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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  My Circumstances “My circumstances do not make me what I am, they reveal who I have choose to be.” Dr. Wayne Dyer, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . .   My circumstances   There can circumstances in your life that were the result of outside influences that were be...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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          Can you call yourself Doctor, Lawyer, Realtor if you are not eligible to practice in that state ?   When someone calls for a showing…we verify membership in our MLS with the identification number.  Out of curiousity….for some other professions I looked to see if the person was licensed ...
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
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I want too many times to scream this at others. As many know I was against smart phones because all I saw was people messing with them all the time. As I mentioned in a post a few months ago, I did not want to become one of "them". Now that I have had a smart phone a few months, "I can't imagine ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Make No Mistake.  The listing agent knows precisely what they're doing. Most of those "embarrassing moments" can be avoided.  When you see "call for instructions" for showing a home with a security system, DON'T SHOW THE PROPERTY. Clearly, having an active security system on a listing is a BARRIE...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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  Unless you're trying to generate business for anyone in your company, focus, focus, focus. Smart agents can decide whether they are planning institutional advertising or focused advertising. Institutional advertising is better suited to large companies with wide geographical appeal. Focused adv...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Be Committed and Determined to Succeed “People of mediocre ability sometimes active outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.” George Allen 1918 - 1990, American Football Coach   As I see it . . . . . . .   Be Committed and determ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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         There are service agreements included with a house and rarely outlined for perspective buyers other than the mention of inclusion of a home warranty.  Buyers and sometimes Agents make the assumption if they can see it must be included...or should be...awww Heck...just write it in as an i...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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  Do You Really Think I Would Say That Medical Tape Would Be An Okay Repair For That Hole In The Tub?   You never know what will be said by those that are moving out of an apartment. This can intensify when the move-out is an eviction, or there is extensive damages, or unpaid rents. Tenants will ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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This is a must watch video from Bob Stewart.  It really shows the importance of Google Plus and how we can leverage this to help with our search results and eventually authorship.  There are still several things in here I intend to do/need to expand on. I would actually recommend relistening to t...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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This Easter is an extraordinary time of alignment. It is one of those times when the Gregorian calendar and the Julian calendar are in agreement on Easter dates.   Perhaps this is could signal a new era of unity and cooperation, which includes all religions.  My family (Alexandra) celebrated Eas...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
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The Golden Rule and Seven Immoral Wrongs The Golden Rule: Don’t do unto others as you would not want done unto you. Don't know about you, but being nailed to a cross on a Friday afternoon is not something I would want done to me. The seven immoral wrongs can be reduced to theft. Don't steal. Murd...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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On January 8th, ActiveRain University put Bob Stewart on loan for the first Market Leader Power Hour of the year. Kris Olsen, Market Leader Senior Trainer was the gracious host and contributed some great ideas along the way.The topic was 'Make 2014 the Best Year Ever' and it was based on your res...
By Jimmy Chickey, Las Vegas Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest, Partner in the Jamie Cox Group)
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  This is what ActiveRain is all about - Google Juice!  Here is one way to build Credibility with Google.  In case you missed it, here is the previous Boot Camp Class. I hope you find this information as helpful as I have. Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Bonus Class RecapThis year we hosted our ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Breakdown the Walls of Your Comfort Zone “A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” Dr. Denis Waitley, Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it . . . . ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Enjoy this Gem that I discovered this past week!Don't forget to click on the title above, go to the original blog post and share how much you love the post with a comment.Happy Easter and Have a great week!Bob   Ready you ready to improve your life?   What plans do you have in place to make this ...
By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
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Unless your prospects have rented from you for 5 years, never had a complaint AND paid their rent on time....you probably can not make the statement that your rental prospects would be GREAT TENANTS! A few months ago, I received a phone call from a local real estate agent who thought that the cou...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Over the weekend, I had a client who wrote an offer on a condo. In response to the offer, the listing agent responded with "the unit next door sold for $25,000 more than you're offering, and we have a larger master bedroom"... the intimation, of course, being that they expected us to come up dram...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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  Middlesex Real Estate Council Lunch & Learn On Purchase & Sales Forms.  Attorney Kate Gillespie of the Law Firm Dzialo, Pickett & Allen, P.C.  will present a review and explanation of the Greater Hartford Realtor Association (GHRA) and MiddShore Purchase and Sales Agreement Contract Forms, at ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Ability to Recognize Ability is Priceless “There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.” Robert Half, Founder of a Human Resource Consulting Firm   As I see it . . . . . . .   Ability to recognize ability is priceless   When ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“What Does Your Body Language Say About You?”   My wife has taught me so much over the years about body language and what it means and what it says to others. NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) has long been described as body language.   I’ll share an example, when I get home at the end of a day ...