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 Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
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Marketing real estate property listings, it is like being a cook with many pots on the burners  that need tending. The tall empty crock pot with the basic ingredients sliced, diced. Made to walk the wooden plank. With a knife plowing sideways, pushing them in off the cutting board. Into the soup....
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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I am excited to announce the next Billion Dollar Agent Mastermind Retreat. If you are over $1,000,000 GCI in 2014, or a current client over $500,000 GCI, you qualify to come. We are meeting Mar 12th - 14th. Even if you’re not already a client, I’d love to meet with you. Our core three people to s...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    Positive Change is Within Your Reach “Have you ever watched a fly bouncing off a window pane, even with an open door a few away? Many times the fly keeps crashing into the glass until it finally  dies. There are many companies in today’s world doing exactly the same thing. They continue down ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Improve Yourself and Your Life Improves “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement  and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790, American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Writer and Inventor   As I see it . . . . . . . . Improve yourself and your...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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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 Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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 Read the contractual fine print! Don't sign away the right to free speech   Have you noticed that there is a lot of fine print in contracts for services? There is a method to this madness. Many companies; carpet cleaners to wedding photographers are inserting “Non-disparagement” clauses in their...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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  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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    Hope Becomes Internal Inspiration “For he who has health has hope, and he who has hope, has everything.”  Owen Arthur, former Prime Minster of Barbados   As I see it. . . . . . . . Hope becomes internal inspiration   Hope is your expectations for your future . . . . as you want it to be. That...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Maturity Is . . . . “Maturity is the ability to stick with a job until it’s finished; the ability to do a job without being supervised; to ability to carry money without spending it; and the ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.” Abigail Van Buren 1918 – 2-13, AKA Dear Abby  ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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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 Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Throwback Thursday-My First Cruise to Alaska The inner beauty of Alaska  is unbelievable and you feel like you are on top of the world. We almost did not take the land tour but so glad we did. We have been back twice since and loved every moment.             This photo was taken by someone walkin...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Will the Real Estate Agent Say Cheese   I saw this movie recently "Evan Almighty" and the real estate agent "Eve Adams" portrayed by Molly Shannon was hilarious. The family moves to the Suburbs and they arrive to find this huge home and the agent meets them at the door of their Hummer when they p...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Freddy Mac Responds in the Right Way   Yes it is short sale time again in the wacky world of RI real estate with a real doozie of a short sale that called in all the ActiveRain troops I could.  It worked...we moved a leap forward with Freddy Mac yesterday and pushed Wells Fargo's legal team into ...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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  Did you know you can have a lazy lawn? If you water your lawn too frequently, the roots won't need to stretch out and down for water. When it's hot, your lawn will dry out right away because the roots are too close to the surface of your soil, making them more susceptible to the drier conditio...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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An Obstacle is a Passing Condition “Obstacles can come into your life at any time. An obstacle is a passing condition when you take control of the condition . . . .focus on a solution to the condition . . . . and successfully work your way through the condition.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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To-Dos: Your March Home Checklist Today is March 1st.  Our New Year started with a long dreamed of Kitchen Remodel and the realization of how much there is to keep up with in #HomeOwnerShip.  Now that we have completed the project we hope that you will find this checklist useful.  http://bit.ly/T...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    Achieving Your Goals Changes Your Life “What you get by achieving you’re your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . . Achieving your goals changes your life     In achieving your goals you can change the course o...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    There’s Power of Your Thinking “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, or a Hell of Heaven.”  John Milton, (1606-1674) English Poet   As I see it. . . . . . . . There’s power of your thinking   The power of your thinking . . . . will create a direction for your li...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
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“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 Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
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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...