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 Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
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You know that the loyalty of your clients can be the factor that determines what kind of year you have in real estate sales. But do you know how much of a difference loyal real estate clients make to your business? Consider this; a 5% increase in your customer retention can increase your profitab...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Choice is Which End to Use  “Nature gave us two ends - - one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most.” Robert Albert Bloch 1917 - 1994, American Fiction Writer   As I see it. . . . . . . . The choice is which end to ...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
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The primary function of our website is to bring us business. The easiest way to do that is to provide ways for buyers to easily search for properties. While buyers will also find a multitude of other information on the site, the search feature is the big star of our website. There are always exce...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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Am I the Dinosaur in the Real Estate World Today  ?  I was reading an article today and listening to agents talking about not having to meet with clients in person  . Social media devices ,cell phones , texting ,doc u sign this was the way to go .   But I feel it is better to sit down with your c...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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His Wants -  Her Wants - Reality   A  couple was referred to me several years ago by a long time friend/client.  For several years prior to their retirement back east they received automatic email searches for townhomes in Scottsdale. This is what they said they wanted, to be close to their frien...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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Is It Fair? Mobile-Home Owners To Get $32 Million For Relocation Costs   I had to share this article in the Reader recently written by Dorian Hargrove as I've been following this saga for the past 30 plus years. Albeit I feel for the hardship many seniors will endure they knew their fate was seal...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
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REALTORS® Advised Not to Use Drones The National Association of Realtors® advises REALTORS® not to use drones, or UAS, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), until the FAA issues their ruling, which is now not expected until 2017. Currently it’s poss...
We all hate to find out the buyer has a hidden prayer that turns out unanswered by the loan approval process. Before execution, I always call lenders to review their approval/qualification letter to advise my client of the level of risk with a particular buyer. It's a triple purpose due diligence...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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      Wisconsin is one of nine states in the country that is a community property state.  The other states that are include: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Washington.  This means that the house purchased during the marriage is community property and unless o...
By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
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I've been doing a word of the day campaign, but that will be on hold for today. Today, I set ou to show a dozen homes (which is much much more than I ever agree to).  We ended up seeing 6 homes. 6 doors. Client is ready. They are getting close to desperate, job relocation; first home fell apart a...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
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The real estate business asks a lot of agents. You need to always be on call. You need to be unfailingly patient, understanding, and positive no matter the circumstances. You need to have knowledge of the market that’s both deep and broad. And on top of all this, if you market yourself (as most ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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We are going to transform the industry in 2015 related to the buyer side of the business. You heard it here first. Anyone who has a credit card can buy 100+ buyer web leads per month for about $10-20/each. A buyer web lead is worth about $20. If you have a $200,000 sales price and commission of ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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  Barclays Center In Brooklyn NY Offers Insight To Urban Feng Shui Design The positioning of the Barclay's Center is not in an ideal energy flow location, according to the Feng Shui principles. It have been built on a triangular plot layout between Atlantic Avenue and faces fast on coming and goi...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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2 Offers 2 Agents 1 Buyer   The days of multiple offers has passed in the Phoenix area, except for a few choice areas. Late last evening we posted a new listing in one of those hot areas, expecting multiple offers or at the very  least a quick sale at full price or over list price. The home is in...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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We spotted this wine bottle when we were perusing the wine section at Gelson's Market.  From a distance, we both knew that it was a Francis Ford Coppola wine based on the shape of the label symbolizing a piece of cut film.  Mr. Coppola owns several wineries in the wine country, and the Napa loca...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Don’t Have To Reinvent The Wheel  “If is your prime responsibility to acquire useful knowledge from others and apply it appropriately. You don’t have  to reinvent the wheel, but you do have to learn from those who did.” Gary Ryan Blair, Businessman, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . You don...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Black is often the default brand color of luxury.  Black is associated with power, class, formality and prestige.  However, keep in mind that black is not the only color that communicates these nuances.  In branding yourself as a luxury real estate professional, black may not be appropriate.  Fo...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Honesty is the Best Way “I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right upfront, tell people what your trying to accomplish and what you’re willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.” Lee Iacocca, Auto Executive     As I see it. . . . . . . . Honesty is the best way     In your...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Buyer Web Leads - TigerLead, BoomTown, and Market Leader - We Did It! We have cracked the code. Best Agent Business, after working on this challenge for about two years, cracked the code on the Big Buyer Boom, and maximizing profitability of a massive 100+ leads per month buyer web lead generati...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Honesty the best way???  Why I believe that statement is very powerful. Why? Because if you speak only the natural truth, you don't: 1.  have to think about what you're saying.  Either say the truth or say nothing at all. 2.  you don't have to remember what you said.  Think of memory cells that l...