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 Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
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“Take one single moment to feel sorry for yourself, and then bounce back better than ever.” Barbara Corcoran I’m a big fan of real estate icon Barbara Corcoran and saw her post this on Facebook this week. It’s timely, because recently I’ve had a lot of real estate agents talk to me about how to ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 27
This morning, whilst I was doing downward dog on my yoga mat, and listening to the birdies chirp happily in the backyard... yeah.... not. I ain't no yoga guy, and I ain't no hollaback girl. This morning I treated an old client, and old "friend" to breakfast as a favourite haunt.  Was I playing ho...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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What You Think “What you THINK about reveals what you ARE. Sometimes we need to do a check up from the neck-up.” Source unknown    As I see it . . . . . . . What you think   What you think becomes the driver for you actions . . . . your actions determines who you become.   Here’s the key . . . ....
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Freddy Mac Responds in the Right Way   Yes it is short sale time again in the wacky world of RI real estate with a real doozie of a short sale that called in all the ActiveRain troops I could.  It worked...we moved a leap forward with Freddy Mac yesterday and pushed Wells Fargo's legal team into ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Lasting Success is the Result of Helping Others “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, what’s in it for me?”  Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Lasting success is the result ...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
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A sunny 10am showing turned in to a nightmare yesterday when a Florida real estate agent and his married Buyer couple were ambushed while showing a home, leaving the husband dead and a community in shock over the incident.  Realtor Thomas Dwyer was quoted as saying, "He just came into the house a...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
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A recent post of mine about the importance of buyer representation and why every buyer should be represented ( an indelible mark on a consumer.  I received an email fron them, thanking me for the information they have been searching for but couldn't find elsewhere.  They ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Acting With Integrity is . . . . “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that  nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”  Oprah Winfrey, America Media Proprietor, Talk Show Host, Actress, Producer and Philanthropist   As I see it. . . . . . . . Acting with integrity is . . . ....
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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Here's exactly what the MRIS information says, both to agents and to consumers: "What a view from this 5th floor luxury 2BR, 2BA condo!" And, well, that is not a completely inaccurate statement.  You see, you step out onto the rather large balcony, et voila!  There is an instant reminder of your ...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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It is a sad day when a text message has become for some the only mode of communication.  While texting is certainly not a bad way to communicate quickly when a phone call is not possible, I am seeing a trend in many who just choose to hide behind their messages.  Let me go a little deeper here. ...
By Gordon Crawford, Morris County Specialist!
(Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team)
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Do you think this room has been properly prepared for market?  Has this agent done his/her best to present this home in the best possible way for the seller?   In my humble opinion, a seller should expect more.  Everyone one of my listings are staged and thoroughly prepared for market.    
By John DL Arendsen, Gen Cont, Factory Built Const & Dev, RE Brk, INVS.
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer)
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"Ya gotta just suck it up and come out swinging twice as hard when your forced into a corner" as my high school football coach used to say.   Or as my wife always tells me "Why not step out on a limb? Isn't that where all the fruit is?" I really like that one.    Good fodder to jump start the mor...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Anna Kruchten, shared a post some time ago that still can be used today. There are many useful ideas that can & should be used to further help guide your next real estate transaction. Use these suggestions as a starting point and customize further to your own specific situation. Thanks for shari...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 7
Did you know that your real estate agent might not be able to do their job? That's right. One of the most important tools that an agent can use is their lockbox entry card & many agents in our Northwest Suburban area feel the need to 'scrimp' on job related necessities. Effectively they are not b...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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We can’t go on together...   Without TRUST on both sides of a personal or business relationship, the word fail eventually comes into play. I can say this with full confidence through past experiences:   Taking a listing with the agreement that the sellers will reduce the price as necessary to gai...
By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
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I am reblogging this because I believe this is critical information for Title Companies in the Ann Arbor area to know.  I also recently learned that a large brokerage in Ann Arbor had just started doing direct deposits for their agents.  I had not heard of this latest scam. But, can't imagine as ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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  Full House at the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design Lecture! A night To Remember Last night on February 25th, 2015 at the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design in Syosset NY made history in the Cerrano/Provenzale family. The Feng Shui legacy that my mother Carole Provenzale began in...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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What Some of My Clients Have to Say About Feng Shui Manhattan One to One Sessions and Workshop Experiences   Kim T, Manhattan New York "I chose Laura to help me redesign my space after a big life change. From our first emails, Laura was knowledgeable, generous and fast.Laura approached my space f...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Do you need more leads OR do you need more calling of your current leads? I’d love to hear from you on this. When you reply or email me, choose only ONE of the above options and give details. We estimate that 20% of clients need more leads and 80% need more calling of their current leads.  Leads ...
By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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It's not easy building a real estate blog and I suppose that is why so many people abandon their efforts during the first year.  It's similar to a new agent obtaining their real estate license and expecting instant success.  Those overnight success stories are inspiring and instill hope in that ...