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 David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
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8 Eye Catching Photography Tricks   Getting great pictures can provide customers with the information they need to make a purchase decision.  At first glance, real estate photography seems to be an easy task. Some real estate agents will take their cell phone out of their pocket and expect to ge...
By Edward Gomez, Credit Score Boost USA
( Credit Score Boost - USA Credit Solutions)
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By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 43
If you are going to respond pro-actively to the ever-changing world we live in, it is important that you sharpen your strategic thinking.   This will help you to outthink your competition.   Take time to reexamine your opinions.  Challenge your own premises, and be open enough to admit you may b...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Comments 7
The Florida Realtors Conference and Trade Expo is August 13-17 in Orlando, FL.  If you are a Florida Realtor, this is a must event!  I treat my team to the conference because it's a great way to keep on top of what's happening regarding Florida Real Estate, to get a sneak peak of new and ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your St. George Area Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 13
Wake up. You're dreaming at $10K over market value! Homes in a hot, new-build community typically do not last long on the market. While doing research on listings, solds, pendings, I also travel to the site, talk to homeowner's and on-site agents to get a broader sense of livability. I wi...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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If you missed our latest crowdsourced webinar, you are going to want to tune in to this!In May, we asked the ActiveRain community how they use social media to help market their business. We wanted to hear from YOU GUYS what fun and unique things you are trying out on social media to engage your c...
By Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 12
In our Keller Williams office I am the Social Media person which means I teach the classes pertaining to Social Media. Each month our office holds a variety of classes on a variety of topics which always include some sort of Social Media, ranging from Facebook to Twitter to Pinterest and so on. O...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Focus on Mastering What’s Most Important to You “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our live.” Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker     As I see it. . . . . . . .   Focus on m...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Half Empty or Half Full   Everybody has heard the saying, do you see the glass half empty or half full a million times or more.  And yet somehow it always comes down to seeing things half empty or half full.  Think about it -- I mean really think about it, again. There is a big difference you kno...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Real Estate Sales Training   How to Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever   First of all so you know I have received the real estate sales forecast for Phoenix Arizona, and other parts of the United States will be the same (read fine print closely) for a very small percentage of agents less than 5% who...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 3
  The Valuable Lessons of Learning From Your Successes “We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it’s more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from mistakes, your inclined to learn only errors.” Dr. Norman Vincent Peale 1885 -1993, Minister and Author ...
By Joy Roussell, Dedicated Realtor
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How many times have to referred a client to a fellow agent and not gotten anything in return? It happens a lot. I feel like it should be just common courtesy. They gave you business. For whatever reason, they gave you a potential client. Potential clients are better than no clients.  Referral fee...
By Kevin Ray, The Agent Accelerator and Wise Investment RE
(The Agent Accelerator)
Comments 62
Come on guys! Real Estate isn't rocket surgery. This will just be a short rant and then I will let you all get back to being productive. One thing that drives me nuts about real estate is agents who are bad at what they do. I can say that about every line of work. If you aren't good at it...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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There are three different laws that protect people from discrimination in real estate transactions including buying and selling property, borrowing and lending money, and the people involved in the transactions. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 is a federal law. It states that discrimination against ...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
Comments 42
Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Class 1 Recap The first class in ActiveRain's 2014 Blogging Boot Camp series is possibly the most important class related to ActiveRain. 'Get Ranked: How to Get Your Blog Ranked in the Search Engines' focuses on giving you the tools and understanding t...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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R E S P E C T.  It worked 100 years when civility was the norm and it still works today. I firmly believe that this trend, language of the extreme, is the result of movies, TV shows and political folks who believe that only shock gets the attention of prospective customers/clients. I disagree.  I...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Continuously Strive to Raise Your Values “Leaders get out front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves and by which they are willing to be judged.” Frederick (Fred) Smith, Founder, Chairman, President, CEO of Fed EX   As I see it. . . . . . . .   Continuously str...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 0
Do you want to increase the net profit of your business? Of course you do. Do you want to do accounting and finances and monthly financials of income statements and budgets and balance sheets? Of course you likely CRINGE at the mention of those. We have a solution. The answer of wanting to incre...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 18
In MD, and VA, the buyer selects. That said, sellers, banks, relo companies. etc. can offer incentives, legal, abstract, title insurance (that's a biggie) to use the seller's selection. From my experience, since most fees are pass-through items the big one, title insurance, is why title c...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Your Imagination Has the Power to Create a Great Future “The great successful men of the world have used their imagination . . . They think ahead and create their mental picture in all it’s details filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit  and that a bit, but steadily – build...