in...

By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Comments 17
When we go to the movies to be entertained and receive a story told to us with all creativity, technology and wizardry known our expectations are high and if done right dazzle us even winning potential awards for those that create and deliver this type of experience. The movie industry encourages...

By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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HOW I GOT STARTED IN NICHE MARKETINGWhen I started in real estate at the peak of the market in 2004-2005, I was warned against focusing on one small area.  My sales manager, my mentor, and experienced agents told me this was the wrong strategy.  What they said made sense at the time.  Homes were ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Roses Do Grow From Concrete“Basketball talent is basket talent, no matter if it comesfrom the suburbs or city. Take the time to know andunderstand me before you judge me. Only god cando that. Roses do grow from concrete.”Chris Webber, American retired Professional BasketballPlayer, 5 Time NBA All...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Care of Your Own Business “Let Everyone sweep in front of your own door,And the whole world will be clean.”Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 1749 – 1832, German Writer and Stateman   As I see it . . . . . . .Take care of your own business When you take care of your own business . . . . there will b...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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This Yakima Valley  (Washington State) wine was named by owner Owen Roe and winemaker David O’Reilly in 2002.  “They were moved by the stark contrast between the forest fire –blackened land in the Yakima Valley, Washington and the verdant grapevines full of fruit, located literally at the edge of...