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 Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Buy the House and the Outdoor Gym Set Will Stay!   We Love The House, But - The home buyers loved everything about the house.  They loved the community.  They loved price, the room sizes, the kitchen, the master bath, the finished basement, the fireplace.  You'd think they'd be ready to buy.  WAI...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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  Rochester: Thursday, Nov 6th - Michael Jeffrey's Helps Realtors Catapult to Success into 2015!   Realtors: Join the Michigan Realtor Masterminds Thursday, Nov. 6th at The Rochester Mills Brewery Downtown Rochester at 11:30am (open networking) official start (11:45am) where we will be matching l...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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I am working with a buyer who will be re-locating to Florida in the near future.  In preparation for a second trip to Florida I received an email that read, in part, "it would be beneficial to know the local customs and practices.  What is the common practice and process should we see something ...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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I went on an appointment yesterday although my gut said skip it.  I had just finished a medical procedure (it was not my gut but close) and was in some discomfort. But this prospective seller's emails had all the right answers. After walking through and sitting rather uncomfortably for what seeme...
By Bobbie Smith, Real Estate in the Poconos of PA 570-242-1891,
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Acceptance of your Low Ball Offer? Not With My Seller!   We are seeing it time and time again in offers that my Pocono Real Estate Clients are receiving.   Your submitted offer is well below the Asking Price, even well below the Average Sale to List Price Ratio in our Market.   Granted, we are in...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
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I must admit to having a new and very disturbing experience with a home inspector yesterday.  Adam Camosse from Homeinex Home Inspections was asked to do a home inspection on a house that I bought and rehabbed.  One of the repairs was to remove the existing roof, replace roof sheathings and insta...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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I have seen swirls, lines, ups and downs with curly q"s and emphasis of all kinds when watching people sign their names. I for one sometimes cannot make out the signature to the written one. A scribble where it says sign assumes that it is you the one named below. In a dispute, this can become di...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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To Know What You Want to Do “Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly and do everyday what should be done, and every sunset will see you much nearer the goal.” Elbert Hubbard 1856 - 1915, American Writer, Publisher Artist and Philopher   As I see it. . . . . . . . To know what you want t...
By Tammy Adams, Are You Looking to Sell or Buy in Maricopa?
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
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Avoid the Stress and Keep the Lead   We all have been there: We are out with a client and our phone rings. We don’t recognize the number but we worry that it might be a potential client and we are all aware that a missed lead can will often move on to the next agent in a matter of minutes. So wha...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Real Life Verses the Movies “The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn’t.” Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Director, Screenwriter      As I see it. . . . . . . . Real life verses the movies   In the movies you can see the coming attractions . . . . and kn...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Service is a Reflection of Your  Attitude “Your attitude determine the degree of excellence of service you perform.” Jeffery Gitomer, Author, Consultant, Professional Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Your service is a reflection of your attitude   The quality of your business is first es...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Don’t Allow Your Challenges to Become a Distraction “Don’t allow your challenges to become a distraction. Remember that your challenges are only temporary conditions unless you allow them to go unattended and become a barrier to you on your success journey”. Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consu...
(Century 21 Liberty Homes)
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   Actually, this is about a Home Seller OR a Home Buyer, or anyone involved in a REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION  but I needed a word to rhyme with LIAR….  LOL! LOL! No matter what, all who are involved in a real estate transaction have responsibilities.  In my book, there are two types of lying.  2)  C...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Want to meet at my Ski Lodge?   This past month I've had a blast meeting up with at least 10 or so of my clients for coffee, lunch or happy hour. Since I was 'contained' in a big boot I was ordered not to walk much.   But Hey....what better time to play with clients and have some fun! And what be...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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We all know that word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising. So, why do some luxury real estate marketing professionals get more than others?  The answer boils down to one word. Those that spark buzz have ‘REMARK-ABILITY”!     While it has been proven time and again that many more negative re...
By David Baker Realtor - Laveen Homes for sale, Your local Expert
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I'm sure everyone has their own Realtor pet peeve, but I'd think that most will hate the lack of communication more than ANYTHING. Ever notice some agents will indicate in the listing "for faster response text or e-mail for availability and information".  Thing is that usually home is not vacant ...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Positive Changes to My Business As the seasons change, it becomes darker earlier in the day and the sun rises later in the day.  In Arizona, we love this time of year as it's beautiful outside and great walking/hiking weather.  But the changing daylight hours can make you rethink using your day e...
By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
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Can a password change your life? I read an article recently from the Huffington post about an office worker who used his computer passwords to change his life.   It is simple, easy, and it's something we could all do. He had been harboring resentment towards his ex-wife- so when prompted to chang...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Last week, we re-evaluated our 2014 goals and created a list of what needs to be done over the rest of the year to be sure we end the year with everything checked off. Your assignment this week: Check off the little items and formulate a plan for the big items. Things like attending networking ev...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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3 Networking Secrets for Real Estate Professionals   Networking didn't always come easy to me, at first.  You may find it hard to believe at a younger age I was kind of shy in big crowds.  I could get up and give speeches to a huge group but then network with them?  Not as good at that, at first....