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 Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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I started this series in August of 2009, back then I published a post called 6 Reasons why your house won't sell.  It garnered an unbelievable (at least unbelievable for ME) 188 comments, after being viewed 10,888 times, and having 10,101 people "click" on it and presumably, that means that 1.8% ...
Floyd Mayweather OutBoxed and Outmaneuvered Manny Pacquiao to claim a Big Point victory in most lucrative Boxing match in History on Saturday, setting a unblemmished record of 48-0 and sent Manny Packing.As a Real Estate Agent you know you can learn things or two from this fight and implement som...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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  Hello & Welcome to the first week of May 2015,   Thank you for taking a moment to read this blog... I am always trying to come up with new ways to help and support my clients business here at Franklin Title Agency through networking, business events, social media, social media support and trai...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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A Lingering For Sale Sign Has Negative Impact Not all real estate markets are hot even as we approach the increased activity that comes in spring and summer. There is a philosophy that says list it and someone will buy it. Having lots of signs out will cause buyers to call, maybe. Buyers may just...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 1) Call folks. A “Hi, how are you?” goes a long way.Successful agents set aside time every week for renewing and nurturing relationships.Reintroduce yourself.Ask how they’ve been, how their home is holding up, how their business has been. Ask if they need real estate help or information this yea...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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In marketing luxury real estate to buyers it is important to tune into the concerns parents may have for living in proximity to the best schools for their children. The more you know about the schools in your marketplace the more able you are to help your clients make the right decision. The righ...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE Books on, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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The word control conjures up someone who dominates when it is first used. That's why an explanation should accompany a request to control. I am speaking about when it comes to purchasing large item products, someone should be on point for many a good reason. Lets start with mitigating confusionAS...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Tour of Manhattan Architecture with Laura Cerrano During our tour of Feng Shui Hidden Architecture within Manhattan, I had about 10 people participate yesterday morning into the early afternoon for the Jane's Walkers NYC Tours. We walked from Times Square to the Mandarin Hotel and Trump...
By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA
(Safe Haven Realty)
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The Ultimate Ultimatum in the World of Real EstateIf you read a purchase agreement carefully, you will find multiple paragraphs that state the buyer and seller are contractually obligated to act within certain time-frames. Not meeting those obligations in a timely manner can create what we call a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 There’s No Coasting on Your Success Journey“If you’re coasting, you’re either losing momentum,or else you’re headed downhill.”Joan Welsh, Maine House of Representatives     As I see it. . . . . . . .There’s no coasting on your success journey  There are two types of momentum. Your will either ha...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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No.... This definitely won't work. Crap! You can still see my hand!  There we go... still need to do some editing, but we're getting somewhere! Had to stand in the shower for this one!  
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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I never thought to think of the big Mayweather-Pacquiao fight from last night this way, but the analogies are there and it's pretty cool! Love and light,Laura Floyd Mayweather OutBoxed and Outmaneuvered Manny Pacquiao to claim a Big Point victory in most lucrative Boxing match in History on Satur...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Will Achieve . . . .  What You Believe You’ll Achieve“We cannot achieve more in life than what we believein our hearts we deserve to have.” James R. Ball, Businessman As I see it. . . . . . . .You will achieve . . . . What you believe you’ll achieve Believing in yourself is a choice. To achie...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Watch Video Now - Short 2 Minutes Subscribe to our YouTube videos HERE.   ·Meeting with People – Time Management You can increase time spent meeting with people – block meeting slots. ·Billion Dollar Agent – Delete Distractions – Time Management Tips for deleting distractions to improve your time...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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Spring Meet Ups are here.  If you have never attended one, I suggest you do.  It's great to meet others in your area. I usually host myself but this year I can't because I'm caring for my mom with Hospice until her transition.  It's pretty difficult to keep up with my obligations and I just could...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Unleash the Power of Your Imagination“Imagination is everything. It is the Preview of life’s coming attractions.”Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955, German-Born TheoreticalPhysicist and Philosopher of Science, Developed the General Theory of Modern Physics  As I see it . . . . . . . .Unleash the Power o...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
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 Doesn't Will Rogers have it right?  Dogs don't hold grudges.  Dogs are not judgmental.  Dogs are not racists.  Dogs don't usually bite the hand that feeds them.  When days are bad the kisses and the unbridled enthusiasm from our dogs are just what the doctor ordered.
By Jack Solloway, There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate
(Right Choice Realty)
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 The Good Faith Estimate, DefinedOne of the most confusing aspects of the process for first-time homebuyers is the mortgage. Common homebuyer questions include: Where to get one, how to get one, and what does all that jargon mean?Advice abounds, especially on the Internet. One common tip is that ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Use Your Imagination “All successful men and woman are big dreamers.They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day towards their distant vision, that goal and purpose.”Brian Tracy, Self-help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .Use y...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
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 I was showing a home to a buyer the other day and while upstairs we see another agent approaching through the window.  Seconds later the door opens and we hear the agent saying "hello".  I responded and kindly told her we were in the middle of a showing.  She asked if they could tour the downsta...