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 Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
Comments 121
“Take one single moment to feel sorry for yourself, and then bounce back better than ever.” Barbara Corcoran I’m a big fan of real estate icon Barbara Corcoran and saw her post this on Facebook this week. It’s timely, because recently I’ve had a lot of real estate agents talk to me about how to ...
By Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
(Marshall Enterprises)
Comments 56
When Your Clients Move, Suggest an OPEN ME FIRST Box Everyone HATES moving.  They like getting there and being there.  They rarely like the in between.  However, it can be less stressful if they take a few moments to think about what they will need between leaving here and living there!  If you ...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 2
Report Real Estate Unlicensed Activity-  Florida State Department of Business and Professional Regulations- DBPR- serves the state of Florida with making sure that professionals and businesses that require licenses are able to apply to get those licenses as well as maintain those licenses as one ...
By Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Comments 26
Does "selling" experience really count in Real Estate?  We all probably worked in other fields before we got in Real Estate.  Some of us probably had "selling" experience of some sort.  It is rare in my area to work with someone who is right out of highschool or college selling homes. So it makes...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
Your Passion Creates Energy “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host     As I see it. . . . . . . . Your passion creates energy   When you look at successful people you will find . . . . that they have common traits that make...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 35
Lifelong learning is one the key characteristics of a market leader in the realm of luxury real estate.  Learning new things is a way to meet new people and expand your sphere of influence.   Yesterday, as we were leaving our Yoga class, we were chatting with one of the teachers.  As we were tal...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
    The Importance of Knowing When To Say No “Success depends on getting good at saying no without feeling guilty. You cannot get ahead with your own goals if your always saying yes to someone else’s projects. You can only get ahead with your desired lifestyle if you are focused on the things tha...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 6
Simple Feng Shui Wealth Cure for Your Home: Dragon Turtles   A fast and easy Feng Shui cure you could try with helping to increase wealth is with the use of Dragon Turtles. This cure is known for attracting wealth, protection and improving career opportunities.   Here is break down of the animal'...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  How to Write a NADOTA* Offer & Win Every Time   So you know who your author and speaker is:   I HAVE NEVER LOST IN MUTIPLE OFFER SITUATIONS IN OVER 28 YEARS   Real estate agents representing buyers, you will enjoy representing buyers when you are winning all of the time when there are multiple ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 1
The 20 Headed Hydra or Focus, Focus, Focus Yesterday I spoke to a client who voiced concern that he feels like his business is a '20-Headed Hydra;' and time management and time blocking to focus on his unique talents is difficult. My response is that he only needs to focus on three things: Client...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
    The Best Time to Plan for Your Future  “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.”  Chinese proverb   As I see it. . . . . . . . The best time to plan for your future   Planning for your future . . . . starts with your planning today.   You can always look bac...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 25
Using the Sales Agreement Repair Addendum the Right Way    When all is said and done after the signing of a purchase and sales agreement for a house you want to sell, you move to the next step.  In my state it is the 10 day period the buyer has to do home inspections and request any repairs neede...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 13
I recently saw an online post, written by a colleague in a different state about many things that still need to be done after the contract has been signed and agreed to.  For some consumers, they feel that the Realtor's job is done.  Far from it. I've taken that post, and modified it some to appl...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 3
    Hold on The Tide Will Turn “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . . The t...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 6
  Full House at the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design Lecture! A night To Remember Last night on February 25th, 2015 at the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design in Syosset NY made history in the Cerrano/Provenzale family. The Feng Shui legacy that my mother Carole Provenzale began in...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 12
ometimes you just have to have a little patience. I have several buyers, right now, searching for their first home.  At the moment, our market is rockin' and rollin', and there is a dearth of supply.  They're all getting frustrated. Right now I have very little to show any of them, and they're st...
By Mercatus Realty LLC, Making Dreams a Reality, One home at a time!
(Mercatus Realty LLC)
Comments 2
        Found an interesting article that I wanted to share this with everyone,  has anyone been in a strange situation that they felt uncomfortable with?  The full article can be found here....      The need for safety education is clearly there in the real estate industry, as the National Assoc...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 2
Preparation is the Stepping Stone to Succeed “Before anything else, preparation is the key to succeed.” Alexander Graham Bell 1847 - 1922, Scientist, Inventor, Engineer, Innovate,   As I see it . . . . . . . Preparation is the stepping stone to succeed    Prepare for success . . . .  is preparin...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 15
Multiple offers. It's the phrase that throws fear and uncertainty into an already difficult situation when talking about purchasing a home. Different agents and different agencies handle multiple offers differently, so it's not a bad idea, when you represent a buyer, to ask the listing agent how ...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 8
I recently attended the designation course for the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing here in Houston.  It truly was one of the best real estate courses that I have ever attended!  Two days of excellent information that was well presented and full of ideas and tips that I will begin using immedi...