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 George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
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I did not learn to swim until I was about 10 years old, and the toughest part of learning to swim for me was learning to relax.  When I would get in the water I would tense up, and as a result sink like a lead weight.  It was the same with learning how to ride a bike.  I was not able to take off ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Thinking. . . . the Key“What and how you think will be played out in your actions . . . . and from your actions you product your results.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Movement Consultant,Success Tips, Speaker, Trainer and Author     As I see it . . . . . . .Your thinking . . . .  is the key A person...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Opportunities Are What You Believe They Are“The only limits to your opportunities are those that you create in your mind . . . . and are willing to work for.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author    As I see it . . . . . . .Your opportunities a...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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What Lies Within Us “What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882, American Essayist,Lecturer, Poet   As I see it . . . . . . .What lies within us What lies behind us is in the history book of our life . . . . The...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
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I worked with a guy for 5 years who had THE MOST regimented routine I had ever seen. Was it annoying? YES. Was he motivating? YES. He worked out every morning at 5:30AM, work day or not. We worked in retail so his schedule would change weekly start time/finish time, but his routine otherwise did ...

By Tiffany Canady, All Things Real Estate
(All Things Real Estate)
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Tiffany Canady was featured for the state of Colorado in Top Agent Magazine in recognition for her hard work and dedication of service. Tiffany is joined by her husband Brian Canady, and backed by a passionate team that is constantly striving to provide a level of service that is unrivaled. The C...

By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Preparing for West Palm Beach Appraisals, 5 Stress-Reducing TipsYou’ve probably heard the wry old saying: “Nothing clears the mind like the prospect of being hanged at dawn.” For some homeowners, you could add an equally wry modern West Palm Beach real estate version: “Nothing clears the mind lik...

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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For those of you representing buyers in hot markets where multiple offers are the norm, this post from Sally K. & David L. Hanson might give you some good ideas for your next offer:   In many markets throughout the country, Thinventory reigns...more Buyers than Sellers and the competition for bei...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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Such fundamental sound advice.Thanks.Ginger What is your caller journey like? When you’re working to attract new buyers and sellers, impressions matter, and the first seconds really count: research shows people judge someone’s trustworthiness within the first 500 milliseconds of hearing their voi...

By Dana (Lerner) Sparks
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
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In Georgia, a law O.C.G.A. 15-19-59 was revised on 7/1/15 that allowed real estate agents to "prepare special stipulations to forms that were prepared by an attorney" so that they would not be participating in the unauthorized practice of law when completing real estate contracts. Please watch th...

By Shawn Cunningham
(RE/MAX Advantage)
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I currently have a couple listings on the market so I thought it might be helpful to share what I do and see what everyone else does to help keep their client in the loop about their listing. I have a couple forms set up with checklists to send clients with reporting on the listing efforts. I ten...
Keeping a commercial property well maintained is an essential part of managing it, for several reasons. Property that’s well maintained will rent, lease or sell for optimal prices and will move at a pace in line with or better than the market.Property that isn’t well maintained may turn off poten...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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The American Land Title Association (ALTA) sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and requested that it issue an alert warning consumers about wire fraud schemes that try to steal funds for real estate closings. See why here Title companies would prefer federal assistanc...

By Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ
(ReMax Realtec Group)
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    Hey RAINERS, The first quarter of 2017 is days away from closing… and I have a question or two for you: 1. What did you do that worked? 2. What did you do that didn’t work? 3. What were your wins (big and small)? 4. Did you get closer to achieving your ultimate goal or mission? I’ve spent the...

By Chris Colgan, Real Estate Expert Advisor
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8 Tips for Preparing for Your Open HouseHolding an open house is a solid way to get your property on buyers’ radars. But anyone can tack up an open house sign and hope for the best. Instead, use these tips to present your home ideally and make your open house a full house.1.       Become your own...

By Jed Carlson, CEO. Entrepreneur. Dad.
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Over the years, I’ve been privileged to learn about some amazing stories in real estate. People doing innovative things, or thinking outside the box. Patrick Ryan is one of them. He made doing good into good business. It was a warm Chicago day, and Patrick had a hammer in his hand. But digital ad...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Big Problems Are Solved By Making Tough Decisions“To solve big problems, you have to be willingto do unpopular things.”Lee Iacocca, American Auto Executive           As I see it. . . . . . . .Big problems are solved by making tough decisions Solving big problems takes focusing on the solutions . ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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No Matter What’s Going on in Your Life  “No matter what’s going on in your life the key is to stay calm . . . . and keep your composure.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .No matter what’s going on in your life Stay ca...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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 My team members are listing agents, and we don’t often work the buying end unless we are selling one of our sellers a home in the area.  From the listing end of receiving an offer on one of our listings, I’ll describe the three most important factors that influence and/or attract our attention t...

By Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
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 A post that will be difficult to keep into only one pet peeve or one JOKER!It seems that an internet company came along and gave a way for free postings of listings and then saw a way to charge for getting buyer's who were interested in these properties.Just like the MLS we showcased the propert...