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 ActiveRain Real Estate Network
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We are pleased to announce major improvements to the Question & Answer site on ActiveRain! The Q&A site is a place where real estate agents and other industry pros can ask their colleagues questions that will help them work smarter and live better. ActiveRain is all about community, and this is a...
By David Dorman, It's All About You!
(CENTURY 21 Professional Group, Inc.)
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Like many of my fellow agents, I like to follow various online groups on Facebook and Activerain etc..  It's a great way to pick up a few ideas and solutions to challenges facing both my clients and similar.  The other day, I came across a Facebook group about lead generation and "scripts"  Now i...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
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Who are our Home Buyers Today?    Understanding where our buyers come from helps us develop systems to better understand how to work with a particular mindset.   What do buyers want? What motivates them to buy from us? Figuring out what persuades and motivates potential home buyers is a key facto...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Hyper-Personalization is emerging as an important marketing trend in 2015.  It may seem obvious but the level of personalization has eroded with the advent of the Internet.  Most companies have become reliant on automatic personalization, rather than the genuine article. We touched upon this tre...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
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I'm sure we have all done the transaction where you consistently follow up with the buyer or sellers agent and you get no response, or vague response.  My intuition kicks in immediately and tells me something is going on.  I am right 90% of the time, the times I wish I wasn't right.  I'm in the ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Oh how easy it is to say “cut that client loose” but how often will an agent actually practice that action.  It’s not as easy to do as it is to say!!!  Yet, there are times when it needs to be done immediately. The longer one waits to make the decision to “break free” of the “chains that bind yo...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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What some of my Clients Have to Share about Feng Shui Manhattan... ''Good morning Laura, Fernando reviewed your summary and he was very impressed and asked me to thank you again! He also wanted me to let you know he is looking forward to making the changes and then continuing the next phase. I my...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Every Day is a New Day        “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind you and start over again.”  Bob Feller 1918 - 2010, Hall of Fame Baseball Player      As I see it . . . . . . . Every day is a new day   Yesterday success is the stepping...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
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I put up my sign and installed my lockbox without a signed listing agreement.   I met with the seller on two occasions and we went over the process of selling a home, agreed on a sales price and hammered out the details for arranging showings. Now there's another agent calling me to come and take...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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ActiveRain is a blogging platform - that's an understatement. This definition is just a tip of the iceberg. Really. What else does ActiveRain offer? Ask the committed members and you'll get so many different answers. For me - It's the experience that counts: Seattle you have two big examples - St...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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LOOK FOR THE "HIGH WATER MARK". Joe Petrowski relates an actual experience with a home buyer client.  This is a subject that is very high on my "alert" list.  MOLD.  My procedure when I enter a property and see visible mold is to leave immediately.  My instinct is to go home and shower quickly wh...
By Randy Mitchelson, Internet Marketing Expert, Author, Activist
( and Homeland Heroes Home Loans)
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When I read the details about the November Active Rain contest to define gratitude, I thought long and hard about examples in my life that exemplified gratitude.I think it goes without saying that people such as our parents and spouses sometimes do extraordinary things for us out of their love an...
By Sheila Cox, Sugar Land Real Estate Agent
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  Four Choices for Obtaining a Real Estate Website There are four ways you can get your primary website: 1.      Use the broker-provided website (if any) 2.      Purchase a pre-made template website from a website company 3.      Create your own website yourself in Wordpress 4.      Hire a web de...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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  I have experienced the dirty side of the world of real estate!   I can recall numerous situations that we as agents, inspectors, appraisers, surveyors and others find ourselves in on a daily basis.  This can be a dirty business for sure!   Some of my dirty little secrets in this business that ...
By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
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1. It is a fast way to tour alot of homes and learn the inventory 2. You are visible to other real estate agents 3. It is fun and build good energy 4. Usually you get a free meal too 5. You get ideas to improve your listings 6. You get to talk to other agents. Relationships are the back bone of o...
If this blog is to be relevant,  if it can be used to change the real estate industry, if we are serious about raising the bar, I am going to expose what is going on which might  make a lot of people in the industry squirm and should pique the interest of folks who own or want to own real estate....
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Forward Thinkers Let Go of Old Outdated Thinking “It’s easy to come up with new ideals; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.” Roger Von Oech, Entrepreneur     As I see it. . . . . . . . Forward thinkers let go of old outdated thinking   T...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
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Some Times are Just Better Than Others We all have the question presented to us at some time or other:  When is the Best time to Sell our House? It can also be changed to that of buying. The truth is there is no best time to buy or sell a home, but that some times are just better than others. Fo...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
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What is the Average Price for Home Staging by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz     Vegas Bob is curious about some of the pricing on Staging a Home because Vegas Bob has never Staged a Home on any of his listings.   Vegas Bob has sold many New Homes and shown many clients Models at the developments that a...
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
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**Reblog** Mental attitude, or mindset is a very powerful thing. Bob shares 5 great quotes on the subject. I would add one more. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't-you're right." ~Henry Ford   This quote truly illustrates the power of positive vs. negative thinking. It's all up to ...