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 Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
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 What is a CLUE Report and Why Do I Need One? First, CLUE stands for Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange.  A CLUE Report offers a history of reported insurance claims on a property going five years back. Sellers are obligated to disclose any information about which they are aware regarding t...
By Buffini & Company
(Buffini & Company)
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Gloria Yu had always been successful in real estate; unfortunately, it took a toll on her personal life. “I did well because my life was consumed by real estate,” she says. “I didn’t have a life.” Relying on conventional methods of lead-generation since she began her career in 1991, she built a l...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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As a luxury real estate marketing professional do you show up on time to your appointments? Do you value clients who are punctual? From our perspective, punctuality is a sign of self-respect and respect for others. According to King Louis XVIII of France, “Punctuality is the politeness of kings”....
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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When You’re Faced With a Problem“All it takes is one idea to solve an impossible problem.”Robert H. Schuller, American Christian Televangelist,Pastor, Speaker and Author As I see it. . . . . . . .When you’re faced with a problem Problems come in many shapes and sizes some problems can seem imposs...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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7 Key Steps to Insure a Great Start to 2016 With just a month to go before the new year rolls in, taking the time now to put in place these 7 key steps will start your 2016 on the right foot, January 1. This preparation will lay groundwork for a fantastic start in both your business and personal ...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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Lou ALWAYS hits home with his posts.  I could reblog every one of them and it would not be too much.  I actually rarely reblog anything but I would bet that I've reblogged his posts more than any other.  I like the way this man thinks.   Finding Your True Direction “The winds of change can come i...
By Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Keller Williams West Sound Realty)
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What do the Realtor® Code of Ethics and the Facebook Terms of Service have in common?  People agree to them both, but they very rarely read either one. Let's face it, how many times have you signed up for something, especially here online, and quickly scrolled through the lengthy "Terms of Agreem...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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  "I normally do not write reviews, however, having worked with Laura on several occasions, this was very needed! Laura has helped guide me in the work space and in my home. She is very educated and knowledge about space, layout, energies and other Feng Shui importances. I have seen so many wonde...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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ActiveRain Newbies Start Here Congratulations on Joining ActiveRain!Now that you're here, I invite you to learn what it means to be part of this community and how it will grow your business.      You can watch the recordings below or check the ActiveRain University Calendar for upcoming live clas...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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"Real Estate and Other Jobs As Assigned"--How Far Do You Go for your Clients? Yesterday I received a message from one of my sellers asking if I could go turn their heat up at their vacation home as the temperatures are dropping rapidly. Well, certainly I could.  When we become our seller's home's...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Life . . . . is a  Life Without Limitations“Your life . . . . is a life without limitations, when you believe that everything is possible  . . . . and your willing to act on your believes.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it. . ....
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Constant Pressure of Persistence“The constant pressure of persistence . . . . has the power to erode the obstacles that you encounter . . . . Your persistence is a key to breaking down barriers . . . .and opening the new doors of opportunities.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Succe...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Action on Your Thoughts “To think is easy to act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 1749 – 1832, German Writer and Statesman   As I see it. . . . . . . .Take actions on your thoughts  When you can think it . . ....
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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There is no one set response to this question. There are many variables to why a home may not be selling. Feng Shui Experts will take the time to review the possible causes from a energetic perspective to help provide unique insights into why a home has not budged for 'x' amount of years. Speakin...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the other Holidays that are what real memories are made of. Kind of. Each year I get a dozen or so Holiday cards in the mail. They bring happiness to my heart when compared to the countless spam emails I get from companies wishing me a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Listen to Your Customers“To satisfy our customers’ needs we’ll give them what they want, not what we want to give them.”Steve James, Actor, Stunt Man   As I see it. . . . . . . .Listen to your customers When you listen to your customers . . . . you build a bridge of understanding . . . . and rapp...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
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I've been on Active Rain since its infancy. 2006. Certainly did not know what was blogging, much less SEO and everything. That was also the year I decided to become a full-time realtor. Was doing it part-time for 4.5 years prior to that.I got to know many awesome people during that time.Some of t...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Attitude Makes All The Difference; Zig Ziglar  Zig Ziglar - Attitude Makes All The Difference Get rid of stinkin thinkin to really make a change in your life! My lovely wife Sally and I took a trip to Dallas shortly before Zig passed on to attend the Born to Win conference with the Ziglars and ma...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Procrastination is a word of “inaction” that many real estate agents exercise.  There’s always something more important, at the time. There’s always another task that is more meaningful to that person.  When the phone stops ringing, and the commission checks cease, whose fault is it!!Everyone has...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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Sam ShuehSamShuehRealtor at Gmail Turning off the heat in your home during the time you are away is the best way to conserve energy. If you are in a cold region with a risk of frozen water pipes, it may be a good idea to wrap insulator around exposed pipes. You also need to keep the heat low enou...