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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Telling Yourself the Truth“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And Honesty is telling the truth to other people.”Spencer Johnson Author, Speaker, Management Consultant     As I see it. . . . . . . .Telling yourself the truth  Self-talk can be a very interesting and productive conversation. As ...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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John Meussner "...beneath the surface, this will address a very real problem - shady agents listing property on Zillow in hopes of double-ending commissions through dual agency...Personally, I'm happy to see an avenue for shady agents to do shady things put to rest..."This ought to get the troops...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Do You Have the Tenacity? “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals;my strength lies solely in my tenacity.” Louis Pasteur 1822- 1895, French Biologist      As I see it . . . . . . .Do you have the tenacity? Are you determined to achieve your goals? Will you make the extra effort to...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Hallmark of a Champion “In challenging times . . . .  giving up is the easy way out . . .Finding a way to succeed is the hallmark of a champion.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author     As I see it. . . . . . . .The hallmark of a champion You ...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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                                                         Sam Shueh                                                      Realty One Group                                                      Campbell, CA My biggest frustration is the countless solicitation calls I receive. Initially it was realtor...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
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When you passed the test and received your Real Estate License, did you think you just got a job?Not a job!Many Real Estate Agents and Realtors do not have the slightest clue that they just opened a business, the day they got licensed. And if they did, they'd realize they were grossly under-train...

By Dana (Lerner) Sparks
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
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Why is it important to disclose the age of the HVAC Systems in ANY state & why did the Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) include this question on the GAR Seller's Disclosure Form in the 2017 GAR Contract Forms? Watch the video to find out! 

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Show Your Buyers and Sellers You Care I just returned from Phoenix for the 2017 CRS Sellabration convention. It was 2 very full days of intense learning from top producing agents from around the country on a wide range of topics focused on systems, marketing, operations and leadership, and perfor...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Future is in Front of You “The past does not equal the future.  “More:” Most people think, the past equals the future. Of course it does – if you live there.” Anthony Robbins, American Businessman, Author, Philanthropist   As I see it . . . . . . .You future is in front of you The choice you...

By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
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What a blast I had chatting with CEO of Your Realty Leverage, Brindley Tucker! She is such a kick! Her passion for life along with training, coaching, and hiring the right people to help you increase your productivity as you grow your business in real estate, mirrored everything I believe to be i...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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                                                                          Sam Shueh                                                                       Realty One Group                                                             Campbell, CA  95008 I always believe that one has be unique to get...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 The "rules" are ....if you are going to counter an offer...or counter a opposed to accept it as may "ignore" the deadline given for response and respond whenever you please.  The property may or may not still be available as the Seller is free to entertain others  wh...

By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
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   William S. Cherry. Ph.D., SFRRealtor - MLSSince 1966Some years ago, I notified my church that Patty and I would be moving to another city, and that we would need to change out church membership.  Innocuous enough, I suppose, but what followed was interesting.We received a survey in the mail fr...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Family, hiking, friends and yoga -- Four great things for me to be thankful for today (every day, really.)After work yesterday my daughter and I took a hike in the Presidio, reaching this coastal bluff just as the sun set. A magical moment we'll treasure for a long, long time.Now a friend is on h...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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You may have "nose blindness." The term refers to the process of adapting to the smells around you and becoming so desensitized to them that you learn to ignore them or become less sensitive to them.  See them here 3 Causes of Odors That Upset Potential buyers

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 Celebrating the month of February thank you to Liz and Bill Spear  we are encouraged to proclaim our love for our profession.   We always say that for is right up there next to breathing in the list of life !     For many of us, it was not our first career.. for us, it encourages, foste...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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SUNDAY QUOTE LIFE NECESSITATES ACTION  “The way get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walt Disney I can relate to this quote because I am action oriented person myself. I know personally nothing is going to get done if I do not take ACTION. Nobody else is going to do the work for me. ...

By Lee Potts
(Aloha Group Maui)
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My first reblog - a subject MUCH more important than real estate. I have a very Dear Friend that had a stroke last week. She is still in the hospital and has no feeling in her right side.  We are continuing to pray for a full recovery for her.   You may save a life is you can understand what a st...

By Joyce Marsh, Broker Associate, Premier Sotheby's International Realty
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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  Stop Chasing After that Golden Nugget...Every day, as Real Estate Professionals, we are bombarded with promises to increase our business, put us on Page 1 of Google searches, sales leads, seller leads, and a myriad of other empty sales pitches.  We all get caught up with this from time to time,...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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To be successful in Real Estate, you need to have at the minimum laser sharp focus, superb client service, and great time management. These activities of course are in no particular order, all three must be done simultaneously. Peeves, I have so many, if I focused on them I could write a book. I ...