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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Everything Becomes Possible “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”  Jamie Paolinetti   As I see it. . . . . . . . Everything becomes possible   Possibilities are what you see in your thinking. Opportunities are what you make out o...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Words to Live Your Life By “Work Hard – Do Your Best – Keep your word – Never get too big for your britches – Trust in God – Have no fear – and Never forget a friend.” Harry S. Truman 1884 – 1972, 33rd President of the United States   As I see it . . . . . . . Words to live your life by   The way...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
(ActiveRain)
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We are pleased to announce major improvements to the Question & Answer site on ActiveRain! The Q&A site is a place where real estate agents and other industry pros can ask their colleagues questions that will help them work smarter and live better. ActiveRain is all about community, and this is a...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Doing More Than Expected “Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do.” Brian Tracy Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . . Doing more than expected   Doing what’s expected . . . . is operation in the stat...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've read a few blogs recently where the authors have been critical of the way some agents practice real estate.   They're ranting about how inefficient these practices are, how lame they appear to be, and how desperate these agents come across.  Last week I walked in on a new agent on my team.  ...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
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I've always been a learner - learning all kinds of stuff and I completely enjoyed it. While learning and growing, and with a little ADHD personality (self-diagnosis), I often feel overwhelmed. Then I look back only to find things I set myself to do get un-accomplished by the time I sit down at 9p...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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 I want you to call my Realtor® I love it when I hear my past clients say to family and friends, “I want you to call my Realtor®.” It’s like music to my ears. Last week-end one of my past clients told a friend of theirs who is moving from CA to call me for assistance. After reaching out to them I...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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My annual 2014 Client Appreciation Party! Those clients & team members that are my top Referral Sources and Closed Escrow each year, get invited to enjoy my Thanksgiving Pie Party!  My VIP's each left with the very coveted and (world famous) Julian Farms Pies, fresh from the local orchard this mo...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  I Know You Know   The next weeks and days are critical for us to begin getting a run at 2015 and to see next year offer more happiness, more relaxation, more fun, more income, more joy, more important, more excitement, more accomplishments, these next few weeks are the utmost important.  Click ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Taking Personal Responsibility “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the winds, but you can change yourself. That is something you  can have charge of.” Jim Rohn 1930 - 2009, American Entrepreneur, Author and Motivational Speaker As I see it ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Who Your Were Meant to Be “A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you to have always known you could be.” Tom Landry 1924 – 2000, American Football Coach   As I see it. . . . . . . . Who you were meant to be   Wi...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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We opened Joy Daniels Real Estate Group in 2010 and it’s now 4 years later.   I would not have enough room to write down all of the things that have happened during those 4 years for which I am so thankful.  This contest has helped me realize that there were some “negative/difficult” things that ...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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Each month, you will see I produce a lot of market reports. As a matter of fact, I'm a little behind and still playing catch up on October's reports.  Since I am reporting on October's closed sales, my market reports will reflect that date. For example, I wrote a post today titled What's Your McK...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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  What some of my Clients Have to Share about Feng Shui Manhattan...   "Laura,Thanks very much...a quick read and again am inspired;  I'll print and review more thoroughly, along with the previous segments for an overall picture again. You've enabled me to see through the cobwebs and begin to cle...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Nurture and Grow Your Potential “When a man cares he is unafraid. When he is fair, he leaves enough for others: when he is humble, be can grow.” Lao Tzu 604 BC – 531 BC, Ancient Chinese Philosopher, Poet and Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . Nurture and grow your potential   A person that can b...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Overpriced and Underwhelming are some Sellers.  It pains me deeply when I see a good home go on the market either as a FSBO (For Sale by Owner) or with a needy agent willing to accept the Seller's valuation without paying attention to the actual market in that area at that time.  I have a propert...
By RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman, Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate
(RVA HomePRO Realtor with RE/MAX Commonwealth serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia)
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A few months ago I purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - probably one of the best, most portable computers I have ever owned. A few weeks before that I had started a Microsoft Office 365 Home subscription. When I was first exposed to Microsoft Office 365 I was a bit apprehensive. Why would I want...
By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
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We have an absolutely gorgeous two-bedroom condo in Wyndham Ocean Walk Resort in Daytona Beach. The unit is on the 24th floor of the North Tower, and the panoramic vistas are magnificent (check a short YouTube video/slideshow below). I received the call from the agent. He has a couple, who are he...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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A few days ago, I had a conversation with an agent about Christmas cards. She has very professionally produced Christmas cards each year. You know the ones. We all get them from our bank, our insurance company, even the vendors we do business with. Some of these cards may even be hand-signed--pro...
By Tammy Adams, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
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If You Don't - You Are Crazy!   Crazy in a bad way. Not in kookoo crazy. Ok, maybe loco crazy. You know what I mean!    Listen. You can be an agent that learns the hard way. By going to the School of Hard Knocks and with each growing year get better and better from learning from your mistakes or ...