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 Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
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“Take one single moment to feel sorry for yourself, and then bounce back better than ever.” Barbara Corcoran I’m a big fan of real estate icon Barbara Corcoran and saw her post this on Facebook this week. It’s timely, because recently I’ve had a lot of real estate agents talk to me about how to ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 25
This morning, whilst I was doing downward dog on my yoga mat, and listening to the birdies chirp happily in the backyard... yeah.... not. I ain't no yoga guy, and I ain't no hollaback girl. This morning I treated an old client, and old "friend" to breakfast as a favourite haunt.  Was I playing ho...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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  Full House at the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design Lecture! A night To Remember Last night on February 25th, 2015 at the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design in Syosset NY made history in the Cerrano/Provenzale family. The Feng Shui legacy that my mother Carole Provenzale began in...
By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
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I am reblogging this because I believe this is critical information for Title Companies in the Ann Arbor area to know.  I also recently learned that a large brokerage in Ann Arbor had just started doing direct deposits for their agents.  I had not heard of this latest scam. But, can't imagine as ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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What Some of My Clients Have to Say About Feng Shui Manhattan One to One Sessions and Workshop Experiences   Kim T, Manhattan New York "I chose Laura to help me redesign my space after a big life change. From our first emails, Laura was knowledgeable, generous and fast.Laura approached my space f...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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Do you need more leads OR do you need more calling of your current leads? I’d love to hear from you on this. When you reply or email me, choose only ONE of the above options and give details. We estimate that 20% of clients need more leads and 80% need more calling of their current leads.  Leads ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    Enthusiasm is More Valuable Than Money                     “Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money, power and influence.”  Henry Chester, Civil War Captain     As I see it. . . . . . . . Enthusiasm is more valuable than money   If you lose it you will really miss it . ....
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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A House Covered in Snow Can Disappoint a Buyer This has been a very snowy year and we all know that homes do not look their best covered in snow. In fact you can barely tell what a house really looks like with piles of snow at the front door, lawns and driveways covered and roofs bathed in white....
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Freddy Mac Responds in the Right Way   Yes it is short sale time again in the wacky world of RI real estate with a real doozie of a short sale that called in all the ActiveRain troops I could.  It worked...we moved a leap forward with Freddy Mac yesterday and pushed Wells Fargo's legal team into ...
By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 57
It's not easy building a real estate blog and I suppose that is why so many people abandon their efforts during the first year.  It's similar to a new agent obtaining their real estate license and expecting instant success.  Those overnight success stories are inspiring and instill hope in that ...
By Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 15
Today I read a post written by Maria Gilda Racelis  "Is It Okay if We Borrow The Pictures You Took of Our Property?"   This is a post where her and a seller have parted ways for whatever reason as we sometimes do and now the sellers are asking if the new agent they now want to use can use her pic...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Portrait of Your Future “The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day what you do is who you become.” Heraclitus of Ephesus 535 BC – 475 BC, P...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Lasting Success is the Result of Helping Others “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, what’s in it for me?”  Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Lasting success is the result ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Acting With Integrity is . . . . “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that  nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”  Oprah Winfrey, America Media Proprietor, Talk Show Host, Actress, Producer and Philanthropist   As I see it. . . . . . . . Acting with integrity is . . . ....
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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A key characteristic of highly successful people is the little difference that makes the big difference on the level of success that they achieve. Those differences in their persistence to remain focused on their goals through thick and thin . . . . and not to quit on themselves or on their goals...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 14
Some days you're the windshield.... some days you're the bug. Over the last week, I've lost two listings, totalling about a million and a half in business, but I've also written one offer, and gotten a listing from a former client, totally about a million, two. Bottom line kind-of a net zero-ish ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Flame of Achievement “Continue to fan the spark of your possibility until you turn it into the flame of achievement.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . The flame of achievement  . . . .   The greatest of possi...
By John DL Arendsen, Gen Cont, Factory Built Const & Dev, RE Brk, INVS.
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer)
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"Ya gotta just suck it up and come out swinging twice as hard when your forced into a corner" as my high school football coach used to say.   Or as my wife always tells me "Why not step out on a limb? Isn't that where all the fruit is?" I really like that one.    Good fodder to jump start the mor...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 14
Are you a 'singular' agent?   I am extremely grateful to have a hand full of very satisfied clients who consider me a capable real estate agent and that also value my professional efforts.   While the industry remains a very competitive arena, especially in a small community, there are still many...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
An Obstacle is a Passing Condition “Obstacles can come into your life at any time. An obstacle is a passing condition when you take control of the condition . . . .focus on a solution to the condition . . . . and successfully work your way through the condition.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management...