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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Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Class 1 Recap The first class in ActiveRain's 2014 Blogging Boot Camp series is possibly the most important class related to ActiveRain. 'Get Ranked: How to Get Your Blog Ranked in the Search Engines' focuses on giving you the tools and understanding to get your b...
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  What Does Life and Riding a Bicycle Have in Common? “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955, German – Born theoretical physicist developed the general theory of relativity    As I see it . . . . . . .   What does life and riding a ...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction Builder Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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You know, like many of you, I have spent many years in jobs that paid the bills, had schedules, were sometimes robotic or mindless, and just didn't do anymore than fill a need.  They weren't meaningful. But in 2009, I discovered my calling and I pray that many many of you can find the one thing t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Taking Control “Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.” Aldons Huxley 1894 - 1963, English Writer   As I see it . . . . . . .   Taking control   Taking control . . . . of the conditions in your life is taking control on how the conditions will a...
By Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
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At a listing presentation; when do you talk commission? You have made it to a listing presentation but there is this elephant in the room. Some agents try to dance around the elephant while others pretend not to see it at all. The Elephant has a name; commission. The Seller only hears blah, blah,...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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INTRODUCTION:  IT'S ALL ABOUT FOCUS! Identifying and dominating the right niche for your business is a sure-fire route to gain and sustain market leadership.  In this series we will preview a new online video course that we developed as an AGENT TRAINING TOOL FOR BROKERS called Which Niche Can M...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Intelligent people stay in Toastmasters for years   Unfortunately 70% of people complete their competent communicator manual (10 little five to seven minute speeches) and they quit Toastmasters. Not knowing there are 15 advance manuals, there are competitions you can compete in, and such is the...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Success Attracts Success “The old saying ‘success breeds success’ has something to it. Success fosters that feeling of confidence that banishes negativity, blasts through procrastination and get you going in the right way.” Aron   As I see it . . . . . . .   Success attracts success   Success c...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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I received this quote today “Let no one out prepare you,” by David Brooks 1991 World Champion of public speaking in Toastmasters. When you hear something as simple as this from someone who was the WORLD CHAMPION of public speaking in Toastmasters, it can cause a person to “THINK” when it comes to...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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Our friend Alan May makes a very good point here.  You never know who's watching or listening, so why not be your best all the time? I've had many referral from Facebook acquaintances that I've never talked with or interacted with, but they watched me and liked my style.   Good stuff here Alan!  ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Aw shucks.  The Golden Rule does apply to real estate.  In fact, the percentage of followers is probably similar.  In fact, the ramifications for offenders is likely to be about the same, NOTHING. Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988, helping home buyers in Loudoun County,...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Your Disposition Changes Your Position “It’s not your position in life; it’s the disposition you have which will change your position.” Dr. David McKinley   As I see it . . . . . . .   Your disposition changes your position   It’s not your station in life . . . . that makes you who you are . . ...
By Tarris Rogers, Bend Oregon Real Estate
(Becky Breeze & Company Real Estate)
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You Only have One First Time My first experience as a real estate agent came when I received a call in my office from a gentleman who had a gruff, smoky voice.  He said he wanted to take a look at a lot that our office had listed.  The parcel was located about 30 miles from my office in an area t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Maximizing the Use of Your Ability “Success in the maximum utilization of the ability that you have .” Zig Ziglar 1926 - 2012, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker and Salesman   As I see it . . . . . . .   Maximizing the use of your ability   We were all blessed with ability . . . . It would...
By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
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You have a client who is short about $5000 in reserves to close a loan. They have no family or firends who will loan them the money to close escrow. Wat would you do? 1. Loan them the money - ( Not legal in California for a real estate agent) 2. Find someone to loan them the money 3. Tell them to...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  How is your attitude today?   We take care of our body (hopefully) with a form of exercise on a regularly basis. Hopefully we are eating healthier than we did in the past. We take care of our home so the landscaping looks nice, keeping our home clean, keeping our gas tank ½ full minimum, and th...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Doing More Successfully Creates Freedom “You begin to free yourself once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open you to do more.” Robert Collier 1885 – 1950, American Author, Self-Help, New Thought Metaphysical   As I see it . ....
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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You can’t do a high volume business without being organized.  Glance into an office of a high volume producer and notice the working environment.  The end of each day should be complemented by a perfectly cleaned off desk.  Walk through the home of a high volume producer, and you’ll notice that ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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This Easter is an extraordinary time of alignment. It is one of those times when the Gregorian calendar and the Julian calendar are in agreement on Easter dates.   Perhaps this is could signal a new era of unity and cooperation, which includes all religions.  My family (Alexandra) celebrated Eas...