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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Intention of Purpose Plus Action“You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you’ll get to tomorrow. Intention with action is useless.”Caroline Myss, American Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Intention of purpose plus action ...
By Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & area authority!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
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Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman-not the attitude of the prospect...W. Clement StoneThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored and photo taken by Paul Henderson, © 2015, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable how...
By Sing Pappas, APEX Team
(Weichert, Realtors - Palmetto Coast)
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Thanks for calling this morning to follow up with our conversation. The following will explain why you may want to consider listing your home for sale with us. Three things sell homes; Price, Condition, and Exposure. It's been said its location, location, location, but that's a given we don't co...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Positive Thinking in Real Estate Depending upon who you work for in real estate, cultures play a big part of how you think in real estate.  Life sure has changed but cultural differences do make a difference from your upbringing to now.  I can certainly say that in a past career when I was hired ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Don’t Worry About What Other People Are Thinking“As for worrying about what other think forget it.They aren’t concerned about you. They’re too busy worrying about what you and others people think of them.”Michael le Boeuf, American Businessman, Author      As I see it. . . . . . . . Don’t worry a...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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My friend Bill Roberts  asked this often asked question this past weekend so I thought that today would be a good day to revive this frequently asked question with a not so exact answer.Unfortunately for Bill, the answer is much more complex than can be answered in a simple blog, and often times ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Motivation Becomes a Driving Force“Your motivation becomes a driving force on your success journey to achieve your goals. The stronger your motivation is. The stronger your determination becomes to achieve your desired outcome .”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Want Some Cheese to Go with The Whine?“If you have time to whine and complain about somethingthen you have the time to do something about it.”Anthony J. D’ Angelo, Author    As I see it . . . . . . .Want some cheese to go with the whine? Did you ever feel like asking a whiner . . . . if they wan...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Success is Entirely Up to You“You can have success now, or you can have it later.It’s entirely up to you.”Elements of Success   As I see it. . . . . . . .Success is entirely up to you Success is within your reach and waiting for you to grasp it. You have to choose to stretch yourself out of your ...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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When selecting an employee or a sales team member attitudes and behaviors are far more important than experience. I am not saying that there are not minimum standards or licensing that must be met but that only says someone has the skill and the authorization to perform the job.  And what does 10...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Office Tip: Rough Edges On Your Folders Need To Go Feng Shui is based on the lifestyle of respecting people, environments and even objects. Objects are are an interesting discussion because in Feng Shui they represent certain thoughts, actions and words that have been manifested into a ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Choose What You Think About“You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well.”Dr. Wayne Dyer, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker  As I see it . . . . . . . . You choose what you think about   What you choose to think about . . . . will create the direction for your succe...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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I often wonder how much of the negotiating jazz that another agent is giving me has even been discussed with their client. Where do they learn that behavior?  Is it from those TV reality shows where the agents are dancing with zillion dollar apartment listings in Manhattan? Well if it is, that st...
By Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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Note that in Real Estate, everyone wants to win. The problem lies in the amount of the WIN. One party wants more than the other but the reverse of this is true as well. So, hurdle number one is to agree on a price and lock that in. So far so good. Then, onward to the contingencies which leads us ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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In the Act of Commitment is Personal Power“The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sort of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, will rise up to help you, the simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help.”Napoleon Hill 1883 - 1970, Self-Help Author,Motivationa...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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I’ve heard the statement “it’s not my job to do that task” more times than I can shake a commission check at.  Fortunately, my team members are very thorough at following up and making sure the seller is delivered to the closing table.Do we have any limits to what our job description might be?  I...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Long-term planning is important to include in one’s business plan if you are want to be the market leader in your luxury real estate practice/company.  It means understanding the new agents you hire, as well as those you will be selling homes to.  It also means knowing how important spare time as...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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I love weekends, but who doesn’t?  Mine are filled with many different tasks and moments of total enjoyment and relaxation.  I use weekend days to refocus and clear my head of everything that transpired during the week.  Every week should start on a new path, even if the tasks are not new.My main...
By David Dion
(Solutions Real Estate)
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I Will Not Give Up Any Of My Commission   I have been in real estate for over 10 years, starting with a very successful personal real estate business, then forming The Valley Solutions Team that still closes between 100 - 200 deals per year, and founding Solutions Real Estate, with almost 400 age...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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PC Matters Are Hard To Avoid When We Lose Focus.Scott Godzyk asks Should the term "Handy Person Special" be used any longer in ads?The question answers itself when we focus on who we are and why we're here.  The focus of Scott's question is "Handy Person Special".    One thing is for sure.  We do...