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 ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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ActiveRain Gives You the Blueprint for Successful Blogs No two bloggers are going to have the exact same style. In this regard, bloggers are like snow flakes (lame! Be over already winter!) custom hot rods! Each one with their own unique style and approach. But there are cetain kinds of posts th...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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Being Transparent ~ Let Them See Who You Really Are! Today as I met with my networking group, we were discussing the character attributes that we value and hope our clients can clearly see.  I wrote that one of my character attributes is transparency.  Allowing others to see who you really are is...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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An Overnight Sensation “I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% All of the time somehow things will Work out in the end.” Larry Bird, Professional Basketball Player   As I see it . . . . . . . An overnight sensation      Overnight sensations are not made overnight . . . .  they become who they a...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Innovators “Innovators are the pacesetters . . . . and the trend makers. Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . . Innovators   Innovators are . . . . The pacesetters . . . . and the trend makers   Innovators . . . . mar...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Instructions say two hours notice I am trying to set up appointments for properties Sometimes companies that have these properties listed have appointment centers . That is good I have had wonderful experiences with them . Many times you can set up your appointment on line . This allows you the ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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This is the photo of a wine label.  It is very simple. The label is a single strip and it looks like it is handwritten calligraphy.  It is in Latin, Ex Umbris, which means “From shadows”.  It is a standout amid the usual wine labels. The bottle itself has no outer foil or wax to remove.  All you...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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One of the most common complaints of American workers is that they work long hours and work too hard. Many real estate agents work 7 days a week, and Sundays are often reserved for open houses or showings.   If you lived in Germany, the law dictates that you have to take Sundays off.  Known as G...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Build Confidence “You build confidence in yourself when . . . . you know what you’re doing . . . .  where were we’re going  . . . . and how you’re going to get there. Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . . You bui...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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You Are So Nice I Am Happy To Do The Work And Not Charge You   That is what someone said to me when I asked what he would charge to install 3 smoke detectors and brace and strap a water heater.   I've been accused of many things in my lifetime and being nice is definitely among those things. But ...
By C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties)
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If you haven't taken the time to checkout the goldmine of information on Active Rain University, I would encourage you to.  I especially urge the newer and less experienced members to check it out.  I re-blogged this particular post primarily because this is what we do here...We Blog.            ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Apparently the cell outage that knocked out my cell phone may have had something to do with a 2.9 earthquake that ocurred in the Chicago area at 6:08 this evening. I tried to make a call at 6:10 and couldn't get through for the next three hours, or so. The U.S. geological survey reported that the...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 3
There's been a fair amount of conversation, lately, about door-knocking as a marketing plan, or as part of a marketing plan. Personally, I don't do it, never have. When I first started in this business many of my mentors suggested that as a newbie, I should do cold-calling (this was well before t...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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The company my transaction coordinator works for recently raised the rates my TC charges. Her fee went up about 10%. She hasn't had a raise during all of the years she has worked with me. I pay her fee and I do not charge my clients for it. Years ago I used to work that small fee into the paperwo...
By Kate Conover
(RE/MAX Properties)
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I'm amazed that Realtors still market themselves as "Top Agent," Number One Listing Agent," Circle of Excellence Stand-Out," and on and on.  While I understand and endorse marketing is very important in our business, I also understand a few other things.  First and foremost, Sellers and Buyers th...
By Gordon Crawford, Morris County Specialist!
(Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team)
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So I receive Inman News and read it every morning (I know I'm a gutton for punishment1).  A couple of days ago, there was an article about Zillow's new and improved Agent Finder.  Naturally, I had to go see if I could find myself.   I couldn't.  I have only been a top producing agent(by my real e...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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Blogging Blueprint: Generate 1000's of Clicks Blogging about Condo Complexes This class starts by giving you the reason that you should be writing blog posts about condo complexes.  We go on to discuss the best way to blog about a condo complex in order to generate traffic to your blog posts and ...
By Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio
(Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC)
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  What did you like most about our services?: "The comprehensive report, prompt response in scheduling, best price, and you guys were extremely friendly!"   Comments/Suggestions:  "I have had an inspection previously that I thought I was rather happy with.  The deal fell through before closing be...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE SOUL .com books, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too?
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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These two girls have to go! WHY? MISS REPRESENTATION and MISS LEADING are not welcomed anywhere. There is no room for their exaggeration, stretching the truth or embellishment when it comes to trading high line, expensive items like Real Estate. I know people get excited about their listing and ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Key Element of Success is Perseverance “Few things are impossible to the diligence and skilled. Great works are performed not be strength but by perseverance.”  Samuel Johnson 1709 - 1784, English Writer   As I see it . . . . . . . A key element of success is perseverance   Success is achieved...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Real Estate Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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FAQ What's the best way to communicate in 2015?   What's the best way to communicate?  It depends.  In the real estate business there are many times when it's important to communicate in writing. Rarely do I communicate with agents or other professionals by phone unless I need specific informatio...