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 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 Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Can Objects Really Change The Energy of Your Home, Office Space and Life? Some say objects in Feng Shui are just "Knick-Knacks." They are said to be inanimate objects that the Eastern world uses as symbols to represent protection, wealth and harmony and Westerners took the objects and coined them...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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It's Ridiculous to Have all 5 Elements in Every Single Room Of Your HomeThis was a comment I read in an article not to long ago on the topic of Feng Shui (Environmental Psychology). "It's ridiculous to have all 5 elements in every single room of your home." Looking to the Five elements theory in ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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As a luxury real estate marketing professional, if you make it easy for your clients to work with you and you make it easy for them to refer you, you will see a dramatic increase in business. Ease is the antidote to stress and it accelerates word-of-mouth advertising. Virgin Airlines understands ...
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 Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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Many aspiring real estate agents are excited for the opportunity to earn their license, and may be tempted to "jump the gun" before their license is issued.  Don't make the mistake of performing licensed real estate activities before you are licensed.  Instead, focus on the things you CAN do to p...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Greatest Resource“Your time comes your way just one time . . . . and has that time come into your life it passes at the same rate of speed not matter how you use it. It not a renewal resource and when its gone, its gone forever. Many things in your life can be replaced. . . . time can not. T...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Selling Rural Land?  Learn to Read and Write Property Legal Descriptions We work with a lot of Real Estate Agents in evaluating, finding and helping sell forestland and one of my pet peeves has always been a lack of proper training my most professionals in writing proper legal descriptions. A pr...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Make Your Choices Wisely “Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends your choose for  you will become like them.”W. Clement Stone 1902 - 2002, Insurance Executive, Philanthropist, Self-Help Author       As I see it. . . . . . . . Make your choices wisely ...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Isn't it important that we talk about the RIGHT PRICE and current market to our sellers on a regular basis - specially when there is no activity at all?Here's a great post from Denise Lones on how to bring the elephant in the room! The Elephant in the Room Have you ever been sitting with a client...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Pamela Seley,  shared a post some time ago that still can be used today. There are many useful ideas that can & should be used to further help guide your next real estate transaction. Use these suggestions as a starting point and customize further to your own specific situation. Thanks for sharin...
By Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
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There is no such thing as business ethicsEvery week, Bill Wright, the broker/owner of RE/MAX Executive Realty, sends out an email entitled, "Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction For the Week Ahead". What a great way to start the week!With Bill's permission, I am reposting the email that he se...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Some Obvious Suggestions That Can make a Difference   Please take a moment to visit the original blog and leave a comment. What Do Sellers Have Control Over? Virtually Staged Studio Apartment Location? No Room Count? No Square Footage? No Floor? No View? No Building Amenities? No What sellers act...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Beware of Unlicensed Contractors During the course of working on a contract for my client (seller) I happened upon an interesting scenario and feel it wise to relay to the public.  I've listed a home for sale that has had a lot of repairs and upgrades recently.  He has been diligently working on ...
By James Hoff
(Bullock Russell Real Estate Services)
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WARNING!!! If you are the kind of agent that wants to "edge out" the competition when writing offers on a very sought after home and you are advising your clients to write a non-contingent offer when they still have a house to sell ... you better be ready to take out your checkbook. There is ABSO...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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Where’s the Buy Button? Are consumers confused about at which websites they should be searching homes? Agent websites are designed with niches in mind, specific locations. Are there too many sites for consumers to keep track? Is one national site the best for home buyers to start their home searc...
By Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC
(The Corcoran Group)
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What Do Sellers Have Control Over? Virtually Staged Studio Apartment Location? No Room Count? No Square Footage? No Floor? No View? No Building Amenities? No What sellers actually have control over Price: Nothing matters more than the initial list price. Buyers and buyers’ brokers are very tuned...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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      Hello & Welcome to the final week of April 2015,   Thank you for taking a moment to read this email... 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 an...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Are You a Niche Master or Jack of All Trades, Master of None?For most of my young adult life, I bounced from job to job, never really finding where I was really supposed to be. I came to realize that what I was good at was sales and marketing...a skill, but not a NICHE. I often felt like a Jill-o...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Is the 2nd Time Around the Charm? Yes sometimes the 2nd time around can be the charm! Several weeks ago I wrote a post about a couple that moved to the Phoenix Metro Area from back east. They bought a home, site unseen from an agent they didn't know. The home was on the opposite side of town that...