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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With Each Choice You Move in a Direction “Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life?  What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life.” Eric Allenbaugh, Author   As I see it . . . . . . . With each choice yo...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Agent collaboration, why not I often ask my competing agents.  Here is the scene.  We each compete for the same listings. Sometimes they win; sometimes I win that is the way it goes.  There are some agencies that want to sell their own listings and not anyone else’s so they will tell their agents...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Doing More Than Expected “Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do.” Brian Tracy Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . . Doing more than expected   Doing what’s expected . . . . is operation in the stat...
By Karen Johnson, "Bucks County PA Homes"
(Weichert, Realtors)
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My Business Plan and Goals for 2015   Business Plan I will continue to mail letters of the heart and newsletters combo on the 1st of the month and evidence of success postcards on the 15th to my sphere, past and present clients to obtain referrals. I have finally picked a farm of approximately 14...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've read a few blogs recently where the authors have been critical of the way some agents practice real estate.   They're ranting about how inefficient these practices are, how lame they appear to be, and how desperate these agents come across.  Last week I walked in on a new agent on my team.  ...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay." We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people waiting for the plane. An easy and smart way for airline...
By Sarah & Les Oswald, Broker, Realtor, CDPE, CIAS, SFR , Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
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Everyone deserves a second chance --------------------------------------   There's nothing as exciting as a comeback - seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance. Rachel Griffiths -------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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My annual 2014 Client Appreciation Party! Those clients & team members that are my top Referral Sources and Closed Escrow each year, get invited to enjoy my Thanksgiving Pie Party!  My VIP's each left with the very coveted and (world famous) Julian Farms Pies, fresh from the local orchard this mo...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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I've never taken advantage of the Black Friday sales to Christmas shop, but there was one year when I did some shopping for myself, and the gift I got was an unexpected lesson in prospecting. At the time, I shared an office with one of the all time real estate greats, Sheila Leifer, who is still ...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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 I want you to call my Realtor® I love it when I hear my past clients say to family and friends, “I want you to call my Realtor®.” It’s like music to my ears. Last week-end one of my past clients told a friend of theirs who is moving from CA to call me for assistance. After reaching out to them I...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Decide to Succeed “It’s is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, it’s impossible to win the victory unless you choose to battle.” Richard DeVos, Founder of Amway   As I see it. . . . . . . . Decide to succeed   To succeed you have to choose to participate . . . . at a high level. ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Outside Your Comfort Zone  “While executives and managers say they want new ideas and new thinking from their employees, their actions indicate otherwise. New ideas are disruptive, they’re messy, And they challenge the status quo, they require take chances and increased risk, and they push everyo...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Words to Live Your Life By “Work Hard – Do Your Best – Keep your word – Never get too big for your britches – Trust in God – Have no fear – and Never forget a friend.” Harry S. Truman 1884 – 1972, 33rd President of the United States   As I see it . . . . . . . Words to live your life by   The way...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Everything Becomes Possible “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”  Jamie Paolinetti   As I see it. . . . . . . . Everything becomes possible   Possibilities are what you see in your thinking. Opportunities are what you make out o...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Nurture and Grow Your Potential “When a man cares he is unafraid. When he is fair, he leaves enough for others: when he is humble, be can grow.” Lao Tzu 604 BC – 531 BC, Ancient Chinese Philosopher, Poet and Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . Nurture and grow your potential   A person that can b...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
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Each month, you will see I produce a lot of market reports. As a matter of fact, I'm a little behind and still playing catch up on October's reports.  Since I am reporting on October's closed sales, my market reports will reflect that date. For example, I wrote a post today titled What's Your McK...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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We opened Joy Daniels Real Estate Group in 2010 and it’s now 4 years later.   I would not have enough room to write down all of the things that have happened during those 4 years for which I am so thankful.  This contest has helped me realize that there were some “negative/difficult” things that ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Zillow thinks I am in Iowa, but First Weber seems to get it Right. I have been searching for real estate for several decades, always on the hunt for properties. Back in the pre-internet days you would find me checking out the classifieds in every paper that crossed my path. Now with the blessing ...
By Tammy Adams, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
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If You Don't - You Are Crazy!   Crazy in a bad way. Not in kookoo crazy. Ok, maybe loco crazy. You know what I mean!    Listen. You can be an agent that learns the hard way. By going to the School of Hard Knocks and with each growing year get better and better from learning from your mistakes or ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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The Preview Must Go On.  Check the weather first. Of course, the weather prediction was wrong this time. I took to the road this morning at about 9:00 a.m. to shoot the exteriors of a few homes for sale in my area to send to an out of town buyer.  Nothing unusual there.  Except the "flurries" or ...