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 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 41
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 6
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 Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
(Keller Williams Realty)
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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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 5
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
  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 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 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 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 Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
  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 Kathryn J., (Rentec Direct-Property Management Software)
(Rentec Direct)
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    Most of us love Facebook right?  And I don't know if you have noticed lately but man I am receiving a lot of tests and/or questionnaires lately.  Must be the latest trend!     What type of super hero are you? If you were an animal what would you be? What does your name mean? Which presid...
By Brian C. Aber, Rising Point Solutions
(Rising Point Solutions LLC)
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Protecting Your Identity   Tip #2   Add your telephone number(s) to the National Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222.
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes Homes in Los Angeles Area
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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When purchasing a property should you have the sewer scoped?  That's real estate lingo for running a camera through the main sewer line from house to street.  The idea is to check the plumbing not visible to the naked eye, hence the colonoscopy reference. We don't routinely recommend a m...
By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
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If you attended yesterday' Tuesday s Tune-Up you know that I offered everyone access to my "Ultimate Scenario" document. The EXACT form I use during the my Initial Client Appointments. If you're not familiar with it...it's a 3 page form that will help you better understand y...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 2
Fair Housing: Things You May Not Know, But Should! I remember when I was the broker of a large real estate company and I got that dreaded phone call from a Federal Fair Housing Auditor with the message, "One of your sales associates has violated a Fair Housing law." Wow! That hit hard!...
By Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate
(Century 21 Liberty Homes)
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This Mililani Patio Home (one story attached townhouse) took a little while to sell but gosh darn did it sell to a worthy VA Loan Buyer. You see, my sellers were VA Loan Buyers as well 6 years ago. They were just happy that they could move on. They were the most kind and loving family that would ...
By PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company
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It’s becoming a seller’s market, and both you and your homebuyers are feeling the squeeze. According to the National Association of Realtors, the one key factor that has held back home sales as of last year and early this year was simply the lack of inventory. But, we have exciting news: Your lis...
By David Karp, Woodstock, Marietta GA Real Estate
(Peachtree Realty Group, LLC)
Comments 2
Once, as I was showing homes to an eager couple looking to buy their dream home in a Northern suburb of Atlanta, we stumbled upon a Seller that was obviously or (obliviously) not schooled in what to do for Buyer's showings. We had made the necessary 24 hour advance appointment as required, so...