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
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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 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 Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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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 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 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 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 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 Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Consistency is the hallmark of building a strong brand. Staying true to your brand values is essential in building a luxury real estate brand. For this reason, we applaud the Cheerio commercial for staying true to its message despite the controversy they generated last year for their depiction o...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Where will your business be at the end of 2014? As 2013 ends, there is no better time than now to decide where you want to go in 2014. If you're willing to commit your goals to paper, then you've got a shot at achieving them. Here's a three step plan to make sure 2014 is your business's best year...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 44
You know that the loyalty of your clients can be the factor that determines what kind of year you have in real estate sales. But do you know how much of a difference loyal real estate clients make to your business? Consider this; a 5% increase in your customer retention can increase your profitab...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Choice is Which End to Use  “Nature gave us two ends - - one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most.” Robert Albert Bloch 1917 - 1994, American Fiction Writer   As I see it. . . . . . . . The choice is which end to ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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Am I the Dinosaur in the Real Estate World Today  ?  I was reading an article today and listening to agents talking about not having to meet with clients in person  . Social media devices ,cell phones , texting ,doc u sign this was the way to go .   But I feel it is better to sit down with your c...
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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Is It Fair? Mobile-Home Owners To Get $32 Million For Relocation Costs   I had to share this article in the Reader recently written by Dorian Hargrove as I've been following this saga for the past 30 plus years. Albeit I feel for the hardship many seniors will endure they knew their fate was seal...
By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Comments 50
I've been doing a word of the day campaign, but that will be on hold for today. Today, I set ou to show a dozen homes (which is much much more than I ever agree to).  We ended up seeing 6 homes. 6 doors. Client is ready. They are getting close to desperate, job relocation; first home fell apart a...
We all hate to find out the buyer has a hidden prayer that turns out unanswered by the loan approval process. Before execution, I always call lenders to review their approval/qualification letter to advise my client of the level of risk with a particular buyer. It's a triple purpose due diligence...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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2 Offers 2 Agents 1 Buyer   The days of multiple offers has passed in the Phoenix area, except for a few choice areas. Late last evening we posted a new listing in one of those hot areas, expecting multiple offers or at the very  least a quick sale at full price or over list price. The home is in...
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 Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 29
His Wants -  Her Wants - Reality   A  couple was referred to me several years ago by a long time friend/client.  For several years prior to their retirement back east they received automatic email searches for townhomes in Scottsdale. This is what they said they wanted, to be close to their frien...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
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REALTORS® Advised Not to Use Drones The National Association of Realtors® advises REALTORS® not to use drones, or UAS, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), until the FAA issues their ruling, which is now not expected until 2017. Currently it’s poss...