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 Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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You may be a Marco Island homeowner who is trying to lose a little weight. Good for you. But we all know how tough losing weight can be when you must sacrifice your favorite foods. Fortunately, you can still enjoy eating grapefruit and lose belly fat. Heart disease is also prevented, as the fruit...

By Home Value Leads
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This article was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.We all want to get better at something. Especially as a real estate agent, there are just so many different hats you have to wear. It can seem nearly impossible to be stellar at any one task or skill. That's where learning online ...

By Jason E. Gordon, Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer, CMPS, RCS-D, CDPE, CMHS
(AmeriFirst Financial Inc, San Diego, CA)
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Have you heard of the Real Estate Collaboration Specialist - Divorce (RCS-D) designation?  If not, I suggest you familiarize yourself with the concept immediately, as it might save your business!   Background & Context It is no longer enough to simply be "good" at your job in order to succeed in ...

By Luke Acree, Making Agents Memorable
(ReminderMedia)
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For real estate agents, open houses can either be hit or miss. A successful open house relies heavily on being able to entice people to come through the door, once they’re inside, the house will speak for itself. However, just a few creative touches will have people lining up at the door, eager t...

By Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions
(Martin Presence Group)
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So now you’re a landlord.  Congratulations.  Investing in rental properties can be a smart way to grow your income, especially in today’s rental market.  Just remember, being a landlord is not for everybody. It’s also not a way to get rich quick.  Being a real estate investor is a long-term commi...

By Luke Acree, Making Agents Memorable
(ReminderMedia)
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Community involvement is extremely important for all industries. However, for an industry that’s as client centric as real estate, getting your face out and about provides you with various opportunities. From helping others, to improving your image, to making connections within the community, get...

By Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Assistants
(MyOutDesk)
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By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Differentiate Yourself in Your Field“There are four ways and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by those four contacts; what we do, how we look, what we say,and how you say it.”Dale Carnegie 1888 – 1955, American Writer, Lecturer  As I see it....

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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When You Stumble “Never let a stumble in the road be the end ofyour journey.”Author Unknown   As I see it . . . . . . .When you stumble The only time that we’re likely not to stumble . . . . is when we’re in our comfort zone . . . . and not pushing. Your success journey is a proactive activity . ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Are You Willing to Pay . . . . the Price to Succeed?“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little;he who would achieve much must sacrifice much;he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.”James Allen 1864 - 1912, British Philosophical, Writer    As I see it. . . . . . . .Are you wi...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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What You Do in Practice “Don’t do anything in practice that you wouldn’tdo in a game.”George Halas 1895 – 1983, Football Player, Coach andFounder of the Chicago Bears    As I see it . . . . . . .What you do in practice  Practice for a sports team is the preparation for the game. Practice . . . . ...

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 " I plan to stay with a business model that works. In the past, I have taken overpriced listings that expired and the owners came back to blame me."Right on target - and - reblog! Fluff-free Full Service is My Value Proposition!   We have responsibilities to sellers to be knowl...

By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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After reading Michael Jacobs post today - "Pondering Thoughtfulness" it reminded me of a paper that Sheri Walker (an agent in our firm) and I wrote when we started our company in 2010 because we wanted out our agents to understand the importance of kindess.  Our office "culture" is truly founded ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Goals Will Inspire You “Goals there is no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There is no telling what you cando when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act on them.”Jim Rohn 1930 - 2009, American Entrepreneur, Author and Motivational Speaker   As...

By Earl White, Real estate investor in South Florida.
(House Heroes LLC)
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Real estate agents can offer quite a few benefits to investors selling fix-and-flips and residential multi-family properties. Since investors evaluate local properties on a daily basis, values and trends aren’t high on my list of needs.  I flip around 8 to 12 houses a year and the majority sold v...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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If there is one thing that every family member living in a Punta Gorda home can relate to, it is a deep love for classic rock. For instance, Gary’s love for long-haired rock led him to works recorded by other British groups, such as Def Leppard’s third cut Pyromania. Released in 1983, the LP gain...

By Filomena M. Thompson, Realtor, ABR, CDPE, CIPS, MRP, SRES, TRC
(REMAX Results)
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Great reminder for all of us on how important to have good relationships! Make it a great day! It Is Who You Know Part 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 relati...

By Paul Eastwood, My Buying Buddy IDX CRM
(My Buying Buddy IDX CRM Suite)
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Are you among the many Agents and Brokers who are considering implementing a Real Estate CRM solution in the New Year?  If you are, this list is for you as you consider what functionality is important in a Real Estate CRM.Evaluating CRM solutions is a process that should be taken seriously.  The ...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Dr. Wayne Dyer's Nine Steps of Manifestation   The following is posted with the expressed permission of my friend Michael LaPenna from a blog he wrote some time ago. For more on “Mikey,” visit his freelancing landing page here and stay tuned for his upcoming website.   Love and light, Laura   By ...

By Ron McCord, Multi Family Specialist Orange County California
(RE/MAX)
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Edit to Below starting this month Oct 2016 I did find a Crm I like!OnePageCrm and moved to Google Apps ( G Suite)so quite a change! Just finished up a 2 week exploration of Crm's .My Background I use Outlook with office 365 exchange which syncs my phones and computers together.All the tech guys s...