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 George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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I am not much of an advocate of Seminars or Webinars on how to improve my business.  I find them all to be basically the same and they put me to sleep. But everyone once in a while one comes along that actually makes sense and offers good common sense advice. Such was the case with a Seminar I a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 You Create Your Momentum “When you’re successful things have a momentum,and at a certain point you can’t really tell whether you have created themomentum or it’s creating you.”Annie Lennox, Singer    As I see it. . . . . . . .You create your momentum Momentum . . . . Is an important factor in cr...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Information Becomes a Source of Power“The new source of power is not money in the hands of few, but information in the hands of many.”John Naisbitt, Author Megatrends  As I see it. . . . . . . .Information becomes source of power Information is new currency of power . . . . The person that has th...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Positive Thinking in Real Estate Depending upon who you work for in real estate, cultures play a big part of how you think in real estate.  Life sure has changed but cultural differences do make a difference from your upbringing to now.  I can certainly say that in a past career when I was hired ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Three ways to ensure success with less stress. We have become a fast-paced society, where changes can occur last minute with clear performance expectations set by consumers. Everyone needs to be committed to working together as a team to ensure things are moving along smoothly to accomplish the c...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Do I want to make your phone ring, or do I want YOU to make MY phone ring?  There are some agents who enjoy calling past clients and also searching for new potential clients via cold calling.  There are two schools of thought on this one.  Those who believe it’s a successful method of prospecting...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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In Search of an American Flag“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died,who gave that right to me.”Lee Greenwood, I’m Proud to be an American     As I see it . . . . . . .In search of an American Flag Today when we where putting out our A...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Ability to Reach Your Full Potential“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.”Stevie Wonder, Music Icon    As I see it. . . . . . . .The ability to reach your full potential Ability is a gift that we received at birth.  How you use you use your ability is your choice. You can tak...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Free Speech a 4th of July Thought “The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.”Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 1826, 3rd US President Principal Author of the Declaration of Independence  As I see it . . . . . ....
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Don’t Be Complacent . . . . Just Do It“A man who is contented with whathe has done, will never become famous for what he will do .”Fred Estabrook, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .Don’t be complacent . . . . Just do it Just do what you have to do . . . .  do it now . . . . and do it with excell...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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When a Family Member Wants to Buy Your Home We have all experienced this in real estate as listing agents...the client calls you to list their home but then a family member decides to buy it given certain stipulations.  Yes, the family member needs to get their home in agreement first, they arriv...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Professional Problem Solver“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.”John Foster Dulles, US secretary of State 1953 – 1959 As I see it . . . . . . .A professional problem solver As a business professional y...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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My Fountain Is Sitting On A Shelf, Dry and Ignored, What Does That Mean? This is a great Feng Shui question. Remember, the function of a water fountain is to activate the energy within that given area of your home and life section. If you place a fountain that is not working, the possible out com...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Invest Your Efforts in Doing What’s Most Important“Ask yourself this question . . . . Are your efforts moving youcloser to achieving your goals? Or are your efforts havinga minimal affect on you achieving your goals? In the answer is in how you are investing your efforts.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and M...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be the Master of Your Time“Once you master time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.”Anthony Robbins: Motivational Speaker and author    As I see it . . . . . . .Be the master of...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Have some sympathy for. . . .  I'd like to say for me, but that's too simple at this point.  Fact is, I've not moved many times in my adult life.  As a child, my family moved far too many times, never owning but moving around as is not uncommon with renters.  For home owners, however, moving is n...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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When selecting an employee or a sales team member attitudes and behaviors are far more important than experience. I am not saying that there are not minimum standards or licensing that must be met but that only says someone has the skill and the authorization to perform the job.  And what does 10...
By Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548)
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 Who's calling me on a holiday?Yes, I answer my phone on holiday weekends! Yes, I will answer your Real Estate questions.  Yes, I understand that your Real Estate manager may not answer phone calls on holiday weekends.  Yes, I remember you attended my Real Estate classes five years ago.  I might ...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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  When people see your logo, your face on a business card or other promotional  materials can they identify the brand? Take a look at the jingle below.  Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a peice of that...(can you finish the branding?) This Monday, get crakin on the brand...YOUR BRAN...
By Blake Rickels, "The Name Friends Recommend"
(Keller Williams Realty)
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New, Easy, Free Suggestions Sure to Make Your Advertising Fresh and Better than Ever      First of all, how do you like that title? Good huh???… said with uplifted eyebrows and teeth featuring smile. Well, it is really meant as a test, or I suppose an example, of the power of using certain words ...