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)
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Your Inner Strength Will Keep You Pushing Forward“The man who can drive himself furtheronce the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” Roger Bannister, English Olympic Athlete, Runner, The FirstRunner to Run the Sub-Four Minute Mile in the 1952 Olympics                             Speaker,...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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Do you remember a simpler time, when you could go into the bathroom without an electronic device and be perfectly content with conducting your business? Some of us used to have magazines to gain additional knowledge during the time spent just sitting. And now we have social media, angry birds, an...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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Getting the momentum to go from the written word to execution and following thru makes all the difference.... 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 reas...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities)
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  Maximizing Your Resources to Maximize Your Life “The biggest tragedy in America is not the great waste of natural resources – the biggest tragedy is the waste of human resources because the average person goes to his grave with his  music still in him.” Oliver Wendell Homes 1809 – 1894, Americ...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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We need to listen twice as much as we talk.        What we have here is a failure to communicate! That line from Cool Hand Luke highlights the consequences of miscommunication. Lack of real communication is one of the biggest causes of dysfunctional relationships in our business and personal live...

By Dana (Lerner) Sparks, Satisfying You with Service Innovation & Education
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
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When a Buyer or Seller wants to work with you & tells you they have "fired" their previous agent/Broker, are you allowed to work with them?    Watch the video to find out what Georgia License Law says!

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Following up with potential clients is KEY. Duh? Who doesn't know that! I've recently had an experience with a company that clearly doesn't understand that Follow Up is critical to gaining the trust of new clients.  Or is it?   Yes of course it is! Who is going to hire someone who doesn't follow...

By Anthony Pinto, Specializing in apartment building acquisition.
(Pinto Capital Investments)
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“This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit Hello, and thank you for coming back to dive into the nitty-gritty of how we got started! For those of you who are new to our blog, welcome! My purpo...

By Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
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This is sad but true, and agents often fall for these the tune of paying $1,000/month for these artificial "5-Star Agents" and other prmotional/advertising platforms.Rather than actually add any business or generate leads, participating can hurt an agent.If one has to "buy" an "honor",...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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Summer - everybody's favorite time of year. It's a great to show homes. It's a great time to sell your home. (But isn't EVERYTIME a good time?) Here are 6 Home Staging Tips for the SUmmer Maintain the lawn  Properly stage the deck too Make sure the AC is on Add flower boxes Let in the natural lig...

By Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME., Let me help you find your path to the beach.
(PrimeSouth Properties)
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Who is afraid of the big bad wolf. 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 Z...

By Morgan Taylor, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
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A Real Estate Newsletter is a great way to generate leads and develop brand identity.  But you need to fill these newsletters with content that is unique and valuable to your readers.Your first step in developing content for your newsletter is to define an audience. Who is going to read your news...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Another winning post by Alan May.....  7 Reasons why your property won't sell 1. YOUR PROPERTY WON'T SELL because your photos are "less than impressive". The vast majority of home buyers begin their search for a property on the Internet, so your property had better look fantastic in print. Not ju...

By Paul Johnson, Phoenix | Scottsdale | San Diego Appraiser
(Sun Point Appraisals, Inc)
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3 Top Ideas to sell a San Diego home You are selling your home in the San Diego market the nicest weather in all of the United States. What could possibly be the reason you have not sold or maybe not even getting any activity?Being in the real estate industry for over 20 years I find while the ec...

By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office)
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He Wore His Best Suit to Settlement Real estate agents go to settlements on a frequent basis, or, at least, they try to get there as often as they can. It is very routine to the real estate agent. Some agents actually feel like their job is done once they make it this far.  Or, I should say that ...

By Dorothy Mitchell, Writer and real estate agent
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When we think of a lawyer, the first image that comes to our mind is that of a person arguing for his or her client in a court of law. Though lawyers do appear in courts to defend their clients, they do a whole lot of other things too, especially in the corporate world.Let's look at some of the w...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Creating a high performing team requires first a good leader willing to work with people.Most of us understand that diversity of backgrounds and thought processes will most likely result in better results. With that understanding we might think that it follows that a diverse team is a high perfor...

By inboundREM Market Updates
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Cost of LivingCost of living is comprised of various charges that an individual or a family has to pay in order to maintain a good quality of life in a particular area. Several factors affect the total amount one would have to budget for their expenses. Generally, the cost of living is used as a ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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There are certain truths in real estate that never go out of style. Sellers must understand (unless they are in a strong seller's market) that they should be aware of making mistakes that will cost them dearly. With a strong and experienced agent, these mistakes don't have to happen. 7 Reasons wh...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities)
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Wise advice from our friend Diana! 5 Negotiating Tactics That Might Kill Your Next Real Estate Deal     Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all the parties involved in a transaction. On the other hand, using the wr...