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 Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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This post may likely contain some truth, some fiction, some sarcasm and some fluff.  I usually don't get too wrapped up with local real estate agent "threads."  But, sometimes I go against my better judgment.  Recently I read a local thread about the lack of feedback.  So I gave my "feedback" to ...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE Books on, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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What strange two words this title of the post. Estate Real is when an owner of Real Estate is where they want to be and when asked what their status is, they comply by saying the state of my status is real. I just made that up as an example of why you may need an agent who uses a high degree of e...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Create Forward Momentum “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.”Michael Korda, novelist   As I see it. . . . . . . .Create forward momentum  Use your goals as milestones on your success journey . . . . and you’re able to measure your forward progress in achieving your...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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New Patterns Break Old Habits“When patterns are broken new worlds emerge.”Tuli Kupferburg 1923 -2010, Counterculture Poet and Author  As I see it. . . . . . . .New patterns break old habits Habits . . . . are those things that you do almost without thinking.  Your habits are embedded deep within ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Look Through the Darkness“In the darkness of your challenges there is always a ray of hope. Look up . . . . look pass the challenges  . . . . and look into the light for the solution. For in every challenge there is a solution and a opportunity . . . . when you look for it  .” Lou Ludwig, Sales a...
By Jenna Dixon, Assoc Broker - Let's Talk Cobb County Real Estate
(DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate )
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Many new construction builders offer incentives to the buyer IF they use the "preferred" lender partner.  I'm sure these relationships are born out of trust, convenience and the marketing skills of the lender. Buyers are often swayed by the promise of the "incentive" savings to make application w...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Follow Through Is So Important in Developing TrustWhen you first begin a relationship and the person says, "I'll call you tomorrow" and they do, and then they follow through a second time by doing what they say they're going to do, it has a tendency to create a bond of trust fairly quickly. Maybe...
By Joe McCord
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A successful real estate agent does an excellent job of combining experience, education, research and people skills. Getting into the industry is fairly easy, but you need to figure out how put all of your skills to work for you. Fortunately, there are tons of real estate training college classes...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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When Buying an Palm Beach County Home, Adopt an Atypical Price RangeAt some point while weighing the pros and cons of buying a new home in town, you begin to mentally fix on a price range. If you are able to depend on a family income that’s fairly predictable, the issue is simplified. If not (sma...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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I like this post so much. Our Time is so much more precious than MONEY.. Your Time is More Precious Than Money “Money can be replaced . . . . but once time as passed it’s gone forever. Treat your time a precious resource and invest it in the activities that will move you closer to achieving your ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Our colleague, Gayle Rich-Boxman posted this reminder today about the importance of doing what we say we will do. Not only do clients, colleagues, friends and family expect and deserve that, we owe it to ourselves. That is my definition of integrity. Follow Through Is So Important in Developing T...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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It’s Not about Fitting in – It’s about Standing Out“The reason they want you to fit it . . . . is that once you do, they can ignore you”Seth Godin, American Author, Entrepreneur,Marketer, Public Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . .It’s not about fitting in – It’s about standing out It’s not a mat...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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What does tire kicking and low-ball offers have in common? They both fall flat! Not only was the offer $50,000 below list price, the buyer agent was informed the home had appraised $30,000 higher than list price.   Instead of playing to the positive aspects of the property, the potential buyer di...
By Jan Sohlman, RE/MAX Integrity
(RE/MAX Integrity)
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Greetings,I love quotes from Mother Teresa. Here are some to inspire you this week! “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has yet to come.We have only today. Let us begin.”Mother Teresa 1910 -1997, Roman Catholic Religious Missionary, Humanitarian     Today is a gift.  Once your day has passed it will be ...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Your Buyers, Your Sellers, Your Leads, Your Clients:AccelerAgent has you covered on all fronts. View this email in your browser   In response to the challenging low inventory market, we're sharing excerpts from an archived interview about how to stay afloat these days.Joe Piazza of The Piazza Ad...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Attention those who are in business/sales:STOP! Please STOP saying that you’re SO busy or TOO busy when people ask you how you’re doing with a look of overwhelming overload – Why in the world would anyone want to work with or refer business to someone that is “too busy”? The truth is, most of the...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 The First Rule of Successful Communications “The first rule of successful communications is to proactively listen to hear and understand . . . . Speak with a purpose by asking questions . . . . and listen. . . . to gather information to communicate. You will come to hear much . . . . and speak v...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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As You Improve Your Skills“As you improve your skills . . . . you enhance your potential to achieve greater success.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Tips, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see itAs you improve your skills  The primary objective of personal – improvement . . . ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Positive Change“You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn’t want to.”Robert H. Schuller 1926 - 2015, American Christian Televangelist,Pastor, Motivational Speaker, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .Positive change If you want change in your life it’s...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Pop Quiz Answer To: What Is The Best Driveway Design?Every aspect of a home's interior and exterior presentation will help facilitate positive Chi or not the most supportive. Based on what has been shared with my blog pots or perhaps your own knowledge on Feng Shui, what driveway design...