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 William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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I met with a couple and went over all the issues to be concerned about when selling. Disclosures, certifications, water tests, just to name a few. When I called a couple of days later...I was told by the seller that I was wrong...He didn't have to have the septic certified. Who told you that? My ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Are the Person “You are the person who has to decide. Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside; you are the person who makes up your mind. Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind. Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar, or just be contented to stay where you are.” Edgar A. Guest 1881 – 19...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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I was reading Michael Jacobs post yesterday about his progressive journey of decluttering the physical stuff in his life, which led me to thinking about something both Ron and I practice arduously on a daily basis: mental decluttering!   Mental decluttering is taking a few moments several times ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Instructions say two hours notice I am trying to set up appointments for properties Sometimes companies that have these properties listed have appointment centers . That is good I have had wonderful experiences with them . Many times you can set up your appointment on line . This allows you the ...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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Oscar is working with a buyer who is currently under contract to buy 1379 Overthere Blvd. Another Realtor (Betty Bookmark) just listed a home (down the street) that is similar to what Oscars' buyer is under contract for. How do you feel about Betty contacting Oscar to inform him that the home she...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Ultimate)
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    Real estate contract negotiations are like trains - they need to be "kept on track" to move forward. The goal of both the listing agent and selling agent is twofold Guide the transaction to settlement and meet the objectives of both the seller and buyer on a timely basis. Earn the brokerage f...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or
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Today, I was reminded how building strong  client relationships is mutually beneficial. I was on my way to a showing. I was almost there and heard a funny noise coming from the rear of my car. At first, I thought it was a possible flat tire but then I remembered I had just replaced my tires four ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Responsibility for Your Tomorrows “You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Abraham Lincoln 1809 - 1865, 16th President of the United States   As I see it. . . . . . . . The responsibility for your tomorrows   Taking responsibility for your life . . . . and for...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Winners Retain Their Composure “To be a champion, you have to learn to handle stress and pressure. But if you’ve prepared mentally and physically, you don’t have to worry.” Harvey Mackay, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author   As I see it . . . . . . . . Winners retain their c...
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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This post struck home as I usually have so much on my mind. I do not consider myself as a worrier but I do shuffle the information around until a solution is brought forth. It may be better to clear it out and not be consumed all day long with complex thoughts. How do you clear your thoughts and ...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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  THE REALTOR CODE OF ETHICS THAT I LIVE BY:     Duties to Clients and Customers Article 1 When representing a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant, or other client as an agent, REALTORS® pledge themselves to protect and promote the interests of their client. This obligation to the client is primary,...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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  March Madness Contest  What Have I Stopped Doing I have stopped meeting strangers at properties . I really have not done this for quite some time . I meet my clients at the office and sit down.  WE discuss their wants and needs . I also have them bring in all their information and meet a mortga...
By Jessica Schweppe, Writer, Marketer & Real Estate Enthusiast
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If you're like most real estate agents, your ultimate success goal is to become the worst agent in your city (or if you're really ambitious, maybe even the whole state!) - but it takes a lot of diligent negligence to become everyone's collective last choice. In order to make sure your phone never...
By Jenna Weinerman, Your clients hate moving - finally, you can help.
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Says my friend and client, Michael Unis of BHHS NJ Properties.    Michael's a younger agent who has achieved great success by remaining true to his core values at all times because that's who your clients are really going to see. I was recently fortunate enough to sit down with him recently to sh...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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"My landlord understands that your client's foreclosure caused extenuating circumstances in his credit history. However the landlord is too uncomfortable with your client's debt/credit ratio, his many late pays, low credit score as well as his recent foreclosure to accept his lease application". ...
By Shuchi Agrawal, Your DFW Realtor!
(VIP Realty)
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  Homeowners remodel for a variety of reason – to make their quarters more inviting, life events, selling their home, etc.  While the reasons vary, as a real estate professional, I’m always vary of doing something that will not increase my home’s worth… or spend too much doing something that can ...
By Jenna Weinerman, Your clients hate moving - finally, you can help.
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Too often, we wash our hands of a transaction after closing. Too often, we miss the perfect opportunity to leave a lasting impression. I travel quite a bit with Updater - just yesterday, I spoke to a Broker/Owner of a 45-agent brokerage. She said to me, "Updater is basically the perfect post-clos...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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The pathway to success . . . . and greater achievement is to pull people up.  Please visit the original blog if you  wish to leave comments.   Pull People Up “There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” Booker T. Washington 1856 - 1915, African- A...
By Dana Wilkinson, Broker-Your TX agent for The Woodlands-Spring-Conroe-Montgomery
(Connect Realty, The Woodlands, TX)
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    Just when I thought it was perfectly clear and thought everyone else did, too…the earnest money delivery timeline reared its ugly head.   I represented the buyer on purchasing a property that went under contract on a Wednesday night.   Since it was a cash transaction that was closing in ten d...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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The time of the week that you realize that you have listings without title being ordered on them... ALWAYS always always order title the second that the sellers commit to list with you. This may be one of the most important and most responsible things you do in the process of listing, marketing, ...