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 Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE SOUL .com books, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too?
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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These two girls have to go! WHY? MISS REPRESENTATION and MISS LEADING are not welcomed anywhere. There is no room for their exaggeration, stretching the truth or embellishment when it comes to trading high line, expensive items like Real Estate. I know people get excited about their listing and ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Key Element of Success is Perseverance “Few things are impossible to the diligence and skilled. Great works are performed not be strength but by perseverance.”  Samuel Johnson 1709 - 1784, English Writer   As I see it . . . . . . . A key element of success is perseverance   Success is achieved...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Instructions say two hours notice I am trying to set up appointments for properties .Sometimes companies that have these properties listed have appointment centers . That is good I have had wonderful experiences with them . Many times you can set up your appointment on line . This allows you the...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Real Estate Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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FAQ What's the best way to communicate in 2015?   What's the best way to communicate?  It depends.  In the real estate business there are many times when it's important to communicate in writing. Rarely do I communicate with agents or other professionals by phone unless I need specific informatio...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Pop Quiz Answer To: How Many Elements Are There In Feng Shui?   Feng Shui question of the week: How many elements are there in Feng Shui? And for those who would like to delve a bit deeper, share one decorative object that represents each element. These objects can be placed within your...
By Edward Perez, NJ Luxury Group - Serving Hoboken & Northern NJ
(RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty)
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Active Participation In Your HOA The increase in condo living in the Jersey City area and around the country is nothing short of phenomenal. Naturally, the increase in condo living has increased another entity, the Homeowners Association (HOA). Finding a condo with a good HOA is just about as imp...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Let Your Actions Speak For You “A superior man acts before he speaks, and afterward speaks according to his actions.” Confucius 551 – 479 BC, Chinese Teacher, Editor, Politician and Philosopher   As I see it . . . . . . . Let your actions will speak for you   Every action that you take will have...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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One of the most common complaints of American workers is that they work long hours and work too hard. Many real estate agents work 7 days a week, and Sundays are often reserved for open houses or showings.   If you lived in Germany, the law dictates that you have to take Sundays off.  Known as G...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Apparently the cell outage that knocked out my cell phone may have had something to do with a 2.9 earthquake that ocurred in the Chicago area at 6:08 this evening. I tried to make a call at 6:10 and couldn't get through for the next three hours, or so. The U.S. geological survey reported that the...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  My 2015 Real Estate Business Will Be Gazelle Intensity   Do you understand what I am talking about? I will create videos later this week about Gazelle Intensity.   You see five months ago the idea came to mind that I will have 2015 as my highest real estate commission income year over any of th...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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Accidents happen. Illnesses often appear unannounced.  Environmental disasters of enormous magnitude happen.  No, I am not referring to any of those calamities! I am referring hard drive failure. Although I am still not sure of the "why" I understand the frustration of turning on my main computer...
By William Piotrowski
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  Some Secrets of Happiness 1. Acting happy will make you feel happy 2. Accepting and liking yourself increases happiness 3. Choosing optimism changes how you think and feel 4. Choosing to be social (even if you’re introverted) increases feelings of positivity 5. Recognising you are always free ...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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The company my transaction coordinator works for recently raised the rates my TC charges. Her fee went up about 10%. She hasn't had a raise during all of the years she has worked with me. I pay her fee and I do not charge my clients for it. Years ago I used to work that small fee into the paperwo...
By Tammy Adams ~ Realtor Maricopa, AZ, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
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Flexiblity is the Key!   As I read through Anna's blog post, I was reminded how critical it is for each of us to be flexible to our client's and their needs. So many folks (agents) are stubborn and fight this sea of change. Well, the smart folks know it isn't about us and our needs. Nope, it is a...
By Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker
(KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist)
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I was almost Scammed. In 2009 I saw where the market was going on Kauai and became a REO agent. I did well but now the REO market on Kauai has dried up. 80% of my business is now traditional real estate. I still like to get REO listings and was thrilled when I pulled in my office parking lot and ...
By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
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Usually, there is a speaker for the hour long main segment.   This month, there were 3 Roundtables, and the audience spent 20 minutes at each table. Home Depot's regional managers spoke of "More Savings & More Doing with Traction Members" as a result of the bonus benefits which Traction REIA memb...
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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Readjustment of Work Time and Goals The March Challenge issued by Grant Schneider gave me cause to stop and think just what I did I last year that I am not be doing this year. I don't consider myself a quitter so when I leave a practice or activity behind it is because it no longer works with my ...
By Susan Nealey, No Pressure! Ever!
(Trident Homes Realty)
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I don't know about other agents, but I got tired of trying to find a card to give someone.  It seemed as if I were always "fresh out."  Problem solved!  Take one!  Just don't take the big one!  And, it works!
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Positive Change and Opportunity “Each new hour holds new chances for new beginnings. The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.”  Maya Angelou 1928 - 2014, Best Selling American Author, Poet, Actress, Singer   As I see it. . . . . . . Positive change and opportun...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Real Estate Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Today in National Happiness Day - My kind of day!   Apparently there is just one day a year that happiness is celebrated- officially!  Let's imagine a National YEAR OF HAPPINESS!  That makes more sense to this happy gal!  Being happy is a choice and we can all be as happy as we want to be - all d...