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, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  You Will  Come to Mirror the People You Associate With “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better then yours, and you’ll drift in that direction.” Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, CEO        As I see it. . . . . . . .   You will come to...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Half Empty or Half Full   Everybody has heard the saying, do you see the glass half empty or half full a million times or more.  And yet somehow it always comes down to seeing things half empty or half full.  Think about it -- I mean really think about it, again. There is a big difference you kno...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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In MD, and VA, the buyer selects. That said, sellers, banks, relo companies. etc. can offer incentives, legal, abstract, title insurance (that's a biggie) to use the seller's selection. From my experience, since most fees are pass-through items the big one, title insurance, is why title c...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN®
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off!  As agents we are so used to seeing fish bowl pictures.  But Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off! These distorted pictures make rooms look bigger, move furniture, expand windows, and make an entire home more appealing than it really is in real life. Fish Bowl Pi...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  There are many great shiny signs of the recovering market dotting the landscape....popping around MLS...active with offer, SOLD..it gives Realtors and Sellers a warm fuzzy feeling that was absent for a while during the downturn of the market. Equity is returning....and the applause is heard thr...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Last Reminder for a FREE Feng Shui Workshop at the West Islip Library! Come to the West Islip library July 31st, 2014 and enjoy a fun, interactive and educational lecture on Feng Shui presented by Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano-CEO and founder of Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island.   Feng Shui is a...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  It’s Within Your Power to Shape Your Future “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here and now with the power to shape your day and your future.” Steve Maraboli, American Bestselling Auth...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  When Your Goals Are in Writing . . . . It’s a Plan “People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker     As I see it. . . . . . . .   When goals are in writing . . ...
By The Albert Team KW Port St. Lucie FL 34986 Market Updates and Trends, PGA Village, Tradition, St. Lucie West
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Summer Pick-Me-Ups for your home do not have to be costly to be effective.  Here are a few inexpensive ideas to "freshen up" your home for your own enjoyment. Bring In the Outdoors:  Houseplants add greenery to any room and are also a natural air filter.  So bring in a couple, sit bac...
By William J. Archambault, Jr.
(The Real Estate Investment Institute )
Comments 28
Three simple rules for real estate success, you already know. Or I could have said three simple rules for success in life, you already know.   Real estate and life are simple, we all know those extremely mentally impaired that function. I’m concerned with the esoteric version of a successful care...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 12
Have you ever felt overwhelmed?  Everything seems to go faster, leaving everyone feeling overworked, overloaded, and overwhelmed.   Here are some tips on surviving being overwhelmed. 1. Know Your Purpose. Know your vision, your goals, and your plans because these help you set priorities. Each day...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 145
Are open houses more important now than ever before? That's a point of discussion that came up in my weekly telephone conversation this morning with my accountability buddy, Carol Skees. While open houses are common practice in my area of the country (San Francisco, San Mateo County, and the ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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What's a stupid counter offer?   Folks let's get this right up front - every real estate offer situation is different but when it comes to counter offers some are wise and well advised and some are flat out stupid.  I ran across a stupid counter offer the other day. In fact it was probabl...
By Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
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Never ever, hold a open house on the block party garage sale weekend!!! There I was being the great broker that I try to be;when my client asked me why don't you do an open house this weekend during the block party garage sale? I recall vividly thinking "hey that's not a bad idea.&qu...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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R E S P E C T.  It worked 100 years when civility was the norm and it still works today. I firmly believe that this trend, language of the extreme, is the result of movies, TV shows and political folks who believe that only shock gets the attention of prospective customers/clients. I disagree.  I...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
(RISMedia)
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Yesterday, I wrote a blog about Twitter mistakes – one of which was to protect your account from being compromised. Hackers aside, there are other ways your social media accounts can stir up trouble. Today, I’m sharing with you all a few pointers to keep in mind that will help you avoid legal has...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
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Icanfirmation: The repetitive and positive use of the phrase I CAN. When challenges present themselves, using the word can't is very limiting in so many ways. We've all heard the saying...“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” ― Henry Ford If someone sa...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Fear is a great motivator!!  It has always been that way for me.  Nothing is taken for granted, and no matter how many awards or how high the rankings may be, anyone can slip away.  There will always be younger people, with more energy and greater talents, who come along and knock you into a “di...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Have the Strength to Push Through Discouragement “A man can get discouraged many times, but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stop trying.” John Burroughs, Writer   As I see it. . . . . . . .   Have the strength to push through discouragement   There is no success ....
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Have the Courage to Test Your Limits “To dream anything that you want to dream, that’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.” Bernard Edmonds     As I see ...