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, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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R E S P E C T.  It worked 100 years when civility was the norm and it still works today. I firmly believe that this trend, language of the extreme, is the result of movies, TV shows and political folks who believe that only shock gets the attention of prospective customers/clients. I disagree.  I...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Your Life Becomes a Mirror Image of Your Thoughts “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius 121 AD -180 AD, Roman Emperor   As I see it . . . .   Your life become a mirror image of your thoughts   The human mind can’t distinguish between what is imagined . . . . and what’s real. ...
By Christian Penner, Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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LIVE Real Estate Mastermind Saturday Strategy Class! How to Structure your Real Estate Business in the Most Tax Efficient Way A few months back, we had a CPA and real estate tax expert on the call to share with you strategies on how you can save on your taxes as a Real Estate Professional. Due to...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN®
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off!  As agents we are so used to seeing fish bowl pictures.  But Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off! These distorted pictures make rooms look bigger, move furniture, expand windows, and make an entire home more appealing than it really is in real life. Fish Bowl Pi...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN®
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Sold in 6 Days with Leased Solar Panels -  Due to some recent negative headlines, it's easy to come to the conclusion that selling a home with solar panels is challenging.  But I'm here to tell you that this listing Sold in 6 Days with Leased Solar Panels!  Oftentimes, we can encounter ch...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Are open houses more important now than ever before? That's a point of discussion that came up in my weekly telephone conversation this morning with my accountability buddy, Carol Skees. While open houses are common practice in my area of the country (San Francisco, San Mateo County, and the ...
By Toni Weidman, 23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Re/Max Sunset Realty)
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Reducing Seller Inspection Stress   Have you ever noticed the panic that crosses the face of some sellers when you tell them the inspector is coming.  Some are very confident that there will be nothing found and that’s great for them, for you, and for the buyer. But some people don’t know what mi...
By Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
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Never ever, hold a open house on the block party garage sale weekend!!! There I was being the great broker that I try to be;when my client asked me why don't you do an open house this weekend during the block party garage sale? I recall vividly thinking "hey that's not a bad idea.&qu...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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What's a stupid counter offer?   Folks let's get this right up front - every real estate offer situation is different but when it comes to counter offers some are wise and well advised and some are flat out stupid.  I ran across a stupid counter offer the other day. In fact it was probabl...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
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There's a million and one ideas out there on how to win more listing presentations... We are told we need the "must-have" materials to give to our clients.  We're told we have to memorize and internalize numerous scripts on how to get the appointment, ask questions, and close to...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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I am a Kroger shopper. It's close to my home and I know where everything is located in the store. Tonight, I decided to venture out to Whole Foods in hopes of scoring some Pretzel buns; something Kroger doesn't carry. This store can be a little intimidating to those of us who don't re...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
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Icanfirmation: The repetitive and positive use of the phrase I CAN. When challenges present themselves, using the word can't is very limiting in so many ways. We've all heard the saying...“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” ― Henry Ford If someone sa...
By Erin Bates, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
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Are you in the process of buying a home? You may have discovered that we are in a very competitive market right now. Many houses will sell in one day with multiple offers. This can be a frustrating time for many home buyers, but, with the right “ingredients” you will be “cookin’ with fire” in no ...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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If you were to disappear tomorrow, would your real estate business continue to generate income for you? If the answer is no, then you have a job. Would you rather have a business?If you've been thinking about creating a real estate team, this is the class for you. ActiveRain Community Evageli...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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... And how you can, too!REALTOR® Shaun Nilsson used only Facebook to close 24 deals in his very first year of business and made over $165,000 in commissions. Impressed?Shaun, the social media wizard behind CityBlast.com, joins ActiveRain Community Evangelist Bob Stewart in this sponsored webinar...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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I Figured Out Why Agents Use Bad MLS Photos I had been thinking that agents posting the bad photos were the result of: Not having a decent camera Not using enough light Not having a steady or level hand Not having a good eye for dimension or angle Not caring what they post and too lazy to make it...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Fear is a great motivator!!  It has always been that way for me.  Nothing is taken for granted, and no matter how many awards or how high the rankings may be, anyone can slip away.  There will always be younger people, with more energy and greater talents, who come along and knock you into a “di...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
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Cover your own...not everyone else's. Deadlines are straight ahead, the Buyers get cold feet and want to cancel the contract. Discussing all options including consequences and asking them how they wish to proceed is pertinent at this point. Remember to refer them back to the Real Estate Purch...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Half Empty or Half Full   Everybody has heard the saying, do you see the glass half empty or half full a million times or more.  And yet somehow it always comes down to seeing things half empty or half full.  Think about it -- I mean really think about it, again. There is a big difference you kno...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Do You Have A Shortsighted Viewon Marketing? Capturing the low-hanging fruit, the people ready to make a move, is a no-brainer. Why not just concentrate on those? It's an easy trap to fall into. But, why not reap all potential rewards by having proper systems in place to nurture leads over ti...