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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 Pursuit of Excellence “A musician must make music. An artist must paint.A poet must write. If he is to be ultimatelyat peace with himself.”Abraham Maslow 1908 - 1970, American Psychologist and Best Selling Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .Pursuit of excellence Doing what you do well becomes . ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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Do You Tell the Public It's Sold?When you have received a contract, cleared all contingencies do you post a sold or under contract sign? Is it false advertising if you never let the public know it has Sold?Some properties never get the sold sign posted. One day the For Sale sign is just removed l...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Halloween Is Coming!Sedona StyleEnjoy The Halloween SeasonNo Better Time To Start Than Friday the 13th!  I updated this video to include my current picture and brokerage. You also can update videos quickly and efficiently by keeping the original file before processing.  I used Final Cut Pro and s...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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That honestly and ethically have no real reason to be in the title, it just sounded cool.Why are there so many people not only in real estate but other areas of life that are average or below average?And so, few above average? I do not think God planned it that way.We will just stay about Realtor...

By Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson, Selling Your Home in Today's Market
(Century 21 Doug Anderson)
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Enthusiasm keeps me going, my glass is mostly half full. Following your enthusiasm is a way to stay positive, to stay passionate about life, your career, your health, basically about anything you value!I wake up with an attitude of gratitude and of a life filled with passion, helping others fullf...

By Oscar Busch, Mortgage Loan Officer
(PrimeLending)
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MBA mortgage applications for the week of October 6th fell by 2.1%, following a .4% decline in the prior week. While refinance apps dropped by 4.2%, purchase apps only fell modestly, down .1%. Looking at the refi index, this is now the fourth straight week of declines, while the last weekly incre...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
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 I get the question fairly often from newer agents and those that are simply curious as to the ends and out of the business. "What system works the best." Everyone wants to know what that magic bullet is that will pour in a steady stream of high quality leads that quickly become sold stickers on ...

By Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121
(Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes)
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Do you look at commission rate before you decide to show a property? Over the years, I've had many different types of conversations with agents regarding the selling commission offered on listings.To be honest, on a rare occasion, I have seen some quite ridiculous commission rates offered on the ...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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I was invited to partake in a 'roundup' of 49 Feng Shui Experts. What's so great about this article? It offers a ton a varying Feng Shui perspectives that all lead to one goal; and that is to help provide you ladies and gents with the best ideas, suggestions, and insights on how to established a ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Life is a Life of Choices“Life is 8 percent of what happens to you . . . . and 92 percent on how you respond to it.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . .Life is a life of choices Life is a life of choices . . . . You w...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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The Most Neglected Client in Real Estate: The Potential Client One of the most common complaints real estate agents have is that their business feels like a roller coaster and is either "feast or famine." Some agents would argue that there is nothing they can do about this. BUT - There absolutel...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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It Is Who You KnowPart of the value to my sellers is the relationships I have it established over the years with agents,vendors and those partners that help insure a smoother closing.Good agent relationships get my listings shown and help when it is a multiple offer situation. Those that I know w...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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In the Possibility Zone“Take a chance! All life is a chance.The man who goes farthest is generallythe one who is willing to do and dare.”Dale Carnegie 1888 - 1955, American Writer and Lecturer   As I see it . . . . . . .Take a chance in the possibility zone Step out of your comfort zone . . . . a...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Can you believe it is already mid October. Halloween is only a couple of weeks away and Thanksgiving is next month. Christmas will be here before you know it and we will be ringing in the New Year. As we quickly go through this last quarter, it's a good idea to start reviewing this past year and ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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What Makes an MLS Photo Bad?If you belong to any social media group of agents, you will see outrage at bad MLS photos.  Real estate agents are a tough crowd.  They seem to measure every listing they see against how they would better present a home.  It's natural.  It's our job.  There are probabl...

By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Weather across the nation has been rather…volatile (yeah, that’s putting it mildly). From Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose, to intermittent thunderstorms during a 107°+ heat wave in the local San Francisco Bay Area - weather is a hot (and somewhat terrifying) topic these days, to say the least.Yo...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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A Day in The Life of a Realtor - Jack of All Trades The one incredible benefit of being a real estate agent is that you get to set your own schedule. Imagine the freedom to work when you want and to be able to sleep in when you want. Sounds good, right? That is a fantasy that many real estate ag...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Daily Habits of Top-Producing Real Estate Agents Have you ever wondered why some real estate agents seem to be able to weather any real estate storms and still come out on top? Regardless of what is happening in the market they seem to always be busy and thriving. They aren't experiencing the ty...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Unpopular Niche Markets with Incredible Potential When I first started selling real estate, I sought out the expertise of a high-producing agent. I was itching to learn how he found so many transactions. His answer was simple: He simply found the transactions that no one else wanted OR he uncove...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities)
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The Fish that swallowed the Whale, Sam the Banana Man. Recently I finished reading a story about a great man who built and empire out of ripe bananas that the big guys thought of as garbage.  He went on to command the largest fruit company in history while creating and toppling several governmen...