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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Greatest Resource“Your time comes your way just one time . . . . and has that time come into your life it passes at the same rate of speed not matter how you use it. It not a renewal resource and when its gone, its gone forever. Many things in your life can be replaced. . . . time can not. T...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Selling Rural Land?  Learn to Read and Write Property Legal Descriptions We work with a lot of Real Estate Agents in evaluating, finding and helping sell forestland and one of my pet peeves has always been a lack of proper training my most professionals in writing proper legal descriptions. A pr...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Isn't it important that we talk about the RIGHT PRICE and current market to our sellers on a regular basis - specially when there is no activity at all?Here's a great post from Denise Lones on how to bring the elephant in the room! The Elephant in the Room Have you ever been sitting with a client...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Pamela Seley,  shared a post some time ago that still can be used today. There are many useful ideas that can & should be used to further help guide your next real estate transaction. Use these suggestions as a starting point and customize further to your own specific situation. Thanks for sharin...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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Where’s the Buy Button? Are consumers confused about at which websites they should be searching homes? Agent websites are designed with niches in mind, specific locations. Are there too many sites for consumers to keep track? Is one national site the best for home buyers to start their home searc...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Some Obvious Suggestions That Can make a Difference   Please take a moment to visit the original blog and leave a comment. What Do Sellers Have Control Over? Virtually Staged Studio Apartment Location? No Room Count? No Square Footage? No Floor? No View? No Building Amenities? No What sellers act...
By Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC
(The Corcoran Group)
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What Do Sellers Have Control Over? Virtually Staged Studio Apartment Location? No Room Count? No Square Footage? No Floor? No View? No Building Amenities? No What sellers actually have control over Price: Nothing matters more than the initial list price. Buyers and buyers’ brokers are very tuned...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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      Hello & Welcome to the final week of April 2015,   Thank you for taking a moment to read this email... I am always trying to come up with new ways to help and support my clients business here at Franklin Title Agency through networking, business events, social media, social media support an...
By Erik Gruenwald, Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional
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Remind your buyers! There are many obvious things that you should not do to ensure that your loan approval goes smoothly. The larger and more obvious ones would include buying a new car or opening a new credit card. One thing you should keep in mind is to remind your buyers of the small things th...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Are You a Niche Master or Jack of All Trades, Master of None?For most of my young adult life, I bounced from job to job, never really finding where I was really supposed to be. I came to realize that what I was good at was sales and marketing...a skill, but not a NICHE. I often felt like a Jill-o...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Is the 2nd Time Around the Charm? Yes sometimes the 2nd time around can be the charm! Several weeks ago I wrote a post about a couple that moved to the Phoenix Metro Area from back east. They bought a home, site unseen from an agent they didn't know. The home was on the opposite side of town that...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
(ActiveRain)
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What separates Rich Real Estate Agents from Poor Real Estate Agents? Are men better real estate agents than women? Does age or experience matter? Do top real estate agents use Trulia or Zillow? Or Realtor.com? Or Homes.com? Does FaceBook sell houses? (Click for high resolution image) Embed this i...
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 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 Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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The Elephant in the Room Have you ever been sitting with a client and your gut told you to ask something, but you just couldn't quite get the words out? This often the case when you are afraid a question will make someone uncomfortable. However, those uncomfortable questions are critical to get ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 A Defined Goal . . . .“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, learn about them, or even seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will besharing the adventure...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Good morning! I woke early this morning, with my mind racing, thinking of all the tasks that need to be accomplished today: organizing documents for my new listing and uploading them to My Doc Central so any interested buyers can read all about this great place; finishing a web site for a new lis...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Anna Banana Q. 4. U. Yesterday I got an interesting email from a long time client/friend.  She's having a problem with her adjoining neighbor and asked for some advice.  I welcome my clients questions no matter how long ago they bought or sold a house from us. They know I'm their 'go-to' source ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Opportunity to Create a Happy Ending “Every day is a day . . . . to where you have an opportunity to create a new happy ending.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . .The opportunity to create a happy ending Today is ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Continuously refining your marketing message and luxury real estate brand esthetics is an important part of staying on the leading edge.    Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Apple 5th Avenue Store in New York  Photo ©Phakimata  It is tempting to dilute your position as...