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 Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
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Are you thinking about buying a Condo on The North Shore Of Long Island?  You may have some questions about Condo life in general that you need answered. Below Real Estate Agents Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff have answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Condo Living on Long Island to hel...

By Rita Danielle Steele
(Steele Realty Consultants International )
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By Rita Danielle SteeleI remember, as a small girl, weaving through rows of accumulated junk and newspapers at my grandparents’ house. My brother and I were only permitted into a few rooms, the rest were “off limits.”  The other rooms were so full of clutter that they were more or less unnavigabl...

By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
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Friends of mine are getting one of their investment properties ready to go on the market. I visited the house today to review color and finishing choices, hardware, and other improvements. The stain on the hardwood flooring looks great, the wall colors are cool and soothing, the flow of colors an...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Are You Closer to a Sale or a Price Reduction? One of the most discussed topics between real estate brokers and their peers is pricing. Pricing a home to sell is both an art and a science. Why do so many homes sit on the market gaining days on market dust and creating nothing more than frustrate...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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I showed property to a lovely young couple.They were from out of town, and very unfamiliar with the home-buying process. Exactly the reason why buyer's agents have a job.  This is a confusing process, and it's handy to have help from someone who can guide you through the process.We spent the week...

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 Theresa Hus, The Official Real Estate Agent Directory
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Besides a global low supply, there’s a reason why open houses for luxury homes are so difficult to stage: the luxury niche is very particular in its dealings. You have to walk a fine line between proposing avant-garde ideas and classy time-tested strategies. Not to mention the fact that it can ta...
With all the floods and also various other all-natural catastrophes troubling our world at the moment, it has awoken most of us to the threats of worldwide warming. This has actually made us all more knowledgeable about all our carbon foot print as well as how what we do daily has an influence on...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
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Every so often, it is very nice to receive snail mail.  Pictured above is a photo of a card I received over the weekend.  This is someone, I (A) do business with, because she is outstanding and incredibly thoughtful.   A couple of years ago, she moved from Northern California to Texas.  Thanks to...

By Tai DeSa, Husband and wife team. #diapersandrealestate
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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These are all mistakes that I have made, so I’m not pointing fingers. I urge you to learn from my mistakes. 1. Rushing to buy. In 2004, I called myself a full-time real estate investor yet I had never owned any real estate. With my hard-earned money burning a hole in my pocket, I bid sight unseen...

By Tai DeSa, Husband and wife team. #diapersandrealestate
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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If you are buying, fixing, and flipping single-family houses – particularly starter homes – then you need to know about the Prohibition of Property Flipping Rule created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to prevent egregious predatory flips within the Federal Housing Admini...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
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My first broker would occasionally accuse me of "Getting ready to get ready". I think she meant that I was doing things that were not very productive. I think sometimes she might have been right. Since then I have always tried to be mindful to not delay, linger or wait to get things done. Most of...

By Mustafa Abbasi, Zolo Realty: Popular real estate marketplace
(Zolo Realty)
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Passing the real estate agent exam doesn’t mean becoming an instant professional in the field. Being successful in the real estate industry requires a ton of dedication, drive and investing a lot of your precious time. Every successful real estate agent has gone through a period of trial and erro...

By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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Inspirational Thoughts for 5/24/19by Patricia Feager "BE NOT AFRAID OF LIFE. BELIEVE THAT LIFE ISWORTH LIVING, AND YOUR LIFE WILL HELPCREATE THE FACT"---WILLIAM JAMES, PHILOSOPHER (1897)  Life can be as exciting or complex as we create it to be. This photo was taken while I was in Tennessee earli...

By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
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 As per The New York Real Estate Sales Complete Guide 2nd Edition put out by Hondros Learning 2009, an agent owes these to a client in an agency relationship:Obedience.Loyalty.Disclosure.Confidentiality.Accountability.Reasonable Care.The easily recalled OLD CAR acronym keeps these performance exp...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Truth in Maryland Real Estate Advertisements Real estate licensees need to be careful with the wording of their property advertisements in Maryland.This is the question that is asked by the Maryland Real Estate Commission:Are the contents of the advertisement factual and true and does it avoid an...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Advertising Sold Properties in Maryland If the advertisement includes a compilation of properties sold in a particular neighborhood for transactions in which neither the licensee nor the real estate company acted as either the listing or selling agent, does the advertisement include a disclaimer ...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Written Authority Required for Licensees to Advertise Real Estate in Maryland The Maryland Real Estate Commission requires agent and broker licensees to have the written authority of the owner or listing broker to advertise properties in Maryland. Lilies, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA IMG ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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 I don’t know about you, but I have seen two different people convey the same message with drastically different results. Many times, it involves conveying a company policy or procedure that requires change. In other instances, it may involve coaching a person to change. There are two components ...