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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A Common Denominator of Success“The common denominator of success – the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful – lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.”Albert E. N. Gray, Author    As I see it . . . . . . .A common denominato...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Behind the Scenes of Local Real EstateFor over a decade, I have been thrilled to make my living helping people in my area buy and sell homes.  Of course, if you know me, you know I take a lot of pride in my professionaliam and ethics.   It really disappoints me when I see people in my profession ...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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A great Q&A question on Active Rain this morning lead to me blogging this. I think it's important to know I only show to pre-approved buyers, even my own listings on sign calls, they need to e-mail me their approval before I run over there. So, 95% of my tours are pre-scheduled & well organized. ...
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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What You Sow in Life You Harvest“The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.”Florence Shinn, 1871-1940 Writer    As I see it . . . . . . .What you sow in life you harvest  What you plant in the spring of your life ...
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 Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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One of the attributes needed to successfully handle the stresses of our business is the ability to be flexible, to go with the flow of the day.I went to bed last night, with my day neatly laid out and planned. By 6:30 this morning the day had changed: I had received a requested disclosure packet ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Motivation Becomes a Driving Force“Your motivation becomes a driving force on your success journey to achieve your goals. The stronger your motivation is. The stronger your determination becomes to achieve your desired outcome .”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Perfect Practice Makes You Better“It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that count; it’s what you put into the practice.”Eric Lindros, Professional Hockey Player As I see it. . . . . . . .Perfect practice makes you better Perfect practice doesn’t make you perfect . . . . P...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Intention of Purpose Plus Action“You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you’ll get to tomorrow. Intention with action is useless.”Caroline Myss, American Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Intention of purpose plus action ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Have Faith in Things Unseen“The Power of the dream, the faith in things unseen.Have the courage to embrace your fears. No matter where you are, to reach for your own star . . . .To realize the power of this dream”Linda Thompson, Actress. Songwriter     As I see it . . . . . . .Have faith in thing...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
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STAY ON TOP OF MIND WITH YOUR CLIENTSStaying on top of mind with our clients is one we can’t afford to ignore. Though we all have different methods that work for us, the objective is the same.Contact management is a billion dollar industry but no matter how much money you spend on tracking method...
By Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too! Pearlsforthesoul.com
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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I have a vacant staged listing that is pending. Every-time I have a meeting for various reasons at the house in escrow, I have to get there ahead of time and turn on the air conditioner to cool-off the place. It works extremely well when activated. I open doors, window shades etc. and conduct my ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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My friend Bill Roberts  asked this often asked question this past weekend so I thought that today would be a good day to revive this frequently asked question with a not so exact answer.Unfortunately for Bill, the answer is much more complex than can be answered in a simple blog, and often times ...
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Stepping Stones to Earning More Referral“The keys to success is to get out into the store and listento what the associates have to say. It’s terribly important for everyone to get involved.Our best ideas come from clerks and stock boys.”Sam Walton, Wal-Marts Founder   As I see it . . . . . . .Ste...
By Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & area authority!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
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Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman-not the attitude of the prospect...W. Clement StoneThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored and photo taken by Paul Henderson, © 2015, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable how...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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How To Select And Place A Water Fountain with Feng Shui In Mind Adding a water fountain, according to the Feng Shui principles, is a powerful energy and mood boosting enhancer for both work or home environments. The water element offers a soothing healing energy though sound and is associated to ...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Buyers in Back Up  . . . What Portland Metro Real Estate Buyers Should Know Real estate is local.  And while this isn't a "trend" in the Portland Metro real estate market, it may become one.I have real estate colleagues all over the nation.  I listen to them talk about their local market, and som...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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What can I buy in Evanston, IL for $500,000?Let's talk about single-family homes for this post.  A half-million dollars doesn't buy what it used to in Evanston.  That used to be a lot of money and would purchase a fairly luxurious home.  (gee, when did I start channeling my father?)... today, it ...