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 Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 149
Are open houses more important now than ever before? That's a point of discussion that came up in my weekly telephone conversation this morning with my accountability buddy, Carol Skees. While open houses are common practice in my area of the country (San Francisco, San Mateo County, and the ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 31
  You Will  Come to Mirror the People You Associate With “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better then yours, and you’ll drift in that direction.” Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, CEO        As I see it. . . . . . . .   You will come to...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 92
Half Empty or Half Full   Everybody has heard the saying, do you see the glass half empty or half full a million times or more.  And yet somehow it always comes down to seeing things half empty or half full.  Think about it -- I mean really think about it, again. There is a big difference you kno...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
  When Your Goals Are in Writing . . . . It’s a Plan “People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker     As I see it. . . . . . . .   When goals are in writing . . ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 10
In MD, and VA, the buyer selects. That said, sellers, banks, relo companies. etc. can offer incentives, legal, abstract, title insurance (that's a biggie) to use the seller's selection. From my experience, since most fees are pass-through items the big one, title insurance, is why title c...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN®
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 15
Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off!  As agents we are so used to seeing fish bowl pictures.  But Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off! These distorted pictures make rooms look bigger, move furniture, expand windows, and make an entire home more appealing than it really is in real life. Fish Bowl Pi...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 10
  There are many great shiny signs of the recovering market dotting the landscape....popping around MLS...active with offer, SOLD..it gives Realtors and Sellers a warm fuzzy feeling that was absent for a while during the downturn of the market. Equity is returning....and the applause is heard thr...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Last Reminder for a FREE Feng Shui Workshop at the West Islip Library! Come to the West Islip library July 31st, 2014 and enjoy a fun, interactive and educational lecture on Feng Shui presented by Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano-CEO and founder of Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island.   Feng Shui is a...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
(RISMedia)
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Yesterday, I wrote a blog about Twitter mistakes – one of which was to protect your account from being compromised. Hackers aside, there are other ways your social media accounts can stir up trouble. Today, I’m sharing with you all a few pointers to keep in mind that will help you avoid legal has...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  It’s Within Your Power to Shape Your Future “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here and now with the power to shape your day and your future.” Steve Maraboli, American Bestselling Auth...
By The Albert Team KW Port St. Lucie FL 34986 Market Updates and Trends, PGA Village, Tradition, St. Lucie West
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Summer Pick-Me-Ups for your home do not have to be costly to be effective.  Here are a few inexpensive ideas to "freshen up" your home for your own enjoyment. Bring In the Outdoors:  Houseplants add greenery to any room and are also a natural air filter.  So bring in a couple, sit bac...
By David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
Comments 1
8 Eye Catching Photography Tricks   Getting great pictures can provide customers with the information they need to make a purchase decision.  At first glance, real estate photography seems to be an easy task. Some real estate agents will take their cell phone out of their pocket and expect to ge...
By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
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  QUOTE OF THE WEEK... "I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened." --Mark Twain BUSINESS TIP OF THE WEEK... The key to prospecting is consistency. Whether you like to prospect with blogs and social posts, emails, direct mail, or cold calling, you need to do...
By Ryan Reynolds
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 5
8 Tips To Reduce Your Electric Bills This Summer Furnace and AC Maintenance- Cleaning your filters and getting your furnace inspected regularly can help the efficiency of your home. Don’t just focus on the furnace, pay attention to the AC as well! Seal It Up- Make sure you look around the home t...
By Jordana Tobel
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As the territory manager for Carrington Real Estate South Florida, with over 50 agents, I am always encouraging my agents to write down their goals. Writing it down is half the battle but when you write it down, your chances of meeting those goals increases exponentially.   What are you goals? Is...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 13
"I ain't got no credit history... no credit score... " says the guy on the phone who's interested in renting the apartment I have listed. As tempting as it was to merely end the call and move on, I dug a little deeper, and asked a few questions about his credit history, and the ...
By Steve Adams, Steve Adams REALTOR ®, ABR
(RE/MAX 1)
Comments 0
Five Home Selling Mistakes We Can Learn From- Are you going to be putting your home on the market soon? If this is your first time as a seller, or even if you’ve been through the process before, there are several factors and things to take into consideration in order to get the best return on yo...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes Homes in Los Angeles Area
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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  While organizing my office storage area I found these lovely handwritten notes of appreciation.  One was from the title company representative, one from a fellow agent regarding an offer that did not come together, and the last from a satisfied client.   Although I received one from an escrow ...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 116
I hate Zillow, and I refuse to apologize for it. I consider Zillow my archival enemy of real estate. Let me explain... Texas is a non-disclosure state. This means that home values are not disclosed to Zillow. PERIOD. Zillow can use algorithms, mathematical computations and virtual guesses if they...
By Tammy Adams, Are You Looking to Sell or Buy in Maricopa?
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
Comments 6
Don't Use Professional Pictures if You Can't Deliver   There are more and more agents going to professional photography for their listings. Don't let this new trend bite you in the butt.    First let me share, I am a HUGE fan of good pictures. With over 90% of home buyers starting the...