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!
(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 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 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 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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The good news? They are doing us all a favor. How? The ones that do know a thing or two shine in their presence or in their wake. The ignorant or passing through agent makes the career minded professional stand-out providing a contrast not only the consumer but for the industry as well. The uncom...
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 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...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Do you cringe before you open your e-mail? You know you have to open it, but there could be a hundred new messages in there that need to be managed. Is this a good use of your time? Probably not. We can help manage your email. Reply to this blog or email me with your top three Email Management pr...
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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No matter how many times I tell everyone who is involved in a property that I am handling to refer all inquires to me, someone decides to help out and volunteer not just my contact, but details on the subject property. Its gets dicey if I make a federal case out of it because it looks like I am a...
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 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 Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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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 William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
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 Barriers to Success1. Seeing success as being determined by external factors. (So if I fail it’s circumstances or someone else’s fault.) This takes away my sense of power and keeps me stuck in failure and helplessness.2. Personal blind spots. Sometimes we keep failing but we’re blind to the fact...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Buying a Home in the Right Palm Beach County Homeowners AssociationIt does seem that whenever a story about some faraway homeowners association finds its way into West Palm Beach newspapers, nearly always it’s because something has gone awry. Either there’s an ongoing dispute about a flag display...
By Jenna Dixon, Assoc Broker - Let's Talk Cobb County Real Estate
(DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate )
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Many new construction builders offer incentives to the buyer IF they use the "preferred" lender partner.  I'm sure these relationships are born out of trust, convenience and the marketing skills of the lender. Buyers are often swayed by the promise of the "incentive" savings to make application w...
By Kathleen Luiten
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel make a strong case for staying focused on your niche if you are in the luxury market. Worth reading even if "luxury" is not your specialty. You may get ideas about how to separate your marketing to better highlight any specialty. And you might enjoying following them at h...
By Roy Barker
(Dockside Realty, Inc.)
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Contracts can be a very scary proposition for many agents.  I have always tried to teach my agents to read them over and over again so they know exactly what is in them.  Our contracts in Florida are actually very simple, which tents to create problems.  Agents fill in a few blanks and then submi...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
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  An Offer Is Not An Insult     As a listing agent, I encourage offers and don't worry about "insulting" me or the seller?                                                                        There have been offers rejected but many more  have been negotiated and gone to settlement.   No seller...