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 John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 71
Bigots are not a protected class       Under ECOA law, lenders are not allowed to discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or the receipt of public assistance.  Please note that within this list of protected classes, "Big...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 21
Last week, the post was about SideDoor, a start up that some smart millennial kids are setting up to help buyers and sellers avoid paying huge fees to overpaid Realtors.  These kids and their new web site are going to create the perfect FSBO experience.  People will be able to go to sites like Zi...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 42
About three years ago I attended a seminar by Rick Deluca.  Normally I hate to attend seminars on how to succeed because I find them to all say the same thing, just in different words.  But that was not the case with what Rick Deluca had to share.  He was spot on and caused the light bulb to go o...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 4
 Hey ActiveRainers,Tim here, again. Any plans for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend? If you're in need of email marketing content to honor the memory of our fallen soldiers, and/or thank veterans and those currently in the armed services, let us know and we'll write something for you in 1 busines...
By Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, Author of Sell with Soul
(Sell with Soul)
Comments 4
To continue this FUN discussion of how real estate agents worked back in the age of the dinosaur, let's talk today about the GPS... or lack thereof. We didn't have one. We didn't even have Mapquest. Nope, the best we had was the handy-dandy Pierson Guide which was a big book of maps for the Denve...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Difficulties Will Challenge You“Difficulties in life will challenge you . . . . How you overcome your difficulties will determine if your difficulties become the stepping stones to become better and attract bigger opportunities in the future. Or a weight to sink your career.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 6
It's one of those perennial issues.  Consumers do not understand how our business works.  They don't understand what we do, how we get paid, nor how we get business.They don't understand that we're subcontractors and we don't get paid less'n we sell a property... (and sometimes not even then... d...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 29
How are your  communication skills? Are you getting the expected response? Your communication may seem clear to you but if you do not get the response you expect then your communication has failed.  If you are sending a message you must make sure you understand the receiver of that message.There ...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 4
 The following is another stirring guest blog post by our VP of Sales and Marketing, Tawd Frensley."If more than 90% of your business comes from referrals........Then why on Earth are you worried about Google ranking, Website Traffic, and Internet leads?Putting 100% of your time and effort into s...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Temporary Setbacks Happen“One of the secrets of success is not to lettemporary setbacks defect us.”Mary Kay Ash1918- 2001, America Businesswoman,Founder of Mary Kay Inc.   As I see it. . . . . . . .Temporary setbacks happen They can happen at anytime . . . . and they happen without notice, they a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
Quality . . . . Is In the Eye of Your Customer “Quality in service or product is not what you put into it.It is what the client or customer gets out of it.”Peter F. Ducker, Author and Management Consultant As I see it. . . . . . . .Quality . . . . Is in the eye of your customer Yours client and c...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Discipline to Succeed“There’s been nothing but discipline, discipline, discipline all my life.”Celine Dion, Singer   As I see it. . . . . . . .Discipline to succeed Success is not a singular event. It’s a process . . . . of having the discipline to do the things right that will separate you from ...
By Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, Author of Sell with Soul
(Sell with Soul)
Comments 4
A little while ago I hosted a teleseminar called "Real Estate the Old Fashioned Way" where I described the life and times of a real estate agent in the good ol' days before the advent of all this whiz-bang, fancy-schmantzy technology. I was listening to a recording of the show recently and though...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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What’s Happening in Your Life Today . . . .“What is happing in your life today . . . . is a result of the choices that you have made in the past.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it. . . . . . . .What’s happening in your life today . ...
By JM Padron, CCIM, CCIM, MRICS, Serving South Florida
(REMAX PREMIER-COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATES)
Comments 1
Have you fallen out of touch with some past real estate clients? If you’re like most of us, it’s likely that you have. It can be difficult to consistently keep in touch with your former clients, especially as your career progresses and your database grows. If you’re struggling to keep in touch w...
By Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, Author of Sell with Soul
(Sell with Soul)
Comments 3
To continue the discussion of real estate TODAY versus real estate 20 years ago, I want to chat a bit more about the benefits of NOT having information about homes for sale readily available at the touch of a button or click of a mouse. Back in the olden days, buyers (and sellers to a degree) wer...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 6
The choice speaks volumes about the person’s attitude. Find . . . .a Way    “Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” Henry Ford 1863 - 1947, American Industrialist, Founder Ford Motor Company     As I see it. . . . . . . . Find . . . . a way   When things have not turned out the way you’re planned you ...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 2
Great information.  Wanted to share just in case you missed it.  For the most part, the ActiveRain Community is comprised of many top professionals whose focus is on their clients, and not self-serving.    As with all areas of life and business, there are those who do not focus on their clients a...
By JM Padron, CCIM, CCIM, MRICS, Serving South Florida
(REMAX PREMIER-COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATES)
Comments 0
Quality . . . . Is In the Eye of Your Customer “Quality in service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it.” Peter F. Ducker, Author and Management Consultant   As I see it. . . . . . . . Quality . . . . Is in the eye of your customer   Yours clie...
By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
Comments 12
Top of the morning all.  It is seldom I reblog.  I constantly make a habit of enjoying Mr. Lou Ludwig and his words of motivation.  In reading his post regarding 'trust' I felt it important enough that we all should reflect, for more than just a second or two, on the impact losing that trust can ...