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 Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Lender - 561-316-6800
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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#MONSLAY I am Alive, Motivated, Determined And Ready To Slay The Day!   Read from source..>> // Questions, Comments or For more information you can contact Christian Penner at: (561) 316-6800 or Office Text Line: 561-530-2223 - visit us online at www.ChristianPenner.comThe Christian Penner Mortga...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(, covering California & most other states)
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What happens when an FHA 203k loan goes sideways?We hear all kinds of stories and everyone wants to lay blame on someone else when these loans go side ways and go sideways some to.1) One our our associates in NJ called me and his client called him to say they were ready for a draw inspection, the...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   We are often asked to review a listing that another agent has ...sometimes due to our divorce niche and sometimes because one of our purple envelope loyal and wonderful business or client sphere members has suggested that we offer a second opinion to a friend or neighbor who is trying to sell ...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(, covering California & most other states)
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The FHA 203k is alive and well in Charlotte NCThe FHA 203k loan guarantee program is actually alive and well all over the USA but it isn't the only renovation loan out there. If your client has more than 3.5% down payment the Fannie Mae program called HomeStyle® Renovation Mortgage may be a bette...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Your decisions are yours to make . . . . or not make. A Product of Your Decisions  “I am not a product of may circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Stephen Covey 1932 -2012, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker       As I see it . . . . . . . A product of your decisions   Your decisio...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(, covering California & most other states)
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All of my brand new appliances were stolen from my new house.What can I do? Pretty cut and dry actually.This is a police matter possibly. Lets find out more. If it was stolen it becomes a police issue, be sure to file a police report. Then an insurance issue. But who's insurance issue is it? When...

By Come Home Inc, Property Marketing Specialists
(Come Home Inc)
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Real Estate Career in Anchorage AK InformationFind out more about a Real Estate Career in Anchorage AK. We can help you to succeed in YOUR Real Estate Career.  Join the Alaska Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group to get the best support, marketing, training in real estate syste...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Power to Make a Difference in a Person’s Life“You will meet many people in your life’s journey. They will be difference in their needs . . . . and in their impendences. When you step forward with the intention to be a differences maker in their life what can do is change that’s person’s life ...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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       Sam Shueh                                                          Realty One Group                                                           Campbell, CA Originally under County ordinance, a violation could be punished with a fine or a misdemeanor criminal charge. the ordinance now requir...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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Simply stated, it seems to me that many buyer agents do not accept the responsibility of verifying information provided by the listing agent. What is the responsibility of the buyer’s agent in a transaction?   I’ve always been a listing agent, and I clearly understood what my role was within eve...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Teams are as different as the people who join them. The rules vary; the mission statements are different; and most are not highly productive. It’s almost like “safety in numbers.” My team was created to allow me to remove myself from the business.  My game plan was to retire from being active, an...

By Karen Sackett, BizEBee Virtual Assistants
(BizEBee Virtual Assistants LLC)
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 When you think about different opportunities in your life, do you let fear take over? Are a few of the thoughts that run through your mind, “Will I do enough?,” “What if it doesn’t work out?,” or even “What if I lose money instead of make money?.” Sometimes our fears can prevent us from taking a...

By Ron Barnes, "Most agents claim they're #1 - I THINK YOU'RE #1!
(Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties)
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An excellent post from someone who has the same view of buyer agents as I have. As long as you're getting paid to be there, go ahead and do your job! Simply stated, it seems to me that many buyer agents do not accept the responsibility of verifying information provided by the listing agent. What ...

By Dennis Swartz, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, MBA...experience counts!
(Rickert Property Management)
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So, selling this summer? If you are like many others across the country, you may live in a Homeowners Association (HOA). If so, you might consider these items before selling:  Are your dues and fees paid and current? You will have to pay (or receive credit from buyer) up to the day of closing, pl...

By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
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How does one know if they are getting the best deal on a luxury home? The luxury home market isn’t as straightforward of a process as one might think. Variables such as privacy, sports features, and great views appear that make it hard to pin down an exact market value. There are guidelines to en...

By Deborah Spence, Awesome Realtor serving Philadelphia and suburbs!
(Weichert Realtors-Jenkintown Pa)
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 Building a Real Estate Team is crucial to my success as a Real Estate Agent. It helps provide leverage and it can take my business to another level. I have hired an assistant and a Buyer's Agent. The Buyer's agent works exclusively with potential buyers-reaching out, following up, home tours, ex...

By Dan Jasmer, Changing the way you look at real estate
(RE/MAX Alliance Group)
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I am a stickler for quality photos when listing a home for sale.  With the pick up in the real estate market over the last few years my go to photographer has hired multiple new photographers to keep up with the frantic sales pace.  Unfortunately, some don't have the eye necessary to capture the ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Focus on Developing Strong Relationships“Focus on developing strong relationships . . . . For they will become the foundation of asuccessful and productive life.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . .Focus on developing ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Change!  Why is it so darn hard?  I think it is because we are creatures of habit and habits can be changed but it takes effort.  There have certainly been changes in real estate and some have resisted while others have seen the opportunity.A Westchester County Business  has relayed to me that it...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Strengths and Weaknesses REALTORS® Are Like Icebergs... "At any one time you are only seeing about 1/5 of what they are ACTUALLY doing!"As a real estate agent or broker, I know that most of us can relate to this saying.  For our clients sake, we do our best to keep them off the ledge. We take the...