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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

 
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 80
  My right palm is itching.....hmmm....we know what that means....money is coming our way.  You are not to itch or rub your palm, but close your fist and envision the money to come. For people who believe in creative visualization, vision boards and the power of positive thinking...you may wish t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 2
Our Children Memory Banks “Each day we make deposits into the memory banks of our children.” Charles R. Swindoll, American Writer        As I see it. . . . . . . . Our children memory banks   As our children grow up they pack away their childhood memories . . . . and carry them throughout their ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 93
 In our market, we don't see offers written with the Buyer asking for closing cost credit very often.  The inventory is lower and the competition is keener for the house that the buyer wants to call home.     Agent Suzy got an offer with closing costs credit of more than twice the number that co...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 28
Price Changes; When and Why best practices is both simple and complex.  Getting the price right is essential and the most important aspect of a great real estate transaction. The second most important aspect of a great real estate transaction is the marketing you put out on the internet.  Getting...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 28
    Think Green   If the thought of winter makes you shiver, THINK GREEN. Plant your future with fresh thoughts, like seeds that burst out of the ground in the spring and summer. The seasons of your life are very important. Stay fresh with Green ideas that helps you to grow physically, financial...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Pay Attention to What People Do “The older I get, the less I pay attention to what people say or think or hope. I notice what they do, how they live and they work for.” Robert Fulghum, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . . Pay attention to what people do   People can talk about what they are goi...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
A Time to Reflect on Your Blessings “Reflect upon your present blessing of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Thomas Aquinas 1225 -1274, Italian Dominican Priest, Philosopher   As I see it . . . . . . . A time to reflect on your blessings   As yo...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 3
   B Nice 2 everyone, smile and speak to everyone   A True Story about Pat & Grace Murphy   This is a story that happened over 20 years ago, and I have had others similar to this in recently, the point is: watch what you say, how you say it, and even how you look at everyone you meet. Click here....
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
Your Thoughts Become a Powerful Magnet “You are the most powerful magnet in the universe; you contain a magnetic power within you that is more powerful than anything in this world, and this unfathomable magnetic power is emitted through your thoughts.” Rhonda Byrne, Author of the Secret   As I se...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 15
      We have all  know the benefits of having a business plan...some people find the simpler the better and others analyze many different areas in great detail and there is the  flexible middle of the road...we are from  the "whatever works best for you" school.       We believe we should all ha...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Personal Uniqueness “When we are conscious of our personal uniqueness and our universal nature we express ourselves creatively. In this way we fulfill our dreams and our life’s purpose.” Andrew Schneider, American Writer and Television Producer   As I see it . . . . . . . Your personal uniq...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
    The Most Valuable Things in Life “The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and land, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real estate, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.”  Bertrand Russell V. ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 9
Success takes sheer determination and focus.   What does it take to succeed in business? Study the Meerkat and soon you will know. The colony maintains self-sufficiency and will protect their property and loved ones with their very lives.   Success takes...   A resourceful spirit. Many go out to ...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 26
Happy Holidays from Snowy Southern California   Happy Holidays to you and your family. May you enjoy the spirit of the season and be safe. May 2015 bring you success, good health, and happiness. No snow here in the foothills this morning but there is lots of white fluffy snow in the mountains jus...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 20
The Seeds for 2015 Have Been Planted This Month If you aren't in real estate, you probably think that the end of the year is a slow time of year.  We may not crank out the hours that retail employees do this time of year, but I can guarantee you, it is not a dead zone by any means. Today, I got t...
By Virginia Kail, American Way Real Estate, Homes and Land for Sale
(Investments, starter houses, luxury homes,farms, acreage)
Comments 16
Show Me the Numbers When it comes to the business of Cookeville area real estate, I'm a very fact oriented gal. When I list a property, I do in-depth research to support the listing price.  I keep that research in my file for reference. When I'm working with buyers I also crunch the numbers on an...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 2
As the end of the year approaches we enter goal setting mode for 2015.  For personal and professional adventures, it's important to have a visual representation of what you choose for yourself. This week I am updating the Vision Board in my office to reflect my desires for the new year. I'm not t...
By Becky Kolb, Sun Lakes Arizona Expert
(ReMax Infinity - The KOLB Team)
Comments 1
New Year's Resolutions - eeeeek - do people really make those anymore? My first inclination was to make a resolution every day - one day at a time. For example, January 1 I will make a resolution to walk for 30 minutes. January 2nd I 'll make another resolution. Like most people keeping a resolut...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 10
Lou Ludwig has made some great inspirational points here.  Of course we had failures and there are things we would do differently.  Learn from that but be thankful for the many blessings of 2014, your accomplishments and relationships.  After reflecting on them don't rest on your laurels.  Get re...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 5
“The words to live your life by . . . . may be spoken softly . . . . but how you life you life will speak volumes on who you are as a person.” – Lou Ludwig Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.  Words to Live Your Life By “Work Hard – Do Your Best – Keep your word – Never ...