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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

 
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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We binged Breaking Bad a few months ago. If you haven't seen the show yet, it was a tremendous series featuring science teacher Walter White who, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, decided to take on a less than traditional way to provide for his family in his death. The characters are well dev...
By Tom Priester, Paradise Sharks Real Estate
(Paradise Sharks Real Estate)
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Real estate is a team sport and you better have the right team   If you are going to be doing real estate of any kind, the one thing that will make or break the transaction is teaming with the right Realtor. You must find one whose passion is the customer and helping them meet their goals. They a...
By Spirit Messingham, Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
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You’re often too busy to spend the time you’d like staying connected with your online community, sharing content and engaging with followers. But you know it’s an important part of your marketing, sales, and lead generation. How can you save time? Here’s how some of the busiest people we know tac...
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 Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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Being Transparent ~ Let Them See Who You Really Are! Today as I met with my networking group, we were discussing the character attributes that we value and hope our clients can clearly see.  I wrote that one of my character attributes is transparency.  Allowing others to see who you really are is...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Doing What’s Right is a Choice “There is always a choice to do what’s right.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . . Doing what’s right is a choice    You make choices everyday . . . . some small . . . . and some that...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Control . . . . of the Things in Your Life  “Life just doesn’t hand you things. You have to get out there and things happen. That’s the exciting part.” Emeril Gagasse, Chef   As I see it. . . . . . . . Take control . . . . of the things in your life . . . .   Success doesn’t happen in a vac...
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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 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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Actions Will Define You “Do you want to know who your are. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 1826, Founding Father and Third President of the United States, Principal author of the Declaration of Independence   As I see it . . . . . . . . Your actions will ...
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Maintain Your Composure Under Pressure “Pressure makes diamonds.” General George Patton 1885 – 1945, General United States Army General   As I see it . . . . . . . Maintain your composure under pressure    You are very much like a diamond . . . . and your true self will be molded under the press...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Stretch Yourself Beyond Your Limits “No matter how many goals you have achieve, you must set your sights on a higher one.” Jessica Savitch 1947 – 1983, American Television Broadcaster, News Reporter   As I see it . . . . . . .  . Stretch yourself beyond your limits   Set your sights high . . . ....
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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 When working with tenants – this is how I win EVERY TIME!   That is correct! And you can watch the link here now and see how simple it is. Then too I have always been a type of person who if I was not winning, I was looking every day, and thinking every hour just how I would move to the next lev...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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      In Wisconsin, there is a specific window of time written in an offer to purchase during which the Buyer(s) will do their home inspection and any other testing that they name in the offer...most usually a radon test.  The homes are occupied with families...children, pets etc.      With divor...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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At the beginning of the month, when Grant Schneider first announced his March contest, asking us what we had stopped doing in 2015 I was a bit flummoxed - after all, the year was just underway. But, his question was beautifully timed since it made me think: what had I stopped doing? And in the la...
By Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience
(Momentum Realty)
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I know there are still those folks who are not interested in being on Facebook. I get it. Yes, face-to-face relationships are the bread and butter of the service industry. In the past 24 hours, however, I have used Facebook in so many ways that are about face-to-face relationships, that I thought...
By Vern Eaton, Realtor 320-630-6995
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I know we all fall prey on this subject.   Giving free advice to friends and neighbors only to have them maybe disagree but call someone else to list their home or help them purchase. Bill does something that many of wish we could, BUT then takes the advantage and turns the tables and gets referr...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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After my recent post on overlapped schedule and conversation with the listing agent, this title intrigued me! Here's a re-blog of great post from Hannah Williams - who did not receive a call from listing agent for many hours, forget about confirming the appointment in 2 hours! As a listing agent,...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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  Why is it that the warning in the airplane lavatory will read: Do not touch, tamper, disable or destroy this device?    The reason is clear, everything that goes to court dies the death of a thousand cuts. Someone prevailed in court by saying they had not touched the smoke detector, they simpl...