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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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... And how you can, too!REALTOR® Shaun Nilsson used only Facebook to close 24 deals in his very first year of business and made over $165,000 in commissions. Impressed?Shaun, the social media wizard behind, joins ActiveRain Community Evangelist Bob Stewart in this sponsored webinar...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've been working with "Bob" for a few months now.  We've seen three homes together (he's picky and that's fine) and have a very good working relationship.   He really liked the last home I showed him, so we put in an offer.  It's a short sale, so who knows what's going to happen there.   In the ...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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You can’t do a high volume business without being organized.  Glance into an office of a high volume producer and notice the working environment.  The end of each day should be complemented by a perfectly cleaned off desk.  Walk through the home of a high volume producer, and you’ll notice that ...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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  Do You Really Think I Would Say That Medical Tape Would Be An Okay Repair For That Hole In The Tub?   You never know what will be said by those that are moving out of an apartment. This can intensify when the move-out is an eviction, or there is extensive damages, or unpaid rents. Tenants will ...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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  My First Job On My Own   I can remember first couple that asked me to give them an estimate for a job that they needed to have done. I was just getting started so I was working for someone else, doing my own jobs on the weekends. It was a great way to get started, getting my feet wet while brin...
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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Some Things Just Don't Add Up. I spent 7 hours in class learning about how to embrace diversity in the real estate industry. I really felt like I already did embrace it but learned there is much more to it than I thought. This class is the prerequisite for getting the NAR certification for At Hom...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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When some people think of luxury they associate the word with a lifestyle of conspicuous consumption, and with being ostentatious, flashy, affected, showy, brazen, flamboyant, and pretentious. This has given luxury a bad name.  For us, luxury is about reaching for the best that life has to offer...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Challenges are Part of Life  “Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” Joshua J. Marine   As I see it . . . . . . .   Challenges are part of life   How you handle those challenges will makes a difference in your life.   Challenges are those te...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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Have you ever wondered the best way to farm a neighborhood? Is it knocking on doors? Sending a bunch of mail? Placing phone calls to the neighbors?In this class, Greg McDaniel, Head Educational Director for J Rockcliff REALTORS® in the San Francisco Bay area, shares his best techniques to success...
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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No two days or deals are alike. In fact, when I first heard that no two homes are alike I was amazed. Even if they sit next to each other, how the wind and the sun captures them makes it unique. Once more, I like challenges and this business offers some doozies YOUR DEAL IS SPECIAL What is especi...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Over the weekend, I had a client who wrote an offer on a condo. In response to the offer, the listing agent responded with "the unit next door sold for $25,000 more than you're offering, and we have a larger master bedroom"... the intimation, of course, being that they expected us to come up dram...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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                 Selling a property that is an estate can be far more challenging than any divorce.   Heirs/Siblings disagree and take on responsibilities that are not it a For Sale by Owner or deciding on the value of contents disposing of it as they choose without consulting others...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Ability to Recognize Ability is Priceless “There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.” Robert Half, Founder of a Human Resource Consulting Firm   As I see it . . . . . . .   Ability to recognize ability is priceless   When ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  A  Focused Life “No Life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.” Source Unknown   As I see it . . . . . . .   A focused life   A focused life is one that’s dedicated and disciplined in reaching a set of standards and objectives.   A focused life is focused the outcome ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Our target for a Billion Dollar Agent is to have 60 percent of their business from repeat/referrals based on the following: Core, Client/SOI/Vendor, and Repeat/Referral – Sixty percent of your business should come from these categories. Seller Marketing – Twenty percent of your business should c...
By Kathy Smiley, Realtor, "REAL ESTATE Results That Make You Smile!
(Prudential California Realty)
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Important information for my clients - Multiple Offers and Dual Agency in California   MULTIPLE OFFERS -  In a perfect world, the perfect offer comes in from a perfect solid buyer with great financing, great price, easy terms, and it obviously trumps the other offers; a seller may choose to accep...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“Prospective Buyers Don’t Always Say What They Mean”   For the last couple of days I have been negotiating on a home that we are flipping. We got notification of the Realtor showing, the 44th to be exact.   There was lots of activity, home was priced right. We have the following ready for everyon...
By Magnets USA
(Magnets USA®)
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By Rebecca Cranwell It’s no secret that our environment isn’t in the greatest shape. Think of all the harmful gases we spill into our environment every day just by driving to and from work. Since the weather is getting warm, let’s use this opportunity to work with Mother Nature and rebuild a heal...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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George Burns famously said "I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate." How are you doing today? Whether you're succeeding or not, are you at least having fun? It's certainly more fun to be successful than to fail, but there's a real benefit to enjoying yours...
By Magnets USA
(Magnets USA®)
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By Rebecca Cranwell You worked hard to get that real estate license, and now that you have it—you’re finished, right? No way! Sure, it’s fine to take a break from school for a little while to catch up on sleep and settle into a business routine. But whatever you do, don’t become complacent. Take ...