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 Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 14
 At the last minute, the buyer gets cold feet. The bank backs down. The appraisal falls short. The seller loses the house they were going to buy. The buyer loses their job.  When everything around you is whirling and frenzied, it's very easy to lose your sense of calm. But it's our job to be the ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 5
Building a client base is hard work. Fortunately, there are many ways to do it: Prospecting Referral from past client Networking We've found that a combination of all three is the best mix for us, but networking isn't a natural act for many people. When you're networking, there are rules that you...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 52
 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 Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Tips To A Successful School Year for Our Children 1. Assist in organizing your children's bedroom and study area. Clutter relates to the physical appearance, but even more importantly, it could impact them emotionally and mentally.  Children are extremely sensitive to their surroundings...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
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My real estate trainer, when I first started in the business, counseled me to always wear "green" to a closing. It represents the colour of money. I'm not superstitious, but I have adopted her little (what shall we call it) idiosyncrasy. I try to wear something green to each and every closing.  G...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be Appreciative and Count Your Blessing“Better to lose count while naming your blessing than to lose your blessing counting your troubles.”Maltbie D. Babcock 1858 – 1901, American Clergyman   As I see it . . . . . . .Be appreciative and count your blessing We live in a world that brings blessing ...
By Will Hamm
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 25
  Wish me luck!I attended a Tom Ferry Summit the other week in San Diego and pick up lots of business practices from the summit.  A couple I am going to be doing  is hiring some new agents!I was a trainer in my old job many years ago and the company knew I was producing some great managers in my ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
What Lights Your Fire?“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chiefrequirement of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”Charles Kingsley 1889 - 1875, English Priest, Novelist,  University Professor  As I see it . . . . . . .What lights yo...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 23
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 Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 20
A recent post by Kat Palmiotti discussed how things change.Our perspective from being a newbie, to being a multi-year veteran.  The pure excitement of that first sale, that first inspection, that first  closing (payday)... eventually evolves into a more routine feeling toward the work that we do ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 11
Replace an old, rickety wooden ladder with a new one. Newer aluminum models are often lightweight, sturdy and easy to install.     Attic pull-down ladders, AKA pull-down stairways, are collapsible ladders that are permanently attached to the attic floor. In order to save money, I find that homeow...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 6
What is your extraordinary promise of value?  To stand out from the crowd of undistinguishable luxury real estate marketing professionals you must offer your target market an extraordinary value proposition. Otherwise, you become a commodity and your value diminishes significantly, not to mention...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 5
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 Anna Selby, No FLUFF! No BLUFF! No BULLSHIT REAL ESTATE!
(Solutions Real Estate)
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 FULL F.O.R.D. Details are on the BLOG NOW! SELBY SAYS BLOG FOUR excellent ways to connect with your sphere! #selbysaysFord MethodYour stuck? Need to connect?A video I put together for my fellow agents at my brokerage to challenge them and make contact with with contacts.FIVE CONTACTS PER DAY!Usi...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Know When to Pull and When to Push“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him pull rather than push.”Ludwig Wittgenstein 1919 -1990, Austrian – British Philosopher   As I see it . . . . . . .Know when to pull and when to p...
By Irene Medina, PA GRI CRS CDPE SFR TRC, Official Member of GiveBackHomes
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Much Ado About Mulch: Everything Property Owners Need To Know In Plantation, FloridaIf you want to know how much your house will sell for in South Florida, Broward County go to Home Value or call Irene Medina.Realtor at 954-439-4851. Mulch was nature’s idea way before it became man’s. Fallen leav...
By Carrie Hughes, REI
(TEAM Hughes Real Estate School)
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A good real estate agent needs a servant's heart to be a help to others.  Many is the time that the phone will ring in the middle of dinner or in the middle of family time.A good real estate agent needs a servant's heart to be able to put self on the shelf in order to meet someone else's needs.  ...
By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
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Buyers are curious about homes for sale in gated communities and holding Open Houses there gives them the opportunity to come inside and look around! Holding Open Houses inside gated communities can be done... but it presents some challenges that you don't find in other neighborhoods. Make sure y...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 19
The Power of Self-Motivation  “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”Andrew Carnegie 1835 - 1919, Scottish American Industrialist          As I see it . . . . . . .The power of self-motivation There will be time...
By Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.
(MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)
Comments 48
Honestly, I feel pretty safe in what I do for a living and rarely get any twinges or spidey senses going off indicating possibly danger or harm.  Thankfully, those feelings are well tuned however if someone isn't serious about a purchase or sale of a property!A man left a message at the office pr...