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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Improve Yourself and Your Life Improves “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement  and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790, American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Writer and Inventor   As I see it . . . . . . . . Improve yourself and your...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
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“Take one single moment to feel sorry for yourself, and then bounce back better than ever.” Barbara Corcoran I’m a big fan of real estate icon Barbara Corcoran and saw her post this on Facebook this week. It’s timely, because recently I’ve had a lot of real estate agents talk to me about how to ...
By Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
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Does "selling" experience really count in Real Estate?  We all probably worked in other fields before we got in Real Estate.  Some of us probably had "selling" experience of some sort.  It is rare in my area to work with someone who is right out of highschool or college selling homes. So it makes...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Using the Sales Agreement Repair Addendum the Right Way    When all is said and done after the signing of a purchase and sales agreement for a house you want to sell, you move to the next step.  In my state it is the 10 day period the buyer has to do home inspections and request any repairs neede...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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We can’t go on together...   Without TRUST on both sides of a personal or business relationship, the word fail eventually comes into play. I can say this with full confidence through past experiences:   Taking a listing with the agreement that the sellers will reduce the price as necessary to gai...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    Doubts Will Limit Your Tomorrows “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U. S. President   As I see it. . . . . . . . Doubts will limit your tomorrows   The only time that your doubts will limit your tomorrow is when you give in...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You’re Responsible for Your Choices and Results “Personal responsibility begins with ME. That’s why it’s personal.”  Jim Miller, author   As I see it. . . . . . . . You’re responsible for your choices and results   The choices that you make are under your control. You make the choices on what yo...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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What Some of My Clients Have to Say About Feng Shui Manhattan One to One Sessions and Workshop Experiences   Kim T, Manhattan New York "I chose Laura to help me redesign my space after a big life change. From our first emails, Laura was knowledgeable, generous and fast.Laura approached my space f...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Maturity Is . . . . “Maturity is the ability to stick with a job until it’s finished; the ability to do a job without being supervised; to ability to carry money without spending it; and the ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.” Abigail Van Buren 1918 – 2-13, AKA Dear Abby  ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Hope Becomes Internal Inspiration “For he who has health has hope, and he who has hope, has everything.”  Owen Arthur, former Prime Minster of Barbados   As I see it. . . . . . . . Hope becomes internal inspiration   Hope is your expectations for your future . . . . as you want it to be. That ho...
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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A House Covered in Snow Can Disappoint a Buyer This has been a very snowy year and we all know that homes do not look their best covered in snow. In fact you can barely tell what a house really looks like with piles of snow at the front door, lawns and driveways covered and roofs bathed in white....
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Throwback Thursday-My First Cruise to Alaska The inner beauty of Alaska  is unbelievable and you feel like you are on top of the world. We almost did not take the land tour but so glad we did. We have been back twice since and loved every moment.        This photo was taken by someone walking by ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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The people who are willing to be of service to others are the real heros in life.  Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. To Be of Service to Others “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to s...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
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A recent post of mine about the importance of buyer representation and why every buyer should be represented ( an indelible mark on a consumer.  I received an email fron them, thanking me for the information they have been searching for but couldn't find elsewhere.  They ...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea
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Mr. and Mrs. Seller, when you have decided to put your house on the market for whatever reason, please make sure that your real estate agent keeps BOTH of you informed about the listing.   If you are BOTH on the deed, it is not enough for ONE of you to sign: 1. The listing 2. Any changes to the l...
By Chris Shull, Your Realtor For Life!
(ColumbiaLand Realty)
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I wasn’t sure what to title this article, but “Setting the Bar” seemed the simplest.  I also thought “Set a Bar” and then I started thinking, “For Goodness Sake Please Set Any Bar!” would be good.   In other words, as I was thinking about the title, my blood pressure started to rise because it se...
By Fiona Barone
(Fiona Barone)
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              I know that everyone is on Facebook; well, most people are. And if Facebook were a religion, it would come in number 3.    But despite its name, Facebook is somewhat of a misnomer when it comes to truly connecting with people.    And in the light of all the hype that surrounds soci...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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  Did you know you can have a lazy lawn? If you water your lawn too frequently, the roots won't need to stretch out and down for water. When it's hot, your lawn will dry out right away because the roots are too close to the surface of your soil, making them more susceptible to the drier conditio...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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An Obstacle is a Passing Condition “Obstacles can come into your life at any time. An obstacle is a passing condition when you take control of the condition . . . .focus on a solution to the condition . . . . and successfully work your way through the condition.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/
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 In your duties as a Real Estate agent/broker, how far above and beyond the call of duty are you willing to go in order to secure a closing? The reason I ask is that I have found myself doing small bits of labor that are definitely not a part of the job description so to speak, but I saw them as ...