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 Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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We all like to receive referrals.   Referrals from past clients, business contacts as well as other agents.  That is one of the strengths of belonging to professional networking sites and groups.Over the weekend I referred a seller lead to a real estate agent who is a member of ActiveRain (althou...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Talent is Like Electricity“Electricity makes no judgment. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that. It makes no judgment. I think talent is like that.I believe every person is born w...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Good Listener Stands Out“Without question, the art of listening is one of the most underestimated keys to success. I want you to stop and think about the friends and you really enjoy being with, the bosses you you’ve enjoyed working for, and I’d be willing to bet they all have one thing in comm...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Charge of Your Circumstances“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”Earl Nightingale 1921 - 1989, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker      As I see it . . . . . . .Take charge of your circumstances You will seem to be living your life in co...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Are you a Common Denominator? Attitude influences every aspect of our lives. A positive, determined mindset instills the tone for creating more opportunities to do business. It also motivates successful outcomes. If you believe. You must believe! We all possess the ability to maintain healthy bus...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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Michelle Carr Crowe Teaches Listing Package Class Mon., July 27 at 9am Are you a Silicon Valley real estate agent who wants more listings? Do you need to improve your listing and pre-listing marketing materials? Would you like to learn how to be better prepared for listing appointments?Join instr...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Most of the homes do sell at market value most of the time!So what is your unique selling proposition for your clients?Here's an excellent answer in this re-blog - from Lou Ludwig . Your Customer Service is Your Business Advantage “Being on par in terms of price and quality only get you into the ...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Good Afternoon and Welcome to the final week of July, 2015,  I hope your summer is going well and you're making the most of it both personally and with your business in perfect balance. Speaking of balance... The Michigan Real Estate Masterminds Focus for August, 2015: Balance - Something we all ...
By Matthew DeFede, Specializing in Bergen & Essex County Real Estate
(Realty Executives Elite Homes)
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Hire A Great Listing Agent Like Me!All kidding aside I do things that other agents/realtors never ever think of, for example I pay attention to detail for instance, custom design my sign for each listing from the color, font and then I picture myself as a potential buyer driving around the area, ...
By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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                There is a cross-purpose covenant that has the National Association of Realtors and its local association and its members in a pickle.           The NAR and the local associations naturally see as one of their primary goals, increasing membership.  What drives that is somewhat hid...
By Ben Kinney
(ActiveRain Inc.)
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This coming Tuesday, July 28th, I'll join New York Times best-selling author and successful business person Jay Papasan to discuss building wealth and having a better life; something you can do hand in hand. I've spent much of my career studying and practicing the habits and concepts that have al...
By Gloria Valvasori, MASTER-ASA, Your Streetsville Village Connection
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service)
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Providing great service to each and every one of my clients is first and foremost to me... and should be to all agents.  When my clients are happy, I am happy and it provides me with a great sense of satisfaction of a job well done. I am lucky I work in an office where the Broker keeps ALL the ag...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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If I witness a crime on the streets am I required by law to report it? If not, is it possible I could be labeled a conspirator? I've watched enough Judge Judy & Boston Legal to know about accessory and accessory after the fact.That was meant to be funny.On a more serious note, Realtors do operate...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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A couple of years ago we had a buyer who absolutely fell in love with a house. They were so excited about it!  So we wrote an offer, and after some negotiations the offer was accepted!Great, right?  You might remember Hurricane Sandy. Certainly, those of us in New Jersey remember it well. Nearly ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Biggest Choice . . . .“What if you could be anything or anybody, you choose to be? Think about it. What would you choose to be?”Nido Qubein, business person, motivational speaker       As I see it . . . . . . .Your biggest choice . . . . You reach many areas in your life . . . . where you ha...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Commitment to Excellence“Just make up your mind at the outset that your work is going to stand for quality…that you are going to stamp a superior quality upon everything that goes out of your hand, that whatever you do shall bear the hallmark of excellence” Orison Swett Marsden 1850 - 1924, Ame...
By Jessica Schweppe, Real Estate Marketing Expert + Blogger
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Before meeting you in person, all of your leads form their initial judgment of you based on your agent photo. Follow these agent headshot best practices to make sure your close-up makes a fantastic first impression. Real Estate Headshot Tips:  Invest in a Professional:When it comes to agent photo...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Keep That Thought“The key to success is holding in your conscious mine what you want to achieve and then striving in everything you do to make the image reality.”Dr. Norman Vincent Peale 1898 - 1993, Minister, Author        As I see it . . . . . . .Keep that thought Your thoughts are a driving fo...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Opportunity Knocks: Tips for Marketing Properties with Huge Potential I have seen a lot of marketing during my years in real estate. I have seen bad. I have seen good. I have seen exceptional. Recently I came across one of those exceptionally-marketed properties in Whistler, British Columbia. I ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Success Takes the Will of Self-Discipline“Some people regard discipline as a choice. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.”Julie Andrews, Entertainer         As I see it . . . . . . .Success takes the will of self-discipline  In order for a professional to achieve . . . . and ma...