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 Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
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  If you practice real estate long enough, eventually you will find yourself working a transaction that falls outside of your immediate stomping grounds. While folks commonly recognize that there are differences in laws and practices in between states, it isn't as commonly understood that there c...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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In 2009, I was blessed to be brought into a new family by a dear friend of mine and I can say without any reservation, it has been a life altering transformation in PAY IT FORWARD. For a guy that came from extremely humble beginnings, I always worked hard and nothing was ever given to me except c...
By Kathryn J., (Rentec Direct-Property Management Software)
(Rentec Direct)
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.......VS.......     I don't think I have spoke to one little girl yet who cannot stop talking about the movie "Frozen"  Although they are chattering about Elsa, Anna and Olaf.   I am totally lost!!   When I think of frozen,   I think of wintertime nightmares in property management.  Frozen pipes...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  December 19, 2015 Now would be a great time to begin today, one or more of these:  Although there are several different ways to operate your residential real estate business we will only discuss three of them here. click here.   First   Open houses. The reason many agents do not like doing this...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Reaching for the Stars “I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might- have-been, by far; for a might have-been, has never been, but a has was once an are.” Milton Berle 1908 - 2002, American Comedia...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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His Wants -  Her Wants - Reality   A  couple was referred to me several years ago by a long time friend/client.  For several years prior to their retirement back east they received automatic email searches for townhomes in Scottsdale. This is what they said they wanted, to be close to their frien...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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We spotted this wine bottle when we were perusing the wine section at Gelson's Market.  From a distance, we both knew that it was a Francis Ford Coppola wine based on the shape of the label symbolizing a piece of cut film.  Mr. Coppola owns several wineries in the wine country, and the Napa loca...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Key is to Take Action “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake ups.” Paul Valery 1850 - 1924, French Poet, Essayist, and Philosopher   As I see it . . . . . . . . The key is to take action   The key is to take action . . . . to make your dreams come true   Dreams and goals witho...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
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REALTORS® Advised Not to Use Drones The National Association of Realtors® advises REALTORS® not to use drones, or UAS, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), until the FAA issues their ruling, which is now not expected until 2017. Currently it’s poss...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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                              "What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk," said the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz?  Courage! I changed my Brokerage Firm from Keller Williams Realty Dallas Metro North in Flower Mound after more than eleven years and moved my ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Path of Your Success Journey “Many a one has succeeded only because he has failed after  repeated effort. If he had never met defeat, he would never have known any great victory.” Orison Sweet Marden 1850 - 1924, American Inspirational Writer   As I see it. . . . . . . . The path of your succ...
By Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, Author of Sell with Soul
(Sell with Soul)
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I was listening to a Dave Ramsey podcast, as I often do, and came across a conversation he had with a new small business owner that really struck me. So much so that I paused my iPod and brought it into my office to transcribe it so I wouldn't miss a word! Here was the conversation (paraphrased):...
By Deborah Laemmerhirt, CT, Ridgefield,Wilton,Greenwich,NewCanaan, Brookfield,Newtown,Roxbury,Bridgewater,Washington,Sherman, Luxury Homes,WaterFront,Equestrian,NewConstruction
(Keller Williams Luxury Homes International)
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Sometimes you just need some time away to refocus and recharge your batteries, but the cost of travelling can be sky-high. Luckily, there are plenty of fun, enjoyable weekend getaways in Connecticut that are an easy drive from New York and many parts of New England that won’t cost you an arm and...
By Harrison K. Long, business, REALTOR , GRI, Broker
(Coldwell Banker Previews, Irvine, South OC)
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Does a Will Cover Everything I Own? No. Generally speaking, your will affects only those assets that are titled in your name at your death. Those assets that are not affected by your will include Life insurance. The cash proceeds from an insurance policy on your life are paid to whomever you have...
By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(Barnett Associates R/E Team)
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In a recent listing transaction, where I was the listing agent on a BECU short sale property, one of the NWMLS rules came into question, NWMLS Rule 101(g) - Short Sale Commissions. When listing and inputting short sales into the MLS I've always put in the SOC as 3% and included remarks stating "S...
By John Cunningham, Helping Phoenix Sellers and Buyers find each other
(eXp Realty)
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*** Before your read my post click here to Search Affordable Phoenix Homes. *** Buying Your First House in Phoenix Arizona - Step 1 Buying Your First House in Phoenix Arizona can be done recklessly or logically; and knowledge is the key to being on the right side of that fence. The first tool you...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
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The primary function of our website is to bring us business. The easiest way to do that is to provide ways for buyers to easily search for properties. While buyers will also find a multitude of other information on the site, the search feature is the big star of our website. There are always exce...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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              Internalize your marketing with these easy tips.       Your website is an extension of you- it is the "honey." It is your digital storefront that shows your past successes and areas of expertise. Most agents send emails, flyers, and postcards to their clients without any call-to-act...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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Am I the Dinosaur in the Real Estate World Today  ?  I was reading an article today and listening to agents talking about not having to meet with clients in person  . Social media devices ,cell phones , texting ,doc u sign this was the way to go .   But I feel it is better to sit down with your c...
By Ranee Bray, Realtor, North West Austin, Cedar Park & Wilco.
(TCP Realty, NW Austin & Cedar Park)
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Consumers today expect more. Just look on Yelp and you will see the high expectations even a local sandwich shop must live up to these days. Adequate service and professionalisim is not necessarily enough to wow clients. Having a satisfied client is great, but is that enough to get you a referral...