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 Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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  My First Job On My Own   I can remember first couple that asked me to give them an estimate for a job that they needed to have done. I was just getting started so I was working for someone else, doing my own jobs on the weekends. It was a great way to get started, getting my feet wet while brin...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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Have you ever wondered the best way to farm a neighborhood? Is it knocking on doors? Sending a bunch of mail? Placing phone calls to the neighbors?In this class, Greg McDaniel, Head Educational Director for J Rockcliff REALTORS® in the San Francisco Bay area, shares his best techniques to success...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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                 Selling a property that is an estate can be far more challenging than any divorce.   Heirs/Siblings disagree and take on responsibilities that are not it a For Sale by Owner or deciding on the value of contents disposing of it as they choose without consulting others...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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... And how you can, too!REALTOR® Shaun Nilsson used only Facebook to close 24 deals in his very first year of business and made over $165,000 in commissions. Impressed?Shaun, the social media wizard behind, joins ActiveRain Community Evangelist Bob Stewart in this sponsored webinar...
By Erin Bates, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
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We all know how important it is to give feedback after showings. While many agents choose not to take the time to do this, we here at Aspen Lane Real Estate, always do. Getting the opinion of the consumer is so important to selling a home.   Now, the normal questions are “how was it priced?, what...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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    Lou Ludwig wrote a post this morning titled “Making Money” and I thought I’d share my thoughts on this topic.  The greatest mistake any real estate agent can make is to focus on money.  We often hear people talking about the “big bucks” we make, and this often becomes the main goal of newly l...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Class 2 RecapThe second class in ActiveRain's 2014 Blogging Boot Camp series focuses on one of the most challenging parts of blogging - picking what to write about! In 'Be Found: What to Blog About So Consumers Find Your Blog,' we dive into what kind of content a ...
By Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate
(Century 21 Liberty Homes)
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MY VERY FIRST REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION Was I nervous of my very first Real Estate transaction?  To say the least!  Real Estate verbiage is a whole different language let alone trying to put that verbiage into use. A spiel doesn’t just come naturally and for a new agent it is hard to say that they ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Some Things Just Don't Add Up. I spent 7 hours in class learning about how to embrace diversity in the real estate industry. I really felt like I already did embrace it but learned there is much more to it than I thought. This class is the prerequisite for getting the NAR certification for At Hom...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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When some people think of luxury they associate the word with a lifestyle of conspicuous consumption, and with being ostentatious, flashy, affected, showy, brazen, flamboyant, and pretentious. This has given luxury a bad name.  For us, luxury is about reaching for the best that life has to offer...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Our team brochure has a new look.  The content was prepared by Marte Cliff, real estate copywriter, and the layout was designed by my marketing department at RE/MAX Executive Realty.  This brochure is four pages and will be included in every pre-listing presentation book that we leave at each mar...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Over the weekend, I had a client who wrote an offer on a condo. In response to the offer, the listing agent responded with "the unit next door sold for $25,000 more than you're offering, and we have a larger master bedroom"... the intimation, of course, being that they expected us to come up dram...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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No two days or deals are alike. In fact, when I first heard that no two homes are alike I was amazed. Even if they sit next to each other, how the wind and the sun captures them makes it unique. Once more, I like challenges and this business offers some doozies YOUR DEAL IS SPECIAL What is especi...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Look Past What Is “If you only look at what is, you might never attain what could be.” Source Unknown As I see it . . . . . . .   Look past what is   What is . . . . is in your past.   What could be . . . . is in your future.   The question becomes . . . . do you want to live in your life in th...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've been working with "Bob" for a few months now.  We've seen three homes together (he's picky and that's fine) and have a very good working relationship.   He really liked the last home I showed him, so we put in an offer.  It's a short sale, so who knows what's going to happen there.   In the ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
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Do you have time outside of your business to make some extra money? That was the question posed to me when answering the sales call. She was very polite and explained that she was an entrepreneur, just starting out. I told her that, "No, I do not have the time for that." After putting in full day...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Prepare in advance   One simple way to attract attention and have shelf life at the same time, is to do a mailing of a simple postcard to (you decide) 50 100 homes mailed on Thursday so they receive them on Friday, or mailed on Wednesday so they receive them on Thursday.
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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The WHY It Happened Is More Interesting and Sad, Sad. Why would a builder, in this case likely in collusion with the county inspector, deliver a shelter that is clearly dangerous?  Only two causes come to mind. 1.  Money.2.  Incompetence. or both. Reading this post leaves me with an empty feeling...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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Let’s talk Toastmasters…again Hopefully you can see my commitment, my love, my caring, and how much I believe and am devoted to Toastmasters. That is why I talk about it to you from time to time. Over a period of eight years talking about this maybe actually to a few hundred, about eight have act...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  A  Focused Life “No Life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.” Source Unknown   As I see it . . . . . . .   A focused life   A focused life is one that’s dedicated and disciplined in reaching a set of standards and objectives.   A focused life is focused the outcome ...