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 Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've read a few blogs recently where the authors have been critical of the way some agents practice real estate.   They're ranting about how inefficient these practices are, how lame they appear to be, and how desperate these agents come across.  Last week I walked in on a new agent on my team.  ...
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Top Professionals “I have found that men and woman who got to the top were  Those that did the jobs they had with everything they  had of energy, enthusiasm and hard work.” Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States     As I see it. . . . . . . . Top professionals    You can spot them from...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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  Very few Realtors can be successful going after FSBO’s, but Mario has convinced me over the years, he gets many of them converted. A number of times I’ve asked, why are you successful and most fail in this area. So, recently at a get together for lunch I asked, what’s the secret?   I loved his...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Peak Performers Have a Mental Image of Their Results “Peak performers develop powerful mental images of the behavior that will lead to the desired results. They see in their minds eye the result they want, and the actions leading to it.” Charles A. Garfield, Author      As I see it. . . . . . ....
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Make the Most Out of Your Time “Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it,  time runs out.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809 -1894, American Physician, Poet, Professor, Lecturer, Author   As I see ...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
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  Someone is definitely listening to me! I love when I inspire another to blog.     Read Elyse's post. Then congratulate her on a successful sale within 24 hours of answering her phone. This was on a Saturday night.  This post was inspired by my friend Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland to her po...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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When Sellers Won’t Negotiate: 3 Tips for Palm Beach County Home Buyers Part of the art of listing a Wellington home for sale is to highlight features that will catch eyes in a wide assortment of different groups of prospective buyers. It’s “the more, the merrier”—and very often the ultimate buye...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Palm Beach County Real Estate Agents Will Demystify the Great Unknown Sports divers know something that’s relevant to a first time home buyer’s decision about whether to enlist the services of a Jupiter real estate agent. A ‘free diver’ (one without SCUBA gear) who descends into dark, unknown wa...
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
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It's Time to Revive an Old ActiveRain Group! After a great ActiveRain contest many years ago (February 2011, to be exact), I started a new ActiveRain Group, Never Ask The Same Question Twice (NATSQT). You know as well as I do that consumers have questions. Some times they'll search for answers on...
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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If you wonder what buyers are buying houses these days then read the post below by Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689  Bob explains the different groups of buyers and what their chaaracteristics are. I know where I fall in the mix, do you?  Who are our Home Buyers Today?    Und...
By Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere)
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Last week I wrote a brief post on a situation, where an "on again off again" buyer had called out of the blue and asked for the name and number of the inspector I recommended.  I never called her back.  A week later, she emailed me, asking for the same thing.  She confirmed my suspicion that she ...
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 John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(Fathom Realty)
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Lessons learned form a Hall of Fame Goalie - Dominik Hasek - As a huge hockey fan I enjoy watching the Colorado Avalanche play, and I really appreciate the talent at the NHL level.  It amazes me so much how these athletes can fly around the ice at 25 miles and hour, stop or turn on a dime and the...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
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We all look for lawyers for advice (and closings in some states) but there are several kinds of lawyers you should get to know for leads. Of course, just as with any relationship you'll want to know how to make it a two-way street. I'll give you some tips here but each lawyer is different.  The o...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay." We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people waiting for the plane. An easy and smart way for airline...
By Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri - Rodney Kennedy, It matters to us as much as it matters to you.
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Knock, Knock...   "Your agent sent me, didn't he tell you?"   "I am from ADT, congratulations on your new home, your Realtor should have told you that I'd be coming by."     My client texted me this conversation a couple of days ago.  Her response to the "ADT rep." was that she was getting a secu...
By Todd & Danielle Millar, A decade of excellence!
(Glenn Simon Inc.)
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I love Steve Chandler's work.    This is from his Wealth Warrior Movement   "I first saw the fun and benefit of this when my friend and company CEO Duane Black solved the equation on two flip charts in front of a grateful gathering of leaders.  Here it is:  When you are positive (picturing the ma...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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How Many of Us Have To Deal With Clients Who Are Transitioning?   I'd Like to introduce a gentleman I met a few years ago who owns the San Diego Franchise for Caring Transitions. I met him as a result of looking into this as a franchise opportunity inasmuch as we work with so many Seniors in Manu...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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If you missed our latest crowdsourced webinar, you are going to want to tune in to this!In May, we asked the ActiveRain community how they use social media to help market their business. We wanted to hear from YOU GUYS what fun and unique things you are trying out on social media to engage your c...