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 Toni Weidman, 23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Re/Max Sunset Realty)
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Reducing Seller Inspection Stress   Have you ever noticed the panic that crosses the face of some sellers when you tell them the inspector is coming.  Some are very confident that there will be nothing found and that’s great for them, for you, and for the buyer. But some people don’t know what mi...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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If you missed our latest crowdsourced webinar, you are going to want to tune in to this!In May, we asked the ActiveRain community how they use social media to help market their business. We wanted to hear from YOU GUYS what fun and unique things you are trying out on social media to engage your c...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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R E S P E C T.  It worked 100 years when civility was the norm and it still works today. I firmly believe that this trend, language of the extreme, is the result of movies, TV shows and political folks who believe that only shock gets the attention of prospective customers/clients. I disagree.  I...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Your Character is Developed With Care “Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t be changed, like a fingerprints. It’s something you weren’t born with and must take the responsibility for forming.” Jim Rohn 1930 - 2007, American Entrepreneur, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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I Figured Out Why Agents Use Bad MLS Photos I had been thinking that agents posting the bad photos were the result of: Not having a decent camera Not using enough light Not having a steady or level hand Not having a good eye for dimension or angle Not caring what they post and too lazy to make it...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Your Life Becomes a Mirror Image of Your Thoughts “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius 121 AD -180 AD, Roman Emperor   As I see it . . . .   Your life become a mirror image of your thoughts   The human mind can’t distinguish between what is imagined . . . . and what’s real. ...
By Christian Penner, Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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LIVE Real Estate Mastermind Saturday Strategy Class! How to Structure your Real Estate Business in the Most Tax Efficient Way A few months back, we had a CPA and real estate tax expert on the call to share with you strategies on how you can save on your taxes as a Real Estate Professional. Due to...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Pillow of Gratitude “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you need to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya Angelou 1928 - 2014, African-American Author, Poet, Dancer, Actress and Singer   As I see it . . . . . . . The pillow...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN®
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off!  As agents we are so used to seeing fish bowl pictures.  But Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off! These distorted pictures make rooms look bigger, move furniture, expand windows, and make an entire home more appealing than it really is in real life. Fish Bowl Pi...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN®
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Sold in 6 Days with Leased Solar Panels -  Due to some recent negative headlines, it's easy to come to the conclusion that selling a home with solar panels is challenging.  But I'm here to tell you that this listing Sold in 6 Days with Leased Solar Panels!  Oftentimes, we can encounter ch...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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Improve your social media bio by using this advice   I subscribe to the blogs of social media expert Rebekah Radice. One of her recent blogs provides details on six ways to create a social media bio for any social network.     1.  Share your story     2.  Know your audience     3.  Fine-tune your...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Children and Showing Homes Can Be a Real ChallengeOver the last week I have spent several days and several hours showing homes to a couple with a small child. He is a very independent little fellow and rather large for his age so too big to carry. He is smart and talks up a storm for being only t...
By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(Total Realty Corp.)
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Should you let your owners/tenants handle repairs? (photo: cheezburger.com)   Should you let your owners/tenants handle repairs?   http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2014/05/29/landlord-manual-labor-poll/   This is an age-old question in Property Management-land, of course- and it typically ...
By Darrin Rawls
(Real Estate One)
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In an industry that is filled with breakdowns in communication  and agendas that often leave someone holding the short end of the stick, I'm happy to say that I have had clients tell me on numerous occasions that they appreciate my honesty. On every listing presentation, I always try to give ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Are open houses more important now than ever before? That's a point of discussion that came up in my weekly telephone conversation this morning with my accountability buddy, Carol Skees. While open houses are common practice in my area of the country (San Francisco, San Mateo County, and the ...
By Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
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Never ever, hold a open house on the block party garage sale weekend!!! There I was being the great broker that I try to be;when my client asked me why don't you do an open house this weekend during the block party garage sale? I recall vividly thinking "hey that's not a bad idea.&qu...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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What's a stupid counter offer?   Folks let's get this right up front - every real estate offer situation is different but when it comes to counter offers some are wise and well advised and some are flat out stupid.  I ran across a stupid counter offer the other day. In fact it was probabl...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
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There's a million and one ideas out there on how to win more listing presentations... We are told we need the "must-have" materials to give to our clients.  We're told we have to memorize and internalize numerous scripts on how to get the appointment, ask questions, and close to...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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I am a Kroger shopper. It's close to my home and I know where everything is located in the store. Tonight, I decided to venture out to Whole Foods in hopes of scoring some Pretzel buns; something Kroger doesn't carry. This store can be a little intimidating to those of us who don't re...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
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Icanfirmation: The repetitive and positive use of the phrase I CAN. When challenges present themselves, using the word can't is very limiting in so many ways. We've all heard the saying...“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” ― Henry Ford If someone sa...