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 Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I was trying to post a new Realtor tip of the week, but this little thing called running a real estate business kind of got in the way.   I'm rested, re-charged, and ready to go.   My newbie tip of the week this week is simple:  Get uncomfortable.   What do I mean by that?   To succeed in thi...
By Maureen Harmonay, Your Country Property Specialist, Bolton MA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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"Don't be afraid to give the appraiser information about the house down the street that sold for $10,000 less," advised Gary Bourque, president of Central Mass Appraisals, during a recent continuing education class hosted by the North Central Association of Realtors.  Bourque said t...
By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
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‘Tis the season to return security deposits and while many DIY landlords cringe at the thought of their departing residents not agreeing with their depo$it return, professional property managers have “tips” for doing it RIGHT. NUMBER 1:  Whether your business is an LLC or a corporation, name your...
By Becky Kolb, Sun Lakes Arizona Expert
(ReMax Infinity - The KOLB Team)
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5 Tips to Motivate a Realtor New in the Business We all remember that day when we successfully passed our real estate exam after grueling hours of study at real estate school, studying on weekends, working out math problems that we may never use but had to know anyway and feeling accomplished and...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
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This is an extremely busy summer, and when clients call or email me with information that is not necessarily related to the transaction we are working on, I keep NOTES and make LISTS. I am never without my trusty notebook in front of me whether I am sitting at my computer or out on the road. Clie...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
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FYI: There are only 18 Fridays left 'till Christmas! And that means, you are one step closer to achieving your real estate goals for the year 2014! Are your sales projections on target? If so, then great. If not, then there is still time to make the most of what is left of the year. Phone pas...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
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Lists can be powerful when used properly. They imply organization, impart control, and enable understanding.  Instead of a "to do" list, I'm talking about lead lists.  Instead of trying to explain a complicated CRM solution or an expensive training program, I'm going to tell you...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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New Maryland Regulations on Recommending Service Providers   Maryland real estate agents and brokers need to be very careful when recommending service providers. They are now required to verify that the recommended service providers are licensed to provide the services. The following notice was p...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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I am often asked what I see as the path forward for a Billion Dollar Agent company. Here is the detailed version of my answer. Billion Dollar Agent Company (BDAC) is a public company valued at over $1B with over $1B in revenue and profit margins of 20 percent for $200,000,000 in profits in 2016....
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Make a Totally Awesome Change in Your use of Your TIME   Do you have more time than money, or do you have more money than you have of time? Click & watch.   Even though I have over 30 years in the business, I am beginning to feel I have wasted hundreds of hours and just in the last few week...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Key is Focused Effort and Hard Work “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work is not a curse; it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood and the  measure of civilization.” Calvin ...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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 Taking the listing is only the beginning of your journey to becoming a rock star real estate agent. Really great agents understand that each listing is an opportunity to expose your business to more people. So how do you take that listing and use it to get more leads?ActiveRain Community Evangel...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Road of Discovery is Trying the Untried “Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, but going off the main road by trying the untried.” Frank Tyger 1929 – 2011, Cartoonist, Columnist, Humorist   As I see it . . . . . . .   The road of discovery is trying the untried   The pat...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui and Children:  A Lesson from My Late Mother from 2010     Drafted by Carole (2010) As I watched my children growing up and go through all the phases that children do, I wasn't practicing Feng Shui back then. And although I'd heard and read about "The Law of Attraction,"...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Hard Times Will Bring Out Your Best     “Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” Bob Riley, American Politian     As I see it . . . . . . .   Hard times will bring out your best   The winds in your life will continually change . . . . ...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Glad I Checked My Voice Mail  . . . I Don't Check That Very Often My hand to God . . . I just received a return call to one I had made earlier this afternoon.   The conversation has left me speechless.  So glad my fingers do the walking, err, typing. In setting up a tour of condos for my relo...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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Bryan shares some advice that anyone working in a referral based business can learn from.  Lead generation and follow up are vital parts of our business, and with these tips, you can maximize the efficiency of both. Lists can be powerful when used properly. They imply organization, impart control...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(John Marshall )
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Real estate 101 - creating a life-work balance - One of the sad truths about real estate as a profession is that it can consume you. It can take over your life and push loved ones aside like they were yesterdays news. Many agents do not take control of the clients form the beginning and they pay ...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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Search current inventory of Waterfront Condos for Sale in West Seattle Listing Details Waterfront Condo For Sale in Seattle 123 Main Street, Seattle WA, 98109Price: $685,000MLS number: 429864Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 1.5Square Footage: 2700 Call John Agent at 206-555-7600 to see if this property is s...
By Sybil Campbell, REALTOR ABR, SFR, SRES - Amelia Island
(Century 21 John T. Ferreira and Son Inc. 500 Centre St. Amelia Island, Fl 32034)
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Once again Lou has done it.  I don't know how he manages to come up with so many ways to inspie and motivate people, but he does!   Tell People What to Do and Let Them Do It “Never tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” General Geo...