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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

 
By Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too! Pearlsforthesoul.com
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 54
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 Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
Comments 22
I think Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 hit the bullseye on this one. A few years ago I was contacted by a local, direct lender who promised to place signs on my listings, create listing brochures with an adjunct company advertising of their business (I had no problem with t...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 47
Follow Through Is So Important in Developing TrustWhen you first begin a relationship and the person says, "I'll call you tomorrow" and they do, and then they follow through a second time by doing what they say they're going to do, it has a tendency to create a bond of trust fairly quickly. Maybe...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Control Your Fears “I have not creased being fearful, but I have creased to let fear control me.”Erica Jong, Author As I see it. . . . . . . .Take control your fears Having fears are normal what you do with those fears is optional  . . . . and becomes a personal choice. You can control your ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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One Constant That You Can Count on“We work in a constantly changing business environment . . . . and things in our lives seem to be in a state of constant change. The only true constant in our lives that you can count on . . . . is change.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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Do you know how many hours of Calling you need in your business to properly keep in touch with your Clients/SOI and Buyer/Seller leads?Most agents never calculate this number, although it is very easy and takes about 15 minutes to figure it out. If you’re a client, you can schedule to join a Clie...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Zoning laws on home-based businesses in residential areas. When selling residential properties to clients who wish to open a home-based business, being familiar with zoning laws will ensure effective communication, therefore preventing erroneous advice. Many zoning codes prohibit certain types of...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Can The Feng Shui In My Home and Office Become Stale?Just as with anything over a long period of time, change is required to help enhance progression and growth in keeping your life force energy and the energy of your environment fresh. So the answer is, yes. This also becomes a metaphor with are...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 7
We all know the answer of this question. And still, we are afraid of the same thing! Change!Here's one more thought provoking post from Lou Ludwig. One Constant That You Can Count on “We work in a constantly changing business environment . . . . and things in our lives seem to be in a state of co...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 0
When Negotiating - Stay in Control of Your Emotions “You’re not always able to control . . . . what’s going on outside. But you can always be in control . . . . of what’s goes on inside.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it. . . . . . ...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 30
50 Shades of CRAY! I know that this is not an original title but it fits so perfectly that I had to steal it from the show The Bachelorette! In the past few days I have been involved with a really unorthodox real estate transaction. What began as a typical offer began to unravel and show its true...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 53
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 The Williams Team, 985.727.7168 www.TheWilliamsTeam.com
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
What a month it has been! We have been busy giving back, helping our community buy and sell homes, & celebrating all the wonderful things happening in our area! Check out what The Williams Team has been up to.  Keller Williams RED DAY 2015 This month we participated in the annual Keller Williams ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 36
  A Disturbing Trend Among ActiveRain Posts.  (Can't ReBlog.)A post about a "disturbing trend amont listing agents" reminded me of a distrubing trend amont ActiveRain members.All I wanted to do was Re-Blog the post.  I have found that a Re-Blog generates more readers than a comment to a post.  So...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Tell You a Secret “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals;my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”Louis Pasteur 1822 - 1895, French Chemist and Microbiologist As I see it. . . . . . . .Tell you a secret The secret . . . . to achieving your goals Having a passion for what you do . ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Impossible is a Point of View “Nearly everyman who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible and then get discourages.That’s not place to become discouraged.”Thomas A. Edison 1847 - 1931, American Inventor and Businessman As I see it . . . . . . . Impossible is a poin...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Habits Slowly Creep Into Your Life“Habits are formed so slowly that most us don’t realize what is happening until the habit are too strongly entrenched to be broken.”Napoleon Hill 1883 – 1970, Self-Help Author, Lecture As I see it. . . . . . . .Habits slowly creep into your life  A habit starts w...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be Curious “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.”Bernard Baruch 1879 - 1965, American Financier, StockInvestor, Philanthropist, Statesman, Political Consultant As I see it . . . . . . . Be curious Be curious . . . . and ask question . . . . to gather new information to increase your...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Tools of the Trade are a MUSTImagine walking into a pizza place and asking for a slice of pizza and a drink, but being declined the drink because the owner didn't have enough cups in stock and didn't run to the grocery store to cover when his stock ran out. What if there were only two tables in a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Thinking is the Key“You live your life through your thinking. Your thinking will determine your attitude . . . . and your attitude will determine your actions. Your actions will determine your results . . . . and your results will determine your success.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consu...