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 Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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by Patricia Feager, 8/18/2017 A licensee in Real Estate has the best of both worlds and knows the difference between success and failure. No one who enters this profession is the same person from the time they began their career until they retire - which for most is never.  STAYING ALIVE IN REAL ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Showing Up “A big part of success in life is showing up every day.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Showing up Think about this way . . . . When you show up every day there will be opportunities . . . . and possibiliti...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Calling War - Whose Call is it?I'm talking about the dreaded term in real estate, 'bidding wars' here!After several conversations with other agents and a recent comment on a term that I have learned that serves my clients better when referring to bidding wars ("You've Got Company"), let's set the...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   Regardless of the is difficult or nearly impossible to know everything about every aspect. My Grandfather used to say, there will come a time when there will be a right eye doctor and a left eye doctor, and he probably wasn't far from wrong !  There are agents (like ourselves...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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With Determination“Success is measured by overcoming obstacles . . . . with determination. You create the personal power to overcome your obstacles . . . .  and on achieving your goals.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . . ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Most Important Customer“When you’re riding, only the race in which       you’re riding is important.” Bill Shoemaker 1931- 2003 American Jockey, Rode72 Winners of the Triple Crown Races, EnshrinedIn Horseracing Hall of Fame      As I see it. . . . . . . .The most important customer When a joc...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
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I just came in from watching the Eclipse. Here is the Atlanta area, we were treated to about a 97% totality. The picture to the left was taken by my daughter out in Oregon at a spot were they were 100% totality. Very cool right?Even neater are the little shadow crescents that form during the even...

By Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling, Phoenix Real Estate Agent
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 From an engineers perspective -  Facts  My main career has been engineering (aerospace industry) for 35 years. It has been very valuable to bring my perspective to our real estate business. Anna (my broker and business partner) is very organized and has had systems in place since I've known her....

By Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Assistants
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You’re a successful real estate agent.  You don’t have time to hold an open house … Hold on!  It’s time to get a Mindset Shift.  Open Homes are not something you “graduate” from but rather it’s something you need to “gravitate” towards.   The reality is that open houses can always create a lot of...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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Just like blogging on ActiveRain, posting to boards on Pinterest for business, using a Facebook business page organically can be great for your business if you do it the right way. But honestly when I was running targeted ads I found my organic results just going down the tubes so I stopped doing...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(eXp Realty)
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Be appreciative of what you have!Be thankful for what you can GIVE!Live Richer Life!Thanks Lou Ludwig for great thought in this re-post -The Miracle of Gratitude   The Miracle of Gratitude “The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you ...

By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Taking the property off the current inventory of real estate listings, how big a deposit, what sizes holds a property for sale?Until the buyer can travel from out of state or perform whatever inspection, meet whatever delaying contingencies before finally proceeding to the real estate closing. Lo...

By Lisa Bieri, Passion for RESULTS. Concern for PEOPLE.
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Ostriches and Egos: How We Create Our Own Realities     Information avoidance is a common human tendency. If you are looking to buy or sell Door County real estate, that avoidance could be costly.     It doesn’t seem to matter that we’re living in a hyper information age. We listen to news that s...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Do Something When It Needs to Be Done “I must do something’ will always solve more problems than saying something must be done.”Bits and Pieces     As I see it. . . . . . . .Do something when it need to be done When something has to be . . . . you can do something about it. You can wait for someo...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Thousands of Boynton Beach homeowners agree on some classic rock records, such as Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction. Considered by both fans at critics to be one of the best debuts in music history, the 1987 cut is an aggressive and hard-hitting rock album that takes no prisoners. “Welcome t...

By Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Have you met Mr Banana yet? If not, check out one of his very first posts. He's the guy that runs our business from the back office and doesn't get out much! Just kidding!  He's been my rock for many years and is an excellent sounding board to whatever issues are going on. I like that he comes f...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(, covering California & most other states)
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A common FHA 203k mistakeI can't tell you how many times I see this mistake in judgment happen.1st Scenario - Borrower wants to make his job as low as possible, to keep the loan amount down. They tell us scope #1 with a very small scope in comparison to what they really want to do. The are puttin...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Are you a Pembroke Pines homeowner who always feels short of breath? Maybe it is climbing a flight of stairs or simply walking to the car. Whatever the case may be, you can practice the best exercises to improve your breathing. For starters, you should always get plenty of exercise. Keep all your...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be Bold With a Purpose “Be bold enough to use your voice brave enough to listen to your heart and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined.”Unknown   As I see it . . . . . . .Be bold with a purpose Be bold . . . . and step out of your comfort zone to experience the benefits of being ...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Residential REALTOR®
(Specializing in Residential, Referrals & Relocation | PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Do what you LOVE. LOVE what you do!  Without purposeful direction, we'd all wander aimlessly. Creating a plan sets a wish to motion with direction, momentum and promise. All one needs to do is to sincerely commit to accomplishing business /personal goals. You possess the power to:Inspire someone....