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 Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Real Estate Development Feng Shui Furnishing Tips Feng Shui (Environmental psychology) is being embraced by many in America and in the world. Why? Because it practices a mindset of mindfulness with yourself, others and your environment.  When you walk into a space and look around using all your s...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Tapping into the Feng Shui Ba-gau Life Section of TravelIn Feng Shui there are various methods clients can utilize and benefit from. Above is an image of the Ba-gua map (life station map). This provides 8 key life categories, all paired with accent colors, an element (or grouping of elements) and...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Persist“No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.”Jean de La Bruyere 1645 - 1696, French Essayist and Philosopher As I see it . . . . . . .Persist No road is too long for those who have wri...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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 Your competitionWhy on earth are you in the game of luxury real estate marketing if you are not in it to win it? Sure, there are plenty of agents who just want to eek out a living. But, they are missing out on all of the fun because they do not know the secret of winning the game!  The sweet spo...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Acquiring Wisdom“Wisdom is acquired as a result of your life experiences and in weathering the winds of change that those experiences bring into your life. Some would say that wisdom is acquired in the school of hard knocks.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Train...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Myth Buster: Feng Shui is Only For Those of Asian DecentFeng Shui (environmental psychology) made it's presence known in America around the 1980's. Yet it was not until 1997, The Metropolitan Institute of Design graduated the first certified accredited class in 1997.  Eighteen years lat...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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Watch Video Now - Short 2 Minutes Subscribe to our YouTube videos HERE. Future Business is more profitable than Now Business This includes content from a call with a client...The real estate business is composed of NOW business which goes from new lead to listing signed or buyer under contract wi...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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You would not be driving your car if the wheels were coming off, would you?  You would call your local mechanic and ask for help.  Now suppose he tells you that your car is so badly misaligned that it should not be driven until it is realigned.  Wouldn't you get it realigned immediately?  Now wha...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be Wiser Today Than You Where Yesterday“A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong which is but saying . . . That he is wiser today than yesterday.”Jonathan Swift 1667 - 1745, Anglo – Irish, Satirist, Pamphleteer, Poet and Cleric  As I see it . . . . . . .Be wiser today th...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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 Do You Know Why Rejection is Good? When you click on this link you will learn! Do you know why the majority of real estate agents are totally against the idea of telephone prospecting? It is not because it cost too much. It is simply because the mindset is not where it needs to be in order to ex...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Do you believe in praying on the job?  This little one does and manages quite well. From hatch-ling to an immediate work setting, this Praying Mantis knows by instinct that it must adapt to its surroundings or immanent death is certain.  Real estate agents must also learn to adjust accordingly wh...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
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5 More Thank You Cards Hitting the Mail Today Sending personal and hand-written thank you notes has become a regular part of my business, especially to thank those who help to make each transaction successful.  I aways send them out the day of closing to the lender, the escrow and title companies...
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
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In Oregon we use Escrow company's that collect the money and record the transfer with the County. Then the proceeds are divided and paid out. this would include Title fees back taxes, commissions and anything else to make a clear title before giving the Seller their proceeds.After signing it usua...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Possibility Zone“The possibility zone is just a little out of your reach . . . . and just a little outside of your comfort zone.Be willing to stretch yourself forward. . . . . and to step out of your comfort zone . . . . and step into the possibility zone.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management, Su...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Let Go of Time This was a section of an office I came across during a business Feng Shui consultation in New Jersey. Having a clock in your office offers a practical function, yet when you have 4 in a row behind you, that becomes another matter.In the practice of Feng Shui (also known as Environm...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Continually Recharge Your Motivation“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does a bath – that’s why we recommended it daily.”Zig Ziglar 1926 – 2012, American Author, Salesman,Motivational Speaker As I see it. . . . . . . .Continually recharge your motivation Motivation is n...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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 I Really Am Listening  I was caught off guard when asked for an estimate today. I didn't have any paper or pencil to take notes of the list of miscellaneous items on the to-do list of the client. I often use my phone to capture photos just because it is handy.Today I used it to take notes of all...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Do Your Best“Good, better, best; never let it rest till your good is better and your better is best.”Author unknown As I see it . . . . . . .Do your best Do your best in everything that you do . . . . Never be satisfied with being good . . . . . when you can be the best.  Strive to be the best . ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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It doesn't happen often.  Really it doesn't.In fact, I think, for the most part, it's the stuff of urban legends.  I know that many on the interwebs and the internet super-highway like to think that it happens all the time, but...So, I met this young couple for the very first time.  We agreed to ...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
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There’s no question that blogs are great. They are an awesome source of organic traffic from people who are looking for what you have to offer. And, they are also a nice way to cement your brand image online. But, the truth is that lots of people want ‘em, but very few maintain (or sustain) them....