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 Eileen Burns, FL Luxury Homes Hollywood Lakes,Golden Isles/Beach
(Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach)
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    Florida Real Estate Connector, Eileen Burns and Ron and Alexandra Seigel are connected through the #Active Rain community. Long ago, we were open to communicating on a subject unrelated to real estate. So much is gained in life by pausing to smell the roses in the same 24 hours given to all. ...

By Gil Strachan
(Electrospec Home Inspection Services)
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 Oh my, what if they find something wrong?Over the years, professional home inspectors have identified a list of problems that typically appear on purchasers' home inspection reports. Early correction of these problems can increase a home's appeal, and it's selling price. Correction also sets the...

By Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.
(UTR Texas Realtors)
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It was a busy day and while perusing through the multi listing service; I saw a beautiful home that I thought my client would love. The sad part is that one of the bedrooms was sized 9X2. How can that be? You can't shove anything wider than a stool into a two-foot wide room. It can't be a closet,...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
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Eat a live frog first thing every morning   “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”― Mark Twain Its amazing the amount of mental energy that can be zapped with a few things on our to-do list that we just do not want to do.This is ofte...

By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
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Many people wonder whether they should hire a real estate professional to assist them in buying their dream home or if they should first try to do it on their own. In today’s CT market: you need an experienced professional from Dave Jones Realty! You Need an Expert Guide if You Are Traveling a D...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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 “Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend”-John Lennon & Paul McCartney Today, it is more important than ever, to really listen when someone says to you, “Try to see it my way” because “there is a chance that we may fall apart before too long”. Finding ways to ...

By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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1) Ask: what percentage of your transactions came from Referrals?2) Write down the name and RELATIONSHIP of the people that referred you business last year.3) Put all of the Non-Referral clients in your PropertyMinder CRM.4) Send these people a PERSONAL Email, Text or Call them.5) Simply Stated: ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Abilities Need Continuous Development“Natural abilities are like natural plants they need pruning by study.”Francis Bacon 1561 - 1621, English Statesman, Philosopher, Scientist, Orator, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . .Abilities need continuous development Your abilities are like a garden.  A...

By JM Padron, CCIM, CCIM, MRICS, Serving South Florida
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Seven Diamond Tips For 2017Happy New Year, I imagine that already have shaken the holiday/vacation and have changed the way you begin producing, what we all love. Well it is time to put our goals in context and for this I have prepared some tips:1) Develop the budget and income flow for the 31 of...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Positive and Lasting First Impression“You only have one opportunity to make a positive and lasting first impression. One of the most importantaspects of a positive and lasting first impression is about making the other person feel important . . . .and enjoy being in your company.”Lou Ludwig, Sa...

By Walt Fish, Upper Michigan's Most Experienced Home Inspector
(Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC)
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As many of you are aware, January is Radon awareness month. Here in upper Michigan, levels that require mitigation are found on 3-25% (depending on county) of homes professionally tested and levels vary throughout the UP. The first question your customer might ask, is: should I do the testing mys...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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 Thinking out loud; I propose this thoughtthat came to mind as I read The Go-Giver by Burg & Mann this weekend: Even Steven is a Nearsighted Man with an Selfish Plan...Have you ever said any of these phrases or thought this way towards a spouse, friend or client? "Now, We're Even Steven""You Scra...

By Bridget McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061)
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THINK BIGGER!! Part 1  SUCCESS MINDSET When I became a mortgage originator many (many!) years ago, I was determined to provide value beyond rates, and mortgage information.  I am happy to provide all of that you need, but my time today will be focused on helping you to make more money, to step ev...

By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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Head on to ActiveRain University to watch the recording Whether you're confidently entering the new year with a rock-solid business plan, still developing your strategy or going by the seat of your pants you won't want to miss hearing as three highly successful brokerages with three distinctly di...

By Brivity CRM, Leads. Listings. Leverage.
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 Now that you’ve decided on what social media platforms you want to focus on (see part 1), it’s time to get down to the business of posting. What to postOf course, you’ll want to post your listings, and the visual nature of social media makes for great show and tell. But your audience may start t...

By Bridget McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061)
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 THINK BIGGER!! Part 2  SUCCESS MINDSETThis is Part 2 of a  3 Part Series on SUCCESS MINDSET.  Hopefully you checked out Think Bigger Part 1. If not, check it out here.   OK, so now we have opened up some possibility, you can no longer pretend that where you are is enough.  You can feel it in you...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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If you are a Boca Raton homeowner who appreciates Guns N’ Roses’ timeless rock songs and videos from the Eighties, you won’t want to miss the Not This Lifetime Tour on August 8 in Miami. See more at

By Brivity CRM, Leads. Listings. Leverage.
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One of the great things about social media is – no, not posts of cute kitties – but the ability to leverage it for lead generation. Social media can extend your reach to prospective clients in a way that not only demonstrates your expertise but also familiarizes the prospects with who you are. A ...

By Will Hamm
(Hamm Homes)
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This bloy is right on by Lou Ludwig as always,  if you do not visit him try a day, start!  A Positive and Lasting First Impression “You only have one opportunity to make a positive and  lasting first impression. One of the most important aspects of a positive and lasting first impression is  abou...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 0
Good post for those of us that want to learn more about lead generation.    Now that you’ve decided on what social media platforms you want to focus on (see part 1), it’s time to get down to the business of posting.   What to post Of course, you’ll want to post your listings, and the visual natur...