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 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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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 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 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 Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    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 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 Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.
(MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)
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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 Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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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...
By Anna Selby, No FLUFF! No BLUFF! No BULLSHIT REAL ESTATE!
(Solutions Real Estate)
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 FULL F.O.R.D. Details are on the BLOG NOW! SELBY SAYS BLOG FOUR excellent ways to connect with your sphere! #selbysaysFord MethodYour stuck? Need to connect?A video I put together for my fellow agents at my brokerage to challenge them and make contact with with contacts.FIVE CONTACTS PER DAY!Usi...
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 Bill Cobb, Greater Baton Rouge's Home Appraiser
(Accurate Valuations Group, LLC)
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Good Appraiser Video Helping To Educate The Public On What We Do by Virigina Home Appraiser, Jonathan Montgomery! I absolutely agree with Jonathan's video about Agent comps and I know this is highly controversial, testy topic. Some Appraisers will disagree and I expect that.  "I just don't see th...
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 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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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 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 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 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...