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 Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
Comments 55
The primary function of our website is to bring us business. The easiest way to do that is to provide ways for buyers to easily search for properties. While buyers will also find a multitude of other information on the site, the search feature is the big star of our website. There are always exce...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 1
              Internalize your marketing with these easy tips.       Your website is an extension of you- it is the "honey." It is your digital storefront that shows your past successes and areas of expertise. Most agents send emails, flyers, and postcards to their clients without any call-to-act...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 172
Am I the Dinosaur in the Real Estate World Today  ?  I was reading an article today and listening to agents talking about not having to meet with clients in person  . Social media devices ,cell phones , texting ,doc u sign this was the way to go .   But I feel it is better to sit down with your c...
By Ranee Bray, Realtor, North West Austin, Cedar Park & Wilco.
(TCP Realty, NW Austin & Cedar Park)
Comments 34
Consumers today expect more. Just look on Yelp and you will see the high expectations even a local sandwich shop must live up to these days. Adequate service and professionalisim is not necessarily enough to wow clients. Having a satisfied client is great, but is that enough to get you a referral...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 11
So make sure they're not lead astray. Question - are you a giver or taker this holiday season? Agents that do nothing but take leads may eat better,but agents that give back to their clients eat and sleep better. 'Tis the season for giving:GIVE your clients relevant information. And RECEIVE lasti...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 14
Be an Original You “The great thing about being yourself, is that if you always do it, people expect it, and accept nothing less . . . No matter how different you may be.” Michelle Cole, Author and Motivational Speaker     As I see it. . . . . . . . Be an original You     The great thing about yo...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 2
Guaranteed Pay Raise for Realtors in 2015 Why not do yourself a favor if you really want a raise, and are willing to work for it, which means doing something DIFFERENT than what you have been doing, obviously you won’t get a raise doing the same thing over and over. And if you are willing to wor...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 0
  You may or may not know how inexpensive it is  To make a major change in your life over a period of a couple of years and by making a commitment to yourself to attend meetings, and see what happens to your life in the next couple of years. Click here. And especially if you are in sales you can ...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
Comments 20
The real estate business asks a lot of agents. You need to always be on call. You need to be unfailingly patient, understanding, and positive no matter the circumstances. You need to have knowledge of the market that’s both deep and broad. And on top of all this, if you market yourself (as most ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 36
We spotted this wine bottle when we were perusing the wine section at Gelson's Market.  From a distance, we both knew that it was a Francis Ford Coppola wine based on the shape of the label symbolizing a piece of cut film.  Mr. Coppola owns several wineries in the wine country, and the Napa loca...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
Persistent Positive Activities “There is no such thing as an overnight sensation . . . . But they’re successful people in every walk of life.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . . Persistent Positive activities    Wh...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 17
      Wisconsin is one of nine states in the country that is a community property state.  The other states that are include: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Washington.  This means that the house purchased during the marriage is community property and unless o...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 28
Black is often the default brand color of luxury.  Black is associated with power, class, formality and prestige.  However, keep in mind that black is not the only color that communicates these nuances.  In branding yourself as a luxury real estate professional, black may not be appropriate.  Fo...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 3
  Barclays Center In Brooklyn NY Offers Insight To Urban Feng Shui Design The positioning of the Barclay's Center is not in an ideal energy flow location, according to the Feng Shui principles. It has been built on a triangular plot layout between Atlantic Avenue and faces fast on coming and goin...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
Comments 1
We are going to transform the industry in 2015 related to the buyer side of the business. You heard it here first. Anyone who has a credit card can buy 100+ buyer web leads per month for about $10-20/each. A buyer web lead is worth about $20. If you have a $200,000 sales price and commission of ...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 5
                              "What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk," said the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz?  Courage! I changed my Brokerage Firm from Keller Williams Realty Dallas Metro North in Flower Mound after more than eleven years and moved my ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 19
Make Your Work Play “You really have social disease when you make all your play work. The only reason to play hard is to work hard, not the other way around like most people think.” Andy Warhol 1928 - 1987, American Artist     As I see it. . . . . . . . Make your work play   There is a time for w...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
Comments 15
  Las Vegas & Henderson Homes continue to sell by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz   The real estate market in the Las Vegas Valley continues to "Boom" with large numbers of sales in existing homes and (new) homes being constructed.   Vegas Bob's projections for the future of real estate in the Las Vegas ...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 12
  Princess And Mia Can Be Adopted   In Baltimore For Only $25   Take a look at these two faces. Do you have room in your heart and in your home for either Princess or Mia? What a way to start an immediate family. Have you thought about adding a new addition to your home? See the info above to con...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 6
Communication is critical in all of our relationships, personal and professional. It costs very little to remind someone that you care, and when you share information, it can help them relax. Knowledge is power- share yours frequently, it will help people have a more enjoyable (stress-managed) tr...