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 Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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 Your competitionWhy on earth are you in the game of luxury real estate marketing if you are not in it to win it? Sure, there are plenty of agents who just want to eek out a living. But, they are missing out on all of the fun because they do not know the secret of winning the game!  The sweet spo...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Hello & Welcome to the third week of April 2015,  Thank you for taking a moment to read this email... I am always trying to come up with new ways to help and support my clients business here at Franklin Title Agency through networking, business events, social media, social media support and train...
By Jeffrey Jones, AZ Home Seekers,
(AZ Home Seekers)
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In this business we learn early that we have to get along with other agents. This is one of the few professions where we compete for listings and market share , but need to work cooperatively to get properties shown and offers accepted. But some agents just just don't get it. It's amazing how muc...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Welcome to ActiveRain - Have you written your 1st Blog Post yet? ActiveRain and blogging can be overwhelming when you first start down the blogging journey.  The best advice I can give you is just get started today! Just Do It!  It really doesn't matter what you write or even if you're a good wri...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Myth Buster: Feng Shui is Only For Those of Asian DecentFeng Shui (environmental psychology) made it's presence known in America around the 1980's. Yet it was not until 1997, The Metropolitan Institute of Design graduated the first certified accredited class in 1997.  Eighteen years lat...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Timber & Wildlife Evaluation making a difference in finding BuyersHaving a good Timber appraisal and Wildlife Habitat inventory can make the difference in finding the right buyer for forestland properties.A good Forest inventory and apppraisal will allow your seller to properly price and market t...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Real Estate Development Tip: Front Entrance Water ElementAdding simple Feng Shui enhancements to the design concepts of a real estate development can be very beneficial to enhancing sales for residential and commercially utilized buildings. Why? Because 37% of buyers, follow the princip...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Acquiring Wisdom“Wisdom is acquired as a result of your life experiences and in weathering the winds of change that those experiences bring into your life. Some would say that wisdom is acquired in the school of hard knocks.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Train...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Be Who You Really Are  “Often people attempt to live backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you love to do, in order to hav...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Do you believe in praying on the job?  This little one does and manages quite well. From hatch-ling to an immediate work setting, this Praying Mantis knows by instinct that it must adapt to its surroundings or immanent death is certain. Real estate agents must also learn to adjust accordingly whe...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be Wiser Today Than You Where Yesterday“A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong which is but saying . . . That he is wiser today than yesterday.”Jonathan Swift 1667 - 1745, Anglo – Irish, Satirist, Pamphleteer, Poet and Cleric  As I see it . . . . . . .Be wiser today th...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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 The Magic Answer Put Your Cell Phone in the Trunk of Your Car When you click & watch this, you will see an area in real estate most all agents have never done, are afraid of, or tried it once and quit.  Believe me I know what I am talking about when it comes to this subject because I talk too mu...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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You would not be driving your car if the wheels were coming off, would you?  You would call your local mechanic and ask for help.  Now suppose he tells you that your car is so badly misaligned that it should not be driven until it is realigned.  Wouldn't you get it realigned immediately?  Now wha...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Will be Lifted to the Heights of Your Thoughts“We lift ourselves by our thoughts. We climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thoughts of it and of yourself.Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be,always everywhere.”Orison Swett Ma...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Believe That You Will“What you want to achieve in life is rooted in your thinking . . . . When you believe that you will. You will find a way to do it successfully.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Believe that you wi...
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
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In Oregon we use Escrow company's that collect the money and record the transfer with the County. Then the proceeds are divided and paid out. this would include Title fees back taxes, commissions and anything else to make a clear title before giving the Seller their proceeds.After signing it usua...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Mortgage Lender Optimism Could Spill into Wellington MarketIf anyone involved in Wellington real estate were to try to pick a word to characterize the mortgage industry as a whole, “sentimental” wouldn’t be among them. Especially over the past several years, “frustrated” might be apt, or “hog-tie...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Thinking Creates Your Results“Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influence everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feeling, personal relationships; they’re all a projection of you.”Deepak Chopra, Indian-American Author, Public Speaker,and Physician  As I se...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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Why Be An Independent BrokerI've finally done it! I've separated from all corporate brokerages and become an Independent Real Estate Broker.  I earned my Broker's License in 2009 and have been thinking about this move ever since. Now I wonder what took me so long. It took me some time to realize ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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What you are striving for with your personal brand is authenticity in every communication you have with current and past clients, prospects and also with your entire potential referral base.    Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   In the art world there are forgeries th...