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 Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 61
Who Said Open Houses Don't Work?Reading online discussions about open houses, inevitably the majority of the discussions go to the negative viewpoint: "They don't work in my area," "Open houses are a complete waste of my time," "I'm not looking for buyers, I'm trying to sell my listing!" Yes, nay...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 7
Sometimes it is hard to go to check out a potential most of you know there were these tragic fires in the recent past,  which lasted a long time and  caused a lots of devastation....Well the other day one of my co-workers asked if I would be interested in sharing a listing. Yes you ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 46
  Time was....and sometimes still is....when couples proclaimed that  they "didn't need that piece of paper" (marriage license) to prove to the world that they were a couple. They could function as what society would call a "family" with a Mom..a Dad and wedding rings necessary to b...

By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Comments 6
When we go to the movies to be entertained and receive a story told to us with all creativity, technology and wizardry known our expectations are high and if done right dazzle us even winning potential awards for those that create and deliver this type of experience. The movie industry encourages...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 4
Each day is a gift given to us and it is up to us to make the best use of it that we can. No returns or exchanges given! Lou gave us a motivational gift every day.   Time is Limited  “Time is limited, so I better wake up every morning Fresh and know that I have one chance to live this particular ...

By Dominick Dina, MA, REALTOR®, GRI, e-PRO, TAHS, SFR, Notary Public
(Christian Realty San Antonio)
Comments 2
      We all work in a world where today, computers are what amke the wheels go 'round.  This is great for real estate and also great for those who want to take advantage of us, doing our daily work.   We all need to be on the lookout for those tyes, computer criminals, trying to get a bit at a t...

By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
Comments 11
Thank you Richie Alan Naggar  When we go to the movies to be entertained and receive a story told to us with all creativity, technology and wizardry known our expectations are high and if done right dazzle us even winning potential awards for those that create and deliver this type of experience....

By Dr. Karen Jones Lewis, Broker, Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward
(K1 Realty Group)
Comments 13
Creating a Timeline! In real estate besides professionalism, simplifying and making sure all parties are on the same page is gold.  As an agent, when I have an executed contract, I  create a timeline and send it to all involved parties (Buyer or seller-depending on which one I am working with, th...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 16
As so many have said...wash, rinse, repeat. We have to choose actions that are going to take us where it is we want to be. And then we have to be consistent in those actions.  Lou knew! What You Do Consistently . . . . You Become “In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control o...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 2
A New Day A New Lou saw it.... A New Day A New Beginning “Each new hour holds new chances for new beginnings. The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.”  Maya Angelou 1928 - 2014, African American Best Selling Author, Poet, Dancer, Actress, Singer...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
The feeling you get when you find a sense of commonality is exhilarating Your buyers have stories to tell…stop and LISTEN. When a potential buyer contacts you, do you stop and ask questions or do you launch into your spiel?? Every single person has a unique story to tell, one that is compelling i...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 102
 Maximizing Your Resources to Maximize Your Life“The biggest tragedy in Americais 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, American Phys...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 8
This his how Lou saw it.... he lived it and shared it every day.... Awaken  “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart… Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awake.”   Carl Jung 1875 – 1961, Swiss Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who found Analytical Psychology       ...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 13
The Snooze Button People are always thinking about resolutions this time of year. Most often, a resolution means that someone wants to change something about themselves. Whether that be going to the gym and drinking more water, not snapping at one's kids, or even upping their game in their busin...

By Mary Jo Quay
(Remax Results)
Comments 9
The hardest part about moving isn’t the furniture. Those are big chunks. It is almost always a shock as to the amount of clutter, and unused ‘stuff’ we accumulate. “Where did I get all of this?” And then, “What do I do with it, how do I get rid of it?” It crept in piece by piece, sale by sale.A f...

By Rebecca Gaujot, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
(Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker)
Comments 7
Well, Debe Maxwell has proven that open houses do work. Read below to see why.  In my area open houses are not well attended. .... so now I am thinking about my $1 million listing and will be following Debe's advice this Spring when I do another open house Debe's way..... treat it like an event. ...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 10
Before dismissing someone with a different opinion, take the time to challenge your beliefs and verify that they are indeed correct.  Don't just follow the herd.  You may find some enlightenment, Grasshopper!   It is important that the Active Rain community does not become an echo chamber, where ...

By Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker
(KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist)
Comments 1
Clean up your Kauai home, clean up your life and sell your Kauai Home  while keeping our island of Kauai clean.De-cluttering, cleaning and staging your Kauai home are the recommendations from most professionals if you are planning to sell your home. A clean, light and airy home will not only give...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(LAER Realty Partners)
Comments 26
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?' Read more at: people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are al...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 5
Hi ActiveRainers,I understand most of you don't prefer (or need) to rely on "scripted" content when it comes to verbal communication. However - it never hurts to brush up on conversation starters and/or navigation advice, right?The infographic below is a follow-up to our original post entitled Mo...