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 Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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Have you ever been given someones' business card and when you went to meet them in person they looked nothing like the picture on their card?   Unfortunately it happens all the time! This is especially true for women who tend to change their look, style, hair color, etc... more often but definite...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Class 3 RecapAfter writing a blog post, so many bloggers feel like they can just sit back and hope people find their content (or, as we like to call it, "post and pray"). If you've been blogging for a while now, you know that creating your content is only just the...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
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Crossing the FINISH LINE to SUCCESS! Is it enough to say you were in the running? No way! There is a reason clients picked you to help realize their real estate goals, they have put their trust in you to lead the way. Due diligence and staying the course plays a key part in being successful and w...
By Bryan Robertson, Innovator, Writer, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
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Innovation is a wonderful concept. Anyone can innovate.  Good ideas can come from anywhere at any time. In real estate and most other industries, the greatest innovations eventually serve the same thing.  Do you know what it is? As it turns out, not every idea is a good one.  Through trial and er...
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 with Century 21 Bradley here in Fort Wayne, I (Jared) also mentor new agents.  I enjoy the challenge and love to see the "newbies" succeed.  I decided to write a series of blogs with tips for new Realtors.     Your broker isn't going to make you a success.  It's up to ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Seeds You Plant “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 – 1894, Novelist   As I see it . . . . . . .   The seeds you plant   The real estate business is one that if you expect to reap a harvest . . . . You have to plant the...
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 Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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We all make mistakes; even the best Sacramento real estate agent can make a mistake because we are human. Nobody is a robot -- even if I do have to talk like one to get my stinkin' cell to understand what I'm saying half the time. But the solution to making a mistake is to deal with that mistake ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  You Have Greatness Within You “I discovered this simply truth – that you have been designed with greatness for your success right within your DNA.” Asara Lovejoy, Expert in the mind and body science; Author of The One Command     As I see it . . . . . . .   You have greatness within you   Your ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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Think about this You have never been to Toastmasters, you have wanted to go for a few years, and you have no need to become a public speaker. Did you know there is NO fee to visit? Did you know you can visit as many times as you like with no fee? Have you ever heard anything negative about Toastm...
By Dustin A. Peters, Your "Northend & Gardens" Contact in Ocean City!!!
(Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty)
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"Professional Standards Procedures Seminar" ... Ocean City, New Jersey The Ocean City Board of Realtors held a workshop with Facilitator, Diane K. Disbrow, who has had an ongoing relationship with our participants over a good many years.  Those invited to the workshop were members of the Grievenc...
By Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
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At a listing presentation; when do you talk commission? You have made it to a listing presentation but there is this elephant in the room. Some agents try to dance around the elephant while others pretend not to see it at all. The Elephant has a name; commission. The Seller only hears blah, blah,...
By Dana Hollish Hill, Vice President & Associate Broker
(Buyer's Edge Company, Inc.)
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My First Experience Buying A Home With An Exclusive Buyer's Agent   My husband and I were growing out of our one bedroom apartment. It was a fourth floor walk-up with great parking in a great location. It was probably the wedding presents that really tipped the scale. So many new and amazing kitc...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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       One of our pet residential or commercial real estate is when an agent "MUST be Present" during showings.  To us, most homes and/or buildings are not that difficult to explain. Special features can be well illustrated in a brochure.     Having a listing agent, look over your sh...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Doing More Successfully Creates Freedom “You begin to free yourself once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open you to do more.” Robert Collier 1885 – 1950, American Author, Self-Help, New Thought Metaphysical   As I see it . ....
By Christian Penner, Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Buying a home in West Palm Beach is sort of a modern day adventure. At first there’s the intrigue of figuring out the advantages and disadvantages between the neighborhoods and listings competing for your attention; then there are all the challenging, sometimes exhausting—then, ultimately, exhil...
By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
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In case you missed this webinar from Bob.  He always has great tips and good reminders, even if you have been blogging for a while.  He is a goldmine of information. Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Class 3 RecapAfter writing a blog post, so many bloggers feel like they can just sit back and hope...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
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Here’s a great script from IXACT Contact partner and real estate trainer Bruce Keith. If you feel like you’re not able to properly close the loop on the referrals you get, this blog post from Bruce will help! Make sure that each time you get a referral, you add the contact to your real estate con...
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...
By Kathryn J., Rentec Direct-Property Management Software
(Rentec Direct)
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I have a pleasure of working for a web-based property management software and tenant screening company where we manage everything via phone and computer.  For some of you out there you manage your business and day to day tasks with your cell phones. No longer do you need to sit behind a desk wait...