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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Extraordinary People Are “The difference between extraordinary people and ordinary  people is as simple as the difference between the words. Extraordinary people are committed to doing the extra things that ordinary people won’t.” Christine Kennedy, Competitive Runner      As I see it. . . . . ...
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 site 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 ha...
By Rachel Rabinowitz, The Baltimore Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Baltimore MD)
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The Two Most Misused Phrases in Real Estate Negotiations   Do you mean what you say and say what you mean? It sounds simple enough, yet curiously I'm finding this basic tenant of negotiation is being ignored by many Realtors and their clients in today's marketplace. In this busy Spring 20...
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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Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle You have a great listing and want lots of showings. So why make it hard on the other agents to show. Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle. Make the access easy and the instructions simple. Do whatever you can to make agents want to show your listings not d...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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Federal Court Action:  Wake Up Call for Real Estate Brokers Receiving Kickbacks   The Nation’s Housing column by Kenneth R. Harney provides some details on a legal action in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore that alleges that a top real estate team has received over a million dollars in paymen...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Zoning Laws . . . The Hidden Governing Factor Under all is land . . . but under land is -- ZONING!! Most people don't realize that Zoning Laws are here . . . there . . . and everywhere.  In real estate, Zoning Laws are not discussed all that often, unless there's some type of dispute.  B...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Home inspections could easily turn into a listing agent’s nightmare.  I reference listing agent because, in my opinion, the listing agent is the guide on the seller’s end of the transaction.  I use the term “guide” because the seller should be taking direction from the listing agent, if the list...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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How do people see you? More importantly, how do you want them to see you? You have to decide what 'image' you want for your brand.  Big companies can develop reputations that help them or harm them in the public's eye. Think of Tylenol tampering in the 1980s or of Chick-Fil-A and its ...
By Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service
(The Jordon Wheeler Group)
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Who Needs All Those Pictures?  Buyers DO! Yesterday I took a moment out of my extremely busy schedule to go see a listing with an agent not a part of my firm.  The listing agent and I had conducted business on a previous transaction, and the listing agent grew to like my way of conducting busines...
By Susan Haughton, Helping You Buy or Sell Alexandria Real Estate
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I'm just curious because it seems we run into more and more folks these days who don't consider a contract a legally binding agreement. And, yes, I'm including agents in that group. Just as people who don't pay their bills on time (and I am referring to those who willfully don'...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
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As you may have heard, Google is now emphasizing articles that have at least 1000 words with even better rankings for articles pushing 2000 words. Many bloggers had a hard time adjusting to writing 500 words so 1000 seems almost unsurmountable.  Who has time or the expertise to write that much?  ...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
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A lot of REALTORS® aren’t aware of important best practices when it comes to real estate contact management. Agents who excel in effective contact management forge strong relationships with their sphere and get the vast majority of their business from past clients in the form of repeat business a...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
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San Jose Home Buyers, Cupertino Home Sellers Waiting For a Sign by Cupertino real estate agent Michelle Carr Crowe In my decades of real estate home sales experience, I found many Silicon Valley home buyers and sellers were literally waiting for a sign-a sign that said "This is it".   I...
    Image by kenjet   Every week I help dozens of real estate agents optimize their social media profiles to grow their business. A welcome advantage of this is building social proof online, which can be just as powerful as word-of-mouth referrals offline.   Here are the first seven steps I ask e...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Turn the Boat around and go Downstream   Motivation is tricky thing.  Over the years I've been to a ton of  'motivational' events with great speakers.  But can it really motivate somebody or is it more like a 'pick me up' for a day or so?  My vote is the latter and here is why...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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    Not so very long ago a prospective buyer commented, "I talked to another agent about a property and have an appointment to look at it, but he's from your office."  Red flag rising.   The next comment out of his mouth was the showstopper.  "But that's okay, right?  You g...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
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Got Obstacles? Get Solutions! Overcoming Obstacles Free 1 pm, Aug. 19 By Michelle Carr Crowe, Cupertino real estate agent Are you experiencing, and frustrated by, obstacles in your real estate practice?   Bring your challenging obstacles to Keller Williams Cupertino's "Ask the Experts&qu...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Not Going to Happen This Week Mr Google!   All week long I've been reading and paying attention to the 'new normal' for Mr Google to be happy.  Of course we all want to be known as an expert and now we'll be WORDY experts. I'll be honest it does kind of make my head spin think...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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FHA Will Not Insure Homes with Leased Solar Panels   Just received this "red alert" from a friend of mine who is an appraiser.  He has been the best source of information for me and I trust his opinion and knowledge.  BUT, the most important thing about this appraiser is he has gone the...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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A Double Take is Worth the Effort -    I did a double-take today.  While reviewing comparable sales in the neighborhood of one of my listings today, I came upon something I don't usually see in a listing.  The photos are just beautiful for one of the comparable sales that is now under contrac...