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 Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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50 Shades of CRAY! I know that this is not an original title but it fits so perfectly that I had to steal it from the show The Bachelorette! In the past few days I have been involved with a really unorthodox real estate transaction. What began as a typical offer began to unravel and show its true...
By Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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What an interesting subject matter this is. It crosses over into ethics, honesty, fiduciary, fair and honest, financial dealings and just plain out making a living. However, there has to be a right way to proceed that supersedes all opinions. I am going to tell you what that is and you are going ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Lesson Learned from a Lead on my WebsiteWhen I learn a lesson that I think can help others I want to share it. After many years in real estate I am still learning new techniques, tricks and better practices. This weekend I learned from a potential buyer that I have been dropping the ball on my we...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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  A Disturbing Trend Among ActiveRain Posts.  (Can't ReBlog.)A post about a "disturbing trend amont listing agents" reminded me of a distrubing trend amont ActiveRain members.All I wanted to do was Re-Blog the post.  I have found that a Re-Blog generates more readers than a comment to a post.  So...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Follow Through Is So Important in Developing TrustWhen you first begin a relationship and the person says, "I'll call you tomorrow" and they do, and then they follow through a second time by doing what they say they're going to do, it has a tendency to create a bond of trust fairly quickly. Maybe...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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This post may likely contain some truth, some fiction, some sarcasm and some fluff.  I usually don't get too wrapped up with local real estate agent "threads."  But, sometimes I go against my better judgment.  Recently I read a local thread about the lack of feedback.  So I gave my "feedback" to ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Impossible is a Point of View “Nearly everyman who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible and then get discourages.That’s not place to become discouraged.”Thomas A. Edison 1847 - 1931, American Inventor and Businessman As I see it . . . . . . . Impossible is a poin...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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In Texas, Realtors can hold multiple licenses. Being an agent doesn't preclude you from also being an appraiser, home inspector and loan officer although there is no way you are permitted to write a contract, do the loan and appraise the house. You can, however, write the contract and do the loan...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Look Through the Darkness“In the darkness of your challenges there is always a ray of hope. Look up . . . . look pass the challenges  . . . . and look into the light for the solution. For in every challenge there is a solution and a opportunity . . . . when you look for it  .” Lou Ludwig, Sales a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Habits Slowly Creep Into Your Life“Habits are formed so slowly that most us don’t realize what is happening until the habit are too strongly entrenched to be broken.”Napoleon Hill 1883 – 1970, Self-Help Author, Lecture As I see it. . . . . . . .Habits slowly creep into your life  A habit starts w...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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I think Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 hit the bullseye on this one. A few years ago I was contacted by a local, direct lender who promised to place signs on my listings, create listing brochures with an adjunct company advertising of their business (I had no problem with t...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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One Constant That You Can Count on“We work in a constantly changing business environment . . . . and things in our lives seem to be in a state of constant change. The only true constant in our lives that you can count on . . . . is change.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Pop Quiz Answer To: What Is The Best Driveway Design?Every aspect of a home's interior and exterior presentation will help facilitate positive Chi or not the most supportive. Based on what has been shared with my blog pots or perhaps your own knowledge on Feng Shui, what driveway design...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Thinking is the Key“You live your life through your thinking. Your thinking will determine your attitude . . . . and your attitude will determine your actions. Your actions will determine your results . . . . and your results will determine your success.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consu...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Margaret Rome, shared this wonderful classic post that can be used many times over. The array of details and data will surely benefit you and your present or future clients. It is detailed and right to the point. It should also help with any gray areas, to give you an upper hand with this competi...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Sensei Grasshopper - Spin Like a SEO Top!  The Sensei Grasshopper Contest once again has made a huge project of mine manageable and achievable.  When Mr Sensei, Dick Greenberg, announced the contest, I debated whether or not to ask him to be my Sensei.  But I asked anyway because I knew he held ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Our colleague, Gayle Rich-Boxman posted this reminder today about the importance of doing what we say we will do. Not only do clients, colleagues, friends and family expect and deserve that, we owe it to ourselves. That is my definition of integrity. Follow Through Is So Important in Developing T...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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I am re blogging the Can't re blog post .  A re blog allows readers who miss the post the first time to read good content on active rain. Have a nice weekend!     A Disturbing Trend Among ActiveRain Posts.  (Can't ReBlog.) A post about a "disturbing trend amont listing agents" reminded me of a di...
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
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In Oregon we use Escrow company's that collect the money and record the transfer with the County. Then the proceeds are divided and paid out. this would include Title fees back taxes, commissions and anything else to make a clear title before giving the Seller their proceeds.After signing it usua...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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 Buying vacant land can be a great investment opportunity. Sometimes what lies beneath the surface is a literal or metaphorical goldmine, and at other times the plot of land becomes highly sought after which raises its value exponentially. With any investment, however, there are some obvious risk...