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 Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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The time of the week that you realize that you have listings without title being ordered on them... ALWAYS always always order title the second that the sellers commit to list with you. This may be one of the most important and most responsible things you do in the process of listing, marketing, ...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
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I met with a couple and went over all the issues to be concerned about when selling. Disclosures, certifications, water tests, just to name a few. When I called a couple of days later...I was told by the seller that I was wrong...He didn't have to have the septic certified. Who told you that? My ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Recently While Showing Houses I Noticed  Recently while showing houses I noticed the houses were owned by Real Estate agents .  These facts were not discovered before showing the property.  I discovered ownership either while showing or after .  I am aware in every state Real Estate  laws vary a...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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We have more clients asking for help with Expired Marketing for mailing and calling. See HERE for some of our ideas and systems and see below for discussion.  Watch Video Now - Short 2 Minutes Subscribe to our YouTube videos HERE.   ·FSBO Marketing Plan - We have combined calling and mailing plan...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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Oscar is working with a buyer who is currently under contract to buy 1379 Overthere Blvd. Another Realtor (Betty Bookmark) just listed a home (down the street) that is similar to what Oscars' buyer is under contract for. How do you feel about Betty contacting Oscar to inform him that the home she...
By Kim Norton, YOUR Realtor for Northwest Arkansas!
(Keller Williams Market Pro Realty)
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I've seen several great blogs over the past few weeks on Passion, Enthusiam and First Impressions.  All were good articles that have really made me think and disect my own business and relationships.    Am I genuinley enthusiastic?  Or am I fakey fake enthusiastic -- counterfit? What is the take ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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I was reading Michael Jacobs post yesterday about his progressive journey of decluttering the physical stuff in his life, which led me to thinking about something both Ron and I practice arduously on a daily basis: mental decluttering!   Mental decluttering is taking a few moments several times ...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE SOUL .com books, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too?
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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I have a policy in place that works quite well for many reasons which I will share. First the policy of which I hint at in the title of the posting. In my neighborhood, if you have a Real Estate need, when you come to me, you get the neighbor discount just for being my neighbor. Lucky you and luc...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-It May Be "Smalltown" But Walk-ins still work! When I'm doing business at my "home" office at Fishhawk Lake, most of my biz comes from the internet with the occasional neighbor stopping by. BUT, when I'm at the Vernonia Realty office in Vernonia, we STILL get walk-ins an...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Yesterdays are Cancelled Checks “A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong which is but saying . . . That he is wiser today than yesterday.” Jonathan Swift 1667 - 1745, Anglo-Irish Essayist, Poet and Cleric   As I see it . . . . . . .   Your yesterdays are cancelled...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Angry Agents: What to do?  If you have been in this business for any period of time you have probably run into an angry agent.  Quite often they have been around for a long time and will tell you so immediately.  These are people who have grown up in the days when no agent was your friend, when n...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE SOUL .com books, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too?
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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I have had this happen to me three to five times in my Real Estate career where my client or principal has just as much or more savvy as to what we needed to get done and why as I did. It was awkward for me to have to switch hats from always being on point to carrying out specific instructions re...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Responsibility for Your Tomorrows “You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Abraham Lincoln 1809 - 1865, 16th President of the United States   As I see it. . . . . . . . The responsibility for your tomorrows   Taking responsibility for your life . . . . and for...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
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Today, I was reminded how building strong  client relationships is mutually beneficial. I was on my way to a showing. I was almost there and heard a funny noise coming from the rear of my car. At first, I thought it was a possible flat tire but then I remembered I had just replaced my tires four ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Instructions say two hours notice I am trying to set up appointments for properties Sometimes companies that have these properties listed have appointment centers . That is good I have had wonderful experiences with them . Many times you can set up your appointment on line . This allows you the ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  In the Real Estate Residential Sales Business   Based on several hundred closed transactions I believe the two lease expensive ways to generate potential sellers is: geographical farming and the telephone. And when to do it between 8:00a.m. And 12:00 noon. Click here & see.   Considering I bega...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  First thought comes to mind…   When you read those first words, did the thought go through your mind that you could not do it? Then working on your self-talk would be an excellent priority to begin working on. Maybe the second thought would be to sit alone, where it is quiet, and could you put...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Ultimate)
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    Real estate contract negotiations are like trains - they need to be "kept on track" to move forward. The goal of both the listing agent and selling agent is twofold Guide the transaction to settlement and meet the objectives of both the seller and buyer on a timely basis. Earn the brokerage f...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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An Optimist Will  Go for It “If you are talented, you can really do anything. And if your heart is at the right place and you have the passion for it, you can go for it and do it. Heidi Klum, German Model, Television Host, Businesswoman, Fashion Desirer, Film Producer, Actress   As I see it . . ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  Market conditions are different everywhere...and yes...we do know that "it only takes one" buyer and the house is sold.  For a long time....with a glut of homes on the market, time was better spent in other ways..Sellers less interrupted....and for us...Open Houses....during this time, were "cl...