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 Christian Penner, Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Palm Beach County Investors Watch Millennials’ Tilt to Apartment Lifestyle West Palm Beach real estate investors come from every kind of background, but all share a common trait: they like to think ahead. For that reason, investors eyeing Palm Beach County apartment building prospects may want t...
By Nikesh Parekh, CEO of ActiveRain, EVP at Market Leader
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Most bloggers are seeing tremendous changes in traffic to their blog posts due to changes in the Google Algorithm, most recent being the Google Hummingbird update.  Here is a quick SEO analysis of three blog posts on ActiveRain and how traffic has varied dramatically based on the quality of the c...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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... And how you can, too!REALTOR® Shaun Nilsson used only Facebook to close 24 deals in his very first year of business and made over $165,000 in commissions. Impressed?Shaun, the social media wizard behind, joins ActiveRain Community Evangelist Bob Stewart in this sponsored webinar...
By Erin Bates, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
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We all know how important it is to give feedback after showings. While many agents choose not to take the time to do this, we here at Aspen Lane Real Estate, always do. Getting the opinion of the consumer is so important to selling a home.   Now, the normal questions are “how was it priced?, what...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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    Lou Ludwig wrote a post this morning titled “Making Money” and I thought I’d share my thoughts on this topic.  The greatest mistake any real estate agent can make is to focus on money.  We often hear people talking about the “big bucks” we make, and this often becomes the main goal of newly l...
By Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate
(Century 21 Liberty Homes)
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MY VERY FIRST REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION Was I nervous of my very first Real Estate transaction?  To say the least!  Real Estate verbiage is a whole different language let alone trying to put that verbiage into use. A spiel doesn’t just come naturally and for a new agent it is hard to say that they ...
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)
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Some Things Just Don't Add Up. I spent 7 hours in class learning about how to embrace diversity in the real estate industry. I really felt like I already did embrace it but learned there is much more to it than I thought. This class is the prerequisite for getting the NAR certification for At Hom...
By Roy Kelley
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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Meth Labs in Abandoned Homes:  What do you disclose to home buyers?   As we enjoy the spring season, many of us turn our thoughts to spring cleaning.  Spring cleaning makes our homes look better and creates a more positive and refreshing environment for our families. Spring cleaning is mandatory ...
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 PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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  The "Keep Your Clients Away From Zillow" Webinar is tomorrow April 16th08:00 AM-08:30 AM PST Register10:30 AM-11:00 AM PST Register Keep your clients away from: The listing agent down the street This weekend’s Open House Zillow Seller’s Corner will help you: Reconnect with your existing databa...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Our team brochure has a new look.  The content was prepared by Marte Cliff, real estate copywriter, and the layout was designed by my marketing department at RE/MAX Executive Realty.  This brochure is four pages and will be included in every pre-listing presentation book that we leave at each mar...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Paying Positive Attention to People “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.” Tom Peters, American Author, Writer on Business Practices   As I see it . . . . . . .   Paying positive attention to people   Paying positive attention to a chil...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Your Life Becomes a Habit “The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist, and Philosopher   As I see it . . . . . . .   Your life becomes a habit   You train yoursel...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Do you know who said this?   Albert Einstein. And I am proud to say I quote him, in my international speech, also mentioning that Walt Disney imagined considerably because he applied for a loan 300 times before having success in borrowing money to build the magic kingdom. Did you know this? htt...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've been working with "Bob" for a few months now.  We've seen three homes together (he's picky and that's fine) and have a very good working relationship.   He really liked the last home I showed him, so we put in an offer.  It's a short sale, so who knows what's going to happen there.   In the ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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When some people think of luxury they associate the word with a lifestyle of conspicuous consumption, and with being ostentatious, flashy, affected, showy, brazen, flamboyant, and pretentious. This has given luxury a bad name.  For us, luxury is about reaching for the best that life has to offer...
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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Are You Happy With Your Agent? When my clients engage my real estate services, they do so knowing that I am going to be representing them in their property purchase. We become a "team" and they are hiring me as their coach, advisor, fiduciary. That said, there is nothing to keep them from stoppin...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Let it be Said That He Done His Damnedest “I always remember an epitaph in a cemetery at Tombstone Arizona. It says: ‘Here lies Jack Williams, He done his damnedest’. I thing that’s the greatest epitaph a man can have.” Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States   As I see it . . . . ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Ron and I don't reblog very often.  However, Debbie's post touched a nerve deep in our core values, and we were moved to share her post. In our opinion, it speaks to the heart of the matter and explains why real estate agents are not a highly regarded profession.  Even here in Santa Barbara, wher...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Look at Your Life as a Great Adventure “One way to get the most out of your life is to look upon it as an adventure.” William Feather 1889 – 1981, American Publisher and Author     As I see it . . . . . . .   Look at your life as a great adventure    As in any great adventure it’s the journey t...