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 Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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It's Ridiculous to Have all 5 Elements in Every Single Room Of Your HomeThis was a comment I read in an article not to long ago on the topic of Feng Shui (Environmental Psychology). "It's ridiculous to have all 5 elements in every single room of your home." Looking to the Five elements theory in ...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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I just upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S6 today, and learned a few tips for better battery life while they were setting up my phone:  Do NOT plug the phone in overnight to charge. This can overcharge and ruin the battery. Turn off the WiFi and GPS when not in use. This conserves battery power. Oth...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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Many aspiring real estate agents are excited for the opportunity to earn their license, and may be tempted to "jump the gun" before their license is issued.  Don't make the mistake of performing licensed real estate activities before you are licensed.  Instead, focus on the things you CAN do to p...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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People Want to Feel Important  “Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying ‘make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.”Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics As I see it . . . . . . . People want to feel important Life is about making the ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Ask Six Questions to Solve Any ProblemWhat can I do?Who can help me?What resources do I need?What can I read about the problem?When will I start?What results do I want to achieve?Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Ask ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Measure of a Person“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”Plato, Greek Philosopher and Mathematician As I see it . . . . . . . .The measure of a person  The measure of person is not where they stand in the good times of comfort and convenience . . . . But in where they stand in the...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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An Opportunity Multiplies“Opportunity multiply as they are seized: they die when neglected. Life is long line of opportunity.”John Wicker, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . . An opportunity multiplies Each opportunity that you seize has the potential to multiply . . . . and lead to even greater...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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About 3 months ago, my buyers were vying for a highly desirable piece of property that came on the market.  The condo was bee-yoo-tee-ful.  It fit our parameters, room count, room sizes, quality, etc... very nice.We didn't move as quickly as I would have liked.  We waited a few days before writin...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Life comes with many things - some of them we call 'Problems'!However, we should look at the solutions of these problems.And how do we do that?You'll ask these Six Questions in this re-blog - thanks to Lou Ludwig  Ask Six Questions to Solve Any Problem What can I do? Who can help me? What resourc...
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
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In Oregon we use Escrow company's that collect the money and record the transfer with the County. Then the proceeds are divided and paid out. this would include Title fees back taxes, commissions and anything else to make a clear title before giving the Seller their proceeds.After signing it usua...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Bryan Robertson, shared this wonderful classic post that can be used many times over. The array of details and data will surely benefit you and your present or future clients. It is detailed and right to the point. It should also help with any gray areas, to give you an upper hand with this compe...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Timber & Wildlife Evaluation making a difference in finding BuyersHaving a good Timber appraisal and Wildlife Habitat inventory can make the difference in finding the right buyer for forestland properties.A good Forest inventory and apppraisal will allow your seller to properly price and market t...
By Margaret Kapranos, Matching Marin/SF/Sonoma Sellers to Buyers!
(Coldwell Banker)
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Prelim-short for Preliminary Title Report, consists of property descriptions in laborious metes and bounds or survey information, a hard to read map of the property and historical information that upon first glance may appear unnecessary if not laborious.  However, I would venture to say it's one...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Beware of Unlicensed Contractors During the course of working on a contract for my client (seller) I happened upon an interesting scenario and feel it wise to relay to the public.  I've listed a home for sale that has had a lot of repairs and upgrades recently.  He has been diligently working on ...
By Jeanne Feenick, Basking Ridge, Warren, Bridgewater Market Expert
(Keller Williams Towne Square Realty)
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Reflections of my day ---- in spite of two days with no voice to a whisper of a voice I have carried on. My day started off with an amazing couple from the city - one little boy and a little girl nearly here (a few more weeks in the oven). in Mendham. I can only hope they have as much fun with me...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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  If you are a real estate investor and you are wondering if your business could benefit from using social media, the answer is yes. You can use Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as tools for communication and to market vacant rentals. This is especially useful for rental prospects that are not fro...
By Cheryl Johnson
(Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA)
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If you post regularly to Craigslist, you have already seen these guidelines, but just in case you missed them .... I can live with this ...... ==================================== Each real estate for sale posting must be 100% about a single, specific, currently available property. Lead capture, ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Motivational Monday: Time to Spring Forward! Spring is an opportunity for renewal, just as the upcoming 2nd quarter is an apt time to check your processes and procedures to see if they are still effectively moving your business forward. If they are, then full power ahead! If not, you may consider...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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The best thing one can do when it's raining is let it rain. - Henry Wadsworth LongfellowYesterday we were showing houses to a client and at the first house the buyer commented how the neighborhood felt dreary.  Mind you, there were grey and and black storm clouds approaching and the wind was blow...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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In Texas when you close on a home it is usually done at the title company. In attendance you usually see the buyer, the buyers Realtor, the escrow officer, the seller and the seller's agent. In most situations you have the buyers and seller closing at separate times as the sellers paperwork is us...