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 Jan Sohlman, RE/MAX Integrity
(RE/MAX Integrity)
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Greetings,I love quotes from Mother Teresa. Here are some to inspire you this week! “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has yet to come.We have only today. Let us begin.”Mother Teresa 1910 -1997, Roman Catholic Religious Missionary, Humanitarian     Today is a gift.  Once your day has passed it will be ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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It’s Not about Fitting in – It’s about Standing Out“The reason they want you to fit it . . . . is that once you do, they can ignore you”Seth Godin, American Author, Entrepreneur,Marketer, Public Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . .It’s not about fitting in – It’s about standing out It’s not a mat...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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What does tire kicking and low-ball offers have in common? They both fall flat! Not only was the offer $50,000 below list price, the buyer agent was informed the home had appraised $30,000 higher than list price.   Instead of playing to the positive aspects of the property, the potential buyer di...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Attention those who are in business/sales:STOP! Please STOP saying that you’re SO busy or TOO busy when people ask you how you’re doing with a look of overwhelming overload – Why in the world would anyone want to work with or refer business to someone that is “too busy”? The truth is, most of the...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Your Buyers, Your Sellers, Your Leads, Your Clients:AccelerAgent has you covered on all fronts. View this email in your browser   In response to the challenging low inventory market, we're sharing excerpts from an archived interview about how to stay afloat these days.Joe Piazza of The Piazza Ad...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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This post may likely contain some truth, some fiction, some sarcasm and some fluff.  I usually don't get too wrapped up with local real estate agent "threads."  But, sometimes I go against my better judgment.  Recently I read a local thread about the lack of feedback.  So I gave my "feedback" to ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Create Forward Momentum “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.”Michael Korda, novelist   As I see it. . . . . . . .Create forward momentum  Use your goals as milestones on your success journey . . . . and you’re able to measure your forward progress in achieving your...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Pop Quiz Answer To: What Is The Best Driveway Design?Every aspect of a home's interior and exterior presentation will help facilitate positive Chi or not the most supportive. Based on what has been shared with my blog pots or perhaps your own knowledge on Feng Shui, what driveway design...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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As You Improve Your Skills“As you improve your skills . . . . you enhance your potential to achieve greater success.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Tips, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see itAs you improve your skills  The primary objective of personal – improvement . . . ...
By Jenna Dixon, Assoc Broker - Let's Talk Cobb County Real Estate
(DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate )
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Many new construction builders offer incentives to the buyer IF they use the "preferred" lender partner.  I'm sure these relationships are born out of trust, convenience and the marketing skills of the lender. Buyers are often swayed by the promise of the "incentive" savings to make application w...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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At some point in time a client will want to terminate his relationship with you. Nobody is perfect and sometimes things can simply get side-ways, regardless who is at fault. It happens. The most important thing about being told "I want to use another Realtor" is to remember to remain professional...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Sensei Grasshopper - Spin Like a SEO Top!  The Sensei Grasshopper Contest once again has made a huge project of mine manageable and achievable.  When Mr Sensei, Dick Greenberg, announced the contest, I debated whether or not to ask him to be my Sensei.  But I asked anyway because I knew he held ...
By Joe McCord
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A successful real estate agent does an excellent job of combining experience, education, research and people skills. Getting into the industry is fairly easy, but you need to figure out how put all of your skills to work for you. Fortunately, there are tons of real estate training college classes...
By Home Value Leads
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This article was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.If you had joined the recent webinar on generating seller leads online hosted by Rupree’s Kelly Sklar, you would have learned one very valuable lesson from guest speaker and Home Value Leads co-founder Brian Rayl: There is no such...
By John DL Arendsen, Gen Cont, Factory Built Const & Dev, RE Brk, INVS.
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer)
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This is definitely a very good post and well deserves many re blogs. Very thought provoking and very well though out. Hope a lot of folks read, re read and read all the comments. It will get us all thinking. "A there are those of us who are not by virtue of birth date in this category who have th...
By Home Value Leads
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This article was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.To be a successful real estate agent, you’ve got to put in many long hours of hard work. Learning everything about your profession, as well as meeting as many people as possible, go together to create a winning combination. Howeve...
By Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group)
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“Calico Joe” is John Grisham’s first novel about baseball and debuted in April of 2012.  In the book, when one of the characters was going up to pitch, he is told to “go up there swinging”.  To “go up there swinging” in baseball means not to be the kind of player that just stands there and watche...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Long-term planning is important to include in one’s business plan if you are want to be the market leader in your luxury real estate practice/company.  It means understanding the new agents you hire, as well as those you will be selling homes to.  It also means knowing how important spare time as...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Divulging information outside of what is inside, do you? There will be issues that crop up outside our scope of control in a real estate transaction. Part our responsibility as agents, according to the REALTORS® Code of Ethics is to keep information discussed within, confidential.  Never relay de...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Courage to Go Out on the Limb“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb - -that’s where the fruit is.”H. Jackson Brown, Author   As I see it . . . . . . .The courage to go out on the limb It may appear easier to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground . . . . and to pick the low hanging fruit. ...