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 Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
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30 Posts in 30 Days: An AR November Challenge   You thought November would never get here so that you could participate in this amazing challenge! Am I right? OK, maybe you're a bit nervous. Maybe you've just been managing to write every so often, or once a week or a month. Now's the time to jump...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Recently we were asked to join a group of “purple agents” (we are substituting the word “purple” for the actual category) real estate agents to advertise on their site.  Positive attributes were enumerated about the added value of purple people and their contributions to society.  We did not joi...
By Ryan Rutman
(RE/MAX Professional Realty Group)
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"Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer."   - Ted Williams   ...and real estate too Mr. Williams!   This is a great quote by one of the greatest players to ever play the game of Baseball.  I was reminded of this quo...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Today I was looking at the hotsheets on the MLS and I was amazed at how many expired listings there are with only one photo or no description.  Most fields were left blank, except the ones required to be filled in by the MLS.  Some that had photos, had pictures that were taken with snow on the gr...
By Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
(Buyers Brokers Only LLC -
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As an exclusive buyer agent, homebuyers ask me all the time about buyer letters.  You know the letters I mean.....the ones where the buyers write about how much they love the house and why they or their family or their kids will love living there and why the Sellers should pick their offer.  The ...
By Brian Persons, CMI
(Brian Persons Front Range Home Inspections)
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I received a call yesterday from a lender wanting an inspection done the same day so they could close on the deal. The home was inspected already and a few issues were found, but the lender did not want to fix the issues. She mentioned that since it was a conventional loan and not FHA that safety...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
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I must admit to having a new and very disturbing experience with a home inspector yesterday.  Adam Camosse from Homeinex Home Inspections was asked to do a home inspection on a house that I bought and rehabbed.  One of the repairs was to remove the existing roof, replace roof sheathings and insta...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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I went on an appointment yesterday although my gut said skip it.  I had just finished a medical procedure (it was not my gut but close) and was in some discomfort. But this prospective seller's emails had all the right answers. After walking through and sitting rather uncomfortably for what seeme...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  The NEW Quicker, Faster, Easier, Simpler, Listing Presentation   If you have been in the business over 10 years you may find it difficult to make a change in your listing presentation. In the 90’s 80’s, and 70’s we would take ninety minutes to three hours for a listing presentation. As you know...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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The Boldness of Buyers Buyers want a good deal and they want their agents to help them get a bargain price with as many add-ins as the seller is willing to give up. I get that and understand it is all in the negotiating and representing the buyer the best you can. When is enough enough? We money ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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That pesky number 4, Is it Good or Not according to Feng Shui? This is a commonly asked question by many so I have been researching methods in how to explain the perspective on the number 4. I shared with numerous clients and those who inquire about this concept that the number 4 vibration is not...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Service is a Reflection of Your  Attitude “Your attitude determine the degree of excellence of service you perform.” Jeffery Gitomer, Author, Consultant, Professional Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Your service is a reflection of your attitude   The quality of your business is first es...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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A Good Bench in The Woods I like to find a good bench in the woods, I think that it is important for solving the problems of the world and the problems in my life.   Something about having a place to sit, soak up a little sun on a cool autumn day and think about things that need to be thought abo...
By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(Total Realty Corp.)
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Property Manager discusses renting to college students Property Manager discusses renting to college students   My video series continues- with one today in which I discuss the various aspects of renting to college students.   Hope folks find a bit of value here.   Remember….. Feel free to sugges...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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I have seen swirls, lines, ups and downs with curly q"s and emphasis of all kinds when watching people sign their names. I for one sometimes cannot make out the signature to the written one. A scribble where it says sign assumes that it is you the one named below. In a dispute, this can become di...
By Ryan Rutman
(RE/MAX Professional Realty Group)
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“We didn’t start the fire…No we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it” Billy Joel    Can anyone relate to this famous lyric by Billy Joel?   Do you ever hear other Realtors say "I'm so tired of putting out fires all day"?  Have you ever had a fire to put out in your business and you’re asking ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Do you believe that helping others helps you? I do. On almost every listing, I refer my painter, my home inspector, my carpet guy, my preferred termite inspector, an appropriate escrow officer. Often my landscaper, the storage company and my stager get calls. They in turn help me be successful. T...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Why do People Prefer and LOVE the number 8 so much? Across the board, the number 8 resonates with the influences and vibrations of authority and personal power, self-confidence, executive ability, inner-strength, professionalism and the professional, management, material freedom, success, good ju...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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To Know What You Want to Do “Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly and do everyday what should be done, and every sunset will see you much nearer the goal.” Elbert Hubbard 1856 - 1915, American Writer, Publisher Artist and Philopher   As I see it. . . . . . . . To know what you want t...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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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...