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 Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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I realize the attempt at a great message here in this quote I came across, but just to clarify: As a Business Alliance Leader of 11+ years for our San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, I'll share Networking is also a form of love; a love for doing for others, without knowing if they can always ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Is Your Thinking Moving You Forward?“It’s easy to come up with new ideals; the hard part is Letting go of what worked for you two years ago,but will soon be out-of-date.”Roger Von Oech, Entrepreneur   As I see it. . . . . . . .Is your thinking moving you forward . . . . or holding you back? Let g...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Pink Tie Event for the Don Monti Memorial Research / Real Estate Professionals Networking for a Cure, was founded by Mike Cave, CEO of 1st Equity Title & Closing Services, after losing his beloved aunt to brest cancer. and PinkTie1000’s core mission is to benefi...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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In marketing luxury real estate to buyers it is important to tune into the concerns parents may have for living in proximity to the best schools for their children. The more you know about the schools in your marketplace the more able you are to help your clients make the right decision. The righ...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE Books on, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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The word control conjures up someone who dominates when it is first used. That's why an explanation should accompany a request to control. I am speaking about when it comes to purchasing large item products, someone should be on point for many a good reason. Lets start with mitigating confusionAS...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 In Wisconsin and we suspect every other state "just fix it" doesn't hold much legal weight when it comes in the form of an email from the Newbie Buyer's agent to the Listing agent.   Whether it is is radon...the chipping paint...the reversed polarity in an outlet ...etc., etc., there is a right...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Degree of Separation of a Winner“Winners have intense desire to succeed. It’s becomes apowerful force in their life to drive them forwardwith the determination that they will succeed.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . ....
By Erik Gruenwald, Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional
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Remind your buyers! There are many obvious things that you should not do to ensure that your loan approval goes smoothly. The larger and more obvious ones would include buying a new car or opening a new credit card. One thing you should keep in mind is to remind your buyers of the small things th...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Can you send me a photo or short 10-second video of your office desk area? I am sharing some Lead Lessons from a few client case studies this week.Put them all together and the lesson is Stop Wasting Leads. So…when I asked you to send me a photo a few seconds ago, was your reaction of pride to sh...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Use Your Imagination “All successful men and woman are big dreamers.They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day towards their distant vision, that goal and purpose.”Brian Tracy, Self-help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .Use y...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Can’t Go Back In Time“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”Maria Robinson, Author  As I see it. . . . . . . .You can’t go back in time Your past is gone . . . . and what is done in the past is in the history book of your life.  You’re...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
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 Doesn't Will Rogers have it right?  Dogs don't hold grudges.  Dogs are not judgmental.  Dogs are not racists.  Dogs don't usually bite the hand that feeds them.  When days are bad the kisses and the unbridled enthusiasm from our dogs are just what the doctor ordered.
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
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 I was showing a home to a buyer the other day and while upstairs we see another agent approaching through the window.  Seconds later the door opens and we hear the agent saying "hello".  I responded and kindly told her we were in the middle of a showing.  She asked if they could tour the downsta...
By Murney Associates Realtors, Murney Associates, REALTORS Sells Real Estate Best
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Ever notice that some folks have a skewed view of what a real estate agents does? Considering how agents are depicted on some reality TV shows, that’s understandable. Agents with big incomes and lavish lifestyles undoubtedly bring in higher television ratings than your run-of-the-mill agents.And ...
By Erik Gruenwald, Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional
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Do us all a favor! Use better photos.Computers, internet, phones, technology! Yay! So many people troll the internet late and night only to find terrible, truly terrible, pictures of listed homes. Do us all a favor and please hire a professional photographer for your listings or take the time to ...
By Don Alexander
(1st Prime Realty)
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How do you Qualify a Home Buyer?  As a Professional Real Estate Agent you must understand the difference between a Prospect, and a Client.  A Prospect is someone who has interest in Buying or Selling a Home.  They call you and ask for information.  A Client is someone you Qualified and are ready ...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender -, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
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 Choose the Wording For Contracts Carefully          Today I'm working on a rather challenging mortgage scenario for new and hopeful applicants ...               There are many elements to this transaction that serve to make it somewhat extraordinary.       But the one thing that's proving the mo...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
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Almost every-time I place ads for rental homes, calls start coming in, and I often hear this, "I can't believe you answered your phone." and "I can't believe you called me back."Just yesterday, another call from a potential tenant. She left a message, I knew the unit was rented already, but I cal...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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I am sure you know this - 3% of Harvard MBAs makes ten times as much more than remaining 97%  - just because they have written goals!In this re-blog, Lou Ludwig stresses the importance of (written) goals. A Person With Goals Creates a Strategic Advantage “A person with goals has a strategic advan...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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I like Lou as he posts several interesting quotes and articles. Below is an old post but it still rings true. Ask Six Questions to Solve Any Problem What can I do? Who can help me? What resources do I need? What can I read about the problem? When will I start? What results do I want to achieve? L...