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 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 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 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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The Four P's of Getting it Done  “The difference between trying and triumphis a little umph”Unknown author   As I see it. . . . . . . .The four P’s of getting it done Don’t just try – just do it Winners know that just trying doesn’t get it done. Winners do what has to be done with the four P’s . ...
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 Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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  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 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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In application, FSBO presents itself in another light. When I was studying to become a Real Estate agent, I found the process daunting and confusing and that was just on the initial inquiry. I put off wanting to know more because it required commitment to want to know. I wasn't ready. When I did ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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 Many luxury real estate markets around the world are also vacation destinations, which means that the local economy is dependent on visitors to a significant extent.  Interestingly, the media can help bring more tourists or help keep them away.We are delighted to report that, despite the media h...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Goals Create a Purpose”Your goals create a purpose in your life . . . .  and will become the road map for your success journey. The clearer your goals are the more defined your success journey becomes.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultants,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I se...
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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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 Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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True story, about 7 or 8 years ago, a couple of buyers I had been working with decided to take matters into their own hands and directly confront a seller of a home in Midtown Sacramento. They believed the seller's agent was pulling the wool over this seller's eyes by taking advantage of her age ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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The cost of success is in the willingness to take action . . . . and calculated risks in order to succeed. Have the Courage of Your Convictions “A superior man acts before he speaks, and afterward speaks according to his actions.” Confucius 551 – 479 BC, Chinese Teacher, Editor, Politician and Ph...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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We work so hard - and think so much, that sometimes we just forget that there are some basic instructions we should share with our current and potential clients.A great post from Debbie Reynolds - about simple things that we forget, sometimes. Lesson Learned from a Lead on my Website When I learn...
By Olive Gallagher, Soldera Properties, Inc.
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Real estate professionals are confronted by rude people everyday in all kinds of situations, but when faced with dealing with rude people during a real estate transaction or negotiation, this dysfunctional, even abusive behavior can threaten the very success of the transaction at hand.  During mo...
By zeta cross, Getting Greener Makes Your home worth more!
(Smart Green Realty)
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I told her that that was not a good idea. She is a retired college professor. She is very interested in the process. Her home is a charming beach home in a bohemian community. She wants to point out the special features and tell people about the history of the area. What would you tell her about ...
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 Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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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 Hugh Willey
(Sun Realty NC)
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The process of buying a home is a case study in the art of negotiation. Everything — from the purchase price to occupancy dates to the inclusion of appliances to “repairs” of issues raised during an inspection — are subjected to a give and take between the buyer and seller. Heck, even the commiss...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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It’s All in How You Look at It“I can complain because rosebushes have thorns,or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses:it all how you look at it.”J. Kenfield Morley, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .It’s all in how you look at it  You can look into the night do you see the darkness . . . . Or ...