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, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 51
Put Passion Into Your Business“Have a passion into your business . . . .  have a passion for what you do . . .  and your business will be positioned to reach great heights.” Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultants,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . . .Put pass...

By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
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Today I was aware, yet again, of how fortunate I am to have a wonderful support team for my business, both formal and informal.First there is Rachael, my Client Care Concierge who goes the extra mile to deliver the unexpected to our clients. They love her! Not only does she excel at that, she is ...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 33
I had a buyer client I'd worked with for a while, who suddenly decided to look in a different area.  We had gotten along famously, they thanked me profusely for my help and knowledge, so I was sad to see them go, but, the new area was far enough away from my area of expertise, that I understood t...

By Ray Stockwell, Director of Marketing
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Found on  Meetings are important but, how can I say this, they often bore me.If you are noticing people distracted or nodding off in your next meeting try these ideas to liven things up.  Provide some snacks—some simple goodies, energy bars, and water are enough.Name tags for everyon...

By Randal Jenkins
(Coldwell Banker F I Gray and Sons Residential, Inc.)
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I met some friends of friends at their home in The Veranda's.Their home is for sale.  They are buying a home in the Villages...about 80 miles away.The Realtor they are using in The Villages is a member of the Ocala MLS and was rewarded the listing for their home in The Veranda's here in Hudson Fl...

By Danny Papadopoulos, Offering Private & Second Mortgages in Toronto
(Homebase Mortgages)
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Dealing with occupational fraud is an unavoidable part of having a business. It can come in the form of financial statement fraud, corruption, or misappropriation of assets. If you own or manage a company, you should do all that is necessary to protect yourself and your business from occupational...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Authentic leaders are self-aware, practice their values and principles, seek criticism and “stay grounded.” Above all, they empower others to become leaders themselves.  Creating a high performing team requires first a good leader willing to work with people. Most of us understand that diversity ...

By Dana (Lerner) Sparks, Satisfying You with Service Innovation & Education
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
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In Georgia, if a Broker is going to disburse Earnest Money to a Seller on a terminated contract, can the Broker require the Seller's W9 ? Watch the video to find out!Also Watch: 2019 GAR Midyear Changes: F510 Closing Attorney as Holder of Earnest Money Exhibit -

By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
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Pricing a home right can be tricky, especially in volatile markets with prices that often fluctuate. It’s especially hard to tell if the other current list prices are accurate to the actual sale prices, which usually aren’t public until the sale closes- three or four months later. Analysis of sim...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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the real estate business has consistent changes.... what happens to your business plan with each change....    Jeff Dowler, CRS  contest got me thinking about change.  Yes, some change happens quickly but you would be you surprised at how much change occured in the last 10 years and you didn't re...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Today has been a crazy day! We are switching Internet providers etc and it's been on and off most of the morning until now. So that means I missed a webinar I  was interested in but hopefully they send me a recap. I also had to handle emails etc with the phone and that worked out ok.  What did I ...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 39
Real estate agents appear to fall into one of three camps when it comes to Zillow. They either see Zillow as a threat, they see Zillow as a great benefit, or they do not care one way or the other about Zillow. It seems to me though that the majority recognizes Zillow as an organization that conti...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 22
Just Do it, the slogan of Nike, reminds us that all the plans in the world mean nothing until we put them into action.  This is particularly true in sales including Real Estate.  The reason incomes vary so much is because some execute their plans and others do not.The reason that many great plans...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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Translation services are essential for businesses that aspire to prosper. Here are the factors in assessing as you select a translation company.The ease with which businesses can increase their global presence is a massive opportunity to them. Regardless of the nature of the product a company pro...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
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Catch you on the flip side!  That snappy phrase takes on a totally different meaning with nature. Rather than hiding in plain sight on the flower's face, the Praying Mantis implements an advantageous back door approach, taking advantage of unsuspecting fly-byers.  These marvelous creatures gain o...

By Larry & Laurie Weichman, A Tradition of Success
(The L3 Real Estate, A Trusted Name In Orange County Real Estate)
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     Buying Costa Mesa homes takes some degree of organization no matter what. Especially when time is a screaming imperative, it can make or break whether you land a home that’s right—or one you ultimately determine isn’t adequate over the long haul. Whether the time pressure is due to a sudden ...

By Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County
(Bucci Realty, Inc.)
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Now that I am "retired" there is so much I want to say to new agents!   This is not intended to be a negative "you can't succeed" post but rather a "time to get real and focused" post.A real estate license isn't a blank check. Not every real estate agent that drives a fancy new car is loaded.  An...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
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In the past 60 days, I have seen people who were referred to me, and former clients use a different Realtor at a total costof over well over $40,000 in commissions.After being in the business 39 years, this has been a bigger hurt than I have ever experienced in the real estate business.One of the...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Branding Procrastination = Costly Missed Opportunities When I first started working with new home builders who were developing large residential communities, I was in awe of the amount of effort that went into the branding and naming of the community. I remember sitting in meetings and focus gro...

By Fred Sed, Your Orange County Realtor, Why? Because Fred Sed
(Fred Sed Group ~ Your Premier Southern California Realtors)
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How to Find A Great Location for A HomeAre you planning on buying a home in Southern California? If so, one of the first things that you will have to do is determine if the home is in a great location. Choosing a home that’s in a great location is vital because the right location will lead to you...