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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

 
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
(ActiveRain)
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We are pleased to announce major improvements to the Question & Answer site on ActiveRain! The Q&A site is a place where real estate agents and other industry pros can ask their colleagues questions that will help them work smarter and live better. ActiveRain is all about community, and this is a...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(Fathom Realty)
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Lessons learned form a Hall of Fame Goalie - Dominik Hasek - As a huge hockey fan I enjoy watching the Colorado Avalanche play, and I really appreciate the talent at the NHL level.  It amazes me so much how these athletes can fly around the ice at 25 miles and hour, stop or turn on a dime and the...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've read a few blogs recently where the authors have been critical of the way some agents practice real estate.   They're ranting about how inefficient these practices are, how lame they appear to be, and how desperate these agents come across.  Last week I walked in on a new agent on my team.  ...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay." We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people waiting for the plane. An easy and smart way for airline...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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New Home Buyers?  It Pays To Preview. Loudoun County, VA. 800-711-7988. With New Home buyers coming to town in a couple of weeks, I'm preparing them for the market here in Loudoun County by: 1.  Qualifying them to focus zero in on their safe price range.2.  Previewing new home communities with ho...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Getting off Track “I may find yourself getting off tract, but I will never be lost when my life has direction.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . Getting off track   Your success journey may be long . . . . and it ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Top Professionals “I have found that men and woman who got to the top were  Those that did the jobs they had with everything they  had of energy, enthusiasm and hard work.” Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States     As I see it. . . . . . . . Top professionals    You can spot them from...
By Brian C. Aber, Rising Point Solutions
(Rising Point Solutions LLC)
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Contact the Credit Bureaus: ·         TransUnion 1-800-916-8800 ·         Experian 1-888-397-3742 ·         Equifax 800-846-5279 or 866-322-3162 Ask the bureaus to take the accounts out of dispute: ·         Find out a timeline for the accounts being taken out of dispute. If the person you are sp...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
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Who are our Home Buyers Today?    Understanding where our buyers come from helps us develop systems to better understand how to work with a particular mindset.   What do buyers want? What motivates them to buy from us? Figuring out what persuades and motivates potential home buyers is a key facto...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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  Very few Realtors can be successful going after FSBO’s, but Mario has convinced me over the years, he gets many of them converted. A number of times I’ve asked, why are you successful and most fail in this area. So, recently at a get together for lunch I asked, what’s the secret?   I loved his...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Peak Performers Have a Mental Image of Their Results “Peak performers develop powerful mental images of the behavior that will lead to the desired results. They see in their minds eye the result they want, and the actions leading to it.” Charles A. Garfield, Author      As I see it. . . . . . ....
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Make the Most Out of Your Time “Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it,  time runs out.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809 -1894, American Physician, Poet, Professor, Lecturer, Author   As I see ...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Renewing a Commitment to Train New Agents This morning started very early.  It was time to renew my certification to mentor new agents.  I was there with bells on.  The real estate industry can be very financially lucrative, but it has added so much more to my life.  I have the confidence to know...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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A few days ago, I took the CRS course on Business Planning. It was an excellent course and for those who haven't taken it, I highly recommend you do. The premise of the course is very simple. We are a business. If we want to be treated like a business, then we have to act like a business. Sounds ...
By Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Last month I closed a sale that had been one of the more difficult transactions I had this year.  From the moment we placed our offer on the home they had decided on, it was constant issues virtually every other day at some points.  I did the best I could (as we always do) in a tough situation an...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Agent Mastermind: 2015 is Around the Corner... What Will You Do? Yes, you read that right, 2015 is right around the corner! Can you believe it? It's important to plan ahead for the New Year to ensure the success of your Real Estate business. What will YOU do to make sure that 2015 is your most p...
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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If you wonder what buyers are buying houses these days then read the post below by Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689  Bob explains the different groups of buyers and what their chaaracteristics are. I know where I fall in the mix, do you?  Who are our Home Buyers Today?    Und...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Palm Beach County Real Estate Agents Will Demystify the Great Unknown Sports divers know something that’s relevant to a first time home buyer’s decision about whether to enlist the services of a Jupiter real estate agent. A ‘free diver’ (one without SCUBA gear) who descends into dark, unknown wa...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
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  Someone is definitely listening to me! I love when I inspire another to blog.     Read Elyse's post. Then congratulate her on a successful sale within 24 hours of answering her phone. This was on a Saturday night.  This post was inspired by my friend Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland to her po...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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When Sellers Won’t Negotiate: 3 Tips for Palm Beach County Home Buyers Part of the art of listing a Wellington home for sale is to highlight features that will catch eyes in a wide assortment of different groups of prospective buyers. It’s “the more, the merrier”—and very often the ultimate buye...