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 Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 30
  There is no shortage of examples of the Profit Motive gone awry.  While not essential to the cause, a co-conspirator with the profit motive is the idea of Maximizing Profits.  After all, if the goal is to make money, why not make as much of it as possible?  Maximizing profits can have a very da...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 34
  You Will  Come to Mirror the People You Associate With “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better then yours, and you’ll drift in that direction.” Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, CEO        As I see it. . . . . . . .   You will come to...
By Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397
(Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net)
Comments 15
Do I need a Realtor® when buying new construction in San Antonio? This seems to be a popular question & I have heard it more frequently lately.  Let's break it down: That friendly model home sales person? WORKS FOR THE BUILDER, not you, representation is FREE & what's better than ...
By A Timeshare Broker, Inc
(A Timeshare Broker, Inc.)
Comments 2
Here are shortcut links to DVC resale companies' Better Business Bureau Reports. Please note: due to the short longevity of pop-up companies, not all brokerages or marketing companies are listed. We are focusing on reports associated with companies that have a long track record in the DVC res...
By David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
Comments 35
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 Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 29
Is Follow Up Important?     Recently I've made some big ticket purchases and it's been interesting to observe who follows up and who doesn't follow up.  In one particular case I expressed my concerns with the granite  installer while he was  at the house and was told that he'd fol...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
Comments 3
Summer is coming to an end and if you’ve been contemplating on selling your home you might need to think about doing it now. Realtor.com shares some very powerful information when it comes to when it is the best time to sell based on seasons.    According to them 50% of homes are sold during the...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 46
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 Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 10
CORT FURNITURE is a good resource for more than just staging.   Good old Cort.   They are an institution around here.   A few years ago, I had a new home under contract for a family relocating from South America.  It was a great experience.   They wanted their new home to be "move in ready&q...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 20
There's a million and one ideas out there on how to win more listing presentations... We are told we need the "must-have" materials to give to our clients.  We're told we have to memorize and internalize numerous scripts on how to get the appointment, ask questions, and close to...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
  Raving Fans Will Do Business With You “Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet then your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.” Richard Bach, American Writer   As I see it. . . . . . . .   Raving fans will do Business with you   Make a friend of the people you ...
By Brian C. Aber, Rising Point Solutions
(Rising Point Solutions LLC)
Comments 0
Protecting Your Identity   Tip #3   Go to www.dmachoice.org and remove your name from individual Direct Mail Association Member mailing lists.   
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
  Aim High and Set High Goals “No More effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.” Napoleon Hill 1883 - 1970, American Self-Help Author, and Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . .   Aim high and set high go...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
  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...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your St. George Area Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 15
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 Julie Booth, Keeping the parties informed of the escrow process
(Booth Escrow, LLC)
Comments 2
When your buyer purchases with other peoples funds Whether or not your buyer has a lender involved for financing in the transaction, escrow should obtain Third Party Deposit Escrow Instructions from the party making the deposit, before closing the transaction.  Among other things, the instruction...
By Steve Warrene, The Warrene Team - Your Pittsburgh Professionals
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 5
I generally work with buyers.  I'm in the process of putting team together and looking to get back into working the listing side too. I have another agent working with me and we are putting together plans for listings and buyers.  I will be the physical side of the team... dealing with most o...
By Brian C. Aber, Rising Point Solutions
(Rising Point Solutions LLC)
Comments 0
Protecting Your Identity   Tip #4   If you believe you have been a vistim of identity theft then you will want to place an alert on your credit file.     Equifax          1-800-525-6285  or www.fraudalerts.equifax.com TransUnion    www.transunion.com/personal-credit/credit-disputes/fraud-alerts.p...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
  Become the Master of Your Time “Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it.” Alan Lakein, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . .   Become the master of your time   Your time ...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
Comments 4
  Unless you’re a real estate agent you’re probably not used to hosting an open house. Honestly the whole concept can be a little bit weird, you’re letting a bunch of strangers into your own home or you’re visiting the home of a total stranger. This is a weird necessity, open houses are a part o...