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 of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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What an interesting subject matter this is. It crosses over into ethics, honesty, fiduciary, fair and honest, financial dealings and just plain out making a living. However, there has to be a right way to proceed that supersedes all opinions. I am going to tell you what that is and you are going ...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
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Facebook - Sharing Photos Too Soon Can Be Compromising!Photos are a wonderful way to document events, things to remember and most anything we love to share. Facebook is a part of life these days for many people. It is a way to communicate daily events and stay in touch with others. As real estate...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Quality of Your Choices“It’s choice – not chance that determines your destiny.”Jean Nidetch 1923 – 2015, Co-Founder of Weight Watchers  As I see it. . . . . . . .The quality of your choices  The quality of your choices creates . . . . the quality of your life. Your choices make you who you ar...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Prior planning pays when meeting for the first time. After conversing via phone, email or text for several months, discussing potential homes in areas of interest, the time has come to make an in-person face-to-face appearance. Preparing prior to meeting out-of-area buyer clients for the first ti...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
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Least Expensive Way Improve your Self-confidence, Communication Skills and Leadership Skills Click & watch now! When you realize I have been a proactive Realtor for over 35 years and a member of Toastmasters for the past 10 years. It is highly unlikely YOU have more experience in real e...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Life is What You Make It“Wealth is in the ability to fully experience life.”Henry David Thoreau 1817 - 2015, American Author,Poet, Philosopher  As I see it. . . . . . . . Your life is what you make it . . . . Live a full and rich life.  The true richness in life comes in living a full life ....
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Moral Character & Moral Compass are the key ingredients to Success in any business!I have always found that you can have good moral character and have a good moral compass and still be successful. Quite frankly I find that is the key ingredient for long term success in any business. I have seen a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Have to Believe to Achieve“There are no hopeless situations; there are challenges where men grow hopeless in their pursuit and in their will to resolve the situation successfully.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . ....
By Chuck Willman, Utah County, Salt Lake County, Real Estate Agent
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Ripped from today's non-headlines.A renter in my neighborhood was awoken at 8:00 a.m.It started with a gentle knock.Then a louder pounding.Then the door bell.Ring. and then ring again.The renters were asleep- having just returned from an out of town event.The father put on his clothes and went to...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Excellence Takes Determination“Have no fear of perfection –You’ll never reach it.”Salvador Dali 1904 - Spanish Painter and Sculptor   As I see it. . . . . . . .Personal excellence  Being a person of excellence takes determination . . . . and the focusing to do what others won’t do to become the b...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Justice...Better Late Than NeverIn January 2010 I was representing a buyer in transaction that never could have closed.  It was listed as a regular sale, but the seller was only owner by title and was in negotiations for a short sale purchase with the real owner who still held an upside down mort...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Can Home Sellers Make Requested Repair Fixes Themselves? In the process of home buying, a buyer wants to do a home inspection on their potential property to ensure there are not major issues to deal with soon.  They hire a home inspector that is knowledgeable in their job and a report on the need...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Can The Feng Shui In My Home and Office Become Stale?Just as with anything over a long period of time, change is required to help enhance progression and growth in keeping your life force energy and the energy of your environment fresh. So the answer is, yes. This also becomes a metaphor with are...
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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A Promissory Note Was Submitted With Your Offer . . . REALLY?!?I haven't written a Promissory Note on behalf of my clients in . . . over 10 years!You want to know why?Because they make the OTHER OFFERS look good!As an Exclusive Buyers Agent my job is to get my clients the best possible terms and ...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, shared this post that can be utilized now and in the future. This collection of data can also benefit buyers or sellers as well as other Realtors or colleagues. It is detailed and right to the point. This will certainly give the reader an upper hand to help in this very compet...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Who is better? A buyer who will preview the home for hours at the open house and couple of more visits with his/her agent ORA buyer who has just one private showing and within hours, you have an offer from this buyer?Now what if that offer is TOO LOW?Is that an insult?Here's a POSITIVE spin on th...
By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
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Buying or Selling a House is Really Scary!  Just ask your buyer or seller!  They may not understand what's going on.  What does it mean to "be in escrow?"  "What does it mean that they are "in underwriting?" What happens when there is a request for repairs?  What if the buyer and seller can't agr...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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We are living a 'posting' culture! Anything we click, we want to share it with the world.Now when it comes to posting pictures of the homes you saw and loved's a big 'NO'!Here's a great re-blog from the original post from Janis Borgueta  Facebook - Sharing Photos Too Soon Can Be Compromi...
By Becky Kolb, Sun Lakes Arizona Expert
(ReMax Infinity - The KOLB Team)
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Does anyone ever real own a real estate farm area or market?Some certainly think they do. It makes sense to niche market and many agents, including our team, spend a significant amount of our marketing dollars and time in our active adult communities. But just because we commit to a full page col...
By RealSupport, Inc., - Virtual Real Estate Marketing
(RealSupport Inc.)
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A recent article in Entrepreneur entitled, "5 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Hiring a Virtual Assistant" spoke of the drawbacks of outsourcing. They ranged from not having a clear purpose in mind for your VA, to dealing with training processes and language issues. The 5 listed pitfalls were as fol...