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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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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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   Encumbrance: Anything that affects or limits the fee simple title to a property, such as mortgages, leases, easements, or restrictions.    A burden, obstruction, or impediment on property that lessens its value or makes it less marketable. An encumbrance (also spelled incumbrance) is any right...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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You need to be easy to talk to and well organized to ease the way for clients to work with you.  As a luxury real estate marketing professional, if you make it easy for your clients to work with you and you make it easy for them to refer you, you will see a dramatic increase in business. Ease is ...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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  Jennifer Monroe, 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 com...
By Roy Barker
(Dockside Realty, Inc.)
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As of today Florida has enacted new drone laws.  However, they don't seem to mean too much!  It is now illegal to video (or photograph) any person, or property, without permission while using a drone.  The catch is, there are no criminal penalties attached to the law.  The law only gives the 'vic...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
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I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all ...
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 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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Success is Entirely Up to You“You can have success now, or you can have it later.It’s entirely up to you.”Elements of Success   As I see it. . . . . . . .Success is entirely up to you Success is within your reach and waiting for you to grasp it. You have to choose to stretch yourself out of your ...
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...