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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  My right palm is itching.....hmmm....we know what that is coming our way.  You are not to itch or rub your palm, but close your fist and envision the money to come. For people who believe in creative visualization, vision boards and the power of positive may wish t...
By Dawn Brenengen, Sales and Management
(Dawn Brenengen - Trailwood Realty)
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What does that even mean?!  I was perusing the MLS in search for a home for a buyer client, and I came across a home built in 2013 with this in the description.  I can't figure out why someone would say this?  How was it better than new?  I'm sure it was a lovely home, but unless you give me some...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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Am I the Dinosaur in the Real Estate World Today  ?  I was reading an article today and listening to agents talking about not having to meet with clients in person  . Social media devices ,cell phones , texting ,doc u sign this was the way to go .   But I feel it is better to sit down with your c...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Self-Confidence is Essential “Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” Aldous Huxley 1894 - 1963, English Writer   As I see it . . . . . . . Self-confidence is an essential   True self confidence is developed through concentrating on your successes and putting your failures ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Santa Claus Comes to Town in Your Heart “They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney, he really enters through the heart.” Mrs. Paul M. Ell   As I see it. . . . . . . . Santa Claus comes to town in your heart . . . .   He brings happiness to millions of child . . . . around t...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
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  Robert Vegas Bob Swetz "Embarrassed" after referring ActiveRain client to Las Vegas Realtor    This is not the first time this has happened to Vegas Bob and he is quite disappointed by some actions of Real Estate agents in Las Vegas Nevada. Vegas Bob received a text message from one of his ass...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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In 2009, I was blessed to be brought into a new family by a dear friend of mine and I can say without any reservation, it has been a life altering transformation in PAY IT FORWARD. For a guy that came from extremely humble beginnings, I always worked hard and nothing was ever given to me except c...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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A memorable brand immediately imprints itself in your mind. It tells a story and engages you to learn more about the business and the people behind it.  As we have often pointed out, the business of wine is highly competitive.  Creating a memorable wine brand is an enormous challenge. Once again...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Think In Terms of What’s Possible “It’s difficult to say what is impossible, for the dreams of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” Robert H. Goddard, American Rockery Pioneer     As I see it. . . . . . . . Think in terms of what’s possible   As you dream and think . . . ....
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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I opened my own office earlier this year.  Still, after ten months I have yet to have any agents join my brokerage.   After all, there are lots of systems that need to be in place so it takes time. But I have interviewed several along the way.  Still, nothing.   I guess its a case of expectations...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  The Gift of Self - Awareness   “Every day offers us simple gifts when we are willing to search our heart for that’s right each day for us.” Sarah Breathnach, Writer   As I see it . . . . . . . . The gift of self – awareness   Have the awareness of where you are today.   Determine the direction ...
Ever wished you could flip a switch and have buyer leads start calling and emailing you for preapprovals just like that? Well, now you can! Here’s the fastest and easiest way to do it! We are excited to provide you with the opportunity to potentially increase your business in 2015 and beyond. If...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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                              "What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk," said the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz?  Courage! I changed my Brokerage Firm from Keller Williams Realty Dallas Metro North in Flower Mound after more than eleven years and moved my ...
By Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
(Empire Realty Group)
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Lately I have been going through my e-mail and even a few post's in the "Rain" and have seen the phrase Merry Christmas all over the place. In the past I was as politically correct as the next in always saying Happy Holidays; but this is really a problem in that I did not know what actually made ...
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
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Say what? That's a loaded question as good as "does this dress make me look fat"? That one has NO correct answer but that's another blog. I was thinking how I start my morning with coffee and Reading some blogs here. There are some I can count on to already be here as I am a west coaster. Roger, ...
By Deborah Laemmerhirt, CT, Ridgefield,Wilton,Greenwich,NewCanaan, Brookfield,Newtown,Roxbury,Bridgewater,Washington,Sherman, Luxury Homes,WaterFront,Equestrian,NewConstruction
(Keller Williams Luxury Homes International)
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Silver Spoon Christmas Ornament Fun, easy and pretty!   What you will need: -Silver spoon -Metal primer spray paint -Silver spray paint -Hand held drill -Drill bit (for metal) -Craft glue -Decorative gems -Ribbon   Prime the spoon first before spray-painting the entire surface, front and back, w...
By Steve Adams, Steve Adams REALTOR ®, ABR,GRI
(RE/MAX 1)
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How To: Turn Your Bathroom Into a Luxurious Spa- Do you want to relax in a spa without the price of actually having to pay at the spa? Well the good news is - you can! Turn your bathroom into your very own luxurious spa by making simple changes that will have a huge impact. Not only will this in...
By Brian England, Realtor, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Lou Ludwig always has such wonderful posts and I completely agree with this one.  If we don't have confidence in ourselves, then we are pretty much dead in the water. Self-Confidence is Essential “Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” Aldous Huxley 1894 - 1963, English Wr...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
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  Las Vegas & Henderson Homes continue to sell by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz   The real estate market in the Las Vegas Valley continues to "Boom" with large numbers of sales in existing homes and (new) homes being constructed.   Vegas Bob's projections for the future of real estate in the Las Vegas ...
By Lee Davenport, Our Business Is Your Success! 404.444.5777
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Originally written for and featured on Have you ever felt that you could not afford an assistant but now realize you cannot afford to not have an assistant?     Like fellow real estate agent Melissa Miller, you may have come to the realization that an assistant is needed in order for ...