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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The Real Estate Experience   “It’s a big help for a real estate professional to haveexperienced the buying and selling of real estateto better understand the services, require in thehome buying and selling process thatbuyers and sellers go through.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Succe...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 4
What You Decide “Your mind can focus on fear, worry, problems, negativityor despair. Or it can focus on confidence, opportunity, solutions, optimism and success .”Don Ward, Author  As I see it . . . . . . .What you decide You can only think of one thing at a time . . . . What you continually thin...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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 Sunday morning, our mastermind turned to the subject of Inspiration.  Our friend recommended this Ted Talk by Benjamin Zander.  Mr. Zander is the director of the Boston Philarmonic Orchestra.  This is one of the best talks we have ever heard.  Do yourself favor, watch this 20 minute video.   If ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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In Your Search of Perfection “In your search for perfection . . . . you become better.In becoming better you will find excellences.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . .In your search of perfection Perfection is elusive ....

By Elisa Bruno-Midili, NYS Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Cafe Realty 914.230.0650
(Cafe Realty)
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Brand School by Julie Cottineau, was my defining moment in the evolution of Cafe Realty and all that our brand has to offer and promise. Julie, through her unique method of "twisting" teaches how to take ideas and  twist them with other brand ideas to gain insight and fresh perspective. It taught...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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Writing Services or Plagiarism?  Ever since being the victim of plagiarism by a twit who ran a "writing service" and helped agents in our company develop websites, I am more than a little bit bunched up when it comes to content that doesn't sound like it came from the mouth or mind of the blogger...

By Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker in Destin, Fl..
(BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE)
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This makes sense to me so give it a try.  All 9 items. NEVER let your phone fill up with messages to where when someone calls they get a message that the mail box is full. I have NEVER DONE THAT in my 38 years. Unless you are in the hospital, as I have been six time in the past seven weeks, ANSWE...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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As most middle-ages Coral Springs homeowners are already aware, as the body ages, your hands grow wrinkles. It's only natural. Fortunately, you are not helpless to losing your smooth skin forever. Many techniques exist, from taking proper care of your cuticles to relying on moisturizer, that will...

By Sean Whaling, Founder, CEO
(eCommission)
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There’s no doubt that a real estate agent benefits from having a sense of humor. It can help break the ice with clients and it can help ease the nerves during what is often a stressful situation for a client who is contemplating a major financial and life decision.But we've gathered a number of j...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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Agents read this article and be aware of what is going on in your community.. If your buyers are interested in any of these areas please check with municipalities . Reach out get more information Water is an issue in certain areas of our communities . Ignorance is no excuse . Water is precious an...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(eXp Realty)
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Create a vision board.Visulize your victory, your success.Plan for the success.Take ACTION!And as Lou Ludwig states in this re-post....Expect to Win . . . . Motivational Power Quote   Expect to Win . . . . “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 6
An eye opening book to read is The Millionaire Next Door, which describes the rich who are the very opposite of the commonly held image of the rich and famous. "How do I break into the luxury real estate market?" is one of those questions we are frequently asked.  We usually recommend if they are...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Keeping a dog or a cat in your Oviedo home may be fun for the whole family. However, doing so isn’t exactly cheap. For example, tit is estimated that an average dog will cost somewhere in the region of $12,000 dollars to feed over 12 years. You should be setting aside about $2,000 every year to k...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Long and Foster)
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We are already in mid August - How does the end of your year look like it is shaping up? It's not too late to finish strong.  I love this post with all its concrete suggestions to improve your business.  And remember - there is no time like the present to get in gear!  Understand there was no int...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Chip Away At It “The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chippingaway such part of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination.” Elbert Hubbard 1856 – 1915, American Writer, Artist and Philosopher  As I see it . . . . . . .Chip away at it  A sculptor chips away at a ...

By Cheri Alguire
(Pro Real Estate Coach)
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While training for my half-marathon, I needed some knowledge of running fundamentals. In deciding to become a student of the game of running, I immediately headed to the nearest bookstore. Let me tell you, there are a LOT of books on running and I looked through every single one. In fact, I spent...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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So Your Best Friend Chose Another Realtor/Lender That bridge up there?  That's to help you get over it.       Recently, in a few online forums I've seen some outright nastiness as a reaction to an agent's friend/family member/coworker/former middle school classmate choosing a different agent to r...

By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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My phone rang, and when I answered, the caller introduced himself as an agent from Keller Williams.  He told me that he has a young couple looking for a home to purchase in my neighborhood and he was wondering if I knew anyone who might be selling soon.OK, in this era of super tight inventory, th...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 17
Who You Are and Who You Become is Who You Choose to Be“You are the way you are because that’s, the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be any different, you would be in the process of changing right now.”Fred Smith, Founder of Federal Express   As I see it. . . . . . . .Who you are and wh...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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I have been a Realtor since 2002 - I have seen many different market situations come and go. Each year comes with its new challenges and opportunities. 2017, has been one of the most difficult years for inspections in my world. I was trying to think why this year over other years, what is the cau...