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 Tony Lewis, RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita
(RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident)
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I'm writing this blog post to reach out to Realtors that should hear the other side of the coin.  We, as Realtors, all have many things in common.  One of them is time management.  We have limited numbers of hours to spend with our clients and there are days in which we have back to back appointm...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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Honey, Sweetie, Sugar ~ Not So Sweet Salutations!This past week I was on the phone with an attorney's office and was speaking to the attorney's assistant. Throughout our conversation she continually referred to me with "Honey", "Sweetie", etc.  As a southern woman my entire life, I still do not g...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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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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Diligence Creates Opportunity“Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness – its opposite –never led to good intention’s goals .” Miguel de Cervantes, Writer              As I see it . . . . . . .Diligence creates opportunity Some people have it . . . . and some don’t. It’s acquired over...
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Talking is Not the Same as Knowing . . . .“People who know little are usually great takers,while men who know much say little.” Jean Jacques Rousseau 1712 – 1778, French Philospher, Writer, Composer           As I see it . . . . . . .Talking is not the same as knowing . . . .  People with knowled...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Challenge What’s True“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were, really true, there would be little hope of advancement.”Orville Wright 1871 - 1948, Aviation Pioneer        As I see it . . . . . . .Challenge what’s true Between early 1890’s through 1903 the Wright Brot...
By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
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Cooperating with Agents Not On Your MLSAs a listing agent, I've always thought it was important to sell my clients' homes -- to and with anyone who has a ready, willing, and able buyer.That includes working with real estate agents that might reside in Green Valley, or Sierra Vista, or Casa Grande...
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 Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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In our market place, there has been a lot of recent movement.Over the last several years, there have been some new players in our market.  A new agency, here or there, 'causing many mature agents to move about like newbies.As an agency, as an office, we must be careful not to become complacent, b...
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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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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 Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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"The fox has many tricks.  The hedgehog has but one.  But that is the best of all."  Ralph Waldo Emerson If you have the inner drive to go from “good to great” in your luxury real estate or real estate career, one of the concepts to take to heart in Jim Collins’ best selling book, Good to Great, ...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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  A postcard from a fellow Dallas Realtor came in the mail a few days back to our house.  I thought he did a good job with his writing. However, I found several statements that I know were considered ethics violations in prior years.   I send him an email that suggested he check those items with ...
By Judy Wahba Realtor-Broker/Owner Steve Houck Realtor/Partner
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
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I have touched on this subject before, but, feel that it needs to be addressed more fully. First, everyone gets advice from Uncle Bill and all of these countless online advisors, but the truth is, the only person who can advise you on your offer is your Realtor.   " I read somewhere that you shou...
By Chris Colgan, Real Estate Expert Advisor
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8 Tips for Preparing for Your Open HouseHolding an open house is a solid way to get your property on buyers’ radars. But anyone can tack up an open house sign and hope for the best. Instead, use these tips to present your home ideally and make your open house a full house.1.       Become your own...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone“How can you learn and grow when you never step outand try something new and exciting?There is never a lack of resources, only a lack of ideas.Without risk, there can be no progress.All of us only have so much sand left in the hourglass,and one day our sand will run o...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Goals Are Success Tools“Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in a positive direction; they can be changed as your priorities charge, new ones added, and others dropped.”Dr. O. Carl Simonton 1942 - 2009, Author, Oncologist        As I see it . . . . . . .Goals are success tools To successfu...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be a Leader in Your Field“The history of the world is full of men who rose toleadership by sheer force of self-confidence,bravery, and tenacity.” Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948, Preeminent Leader of the Indian Independence Movement                As I see it . . . . . . .Be a leader in your field The...
By Teri Barton, Compass Real Estate Team, CEO
(Compass Real Estate Team)
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One thing that I cherish most about Pasadena is its green space. Pasadena has long been loved for its tree lined streets, its gardens and its beautiful natural setting. However, I feel, the once green Pasadena has become crowded with luxury condos and new apartment buildings.  To the developers g...