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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Results Change . . . . By Changing Your Attitude“Your attitude controls the way you see your world. It also controls your thinking  and how your respond to the condition in your life. Your attitude will also greatly influence the results that you achieve. When you want to change your results...
By Paul Harsch, Realtor Emeritus, CRB, CRS, GRI, CBI
(Harsch Associates Berkshire Real Estate)
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Agency in real estate is inherently problematic – a contrarian perspective This title is bound to make waves and create some vigorous criticism and arguments by the establishment because this strikes at the heart of what the establishment has been trying to convince the public and the members fo...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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"Real Estate and Other Jobs As Assigned"--How Far Do You Go for your Clients? Yesterday I received a message from one of my sellers asking if I could go turn their heat up at their vacation home as the temperatures are dropping rapidly. Well, certainly I could.  When we become our seller's home's...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Blue Print For Your Continued Success“Having a blue print for your continued success . . . . Will give your success journey a road map to follow to . . . .achieve your goals. . . . It will also focus your thinking  forward in the direction to achieve continued success.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Man...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the other Holidays that are what real memories are made of. Kind of. Each year I get a dozen or so Holiday cards in the mail. They bring happiness to my heart when compared to the countless spam emails I get from companies wishing me a...
By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
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For those that own a home, and by that I mean they are making payments as an owner, they not only get the physical and material rewards that come with such a large and personal purchase but they also have the invisible attributes and pay-offs as well. There is something about claiming a permanent...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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How Accessible Are You?       Before I dive in, a note on the inspiration for this post.  A while ago, I wrote a blog about the importance of vetting buyers as a listing agent.  I hold that this practice is incredibly important for listing agents, as it weeds out unqualified buyers and prevents p...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Leading Edge in Your Relationships“The leading edge in your relationships is rooted in your attitude . . . . A positive attitude creates the foundation for a long lasting successful relationships.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and AuthorAs I see i...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Fire it Up“It’s within you . . . . waiting to come out into the light of day. When you want it . . . . to come to the surface . . . . It’s up to you to fire up  . . . . in order to make the most out of it.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As i...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Lifting a Persons Sprits“Lifting a person’s spirits . . . . becomes a positive  for experience for all of those who are involved.“Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer, Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Lifting a person’s spirits A helping hand is given freel...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Determination is the Strength of Mind“Your determination is the strength of mind . . . . to remain focused on your goals . . . . With that determination you will stay on purpose and become sidetracked by your obstacles.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer a...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
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Every October, I begin planning for the upcoming year. It's a time to reflect on the year and to look forward for what's to come. I call this activity  Seed Planning rather than Business Planning. I've always considered myself/ my business as casting seeds. 1 Corinthians 3:6: "I planted, Appollos...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Happy Thanksgiving !I have a lot to be thankful today and always, God has truely blessed me with many gifts.Most importantly the gift of knowing that God is always with me, always helping with what He knows that I need and surrounding me with many people who make my life complete.I was blessed to...
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 Ashley Cox, Dallas City Center Realtors
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There is no doubt that the experiences of family and friends impact our decisions greatly. We value the opinions of those we love the most... and when they have a bad experience, it's easy to draw assumptions about the culprit, whether actual or misconstrued.Real Estate Agents aren't above this. ...
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 Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People w/ the San Diego Lifestyle!
(Big Block Realty)
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Every year I host a pre-Thanksgiving Gratitude Gathering. It's one of my many Client Appreciation events. These promote community, lots of people sharing their stories about how I sold them their dream home. People getting to know each other; my team members putting faces to names in our e-mail w...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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Many buyers, sellers and even agents concentrate solely on price.Buyers want to know... "why did they accept that offer?  our offer was higher!?"There are many things that go into an offer, other than price... and depending on the seller's motivation... price may be a lesser concern.Sometimes, th...
By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert and CEO/Founder of Pr
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Realtors® have many stories about nightmare clients. Clients who say they want to buy right away, but then want to see 24 houses over 2 months and still can’t decide. Buyers who claim to be in great financial shape but then can’t get approved for financing. Sellers who insist on pricing using a Z...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Ashley Cox, 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 competitiv...