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 Lynn B. Friedman, Realtor - 404.939.2727 ATL BuckheadMidtownWestside
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Serving Clients is our Business - One Day At a Time.)
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Dear Readers - BARBARA TODARO  from Franklin, Mass shares so much good information with us all the time. Her posts are a virtual encyclopedia that I love to keep reading.   This post stimulated a change in our Listing procedures. From now on, for Listings that are vacant, we will add the contract...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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... And how you can, too!REALTOR® Shaun Nilsson used only Facebook to close 24 deals in his very first year of business and made over $165,000 in commissions. Impressed?Shaun, the social media wizard behind CityBlast.com, joins ActiveRain Community Evangelist Bob Stewart in this sponsored webinar...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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ActiveRain Newbies Start Here Congratulations on Joining ActiveRain!Now that you're here, I invite you to learn what it means to be part of this community and how it will grow your business.      You can watch the recordings below or check the ActiveRain University Calendar for upcoming live clas...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've been working with "Bob" for a few months now.  We've seen three homes together (he's picky and that's fine) and have a very good working relationship.   He really liked the last home I showed him, so we put in an offer.  It's a short sale, so who knows what's going to happen there.   In the ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  What Does Life and Riding a Bicycle Have in Common? “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955, German – Born theoretical physicist developed the general theory of relativity    As I see it . . . . . . .   What does life and riding a ...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction Builder Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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You know, like many of you, I have spent many years in jobs that paid the bills, had schedules, were sometimes robotic or mindless, and just didn't do anymore than fill a need.  They weren't meaningful. But in 2009, I discovered my calling and I pray that many many of you can find the one thing t...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   We went on a pre-listing presentation to a very nice luxury  lakefront home....the Seller told us that while she liked and lived with wallpaper in many rooms, she had it removed and the walls neutrally painted.    She wanted our opinion not only of the price but of other things she might due t...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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        Realtors are charged with the responsibility of getting the highest and best price for real estate. These are not decisions that should be left to the unschooled…not the sellers….not the heirs that greedily help themselves to items before the house is shown with furniture in it…..not advi...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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INTRODUCTION:  IT'S ALL ABOUT FOCUS! Identifying and dominating the right niche for your business is a sure-fire route to gain and sustain market leadership.  In this series we will preview a new online video course that we developed as an AGENT TRAINING TOOL FOR BROKERS called Which Niche Can M...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Aw shucks.  The Golden Rule does apply to real estate.  In fact, the percentage of followers is probably similar.  In fact, the ramifications for offenders is likely to be about the same, NOTHING. Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988, helping home buyers in Loudoun County,...
By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
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You have a client who is short about $5000 in reserves to close a loan. They have no family or firends who will loan them the money to close escrow. Wat would you do? 1. Loan them the money - ( Not legal in California for a real estate agent) 2. Find someone to loan them the money 3. Tell them to...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Maximizing the Use of Your Ability “Success in the maximum utilization of the ability that you have .” Zig Ziglar 1926 - 2012, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker and Salesman   As I see it . . . . . . .   Maximizing the use of your ability   We were all blessed with ability . . . . It would...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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You can’t do a high volume business without being organized.  Glance into an office of a high volume producer and notice the working environment.  The end of each day should be complemented by a perfectly cleaned off desk.  Walk through the home of a high volume producer, and you’ll notice that ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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This Easter is an extraordinary time of alignment. It is one of those times when the Gregorian calendar and the Julian calendar are in agreement on Easter dates.   Perhaps this is could signal a new era of unity and cooperation, which includes all religions.  My family (Alexandra) celebrated Eas...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Success Attracts Success “The old saying ‘success breeds success’ has something to it. Success fosters that feeling of confidence that banishes negativity, blasts through procrastination and get you going in the right way.” Aron   As I see it . . . . . . .   Success attracts success   Success c...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Look Fear in the Eye “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” . . . you must do the thing you think you canno...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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Besides selling real estate full with Century 21 Bradley here in Fort Wayne, I (Jared) also mentor newbie agents.  I've always enjoyed teaching, plus it brushes up some of my skills as well.   I decided to write a weekly blog with tips for new agents.  Here is last week's article.   Yesterday I g...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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This is a must watch video from Bob Stewart.  It really shows the importance of Google Plus and how we can leverage this to help with our search results and eventually authorship.  There are still several things in here I intend to do/need to expand on. I would actually recommend relistening to t...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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I know I’ve talked about this a lot lately, but I received a lot of questions and comments, so I’d like to answer a few. Let’s walk through how much one person in your Core is worth per year in GCI. We will start with our assumption of $6,000 in GCI per deal. If four to ten percent of your Core ...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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I hate Zillow, and I refuse to apologize for it. I consider Zillow my archival enemy of real estate. Let me explain... Texas is a non-disclosure state. This means that home values are not disclosed to Zillow. PERIOD. Zillow can use algorithms, mathematical computations and virtual guesses if they...