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 Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
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Get the "Monkey" off Your Back I attended a lecture by Terry Watson recently where we were encouraged to quit carrying around our clients, friends, and family's monkeys.  For instance, if the fascia wood on the exterior of a home was driving away potential clients for one of your listings, all be...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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ActiveRain Gives You the Blueprint for Successful Blogs No two bloggers are going to have the exact same style. In this regard, bloggers are like snow flakes (lame! Be over already winter!) custom hot rods! Each one with their own unique style and approach. But there are cetain kinds of posts th...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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There Are Two Kinds of People  “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” Indira Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister     As I see it. . . . . . . . T...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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A good manager broker has proper controls in place.  But if you have too much control it could be counter productive. With regard to your own clients and your individual business you need to be in control to see that nothing gets derailed. I have found that some owners here in Westchester County ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Fourth Quarter Revenue Compare - Financials I suggest that you take 10 minutes today and compare financial results for the 4th quarter 2014 with the 4th quarter of 2013. Go back and do a rough calculation of your closed deals and closed GCI for 2013 from October through December. Then, do the sa...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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It’s Possible When You Believe It’s Possible “If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that left is a compromise.” Robert Fritz, Author and Management Consultant       As I see it. . . . . . . . It’s possible w...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 The Simple Act of Courtesy “Never underestimate the power of simple courtesy. Your courtesy may not be returned or remembered, but discourtesy will.” Princess Jackson-Smith, writer     As I see it. . . . . . . . Simple act of courtesy   There is power in the act of simple courtesy.   The simple...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Agent Safety While Holding Open Houses   · When putting out your signs, be aware of your surroundings. Watch for strangers and cars. · Dress Professionally; do not wear provocative clothing. Do not wear expensive jewelry or watches. ·    =  Leave your expensive purses and wallet full of credit ca...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Low-Ball Offers / Over-Market Lists . . . The Joys of Being a Realtor® Being inspired today after reading this post by relative new(er) member to Active Rain, Cindy Davis "Your Relationship With Your Realtor" I thought about what she wrote about. Cindy writes about the relationships we have with ...
It's one thing for a job candidate to tell the interviewer how amazing they are. It's another thing for that candidate to be endorsed by a third party. We're all about testimonials - especially video testimonials - when it comes to establishing credibility for our clients. And I'm sure that you, ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Create A Definite Plan to Move You Forward  “Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this into action.” Napoleon Hill 1883 - 1970, America Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker                                            ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Okay, this is something new and different. A few weeks ago I wrote about the value of paying for Buyer Leads, and now I’d like to discuss Seller Appointments. When you do marketing and generate leads, that is only the first step of the process. For example, if you generate 100 buyer web leads, y...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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“I’ll Stay In Touch”…Can Kill Opportunity, if you don’t actually do it! You need a system, you need a dedicated time, and you have to have a plan! I lost 2 Listings in 2014, because I didn't stay in touch enough. I got busy and fell out of my Power Hours routine, it cost me big ($27,000 in commis...
By William Piotrowski
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  Want to Improve your Communication Skills? 1. Listen carefully when others are speaking. Keep your mouth shut – and focus totally on them. 2. Never, ever talk over other people. This is disrespectful – and a real turn off. 3. Even if the person leaves an hour between each word, resist the temp...
By Ron Climer
(Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners)
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           The first ten years of my real estate career, "servicing the listing"  was my most hated job.  One day, I realized that it was not my fault that the house was not selling so I quit "servicing the listing" and started concentrating on getting the seller to reduce the price to a price th...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Landlord 101: Get Over It and Raise It!   Buy & Hold property Management (being a Landlord) is not easy, but it can be profitable and a nice source of residual income. You do have to be nice to people-but not a pushover. It's hard to be non-emotional about decisions and numbers, but to be success...
By Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
(Diverse Solutions Realty
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Arizona Realtors, are you ready for the new H.O.A. Condominium/Planned Community Addendum?   Beginning February 2, 2105 Arizona will have a new/revised HOA Addendum that will be required to be completed for any transaction that involves a homeowners association. The old HOA Addendum was previousl...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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This is a cautionary tale. I am representing the buyer in the purchase of a four story condo that is a bit unconventional in its legal structure.  The property actually is being conveyed via the transfer of two deeds - one for the upper three floors and a second separate deed for the lower level....
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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The truth is time doesn’t change things . . . . you do Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. The Change You Want “They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”  Andy Warhol 1928 - 1987, American Artist and Filmmaker   As I see it. . . ....
By yanni raz
(hml investments)
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What Creates Value in Commercial Real Estate Lending Commercial private lenders such as HML Investments take measured risks when deciding whether to fund a property. Having the knowledge of what exactly creates value in commercial real estate lending allows investors to decide whether or not the ...