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 Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Keller Williams West Sound Realty)
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Welcome to the 2nd installment in my series on the Realtor® Code of Ethics! If you missed the inaugural article, you can find it HERE.“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 7:12) Many professional actors who are classica...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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How Accessible Are You?       Before I dive in, a note on the inspiration for this post.  A while ago, I wrote a blog about the importance of vetting buyers as a listing agent.  I hold that this practice is incredibly important for listing agents, as it weeds out unqualified buyers and prevents p...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Persistence Effort Will Erode Your Obstacles “Persistence is a powerful force to work your way through your obstacles . . . .  to create successful results.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Persistence effort will er...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Do you keep repeating the same marketing strategies without satisfactory results? Perhaps it is time to create a better message that distills your value proposition to its essence. The key is to condense your marketing message so that it is both instantly appealing and memorable. When crafting a ...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the other Holidays that are what real memories are made of. Kind of. Each year I get a dozen or so Holiday cards in the mail. They bring happiness to my heart when compared to the countless spam emails I get from companies wishing me a...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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"Real Estate and Other Jobs As Assigned"--How Far Do You Go for your Clients? Yesterday I received a message from one of my sellers asking if I could go turn their heat up at their vacation home as the temperatures are dropping rapidly. Well, certainly I could.  When we become our seller's home's...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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 This is a before photo of a client's loft condo in Pennsylvania. They just moved into the space and wanted to know some fast and practical feng shui suggestions.Quick Tip: Pay attention to the rooms you observe upon entering your home, this is important.For my client's particular layout, the liv...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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An Innovator“An innovator will become the pacesetter in their field . . . .  They will think out of box . . . . and see the possibilities of what can be.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Coach As I see it . . . . . . . .An innovator People who are ...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster Relo Specialist
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     I can still hear my Father telling me to hustle ! Walk with purpose , he'd bark at me . Don'tdawdle or dilly-dally ! There are things that a parent teaches their child that are never forgotten !Another thing my Dad would greet me with many mornings was "Rise and Shine " ! Fast forwardto many...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Do you know your numbers?This blog post may be about a year old - not the message! Just add one to year and this message is as good as it was last year!Excellent post from my friend from San Diego - Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor .Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! "If you don't design your ow...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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If your home is in contract and you're anticipating a buyer's inspection, here's a checklist you can use to prepare for your home inspection. The items on this list are what home inspectors look for as part of a whole house inspection. Many of the items on this list, any homeowner can do and will...
By Joyce Marsh, Central Florida & The Beaches | Fine Homes
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   A Dream With A Direction     Dreams turn into clearly defined goals when you put them in writing...“A vision is a clearly – articulated, results oriented vision, of a future you intent to create. It’s a dream with direction” Jesse Stoner Zemel, Author    This original post by Lou Ludwig remind...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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It is important to become aware of other companies or entities associated with similar or even the same name. We are adamant proponents of research, when developing a luxury real estate brand name.  It is important to become aware of other companies or entities associated with similar or even the...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley )
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BE WISE - Sometimes Giving Your Opinion is NOT the Right Choice! Realtors are professionals that wear many hats. Different job descriptions go along with our never ending services. While many agents do more than the norm, it can be fraught with problems should things not go well. Every agent defi...
By Paul Harsch, Realtor Emeritus, CRB, CRS, GRI, CBI
(Harsch Associates Berkshire Real Estate)
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Agency in real estate is inherently problematic – a contrarian perspective This title is bound to make waves and create some vigorous criticism and arguments by the establishment because this strikes at the heart of what the establishment has been trying to convince the public and the members fo...
By Gina Thelemann, Content writer dispensing agent and broker advice
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Making initial contact can be difficult for agents no matter how long they’ve been in the business. We’re not here today to tell you to cold call 100 people, or to door knock until your spirit’s broken. Instead, we polled three industry leaders who told us how they use charitable giving as a way ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Have the Goals“To have clear and focused direction . . . . in your life.You will need clear and focused goals to move you in that direction.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Have the goals In order to successfully ac...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People w/ the San Diego Lifestyle!
(Big Block Realty)
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Are you running on empty? We Realtors, agents and sales people in general, run on "people-fuel".When we run low on it , it shows up in our attitude, performance and reactions vs. responses. It's simple, schedule a go hard 6 day week, then take a day off. Unplug from the business and recharge with...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Curious Mind Will Ask Why“You will encounter many conditions in your life . . . .It’s not until you ask why . . . . will you discover the answers.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . A curious mind will ask why Ask que...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Power lifting. Try it!  Push your business to new heights. Pull others up in the industry and lift yourself to a higher level. Successful outcomes take a team of individuals with the same common goals in mind.  We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by power lifting. Agree?