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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Take the Time to Watch a Cloud Float Across The Sky    “Rent is not idleness, and to be sometimes in the grass of a summer day listening to the mummer of the water orwatching the clouds float across the skyis hardy a waste of time .” Sir John Lubbock 1834 -1913 English Banker and Politician      ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Real Estate Agents Who Respond Deliver High Level Service  Do you deliver a high level of service to your clients .  Let's think about it .Do you respond to their text  phone calls and emails promptly .  You may not have an answer for them but it shows a level of respect and respect feels good ....
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 As is sometimes the case, we have agents write offers on our short sale listings that are not very ...or at all familiar with short sales. They have heard horror stories of the  never closing...taking for "years"....the bad rap that has been earned by this niche in part because of agents with n...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 A Fork in The Road“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ She asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’Was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”Lewis Carroll 1832 - 1898, author As I see it . ....
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Energy to Finish What You Start“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body.The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .T...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Keep Trying and Give it Your Best“To try and fail is at least to learn. To fail to try is to suffer the loss  of what might have been.”Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790, American Statesmen As I see it. . . . . . . .Keep trying and give it your best Success isn’t achieved in coasting . . . or in tryin...
By Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548)
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 Real Estate Success Keys ~ Build Relationships Real Estate, like all sales, is a people business.  It's not who we know, but who knows us and the services we provide.  Face to face networking has been the paradigm for building business relationships for more than a century, but the internet is r...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Go Into Your Future With Boldness“Neither wise man nor a brave man lies down on thetracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”Dwight D. Eisenhower 1890 – 1969, 34th President of the United States As I see it . . . . . . .Go into your future with boldness Step into the...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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They showed theirs, now show yours! Negotiations in price, repairs and terms can be tedious at best, especially when a potential homebuyer strives for a much lower price by creating a lengthy list of 'so called' repairs. The sellers had a very thorough home inspection performed prior to listing t...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Work Hard to Achieve Your Dreams“There are those who dream and wishand those who dream and work.”Jeune E. McIntyre, Author As I see it. . . . . . . .Work hard to achieve your dreams A dream that you turn into the vision for your future becomes a possibility. When you take the steps to work hard t...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Why do I need To be qualified for a mortgage  to see a house  How many times have buyers asked you this question ? How do you answer this question ? I hope you explain to the buyer the importance of knowing how much they can afford; not what they think they can afford . We are Real Estate Profes...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or
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I try to watch at least one training webinar a week. The majority of these webinars deal with ways to grow our business. Tonight as I watched one of these webinars, the agent who was being featured made the statement, "Agents spend too much time servicing their clients rather than going after new...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Your success journey will greatly resemble your choices.  The Extent of Your Efforts is a Choice “It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.” Eric Lindros, Professional Hockey Player   As I see it . . . . . . . The extent of you...
By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert and CEO/Founder of Pr
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If there’s one thing I know we all wish we had, it’s more time. Realtors® have a ton of demands on their time – farming, answering inquiries, marketing listings, keeping up on social media, running clients to showings, managing their budget, and keeping their important partnerships intact. No one...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 5
I am sure you have heard this saying  - 'Harder I work, Luckier I get'!There is no substitute for hard work.That's what is shared in this re-blog from my favorite motivator Lou Ludwig  Work Hard to Achieve Your Dreams “There are those who dream and wish and those who dream and work.” Jeune E. McI...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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                              source: Sam Shueh I-101, South San Jose, CA (2011)                        Apple is woking a a self driving car using a different technology and could be getting close to a proto type validation beta test. They have several hundred engineers working on an electric pro...
By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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Dear Readers,Hannah Williams from NE Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA, really hits the mark with her post contents. She covers many aspects and does so in depth. While you are reading Hannah's post about being sure people can qualify before you go out with them, remember it is not only about mon...
By Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
Comments 14
When I list a property I ask the seller(s) the best way for agents to reach someone to schedule showing appointments.  If the home is owner  occupied, I usually  have one or both owners  names and phone numbers listed to schedule appointments. (one primary and one secondary if work situations per...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 It's important to be of value and give people relevant information.However you also need to ask them to "return the favor," so to speak. What can you offer to the public that will make them want to give you their contact information and, most importantly, want to work with you?  A few ways to ge...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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 Are you a "For Sale By Owner"?   When it comes to selling a home, sellers always have different reasons for doing what they do. But the biggest chance that sellers take is to not use a professional when it comes to selling their home. They believe that with not using a sales professional, they a...