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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

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 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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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 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 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 ...
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 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 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 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 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 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 ...
By Connor Dowd, 2013 Newport Realtor of the Year
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Found this great blog about ways you can offer value & foster relationships that result in more home sales! Hope everyone else enjoys! You know that the loyalty of your clients can be the factor that determines what kind of year you have in real estate sales. But do you know how much of a differe...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." -Jim Rohn   Are you working on your 2015 Business Plan yet? Hope so, it's past the time to start!         Start With Knowing Your Numbers! You can't crea...
By JM Padron, CCIM, CDPE, CRB, Ft. Lauderdale-Doral-Sunny I
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Does Brand Really Matters?     I'm going to start my article citing Jennifer Walker-Derby a prominent realtor in Atlanta, Georgia:   "No matter how hard I tried, I could not break the $225,000 housing barrier (meaning sellers with homes valued over $225,000 did not trust my “no name brokerage” wi...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Choice is Which End to Use  “Nature gave us two ends - - one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most.” Robert Albert Bloch 1917 - 1994, American Fiction Writer   As I see it. . . . . . . . The choice is which end to ...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
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The primary function of our website is to bring us business. The easiest way to do that is to provide ways for buyers to easily search for properties. While buyers will also find a multitude of other information on the site, the search feature is the big star of our website. There are always exce...
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 Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
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About two months ago a new agent, Chris, wrote to ask about having a real estate bio written. He was building a website for his Naples, Florida luxury real estate practice. I wrote him back with all the information and we went forward. About ten days later I sent him a first draft with a request ...
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 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...