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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Winners . . . . Are  Focused on Their Goals“Failures do what tension is relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.”Dennis Wailtey Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker  As I see it. . . . . . . .Winners . . . . are focused on their goals  Winners see the long view for their life . . . ....
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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It’s Impossible is Just a Word . . . . on the Way to the Top“Every great achievement was once considered impossible.”Source unknown   As I see it. . . . . . . .It’s impossible is just a word . . . . on the way to the top The only thing that’s impossible . . . . on your success journey is what you...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
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 NAR surveys have shown that most sellers are referred or have used the Realtor before that they hire to sell their current home.  The percentage is around 63%.  That means that there are still 37% of the sellers interviewing Realtors.  What questions should they be asking of the Realtor? First o...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Expect . . . . the Best“You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself.”Harvey Firestone 1868 - 1938, American Businessman,Founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company   As I see it. . . . . . . .Expect . . . . the best  Expect. . . .  the best out of yourself . . . . an...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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Stop and think about it for a minute, Loan Originators are ask Borrowers to depend on them to secure financing for the single most expensive purchase of their lives, and ask Realtors/Agents to refer them to their most valuable resource.  Neither of these are going to happen without a very high le...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Sometimes people can become overly defensive when their message is misinterpreted. I recently met with the leaders of one of my Westchester County New York organizations to present results of a survey of their team. The members of the team felt that there were a lot of changes and they felt that ...
By Ellen Caruso
(Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)
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A few years ago I had this experience with several naysayers, and as hard as it was to not take it personally, I had to react as a professional, and allow it to result in a sale. My husband is a builder, and also one of my biggest clients! Seeing a distressed property come on MLS, I quickly broug...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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Rowing The Same Boat From Different Sides There is something to be said for maintaining a professional distance from the agent on the other side of the closing table. That's a metaphor because California does not have a closing table. But you get the idea. We might not be on the same "team" but w...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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These are terms that I have heard since Real Estate 101.  Are these the terms that you are familiar with. The Tire Kickers and Tooth Pickers are those possible FUTURE buyers that want to use YOUR precious time right then.  The are NOT qualified and do not have the means to purchase right now but ...
By Brian Lipsky
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.)
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Congratulations to our Top Producers for the month of January 2016!   Sales were as brisk as the temperatures in January. We had increases of 79% in sales volume and 78% in units vs. January 2015. We congratulate our Top Producers for the month of January 2016.   Mary Jane MacgillGroup Top Produc...
By Carol Williams, "Real Estate Coaching: Working Smart Made Easy"
(Nationwide: Carol Williams... How can I help YOU achieve your personal & professional goals?)
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Did you see the movie City Slickers?   If so, do you remember the scene where Curly asks Mitch if he knows the secret of life?   Here is the dialogue:Curly:  Do you know what the secret to life is?   (Curly holds up one finger)Curly:  ThisMitch:  Your finger?Curly:  One thing.  Just one thing.  Y...
By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
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Join the #1 Real Estate Agent 'Lead & Prospect Conversion' Coach Hoss Pratt for a special FREE 1 hour training guaranteed to change the way you do real estate.How to Get 30 Listings in 30 Days!Thursday, February 11 20161:00pm - 2:00pm PSTHoss will not waste your time. In this no-hype training, yo...
(Coldwell Banker Select)
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One of the homes has an awesome custom game room and overlooks the 14th hole, the other is in a completely different area, backs to a pond and is within their stated budget. Both are really nice homes, the awesome couple are having trouble deciding and eventually their discussions start to get he...
By Carol Williams, "Real Estate Coaching: Working Smart Made Easy"
(Nationwide: Carol Williams... How can I help YOU achieve your personal & professional goals?)
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I spend quite a bit of time in the Q&A section of this website.  It's a quick way to glean a vast array of information and experience from veteran agents.One of the questions that seems to be asked a lot by newer agents is along the line of: "What is your favorite Continuing Education class?"Ther...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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This post is really food for thought.  I think it's must reading for everyone who works with buyers.  And if you are the agent in this post, I'd suggest you read the fine print in the Home Warranties you are recommending. A Home Warranty Does Not Replace A Home Inspection I almost choked on my Do...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Sometimes we do certain things just because the way it's been done for ages!Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl has a different take when it comes to open houses!What do you think?Should open houses be only on weekends? It's pretty traditional in our neighborhood - Open Houses are on Sundays from 1:00 to 4...
By Buffini & Company
(Buffini & Company)
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 Many of us became real estate professionals because we wanted to be our own bosses. However, the downside of being your own boss is that you may become the most difficult person to manage. Your success becomes dependent upon the choices you make each day, and if you make the wrong choices or fos...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
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As we welcome in January, Winter Wonderland lyrics may be back on the shelf, but the beautiful message that it paints still inspires, especially on this initial day of 2016. While goal achievement can add to a sense of accomplishment and well being for that "High D" sales personality that is comm...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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"The difference between excellence and mediocrity is commitment."It takes commitment to reach excellence! As Lou Ludwig says in this post...Excellence . . . . is an Attitude! Excellence . . . . is an Attitude “Excellence is not a skill, it’s is an attitude.” Ralph Marston, Professional Football P...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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When was the last time you updated your headshot? If you are due for a new one this article series is for you! Here are some clues that indicate that it is time for a new headshot:  The outfit you are wearing could be mistaken for “retro” Your DYI snapshot looks like it was taken in a photo booth...