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 Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
Comments 84
Holding an open house should be solely for the benefit of promoting the sellers property.  It should not be used for the purpose of snagging buyers so that you can show them a better deal down the street.   Here are some helpful hints:   1. The consumer that comes through the door at your open h...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 30
How in the world can we go from making one of the months that historically is the most difficult to drum up business, one of the most lucrative?  Well, Seychelle Van Poole* does just that... in fact, her December is second only to July as far as the number of transactions she does.... so what's h...
By Ryan Rutman
(RE/MAX Professional Realty Group)
Comments 29
As the great Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” This is such an incredibly true statement and so incredibly challenging to execute on a daily basis.  I was shopping with my wife the other day when I heard from across the store, “Hey, there’s t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
Your Energy and Persistence to Succeed “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin 1709 - 1790, One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Inventor, Printer, Writer and Scientist    As I see it . . . . . . . Your energy and persistence to succeed   It sounds so simple . ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 31
“Giving and Receiving Referrals, One of the topics in our Upcoming Social Media Marketing Seminar”   I set my yearly goals for the number of referrals that I give out to referral partners. I know that most folks will focus on getting referral business, actually we all do, but giving referrals is ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 18
We all know that word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising. So, why do some luxury real estate marketing professionals get more than others?  The answer boils down to one word. Those that spark buzz have ‘REMARK-ABILITY”!     While it has been proven time and again that many more negative re...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
You Grow as Big As Your Dreams “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in a soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through the bad days till they bring th...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
You Can Measure Ambitious Goals “The value of an ambitious goal is not measured by what it will bring to you. The worth of the goal is measured by what it will make of you in the process of following and attracting it.” Mother Teresa 1910 – 1997, Roman Catholic Religious Sister   As I see it . . ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
The Lightening of Thinking “Greatness is a zigzag steak of lightning in the brain.” Henry Asquith 1852 – 1928, Liberal Prime Minster of the United Kingdom 1908 - 1916    As I see it . . . . . . . The lightening of creating thinking   An open mind will attract the lightning of creative thinking.  ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
Successful People Attract Prosperity “Successful people make money. It’s not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success  to what they do.” Wayne Dyer, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Successful peo...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 11
I'm finally taking the plunge. After seven years in real estate and countless transactions, I have decided to move forward in my education and become a Broker. I've already fulfilled the requirements which include actively selling for three years or more, taking the broker's office management cou...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 40
I had a colleague point out that sometimes the leads we get are "D" quality.  They're the ones that enter "Joe Schmoe" for a name and "650-555-1212" as their number.  In my "Six Lists" training, these would be a "C-"!  This consumer wants the information, just without giving you the chance at con...
By Agent Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR® Listing Specialist, The $500 Million Marketing Advantage
(Capitol Home Team | Austin TX)
Comments 125
Is murder of Beverly Carter a lesson for real estate agents? I hope so This is a "tough love" post. If you are overly sensitive, please move on. =) This morning, the inevitable became news: The body of Beverly Carter, kidnapped real estate agent, was found in a shallow grave. Within seconds, soci...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 53
A recent article with safety suggestions for real estate agents reminded me of one of the dumbest things I did as a real estate newbie over twenty years ago.  I showed a vacant house with no power to a perfect stranger at night by flashlight.  His wife was to accompany him but he showed up alone...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 10
The Secret to Success with John Maxwell   I am a big fan of John Maxwell, he is not only a very spiritual man but he is also a much respected authority on the subject of Leadership, which I will be touching upon in a few blogs this week.   In the video below John is speaking at the success sympos...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 25
Lunching With My Peeps!   Dick Greenberg from Fort Collins CO referred a lovely family to me last year looking to relocate to the Phoenix Metro Area. The family included Grandma, her daughter and son-in-law plus two very lively young boys.  The first day I met them we spent an afternoon looking a...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 106
In the Wake of Tragedy, the Real Estate Community is Beside Itself Waking up this morning and having the story of murdered real estate agent Beverly Carter, my heart sank for her friends and family.  It is horrifying to think of the evil that lurks in our world.   And as expected, the real estate...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 6
Hello Podcast Fans, How many of you when you hear the name, Feng Shui think of interior design? Our guest today is Laura Cerrano whose modality is Feng Shui Healing. Those who are aware of Feng Shui, most think of this as "interior design", not as a healing modality. Laura opens up the world of F...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 14
I know. I'm as surprised as you are. But there really are only 10 weeks left in 2014 so it's definitely time to take a moment to reflect and another moment to make sure 2014 ends the way you want it to. Your assignment: Re-evaluate your 2014 goals and make a list of what needs to be done to achie...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
Comments 0
  Thank you everyone for coming out to Today’s Masterminds Luncheon in Birmingham at The Stand. Again, another great turnout as well as great networking, connections made, matches in terms of listings to buyers, and of course – education from our outstanding Key-note speaker, Greg Coyne covering ...