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 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 Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
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  Robert Vegas Bob Swetz "Embarrassed" after referring ActiveRain client to Las Vegas Realtor    This is not the first time this has happened to Vegas Bob and he is quite disappointed by some actions of Real Estate agents in Las Vegas Nevada. Vegas Bob received a text message from one of his ass...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Are You Busy or Proactive? “Busy can be like sitting on a rocking horse and going as fast you can go . . . . and when you get off the rocking horse your in the same place you start without meaningful forward progress. Being proactive is getting down to business with the purpose of creating succes...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Logjam “Deal first with whatever is causing you the greatest emotional distress. Often this will break the logjam in your work and free you up mentally to complete (the) other task.” Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker     As I see it. . . . . . . . A logjam     We all have at o...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Choice is Which End to Use  “Nature gave us two ends - - one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most.” Robert Albert Bloch 1917 - 1994, American Fiction Writer   As I see it. . . . . . . . The choice is which end to ...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
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In the majority of my adult life, I'm realizing that I've historically been a pretty negative thinker.  I always thought we, "the human race", in our quest for excellence are supposed to never be happy with the status quo.  To me, being content was a death sentence... because if you're content, y...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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What have I done for you lately, Friday.  With each client, both seller listings and buyer clients, I speak with them on Friday. We choose a time that I will call and let them know everything that has been done to achieve our goals during the week.  For the Seller's listings I give a list of the ...
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 Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
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The real estate business asks a lot of agents. You need to always be on call. You need to be unfailingly patient, understanding, and positive no matter the circumstances. You need to have knowledge of the market that’s both deep and broad. And on top of all this, if you market yourself (as most ...
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 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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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 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 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 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 Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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  Barclays Center In Brooklyn NY Offers Insight To Urban Feng Shui Design The positioning of the Barclay's Center is not in an ideal energy flow location, according to the Feng Shui principles. It has been built on a triangular plot layout between Atlantic Avenue and faces fast on coming and goin...
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Saying NO “It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by say no that you can concentrate on things that are really important.” Steve Job 1955 – 2011, American Ent...