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 Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Re- thinking home pricing strategy... This morning I had an interesting meeting with several other owner/brokers. We got to talking about online marketing  and how to improve our marketing skills.  From there we asked - how do buyers search for homes online?  Well that was a pretty easy question ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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The best thing one can do when it's raining is let it rain. - Henry Wadsworth LongfellowYesterday we were showing houses to a client and at the first house the buyer commented how the neighborhood felt dreary.  Mind you, there were grey and and black storm clouds approaching and the wind was blow...
I am sure you are utilizing all the Marketing Techniques written in Big Book of Marketing but are you utilizing some of the following ways to reach out to your Clients ( Disclosure: Some of the Top Growing Agents are utilizing these techniques or atleast they should)1. Free Classes Are you a Teac...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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In Texas when you close on a home it is usually done at the title company. In attendance you usually see the buyer, the buyers Realtor, the escrow officer, the seller and the seller's agent. In most situations you have the buyers and seller closing at separate times as the sellers paperwork is us...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Life Becomes What You Make It“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”Grandma Moses 1860 – 1961, American Folk Artist  As I see it . . . . . . .Your life becomes what you make it Life is short . . . . make the most of it everyday. Enjoy being . . . . with the people that ar...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Are You a Niche Master or Jack of All Trades, Master of None?For most of my young adult life, I bounced from job to job, never really finding where I was really supposed to be. I came to realize that what I was good at was sales and marketing...a skill, but not a NICHE. I often felt like a Jill-o...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Good morning! I woke early this morning, with my mind racing, thinking of all the tasks that need to be accomplished today: organizing documents for my new listing and uploading them to My Doc Central so any interested buyers can read all about this great place; finishing a web site for a new lis...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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The Elephant in the Room Have you ever been sitting with a client and your gut told you to ask something, but you just couldn't quite get the words out? This often the case when you are afraid a question will make someone uncomfortable. However, those uncomfortable questions are critical to get ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Continuously refining your marketing message and luxury real estate brand esthetics is an important part of staying on the leading edge.    Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Apple 5th Avenue Store in New York  Photo ©Phakimata  It is tempting to dilute your position as...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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Many aspiring real estate agents are excited for the opportunity to earn their license, and may be tempted to "jump the gun" before their license is issued.  Don't make the mistake of performing licensed real estate activities before you are licensed.  Instead, focus on the things you CAN do to p...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
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Who would have thought? This is just another reason agents need to know something about the home inspectors and everyone else who is involved in a real estate transaction. Maybe a buyer hires a friend, or a friend or co-workers boyfriend or husband to do their home inspection. They can't get off ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be the Seeker of Opportunities“We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.”Walter E. Cole, Korean War Hero   As I see it. . . . . . . .Be the seeker of opportunities  What you seek you will find. What you most...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Become the Person of Your Habits“Every grown-up man consists wholly of habits,although he is after unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all.”George Gurgjieff, Philosopher    As I see it. . . . . . . . You become the person of your habits We all have them . . .  they’re your habi...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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The two governing principles in running any successful company are trust and truth.  These principles are applicable to the business of real estate, if market leadership is your quest as luxury real estate marketing professionals.   “When they trust you, you'll get truth. And if you get truth, yo...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Ask Six Questions to Solve Any ProblemWhat can I do?Who can help me?What resources do I need?What can I read about the problem?When will I start?What results do I want to achieve?Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Ask ...
By Shelley Costello, Real Estate Marketing & Social Media Expert
(Creative Web Concepts USA.COM)
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Social Media & Legalities for Mortgage and Real Estate Professionals.                    What Does Your Social Media Poster Know?Many real estate agents, REALTORS®, and brokers are using social networking websites to market to their “friends” and “followers” of property listings, rentals, news et...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Tapping into the Feng Shui Ba-gau Life Section of TravelIn Feng Shui there are various methods clients can utilize and benefit from. Above is an image of the Ba-gua map (life station map). This provides 8 key life categories, all paired with accent colors, an element (or grouping of elements) and...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Selling Rural Land?  Learn to Read and Write Property Legal Descriptions We work with a lot of Real Estate Agents in evaluating, finding and helping sell forestland and one of my pet peeves has always been a lack of proper training my most professionals in writing proper legal descriptions. A pr...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Anna Banana Q. 4. U. Yesterday I got an interesting email from a long time client/friend.  She's having a problem with her adjoining neighbor and asked for some advice.  I welcome my clients questions no matter how long ago they bought or sold a house from us. They know I'm their 'go-to' source ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
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5 More Thank You Cards Hitting the Mail Today Sending personal and hand-written thank you notes has become a regular part of my business, especially to thank those who help to make each transaction successful.  I aways send them out the day of closing to the lender, the escrow and title companies...