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 Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
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Real Estate and KindergartenToday as I watched my little guy heading into his first day of Kindergarten, my heart was swollen with pride, nostalgia, and a little lump in my throat.  How did these years go by so quickly? How quickly will the next few years go by? After waving goodbye, I headed to ...

By® - A division of Move, Inc., Proven Systems
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Ghosting is when someone stops responding to your communications without explaining why. And while it’s usually used within the context of dating, it’s also becoming a tried-and-true tactic in sales and lead conversion settings.While it’s true that your leads don’t really owe you anything, it’s a...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Forget the Past Be in the Moment “Forget the mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now, and do it. Today is your lucky day it.”William James “Will” Durant 1885 – 1981, AmericanWriter, Historian and Philosopher  As I see it . . . . . . .Forget the past be in th...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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Being brutally honest right up front I will tell you this is one of the biggest problems I have had since I began in 1980.Just this week, I decided to attempt again. And the first two days of the week, were totally awesome. Because of a listing and it is selling, in one day, and a couple of other...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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First, let’s get one thing clear right up front. I enjoy, appreciate and like technology.Things like GPS WOW how did we live without that? Cell Phone, Texting, Email. Many life changing pieces of technology.Now let’s THINK for a minute, and use some simple common sense. But first let me explain W...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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You’ve got company! We listed a wonderful home recently and knowing that it is one that would be in great demand, we did our pre-marketing, including planning an Open House and rolled out the red carpet for our guests. During our conversations with guests, we made certain that we would happily wo...

By Katie B. Cullum, Bringing Family and Homes Together
(Broker Associate & Realtor® at Equity Colorado)
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Well, today marks my first blog post on AR and I felt quite motivated to write today as earlier I was enjoying lunch with some fellow Agents and discussing the market and local happenings - there were newbies and senior Agents in attendance and I was quite surprised at where our conversation went...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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When It’s Worth Starting "When it’s worth starting . . . . it’s worth finishing it right.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . .When it’s work starting When it’s worth starting . . . . it’s worth finishing it right. Less t...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
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  You may be proficient at using social media to promote your real estate business. You may even know how frequently you should post. But do you know what NOT to do? Here are seven things to avoid when marketing on social networks. Don't use your personal Facebook profile as a business page. It n...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 ActiveRain August Challenge - BEST-  Business Practices We all run our businesses in our own way. Many of us run a tight ship, some of us don't even have a ship yet, and others kind of just let the winds carry them wherever it brings them. It's always a choice, isn't it! What I learned early on ...

By Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker in Destin, Fl..
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An oldie but goodie that still has some very good information. Succeeding In Real Estate And The Perfect Daily Schedule Why a daily schedule? Why a schedule at all? If you are not controlling your time then who is? If you do not have a specific plan and goal in mind for your work day then will an...

By Andy Yakubovsky
(Century 21 Prevete Real Estate)
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Succeeding In Real Estate And The Perfect Daily Schedule Why a daily schedule? Why a schedule at all? If you are not controlling your time then who is? If you do not have a specific plan and goal in mind for your work day then will anything get done? Maybe the things that do not matter. Do airpor...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Almost every state across the country is experiencing a sellers’ market. Listing agents are focused on digging deeply for new, fresh inventory. I’d like to believe all real estate professionals are “marketing like they mean it” no matter what the market conditions might be.  As we continue, every...

By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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  Waving The Home Inspection Is A Big Gamble.       As a home buyer, you want to make your offer as attractive as possible. But waiving the home inspection may sound like a great strategy, but it is a big gamble at the very least. And here’s why.   Buyers in a competitive housing market need to s...

By Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling, Phoenix Real Estate Agent
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 From an engineers perspective -  Facts  My main career has been engineering (aerospace industry) for 35 years. It has been very valuable to bring my perspective to our real estate business. Anna (my broker and business partner) is very organized and has had systems in place since I've known her....

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Delete That Old Outdated Thinking“The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old one’s out.”Dee Hock, Founder and Former CEO of the Visa CreditCard Association     As I see it. . . . . . . .Delete that old outdated thinking We all do it . . . . we are ...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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Just like blogging on ActiveRain, posting to boards on Pinterest for business, using a Facebook business page organically can be great for your business if you do it the right way. But honestly when I was running targeted ads I found my organic results just going down the tubes so I stopped doing...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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"How do I break into the luxury real estate market?" is one of those questions we are frequently asked.  We usually recommend if they are new to the real estate market that they take a course on luxury real estate, such as the  Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation for lu...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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NEVER let your phone fill up with messages to where when someone calls they get a message that the mail box is full. I have NEVER DONE THAT in my 38 years. Unless you are in the hospital, as I have been six time in the past seven weeks, ANSWER YOUR PHONE, if not return your call within the hour,...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
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Thanks to Anna's contest regarding Best Business Practices, some great memories are surfacing!  Remembering my first few weeks in the business in 2003 reminds me of some valuable lessons learned.   My first year in business was like a lot of new agents.  Only thing is I was new to Phoenix as well...