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 Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
(Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA)
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I am often told that I am lucky to be the owner of a successful professional home staging company. Luck is the magic sauce that makes it all come together, but there are many things I do every day to make sure my company is well regarded and stays ahead of the competition.Following these 12 steps...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Keep Your Focus on Achieving Your Goals“Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals.”Jim Rohn 1930 - 2009, American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker        As I see it. . . . . . . .Keep your focus on achieving your goals Your goals are your vision of for future as you want i...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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New Agents Words of Wisdom for Getting Started in Real Estate These are some nuggets I shared with new real estate students. I wish somebody had told me these when I was getting started.  Your income potential doesn’t have a ceiling. It’s yours for the taking. Hard work doesn’t stop at a 40 hour ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Choose Your Attitude“You cannot choose the things that will happen to us,but we can choose the attitude we will take towardsanything that happens. Success or failure dependson your attitude.” Alfred A. Montapert 1906 -1997, American Author , Philosopher   As I see it. . . . . . . .You choose ...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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There is no secret here.You have to ACT to ACCOMPLISH!The question you should ask yourself, as Lou Ludwig suggests in this re-post:What do You Want to Accomplish? Motivational Power Quote   What do You Want to Accomplish?  “To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, th...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Procrastination . . . . It’s a Bad Habit“Procrastination is the natural assassin of opportunity.”Victor Kiam 1926 – 2001, American Entrepreneur Owner of the New England Patriots 1988 - 1991   As I see it. . . . . . . . .Procrastination . . . . It’s a bad habit Procrastination is a bad habit . . ....

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Must Have Dream“A must have dream . . . . becomes an enormous driver in your subconscious thinking.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .A must have dream Your nights are for dreaming . . . . and your days are where y...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
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Wise words Debbie Reynolds , all very true and worth sharing with new and old agents alike.Thanksbob New Agents Words of Wisdom for Getting Started in Real Estate   These are some nuggets I shared with new real estate students. I wish somebody had told me these when I was getting started.   Your ...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
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This morning I read an Active Rain post filled with impressive statistics about texting.It told how many hours per week the average adult spends texting and said that texts were far more favorably received than emails. It was a promotion for a text-based lead generation service, so perhaps just a...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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I strongly believe that you must select people with share values for your real estate team or any other team.  Most successful groups select people with shared values and who match the team and company culture. For certain types of positions it is very important to hire the people that have the c...

By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
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Every new business needs a certain degree of energy, excitement, and enthusiasm to get started.  Yet anyone that has started a business understands that challenges are inevitable.  No business lasts very long without encountering some degree of difficulties, and each problem that arises requires ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Excellence is . . . . “Excellence is . . . . caring more than others think is wise;Risking more than others think is safe;Dreaming more than others think is practical;Expecting more than others think is possible.” Winston Churchill, British Stateman, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom   ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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There was a time when all real estate agents regardless of niches were the guardians of the listings. The big book of listings was open only to those who listed or sold real estate. Since then, the tables have been turned, and that information is available to everyone online.  Today, your value a...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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Some of my very first blog posts (2007) centered around my extreme criticism of Zillow, now more commonly referred to as Z. Sometimes I think agents are nervous about using their name when spelling out facts because they're afraid they're somehow violating the Ten Commandments or in fear of being...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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When Writing the Story of Your Life “When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” Unknown  As I see it . . . . . . .When writing the story of your life It’ your life . . . . It’s your story . . . . You make the choices on how to live your life . . . .  and the story t...

By Lauren Selinsky CRS, Orange County Real Estate #oclauren
(CA Coastal Estates, Inc. CA Broker )
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Join us for next year's Sell-a-bration, Feb. 5-6, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas (just outside Dallas)! CRS just reserved a block of hotel rooms at the headquarter hotel, the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, at a special rate. If you register now, you can also take advantage of the Early Bir...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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An open letter to myself to stay focused on the fundamentals... Dear TJ,Sometimes you suffer from "shiny object syndrome". You just get bored and want to try something new. You are a Free Spirit and routines are boring and shiny objects and new tools are momentarily distracting and even inspires ...

By Mary Jo Quay
(Remax Advisors )
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During the real estate boom from 2000-2006, sellers got a little lazy. Put a sign in the yard, and they will come. They weren’t too worried about how the house looked, or fixing minor repairs because they expected multiple offers and could choose from the pile.When the recession hit, even great h...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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This is one of the questions I ask whenever I meet or talk with a client or prospect the first time. There are still some people on limited text programs that don't want their costs run up. This morning I read an Active Rain post filled with impressive statistics about texting. It told how many h...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Weigh the cooperativeness of the seller and willingness to get the property sold. Read between the lines to see if the seller will fulfill his part of the deal. Pricing it right from the beginning, making it show ready, making it easy to show, being openminded to negotiating and keeping pets put ...