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 ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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... And how you can, too!REALTOR® Shaun Nilsson used only Facebook to close 24 deals in his very first year of business and made over $165,000 in commissions. Impressed?Shaun, the social media wizard behind, joins ActiveRain Community Evangelist Bob Stewart in this sponsored webinar...
By Erin Bates, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
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We all know how important it is to give feedback after showings. While many agents choose not to take the time to do this, we here at Aspen Lane Real Estate, always do. Getting the opinion of the consumer is so important to selling a home.   Now, the normal questions are “how was it priced?, what...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Class 2 RecapThe second class in ActiveRain's 2014 Blogging Boot Camp series focuses on one of the most challenging parts of blogging - picking what to write about! In 'Be Found: What to Blog About So Consumers Find Your Blog,' we dive into what kind of content a ...
By Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate
(Century 21 Liberty Homes)
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MY VERY FIRST REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION Was I nervous of my very first Real Estate transaction?  To say the least!  Real Estate verbiage is a whole different language let alone trying to put that verbiage into use. A spiel doesn’t just come naturally and for a new agent it is hard to say that they ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Some Things Just Don't Add Up. I spent 7 hours in class learning about how to embrace diversity in the real estate industry. I really felt like I already did embrace it but learned there is much more to it than I thought. This class is the prerequisite for getting the NAR certification for At Hom...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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No two days or deals are alike. In fact, when I first heard that no two homes are alike I was amazed. Even if they sit next to each other, how the wind and the sun captures them makes it unique. Once more, I like challenges and this business offers some doozies YOUR DEAL IS SPECIAL What is especi...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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When some people think of luxury they associate the word with a lifestyle of conspicuous consumption, and with being ostentatious, flashy, affected, showy, brazen, flamboyant, and pretentious. This has given luxury a bad name.  For us, luxury is about reaching for the best that life has to offer...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Our team brochure has a new look.  The content was prepared by Marte Cliff, real estate copywriter, and the layout was designed by my marketing department at RE/MAX Executive Realty.  This brochure is four pages and will be included in every pre-listing presentation book that we leave at each mar...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Look Past What Is “If you only look at what is, you might never attain what could be.” Source Unknown As I see it . . . . . . .   Look past what is   What is . . . . is in your past.   What could be . . . . is in your future.   The question becomes . . . . do you want to live in your life in th...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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                 Selling a property that is an estate can be far more challenging than any divorce.   Heirs/Siblings disagree and take on responsibilities that are not it a For Sale by Owner or deciding on the value of contents disposing of it as they choose without consulting others...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Prepare in advance   One simple way to attract attention and have shelf life at the same time, is to do a mailing of a simple postcard to (you decide) 50 100 homes mailed on Thursday so they receive them on Friday, or mailed on Wednesday so they receive them on Thursday.
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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The WHY It Happened Is More Interesting and Sad, Sad. Why would a builder, in this case likely in collusion with the county inspector, deliver a shelter that is clearly dangerous?  Only two causes come to mind. 1.  Money.2.  Incompetence. or both. Reading this post leaves me with an empty feeling...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've been working with "Bob" for a few months now.  We've seen three homes together (he's picky and that's fine) and have a very good working relationship.   He really liked the last home I showed him, so we put in an offer.  It's a short sale, so who knows what's going to happen there.   In the ...
By Christian Penner, Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Palm Beach County Investors Watch Millennials’ Tilt to Apartment Lifestyle West Palm Beach real estate investors come from every kind of background, but all share a common trait: they like to think ahead. For that reason, investors eyeing Palm Beach County apartment building prospects may want t...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
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Do you have time outside of your business to make some extra money? That was the question posed to me when answering the sales call. She was very polite and explained that she was an entrepreneur, just starting out. I told her that, "No, I do not have the time for that." After putting in full day...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Let it be Said That He Done His Damnedest “I always remember an epitaph in a cemetery at Tombstone Arizona. It says: ‘Here lies Jack Williams, He done his damnedest’. I thing that’s the greatest epitaph a man can have.” Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States   As I see it . . . . ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Do you know who said this?   Albert Einstein. And I am proud to say I quote him, in my international speech, also mentioning that Walt Disney imagined considerably because he applied for a loan 300 times before having success in borrowing money to build the magic kingdom. Did you know this? htt...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  A  Focused Life “No Life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.” Source Unknown   As I see it . . . . . . .   A focused life   A focused life is one that’s dedicated and disciplined in reaching a set of standards and objectives.   A focused life is focused the outcome ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Ron and I don't reblog very often.  However, Debbie's post touched a nerve deep in our core values, and we were moved to share her post. In our opinion, it speaks to the heart of the matter and explains why real estate agents are not a highly regarded profession.  Even here in Santa Barbara, wher...
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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Are You Happy With Your Agent? When my clients engage my real estate services, they do so knowing that I am going to be representing them in their property purchase. We become a "team" and they are hiring me as their coach, advisor, fiduciary. That said, there is nothing to keep them from stoppin...