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 Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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The primary function of our website is to bring us business. The easiest way to do that is to provide ways for buyers to easily search for properties. While buyers will also find a multitude of other information on the site, the search feature is the big star of our website. There are always exce...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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Guaranteed Pay Raise for Realtors in 2015 Why not do yourself a favor if you really want a raise, and are willing to work for it, which means doing something DIFFERENT than what you have been doing, obviously you won’t get a raise doing the same thing over and over. And if you are willing to wor...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  You may or may not know how inexpensive it is  To make a major change in your life over a period of a couple of years and by making a commitment to yourself to attend meetings, and see what happens to your life in the next couple of years. Click here. And especially if you are in sales you can ...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
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The real estate business asks a lot of agents. You need to always be on call. You need to be unfailingly patient, understanding, and positive no matter the circumstances. You need to have knowledge of the market that’s both deep and broad. And on top of all this, if you market yourself (as most ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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      Wisconsin is one of nine states in the country that is a community property state.  The other states that are include: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Washington.  This means that the house purchased during the marriage is community property and unless o...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Persistent Positive Activities “There is no such thing as an overnight sensation . . . . But they’re successful people in every walk of life.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . . Persistent Positive activities    Wh...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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We spotted this wine bottle when we were perusing the wine section at Gelson's Market.  From a distance, we both knew that it was a Francis Ford Coppola wine based on the shape of the label symbolizing a piece of cut film.  Mr. Coppola owns several wineries in the wine country, and the Napa loca...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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Black is often the default brand color of luxury.  Black is associated with power, class, formality and prestige.  However, keep in mind that black is not the only color that communicates these nuances.  In branding yourself as a luxury real estate professional, black may not be appropriate.  Fo...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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  Barclays Center In Brooklyn NY Offers Insight To Urban Feng Shui Design The positioning of the Barclay's Center is not in an ideal energy flow location, according to the Feng Shui principles. It has been built on a triangular plot layout between Atlantic Avenue and faces fast on coming and goin...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be an Original You “The great thing about being yourself, is that if you always do it, people expect it, and accept nothing less . . . No matter how different you may be.” Michelle Cole, Author and Motivational Speaker     As I see it. . . . . . . . Be an original You     The great thing about yo...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
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  Princess And Mia Can Be Adopted   In Baltimore For Only $25   Take a look at these two faces. Do you have room in your heart and in your home for either Princess or Mia? What a way to start an immediate family. Have you thought about adding a new addition to your home? See the info above to con...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
(REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 )
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  Las Vegas & Henderson Homes continue to sell by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz   The real estate market in the Las Vegas Valley continues to "Boom" with large numbers of sales in existing homes and (new) homes being constructed.   Vegas Bob's projections for the future of real estate in the Las Vegas ...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay." We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people waiting for the plane. An easy and smart way for airline...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Communication is critical in all of our relationships, personal and professional. It costs very little to remind someone that you care, and when you share information, it can help them relax. Knowledge is power- share yours frequently, it will help people have a more enjoyable (stress-managed) tr...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Education and Training with Lou Ludwig & Associates original Active Rain blog content, be an original you is relevant to the Real Estate industry. Scroll down for the reblog. Be an Original You “The great thing about being yourself, is that if you always do it, people expect it, and accept nothin...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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Ha! Great insight. None of us can be on task 24/7 365. We all need to poke our pinky into a 110v socket every so often to get recharged or we end up the way of your photo which is very appropriate for this post.  The real estate business asks a lot of agents. You need to always be on call. You ne...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
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“Success is never an accident.” Powerful words from one of the most widely admired real estate coaches in North America. IXACT Contact partner Richard Robbins is an author, business mentor and a sought-after expert in the fields of personal and professional performance. In this video, he describe...
By Joanne Foley, Your hometown real estate professional
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So I'm meeting with my Team Leader tomorrow and trying to prepare what I should have done last December.   This is called catch up time to put my goals in place that I've been working on since the 1st of the year eventhough they weren't written down at that time. As being part of a team, my own t...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® CRS GRI
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR® CRS GRI)
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Building a Business Plan To Succeed in 2015   Business planning starts with attainable realistic goals, it’s should contain a set of outlined business goals and how to achieve those goals. Short and simple works best..   A Business Plan is crucial for starting and running a business successfully....
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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2 Simple Business Plans for 2014 Realtors.   1-3-5 BUSINESS PLAN FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS.   Real Estate agent here is an easy to use Business Plan to help you reach your 2014 goals. November & December are the best times to start your New Years Business Plan, get ahead of the crowd and yet it is n...