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 Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Keller Williams West Sound Realty)
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What do the Realtor® Code of Ethics and the Facebook Terms of Service have in common?  People agree to them both, but they very rarely read either one. Let's face it, how many times have you signed up for something, especially here online, and quickly scrolled through the lengthy "Terms of Agreem...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be an Expert in Your Field “Small difference in your performance can lead to large differences in your results.”Brian Tracy, Self- Help Author and Motivational Speaker As I see it. . . . . . . .Be an expert in your field You can’t do and be everything for everybody . . . . You can standout in you...
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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The Constant Pressure of Persistence“The constant pressure of persistence . . . . has the power to erode the obstacles that you encounter . . . . Your persistence is a key to breaking down barriers . . . .and opening the new doors of opportunities.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Succe...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Time“Your time is a limited edition . . . . You can’t replace once you use it. Treat it as a precious resource . . . . and it will return value into your life.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . . Your time You can...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Finding Your True Direction“The winds of change can come into your at any time. With the winds of change comes theopportunity to find your true direction.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it. . . . . . . .Finding your true direction Y...
By zeta cross, Getting Greener Makes Your home worth more!
(Smart Green Realty)
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**I hate quizzing buyers about their finances. If they tell me they are pre-approved, I believe them. If they want to see houses that are above their price range, I show them. I consider it part of my job. **A few months ago, a very experienced listing agent that I know asked me what my buyer's c...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 7
Very well said by Lou Ludwig in this re-blog!Live your life to the fullest! It's a choice you make it - for yourself and for people around you.Live a Life That’s Worth Living! Live a Life That’s Worth Living “Live a life that’s worth living . . . . Is a choice that you choose to make and pursue ....
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Listen to Your Customers“To satisfy our customers’ needs we’ll give them what they want, not what we want to give them.”Steve James, Actor, Stunt Man   As I see it. . . . . . . .Listen to your customers When you listen to your customers . . . . you build a bridge of understanding . . . . and rapp...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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I started this series in August of 2009, back then I published a post called 6 Reasons why your house won't sell.  It garnered an unbelievable (at least unbelievable for ME) 188 comments, after being viewed 10,888 times, and having 10,101 people "click" on it and presumably, that means that 1.8% ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Share the LOVE.  Stay in touch with past clients throughout the year. Call for a quick chat or send them a Thinking of You card. I am a firm believer of referrals...happy clients do refer their friends and family! Also, be sure to tell your family, friends and peers about your business expectatio...
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 Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Attitude Makes All The Difference; Zig Ziglar  Zig Ziglar - Attitude Makes All The Difference Get rid of stinkin thinkin to really make a change in your life! My lovely wife Sally and I took a trip to Dallas shortly before Zig passed on to attend the Born to Win conference with the Ziglars and ma...
By Carol Williams, "Real Estate Coaching: Working Smart Made Easy"
(Nationwide: Carol Williams... How can I help YOU achieve your personal & professional goals?)
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I'm going to deviate from my normal blog and not write my own content.  Sometimes it makes sense to pass along what someone else has said so well.  I love these... 17 Small Motivation Things to Do Every Day To Be Much SmarterThis is from the Goals on Track blog, which I enjoy reading on a regular...
By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida)
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New features include:  Order $64.95  Over 1,000 questions from 18 different categories. Immediate audio and visual feedback showing whether your answer was correct or incorrect. Answers include rationale, so you understand the reasons why you were right (or wrong). Quick Quiz and Custom Quiz mode...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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 This is a before photo of a client's loft condo in Pennsylvania. They just moved into the space and wanted to know some fast and practical feng shui suggestions.Quick Tip: Pay attention to the rooms you observe upon entering your home, this is important.For my client's particular layout, the liv...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 12
OK, I'm still deleting the 1300 excess emails that came in wishing me a Happy Thanksgiving.  But it's not too late to heed Greg's pleas for Christmas and New Years! It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the other Holidays that are what real memories are made of. Kind of.  ...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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Lou ALWAYS hits home with his posts.  I could reblog every one of them and it would not be too much.  I actually rarely reblog anything but I would bet that I've reblogged his posts more than any other.  I like the way this man thinks.   Finding Your True Direction “The winds of change can come i...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 9
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 Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
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1. Stay away from negative people. This may be the best piece of advice you will ever get. I still recall my first six months, I never saw, heard or smelled a negative person, actually I may have been too ignorant to know what a negative person was. At the end of the first six months I had listed...