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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Life is the Greatest Show on Earth . . . .  “Life is the ticket to the greatest show on earth.”Martin H. Fisher, American Biochemist   As I see it. . . . . . . .Life is the greatest show on earth . . . .  Your life may be a drama . . . .  with a new episode being written every day. Your life can ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Replace an old, rickety wooden ladder with a new one. Newer aluminum models are often lightweight, sturdy and easy to install.     Attic pull-down ladders, AKA pull-down stairways, are collapsible ladders that are permanently attached to the attic floor. In order to save money, I find that homeow...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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It makes a lot of difference on how you communicate. Not only with buyers and sellers but also with other agents.You don't believe it? Well, here is the re-blog and 'A Tale Of Two Realtors(r)' from Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert  In a rising market a realtor must be smart and realize comps will not refl...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take the Time to Watch a Cloud Float Across The Sky    “Rent is not idleness, and to be sometimes in the grass of a summer day listening to the mummer of the water orwatching the clouds float across the skyis hardy a waste of time .” Sir John Lubbock 1834 -1913 English Banker and Politician      ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Real Estate Agents Who Respond Deliver High Level Service  Do you deliver a high level of service to your clients .  Let's think about it .Do you respond to their text  phone calls and emails promptly .  You may not have an answer for them but it shows a level of respect and respect feels good ....
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Energy to Finish What You Start“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body.The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .T...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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There Are Two Types of People“The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.”Jim Rohn 1930 – 2009, American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker  As I see it. . . . . . . .There are two types of people There are two type of people . . . . in this world those that do . . . . and ful...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Keep Trying and Give it Your Best“To try and fail is at least to learn. To fail to try is to suffer the loss  of what might have been.”Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790, American Statesmen As I see it. . . . . . . .Keep trying and give it your best Success isn’t achieved in coasting . . . or in tryin...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 A Fork in The Road“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ She asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’Was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”Lewis Carroll 1832 - 1898, author As I see it . ....
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 As is sometimes the case, we have agents write offers on our short sale listings that are not very ...or at all familiar with short sales. They have heard horror stories of the  never closing...taking for "years"....the bad rap that has been earned by this niche in part because of agents with n...
By Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548)
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 Real Estate Success Keys ~ Build Relationships Real Estate, like all sales, is a people business.  It's not who we know, but who knows us and the services we provide.  Face to face networking has been the paradigm for building business relationships for more than a century, but the internet is r...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Go Into Your Future With Boldness“Neither wise man nor a brave man lies down on thetracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”Dwight D. Eisenhower 1890 – 1969, 34th President of the United States As I see it . . . . . . .Go into your future with boldness Step into the...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
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I try to watch at least one training webinar a week. The majority of these webinars deal with ways to grow our business. Tonight as I watched one of these webinars, the agent who was being featured made the statement, "Agents spend too much time servicing their clients rather than going after new...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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They showed theirs, now show yours! Negotiations in price, repairs and terms can be tedious at best, especially when a potential homebuyer strives for a much lower price by creating a lengthy list of 'so called' repairs. The sellers had a very thorough home inspection performed prior to listing t...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Work Hard to Achieve Your Dreams“There are those who dream and wishand those who dream and work.”Jeune E. McIntyre, Author As I see it. . . . . . . .Work hard to achieve your dreams A dream that you turn into the vision for your future becomes a possibility. When you take the steps to work hard t...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Your success journey will greatly resemble your choices.  The Extent of Your Efforts is a Choice “It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.” Eric Lindros, Professional Hockey Player   As I see it . . . . . . . The extent of you...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Why do I need To be qualified for a mortgage  to see a house  How many times have buyers asked you this question ? How do you answer this question ? I hope you explain to the buyer the importance of knowing how much they can afford; not what they think they can afford . We are Real Estate Profes...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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I just read post written by Marcus Rice titled “Trimming the Fat and Getting Rid of Dead Weight,” and I thought I’d share my thoughts on the recruiting part of this very well written post.  When I was actively recruiting in my past management positions, I would focus my efforts on observing the a...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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"You keep telling us that our price is too high.  But besides reducing the price, what are you doing to attract more viewers, and thereby more potential buyers?" asks my seller... putting the onus of producing a buyer directly on my shoulders."Well" I reminded "as you remember, I told you that th...
By Irene Medina, PA GRI CRS CDPE SFR TRC, Official Member of GiveBackHomes
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Much Ado About Mulch: Everything Property Owners Need To Know In Plantation, FloridaIf you want to know how much your house will sell for in South Florida, Broward County go to Home Value or call Irene Medina.Realtor at 954-439-4851. Mulch was nature’s idea way before it became man’s. Fallen leav...