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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Never Know When Lighting Will Strike“Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad . . .When the business fortunes of my brother Roy and myselfwere at their lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.” Walt Disney 1901 - 1966, American Entrepreneur              As I see it...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Make the Tough Decision to Fill Your Cup“We all have to start with ourselves. It is time to walk the talk.Take the journey of making very difficult decisions. Start removing things from your life that are not filling your cup and adding things that bring joy into your life.”             Lisa Hamm...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Are You on the List?“Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America.If I’m not there I go to work.” Robert Orben, Author, Comic, Magician, Writer              As I see it . . . . . . .Are you on the list? Interesting concept to check to see if your name is on...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Recently, we posed this question on Active Rain's Q&A: Do you put your cell phone number on your business card? How do you balance the need to give your contact info to clients and potential clients with the need for privacy?We thought the results were interesting, so we wanted to share them with...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Highest and best tests the emotions!   Once again, we are seeing an influx of competing offers in the market which may present multi-offer situations. To avoid this scenario, an aggressive strategy is recommended, such as: Quick closing timelines Less contract contingencies Increasing the purcha...
By Tammy Todaro, ABR
(RE/MAX Executive Realty in Franklin, Ma.)
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Walking into the unknown alone.  The Importance of buyer representation. How important is it to have a buyer agent when purchasing a home?  We all know the answer to that question, but are the buyers catching on yet?  Maybe a handful, but certainly not enough of them know the consequences of not ...
By RealSupport, Inc., - Virtual Real Estate Marketing
(RealSupport Inc.)
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According to a consumer survey by, 76% of consumers use online reviews when evaluating a local business. What will prospective real estate clients find out about you with an online search?Unless you're actively managing your online reputation, you could be unpleasantly surprised by ...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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True Commitment is a Mindset that Simply Does NOT Allow For Failure! ~ Statment from REAL ESTATE OFFICE MANAGEMENT ~ A Guide To Success by Robert L Herd © 2003.   I have been reading Robert's book (again). In Chapter 6, in the section on Peer Group Training, Robert talks about commitments and mak...
By Jessica Schweppe, Real Estate Marketing Expert + Blogger
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There are tons of articles out there telling you how to optimize your MLS listings to make them stand out to potential buyers (including this one that we published a while back). While it's true that you need to be aware of things that will be a turn-on to home shoppers, you also need to be aware...
By Kevin Boudreaux, When experience counts, you can count on me!
(CENTURY 21 Roo Realty)
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In real estate transactions, there are many terms and conditions that can be negotiated. From the purchase price, closing date, inspection periods, escrow amounts and more, everyone wants to prevail with the terms they want. Both buyer and seller want to feel like they have the upper hand and get...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 80
Sometimes I just read the headline and just move on to something else to keep my blood pressure down. It's sort of like watching the news during an election cycle (which by the way doesn't it feel like we ALWAYS in an election cycle now). But back to my point, this morning on Inman I read an arti...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Inner Drive“Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further then people with vastly superior talent.” Sophia Loren, Italian Film Actress              As I see it . . . . . . .Inner drive ...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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Your Buyers, Your Sellers, Your Leads, Your Clients: AccelerAgent  has you covered on all fronts. View this email in your browser   Twice a month, send a personal one or two sentence email to your entire database. This is an easy (yet effective) way to get in touch with past clients, new leads, ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Worrying Is Never The Answer“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened” Sir Winston Churchill 1874 - 1965, British Prime Minister           As I see it . . . . . . ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Blaming Won’t Change or Correct the Condition“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you” Dr. Wayne Dyer, Author, Professional Speaker        As I see it . . . . . . .Blaming won’t change or correc...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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Heat Wave ! Stay Cool in Philadelphia & Bucks County Pa   record breaking temperatures Perhaps the best time to show homes is in the early mornings . Sellers please be aware that it is best to have the A/C on in a heat wave for yourself as well as a  potential buyer. Drink Lots of WATER. There is...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Do You Have To Feng Shui Every Nook and Cranny of Your Home?Those who are new to Feng Shui assume you need to change every nook and cranny of your home or office in-order to welcome change. This is not always the case. Sometimes you just need a bit of tweaking, or no change. No change? But isn't ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 18
Made 'em LOOK!  In order to get the consumer's attention, your message must immediately grab and take hold of the cerebral cortex region! It is not enough to show up and hope that someone will glance in your direction, you may lose out on the small window of opportunity to engage. Actively and co...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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If you are a high achiever you are accountable for results.  You say what you will do and ask others to hold you to it.  In an organization the person who holds you accountable would be your manager.  But if you are in  business for yourself you must hold yourself accountable.  One way to do that...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 10
We all know that agent in our marketplace, or sometimes a bunch of agents in our own marketplace, who are what we might consider "bad".Maybe they're a really good agent, but they have the personality of Attila the Hun's angrier cousin Schmatilla.Or Maybe they're really nice, but don't know their ...