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 Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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What an interesting subject matter this is. It crosses over into ethics, honesty, fiduciary, fair and honest, financial dealings and just plain out making a living. However, there has to be a right way to proceed that supersedes all opinions. I am going to tell you what that is and you are going ...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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  In the main, the homes that I have looked at with buyer clients in the past few months have shoddy workmanship and are horribly overpriced. These flaws are apparently being overlooked by buyers who find themselves in the middle of a market that has very little product.  In other words, buyer de...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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First Class Service is Never an Accident“It’s the little things that make the big things possible,only close attention to the fine details of any operation makes the operation first class.”J. Willard Marriott 1900 – 1985, American Entrepreneur,Businessman, Founder Marriott Corporation As I see it...
By Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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The good news? They are doing us all a favor. How? The ones that do know a thing or two shine in their presence or in their wake. The ignorant or passing through agent makes the career minded professional stand-out providing a contrast not only the consumer but for the industry as well. The uncom...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Success Journey is a No Parking Zone“The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.”Source unknown   As I see it. . . . . . . .Your success journey is a no parking zone  The success journey is not an expressway . . . . nor is it a parking lot. It’s a journey of dedication , ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Plan Big and Go For It“Make no small plans for they have no powerto stir the soul.”Niccole Machiavelli, Italian Writer 1469-1527    As I see it. . . . . . . .Plan big and go for it Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Success is accomplished through planning . . . . setting goals . . . . and putti...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Focus On the End Result“Start with the end in mind . . . . and focus on achieving the end result. By focusing on the end result your actions have a purpose creating a greater degree ofefficiency in your thinking . . . . Your time . . . .and in your efforts.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consult...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Who is better? A buyer who will preview the home for hours at the open house and couple of more visits with his/her agent ORA buyer who has just one private showing and within hours, you have an offer from this buyer?Now what if that offer is TOO LOW?Is that an insult?Here's a POSITIVE spin on th...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Buying a Home in the Right Palm Beach County Homeowners AssociationIt does seem that whenever a story about some faraway homeowners association finds its way into West Palm Beach newspapers, nearly always it’s because something has gone awry. Either there’s an ongoing dispute about a flag display...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
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 Barriers to Success1. Seeing success as being determined by external factors. (So if I fail it’s circumstances or someone else’s fault.) This takes away my sense of power and keeps me stuck in failure and helplessness.2. Personal blind spots. Sometimes we keep failing but we’re blind to the fact...
By Kathleen Luiten
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel make a strong case for staying focused on your niche if you are in the luxury market. Worth reading even if "luxury" is not your specialty. You may get ideas about how to separate your marketing to better highlight any specialty. And you might enjoying following them at h...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
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  An Offer Is Not An Insult     As a listing agent, I encourage offers and don't worry about "insulting" me or the seller?                                                                        There have been offers rejected but many more  have been negotiated and gone to settlement.   No seller...
By Home Value Leads
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This article was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.Thanks to your partner Home Value Leads, you now have a listing appointment with new sellers.  At the listing appointment, you explain the CMA and present the comps to the sellers.  After giving your suggested price range for the ...
By Kristi Knutson, Blog Trainer ☂
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  Hello, ActiveRain! :) I get a lot of questions about the ActiveRain points breakdown and HOW to get them, so here's a guide about what's what for those curious(er and curiouser!)   The First Step So, you just joined ActiveRain. Or maybe you’ve been on here for a while, and aren’t sure you’ve fl...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
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Facebook - Sharing Photos Too Soon Can Be Compromising!Photos are a wonderful way to document events, things to remember and most anything we love to share. Facebook is a part of life these days for many people. It is a way to communicate daily events and stay in touch with others. As real estate...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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50 Shades of CRAY! I know that this is not an original title but it fits so perfectly that I had to steal it from the show The Bachelorette! In the past few days I have been involved with a really unorthodox real estate transaction. What began as a typical offer began to unravel and show its true...
By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
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 To buy Jim Lowenstern's book all about Real Estate, go to What do you think? Have anything to add? Join the discussion in the comments!   You can also listen to segments from previous shows here:’t forget to “like” our Fac...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Lesson Learned from a Lead on my WebsiteWhen I learn a lesson that I think can help others I want to share it. After many years in real estate I am still learning new techniques, tricks and better practices. This weekend I learned from a potential buyer that I have been dropping the ball on my we...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Moral Character & Moral Compass are the key ingredients to Success in any business!I have always found that you can have good moral character and have a good moral compass and still be successful. Quite frankly I find that is the key ingredient for long term success in any business. I have seen a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Four P's of Getting it Done  “The difference between trying and triumphis a little umph”Unknown author   As I see it. . . . . . . .The four P’s of getting it done Don’t just try – just do it Winners know that just trying doesn’t get it done. Winners do what has to be done with the four P’s . ...