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 Jeffrey Jones, AZ Home Seekers, azhomeseekers.com
(AZ Home Seekers)
Comments 42
In this business we learn early that we have to get along with other agents. This is one of the few professions where we compete for listings and market share , but need to work cooperatively to get properties shown and offers accepted. But some agents just just don't get it. It's amazing how muc...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 14
Welcome to ActiveRain - Have you written your 1st Blog Post yet? ActiveRain and blogging can be overwhelming when you first start down the blogging journey.  The best advice I can give you is just get started today! Just Do It!  It really doesn't matter what you write or even if you're a good wri...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 8
There are some fantastic real estate agents in this world. And there are many really good ones. But there are some bad apples. The list is endless.  Agents fail to protect a homeowner's rights. Agents misrepresent themselves. Agents solicit clients that already have representation. Agents don't r...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 20
Choices are Your Stepping Stones Into the Future “Your choices are your stepping stones into the future. They will determine the path you follow andthe destination that you arrive at.”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)
Comments 18
 A Roadmap for a Successful Career  “The roadmap for a successful career is having written goals and in using your goals to guild your success journey with a purpose.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . .A roadmap for a su...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Person That Adapts to Change the Quickest“Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.”Nolan Ryan, Hall of Fame Baseball Player   As I see it . . . . . . . .The person that adapts to change the q...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Believe That You Will“What you want to achieve in life is rooted in your thinking . . . . When you believe that you will. You will find a way to do it successfully.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Believe that you wi...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 16
Why Be An Independent BrokerI've finally done it! I've separated from all corporate brokerages and become an Independent Real Estate Broker.  I earned my Broker's License in 2009 and have been thinking about this move ever since. Now I wonder what took me so long. It took me some time to realize ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Let Go of Time This was a section of an office I came across during a business Feng Shui consultation in New Jersey. Having a clock in your office offers a practical function, yet when you have 4 in a row behind you, that becomes another matter.In the practice of Feng Shui (also known as Environm...
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
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In Oregon we use Escrow company's that collect the money and record the transfer with the County. Then the proceeds are divided and paid out. this would include Title fees back taxes, commissions and anything else to make a clear title before giving the Seller their proceeds.After signing it usua...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
Innovators Are the Pacesetters“Innovators are the pacesetters . . . . they will step out of the box and into the possibility zone to achieve what others may only dream about.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Tips, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Innovator...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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A relationship’s a gift.   Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   8 Ways to Destroy a Relationship 1. Be abusive: As well as physical abuse, this includes put-downs, sarcasm, negative comments, withholding affection, stonewalling, refusing to talk, and repeatedly threaten...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 4
Focus on the Solution to the Problem“All it takes is one idea to solve an impossible problem.”Robert H. Schuller, Pastor, Motivational Speaker,Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .Focus on the solution to the problem Problems come in many shapes and sizes. Some problems can seem impossible . . . . ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 4
A lot of truth in those words Lou!Thanks for sharing the wisdom.Bob   A Roadmap for a Successful Career  “The roadmap for a successful career is having written goals and in using your goals to guild your success journey with a purpose.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, ...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 5
Melissa Zavalla has some great tips/ideas for those who can't think what to say, but know they need to blog. I would add something to her list - write about local events and local attractions. Whether it's an annual event, like a watermellon seed spitting contest, or an attraction like a pumpkin ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Failure is an equal opportunist. So is Success. Nature takes time to flourish, from seed to bud to maturity, the results are often spectacular! It fails when outside forces determine the outcome but knows by sheer instinct the required expectations put forth to survive and thrive.  Nature is:  co...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Comments 1
There’s no question that blogs are great. They are an awesome source of organic traffic from people who are looking for what you have to offer. And, they are also a nice way to cement your brand image online. But, the truth is that lots of people want ‘em, but very few maintain (or sustain) them....
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
The path to success is never a straight line - and that means, you need to change the course often, to be successful!Here's a great post from motivation guru of ActiveRain Lou Ludwig . The Person That Adapts to Change the Quickest “Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt only by being open...
By Gloria Walters, REALTOR - Selling Homes in the Tampa Bay Area
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 0
  Photo Credit: RISMedia.comA recent survey conducted determined that many Realtors use FaceTime, an iPhone video app, to help overseas or out-of-state Buyers view homes virtually. Personally, I’ve used Google Hangouts, or even Skype to conduct such viewings. These outlets have also proven reliab...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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How to Host a Successful Open House According to Real Estate Professionals ActiveRain Crowdsourcing: How to Host a Successful Open House Whether you like them or not, Open Houses continue to be a staple of marketing a home for sale. Some agents consider them a waste of time, others love the idea....