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 Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
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Marketing real estate property listings, it is like being a cook with many pots on the burners  that need tending. The tall empty crock pot with the basic ingredients sliced, diced. Made to walk the wooden plank. With a knife plowing sideways, pushing them in off the cutting board. Into the soup....
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take the Personal Responsibility for Your Future “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, a American Author, Motivat...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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 Read the contractual fine print! Don't sign away the right to free speech   Have you noticed that there is a lot of fine print in contracts for services? There is a method to this madness. Many companies; carpet cleaners to wedding photographers are inserting “Non-disparagement” clauses in their...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
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“Take one single moment to feel sorry for yourself, and then bounce back better than ever.” Barbara Corcoran I’m a big fan of real estate icon Barbara Corcoran and saw her post this on Facebook this week. It’s timely, because recently I’ve had a lot of real estate agents talk to me about how to ...
By Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
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Does "selling" experience really count in Real Estate?  We all probably worked in other fields before we got in Real Estate.  Some of us probably had "selling" experience of some sort.  It is rare in my area to work with someone who is right out of highschool or college selling homes. So it makes...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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I am excited to announce the next Billion Dollar Agent Mastermind Retreat. If you are over $1,000,000 GCI in 2014, or a current client over $500,000 GCI, you qualify to come. We are meeting Mar 12th - 14th. Even if you’re not already a client, I’d love to meet with you. Our core three people to s...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Improve Yourself and Your Life Improves “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement  and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790, American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Writer and Inventor   As I see it . . . . . . . . Improve yourself and your...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Learning is Not Compulsory “Learning is not compulsory. . . neither is survival.”  Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Consultant, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . Learning is not compulsory   Moving into future without learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge is like leaving on a cross country tri...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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Do you need more leads OR do you need more calling of your current leads? I’d love to hear from you on this. When you reply or email me, choose only ONE of the above options and give details. We estimate that 20% of clients need more leads and 80% need more calling of their current leads.  Leads ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    Positive Change is Within Your Reach “Have you ever watched a fly bouncing off a window pane, even with an open door a few away? Many times the fly keeps crashing into the glass until it finally  dies. There are many companies in today’s world doing exactly the same thing. They continue down ...
By Sandy Shores Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
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I headed out this afternoon to show houses in the Cocoa, Florida. There are a lot of beautiful properties that offer some nice acreage with them. Many offer an extra workshop or garage or even a barn. The area that we looked at allows owners to have horses on the property. When we stepped into o...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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We can’t go on together...   Without TRUST on both sides of a personal or business relationship, the word fail eventually comes into play. I can say this with full confidence through past experiences:   Taking a listing with the agreement that the sellers will reduce the price as necessary to gai...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Using the Sales Agreement Repair Addendum the Right Way    When all is said and done after the signing of a purchase and sales agreement for a house you want to sell, you move to the next step.  In my state it is the 10 day period the buyer has to do home inspections and request any repairs neede...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    Hope Becomes Internal Inspiration “For he who has health has hope, and he who has hope, has everything.”  Owen Arthur, former Prime Minster of Barbados   As I see it. . . . . . . . Hope becomes internal inspiration   Hope is your expectations for your future . . . . as you want it to be. That...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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  Full House at the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design Lecture! A night To Remember Last night on February 25th, 2015 at the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design in Syosset NY made history in the Cerrano/Provenzale family. The Feng Shui legacy that my mother Carole Provenzale began in...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    Doubts Will Limit Your Tomorrows “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U. S. President   As I see it. . . . . . . . Doubts will limit your tomorrows   The only time that your doubts will limit your tomorrow is when you give in...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Multiple offers. It's the phrase that throws fear and uncertainty into an already difficult situation when talking about purchasing a home. Different agents and different agencies handle multiple offers differently, so it's not a bad idea, when you represent a buyer, to ask the listing agent how ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Maturity Is . . . . “Maturity is the ability to stick with a job until it’s finished; the ability to do a job without being supervised; to ability to carry money without spending it; and the ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.” Abigail Van Buren 1918 – 2-13, AKA Dear Abby  ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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Question of the Week - Please Reply Do you have Facebook friends or smartphone contacts that SHOULD be in your database as Clients/SOI or Buyer/Seller leads but are not in your database? Facebook - Database Management If you are active on Facebook, you likely have many friends and perhaps some le...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Throwback Thursday-My First Cruise to Alaska The inner beauty of Alaska  is unbelievable and you feel like you are on top of the world. We almost did not take the land tour but so glad we did. We have been back twice since and loved every moment.             This photo was taken by someone walkin...