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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Three ways to ensure success with less stress. We have become a fast-paced society, where changes can occur last minute with clear performance expectations set by consumers. Everyone needs to be committed to working together as a team to ensure things are moving along smoothly to accomplish the c...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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In Search of an American Flag“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died,who gave that right to me.”Lee Greenwood, I’m Proud to be an American     As I see it . . . . . . .In search of an American Flag Today when we where putting out our A...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Inner Voice of Positive Self-Talk“The loudest and most influential voice you hear is your own inner voice, your self-critic. It can work for you or against you, Depending on the message you allow.”Keith Harrell, Motivational Speaker     As I see it . . . . . . .Your inner voice of positive s...
By Mary Thompson, Lake Lanier Appraiser in North Georgia
(Lanier Appraisal Service)
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A True Case Study..........   When completing BPO's for Homes or Townhomes in developments where there have been many sales of what appear to be similar homes or units, do NOT primarily focus on their sales prices to come up with your listing price. This could Backfire on You!   Many Times Realt...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Free Speech a 4th of July Thought “The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.”Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 1826, 3rd US President Principal Author of the Declaration of Independence  As I see it . . . . . ....
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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A Professional Problem Solver“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.”John Foster Dulles, US secretary of State 1953 – 1959 As I see it . . . . . . .A professional problem solver As a business professional y...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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For the last several years I have had a mantra on which I'd focus. Last year I wrote how "I am happy, I am healthy, I am kind" works for me.Now I'm finishing up my quarterly review and planning session, enjoying the bird-song in the marsh across the street, hot coffee in my mug, nibbling on a fre...
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 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 Roy Barker
(Dockside Realty, Inc.)
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Well, it is the 4th of July and we will be showing property most of the day.  We have shown property on every major holiday, so this is nothing new.  It can certainly be challenging, however!We are showing property because the daughter of a friend came in town to look for a home, since she is get...
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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Steven Schafer, 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 compet...
By Rich Levin
(Real Estate Grad School)
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Have you ever heard of the term “decision fatigue“?  Basically, the idea is that the more decisions you make throughout the day, the less effective our decision making becomes.Having a generic routine for the Working Weekdays will save your mental energy for more important decisions that are boun...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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   Someday, I'd like to hold an employer-required class for real estate service company employees to reveal to them a number of things that they've either never been taught or never bothered to consider. One of those things I would like to drive home, and then drive home again, is that the real e...
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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    Wisconsin is a marital or what is sometimes called a community property state. Nationally, there are only nine states with this status including :: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Washington and Alaska is an "opt-in community property state"  where both pa...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Challenges Reveal Your True Character“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.”Horace  65 BC – 8 BC, Roman Lyric, Poet As I see it . . . . . . .Challenges reveal your true character   In your most challenging times your true character comes to the surface . . . . and it will show how dee...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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This week my team helped distribute over 2500 American flags in the front yards of Clintonville. We started in June by ordering American made flags and taping a business card on them. My assistants Sarah and Julia Weaver walked up and down the Beechwold, Clintonville and Glen Echo neighborhoods d...
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 ...