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 Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Price Changes; When and Why best practices is both simple and complex.  Getting the price right is essential and the most important aspect of a great real estate transaction. The second most important aspect of a great real estate transaction is the marketing you put out on the internet.  Getting...
By Virginia Kail, American Way Real Estate, Homes and Land for Sale
(Investments, starter houses, luxury homes,farms, acreage)
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With the New Year right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about resolutions and goals. This year however, I'm not so sure. There are two schools of thought about setting goals and I'm really torn between the two. I want to hear what you think! I've traditionally always used the week ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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           The day after Christmas is a day to relax and think.  Yes, it’s a day to think about the fact that there are only 5 days remaining in 2014.  What that means to me is that I must use that precious time to create a plan for good health in 2015.  Health is the first challenge and then bus...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Spirit of Christmas “My Idea of Christmas whether old-fashioned or modem, is very simple; loving others. Come to think about of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” Bob Hope, 1903 – 2003, English Born American Film Actor, Author, Comedian   As I see it . . . . . . . The spi...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Time to Reflect on Your Blessings “Reflect upon your present blessing of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Thomas Aquinas 1225 -1274, Italian Dominican Priest, Philosopher   As I see it . . . . . . . A time to reflect on your blessings   As yo...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
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What will you be doing this last Friday of 2014?    While some have made plans to take the rest of the year off, I will be heading to the office today to compile a list of homes to view with clients tomorrow. My plan is to write another offer before year's end to get a jump start to accomplishing...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Happy Holidays from Snowy Southern California   Happy Holidays to you and your family. May you enjoy the spirit of the season and be safe. May 2015 bring you success, good health, and happiness. No snow here in the foothills this morning but there is lots of white fluffy snow in the mountains jus...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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I thought I'd reblog this webinar from many months ago.  For those looking to bring their social media to the next level for 2015, this may come in handy. This is the perfect week to catch up on some of these things. If you missed our latest crowdsourced webinar, you are going to want to tune in ...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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If you missed our latest crowdsourced webinar, you are going to want to tune in to this!In May, we asked the ActiveRain community how they use social media to help market their business. We wanted to hear from YOU GUYS what fun and unique things you are trying out on social media to engage your c...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Innovation is a Process “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.” Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011, Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, Co-Founder of Apple, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc   As I see it . . . . . . . Inn...
By Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
(Empire Realty Group)
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Lately I have been going through my e-mail and even a few post's in the "Rain" and have seen the phrase Merry Christmas all over the place. In the past I was as politically correct as the next in always saying Happy Holidays; but this is really a problem in that I did not know what actually made ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
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Know any good agents?   While meeting a mortgage lender in the next office suite, he asked my name and told me he knew a mutual aquaintance. Being new to the area, he asked him if he knew any good, experienced agents in the southern Utah area. He happened to mention my name.   This is not a boast...
By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
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To Show or Not to Show a Home on Christmas? There were a few recent posts on the Raise the Bar in Real Estate Facebook Group regarding Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day showings.  One post even got a little heated and a bit off topic.  I think showing or not showing a home during the holidays to...
By Mike Hendrickson, Fine Homes, Short sales, excellent client services
(Premier Agent Network)
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Homes For Sale in Morro Bay Ca With Ocean Views   Click on below to see all homes for sale in Morro Bay Ca.   Use our high rated internet search site to find your home.  You will see what a real estate agent sees, and...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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The Seeds for 2015 Have Been Planted This Month If you aren't in real estate, you probably think that the end of the year is a slow time of year.  We may not crank out the hours that retail employees do this time of year, but I can guarantee you, it is not a dead zone by any means. Today, I got t...
By Michelle Spalding
(Transaction Management Consultants)
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Over the years as a Transaction Coordinator I’ve met a lot of talented and successful Realtors. Some where just starting out and excited about the future, others had been in the business for a while and a bigger vision for where they wanted to go. As I learned about what their current real estate...
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
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Say what? That's a loaded question as good as "does this dress make me look fat"? That one has NO correct answer but that's another blog. I was thinking how I start my morning with coffee and Reading some blogs here. There are some I can count on to already be here as I am a west coaster. Roger, ...
By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
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Are You a Professional REALTOR® ? I went to a continuing education class yesterday on Commissioner's Standards from a marketing point of view. I wanted to share some of the "this and that" stats that I really found of interest: If Realtors® wonder why the public may not treat them as professional...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 In our market, we don't see offers written with the Buyer asking for closing cost credit very often.  The inventory is lower and the competition is keener for the house that the buyer wants to call home.     Agent Suzy got an offer with closing costs credit of more than twice the number that co...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  My right palm is itching.....hmmm....we know what that is coming our way.  You are not to itch or rub your palm, but close your fist and envision the money to come. For people who believe in creative visualization, vision boards and the power of positive may wish t...