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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

By Sing Pappas, APEX Team
(Weichert, Realtors - Palmetto Coast)
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Thanks for calling this morning to follow up with our conversation. The following will explain why you may want to consider listing your home for sale with us. Three things sell homes; Price, Condition, and Exposure. It's been said its location, location, location, but that's a given we don't co...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Don’t Worry About What Other People Are Thinking“As for worrying about what other think forget it.They aren’t concerned about you. They’re too busy worrying about what you and others people think of them.”Michael le Boeuf, American Businessman, Author      As I see it. . . . . . . . Don’t worry a...
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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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 BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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  I am having the most interesting experience.  I am representing the buyer and an agent with another company is representing the seller. She has begun copying my client with all of her diatribes, and now they are apparently exchanging emails and making decisions. Today we are scheduled to close,...
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 Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
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 Would YOU? What would you be doing completely different from the past. You don't know? Well if you DID KNOW WHAT DO YOU THINK it would be?  Now maybe you know, however your get up and go has got up and went. Is that the case? I don't have that problem, although I do get distracted quite often an...
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 Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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Note that in Real Estate, everyone wants to win. The problem lies in the amount of the WIN. One party wants more than the other but the reverse of this is true as well. So, hurdle number one is to agree on a price and lock that in. So far so good. Then, onward to the contingencies which leads us ...
By Ruth Grainger, Your expert in mining claims and mountain property
(Grainger Realty)
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 What a good relationship provides Many people think that once you build a business relationship with people it does not need any tending to. How wrong they are! Over the years of my young life I have seen people treat relationships in a lazy manner while I can see that cultivating relationships ...
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 Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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I’ve heard the statement “it’s not my job to do that task” more times than I can shake a commission check at.  Fortunately, my team members are very thorough at following up and making sure the seller is delivered to the closing table.Do we have any limits to what our job description might be?  I...
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Moments in Your Life“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment is a miracle and a mystery.”H. G. Wells 1866 – 1951, English Author    As I see it . . . . . . .The moments in your life A moment passes quickly without much notice or fanfare . . . . In...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, 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 Tripp Jones
(iRealty of Valencia)
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  You’ve got a newborn. A couple of big, loud-barking dogs, and a two-year-old that doesn’t yet grasp the idea of “one toy at a time.” Yet you’ve listed your house, you want to get it sold quickly, and you’re going to listen to your Realtor so you can make that happen. Well aren’t you a good litt...
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 ...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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David Dion, shared this wonderful classic post that can be used many times over. The array of details and data will surely benefit you and your present or future clients. It is detailed and right to the point. It should also help with any gray areas, to give you an upper hand with this competitiv...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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PC Matters Are Hard To Avoid When We Lose Focus.Scott Godzyk asks Should the term "Handy Person Special" be used any longer in ads?The question answers itself when we focus on who we are and why we're here.  The focus of Scott's question is "Handy Person Special".    One thing is for sure.  We do...
By Roy Barker
(Dockside Realty, Inc.)
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I always feel as if it is a privelage to show another agent's property.  When I am asked for feedback, I like to give it because I know the listing agent needs that information for the seller.We have a terrible time getting feedback from our showings, however.  I doubt that we receive feedback fr...