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 Karen Smyth, Delivering The Dream of Home Ownership Everywhere!
(The Ben Kinney Team)
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What's it all about, really? I mean, as a real estate "agent" - what do you do for a living, really?Recently, during an interview with a newer agent who was considering joining our expanding team,  I asked her what did she think we did for a living? She replied, "We SELL Real Estate!" To which I ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Daily Routine “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” John C. Maxwell, American Author, Speaker and Pastor    As I see it . . . . . . .Your daily routine Your daily routine becomes the foundation for ...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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  Customer Service = Dental Office = Real Estate Office? Recently I've had a few experiences of both excellent customer service and down right ugly customer service. When customer service is outstanding you can bet I'll be touting about them every chance I can and they will get a lot of business ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Magic Words of Integrity“Have the courage to say no.  Have the courage to face the truth.Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”W. Clement Stone 1902 – 2002, Businessman, Philanthropist, Self Help Author    As I see it . . . . . . ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Size of Your Goals“Goals determine what you’re going to be.”Julius Erving, Professional Basketball Player          As I see it. . . . . . . .The size of your goals The size of your goals . . . . and your willingness to work hard to achieve them . . . . determines  . . . . who you become. The ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Person Who Never Makes Mistakes “A person who never made a mistake never tired anything new.” Albert Einstein1879 – 1955, German – Born TheoreticalPhysicist, Developed the Pillars of Modern Physics    As I see it . . . . . . .A person who never makes mistakes Mistake are a fact of life . . . . ...

By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
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One of my wife's and my core values is to always have reliant relationships instead of dependent relationships. It may sound like semantics to you but it isn't. Often when you have dependent relationships then the other party can either demand your actions be what they want because they believe t...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT ME? LOVE THE ANSWER FROM CLIENT Many of you know that I just reopened my own real estate brokerage called Real Estate and Beyond, LLC. We focus on the following areas for Phoenix Real Estate:  Management Sales Development  The best thing to do for any new company is to ensu...

By Libby Beckwith, Real Estate Agent serving Phoenix & Scottsdale
(Realty Executives)
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Ever lose out on a listing that you thought you had "in the bag"?  What do YOU think drives sellers to select a listing agent? Commission deals? Thoughts?

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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There are many different ways to succeed in real estate or any business.  Though, most folks will not succeed until they figure out a plan to make this happen: What are you doing here without a plan? We all need a plan to succeed. Your plan will differ from other associates, and rightly so. Your ...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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                                                                                Sam Shueh                                                                               Campell, CA As a realtor one come across a spectrum of people. While some are shoddy people trying to take advantage of people in...

By Lauren Selinsky CRS, Orange County Real Estate #oclauren
(CA Coastal Estates, Inc. CA Broker )
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Why I Love My Job in Real Estate by Lauren Selinsky It comes easy for me to talk about what it is that I love about my job. It is working with people, to help and assist them in finding their home. Their home for most is the largest ticketed item they will ever purchase. How could I not love my j...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
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Getting Out of the Weeds; Mel RobbinsIf you are like most of us in this fast paced world where ever increasing demands fill our schedule each day you know what Mel is talking about when she refers to “Being In the Weeds”.Hopefully these tips can help you deal with your 20 hour days, and with a li...

By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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All work expands to fill the time allowed. - BOLD LAW    Work. Sometimes it is one of those despicable 4 letter words and it is a part of life. As I have become more aware of the “BOLD LAWS”, it seems as if a new one jumps out at me every week. Although these are nothing new and many are rehashes...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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New Agents Words of Wisdom for Getting Started in Real Estate These are some nuggets I shared with new real estate students. I wish somebody had told me these when I was getting started.  Your income potential doesn’t have a ceiling. It’s yours for the taking. Hard work doesn’t stop at a 40 hour ...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Lessons or should I say ‘Takeaways’ from the Five Time Super Bowl Champion New England PatriotsAs a Beverly Hills Realtor, I always watch other people and how they handle adversity, stress, and when events are not going in their favor I am very interested on how they respond. Watching the Super B...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Becoming a Market Expert: The 20 Things You Need to Know If you want to be viewed as a market expert, you must completely understand your local market. Most of this information is easily accessible from your MLS. Every agent must be able to analyze for their marketplace: SALES ANALYSISGo into th...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Real Estate Agent.
(Preferred St George Utah Area Real Estate Agent | PK Real Estate Utah South)
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There is here with a T.  And a sunset is a sunrise with different hours, seperate goals. While it is virtually impossible to be here, there and everywhere, having a diverse business plan can expand online and local market presence. Some tips to get there from here: Blog consistently Use sphere of...

By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
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What an honor to have the founder of eXp Realty and CEO of eXp World Holdings Inc., Glenn Sanford as a guest on our show! Glenn’s business looks nothing like anything in the real estate industry today. His CLOUD based company is soaring in terms of how effective, efficient, and beneficial it is f...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Rules of . . . . Learning Have Changed“The illiterate of 21st century will not be those who can not read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”Alvin Loffler, Author    As I see it. . . . . . . .The rules of learning have changed The achiever of the new millennium will hav...