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 Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Hello & Welcome to the 4th official week of 2015 & Final week of January.   Cheers to Your Best Year Yet from your partners here at Franklin Title Agency as we are here to help with closings literally anywhere anytime 24/7 across the state of Michigan, quick Pre-lim HUD’s, and all in a family lik...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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There Are Two Kinds of People  “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” Indira Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister     As I see it. . . . . . . . T...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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ActiveRain Gives You the Blueprint for Successful Blogs No two bloggers are going to have the exact same style. In this regard, bloggers are like snow flakes (lame! Be over already winter!) custom hot rods! Each one with their own unique style and approach. But there are cetain kinds of posts th...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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It’s Possible When You Believe It’s Possible “If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that left is a compromise.” Robert Fritz, Author and Management Consultant       As I see it. . . . . . . . It’s possible w...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  A Mental Image of Peak Performers “Peak performers develop powerful mental images of the behavior that will lead to the desired results. They see in their minds eye the result they want, and the actions leading to it.” Charles A. Garfield, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . . A mental image of...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 The Simple Act of Courtesy “Never underestimate the power of simple courtesy. Your courtesy may not be returned or remembered, but discourtesy will.” Princess Jackson-Smith, writer     As I see it. . . . . . . . Simple act of courtesy   There is power in the act of simple courtesy.   The simple...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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Question of the Week - Please Reply Do you view your Closing Management as a cost center or profit center? Call me, email me, or reply to this blog with your answer. I’m curious because it should/could be a profit center if you have us do Closing Management. We have systems and spend the extra t...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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Being top of mind in your marketplace as luxury real estate marketing professionals requires having a remarkable presentation package, that is memorable and makes you stand out from the pack.    Those who manufacture and sell cosmetics understand the concept of standing out with fierce competiti...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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Every so often, we like to take a look to see what Tallahassee Realtors have been doing. Obviously, the Tallahassee real estate blog focuses on home sales in and around Tallahassee, but we rarely break it down to a level that lets our reader see what the average Realtor in Tallahassee is selling....
By zeta cross, Getting Greener Makes Your home worth more!
(Smart Green Realty)
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**In an 80 year old row house in the popular Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia, the inspector found that the neighbor's chimney had a hole in it. Carbon monoxide was venting into the sellers's attic. They had no idea. **The house is a gorgeous renovation in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philad...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Peer Relationships Matter, Take a Few Moments to Get Noticed Working well with the peers in your industry is good for your business. I know in real estate that I like doing business with real estate agents that I have had a pleasant transaction with, or have a professional image or a just enjoyab...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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This is a cautionary tale. I am representing the buyer in the purchase of a four story condo that is a bit unconventional in its legal structure.  The property actually is being conveyed via the transfer of two deeds - one for the upper three floors and a second separate deed for the lower level....
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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The truth is time doesn’t change things . . . . you do Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. The Change You Want “They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”  Andy Warhol 1928 - 1987, American Artist and Filmmaker   As I see it. . . ....
By Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
(Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com)
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Arizona Realtors, are you ready for the new H.O.A. Condominium/Planned Community Addendum?   Beginning February 2, 2105 Arizona will have a new/revised HOA Addendum that will be required to be completed for any transaction that involves a homeowners association. The old HOA Addendum was previousl...
By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
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  One lazy summer afternoon our family went to a Frederick Keys baseball game at Harry Grove Stadium. As the game moved along I heard two men carrying on a conversation behind me. One of them was talking about moving up into Pennsylvania, he was talking about building a house on a lot he owned. A...
By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
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Get the "Monkey" off Your Back I attended a lecture by Terry Watson recently where we were encouraged to quit carrying around our clients, friends, and family's monkeys.  For instance, if the fascia wood on the exterior of a home was driving away potential clients for one of your listings, all be...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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A good manager broker has proper controls in place.  But if you have too much control it could be counter productive. With regard to your own clients and your individual business you need to be in control to see that nothing gets derailed. I have found that some owners here in Westchester County ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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Fourth Quarter Revenue Compare - Financials I suggest that you take 10 minutes today and compare financial results for the 4th quarter 2014 with the 4th quarter of 2013. Go back and do a rough calculation of your closed deals and closed GCI for 2013 from October through December. Then, do the sa...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Agent Safety While Holding Open Houses   · When putting out your signs, be aware of your surroundings. Watch for strangers and cars. · Dress Professionally; do not wear provocative clothing. Do not wear expensive jewelry or watches. ·    =  Leave your expensive purses and wallet full of credit ca...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Low-Ball Offers / Over-Market Lists . . . The Joys of Being a Realtor® Being inspired today after reading this post by relative new(er) member to Active Rain, Cindy Davis "Your Relationship With Your Realtor" I thought about what she wrote about. Cindy writes about the relationships we have with ...