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, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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People Want to Feel Important  “Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying ‘make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.”Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics As I see it . . . . . . . People want to feel important Life is about making the ...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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The Elephant in the Room Have you ever been sitting with a client and your gut told you to ask something, but you just couldn't quite get the words out? This often the case when you are afraid a question will make someone uncomfortable. However, those uncomfortable questions are critical to get ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 A Defined Goal . . . .“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, learn about them, or even seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will besharing the adventure...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Continuously refining your marketing message and luxury real estate brand esthetics is an important part of staying on the leading edge.    Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Apple 5th Avenue Store in New York  Photo ©Phakimata  It is tempting to dilute your position as...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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If You Make a Mistake Correct It“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.”Confucius 551 BC – 479, Chinese Teacher, Editor,Politician and Philosopher   As I see it. . . . . . . .If you make a mistake correct it  The person that makes a mistake and doe...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Breakthrough is the Result of Determined Effort“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.”Dale Carnegie, Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .A breakthrough is the resu...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
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Melissa Zavalla has some great tips/ideas for those who can't think what to say, but know they need to blog. I would add something to her list - write about local events and local attractions. Whether it's an annual event, like a watermellon seed spitting contest, or an attraction like a pumpkin ...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Isn't it important that we talk about the RIGHT PRICE and current market to our sellers on a regular basis - specially when there is no activity at all?Here's a great post from Denise Lones on how to bring the elephant in the room! The Elephant in the Room Have you ever been sitting with a client...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Today’s Word with John Maxwell is RelentlessI absorb a lot of advice every day in my pursuit to be the best that I can be.Some of this advice comes from friends in the rain, some from people in my office, some from leaders and teachers around the world.Today I will share a little advice from a we...
By James Hoff
(Bullock Russell Real Estate Services)
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WARNING!!! If you are the kind of agent that wants to "edge out" the competition when writing offers on a very sought after home and you are advising your clients to write a non-contingent offer when they still have a house to sell ... you better be ready to take out your checkbook. There is ABSO...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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What you are striving for with your personal brand is authenticity in every communication you have with current and past clients, prospects and also with your entire potential referral base.    Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   In the art world there are forgeries th...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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  Lasting success comes in your ability to successfully navigate an uncharted path, not in following in someone’s footsteps.   Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. An Uncharted Path “Your success journey is at times an uncharted path.”  Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Co...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
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As a coach, there’s nothing I like better than seeing a new client come into my office with energy, enthusiasm, and real motivation. These clients are my favorites—first, because that kind of outlook is contagious, and second, because a motivated client is sure to succeed. Right? Well, no, not a...
By Cheryl Johnson
(Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA)
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If you post regularly to Craigslist, you have already seen these guidelines, but just in case you missed them .... I can live with this ...... ==================================== Each real estate for sale posting must be 100% about a single, specific, currently available property. Lead capture, ...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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I just upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S6 today, and learned a few tips for better battery life while they were setting up my phone:  Do NOT plug the phone in overnight to charge. This can overcharge and ruin the battery. Turn off the WiFi and GPS when not in use. This conserves battery power. Oth...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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It's Ridiculous to Have all 5 Elements in Every Single Room Of Your HomeThis was a comment I read in an article not to long ago on the topic of Feng Shui (Environmental Psychology). "It's ridiculous to have all 5 elements in every single room of your home." Looking to the Five elements theory in ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Are You a Niche Master or Jack of All Trades, Master of None?For most of my young adult life, I bounced from job to job, never really finding where I was really supposed to be. I came to realize that what I was good at was sales and marketing...a skill, but not a NICHE. I often felt like a Jill-o...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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Many aspiring real estate agents are excited for the opportunity to earn their license, and may be tempted to "jump the gun" before their license is issued.  Don't make the mistake of performing licensed real estate activities before you are licensed.  Instead, focus on the things you CAN do to p...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Ask Six Questions to Solve Any ProblemWhat can I do?Who can help me?What resources do I need?What can I read about the problem?When will I start?What results do I want to achieve?Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Ask ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Tapping into the Feng Shui Ba-gau Life Section of TravelIn Feng Shui there are various methods clients can utilize and benefit from. Above is an image of the Ba-gua map (life station map). This provides 8 key life categories, all paired with accent colors, an element (or grouping of elements) and...