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 Matthew DeFede, Specializing in Bergen & Essex County Real Estate
(Realty Executives Elite Homes)
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I am a big believer in technology and my office and my business have adapted and we are the best in Nutley at what we do, my office has the best online presence in Nutley and we have only been open for about a year now.One thing that never changes is DOING GOOD BUSINESS, I like to study some of t...
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 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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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 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 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 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 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 Agreemen...
By Dennis Swartz, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI...experience counts!
(Rickert Property Management)
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I often watch the squirrels outside my window and wish I had an office full of employees that worked as hard as squirrels do!  But in December I notice they work extra hard at finding food and hiding it for the cold days ahead when they will be hungry, knowing that winter is not the ultimate time...
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 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 Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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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 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...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Time Misspent Returns no Value “Time misspent returns no value back into your life . . . . it cloudsyour future . . . . and put your success journey at risk.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Coach As I see it . . . . . . . .Time misspent has no valu...
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 The Strength of Your Perseverance“Few things are impossible to the diligence and skilled.Great works are performed not be strengthbut by perseverance.”Samuel Johnson, English Author As I see it . . . . . . . The strength of your perseverance Success is achieved not by the sheer force of your str...
By Richard and Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900
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  One of my very first and most wonderful trainers was Tom Hopkins. I found him at a seminar (34 years ago) and instantly felt blessed to have done so.  I learned many valuable things from Tom but the one thing that resulted in my generating more business than anything else he taught agents was ...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea
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The market is what the market is, and I can't change that. We real estate professionals must tell sellers what the market price is of their property.  We show them comps, what has sold during the last few months and what is for sale. Yes, those still for sale might have a high sales price, but wh...