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 Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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  Hello & Welcome to the first week of May 2015,   Thank you for taking a moment to read this blog... I am always trying to come up with new ways to help and support my clients business here at Franklin Title Agency through networking, business events, social media, social media support and trai...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 Our listings in MLS have a "private remarks" section directed to agents.  All of our listings include the following sentence:      "Selling agents are required to attend       all showings and inspections in their        entirety."    If, for some unforeseen reason or last minute reason...an age...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
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 Doesn't Will Rogers have it right?  Dogs don't hold grudges.  Dogs are not judgmental.  Dogs are not racists.  Dogs don't usually bite the hand that feeds them.  When days are bad the kisses and the unbridled enthusiasm from our dogs are just what the doctor ordered.
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Curious Mind Will Ask Why“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.”Bernard Baruch 1870 - 1965, American Businessman As I see it . . . . . . . A curious mind will ask why Ask questions . . . . to gather new information that will increase your base of knowledge. Listen to hear . . . . a...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
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 Choose the Wording For Contracts Carefully          Today I'm working on a rather challenging mortgage scenario for new and hopeful applicants ...               There are many elements to this transaction that serve to make it somewhat extraordinary.       But the one thing that's proving the mo...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Researchers Foresee Heightened Residential Sales, DemandResidential sales in Jupiter—in fact, all real estate dealings anywhere—remain the most local of commercial transactions. If your house is in San Francisco, a price spike in suburban Newark is probably of little interest, unless you plan on ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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I like Lou as he posts several interesting quotes and articles. Below is an old post but it still rings true. Ask Six Questions to Solve Any Problem What can I do? Who can help me? What resources do I need? What can I read about the problem? When will I start? What results do I want to achieve? L...
By Richard and Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
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 Stay Mentally PreparedTo  become a successful Realtor, you need to be motivated and stay mentally prepared for the everyday ups and downs of our business. Your mindset is critical to your success.Your attitude is the perception you create about your reality; it determines how you go about your d...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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A Lingering For Sale Sign Has Negative Impact Not all real estate markets are hot even as we approach the increased activity that comes in spring and summer. There is a philosophy that says list it and someone will buy it. Having lots of signs out will cause buyers to call, maybe. Buyers may just...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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I realize the attempt at a great message here in this quote I came across, but just to clarify: As a Business Alliance Leader of 11+ years for our San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, I'll share Networking is also a form of love; a love for doing for others, without knowing if they can always ...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE SOUL.com Books on, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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The word control conjures up someone who dominates when it is first used. That's why an explanation should accompany a request to control. I am speaking about when it comes to purchasing large item products, someone should be on point for many a good reason. Lets start with mitigating confusionAS...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Is Your Thinking Moving You Forward?“It’s easy to come up with new ideals; the hard part is Letting go of what worked for you two years ago,but will soon be out-of-date.”Roger Von Oech, Entrepreneur   As I see it. . . . . . . .Is your thinking moving you forward . . . . or holding you back? Let g...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Degree of Separation of a Winner“Winners have intense desire to succeed. It’s becomes apowerful force in their life to drive them forwardwith the determination that they will succeed.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . ....
By Erik Gruenwald, Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional
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Remind your buyers! There are many obvious things that you should not do to ensure that your loan approval goes smoothly. The larger and more obvious ones would include buying a new car or opening a new credit card. One thing you should keep in mind is to remind your buyers of the small things th...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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In marketing luxury real estate to buyers it is important to tune into the concerns parents may have for living in proximity to the best schools for their children. The more you know about the schools in your marketplace the more able you are to help your clients make the right decision. The righ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Pink Tie Event for the Don Monti Memorial Research FoundationPinkTie.org / Real Estate Professionals Networking for a Cure, was founded by Mike Cave, CEO of 1st Equity Title & Closing Services, after losing his beloved aunt to brest cancer.  PinkTie.org and PinkTie1000’s core mission is to benefi...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 In Wisconsin and we suspect every other state "just fix it" doesn't hold much legal weight when it comes in the form of an email from the Newbie Buyer's agent to the Listing agent.   Whether it is is radon...the chipping paint...the reversed polarity in an outlet ...etc., etc., there is a right...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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Can you send me a photo or short 10-second video of your office desk area? I am sharing some Lead Lessons from a few client case studies this week.Put them all together and the lesson is Stop Wasting Leads. So…when I asked you to send me a photo a few seconds ago, was your reaction of pride to sh...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Tour of Manhattan Architecture with Laura Cerrano During our tour of Feng Shui Hidden Architecture within Manhattan, I had about 10 people participate yesterday morning into the early afternoon for the Jane's Walkers NYC Tours. We walked from Times Square to the Mandarin Hotel and Trump...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Use Your Imagination “All successful men and woman are big dreamers.They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day towards their distant vision, that goal and purpose.”Brian Tracy, Self-help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .Use y...