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 Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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 Good morning and Welcome back - I hope you had a Great 4th of July weekend with friends and family,    The Drones are Coming!   Join us This Wednesday in Chesterfield (Wintergarden Tavern) and or This Thursday in Downtown Utica (Hatchey's 2nd floor), where Ron Robinson Studios will be covering a...
By Blake Rickels, "The Name Friends Recommend"
(Keller Williams Realty)
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New, Easy, Free Suggestions Sure to Make Your Advertising Fresh and Better than Ever      First of all, how do you like that title? Good huh???… said with uplifted eyebrows and teeth featuring smile. Well, it is really meant as a test, or I suppose an example, of the power of using certain words ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Information Becomes a Source of Power“The new source of power is not money in the hands of few, but information in the hands of many.”John Naisbitt, Author Megatrends  As I see it. . . . . . . .Information becomes source of power Information is new currency of power . . . . The person that has th...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Play the Cards That You Are Dealt“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all. Confidence in ourselves, we must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this  something,at whatever cost must be attained.”Marie Curie 1867 -1934, Polish and Na...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take it Seriously“Few people take objectives really seriously. They put average effort into too many things, rather than superior thought and effort into a few important things. People who achieve the most are selective as well as determined.” Richard Koch, Entrepreneur, Management Consultant, Wr...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Do I want to make your phone ring, or do I want YOU to make MY phone ring?  There are some agents who enjoy calling past clients and also searching for new potential clients via cold calling.  There are two schools of thought on this one.  Those who believe it’s a successful method of prospecting...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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 As a luxury real estate marketing professional be sure to get comfortable in the company of high net worth consumers. If they intimidate you, get over it or consider getting out of this end of the business.  Otherwise, your attitude becomes the elephant in the room that cannot be missed. High ne...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Three ways to ensure success with less stress. We have become a fast-paced society, where changes can occur last minute with clear performance expectations set by consumers. Everyone needs to be committed to working together as a team to ensure things are moving along smoothly to accomplish the c...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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I am not much of an advocate of Seminars or Webinars on how to improve my business.  I find them all to be basically the same and they put me to sleep. But everyone once in a while one comes along that actually makes sense and offers good common sense advice. Such was the case with a Seminar I a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Don’t Be Complacent . . . . Just Do It“A man who is contented with whathe has done, will never become famous for what he will do .”Fred Estabrook, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .Don’t be complacent . . . . Just do it Just do what you have to do . . . .  do it now . . . . and do it with excell...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 You Create Your Momentum “When you’re successful things have a momentum,and at a certain point you can’t really tell whether you have created themomentum or it’s creating you.”Annie Lennox, Singer    As I see it. . . . . . . .You create your momentum Momentum . . . . Is an important factor in cr...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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During this Independence Day weekend it might be appropriate to talk about leadership by recalling leadership quotes from some of our past military leaders. It is not surprising that many great civilian leaders that we have known have received their leadership lessons in the US military.  "Never ...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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When a Family Member Wants to Buy Your Home We have all experienced this in real estate as listing agents...the client calls you to list their home but then a family member decides to buy it given certain stipulations.  Yes, the family member needs to get their home in agreement first, they arriv...
By Rich Levin
(Real Estate Grad School)
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Have you ever heard of the term “decision fatigue“?  Basically, the idea is that the more decisions you make throughout the day, the less effective our decision making becomes.Having a generic routine for the Working Weekdays will save your mental energy for more important decisions that are boun...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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This week my team helped distribute over 2500 American flags in the front yards of Clintonville. We started in June by ordering American made flags and taping a business card on them. My assistants Sarah and Julia Weaver walked up and down the Beechwold, Clintonville and Glen Echo neighborhoods d...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Opportunities and Challenges“Opportunities come and go . . . . Challenges are temporary conditions. Success is achieved by those who prepare themselves to take advantage of the opportunitiesthat are found in their challenges.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Tra...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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  When people see your logo, your face on a business card or other promotional  materials can they identify the brand? Take a look at the jingle below.  Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a peice of that...(can you finish the branding?) This Monday, get crakin on the brand...YOUR BRAN...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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When selecting an employee or a sales team member attitudes and behaviors are far more important than experience. I am not saying that there are not minimum standards or licensing that must be met but that only says someone has the skill and the authorization to perform the job.  And what does 10...
By Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548)
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 Who's calling me on a holiday?Yes, I answer my phone on holiday weekends! Yes, I will answer your Real Estate questions.  Yes, I understand that your Real Estate manager may not answer phone calls on holiday weekends.  Yes, I remember you attended my Real Estate classes five years ago.  I might ...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Buyers in Back Up  . . . What Portland Metro Real Estate Buyers Should Know Real estate is local.  And while this isn't a "trend" in the Portland Metro real estate market, it may become one.I have real estate colleagues all over the nation.  I listen to them talk about their local market, and som...