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 & 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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Stretch Yourself Beyond Your Limits “No matter how many goals you have achieve, you must set your sights on a higher one.” Jessica Savitch 1947 – 1983, American Television Broadcaster, News Reporter   As I see it . . . . . . .  . Stretch yourself beyond your limits   Set your sights high . . . ....
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Angry Agents: What to do?  If you have been in this business for any period of time you have probably run into an angry agent.  Quite often they have been around for a long time and will tell you so immediately.  These are people who have grown up in the days when no agent was your friend, when n...
By Tim and Julie Harris
(Tim & Julie Harris® Real Estate Coaching)
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Today on Real Estate Coaching Radio   Should YOU Take The Realtor Safety Pledge? Staying safe is the job of every real estate professional - and after 2 tragic murders of agents recently, we're discussing ways that you can stay safe in real estate! If you've missed our past episodes, check out s...
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 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 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 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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  Be Prepared and Look Forward “Before anything else, preparation is the key to succeed.” Alexander Graham Bell 1847 – 1922, Scottish-Born Scientist, Inventor, Engineer, Innovator   As I see it . . . . . . . Be prepared and look forward   Prepare for your success . . . . and look forward with op...
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 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 Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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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 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 Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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  Why is it that the warning in the airplane lavatory will read: Do not touch, tamper, disable or destroy this device?    The reason is clear, everything that goes to court dies the death of a thousand cuts. Someone prevailed in court by saying they had not touched the smoke detector, they simpl...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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I met with a couple and went over all the issues to be concerned about when selling. Disclosures, certifications, water tests, just to name a few. When I called a couple of days later...I was told by the seller that I was wrong...He didn't have to have the septic certified. Who told you that? My ...
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...