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 Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions
(Martin Presence Group)
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 Owning rental property is a great way to make money, but it also comes with great responsibility. As a property owner, you have an obligation to ensure that nobody gets hurt on your watch. Unfortunately, in today’s sue-crazy society, even the most conscientious property owner can find himself in...

By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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Do You Say I Love You to Your Clients or Is It Just Me?  by Silicon Valley REALTOR Michelle Carr CroweMost of you know I believe in sharing the Aloha Spirit with my clients. The other night I said, "I love you," to my clients who were preparing to fly back overseas from Cupertino to China.While I...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                Showing a home during Halloween can be an interesting experience.  There are often pop up props, ghoulish gags, and festive frights in every corner of a home.  Pumpkins adorning the front of the walkways that have been freshly carved, cobwebs hanging from every surface and a light...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Care of Your Own Business “Let Everyone sweep in front of your own door,And the whole world will be clean.”Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 1749 – 1832, German Writer and Stateman   As I see it . . . . . . .Take care of your own business When you take care of your own business . . . . there will b...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Many of us feel there isn't enough time in the day to accomplish what we wish to do, and I'm no stranger to that feeling. However, I have found there are two things I do that make my days and weeks progress more smoothly.First -- I start almost every morning with 30 minutes of silence, taking tim...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Residential REALTOR®
(Residential, Referrals & Relocation REALTOR at PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Innie -or- Outie? He wants to live as far as possible out-of-town in a rural setting and his wife prefers in-town, close to all conveniences. Different directions. Tastes. Preferences. Realtors are not the only ones that must possess great negotiation skills when beginning a home search.  Buyer c...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Step Out of the Shadows and Into the Sunshine of Life“Any fool can run towards the light. It takes a master with courage to turn and face the darkness andshine his own light there.”Leslie Fieger, Author  As I see it. . . . . . . .Step out of the shadows and into the sunshine of life Anyone can r...

By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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I have to agree with my whole heart on Lou's post here on Goethe's quote:“Let Everyone sweep in front of your own door,And the whole world will be clean.”Too many individuals focus on the speck in a neighbor's eye instead of the log in one's own eye. Take Care of Your Own Business  “Let Everyone ...

By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
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I can imagine that some of you may have read the title of this blog and rolled your eyes, wondered if it was a typo, or perhaps glanced at your email inbox and felt overwhelmed my the 199 new emails that require your attention.Think about the 'closing' words you email to clients or other business...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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 FROM AARGH! TO AAH!Luxury real estate marketing professionals who work with or own an independent real estate firm have a tremendous advantage over the national brands if they are willing to be nimble and quick.  However, it is necessary to demonstrate this strategic differentiator, consistently...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                 It is reasonably warm in Denver and Highlands Ranch at this time.  October is always a mixed bag, with the last fleeting days of 70+ degree weather floating in and out of the weeks as Halloween approaches.  Working in Highlands Ranch property management for some time now, we have...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    We are big believers in putting money ....AND effort where your heart is....and while it is time consuming and energy draining...it is rewarding in more ways than any paycheck or other kind of recognition one can ever receive.   (This has meant less "rain time" sometimes and will for a while....

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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                                                                      Sam Shueh                                                   Realty One Group                                                    Campbell, CA Below shows the homes and town homes sales stats in San Fancisco Bay Area from last fe...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Way You Interact With People Will Create a Reaction“Every great decision creates ripples – like a huge boulder dropped into a lake. The ripples merge, rebound of the banks in unforeseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.”Benjamin Disr...

By Julia St. Marie, ABR, RRG, RSPS
(Realty ONE Group)
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By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Give Up Or Fight Like Hell“If children have the ability to ignore all odd and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what others choices is there but hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally;give up or fight like hell.”Lance Armstrong, Cycling Ch...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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The FIVE ELEMENTS (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood) work best when blended together in a harmonious way inside your home. Today, we are focusing on the element of wood (a.k.a plants,flowers,trees, bushes, etc). Not only do they help to spruce up the overall ambiance, they are also scientifical...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A High Impact Business Model“To create a new business that makes money, and more significantly, employs others, and gives a product to a customer that improves their life, is our greatest challenge, our greatest opportunity,and the greatest gift far greater thenany charity that we can give our fo...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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In the Face of Uncertainty “in the face of uncertainty there is nothing wrongwith hope.”O. Carl Simonton 1942 – 2009, Doctor, Author and Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . .In the face of uncertainty Have hope in your actions . . . . and believe that you will successfully complete the task. Where ...

By Brivity Platform, Manage. Market. Communicate. Convert. Get leads
(Brivity)
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As a realtor, listings are your bread and butter. Whether a listing presentation succeeds in convincing sellers to list, is about your ability to present yourself better than the competition. However, it typically starts with the ability to overcome seller objections (to listing the property, to ...