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 Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
(Marshall Enterprises)
Comments 57
When Your Clients Move, Suggest an OPEN ME FIRST Box Everyone HATES moving.  They like getting there and being there.  They rarely like the in between.  However, it can be less stressful if they take a few moments to think about what they will need between leaving here and living there!  If you ...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 6
Report Real Estate Unlicensed Activity-  Florida State Department of Business and Professional Regulations- DBPR- serves the state of Florida with making sure that professionals and businesses that require licenses are able to apply to get those licenses as well as maintain those licenses as one ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 39
Lifelong learning is one the key characteristics of a market leader in the realm of luxury real estate.  Learning new things is a way to meet new people and expand your sphere of influence.   Yesterday, as we were leaving our Yoga class, we were chatting with one of the teachers.  As we were tal...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 9
Simple Feng Shui Wealth Cure for Your Home: Dragon Turtles   A fast and easy Feng Shui cure you could try with helping to increase wealth is with the use of Dragon Turtles. This cure is known for attracting wealth, protection and improving career opportunities.   Here is break down of the animal'...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 9
    Earlier this morning I had read a post by Andrea Swidler in which she was talking about taking advantage of bad weather to work on her website. Today, the middle Tennessee area is supposed to get 2 – 3 inches of rain before the temperatures fall like a rock. Needless to say, today will be an ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Preparation is the Stepping Stone to Succeed “Before anything else, preparation is the key to succeed.” Alexander Graham Bell 1847 - 1922, Scientist, Inventor, Engineer, Innovate,   As I see it . . . . . . . Preparation is the stepping stone to succeed    Prepare for success . . . .  is preparin...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 14
ometimes you just have to have a little patience. I have several buyers, right now, searching for their first home.  At the moment, our market is rockin' and rollin', and there is a dearth of supply.  They're all getting frustrated. Right now I have very little to show any of them, and they're st...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 3
    Hold on The Tide Will Turn “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . . The t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 2
Asking Questions Gives You Insight “Asking questions will get you the performance you are after far better than dictating demands.”  Dan James   As I see it. . . . . . . . Asking question gives your insight   Asking questions give you insight to the person that you’re speaking with . . . . and m...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 9
I recently attended the designation course for the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing here in Houston.  It truly was one of the best real estate courses that I have ever attended!  Two days of excellent information that was well presented and full of ideas and tips that I will begin using immedi...
By Mercatus Realty LLC, Making Dreams a Reality, One home at a time!
(Mercatus Realty LLC)
Comments 3
        Found an interesting article that I wanted to share this with everyone,  has anyone been in a strange situation that they felt uncomfortable with?  The full article can be found here....      The need for safety education is clearly there in the real estate industry, as the National Assoc...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 39
Realtors® Never Die They Just Become Listless!   Listing agents have many sayings that stress the importance of maintaining a listing inventory.   As a listing agent...here are a few more..   Listings are the name of the game. Your income is determined by your listing inventory. If you don't list...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 2
  Business encounters do not always lead to business CONNECTIONS. When you meet someone who could be a potential client how do you advance the encounter to a connection so that you can work together?    "People do not care how much we know...until they know how much we care"   You must be able t...
By Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!
(RE/MAX Access)
Comments 6
I have got to say that this is an excellent idea.  I am surprised that this beauty of a blog hasn't quite been featured as yet, but I just had to reblog it.   As agents, anything we can tell our clients that will help them in their move is usually really appreciated.  When Ron says that we like t...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 5
There are always two sides of the coin - and of Real Estate transaction, too! As much as listing agent is important, so are buyer's agent! Now I cannot argue with my Guru, Guide and Philosopher - Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  Well, in fact, by re-blogging this, I just want to spread the mess...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 0
We all fall down.   In business there will be disappointments and downturns, that is certain, but does not necessarily dictate your future. Continue moving forward with a 'business as usual' attitude.   There are no guarantees in this industry: things go sideways people give up or make quick deci...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 2
Calling to help, or calling to sell, is a question every real estate professional should be asking themselves every time they call, knock, meet or present.  If you are there to sell, you may or may not be successful.  If you are there to help, you have the opportunity to ask questions and underst...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 6
Ron Marshall had a stroke of genius with this one.     What a great idea!!!!   As Realtors, we could come up with something really cool to give to our clients as they pack their items away.     Maybe a huge sticker that is colorful and says "OPEN ME FIRST"   Moving is a very stressful time for an...
By William Piotrowski
Comments 2
8 Things You Need to Chill Out About 1. The few things that aren’t going right. – When things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for all the other things that are still going right. And if you’re struggling to be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you have escaped. Sometimes th...
By Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
(RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com)
Comments 1
Check out this great moving day "open me first box" list of ideas. The Chargers caught my eye in particular. Salt and pepper make the list! Change of clothes would make mine. Plus a toy for Riley along with dog food! Blankets and pillows are a must! What are your additions to the list? When Your ...