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 Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I was trying to post a new Realtor tip of the week, but this little thing called running a real estate business kind of got in the way.   I'm rested, re-charged, and ready to go.   My newbie tip of the week this week is simple:  Get uncomfortable.   What do I mean by that?   To succeed in thi...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
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This is an extremely busy summer, and when clients call or email me with information that is not necessarily related to the transaction we are working on, I keep NOTES and make LISTS. I am never without my trusty notebook in front of me whether I am sitting at my computer or out on the road. Clie...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Key is Focused Effort and Hard Work “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work is not a curse; it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood and the  measure of civilization.” Calvin ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui and Children:  A Lesson from My Late Mother from 2010     Drafted by Carole (2010) As I watched my children growing up and go through all the phases that children do, I wasn't practicing Feng Shui back then. And although I'd heard and read about "The Law of Attraction,"...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Road of Discovery is Trying the Untried “Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, but going off the main road by trying the untried.” Frank Tyger 1929 – 2011, Cartoonist, Columnist, Humorist   As I see it . . . . . . .   The road of discovery is trying the untried   The pat...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Hard Times Will Bring Out Your Best     “Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” Bob Riley, American Politian     As I see it . . . . . . .   Hard times will bring out your best   The winds in your life will continually change . . . . ...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Glad I Checked My Voice Mail  . . . I Don't Check That Very Often My hand to God . . . I just received a return call to one I had made earlier this afternoon.   The conversation has left me speechless.  So glad my fingers do the walking, err, typing. In setting up a tour of condos for my relo...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(John Marshall )
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Real estate 101 - creating a life-work balance - One of the sad truths about real estate as a profession is that it can consume you. It can take over your life and push loved ones aside like they were yesterdays news. Many agents do not take control of the clients form the beginning and they pay ...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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  I have experienced the dirty side of the world of real estate!   I can recall numerous situations that we as agents, inspectors, appraisers, surveyors and others find ourselves in on a daily basis.  This can be a dirty business for sure!   Some of my dirty little secrets in this business that ...
By Trulia Pro Blog, Real Estate Advice From Real Estate Professionals
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Summer is generally the busiest time of year for real estate professionals. Overall, the weather is good. Prospective buyers want to be out and about looking at properties. The flowers are in bloom. The grass smells good. Agents generally find that it’s a pretty good time of year to sell property...
By Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro, Your Success is My Focus!
(Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors)
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I can already hear many people saying, "What do you mean bad reputations, my reputation is great." Unfortunately when you ask the general public to use one adjective to describe a real estate agent, do you really think that adjective is going to be "awesome", "great"...
By Jordana Tobel
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As territory manager for Carrington Real Estate South Florida, we have sales meetings via conference call every Wednesday for 30 minutes. Every week, I keep track of things that I feel are important to discuss on an upcoming call such as: commission issues that come up, compliance reminders, prob...
By Jenna Weinerman, Helping deliver a breakthrough client experience.
(Updater)
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Too often, we wash our hands of a transaction after closing. Too often, we miss the perfect opportunity to leave a lasting impression. I travel quite a bit with Updater - just yesterday, I spoke to a Broker/Owner of a 45-agent brokerage. She said to me, "Updater is basically the perfect post...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
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As the start of a new school year debuts in the DFW Metroplex, the sage advice we whisper to our young scholars returns to herald their way back to classroom corridors: "You will be know by the company you keep."  Your Business Associations Matter For every reason this advice works to g...
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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Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle You have a great listing and want lots of showings. So why make it hard on the other agents to show. Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle. Make the access easy and the instructions simple. Do whatever you can to make agents want to show your listings not d...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
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FYI: There are only 18 Fridays left 'till Christmas! And that means, you are one step closer to achieving your real estate goals for the year 2014! Are your sales projections on target? If so, then great. If not, then there is still time to make the most of what is left of the year. Phone pas...
By Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service
(The Jordon Wheeler Group)
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Who Needs All Those Pictures?  Buyers DO! Yesterday I took a moment out of my extremely busy schedule to go see a listing with an agent not a part of my firm.  The listing agent and I had conducted business on a previous transaction, and the listing agent grew to like my way of conducting busines...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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New Maryland Regulations on Recommending Service Providers   Maryland real estate agents and brokers need to be very careful when recommending service providers. They are now required to verify that the recommended service providers are licensed to provide the services. The following notice was p...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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I am often asked what I see as the path forward for a Billion Dollar Agent company. Here is the detailed version of my answer. Billion Dollar Agent Company (BDAC) is a public company valued at over $1B with over $1B in revenue and profit margins of 20 percent for $200,000,000 in profits in 2016....
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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FHA Will Not Insure Homes with Leased Solar Panels   Just received this "red alert" from a friend of mine who is an appraiser.  He has been the best source of information for me and I trust his opinion and knowledge.  BUT, the most important thing about this appraiser is he has gone the...