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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

 

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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It's Up to You to Create the Circumstances You Want“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get along in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they wantand if they can’t find themthey make them...

By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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Dear Readers -   John Meussner from the Bay Area in California shares his advice about using content prepared by others and mass distributed. What is known as "Canned Content" is not Marte Cliff content. Knowing the difference can be very important for one's career. John follows in the footsteps...

By Kathy Goldman, Social Media & Marketing for Real Estate
(REVA Online | SEO Boost For Real Estate, Social Media Marketing for Real Estate and Real Estate Blogging Expert)
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Top 8 Reasons Real Estate Agents FailThere are more than 100,000 real estate agents in the United States who are millionaires! That sounds like an awful lot of top producers out there. So what is it that they are doing that you are not? As a matter of fact most real estate agents end up failing a...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Always Make a Total Effort“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” Arnold Palmer, Professional Golfer  As I see it . . . . . . .Always make a total effort When you make a total effort . . . . you form the habit of excellences. Your actions will carry through to every aspe...

By John & Shannon Cox, THE COX TEAM
(CALL REALTY)
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According to the buyer's agent's cover letter, her buyer left my listing crying. Why? Because she loves the home so much and she knows it is the one. So what's the problem? She will never, ever live in that home. Here's the deal. If the buyer loves the home so much that's she's crying and saying ...

By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
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I'm tired of hearing about another real estate agent that was murdered, hurt or robbed while on the job. This is a tough business, especially when you are traveling around to vacant homes with unknown people. But, there are ways that we can take care of ourselves and protect ourselves on the fiel...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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7 Key Steps to Greatness With just a few weeks until we cross into 2018, it's time right now to lay the plan so you will start the year on your path to success. A successful career doesn't happen on its own.  It takes planning and following that plan to reach your goal.  You alone are responsible...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
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Yesterday I wrote about the need for consulting a professional when dealing with things, like buying a home, that you have limited knowledge about. It occurs to me that just by suggesting a professional creates some confusion among the general public. What exactly is a professional?When we look f...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin "Contrary to what you may see online, it is unnecessary to flourish with big words, overly embellished descriptions and sugary prose."Right on target - and - re-blog! Leave the Sugar Coating to Pastry Chefs!   When touting a home's features, keep it simple in it's entirety. Con...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
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by Patricia Feager, 11/8/2017Entry for Jim Cheney - Thankfulness An AR Contest  Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light.Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky.Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not,and what beyond is in Eternity.--- Lucius Annaeus ...

By Dan Hopper, Denver Realtor Advocate/Short Sale
(Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC)
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Two MLS Firms Working Out Merger! Westminster, CO-Two MLS firms, REColorado and IRES in the Greater Metro Denver area, are being pushed to Merge!!What is exciting about this on going "fight" to merge, is that the "shareholders", real estate brokers are forcing the issue.  After many years of neve...

By Dan Hopper, Denver Realtor Advocate/Short Sale
(Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC)
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Selling Your Home - Disclosure is the Game!! Denver, CO - There is NO shortage of information as it pertains to performing a Property Inspection when buying a home.  The same may be said for when you are going to place your property on the market to sell.There are so many great blogs and articles...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                  Everyone has busy schedules exacerbated by the fact that clients may be geographically distant from them.  This makes in person meetings nearly impossible.  To magically have several schedules align for people can sometimes take moon cycles.  The best way to conduct daily busine...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                 Everyone’s business cycles can be different throughout the year.  When you have off periods or times of slowdown you should be focusing on creating new strategies for drumming up new business.  It is hard to dedicate too much time and attention to this when you are bogged down in...

By Michelle Spalding
(Transaction Management Consultants)
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How Long Should it Take for your Transaction Coordinator to Start on Your New File Yesterday I received a call from a Realtor interested in our Transaction Coordinating services. As always I want to get to know the callers before I launch into what we do, so I asked her to “please tell me about y...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Often times, Parkland homeowners try to put up fences to keep their dogs on their property. Yet, canines often dig holes under the fences or simply jump over them. That’s why some folks try underground fences that rely on electric shocks. The fences initially work wonderfully. The minute the dog ...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Most Boca Raton homeowners want to live as luxuriously as possible. That is why they get aquatic baths in their homes. Then there are plenty of support features that they can grab. A perfect example is raised seats, as well as fancy neck pillows, armrests and lumbar support that allow folks to en...

By Michelle Spalding
(Transaction Management Consultants)
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 One of my favorite books is The EMyth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber.  The book tells the story of why many small businesses fail and offers suggestions on preventing it.  Much of it has to do with systems, or lack thereof.  Systems are what can help you take your Real Estate business to the nex...

By Cheri Alguire
(Pro Real Estate Coach)
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There are so many different places to market your business, what type of marketing gives you the best return on your investment? I coach and train people on all types of internet marketing, including websites, social media, pay-per-click and many off-line marketing strategies as well.Small busine...

By Jennie Miller, PLLC, AZ Broker - Real Estate Services 480-382-9681
(Buy/Sell/Rent Your Home in Phoenix Metro Area)
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Do Ceiling Fans Make a House Rent Faster? Market Edge Realty LLC  When people see a house with ceiling, they assume the whole house has been cared for, the landlord is concerned about their comfort, and tenants know that ceiling fans reduce utility bills. An updated, energy effiicent home with ce...