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 ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Class 1 Recap The first class in ActiveRain's 2014 Blogging Boot Camp series is possibly the most important class related to ActiveRain. 'Get Ranked: How to Get Your Blog Ranked in the Search Engines' focuses on giving you the tools and understanding to get your b...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've been working with "Bob" for a few months now.  We've seen three homes together (he's picky and that's fine) and have a very good working relationship.   He really liked the last home I showed him, so we put in an offer.  It's a short sale, so who knows what's going to happen there.   In the ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  What Does Life and Riding a Bicycle Have in Common? “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955, German – Born theoretical physicist developed the general theory of relativity    As I see it . . . . . . .   What does life and riding a ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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INTRODUCTION:  IT'S ALL ABOUT FOCUS! Identifying and dominating the right niche for your business is a sure-fire route to gain and sustain market leadership.  In this series we will preview a new online video course that we developed as an AGENT TRAINING TOOL FOR BROKERS called Which Niche Can M...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Taking Control “Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.” Aldons Huxley 1894 - 1963, English Writer   As I see it . . . . . . .   Taking control   Taking control . . . . of the conditions in your life is taking control on how the conditions will a...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Aw shucks.  The Golden Rule does apply to real estate.  In fact, the percentage of followers is probably similar.  In fact, the ramifications for offenders is likely to be about the same, NOTHING. Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988, helping home buyers in Loudoun County,...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Intelligent people stay in Toastmasters for years   Unfortunately 70% of people complete their competent communicator manual (10 little five to seven minute speeches) and they quit Toastmasters. Not knowing there are 15 advance manuals, there are competitions you can compete in, and such is the...
By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
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You have a client who is short about $5000 in reserves to close a loan. They have no family or firends who will loan them the money to close escrow. Wat would you do? 1. Loan them the money - ( Not legal in California for a real estate agent) 2. Find someone to loan them the money 3. Tell them to...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Success Attracts Success “The old saying ‘success breeds success’ has something to it. Success fosters that feeling of confidence that banishes negativity, blasts through procrastination and get you going in the right way.” Aron   As I see it . . . . . . .   Success attracts success   Success c...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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I received this quote today “Let no one out prepare you,” by David Brooks 1991 World Champion of public speaking in Toastmasters. When you hear something as simple as this from someone who was the WORLD CHAMPION of public speaking in Toastmasters, it can cause a person to “THINK” when it comes to...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Maximizing the Use of Your Ability “Success in the maximum utilization of the ability that you have .” Zig Ziglar 1926 - 2012, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker and Salesman   As I see it . . . . . . .   Maximizing the use of your ability   We were all blessed with ability . . . . It would...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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You can’t do a high volume business without being organized.  Glance into an office of a high volume producer and notice the working environment.  The end of each day should be complemented by a perfectly cleaned off desk.  Walk through the home of a high volume producer, and you’ll notice that ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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This Easter is an extraordinary time of alignment. It is one of those times when the Gregorian calendar and the Julian calendar are in agreement on Easter dates.   Perhaps this is could signal a new era of unity and cooperation, which includes all religions.  My family (Alexandra) celebrated Eas...
By Anthony Lamacchia
(McGeough Lamacchia Realty, Inc. )
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The key to a smooth moving process is organization. Here are some tips on the best way to pack when moving out of your home. Packing Materials The first step to pack like a pro is getting all your packing supplies together. Depending on the number of rooms you have, make sure you have plenty of s...
By Christian Penner, Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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It’s another aftereffect of the rise in housing prices: piggyback loans in West Palm Beach are making a comeback. According to a recent American Bankers Associations Report, the number of piggyback loans originated across the nation more than doubled within the past year. A piggyback loans invol...
By Christine OShea, Naples Florida Homes for Sale
(NATIONS)
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I am finally able to come up for air.  It was a heck of a season in many ways here in Naples and Marco Island.  There was a major project I got involved I. Which took a lot of time and energy and also impacted my business production. All I can take from this whole experience is that social media ...
By Lynn B. Friedman, Realtor - 404.939.2727 ATL BuckheadMidtownWestside
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Serving Clients is our Business - One Day At a Time.)
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Dear Readers - BARBARA TODARO  from Franklin, Mass shares so much good information with us all the time. Her posts are a virtual encyclopedia that I love to keep reading.   This post stimulated a change in our Listing procedures. From now on, for Listings that are vacant, we will add the contract...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA Condo Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
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  Lou Ludwig is a sales and management consultant, success coach, speaker and author.  He posts very thought-provoking articles and his blog is one of my very favorites to read. It can be difficult to view making money as a by-product of our work.  Below, Lou reminds us that we must focus on our ...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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How to pack your house like a pro, is an interesting article that potential movers might find relevant. For more specific information on how to pack, continue reading below. The key to a smooth moving process is organization. Here are some tips on the best way to pack when moving out of your home...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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... And how you can, too!REALTOR® Shaun Nilsson used only Facebook to close 24 deals in his very first year of business and made over $165,000 in commissions. Impressed?Shaun, the social media wizard behind CityBlast.com, joins ActiveRain Community Evangelist Bob Stewart in this sponsored webinar...