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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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 Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay." We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people waiting for the plane. An easy and smart way for airline...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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I've never taken advantage of the Black Friday sales to Christmas shop, but there was one year when I did some shopping for myself, and the gift I got was an unexpected lesson in prospecting. At the time, I shared an office with one of the all time real estate greats, Sheila Leifer, who is still ...
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Outside Your Comfort Zone  “While executives and managers say they want new ideas and new thinking from their employees, their actions indicate otherwise. New ideas are disruptive, they’re messy, And they challenge the status quo, they require take chances and increased risk, and they push everyo...
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 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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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 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 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
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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 Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Agent collaboration, why not I often ask my competing agents.  Here is the scene.  We each compete for the same listings. Sometimes they win; sometimes I win that is the way it goes.  There are some agencies that want to sell their own listings and not anyone else’s so they will tell their agents...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Commission breath is a turn off to any Seller, Buyer or Prospect.  There are many indications that you have commission breath.  One of the most obvious is complaining about the efforts you have to make for a client with more needs than normal.  Another will surprise you….taking overpriced listing...
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 ...
By Andy Brown-Climer School of Real Estate, The Best Real Estate School in Florida
(Climer School of Real Estate)
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Greetings Fellow Active - Rain'ers! Right about now is the time when, every year, I think about not only setting and writing my goals down but becoming even more committed to the acts of setting and writing my goals down. Sometimes I do a better job than at other times. I even teach the power of ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Ask for Referrals - Client Marketing We will focus in coming months on Referrals for all our clients. I have personally attended coaching sessions with most top coaches in the industry, including Brian Buffini and Joe Stumpf who are strong on referrals. I have also read many books on client rete...
By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                 November and December can be punishing cold some days which may motivate you to stay inside for your lunch hour.  It just doesn’t seem as appealing to go five minutes down the street from the office to get a toasty sub when the conditions outside are quickly approaching Nordic pr...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
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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 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...