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 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 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 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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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 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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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 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 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 Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Its common to see the picture on our business card which is different than how we look NOW!Jokes apart - do you present yourself as who you are?Here's a great re-blog from Lou Ludwig    Be Who You Really Are   “Often people attempt to live backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, i...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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  Lasting success comes in your ability to successfully navigate an uncharted path, not in following in someone’s footsteps.   Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. An Uncharted Path “Your success journey is at times an uncharted path.”  Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Co...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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It's just that little extra, that makes all the difference - between success and failure.And believe me - it's there in you!Here's another motivational re-blog from Lou Ludwig  The Possibility Zone “The possibility zone is just a little out of your reach . . . . and just a little outside of your ...
By Doug Bullwinkel, NMLS #281609
(Vitek Mortgage Group)
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DISABLED VETERANS GET TRIPLE BENEFITS WITH VA LOANS IN ROSEVILLE, CA.   Many Disabled Veterans are not aware of all the potential benefits they are entitled to.  It is my job, as a lender, to properly interview the Veteran to determine what he or she might be eligible for, in addition to the stan...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
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No matter how hard we try, when the busy home selling season comes calling, it can feel impossible to get it all done. From implementing strong marketing ideas to generating new leads to converting leads to clients and servicing your current clients, you could work nonstop and still have more thi...
By Jeffrey Jones, AZ Home Seekers, azhomeseekers.com
(AZ Home Seekers)
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In this business we learn early that we have to get along with other agents. This is one of the few professions where we compete for listings and market share , but need to work cooperatively to get properties shown and offers accepted. But some agents just just don't get it. It's amazing how muc...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Welcome to ActiveRain - Have you written your 1st Blog Post yet? ActiveRain and blogging can be overwhelming when you first start down the blogging journey.  The best advice I can give you is just get started today! Just Do It!  It really doesn't matter what you write or even if you're a good wri...