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 ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Bonus Class RecapThis year we hosted our first *BONUS* Blogging Boot Camp class (because why have just four classes when we can have five?) and were excited to dive into the topic of Google Author Authority.If you've been wondering what exactly Google Author Autho...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   Some peoples say you have to have a thick skin....let it roll off your back...it's ONLY business....don't take it personally.....yadda yadda. While I think that the word "passionate" is over used....a lot like awesome and  a collection of others....if you really put your heart into your "stric...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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This is a must watch video from Bob Stewart.  It really shows the importance of Google Plus and how we can leverage this to help with our search results and eventually authorship.  There are still several things in here I intend to do/need to expand on. I would actually recommend relistening to t...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Make No Mistake.  The listing agent knows precisely what they're doing. Most of those "embarrassing moments" can be avoided.  When you see "call for instructions" for showing a home with a security system, DON'T SHOW THE PROPERTY. Clearly, having an active security system on a listing is a BARRIE...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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This Easter is an extraordinary time of alignment. It is one of those times when the Gregorian calendar and the Julian calendar are in agreement on Easter dates.   Perhaps this is could signal a new era of unity and cooperation, which includes all religions.  My family (Alexandra) celebrated Eas...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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         There are service agreements included with a house and rarely outlined for perspective buyers other than the mention of inclusion of a home warranty.  Buyers and sometimes Agents make the assumption if they can see it must be included...or should be...awww Heck...just write it in as an i...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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  Unless you're trying to generate business for anyone in your company, focus, focus, focus. Smart agents can decide whether they are planning institutional advertising or focused advertising. Institutional advertising is better suited to large companies with wide geographical appeal. Focused adv...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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Besides selling real estate full with Century 21 Bradley here in Fort Wayne, I (Jared) also mentor newbie agents.  I've always enjoyed teaching, plus it brushes up some of my skills as well.   I decided to write a weekly blog with tips for new agents.  Here is last week's article.   Yesterday I g...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Take the Detour “When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” Mary Kay Ash 1918 -2001, American Businesswoman, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics   As I see it . . . . . . .   Take the detour   I was on my way to a meeting driving on Interstate 95 . . . . At about the same time I received a text me...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  What’s Possible is in Your Beliefs “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, It’s possible!” Audrey Hepburn 1929 - 1993, British Actress and Humanitarian   As I see it . . . . . . .   What’s possible is in your belief   When you look at your success journey . . . . the path will you lead be...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Faith to Take Action “Faith is not complacent; faith is action. You don’t have faith and wait. When you have faith, you move.” Betty Eadie, Prominent American Author   As I see it . . . . . . .   The faith to take action   Have faith in yourself as a person . . . . and have faith in your ab...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've been working with "Bob" for a few months now.  We've seen three homes together (he's picky and that's fine) and have a very good working relationship.   He really liked the last home I showed him, so we put in an offer.  It's a short sale, so who knows what's going to happen there.   In the ...
By Magnets USA
(Magnets USA®)
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By Rebecca Cranwell A couple months ago, I posted a blog about Unique Closing Gift Ideas. Since that time, I have experienced the benefits of receiving a gift that is not only unique, but also long lasting. So, let’s talk a little bit about what types of gifts you should and shouldn’t be giving. ...
By Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate
(Century 21 Liberty Homes)
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MY VERY FIRST REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION Was I nervous of my very first Real Estate transaction?  To say the least!  Real Estate verbiage is a whole different language let alone trying to put that verbiage into use. A spiel doesn’t just come naturally and for a new agent it is hard to say that they ...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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  Do You Really Think I Would Say That Medical Tape Would Be An Okay Repair For That Hole In The Tub?   You never know what will be said by those that are moving out of an apartment. This can intensify when the move-out is an eviction, or there is extensive damages, or unpaid rents. Tenants will ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
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The Golden Rule and Seven Immoral Wrongs The Golden Rule: Don’t do unto others as you would not want done unto you. Don't know about you, but being nailed to a cross on a Friday afternoon is not something I would want done to me. The seven immoral wrongs can be reduced to theft. Don't steal. Murd...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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You can’t do a high volume business without being organized.  Glance into an office of a high volume producer and notice the working environment.  The end of each day should be complemented by a perfectly cleaned off desk.  Walk through the home of a high volume producer, and you’ll notice that ...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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  My First Job On My Own   I can remember first couple that asked me to give them an estimate for a job that they needed to have done. I was just getting started so I was working for someone else, doing my own jobs on the weekends. It was a great way to get started, getting my feet wet while brin...
By Jimmy Chickey, Las Vegas Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest, Partner in the Jamie Cox Group)
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This is what ActiveRain is all about - Google Juice!  Here is one way to build Crdibility with Google.  In case you missed it, here is the previous Boot Camp Class. I hope you find this information as helpful as I have. Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Bonus Class RecapThis year we hosted our fir...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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When some people think of luxury they associate the word with a lifestyle of conspicuous consumption, and with being ostentatious, flashy, affected, showy, brazen, flamboyant, and pretentious. This has given luxury a bad name.  For us, luxury is about reaching for the best that life has to offer...