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 Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
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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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Have to Believe to Achieve“There are no hopeless situations; there are challenges where men grow hopeless in their pursuit and in their will to resolve the situation successfully.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . ....
By Chuck Willman
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Ripped from today's non-headlines.A renter in my neighborhood was awoken at 8:00 a.m.It started with a gentle knock.Then a louder pounding.Then the door bell.Ring. and then ring again.The renters were asleep- having just returned from an out of town event.The father put on his clothes and went to...
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Excellence Takes Determination“Have no fear of perfection –You’ll never reach it.”Salvador Dali 1904 - Spanish Painter and Sculptor   As I see it. . . . . . . .Personal excellence  Being a person of excellence takes determination . . . . and the focusing to do what others won’t do to become the b...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, shared this post that can be utilized now and in the future. This collection of data can also benefit buyers or sellers as well as other Realtors or colleagues. It is detailed and right to the point. This will certainly give the reader an upper hand to help in this very compet...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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A Promissory Note Was Submitted With Your Offer . . . REALLY?!?I haven't written a Promissory Note on behalf of my clients in . . . over 10 years!You want to know why?Because they make the OTHER OFFERS look good!As an Exclusive Buyers Agent my job is to get my clients the best possible terms and ...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Who is better? A buyer who will preview the home for hours at the open house and couple of more visits with his/her agent ORA buyer who has just one private showing and within hours, you have an offer from this buyer?Now what if that offer is TOO LOW?Is that an insult?Here's a POSITIVE spin on th...
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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Can Home Sellers Make Requested Repair Fixes Themselves? In the process of home buying, a buyer wants to do a home inspection on their potential property to ensure there are not major issues to deal with soon.  They hire a home inspector that is knowledgeable in their job and a report on the need...
By RealSupport, Inc., - Virtual Real Estate Marketing
(RealSupport Inc.)
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A recent article in Entrepreneur entitled, "5 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Hiring a Virtual Assistant" spoke of the drawbacks of outsourcing. They ranged from not having a clear purpose in mind for your VA, to dealing with training processes and language issues. The 5 listed pitfalls were as fol...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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We are living a 'posting' culture! Anything we click, we want to share it with the world.Now when it comes to posting pictures of the homes you saw and loved's a big 'NO'!Here's a great re-blog from the original post from Janis Borgueta  Facebook - Sharing Photos Too Soon Can Be Compromi...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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The Triple D's of REAL Success! Wanting success and pursuing it are two completely different things. A person who sincerely moves forward despite any impediments or obstacles can be triumphant.    The Triple D's of success are:   Determination: Getting up, dressing up and showing up while meeting...
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 BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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    In the main, the homes that I have looked at with buyer clients in the past few months have shoddy workmanship and are horribly overpriced. These flaws are apparently being overlooked by buyers who find themselves in the middle of a market that has very little product.  In other words, buyer ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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First Class Service is Never an Accident“It’s the little things that make the big things possible,only close attention to the fine details of any operation makes the operation first class.”J. Willard Marriott 1900 – 1985, American Entrepreneur,Businessman, Founder Marriott Corporation As I see it...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Plan Big and Go For It“Make no small plans for they have no powerto stir the soul.”Niccole Machiavelli, Italian Writer 1469-1527    As I see it. . . . . . . .Plan big and go for it Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Success is accomplished through planning . . . . setting goals . . . . and putti...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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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)
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Your Success Journey is a No Parking Zone“The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.”Source unknown   As I see it. . . . . . . .Your success journey is a no parking zone  The success journey is not an expressway . . . . nor is it a parking lot. It’s a journey of dedication , ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Focus On the End Result“Start with the end in mind . . . . and focus on achieving the end result. By focusing on the end result your actions have a purpose creating a greater degree ofefficiency in your thinking . . . . Your time . . . .and in your efforts.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consult...