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 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 JM Padron, ACP, CCIM, CDPE, CRB, Ft. Lauderdale-Doral-Sunny I
(REMAX PREMIER-COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATES)
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Does Brand Really Matters?     I'm going to start my article citing Jennifer Walker-Derby a prominent realtor in Atlanta, Georgia:   "No matter how hard I tried, I could not break the $225,000 housing barrier (meaning sellers with homes valued over $225,000 did not trust my “no name brok...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
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  There is no shortage of examples of the Profit Motive gone awry.  While not essential to the cause, a co-conspirator with the profit motive is the idea of Maximizing Profits.  After all, if the goal is to make money, why not make as much of it as possible?  Maximizing profits can have a very da...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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The Florida Realtors Conference and Trade Expo is August 13-17 in Orlando, FL.  If you are a Florida Realtor, this is a must event!  I treat my team to the conference because it's a great way to keep on top of what's happening regarding Florida Real Estate, to get a sneak peak of new and ...
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  When You Love What You’re Doing “You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through  the brick walls that are going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you’ll stop at th...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Content of What You Say “The basic rule of human nature is that powerful people speak slowly and subservient people quickly - -  because if they don’t speak fast nobody would listen to them.” Brendan Gill, Author   As I see it . . . . . . .   The content of what you say   Same people talk a...
By Colorado Dream House Team, Real People. Real Professionals. Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty DTC)
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When it comes time to decide if you really want the property you should have an inspection done. Don’t use a fly-by-night inspector. Use a company or a person that does quality work, has a great reputation, and that you trust. You want to know all the ins and outs of the house and you’re hoping t...
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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Good Customer Service Means Making It Right If you are in the real estate business then you know that things can go awry and get off track. When it is in your control, do you make it right whenever you can? That is what I try to do. Especially if I have dropped the ball or failed to do some detai...
By Brian C. Aber, Rising Point Solutions
(Rising Point Solutions LLC)
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Protecting Your Identity   Tip #3   Go to www.dmachoice.org and remove your name from individual Direct Mail Association Member mailing lists.   
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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It has been another busy week of blogging in the rain this week with plenty of great posts to share, I hope that you enjoy the few that I do share! I encourage you to take a few minutes each week to share some of the gems that you come across, people will appreciate the support and you may even g...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
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NVAR sent out the warning below. DAAR stands for Dulles Area Association of Realtors and is who received and reported on this. For those not familiar with the area, Broadlands is in the Ashburn / Leesburg area of Loudoun county, but this could happen anywhere. I always discuss with sellers the ri...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Self Help under the FHA 203k loan guarantee program Yes, there is a provision for "self help" under the FHA 203k program but they aren't carte blanc. Some lenders allow self help ONLY if the borrower is a licensed contractor in the state where the project is located. Many lenders DO...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Safety Tips For REALTORS®Lock Your Vehicle When Not Driving When showing homes, I prefer locking my vehicle at each stop. Although not in a high crime area, there maybe things in the vehicle that provide targets of opportunity for some wayward soul. Things like GPS device, tablet or computers. In...
By Ryan Reynolds
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 5
8 Tips To Reduce Your Electric Bills This Summer Furnace and AC Maintenance- Cleaning your filters and getting your furnace inspected regularly can help the efficiency of your home. Don’t just focus on the furnace, pay attention to the AC as well! Seal It Up- Make sure you look around the home t...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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It's about writing down goals & taking action on them! Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die to get there. We need to become the change we seek. To risk, we need to be willing to fail and try again. The great modern day philosopher Jim Rohn used to say " Your life ...
By Edward Gomez, Credit Score Boost USA
( Credit Score Boost - USA Credit Solutions)
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By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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If you missed our latest crowdsourced webinar, you are going to want to tune in to this!In May, we asked the ActiveRain community how they use social media to help market their business. We wanted to hear from YOU GUYS what fun and unique things you are trying out on social media to engage your c...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Half Empty or Half Full   Everybody has heard the saying, do you see the glass half empty or half full a million times or more.  And yet somehow it always comes down to seeing things half empty or half full.  Think about it -- I mean really think about it, again. There is a big difference you kno...