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 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 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 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...
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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People Want to Feel Important  “Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying ‘make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.”Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics As I see it . . . . . . . People want to feel important Life is about making the ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 A Defined Goal . . . .“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, learn about them, or even seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will besharing the adventure...
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 Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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The Elephant in the Room Have you ever been sitting with a client and your gut told you to ask something, but you just couldn't quite get the words out? This often the case when you are afraid a question will make someone uncomfortable. However, those uncomfortable questions are critical to get ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Anna Banana Q. 4. U. Yesterday I got an interesting email from a long time client/friend.  She's having a problem with her adjoining neighbor and asked for some advice.  I welcome my clients questions no matter how long ago they bought or sold a house from us. They know I'm their 'go-to' source ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Continuously refining your marketing message and luxury real estate brand esthetics is an important part of staying on the leading edge.    Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Apple 5th Avenue Store in New York  Photo ©Phakimata  It is tempting to dilute your position as...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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If You Make a Mistake Correct It“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.”Confucius 551 BC – 479, Chinese Teacher, Editor,Politician and Philosopher   As I see it. . . . . . . .If you make a mistake correct it  The person that makes a mistake and doe...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Opportunity to Create a Happy Ending “Every day is a day . . . . to where you have an opportunity to create a new happy ending.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . .The opportunity to create a happy ending Today is ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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About 3 months ago, my buyers were vying for a highly desirable piece of property that came on the market.  The condo was bee-yoo-tee-ful.  It fit our parameters, room count, room sizes, quality, etc... very nice.We didn't move as quickly as I would have liked.  We waited a few days before writin...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Breakthrough is the Result of Determined Effort“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.”Dale Carnegie, Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .A breakthrough is the resu...
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 Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Hello & Welcome to the third 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 and train...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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There are some fantastic real estate agents in this world. And there are many really good ones. But there are some bad apples. The list is endless.  Agents fail to protect a homeowner's rights. Agents misrepresent themselves. Agents solicit clients that already have representation. Agents don't r...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
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Melissa Zavalla has some great tips/ideas for those who can't think what to say, but know they need to blog. I would add something to her list - write about local events and local attractions. Whether it's an annual event, like a watermellon seed spitting contest, or an attraction like a pumpkin ...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
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As a coach, there’s nothing I like better than seeing a new client come into my office with energy, enthusiasm, and real motivation. These clients are my favorites—first, because that kind of outlook is contagious, and second, because a motivated client is sure to succeed. Right? Well, no, not a...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Today’s Word with John Maxwell is RelentlessI absorb a lot of advice every day in my pursuit to be the best that I can be.Some of this advice comes from friends in the rain, some from people in my office, some from leaders and teachers around the world.Today I will share a little advice from a we...