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 Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 90
What's a stupid counter offer?   Folks let's get this right up front - every real estate offer situation is different but when it comes to counter offers some are wise and well advised and some are flat out stupid.  I ran across a stupid counter offer the other day. In fact it was probabl...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Fear is a great motivator!!  It has always been that way for me.  Nothing is taken for granted, and no matter how many awards or how high the rankings may be, anyone can slip away.  There will always be younger people, with more energy and greater talents, who come along and knock you into a “di...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 0
There's a million and one ideas out there on how to win more listing presentations... We are told we need the "must-have" materials to give to our clients.  We're told we have to memorize and internalize numerous scripts on how to get the appointment, ask questions, and close to...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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I am a Kroger shopper. It's close to my home and I know where everything is located in the store. Tonight, I decided to venture out to Whole Foods in hopes of scoring some Pretzel buns; something Kroger doesn't carry. This store can be a little intimidating to those of us who don't re...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 9
Are you a GOAL DIGGER? Self-improvement comes with change and much work to achieve desirable results. There are 3 things a person can do to maintain focus when making changes in life, whether work related or personally motivated: Set the goal Write it down Put in motion It is rather simple when y...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Do You Have A Shortsighted Viewon Marketing? Capturing the low-hanging fruit, the people ready to make a move, is a no-brainer. Why not just concentrate on those? It's an easy trap to fall into. But, why not reap all potential rewards by having proper systems in place to nurture leads over ti...
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...
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)
Comments 36
I Figured Out Why Agents Use Bad MLS Photos I had been thinking that agents posting the bad photos were the result of: Not having a decent camera Not using enough light Not having a steady or level hand Not having a good eye for dimension or angle Not caring what they post and too lazy to make it...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 12
The last few days of a transaction are critical! Communication is always important! I have found that often the last two days of a transaction can make the difference if you have a happy buyer or seller. Often times it makes the difference if you will get more referrals from the buyer or the sell...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
  There Are Four Ways People Evaluate You “There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contract with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.” Dale Carnegie 1885 - 1955, American Self-Help Writer and ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 12
There is distinct difference between marketing and selling.  Marketing is a two-way conversation about understanding and satisfying needs. Selling is attempting to convince someone to buy something they may not need or be ready for. Just yesterday we received an email from one of our clients who...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
(RISMedia)
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Yesterday, I wrote a blog about Twitter mistakes – one of which was to protect your account from being compromised. Hackers aside, there are other ways your social media accounts can stir up trouble. Today, I’m sharing with you all a few pointers to keep in mind that will help you avoid legal has...
By Larry Brewer, Nashville Real Estate
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Comments 5
I was just reading the post by Margaret Rome about the multiple offers on her listing, and it reminded me that the best chance of winning a bidding war is to have a buyers agent with a good reputation who knows the market. An unrepresented buyer is usually the first bid I would throw out in a mul...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
  Your Thoughts and Attitude Are a Powerful Force “Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under very disadvantage and working their solitary  but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles .” Washington Irving 1783 – 1859, American Author, Essayist, Biographer, Historian and...
By Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
Comments 6
Never ever, hold a open house on the block party garage sale weekend!!! There I was being the great broker that I try to be;when my client asked me why don't you do an open house this weekend during the block party garage sale? I recall vividly thinking "hey that's not a bad idea.&qu...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
Comments 0
New Economic Development Website for Gaithersburg   The municipal staff is working towards the launch of the City of Gaithersburg’s new Economic Development website, GrowGaithersburg.com, and will present an overview at the Mayor and City Council Work Session on July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Targeting emp...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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What do you do better than anyone else?   Some of us have a difficult time telling people what we do better than anyone else. No, this is not bragging. Telling your story is all about you and what you do better than anyone else is an important part of your personal brand. If you happen to love wh...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
  Keep Reaching “The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than are expected to do and are always reaching.” Lee Iacocca, American Auto Executive      As I see it. . . . . . . .   Keep reaching   Don’t st...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   We appreciate being referred to Buyers and Sellers by agents from other parts of the country....from Active Rain...from other Keller Williams agents who have read our profile and feel we would be a good resource/realtor for their Seller or buyer, from our past clients and customers who are jus...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
Comments 10
Never Say Never or Always   “WITHHOLD those NEVER and ALWAYS words most of the time, and live in more of a gray world not black and white "my way or the highway" world with PEOPLE. It will help you with your inner peace tremendously.” – Gary Woltal Texas real estate professional Gary Wo...