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 Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
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Get the "Monkey" off Your Back I attended a lecture by Terry Watson recently where we were encouraged to quit carrying around our clients, friends, and family's monkeys.  For instance, if the fascia wood on the exterior of a home was driving away potential clients for one of your listings, all be...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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There Are Two Kinds of People  “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” Indira Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister     As I see it. . . . . . . . T...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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ActiveRain Gives You the Blueprint for Successful Blogs No two bloggers are going to have the exact same style. In this regard, bloggers are like snow flakes (lame! Be over already winter!) custom hot rods! Each one with their own unique style and approach. But there are cetain kinds of posts th...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 The Simple Act of Courtesy “Never underestimate the power of simple courtesy. Your courtesy may not be returned or remembered, but discourtesy will.” Princess Jackson-Smith, writer     As I see it. . . . . . . . Simple act of courtesy   There is power in the act of simple courtesy.   The simple...
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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Low-Ball Offers / Over-Market Lists . . . The Joys of Being a Realtor® Being inspired today after reading this post by relative new(er) member to Active Rain, Cindy Davis "Your Relationship With Your Realtor" I thought about what she wrote about. Cindy writes about the relationships we have with ...
It's one thing for a job candidate to tell the interviewer how amazing they are. It's another thing for that candidate to be endorsed by a third party. We're all about testimonials - especially video testimonials - when it comes to establishing credibility for our clients. And I'm sure that you, ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Create A Definite Plan to Move You Forward  “Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this into action.” Napoleon Hill 1883 - 1970, America Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker                                            ...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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“I’ll Stay In Touch”…Can Kill Opportunity, if you don’t actually do it! You need a system, you need a dedicated time, and you have to have a plan! I lost 2 Listings in 2014, because I didn't stay in touch enough. I got busy and fell out of my Power Hours routine, it cost me big ($27,000 in commis...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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The truth is time doesn’t change things . . . . you do Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. The Change You Want “They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”  Andy Warhol 1928 - 1987, American Artist and Filmmaker   As I see it. . . ....
By Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
(Diverse Solutions Realty
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Arizona Realtors, are you ready for the new H.O.A. Condominium/Planned Community Addendum?   Beginning February 2, 2105 Arizona will have a new/revised HOA Addendum that will be required to be completed for any transaction that involves a homeowners association. The old HOA Addendum was previousl...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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A good manager broker has proper controls in place.  But if you have too much control it could be counter productive. With regard to your own clients and your individual business you need to be in control to see that nothing gets derailed. I have found that some owners here in Westchester County ...
By JM Padron, CCIM, CDPE, CRB, Ft. Lauderdale-Doral-Sunny I
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Should Staples and Office Depot Merge?   Staples    Staples, Inc. is a large office supply chain store, with over 2,000 stores worldwide in 26 countries. Based in Framingham, Massachusetts, United States, the company has retail stores serving customers under its original name in Australia, Austri...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Stretch Yourself to Succeed “Goals need to be configured to stretch us, but not to break us.”  Kent Krive, Success Coach   As I see it. . . . . . . . Stretch for success . . . .   Stretch out of the status quo . . . . and stretch to  reach for the brass ring.   The brass ring will seem to be out...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Winners Define Their Goals . . . . “The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, learn about them, or even seriously consider them as believable or  achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharin...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Giving Back Ten years ago I was approached with the idea of creating a networking group.  I thought to myself, "Interesting idea."  Having never done this type of thing I figured, "Why not?!"   Ten years ago Phoenix was in a booming housing economy and business was being handed to us and the phon...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Agent Safety While Holding Open Houses   · When putting out your signs, be aware of your surroundings. Watch for strangers and cars. · Dress Professionally; do not wear provocative clothing. Do not wear expensive jewelry or watches. ·    =  Leave your expensive purses and wallet full of credit ca...
By Lynn B. Friedman, Timesaving Strategies for Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- Concierge Service)
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Dear Readers - Anna Kruchten from Phoenix AZ shares her wisdom with us on ActiveRain with every post. Here she discusses a dilemma that occurs frequently. How does one greet a person calling and asking about property - being welcoming on the one hand and finding out if they are represented on the...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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The Link Between Personal Space & Business Success Organization of any kind comes easy to some and not so easy to others. Most real estate agents are juggling many different clients at one time and find it hard to think about organizing anything other than their time to manage their clients. But...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    When we have a legal question in our practice that involves a  subject likely to be repeated....we query more than one source.  As we have said before...if there was  just one legal opinion there would be one lawyer. While many people might view that as a good thing...that is not reality.   ...
By JM Padron, CCIM, CDPE, CRB, Ft. Lauderdale-Doral-Sunny I
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The JM Padron Team,  P.A. Training & Couching     Background JM Padron has been in Residential & Commercial Real Estate for over eleven years and currently owns three RE/MAX Franchises in South Florida: RE/MAX Premier Associates in Weston, RE/MAX Premier Associates in Sunny Isles Beach and RE/MAX...