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 Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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You're Invited to the Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association with Realtors Luncheon, Wednesday, May 20, 2015‘Working Smarter NOT Harder, The 5 Pillars of Success’ Presented by: Keith Stonehouse  The Southeast Chapter of the Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association (MMLA) invites you to its May Busine...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Financial Independence.I know that a lot of people say that they're going into the real estate business in order to make "the big money"... they get so sidetracked by the fact that we often drive nice cars, and wear nice clothes, but they fail to take into account that we pay big bucks for the n...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 Our listings in MLS have a "private remarks" section directed to agents.  All of our listings include the following sentence:      "Selling agents are required to attend       all showings and inspections in their        entirety."    If, for some unforeseen reason or last minute reason...an age...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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  Hello & Welcome to the first week of May 2015,   Thank you for taking a moment to read this blog... I am always trying to come up with new ways to help and support my clients business here at Franklin Title Agency through networking, business events, social media, social media support and trai...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
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A few days ago I wrote a post titled Call Your Buyer's Agent for Showings. I got an email from an agent this morning who had read the post and he wanted to know why I would turn away business?Our website ranks highly in the SERPs. Many times buyers Google an address and when our site pops up, the...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Control . . . . of the Things in Your Life  “Life just doesn’t hand you things. You have to get out there and things happen. That’s the exciting part.”Emeril Gagasse, Chef  As I see it. . . . . . . .Take control . . . . of the things in your life . . . .  Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum ....
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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One is Never Too Old“You are never too old to set another goalor to dream a new dream.”C. S. Lewis, Irish Author   As I see it . . . . . . .One is never too old You’re never too old . . . . to enjoy life. The life that you have is the life you make. If you want to enjoy your life, have an attitud...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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In marketing luxury real estate to buyers it is important to tune into the concerns parents may have for living in proximity to the best schools for their children. The more you know about the schools in your marketplace the more able you are to help your clients make the right decision. The righ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Buggy whips, door knocking, hand-written notes, expireds, cold-calling, plastic blow-up dolls.... er wait, what?There have been a handful of interesting posts about your own personal market techniques and whether, or not, you're keeping up with the times.I know there are agents out there who are ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Curious Mind Will Ask Why“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.”Bernard Baruch 1870 - 1965, American Businessman As I see it . . . . . . . A curious mind will ask why Ask questions . . . . to gather new information that will increase your base of knowledge. Listen to hear . . . . a...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Tour of Manhattan Architecture with Laura Cerrano During our tour of Feng Shui Hidden Architecture within Manhattan, I had about 10 people participate yesterday morning into the early afternoon for the Jane's Walkers NYC Tours. We walked from Times Square to the Mandarin Hotel and Trump...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
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 Today, many homeowners are landlords. Some rent rather than sell the home they're leaving. Others rent in-law apartments or rooms for extra income. Still others buy vacation or retirement homes and rent them to cover expenses.If you become a landlord, you want tenants who pay the rent on time an...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
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 Doesn't Will Rogers have it right?  Dogs don't hold grudges.  Dogs are not judgmental.  Dogs are not racists.  Dogs don't usually bite the hand that feeds them.  When days are bad the kisses and the unbridled enthusiasm from our dogs are just what the doctor ordered.
By Richard and Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
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 Stay Mentally PreparedTo  become a successful Realtor, you need to be motivated and stay mentally prepared for the everyday ups and downs of our business. Your mindset is critical to your success.Your attitude is the perception you create about your reality; it determines how you go about your d...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
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 Choose the Wording For Contracts Carefully          Today I'm working on a rather challenging mortgage scenario for new and hopeful applicants ...               There are many elements to this transaction that serve to make it somewhat extraordinary.       But the one thing that's proving the mo...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be Willing To Adjust Your Plans“When you encounter a roadblock, you may have to adjust your plans . . . . and reset your GPS to get you to your destination.”Lou Ludwig Motivational Power Quote, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . ....
By Erik Gruenwald, Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional
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Do us all a favor! Use better photos.Computers, internet, phones, technology! Yay! So many people troll the internet late and night only to find terrible, truly terrible, pictures of listed homes. Do us all a favor and please hire a professional photographer for your listings or take the time to ...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Researchers Foresee Heightened Residential Sales, DemandResidential sales in Jupiter—in fact, all real estate dealings anywhere—remain the most local of commercial transactions. If your house is in San Francisco, a price spike in suburban Newark is probably of little interest, unless you plan on ...
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
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In Oregon we use Escrow company's that collect the money and record the transfer with the County. Then the proceeds are divided and paid out. this would include Title fees back taxes, commissions and anything else to make a clear title before giving the Seller their proceeds.After signing it usua...