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 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)
Comments 5
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 Tony Lewis, RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita
(RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident)
Comments 8
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 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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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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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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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)
Comments 12
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)
Comments 2
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...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Four Human Freedoms Plus One“We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way. The third is freedom from want . . . . The fourth is freedom from fear.”Franklin ...
By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 47
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Talent is Like Electricity“Electricity makes no judgment. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that. It makes no judgment. I think talent is like that.I believe every person is born w...
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 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 Tammy Todaro, ABR
(RE/MAX Executive Realty in Franklin, Ma.)
Comments 12
Agents working off of emotions. It's easy to get caught up in our emotions when it comes to the real estate business.  I've recently experienced a situation of "he said, she said", with a listing agent and a buyer agent.   I talked to each party, which of course had completely different stories t...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     It doesn’t matter what business you are in, one has to continually market in order to get consumers to notice them. My thoughts are that once folks use us, they will like our service and how we conduct business. So the order of the day is market… market… market…    One of the things I have n...
By Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.
(UTR Texas Realtors)
Comments 6
Active Rain Listings - Is This Home Still Available?Throw Back Thursdays! Today I received another request on the status of a listed home through Active Rain. I had listed this home years ago and it had sold shortly after posting on AR.  This just goes to show us that people are reading what we p...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 2
This is so well put.  Thanks 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 . . . . . ...