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 John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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I just upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S6 today, and learned a few tips for better battery life while they were setting up my phone:  Do NOT plug the phone in overnight to charge. This can overcharge and ruin the battery. Turn off the WiFi and GPS when not in use. This conserves battery power. Oth...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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It's Ridiculous to Have all 5 Elements in Every Single Room Of Your HomeThis was a comment I read in an article not to long ago on the topic of Feng Shui (Environmental Psychology). "It's ridiculous to have all 5 elements in every single room of your home." Looking to the Five elements theory in ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Are You a Niche Master or Jack of All Trades, Master of None?For most of my young adult life, I bounced from job to job, never really finding where I was really supposed to be. I came to realize that what I was good at was sales and marketing...a skill, but not a NICHE. I often felt like a Jill-o...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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People Want to Feel Important  “Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying ‘make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.”Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics As I see it . . . . . . . People want to feel important Life is about making the ...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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Many aspiring real estate agents are excited for the opportunity to earn their license, and may be tempted to "jump the gun" before their license is issued.  Don't make the mistake of performing licensed real estate activities before you are licensed.  Instead, focus on the things you CAN do to p...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Ask Six Questions to Solve Any ProblemWhat can I do?Who can help me?What resources do I need?What can I read about the problem?When will I start?What results do I want to achieve?Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Ask ...
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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The Measure of a Person“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”Plato, Greek Philosopher and Mathematician As I see it . . . . . . . .The measure of a person  The measure of person is not where they stand in the good times of comfort and convenience . . . . But in where they stand in the...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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An Opportunity Multiplies“Opportunity multiply as they are seized: they die when neglected. Life is long line of opportunity.”John Wicker, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . . An opportunity multiplies Each opportunity that you seize has the potential to multiply . . . . and lead to even greater...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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About 3 months ago, my buyers were vying for a highly desirable piece of property that came on the market.  The condo was bee-yoo-tee-ful.  It fit our parameters, room count, room sizes, quality, etc... very nice.We didn't move as quickly as I would have liked.  We waited a few days before writin...
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 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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Feng Shui Real Estate Development Tip: Front Entrance Water ElementAdding simple Feng Shui enhancements to the design concepts of a real estate development can be very beneficial to enhancing sales for residential and commercially utilized buildings. Why? Because 37% of buyers, follow the princip...
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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If You Make a Mistake Correct It“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.”Confucius 551 BC – 479, Chinese Teacher, Editor,Politician and Philosopher   As I see it. . . . . . . .If you make a mistake correct it  The person that makes a mistake and doe...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Life comes with many things - some of them we call 'Problems'!However, we should look at the solutions of these problems.And how do we do that?You'll ask these Six Questions in this re-blog - thanks to Lou Ludwig  Ask Six Questions to Solve Any Problem What can I do? Who can help me? What resourc...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Breakthrough is the Result of Determined Effort“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.”Dale Carnegie, Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .A breakthrough is the resu...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Timber & Wildlife Evaluation making a difference in finding BuyersHaving a good Timber appraisal and Wildlife Habitat inventory can make the difference in finding the right buyer for forestland properties.A good Forest inventory and apppraisal will allow your seller to properly price and market t...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Bryan Robertson, shared this wonderful classic post that can be used many times over. The array of details and data will surely benefit you and your present or future clients. It is detailed and right to the point. It should also help with any gray areas, to give you an upper hand with this compe...