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 Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
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I had a colleague point out that sometimes the leads we get are "D" quality.  They're the ones that enter "Joe Schmoe" for a name and "650-555-1212" as their number.  In my "Six Lists" training, these would be a "C-"!  This consumer wants the information, just without giving you the chance at con...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Lunching With My Peeps!   Dick Greenberg from Fort Collins CO referred a lovely family to me last year looking to relocate to the Phoenix Metro Area. The family included Grandma, her daughter and son-in-law plus two very lively young boys.  The first day I met them we spent an afternoon looking a...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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The Secret to Success with John Maxwell   I am a big fan of John Maxwell, he is not only a very spiritual man but he is also a much respected authority on the subject of Leadership, which I will be touching upon in a few blogs this week.   In the video below John is speaking at the success sympos...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“Giving and Receiving Referrals, One of the topics in our Upcoming Social Media Marketing Seminar”   I set my yearly goals for the number of referrals that I give out to referral partners. I know that most folks will focus on getting referral business, actually we all do, but giving referrals is ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Hello Podcast Fans, How many of you when you hear the name, Feng Shui think of interior design? Our guest today is Laura Cerrano whose modality is Feng Shui Healing. Those who are aware of Feng Shui, most think of this as "interior design", not as a healing modality. Laura opens up the world of F...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Can Measure Ambitious Goals “The value of an ambitious goal is not measured by what it will bring to you. The worth of the goal is measured by what it will make of you in the process of following and attracting it.” Mother Teresa 1910 – 1997, Roman Catholic Religious Sister   As I see it . . ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Things Money Can’t Buy “If all the gold in the world were melted down into a solid cube, it would be about the size of an eight room house. If a man got possession of all that gold–billions of dollars worth – he could not buy a friend, character, peace of mind, clear conscious or a sense of etern...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Is it okay to Have the Headboard Between Two Windows on a Wall?   This is a great qestion. If you have a small space between the walls that allows your bed to be placed and your head does not fall in alignment with the windows, that can be an exception to the arrangment. Feng Shui says to have a ...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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I love this post by Chris Ann Cleland.  She does a great job of describing her definition of motivation and I agree 100%.  This post is great food for thought.  Enjoy... Motivation:  Actions Speak Louder Than Words Motivation is a word that is stuck in my head today.  On any given day I have exam...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Successful People Attract Prosperity “Successful people make money. It’s not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success  to what they do.” Wayne Dyer, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Successful peo...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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Going Above and Beyond a Past Client Needs Help    I had just got home from root canal on my tooth . My whole face was numb . I am not brave when it comes to the dentist ;but this was really not as bad as I had expected . I had just laid down to rest and I received a call from a man who was frant...
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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A Smooth Closing So, you were wondering what can go wrong in a real estate transaction.  (You weren’t, well read on…) We were set to close on a lovely ocean front condo on a Friday with my very happy sellers that were representing their father who had recently moved into assisted living.  The fun...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Grow as Big As Your Dreams “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in a soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through the bad days till they bring th...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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The Clutter Effect on Appraised and Perceived Jupiter Values Whenever you read up on important aspects of selling a home, the word ‘clutter’ keeps popping up everywhere (if you doubt that, just Google “clutter”—this morning, I got 7 ½ million entries!). Most elements that go into selling a home ...
By David Dion
(Solutions Real Estate)
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I Will Not Give Up Any Of My Commission   I have been in real estate for over 10 years, starting with a very successful personal real estate business, then forming The Valley Solutions Team that still closes between 100 - 200 deals per year, and founding Solutions Real Estate, with almost 400 age...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
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I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all ...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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Whether you are buying or selling a home, a real estate contract is going to be involved and will hopefully serve its purpose while keeping you out of trouble. We use a contract to spell out the specific terms of a home sale and purchase, and that means it is a legal document that creates obligat...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(John Marshall )
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Part time jobs that can enhance your real estate career - (New content added, see the last paragraph) I know that it is ideal to be a full time agent when you are selling real estate, however I also know that we do not live in an ideal world and some of the best agents had to continue working a f...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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BROOM CLEAN isn't quite as simple as it may appear to the average consumer buyer or seller. Inspired by "Broom Clean" by Jay Markanich. For clarity, many contracts provide for "Broom clean and free of debris". Just what does it mean and who manages compliance with that clause in the Contract of S...
By Bob Ratliff, RE/MAX-CC, Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
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Advertising new listings and not putting them on the MLS. What is the risk?   When real estate markets become "HOT" and multiple offers are common practice as here in Austin many REALTOR'S® will advertise new listings as "coming soon" prior to listing on the MLS. Many of these homes are escrowed ...