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 Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 24
  There is no shortage of examples of the Profit Motive gone awry.  While not essential to the cause, a co-conspirator with the profit motive is the idea of Maximizing Profits.  After all, if the goal is to make money, why not make as much of it as possible?  Maximizing profits can have a very da...
By David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
Comments 33
8 Eye Catching Photography Tricks   Getting great pictures can provide customers with the information they need to make a purchase decision.  At first glance, real estate photography seems to be an easy task. Some real estate agents will take their cell phone out of their pocket and expect to ge...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
  Become the Master of Your Time “Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it.” Alan Lakein, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . .   Become the master of your time   Your time ...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 40
Fear is a great motivator!!  It has always been that way for me.  Nothing is taken for granted, and no matter how many awards or how high the rankings may be, anyone can slip away.  There will always be younger people, with more energy and greater talents, who come along and knock you into a “di...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 1
Lou reminds us that all we have is right now to be our very best selves! Do more, grow and learn every day. Thanks Lou!   Love and light, Laura   Become the Master of Your Time “Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time i...
By Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397
(Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net)
Comments 9
Do I need a Realtor® when buying new construction in San Antonio? This seems to be a popular question & I have heard it more frequently lately.  Let's break it down: That friendly model home sales person? WORKS FOR THE BUILDER, not you, representation is FREE & what's better than ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 46
If you are going to respond pro-actively to the ever-changing world we live in, it is important that you sharpen your strategic thinking.   This will help you to outthink your competition.   Take time to reexamine your opinions.  Challenge your own premises, and be open enough to admit you may b...
By JM Padron, ACP, CCIM, CDPE, CRB, Ft. Lauderdale-Doral-Sunny I
(REMAX PREMIER-COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATES)
Comments 1
Does Brand Really Matters?     I'm going to start my article citing Jennifer Walker-Derby a prominent realtor in Atlanta, Georgia:   "No matter how hard I tried, I could not break the $225,000 housing barrier (meaning sellers with homes valued over $225,000 did not trust my “no name brok...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 19
There's a million and one ideas out there on how to win more listing presentations... We are told we need the "must-have" materials to give to our clients.  We're told we have to memorize and internalize numerous scripts on how to get the appointment, ask questions, and close to...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Comments 8
The Florida Realtors Conference and Trade Expo is August 13-17 in Orlando, FL.  If you are a Florida Realtor, this is a must event!  I treat my team to the conference because it's a great way to keep on top of what's happening regarding Florida Real Estate, to get a sneak peak of new and ...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 7
How NOT to Sell a Home With Leased Solar Panels Solar panels are sexy!  Leased solar panels can be an easy option!  But solar panels add an extra layer of scrutiny when buying and selling a home.  Last night included an hour long conversation with someone confused in the process.  This person was...
By Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 14
In our Keller Williams office I am the Social Media person which means I teach the classes pertaining to Social Media. Each month our office holds a variety of classes on a variety of topics which always include some sort of Social Media, ranging from Facebook to Twitter to Pinterest and so on. O...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
Comments 12
If you were to disappear tomorrow, would your real estate business continue to generate income for you? If the answer is no, then you have a job. Would you rather have a business?If you've been thinking about creating a real estate team, this is the class for you. ActiveRain Community Evageli...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your St. George Area Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 14
Wake up. You're dreaming at $10K over market value! Homes in a hot, new-build community typically do not last long on the market. While doing research on listings, solds, pendings, I also travel to the site, talk to homeowner's and on-site agents to get a broader sense of livability. I wi...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
  When You Love What You’re Doing “You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through  the brick walls that are going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you’ll stop at th...
By Colorado Dream House Team, Real People. Real Professionals. Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty DTC)
Comments 21
When it comes time to decide if you really want the property you should have an inspection done. Don’t use a fly-by-night inspector. Use a company or a person that does quality work, has a great reputation, and that you trust. You want to know all the ins and outs of the house and you’re hoping t...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 37
Multitasking is another way of describing how a disorganized person attempts to complete many tasks.  Multitasking in the real estate business is another way of describing “stepping on a grenade.”  Multitasking does not exist.  It’s another name for chaos. Have you ever watched someone “multi-ta...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
  Focus on Mastering What’s Most Important to You “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our live.” Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker     As I see it. . . . . . . .   Focus on m...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
  The Content of What You Say “The basic rule of human nature is that powerful people speak slowly and subservient people quickly - -  because if they don’t speak fast nobody would listen to them.” Brendan Gill, Author   As I see it . . . . . . .   The content of what you say   Same people talk a...
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)
Comments 69
Good Customer Service Means Making It Right If you are in the real estate business then you know that things can go awry and get off track. When it is in your control, do you make it right whenever you can? That is what I try to do. Especially if I have dropped the ball or failed to do some detai...