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 Gina Thelemann, Content writer dispensing agent and broker advice
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Making initial contact can be difficult for agents no matter how long they’ve been in the business. We’re not here today to tell you to cold call 100 people, or to door knock until your spirit’s broken. Instead, we polled three industry leaders who told us how they use charitable giving as a way ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Have the Goals“To have clear and focused direction . . . . in your life.You will need clear and focused goals to move you in that direction.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Have the goals In order to successfully ac...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People w/ the San Diego Lifestyle!
(Big Block Realty)
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Are you running on empty? We Realtors, agents and sales people in general, run on "people-fuel".When we run low on it , it shows up in our attitude, performance and reactions vs. responses. It's simple, schedule a go hard 6 day week, then take a day off. Unplug from the business and recharge with...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Curious Mind Will Ask Why“You will encounter many conditions in your life . . . .It’s not until you ask why . . . . will you discover the answers.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . A curious mind will ask why Ask que...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Do you keep repeating the same marketing strategies without satisfactory results? Perhaps it is time to create a better message that distills your value proposition to its essence. The key is to condense your marketing message so that it is both instantly appealing and memorable. When crafting a ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Power lifting. Try it!  Push your business to new heights. Pull others up in the industry and lift yourself to a higher level. Successful outcomes take a team of individuals with the same common goals in mind.  We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by power lifting. Agree?
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Challenges Are Part of Your Personal Growth“A success journey without challenges . . . . is a success journey stuck in your comfort zone of no growth.Challenges occur when you stretch yourself outside of your comfort zone . . . . and into personal growth.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consulta...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Patricia Kennedy, shared this wonderful classic post that can be used many times over. The array of details and data will surely benefit you and your present or future clients. It is detailed and right to the point. It should also help with any gray areas, to give you an upper hand with this comp...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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You might think your buyers are independent and self-sufficient.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  They need your care, your guidance and your constant attention. Buyers have a tendency to want to roam into areas that will cost them lots more money than they have budgeted.  Gently guide ...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Who rules the real estate markets? This question has multiple answers.  The National Association of Realtors® is the preeminent voice in real estate in the United States.  They are the organization that provides the government with information and insight into the real estate market. No single ag...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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Just Because It's New, It Doesn't Mean It's Perfect, Get it Inspected New homes can have flaws, too. Just because it is new it still needs to have a home inspection done before you purchase. It is smart to have a licensed home inspector check out your home even if it looks perfect.  New doesn't m...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Family Forest Transition; Who will carry on your work?     We have many clients who are dedicated to creating a better forest on their lands.  They are good land stewards, often spending a lifetime improving the forest in little ways and in major ways only to reach the end of their lives and have...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster Relo Specialist
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     I can still hear my Father telling me to hustle ! Walk with purpose , he'd bark at me . Don'tdawdle or dilly-dally ! There are things that a parent teaches their child that are never forgotten !Another thing my Dad would greet me with many mornings was "Rise and Shine " ! Fast forwardto many...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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You will be judged . . . . by where you stand in challenging times. In Challenging Times . . . . “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moment of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy .” Martin Luther King Jr.   As I see it. . . ....
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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Question: Our board wrestles with whether it has the authority to modify the formal architectural design policy.Answer: This kind of policy is generally amendable by the board when it's in resolution form (a separate document outside the recorded governing documents). If the policy is part of the...
By Joyce Marsh, Central Florida & The Beaches | Fine Homes
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   A Dream With A Direction    Dreams turn into clearly defined goals when you put them in writing...“A vision is a clearly – articulated, results oriented vision, of a future you intent to create. It’s a dream with direction” Jesse Stoner Zemel, Author    This original post by Lou Ludwig reminds...
By Richard and Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900
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  One of my very first and most wonderful trainers was Tom Hopkins. I found him at a seminar (34 years ago) and instantly felt blessed to have done so.  I learned many valuable things from Tom but the one thing that resulted in my generating more business than anything else he taught agents was ...
By Olga Simoncelli, Broker-Owner, RE Consultant, Veritas Prime, LLC
(Veritas Prime, LLC)
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Can a Little Conjunction Change Your Ownership Rights? Manage Your Risk.  There may be much ambiguity in drafting legal documents. The subtle differences might not be apparent to a layman. I am not an attorney, but an exchange at a vehicle registration facility in Miami, Florida caught my attenti...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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If your home is in contract and you're anticipating a buyer's inspection, here's a checklist you can use to prepare for your home inspection. The items on this list are what home inspectors look for as part of a whole house inspection. Many of the items on this list, any homeowner can do and will...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Most people outside of the industry do not understand what Realtors have to deal with day to day,but, I do so, I made a quick little video explaining just that - The 3 Things that Realtors have to deal with everyday with a little education included and with a few (a lot of) laughs along the way h...