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 Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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We binged Breaking Bad a few months ago. If you haven't seen the show yet, it was a tremendous series featuring science teacher Walter White who, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, decided to take on a less than traditional way to provide for his family in his death. The characters are well dev...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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Being Transparent ~ Let Them See Who You Really Are! Today as I met with my networking group, we were discussing the character attributes that we value and hope our clients can clearly see.  I wrote that one of my character attributes is transparency.  Allowing others to see who you really are is...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Instructions say two hours notice I am trying to set up appointments for properties Sometimes companies that have these properties listed have appointment centers . That is good I have had wonderful experiences with them . Many times you can set up your appointment on line . This allows you the ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Maintain Your Composure Under Pressure “Pressure makes diamonds.” General George Patton 1885 – 1945, General United States Army General   As I see it . . . . . . . Maintain your composure under pressure    You are very much like a diamond . . . . and your true self will be molded under the press...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
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I met with a couple and went over all the issues to be concerned about when selling. Disclosures, certifications, water tests, just to name a few. When I called a couple of days later...I was told by the seller that I was wrong...He didn't have to have the septic certified. Who told you that? My ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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This is the photo of a wine label.  It is very simple. The label is a single strip and it looks like it is handwritten calligraphy.  It is in Latin, Ex Umbris, which means “From shadows”.  It is a standout amid the usual wine labels. The bottle itself has no outer foil or wax to remove.  All you...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Wondering why gazelle intensity? research the gazelle out running the fastest animal on earth, the cheetah     Are you new to sales? Considering getting into sales? Don’t like sales? Have a passion for sales? Experiencing awesome success in sales? Having difficulty and struggling in sales?   Wh...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Self-Confidence is Required “Self confidence is the first requisite to any successful undertakings.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . Self-confidence   True self-confidence is developed through concentrating on yo...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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At the beginning of the month, when Grant Schneider first announced his March contest, asking us what we had stopped doing in 2015 I was a bit flummoxed - after all, the year was just underway. But, his question was beautifully timed since it made me think: what had I stopped doing? And in the la...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Angry Agents: What to do?  If you have been in this business for any period of time you have probably run into an angry agent.  Quite often they have been around for a long time and will tell you so immediately.  These are people who have grown up in the days when no agent was your friend, when n...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Stretch Yourself Beyond Your Limits “No matter how many goals you have achieve, you must set your sights on a higher one.” Jessica Savitch 1947 – 1983, American Television Broadcaster, News Reporter   As I see it . . . . . . .  . Stretch yourself beyond your limits   Set your sights high . . . ....
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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There's been a fair amount of conversation, lately, about door-knocking as a marketing plan, or as part of a marketing plan. Personally, I don't do it, never have. When I first started in this business many of my mentors suggested that as a newbie, I should do cold-calling (this was well before t...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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You Are So Nice I Am Happy To Do The Work And Not Charge You   That is what someone said to me when I asked what he would charge to install 3 smoke detectors and brace and strap a water heater.   I've been accused of many things in my lifetime and being nice is definitely among those things. But ...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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  Why is it that the warning in the airplane lavatory will read: Do not touch, tamper, disable or destroy this device?    The reason is clear, everything that goes to court dies the death of a thousand cuts. Someone prevailed in court by saying they had not touched the smoke detector, they simpl...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Apparently the cell outage that knocked out my cell phone may have had something to do with a 2.9 earthquake that ocurred in the Chicago area at 6:08 this evening. I tried to make a call at 6:10 and couldn't get through for the next three hours, or so. The U.S. geological survey reported that the...
By Dennis Swartz, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI...experience counts!
(Rickert Property Management)
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So I am trying to hire a new assistant property manager, and have a lot of resumes, but can you imagine from 10 scheduled and confirmed appointments, 2 actually appeared? And the 2 that showed had neither the skills nor desire to do the job needed. So I am assuming that the job market is booming,...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Love that quote Lou... “Choose not to be good . . . . choose to be better . . . . and stretch yourself to be the best that you can be.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author What’s Your Goal? “Choose not to be good . . . . choose to be better . . ...
By Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County)
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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 Tim and Julie Harris
(Tim & Julie Harris® Real Estate Coaching)
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Today on Real Estate Coaching Radio   Should YOU Take The Realtor Safety Pledge? Staying safe is the job of every real estate professional - and after 2 tragic murders of agents recently, we're discussing ways that you can stay safe in real estate! If you've missed our past episodes, check out s...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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ActiveRain Gives You the Blueprint for Successful Blogs No two bloggers are going to have the exact same style. In this regard, bloggers are like snow flakes (lame! Be over already winter!) custom hot rods! Each one with their own unique style and approach. But there are cetain kinds of posts th...