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 Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too! Pearlsforthesoul.com
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 117
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 Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 45
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 Hugh Willey
(Sun Realty NC)
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The process of buying a home is a case study in the art of negotiation. Everything — from the purchase price to occupancy dates to the inclusion of appliances to “repairs” of issues raised during an inspection — are subjected to a give and take between the buyer and seller. Heck, even the commiss...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 5
I usually go for a 7% commission with my house listings.  I fill out the contract with the 7% already in it.If they insist on 6% I will do it but I let them know that hungry agents may be looking for a better commission..  What an interesting subject matter this is. It crosses over into ethics, h...
By Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too! Pearlsforthesoul.com
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 7
In application, FSBO presents itself in another light. When I was studying to become a Real Estate agent, I found the process daunting and confusing and that was just on the initial inquiry. I put off wanting to know more because it required commitment to want to know. I wasn't ready. When I did ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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It’s All in How You Look at It“I can complain because rosebushes have thorns,or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses:it all how you look at it.”J. Kenfield Morley, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .It’s all in how you look at it  You can look into the night do you see the darkness . . . . Or ...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 17
Facebook - Sharing Photos Too Soon Can Be Compromising!Photos are a wonderful way to document events, things to remember and most anything we love to share. Facebook is a part of life these days for many people. It is a way to communicate daily events and stay in touch with others. As real estate...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 10
Moral Character & Moral Compass are the key ingredients to Success in any business!I have always found that you can have good moral character and have a good moral compass and still be successful. Quite frankly I find that is the key ingredient for long term success in any business. I have seen a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
Change is a Choice“You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn’t want to.”Robert H. Schuller 1926 - 2015, American Christian Televangelist, Pastor, Motivational Speaker and Author As I see it. . . . . . . .Change is a choice If you want change in your l...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 28
 Many luxury real estate markets around the world are also vacation destinations, which means that the local economy is dependent on visitors to a significant extent.  Interestingly, the media can help bring more tourists or help keep them away.We are delighted to report that, despite the media h...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 16
Take Control Your Fears “I have not creased being fearful, but I have creased to let fear control me.”Erica Jong, Author As I see it. . . . . . . .Take control your fears Having fears are normal what you do with those fears is optional  . . . . and becomes a personal choice. You can control your ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
The Four P's of Getting it Done  “The difference between trying and triumphis a little umph”Unknown author   As I see it. . . . . . . .The four P’s of getting it done Don’t just try – just do it Winners know that just trying doesn’t get it done. Winners do what has to be done with the four P’s . ...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 11
I don't want to get into a gun debate, but I am interested in what you think about gun respect. It may be legal for me to walk into a sellers home locked & loaded, but will it offend them? If they knew I was showing their home armed to the teeth would it upset them? Should I care? I carry a weapo...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
 Mistakes Happen“The truth is that mistakes happen . . . . When you make a mistake admit it . . . . correct it . . . . and move on.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Mistakes happen  Be big enough . . . . to admit yo...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Justice...Better Late Than NeverIn January 2010 I was representing a buyer in transaction that never could have closed.  It was listed as a regular sale, but the seller was only owner by title and was in negotiations for a short sale purchase with the real owner who still held an upside down mort...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 7
Who does the final walk-thru when the buyer is out of town? It's fairly common for buyers to close on the home they are purchasing while out of town and in some cases, out of the country. A final walk is an opportunity for the buyer to see the home one last time before attending closing. The home...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 7
What Do You Need to Rev Up Your Engine?What Do You Need to Rev Up Your Engine?  - This past week has been spent reviewing documents for an acquaintance I'll call "Sally."  Sally asked me to prepare a review of a piece of property.  She also asked me to send over my qualifications so they can be p...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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True story, about 7 or 8 years ago, a couple of buyers I had been working with decided to take matters into their own hands and directly confront a seller of a home in Midtown Sacramento. They believed the seller's agent was pulling the wool over this seller's eyes by taking advantage of her age ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
The cost of success is in the willingness to take action . . . . and calculated risks in order to succeed. Have the Courage of Your Convictions “A superior man acts before he speaks, and afterward speaks according to his actions.” Confucius 551 – 479 BC, Chinese Teacher, Editor, Politician and Ph...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 6
  I just read a post from another Active Rainer regarding folks that just talk too much and waste your time when you are busier than a "one armed Paper Hanger". WE have a few agents in our workplace that just like to talk and when you see them coming , you want to cringe because you have not comp...