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 Edward Gomez, Credit Score Boost USA
( Credit Score Boost - USA Credit Solutions)
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By David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
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8 Eye Catching Photography Tricks   Getting great pictures can provide customers with the information they need to make a purchase decision.  At first glance, real estate photography seems to be an easy task. Some real estate agents will take their cell phone out of their pocket and expect to ge...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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If you are going to respond pro-actively to the ever-changing world we live in, it is important that you sharpen your strategic thinking.   This will help you to outthink your competition.   Take time to reexamine your opinions.  Challenge your own premises, and be open enough to admit you may b...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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How NOT to Sell a Home With Leased Solar Panels Solar panels are sexy!  Leased solar panels can be an easy option!  But solar panels add an extra layer of scrutiny when buying and selling a home.  Last night included an hour long conversation with someone confused in the process.  This person was...
By Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
(Keller Williams Realty)
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In our Keller Williams office I am the Social Media person which means I teach the classes pertaining to Social Media. Each month our office holds a variety of classes on a variety of topics which always include some sort of Social Media, ranging from Facebook to Twitter to Pinterest and so on. O...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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Unless you’re a real estate agent you’re probably not used to hosting an open house. Honestly the whole concept can be a little bit weird, you’re letting a bunch of strangers into your own home or you’re visiting the home of a total stranger. This is a weird necessity, open houses are a part of t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Philosophy of Learning is the Beginning “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning where the miracle and process all begins.” Jim Rohn 1930 - 2009, American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational S...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Selling Your Jupiter Home: Decisions, Decisions, and Decisions! Selling your home in Jupiter: from the first inkling that you will be putting it on the market until you sign off on the paperwork, the process can be seen as a series of dozens and dozens of decisions. Many are not simple ‘yes’ or ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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I’d like to continue on from my last blog and explain why it’s not crazy that the Billion Dollar Agent profit model is 50% net profit. Let’s analyze an independent brokerage which evolved from a top team to a good brokerage. The brokerage has 50 agents and they did $3,000,000 in GCI. That is $60...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Your Imagination Has the Power to Create a Great Future “The great successful men of the world have used their imagination . . . They think ahead and create their mental picture in all it’s details filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit  and that a bit, but steadily – build...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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If you were to disappear tomorrow, would your real estate business continue to generate income for you? If the answer is no, then you have a job. Would you rather have a business?If you've been thinking about creating a real estate team, this is the class for you. ActiveRain Community Evageli...
By Kathryn J., (Rentec Direct-Property Management Software)
(Rentec Direct)
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    Most of us love Facebook right?  And I don't know if you have noticed lately but man I am receiving a lot of tests and/or questionnaires lately.  Must be the latest trend!     What type of super hero are you? If you were an animal what would you be? What does your name mean? Which presid...
By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
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There are many qualities of an extraordinary real estate agent vs. an ordinary real estate agent. Here are a few of the qualities that put the extraordinary at the top: 1. Answer the phone 2. Work every day 3. Calm, kind 4. Honest and ethical 5. Professional 7. Enthusiastic 8. Knows the inventory...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off!  As agents we are so used to seeing fish bowl pictures.  But Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off! These distorted pictures make rooms look bigger, move furniture, expand windows, and make an entire home more appealing than it really is in real life. Fish Bowl Pi...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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In MD, and VA, the buyer selects. That said, sellers, banks, relo companies. etc. can offer incentives, legal, abstract, title insurance (that's a biggie) to use the seller's selection. From my experience, since most fees are pass-through items the big one, title insurance, is why title c...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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R E S P E C T.  It worked 100 years when civility was the norm and it still works today. I firmly believe that this trend, language of the extreme, is the result of movies, TV shows and political folks who believe that only shock gets the attention of prospective customers/clients. I disagree.  I...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Take Control and Out in Front of Your Circumstances “We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our circumstances from within.” Earl Nightingale 1921 – 1989, American Motivational Speaker, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . .   Take control and get in front of your circum...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  There’s Genius in Hard Work “The only genius that’s worth anything is the genius for hard work.” Kathleen Winsor 1919 – 2003, Best Selling Author   As I see it . . . . . . .   There’s genius of hard work   People look at their circumstances . . . . and work hard to change them.   There’s genius...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes Homes in Los Angeles Area
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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When purchasing a property should you have the sewer scoped?  That's real estate lingo for running a camera through the main sewer line from house to street.  The idea is to check the plumbing not visible to the naked eye, hence the colonoscopy reference. We don't routinely recommend a m...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  There are many great shiny signs of the recovering market dotting the landscape....popping around MLS...active with offer, SOLD..it gives Realtors and Sellers a warm fuzzy feeling that was absent for a while during the downturn of the market. Equity is returning....and the applause is heard thr...