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)
Comments 40
... 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...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 10
        Realtors are charged with the responsibility of getting the highest and best price for real estate. These are not decisions that should be left to the unschooled…not the sellers….not the heirs that greedily help themselves to items before the house is shown with furniture in it…..not advi...
By Magnets USA
(Magnets USA®)
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By Rebecca Cranwell A couple months ago, I posted a blog about Unique Closing Gift Ideas. Since that time, I have experienced the benefits of receiving a gift that is not only unique, but also long lasting. So, let’s talk a little bit about what types of gifts you should and shouldn’t be giving. ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Wisdom of Learning From Others “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writing so that you shall come easily by what others have labored for.” Socrates 470 BC to 399 BC, Classical Greek Philosopher   As I see it . . . . . . .   The wisdom of learning from others   Many have w...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 18
Make No Mistake.  The listing agent knows precisely what they're doing. Most of those "embarrassing moments" can be avoided.  When you see "call for instructions" for showing a home with a security system, DON'T SHOW THE PROPERTY. Clearly, having an active security system on a listing is a BARRIE...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 14
          Can you call yourself Doctor, Lawyer, Realtor if you are not eligible to practice in that state ?   When someone calls for a showing…we verify membership in our MLS with the identification number.  Out of curiousity….for some other professions I looked to see if the person was licensed ...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 35
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Be Committed and Determined to Succeed “People of mediocre ability sometimes active outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.” George Allen 1918 - 1990, American Football Coach   As I see it . . . . . . .   Be Committed and determ...
By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
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Unless your prospects have rented from you for 5 years, never had a complaint AND paid their rent on time....you probably can not make the statement that your rental prospects would be GREAT TENANTS! A few months ago, I received a phone call from a local real estate agent who thought that the cou...
By Jimmy Chickey, Las Vegas Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest, Partner in the Jamie Cox Group)
Comments 7
  This is what ActiveRain is all about - Google Juice!  Here is one way to build Credibility with Google.  In case you missed it, here is the previous Boot Camp Class. I hope you find this information as helpful as I have. Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Bonus Class RecapThis year we hosted our ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 29
Over the weekend, I had a client who wrote an offer on a condo. In response to the offer, the listing agent responded with "the unit next door sold for $25,000 more than you're offering, and we have a larger master bedroom"... the intimation, of course, being that they expected us to come up dram...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
  Breakdown the Walls of Your Comfort Zone “A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” Dr. Denis Waitley, Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it . . . . ...
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 Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“What Does Your Body Language Say About You?”   My wife has taught me so much over the years about body language and what it means and what it says to others. NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) has long been described as body language.   I’ll share an example, when I get home at the end of a day ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 21
My post, yesterday, about inspection issues, and the seller being able to "cancel" the listing unilaterally, raised a few eyebrows.  It seems to be unique to our area, as other areas of the country were surprised, and some a little unsettled. In our area, we tend to use attorneys on about 98% of ...
By Jeanine Metts
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Selling your home? Should you go with a Team or Individual Agent? Great question. And a very interesting one to answer. Every area has the big NAME Real Estate agent, but is that your best choice? Sometimes, but not always. Here is why. I'm big on statistics, it's just the way my brain works. I t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  My Circumstances “My circumstances do not make me what I am, they reveal who I have choose to be.” Dr. Wayne Dyer, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . .   My circumstances   There can circumstances in your life that were the result of outside influences that were be...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 8
  Unless you're trying to generate business for anyone in your company, focus, focus, focus. Smart agents can decide whether they are planning institutional advertising or focused advertising. Institutional advertising is better suited to large companies with wide geographical appeal. Focused adv...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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On January 8th, ActiveRain University put Bob Stewart on loan for the first Market Leader Power Hour of the year. Kris Olsen, Market Leader Senior Trainer was the gracious host and contributed some great ideas along the way.The topic was 'Make 2014 the Best Year Ever' and it was based on your res...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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  Do You Really Think I Would Say That Medical Tape Would Be An Okay Repair For That Hole In The Tub?   You never know what will be said by those that are moving out of an apartment. This can intensify when the move-out is an eviction, or there is extensive damages, or unpaid rents. Tenants will ...