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 Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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      In the region of Tuscany the farmer plants the grapes to make the wine. In the process of harvesting the grapes, I witnessed the farmer's passion for honoring the grapes with respect and appreciation. Instantaneously, I was filled with a new height of understanding with mutual appreciation...
By ActiveRain Contests
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Crowdsourcing:  How do you prepare your business for the fall and winter? A good friend of mine was contemplating putting her house on the market, but decided to wait because, as she put it, “houses don’t sell in the winter.”  While I know this isn’t the case, many agents – and consumers for that...
By Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC & CB First Realty )
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  As I let my dogs out today at noon I noticed our resident blue heron sitting by the pond..his usual spot for resting and for a free lunch.  I then heard the ball drop not too far from his location. It didn't distract him from watching the water for fish movement. He's focused on his lunch. As t...
By Jason Ramsey, Myoutdesk Virtual Assistants
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  Knolly Williams, best-selling Author and National Real Estate Speaker, joined MyOutDesk Co-Owner, Daniel Ramsey on this month’s “Real Estate Virtual Assistants” Hangout.Knolly shared how leveraging a team of MyOutDesk Real Estate Virtual Assistants helped him take his business to the next level...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Make the Most Out of Your Talent “If a man has a talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partially failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won satisfaction and triumph few men ever ...
By Bob Ratliff, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
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Should homeowner’s selling their home offer a “Home Warranty”? Many real estate agents will agree it is good practice for homeowners to offer their buyer a home warranty at closing. Buyers need to know a home warranty is not the same thing as homeowners insurance. Home Warranty is a contract betw...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“They Continue to Find Easy Marks”   I got an email from a friend, who sent me a copy of the email below. She indicated that it was directed to her and she wanted to know if this is something she should get involved with? OMG, this is a bright business woman, that somehow got hooked by these word...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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I've done it and chances are if you have been in this business for any length of time you have also. You start emailing someone and they are reading your blog posts and you talk on the phone and they seem like a friend.  BUT, if they want to meet you at a propertly, don't do it if you are going a...
By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
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Do Not Judge a Book by Its Cover   Last week Fidelity National Title sponsored an education class on “Cultural Competency”.  The instructor shared the following interesting YouTube with us; it made you anxious, laugh and learned to not judge a book by its cover.          What is your thought? Ple...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Cow Well Do You Know Fellow ActiveRainers?   I've been asked many times, you don't really think you know those people well, do you?  And of course they're talking about my ActiveRain Associates because I'm one of those, you know, bloggers!  And of course I always say, you'd be surprised how well ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Creating a Sassy Bathroom with Feng Shui in Mind   "What about the bathroom? I've always seen them white, and in my mind associated a kind of "grandma" feel with that... picturing potpourri on the throne and such. My reaction is to want a sophisticated "adult" feeling bathroom.I picture it black ...
By Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team, The Ocala Dream Team
(Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty)
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Are You Speaking a Foreign Language?!  Because your clients may think you are.  Sometimes as real estate agents we become immune to all of the professional lingo tossed around.  Phrases and abbreviations that we consider a "normal" way of communicating can sound like Greek to our clients. Take fo...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Boat That is Constantly Leaking “Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway. CEO   As I see it . . . . . . . A boat that is constantly leaki...
By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
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  Although in many parts of the country Realtors are gearing down for fall and winter, here in La Quinta we are ramping up for our busy season!  Our fall and winter months are our busiest of the year.  The weather is gorgeous with warm, sunny, 80 degree days on the golf course, and cool, brisk ev...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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as it worth it? That may be the question being asked by about 5.9 million households between the ages of 20 to 40 who incurred student college loan debt and are still paying it down today to the tune of about $250 or more each month. A new study reveals the impact of student college loan debt on ...
By Nicholas Conteduca, Chicago's Top Real Estate Agent - Broker/Appraiser
(Jameson Sotheby's/Anywhere Appraisals)
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  What is the correct way to measure your home?   For Detached Homes : First you will need to get some tools in order to measure.  You can either purchase a laser (Disto is the best brand) or a walking measuring stick.  The correct way to  measure is from the EXTERIOR of the home.  You will start...
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900
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If you're a landlord you will appreciate this blog... I check on Bob every day and always learn something of value or see a pretty photo or  have a smile brought to my face... It's all good stuff and soon he will be a Millionaire... Check this post out and help him get there as he has helped so m...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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When you meet and greet, don't be a robot.   Communicate your message about the service you provide, but do it in a way that really makes you stand out.Let your personality shine through. Be yourself.    Networking and Referral Resources: Cocktail parties The Wrong Way to Network 5 Ways to get mo...
By Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548)
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Social Media . .  . MUST READ post.  Social Media has become the new 'buzz words'  and here are ten tips that will refresh our presence in the Social Media world of today whether we are newbies or long-time users of Social Media. If you want to succeed with a social media strategy, here is what h...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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Top 3 Reasons Why Clients Stop Doing Business With Us.   This past week I read a survey on conducted by the Rockefeller Institute which produced some very interesting results on Why Clients Stop Doing Business With Us? The three top reasons identified in the survey are reasons I would have most l...