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 Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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What an interesting subject matter this is. It crosses over into ethics, honesty, fiduciary, fair and honest, financial dealings and just plain out making a living. However, there has to be a right way to proceed that supersedes all opinions. I am going to tell you what that is and you are going ...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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50 Shades of CRAY! I know that this is not an original title but it fits so perfectly that I had to steal it from the show The Bachelorette! In the past few days I have been involved with a really unorthodox real estate transaction. What began as a typical offer began to unravel and show its true...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Lesson Learned from a Lead on my WebsiteWhen I learn a lesson that I think can help others I want to share it. After many years in real estate I am still learning new techniques, tricks and better practices. This weekend I learned from a potential buyer that I have been dropping the ball on my we...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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When Negotiating - Stay in Control of Your Emotions “You’re not always able to control . . . . what’s going on outside. But you can always be in control . . . . of what’s goes on inside.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it. . . . . . ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Can The Feng Shui In My Home and Office Become Stale?Just as with anything over a long period of time, change is required to help enhance progression and growth in keeping your life force energy and the energy of your environment fresh. So the answer is, yes. This also becomes a metaphor with are...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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I don't want to get into a gun debate, but I am interested in what you think about gun respect. It may be legal for me to walk into a sellers home locked & loaded, but will it offend them? If they knew I was showing their home armed to the teeth would it upset them? Should I care? I carry a weapo...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Change is a Choice“You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn’t want to.”Robert H. Schuller 1926 - 2015, American Christian Televangelist, Pastor, Motivational Speaker and Author As I see it. . . . . . . .Change is a choice If you want change in your l...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Control Your Fears “I have not creased being fearful, but I have creased to let fear control me.”Erica Jong, Author As I see it. . . . . . . .Take control your fears Having fears are normal what you do with those fears is optional  . . . . and becomes a personal choice. You can control your ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Tell You a Secret “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals;my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”Louis Pasteur 1822 - 1895, French Chemist and Microbiologist As I see it. . . . . . . .Tell you a secret The secret . . . . to achieving your goals Having a passion for what you do . ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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 Many luxury real estate markets around the world are also vacation destinations, which means that the local economy is dependent on visitors to a significant extent.  Interestingly, the media can help bring more tourists or help keep them away.We are delighted to report that, despite the media h...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be Curious “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.”Bernard Baruch 1879 - 1965, American Financier, StockInvestor, Philanthropist, Statesman, Political Consultant As I see it . . . . . . . Be curious Be curious . . . . and ask question . . . . to gather new information to increase your...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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I think Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 hit the bullseye on this one. A few years ago I was contacted by a local, direct lender who promised to place signs on my listings, create listing brochures with an adjunct company advertising of their business (I had no problem with t...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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Who does the final walk-thru when the buyer is out of town? It's fairly common for buyers to close on the home they are purchasing while out of town and in some cases, out of the country. A final walk is an opportunity for the buyer to see the home one last time before attending closing. The home...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Follow Through Is So Important in Developing TrustWhen you first begin a relationship and the person says, "I'll call you tomorrow" and they do, and then they follow through a second time by doing what they say they're going to do, it has a tendency to create a bond of trust fairly quickly. Maybe...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Mistakes Happen“The truth is that mistakes happen . . . . When you make a mistake admit it . . . . correct it . . . . and move on.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Mistakes happen  Be big enough . . . . to admit yo...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Do you know how many hours of Calling you need in your business to properly keep in touch with your Clients/SOI and Buyer/Seller leads?Most agents never calculate this number, although it is very easy and takes about 15 minutes to figure it out. If you’re a client, you can schedule to join a Clie...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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One Constant That You Can Count on“We work in a constantly changing business environment . . . . and things in our lives seem to be in a state of constant change. The only true constant in our lives that you can count on . . . . is change.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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This post may likely contain some truth, some fiction, some sarcasm and some fluff.  I usually don't get too wrapped up with local real estate agent "threads."  But, sometimes I go against my better judgment.  Recently I read a local thread about the lack of feedback.  So I gave my "feedback" to ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Zoning laws on home-based businesses in residential areas. When selling residential properties to clients who wish to open a home-based business, being familiar with zoning laws will ensure effective communication, therefore preventing erroneous advice. Many zoning codes prohibit certain types of...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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  I just read a post from another Active Rainer regarding folks that just talk too much and waste your time when you are busier than a "one armed Paper Hanger". WE have a few agents in our workplace that just like to talk and when you see them coming , you want to cringe because you have not comp...