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 Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.
(MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)
Comments 38
Honestly, I feel pretty safe in what I do for a living and rarely get any twinges or spidey senses going off indicating possibly danger or harm.  Thankfully, those feelings are well tuned however if someone isn't serious about a purchase or sale of a property!A man left a message at the office pr...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 4
The True Meaning of Confidence “Whenever you are asked, if you can do a job, tell them ‘certainty I can’! And get busy and find out how to do it.”Theodore Roosevelt 1858 -1919, Twenty-Sixth U.S. President   As I see it . . . . . . .The true meaning of confidence Your mindset at the beginning of a...
By Jessica Schweppe, Real Estate Marketing Expert + Blogger
Comments 218
There are tons of articles out there telling you how to optimize your MLS listings to make them stand out to potential buyers (including this one that we published a while back). While it's true that you need to be aware of things that will be a turn-on to home shoppers, you also need to be aware...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 17
Keep it Positive “You will find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.”Lydia M. Child 1802 – 1880, Women’s and Indian Rights Activist  As...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 45
 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)
Comments 21
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 Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 24
    I know that folks don’t live in their garage. For some, garages become heaping havens of junk that often needs to be hauled off to the landfill. I know the drill, as soon as you toss it, Murphy’s Law kicks in and that is the item that you need to finish the project, provided you can find the ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 20
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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Accept the Tough Jobs and Challenges“When we accept tough jobs as a challenge and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.”Arland Gilbert, Author As I see it. . . . . . Accept the tough jobs and challenges Accepting the tough jobs . . . . and facing your challenges with enthus...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 35
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)
Comments 21
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 Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548)
Comments 19
 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 Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 21
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 Will Hamm
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 14
  Wish me luck!I attended a Tom Ferry Summit the other week in San Diego and pick up lots of business practices from the summit.  A couple I am going to be doing  is hiring some new agents!I was a trainer in my old job many years ago and the company knew I was producing some great managers in my ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 15
A recent post by Kat Palmiotti discussed how things change.Our perspective from being a newbie, to being a multi-year veteran.  The pure excitement of that first sale, that first inspection, that first  closing (payday)... eventually evolves into a more routine feeling toward the work that we do ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 46
 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 Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 8
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 Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 25
"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 Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 17
How is 2015 treating you?We're on pace to net just about the same as last year, which is fine, but a year end push might be the thing we need to show a little improvement. We've had a few deals fall through and things are a little sluggish. September always signals the beginning of a new school y...
By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Comments 5
I just read a very informative and eye-opening article from Inman News about the ten most common ways that agents go wrong and end up getting sued.  It's not always something intentional, in fact, it's mostly unintentional. And that's why we need to be so vigilant in understanding our roles and h...