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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  Take Control and Out in Front of Your Circumstances “We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our circumstances from within.” Earl Nightingale 1921 – 1989, American Motivational Speaker, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . .   Take control and get in front of your circum...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Are open houses more important now than ever before? That's a point of discussion that came up in my weekly telephone conversation this morning with my accountability buddy, Carol Skees. While open houses are common practice in my area of the country (San Francisco, San Mateo County, and the ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  You Will  Come to Mirror the People You Associate With “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better then yours, and you’ll drift in that direction.” Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, CEO        As I see it. . . . . . . .   You will come to...
By David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
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8 Eye Catching Photography Tricks   Getting great pictures can provide customers with the information they need to make a purchase decision.  At first glance, real estate photography seems to be an easy task. Some real estate agents will take their cell phone out of their pocket and expect to ge...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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What's a stupid counter offer?   Folks let's get this right up front - every real estate offer situation is different but when it comes to counter offers some are wise and well advised and some are flat out stupid.  I ran across a stupid counter offer the other day. In fact it was probabl...
By Toni Weidman, 23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Re/Max Sunset Realty)
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Reducing Seller Inspection Stress   Have you ever noticed the panic that crosses the face of some sellers when you tell them the inspector is coming.  Some are very confident that there will be nothing found and that’s great for them, for you, and for the buyer. But some people don’t know what mi...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Half Empty or Half Full   Everybody has heard the saying, do you see the glass half empty or half full a million times or more.  And yet somehow it always comes down to seeing things half empty or half full.  Think about it -- I mean really think about it, again. There is a big difference you kno...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN®
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off!  As agents we are so used to seeing fish bowl pictures.  But Fish Bowl Pictures Turn Buyers Off! These distorted pictures make rooms look bigger, move furniture, expand windows, and make an entire home more appealing than it really is in real life. Fish Bowl Pi...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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R E S P E C T.  It worked 100 years when civility was the norm and it still works today. I firmly believe that this trend, language of the extreme, is the result of movies, TV shows and political folks who believe that only shock gets the attention of prospective customers/clients. I disagree.  I...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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In MD, and VA, the buyer selects. That said, sellers, banks, relo companies. etc. can offer incentives, legal, abstract, title insurance (that's a biggie) to use the seller's selection. From my experience, since most fees are pass-through items the big one, title insurance, is why title c...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  When Your Goals Are in Writing . . . . It’s a Plan “People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker     As I see it. . . . . . . .   When goals are in writing . . ...
By Frank Rubi, Homes for Sale Metairie, La.
(Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC.)
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When selling homes in Kenner,Metairie or Madisonville, La.  I used a professional Real Estate Photographer. My friend David Bailey in Sayville,New York brings out some important tips on preparing and types of Photos to use in Real Estate.    Like more information on Real Estate Photos drop me a n...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
(RISMedia)
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Yesterday, I wrote a blog about Twitter mistakes – one of which was to protect your account from being compromised. Hackers aside, there are other ways your social media accounts can stir up trouble. Today, I’m sharing with you all a few pointers to keep in mind that will help you avoid legal has...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  It’s Within Your Power to Shape Your Future “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here and now with the power to shape your day and your future.” Steve Maraboli, American Bestselling Auth...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Last Reminder for a FREE Feng Shui Workshop at the West Islip Library! Come to the West Islip library July 31st, 2014 and enjoy a fun, interactive and educational lecture on Feng Shui presented by Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano-CEO and founder of Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island.   Feng Shui is a...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  There are many great shiny signs of the recovering market dotting the landscape....popping around MLS...active with offer, SOLD..it gives Realtors and Sellers a warm fuzzy feeling that was absent for a while during the downturn of the market. Equity is returning....and the applause is heard thr...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  There’s Genius in Hard Work “The only genius that’s worth anything is the genius for hard work.” Kathleen Winsor 1919 – 2003, Best Selling Author   As I see it . . . . . . .   There’s genius of hard work   People look at their circumstances . . . . and work hard to change them.   There’s genius...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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"I ain't got no credit history... no credit score... " says the guy on the phone who's interested in renting the apartment I have listed. As tempting as it was to merely end the call and move on, I dug a little deeper, and asked a few questions about his credit history, and the ...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes Homes in Los Angeles Area
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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  While organizing my office storage area I found these lovely handwritten notes of appreciation.  One was from the title company representative, one from a fellow agent regarding an offer that did not come together, and the last from a satisfied client.   Although I received one from an escrow ...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN®
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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Selling a Home The Old Fashioned Way -  Today proved to be a great Sunday for my client as we received a full price offer on his home! We just reduced the price and sure enough, the new price fit into a different price territory. Of the three showings today, the first immediately submitted a cont...