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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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...
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 Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Sensei Grasshopper - Spin Like a SEO Top!  The Sensei Grasshopper Contest once again has made a huge project of mine manageable and achievable.  When Mr Sensei, Dick Greenberg, announced the contest, I debated whether or not to ask him to be my Sensei.  But I asked anyway because I knew he held ...
By John DL Arendsen, Gen Cont, Factory Built Const & Dev, RE Brk, INVS.
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer)
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This is definitely a very good post and well deserves many re blogs. Very thought provoking and very well though out. Hope a lot of folks read, re read and read all the comments. It will get us all thinking. "A there are those of us who are not by virtue of birth date in this category who have th...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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Long-term planning is important to include in one’s business plan if you are want to be the market leader in your luxury real estate practice/company.  It means understanding the new agents you hire, as well as those you will be selling homes to.  It also means knowing how important spare time as...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Divulging information outside of what is inside, do you? There will be issues that crop up outside our scope of control in a real estate transaction. Part our responsibility as agents, according to the REALTORS® Code of Ethics is to keep information discussed within, confidential.  Never relay de...
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 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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Courage to Go Out on the Limb“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb - -that’s where the fruit is.”H. Jackson Brown, Author   As I see it . . . . . . .The courage to go out on the limb It may appear easier to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground . . . . and to pick the low hanging fruit. ...
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Discover Your Real Talent“Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.”Erica Jong, America Author and Teacher As I see it. . . . . . . .Discover your real talent Everyone has talent . . . . At times that talent is on the surface . . . ...
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 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 Buffini and Company
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Dealing with a difficult buyer can be one of the toughest challenges that we face as real estate agents. Why does a customer disappear off the radar, stop returning calls or fail to take action and sign a contract? It’s only natural that we may be tempted to blame them for the end result, but the...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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They trust me, they really, really trust me!  This will make referral #4 from a client couple I met back in 2011 from a sign call. At first, trust was not forthcoming from his point of view but she happily accepted me from our first meeting. During the course of finding a second home, he realized...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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 Did You Know There Are 5 Mountain Elements in Feng Shui? Tianzi Mountains, China. photo from boredpanda.comGoing deeper into the studies of Feng Shui, you will find the five elements theory goes beyond just the elements themselves. They will even expand into one another. An example of this is wi...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Thinking is as Big as Your Imagination “First comes thought; then organization of the thought, into ideas and plans;  then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” Napoleon Hill 1883 - 1970, American Self-Help Author and Motivat...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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At some point in time a client will want to terminate his relationship with you. Nobody is perfect and sometimes things can simply get side-ways, regardless who is at fault. It happens. The most important thing about being told "I want to use another Realtor" is to remember to remain professional...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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 And You Only Did it 42 out of the 52 weeks in a Year Did you know you would have talked with 9,870 people? And would you say it is realistic you could find one out of 80 considering selling their house, especially if you lived in a place like Phoenix Arizona where the weather is never a cause fo...
By Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, David Weekley Homes in Cinco Ranch
(David Weekley Homes)
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  Why can’t you hold lots or homes? There are many reasons we cannot hold lots or homes. The first one is that we usually have partners and it would not be fair to those that he or she is working with. Another reason is that many people look at our homes and lots; and if they all asked to hold a ...